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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Duke Locks Down Virginia Tech 66-48

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Cameron Indoor Stadium / Durham – “Shell shocked,” said Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson, age 42, describing his young team’s play in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s game, during which the Blue Devils applied full-court pressure, denied interior passing, and held the Hokies to four points. Four. “Coach constantly tells me he thinks I can be a lockdown defender,” said Rasheed Sulaimon. The Duke guard stalked Virginia Tech point guard Devin Wilson like a hungry leopard for much of the game, pouncing on balls and gliding around the court in a terrifying wide-armed hunting crouch. His efforts...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carolina RailHawks release 2014 preseason schedule

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

The Carolina RailHawks do not open play in their 2014 North American Soccer League regular season until April 12. But with training camp now open, the club has solidified its preseason scrimmage schedule. According to David Vaught, the RailHawks’ Vice-President for Operations and Communications, the team’s preseason scrimmages will all take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The following is a list of matches, including opponents and kickoff times: Sat., March 8: Charleston Battery - 2:00 p.m. Tues., March 18: UNC-Wilmington - 5:00 p.m. * Sat., March 22: UNC-Chapel Hill - 2:00 p.m. * Fri., March 28: N.C. State...

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ailing Wolfpack steals a tough one against scrappy Virginia

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH It’s definitely a good test for N.C. State’s best team in a long time. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll with a flashy 22-5 record, but is coming off losses to its two biggest rivals in which State played very well each time.File photo by Greg Mintel/Courtesy NCSU athleticsKody Burke eyes the basket from outside. Today’s opponent is Virginia, a .500 team which is about where the Wolfpack was picked to finish in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coached by Duke alumna and former Blue Devil player Joanne Boyle. State comes into today’s...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

It's back: UNC men's basketball beats Duke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Two seasons ago, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had a habit of saying. "It's what we do." He'd make sure to work this little phrase into post-game press conferences with regularity, and he could use it in the context of a number of different things. It was as if he was circling some ineffable something by returning to the phrase when there was an event or a feeling or a concept that needed to be acknowledged but had no precise definition. Maybe it was a sliding notion, or rather, maybe "it" was a sliding...

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

NASL survey contemplates changes to postseason format and season calendar

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The North American Soccer League (NASL) has commissioned an online survey to select markets and supporter groups seeking their input regarding possible changes to the league’s postseason format and regular season calendar. The unpublicized survey, forwarded to Triangle Offense by a person close to a supporters group of a NASL team, is being disseminated via SurveyGizmo, an online survey software program. At the outset of the survey, the league says, “As we consider making significant changes to our competition structure, we would like to request your input and feedback as it relates to postseason play and the NASL calendar.” First,...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Duke-Maryland tradition says goodbye to 60 years.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Josh Waldman, Duke junior — I think that Maryland likes to play themselves as if they’re a big deal, and that, historically, they haven’t had that much success against us. Every once in a while, they’ve had a triumph, but it’s pretty much been dominated by Duke. I think that they like to play it up as something that they can get hyped up for and we all get excited because we hate them and we think they don’t deserve it. But it’s not really a rivalry. Monetary wise, it makes sense to them, but it doesn’t make...

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Blue Devils dismiss Terps with surprisingly easy result

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Courtesy DWHoops.com/Orin DayRicha Jackson scoops a shot to the hoop.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the final scheduled regular-season meeting in a rivalry that has gotten awfully hot. Maryland (20-4, 8-3), ranked No. 8, makes its final visit to Duke (22-3, 9-2), ranked No. 7, as a member of the ACC before moving to the Big Ten next season. It’s the Terps’ third visit to the Triangle this season and nobody will return the visit. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are coming off a nightmarish 89-78 home-court loss to UNC seven days earlier. This time Duke gets an easy win, dominating the second...

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

All work: UNC men's basketball outlasts Pittsburgh

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Sportsfans, I hope you made a whole day and evening of it and, after you watched North Carolina hold off Pittsburgh for their sixth straight win, found a place to settle in at dinner time to watch Duke escape Maryland by little more than the width of the rim and Syracuse somehow edge North Carolina State almost in spite of themselves. This was one of the more scintillating days of local basketball you're likely to see, and UNC's hard-won mid-afternoon victory was just the soup appetizer in a three-course hoop prix fixe that ended nuts....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tar Heels brave the snow, demolish struggling Pitt

