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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tar Heels stay perfect, Blue Devils hold on in Top 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

There's a saying out there that "All good things must come to an end," and that was true this week in Triangle ACC women's basketball. N.C. State lost twice and Duke lost once, all on the road. And none was really an upset. So that leaves UNC as the only team with a chance to get through the 2014 portion of the schedule without a loss. But both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils got good news when the AP poll came out. UNC moved all the way up to sixth place from No. 11 after upsetting Stanford, while...

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Season-ending rivalry day will set up three bowl games

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

It's Rivalry Week, Part II. All across the country, about half of the biggest college football teams are playing their most despised rivals. And with cooperation from the SEC, the ACC is right in on the act today. It was always the day for those big cross-conference rivalry games like South Carolina at Clemson and Georgia Tech at Georgia and Florida at Florida State. And now there's Kentucky at Louisville. And in the conference there was Virginia at Virginia Tech last night. It's the same deal in the Triangle, where N.C. State (6-5, 2-5 ACC) will visit UNC (6-5, 4.3)...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Everybody stays perfect as Tar Heels, Wolfpack repel challenges

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The second week of the season for the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams was a lot similar to the first - with all the marks going into the left column. But there were a couple of close calls, as No. 11 UNC (3-0) had to fight in the final minute to hold off No. 21 Oklahoma State 79-77 on Sunday after N.C. State (4-0) was able to hold off pesky High Point 66-62 on Friday night. No. 8 Duke (3-0) has been pretty much cruising so far. This week should get a lot tougher for everybody. The Wolfpack visits...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Humongous rivalry games highlight grid weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It's Triangle Rivalry Week! Or at least it's Part One. And this time it's going to start a little bit early. There are only two games, as N.C. State gets a week off, coincidentally to celebrate its bowl eligibility, but they're both monsters. Tonight at 7:30, UNC (5-5, 3-3 ACC) will visit No. 25 Duke 8-2, 4-2) in a game to be shown on ESPN. Of course they don't like each other too much, and there's plenty at stake. If UNC beats either Duke tonight or the visiting Wolfpack on Nov. 29, the Tar Heels will be bowl eligible....

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Monday, November 17, 2014

So far, so good for Triangle ACC women's hoops

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

By all accounts, the opening of the ACC women's basketball season was a great success in the Triangle. No. 7 Duke opened with an explosion, annihilating a middling Alabama team 90-40 on the road Sunday night. No. 13 UNC started 2-0, having to work harder to escape upstart Howard than No. 23 UCLA. And work-in-progress N.C. State escaped challenges from a couple of Historically Black colleges in eventually comfortable wins over Tennessee State and Coppin State. The Blue Devils' week Any doubt that the Blue Devils are a Top 10 team should have been put to bed...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winning seasons still possible with victories today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

The magic number remains six. That's the number of wins an FBS football team needs to play in a bowl game, and for any college football team to assure it won't have a losing regular-season record. So far only one Triangle team has made it, as Duke (8-1, 4-1 ACC) is assured a winning season and a bowl game and is still in the race for the ACC's Coastal Division championship. That race means every game is a "must" win for the Blue Devils, and actually every game left on the schedule is a must win for every Triangle...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

High hopes all around as ACC women's hoops tip off today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams should be very good again this season. And if that sounds like a broken record, that's OK. Duke (28-7, 12-4 ACC last season) comes into the campaign ranked No. 7 nationally in the AP poll, while UNC (27-10, 10-6) is No. 13 and N.C. State (25-8, 11-5) received the fifth highest number of points of unranked squads. The Blue Devils are picked second in the ACC, the Tar Heels fourth and the Wolfpack ninth. The campaign starts today at 4 at Carmichael Arena, when UNC takes on Howard (11-20)...

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bowl spots, championships and winning seasons at stake

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Today is a very big day for N.C. State football. And it's very important for Duke, while it's still meaningful for N.C. Central. UNC has the day off before its uphill stretch run. The Wolfpack (5-4, 1-4 ACC) picked up its first conference win for second-year coach Dave Doeren last week in a squeaker over Syracuse. And if State can become the third Triangle team to beat No. 24 Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2) today at 12:30 (WRAL) at Carter-Finley Stadium, the Wolfpack is going bowling! NCCU (4-5, 3-2 MEAC), which is still looking for a winning season, plays...