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Courtesy UNC Athletic Communications/Jeffrey A. CamaratiAllisha Gray gestures to a teammate while Xylina McDaniel (at rear) does the same.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL Yes, it is possible to play college basketball in Chapel Hill this week. UNC’s 17th-ranked women’s team (18-6, 6-4 ACC), fresh off its shocking upset at No. 3 Duke on Monday night, will take on new ACC member Pittsburgh in only the schools’ second meeting ever. Pitt is undergoing some growing pains, currently 10-14 and 2-8 in its first season under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Suzie McConnell-Serio. But the Panthers’ plane landed at RDU at about 3 p.m....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Goodwin-Coleman scores 1000th as Wolfpack earns sweep of Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State can reach a milestone the experts thought might not happen this season, and if it happens it will come way early.Photo courtesy NCSU Athletics/Greg MintelState’s Krystal Barrett drives against Wake’s Jill Brunori. First-year Wolfpack coach Wes Moore has exceeded all expectations in his first season at the helm, as State (19-3, 6-2 ACC) is ranked No. 14 in the country heading into tonight’s contest with ancient rival Wake Forest (12-10, 3-6). State, which had been picked 10th in the conference, has its highest ranking since the 2001 season. The Deacons are playing well with three wins...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Where you guys going?": UNC men's basketball beats Maryland

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL—I spent some time yesterday morning reading about Len Bias, the most (in)famous player in the history of Maryland basketball. I was thinking about Lefty Driesell, and Buck Williams, and Albert King, and Walt "The Wizard" Williams, and if you don't know who those people are you're helping to prove a point, massing here and illustrated thus: After UNC beat Maryland, 75-63, in one of the more boring games I've attended in quite some time (over early, in retrospect, after the Tar Heels raced out to an early 19-3 lead and then milked it for...

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The Nate James Effect: Duke grinds out 83-63 win over Wake Forest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—With fewer than 10 minutes left in the first half, the 11th-ranked Duke’s men’s basketball team was losing, 25-22, to an unranked Wake Forest team missing their best player to injury, when Nate James, the Blue Devils’ 36 year-old 6-foot-6-inch 200-pound assistant coach, squatted in front of Jabari Parker, the 18-year-old freshman sensation, who had been benched after a recent foul. At the time, Parker had two points, one rebound, and one turnover, and had been scored liberally upon inside first by Devin Thomas and then Tyler Cavanaugh. Parker nodded vaguely as James spoke, his eyes intent on the foul...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Notre Dame rips Duke in No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Super Sunday starts a little early for Triangle women’s basketball with a much-anticipated rematch. Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop.New ACC member Notre Dame, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the country, visits No. 3 Duke today, and the Blue Devils have revenge on their minds. The last meeting came in last season’s regional final in Norfolk, with the Irish winning 87-76 to end the Blue Devils’ season in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row. Notre Dame’s superstar from last season, point guard Skylar Diggins, is now in the...

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Liston sets record, Henson gets career high as Duke romps

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home for the first time in 10 days after surviving for a week on the road. In their first two road games since losing Chelsea Gray for the second straight season with a knee injury, the Blue Devils had to scratch and claw for victories.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop as Pitt’s Briana Kiesel defends. Haley Peters is at right. Last Sunday the No. 3 Blue Devils held on for a 74-70 win at much-improved Virginia Tech, and then Thursday night they survived an 85-77 overtime battle with No. 24 Florida State....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Duke soccer star Sebastien Ibeagha on his decision to spurn Major League Soccer for Europe

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

On Tuesday, Sebastien Ibeagha turned 22 years old. The same day, Major League Soccer concluded its 2014 SuperDraft of rising amateur talent. Ibeagha, a regular fixture in the U.S. youth national soccer setup since his teenage years, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time college All-American as a defender for Duke University, wasn’t part of the selection process. In fact, as the draft wound down two days ago, Ibeagha (pronounced ibby-AH-ga) was spending his birthday 3,800 miles away in Aalborg, a city situated near the northern tip of Denmark. There, Ibeagha is training with Aalborg BK...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACC grid sked out; first ever Duke-UNC Thursday night game set

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The first-ever Thursday night “Battle of the Blues” between Duke and UNC along with defending national champion Florida State’s visit to N.C. State highlight the Triangle portion of the ACC football schedule released today. The defending Coastal Division Blue Devils (10-4 last season) will entertain the Belk Bowl champion Tar Heels (7-6) on Nov. 20 at Wallace Wade Stadium in a game to be shown on ESPN.File photo by Chris BairdUNC and Duke will play for the Victory Bell in an ESPN night game this year. The Seminoles’ visit to the Wolfpack, which went 3-9 last season in Dave Doeren’s...

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Duke beats State, 95-60

Posted By on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It’s five minutes before tipoff against North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on a cold, clear Saturday in mid-January, and the Duke men’s basketball team is taking warmups. The team looks loose; it’s been five days since their last game, when the Blue Devils fought off gritty Virginia, despite another rough night of shooting from freshman star Jabari Parker. There’s an especially marked difference in the body language of Parker, who rolls through the layup line like he’s spent those five days in a massage parlor. A great tension seems to have been released from between his...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Revamped NASL website introduces new features, subscription fee for live matches

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Being a fan of lower-division soccer often carries an expectation of a lower standard of play and presentation. But for fans of the North American Soccer League (NASL), one upside to this has been free online streaming of matches. Now, that is coming to an end, but the league is betting that a newly designed website, with numerous bells and whistles, will be enough to entice fans to pay a $4.99 per month subscription fee. When Bill Peterson became commissioner of the NASL nearly 14 months ago, one of his stated goals was improving the league’s Internet presence. That aim...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blue Devils platoon their way to victory over Virginia: 69-65

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Two days before the No. 23 Blue Devils squared off on Monday night against unranked Virginia (12-5, 3-1), Duke freshman Matt Jones received the news that he would get his first start of the season. But neither he nor his teammates knew that Coach Krzyzewski would be implementing an unorthodox substitution strategy against the Cavaliers. In the game’s opening minutes, Duke took a 5-0 lead against Virginia, following a Jabari Parker 3-pointer, a steal and offensive rebound from Amile Jefferson and a couple of made free throws from Matt Jones. The lineup looked strong and intent upon...

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter weather brings wins to the Canes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Weird things happen on New Year’s Eve. We all have our stories. I once woke up on a stranger’s lawn in an unfamiliar town in the twilight of the next morning. You just roll with these things. Don’t ask questions; just let it play out.After losing five games in a row, the Carolina Hurricanes found themselves down 3—0 to Montreal after two periods on New Year’s Eve. For 40 minutes, they’d given their fans plenty of reasons to need drinks later. But, striking like lightning reanimating Dick Clark’s body, the Canes suddenly held a 4—3 lead just eight minutes later. They finished off...

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jackson, Blue Devils blow past scrappy Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Photo courtesy Duke photographyDuke’s Richa Jackson eyes the hoop ahead of BC’s Kat Cooper (44) and Katie Zenevitch.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke finally gets to play its first ACC home game of the season today, and the Blue Devils are definitely on a roll. With impressive road wins over Georgia Tech — which oddly won’t visit the state of North Carolina this season — and Syracuse, the No. 3 Blue Devils are 15-1 and 2-0 in conference play heading into today’s matchup with Boston College (10-6, 1-1). The Eagles, who play the toughest schedule in the country over a four-day period,...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

ABC: UNC loses to Miami, and loses face

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—"People have taken their chances and beaten up on us for quite a while, but we’re gonna survive this. I’m really proud of my kids." That sounds like the sort of thing UNC head basketball head coach Roy Williams could have been expected to say after his team lost, glumly and weakly, to Miami last night on their own home court, 63-57. The Tar Heels fell to 0-2 in the ACC for the second straight year, but this time their prospects for improvement do not look as good. But Williams wasn't talking about his...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Great expectations: Duke wins ACC home opener against Georgia Tech

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM – It  was  a one point game at halftime of  the Duke-Georgia Tech men’s  basketball game, which the 16th-ranked  Blue Devils would end up winning, 79-57, on what meteorologists were  calling the coldest day since the 1990’s—back when Georgia Tech used to beat Duke from time to time, the ACC had nothing to do with Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania, and the only one-and-done college players were the guys who got expelled or flunked out. “I don’t know if the weather, the start of school,” said Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game, searching for an explanation. “We seemed...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Action, comedy and drama in the Blue Devils’ first half of the season.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It may have taken all of October and November for a couple of Duke’s veteran players to realize that this year’s basketball season was not a continuation of last year’s, but the Blue Devils may have finally arrived at a point where a good attitude and great execution have met where a championship run is eminent. “This isn’t last year,” said a foggy-eyed Coach Krzyzewski after his 10-2 Blue Devils fought through a staggering Eastern Michigan University zone defense and ran over the Eagles, 82-59. “It’s like a different play. Last year was a drama. This is an...

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tar Heels methodical and spectacular in romp over Cincinnati

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland, O.D.T.J. Logan returns a kickoff for a touchdown as Cincinnati’s Zach Edwards (22) and Kevin Hyland (41) pursue.BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM/CHARLOTTE For the third straight year, a team from the Triangle represents the ACC in the Belk Bowl. But looking for its first victory in four tries in the contest is UNC (6-6), which will also try to give Coach Larry Fedora his sixth winning season in six seasons as a head coach. Cincinnati, which is the bowl’s “defending” champion since the Bearcats broke Duke’s heart with a 48-34 comeback win last season, represents the American...

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