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Triangle grid squads all road warriors this afternoon

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

It's a rare fall Saturday when there's no Division I football game in the Triangle, but today is one of those days. And of the area's four teams, still no one can say how the seasons of three will be perceived at the end. And all four are underdogs. No. 24 Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) is going to have another happy finish barring a monumental collapse. But UNC (4-4, 2-2), N.C. State (4-4, 0-4) and N.C. Central (4-4, 3-1 MEAC) can all still go in either direction. The Blue Devils will travel to Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2) in a key...

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday a pivotal day for area college football teams

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 2:05 AM

The Triangle's college football season is passing its halfway point, and exactly how the season is unfolding for the local Division I squads is coming into focus. Duke is having a second straight very good season and could play in some really interesting December games if it keeps winning. And N.C. Central, which has yet to lose to an historically black college this season, still has a shot at the MEAC championship. But N.C. State coach Dave Doeren is still looking for his first ACC win, and UNC's Larry Fedora needs to get things turned around quickly if the...

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Upset opportunities abound for local football teams today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 1:34 AM

It's been a while since all three ACC football teams in the Triangle were underdogs on the same day. But that will be the case today when one team plays at home and two on the road. The highest-profile contest of the three is at N.C. State (4-0), where the Wolfpack will host No. 1-ranked Florida State (3-0) at 3:30 p.m. (WTVD) at Carter-Finley Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams. UNC (2-1) opens its ACC schedule at 7 p.m. (ESPNU) at Clemson (1-2, 0-1 ACC), while Duke (4-0) does the same at Miami (2-2, 0-1) at 8...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Triangle FBS teams all try to stay perfect today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Here we go into Week 4 of the area college football season, and all three of the local FBS teams are still unbeaten. If that continues all day today, one of them will have to beat one of the best teams in the country on the road. The show starts today at 12:30 (FOX Sports Carolinas) at Wallace Wade Stadium, where Duke (3-0) will try to complete a perfect non-conference portion of the season against Tulane (1-2). The other home game is at 6 p.m., as N.C. State (3-0) tries to complete its non-conference schedule unbeaten with a victory...

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blue Devils run wild in 41-3 rout of hapless Jayhawks

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 9:29 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM For the first time this season, Duke plays against another team from a big-time conference. And folks have been saying all week it's a little too bad this isn't basketball. The 2-0 Blue Devils will entertain 1-0 Kansas in front of about a half-full Wallace Wade Stadium. An interesting sidebar to this one is that Jayhawk coach Charlie Weis hired current Duke coach David Cutcliffe to be his assistant at Notre Dame before Cutcliffe resigned at the beginning of his long rehab following a 2005 heart attack. The two teams played their only previous meeting in...

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Three home games in area college football today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 12:20 AM

It's Week 2 of the college football season, and so far there haven't been any major surprises for any of the local teams. Things went pretty much according to form last Saturday, except that N.C. State had plenty of trouble from Georgia Southern in a 24-23 nailbiter. UNC finally escaped Liberty in a 56-29 result, while Duke walloped Elon 52-13 and East Carolina crushed N.C. Central 52-7 in Jerry Mack's debut with the Eagles. This time all four local teams are favored, and three of them are at home. The Eagles host old CIAA rival Elizabeth City State at...

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Duke blows Elon away with solid opening-game effort

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will open its football season with a rare opportunity tonight. Coming off the ACC's Coastal Division championship and a 10-4 season that was the best in school history, the Blue Devils will look for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1988 and 1989. Tonight's game with Elon, which went 2-9 last season, is Employee Appreciation Day. It's also a 25th anniversary celebration for the 1989 team, with coach Steve Spurrier - who now runs the show at South Carolina - in the house. And Duke passes the easy first test, rolling the Phoenix...

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Triangle college football opens with a bang today

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 1:35 AM

There won't be "great football weather" - that's a few weeks away. And if you want to see a really big game that could go either way, you may need to watch an out-of-state game on TV. But college football in the Triangle does open today, with a collection of the kinds of games in which the home team is a heavy if not prohibitive favorite. The three local ACC teams will write hefty checks and hope to win big, while N.C. Central will get its money on the road. N.C. State starts today's show at 12:30 p.m. (WRAL),...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Duke quartet, UNC's Switzer named to preseason All-ACC

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO One last bit of business - albeit an important one - from the ACC Kickoff over the weekend. Five Triangle players including four from defending Coastal Division champion Duke were named to the preseason all-conference team selected by the attending media. Blue Devils named to the squad were wide receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Jeremy Cash - both of whom were second-team All-Americans last season - along with linebacker Kelby Brown and guard Laken Tomlinson. Crowder had an ACC record 108 receptions last season. UNC had one representative in return specialist Ryan Switzer, who was named a...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

ACC media expect Devils and Heels to be good again, Pack much improved

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO One was a landslide while the other would have made for a very long Election Night. When it came to picking the likely champion of the Atlantic Division this season, voters at the 43rd annual ACC Kickoff were very clear. But in a balanced Coastal Division, the vote of the media was almost a four-way tie. Defending National Champion Florida State got 109 votes to just three for runner-up Clemson to repeat as Atlantic Division champion. That was no surprise at all as the preseason player of the year is the Seminoles' sophomore quarterback, Jameis Winston, who won...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

DePaul's 3-point barrage gives Duke seniors a painful exit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB DigestDePaul’s Centrese McGee (23) and Jasmine Perry (31) fight Duke’s Elizabeth Williams for a rebound. Duke’s No. 32 is Tricia Liston.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It gets a little more serious for Duke tonight. The Blue Devils, seeded No. 2 in the Lincoln Regional, blasted an outgunned Winthrop team by 42 points in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. But tonight’s opponent is Big East champion and No. 7 seed DePaul, which also has a 28-6 record and plays a somewhat similar level of opposition all season. Duke has made the Elite Eight round of...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Duke comes out on all cylinders, blows away Winthrop

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the beginning of the final run for Duke’s senior class, which came in as the nation’s top recruiting group and hasn’t disappointed. Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Richa Liston enter their final NCAA Tournament hoping to get to their only Final Four, unfortunately with classmate Chelsea Gray on the bench with a season-ending kneecap injury and guard Chloe Wells no longer on the roster.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives for a layup. Duke’s No. 1 is Elizabeth Williams, and Winthrop’s No. 22 is Dequesha McClanahan. The Blue Devils (27-6) have a No. 2 seed — the...

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Newcomer Irish need no luck, blow by Duke to win ACC Tournament

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Duke gets a chance to repeat as ACC Women’s Basketball champion tonight, but to get that done the Blue Devils will have to slay Goliath. Notre Dame (31-0) won both regular-season meetings with No. 10 Duke by a total of 31 points, and the intrepid Blue Devils are down to their fourth point guard.Photo by A.N. OnymousDuke's Tricia Liston had a tough night, but was still named first team All-Tournament. But Duke (27-5) is coming off a brilliant 66-61 win over archrival UNC in Saturday’s nightcap following a 30-point rout of Georgia Tech, and it’s fair to say...

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Anatomy of a grudge match: Duke’s win over Carolina in five acts

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 4:21 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM - Act I: The Run-Up For weeks, since UNC came from behind to slap down Duke by 8 in Chapel Hill, the rematch has loomed large. Once confident Duke fans, who more recently saw their purported top-five team humiliated by a not very good Wake Forest team last Wednesday, have grown nervous, with visions of the terrible smack talk they will endure at the gym, office and corner store if the Blue Devils somehow lose at Cameron. Anything could happen. The Tar Heels are on a demi-tear, winners of twelve in a row, some precariously, but winning nonetheless....

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blue Devils get shot to defend ACC title against loaded Irish

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB DigestDuke’s junior guard Ka’lia Johnson, who has played more big minutes over the past two games than at any time in her career, celebrates the Blue Devil victory.GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Semifinals Day at the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and there’s good news and bad news for Triangle fans. Good news is that all the local teams — No. 14 N.C. State, No. 10 Duke and No. 13 UNC — are still alive and kicking. The bad news is that No. 2 newcomer Notre Dame with its 30-0 record is licking its chops to spoil the party....

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Pack, Devils, Heels all gain ACC women's semifinals

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Day Three of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and only NCAA Tournament-bound teams are left. Good news around the Triangle is that all three local teams are still around, although two of them got the double-byes to this point.Photo by Chris BairdNotre Dame's Taya Reimer drives to the hoop against Florida State. The first-session crowd materializes — although it’s much smaller than it would have been — despite the ice storm that seems to have paralyzed the Triad. The first game will see No. 4 seed and No. 14 ranked N.C. State (24-6) take on No. 5...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Peters hits season-high 22 as Blue Devils top Wake again

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Courtesy Orin Day/DWHoops.comHaley Peters drives down court on Senior Night. Wake’s No. 25 is Dearica Hamby while No. 5 is Chelsea Douglas. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its Senior Night looking much different from how it did at the beginning of the season. The Blue Devils no longer have a natural point guard on scholarship. Alexis Jones joined Chelsea Gray with an ACL injury during Sunday’s game at Notre Dame. And Chloe Wells, who is missing her 10th game after suffering a bruised shin, is not introduced in pregame ceremonies along with Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Richa...

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