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Sunday, November 30, 2008

'Canes implode in third, lose 4-1 to Ducks

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Believe it or not, this was a very close game. The Hurricanes had another brilliant second period and managed almost 40 shots on goal, but collapsed in the third period, allowing two quick goals and another one late. Once again the team relied on its third line for all the scoring and only produced one goal. There were no last-minute heroics to be found and Anaheim sent Carolina to its fourth loss in five games. “Tonight the effort was there,” Eric Staal said. “I thought we were there, I thought we were good on the puck, and we had a...

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Hansbrough Won't Play Tonight

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Tyler Hansbrough will sit out the game against UNC Asheville tonight, according to ACC Now. UNC Asheville is also missing their center, Kenny George, who had his career ended after having part of his foot amputated. ACC Now reports that it is only for precautionary reasons. This is easy to understand, considering the Heels' crucial ACC-Big Ten Challenge match up against Michigan State later this week. The Heels tip off at 6:30 p.m. against UNC Asheville. Ed Davis will likely start in Hansbrough's place....

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N.C. State on field, Duke on court: Big questions, partly answered

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM

If you’re a fan of ACC basketball and football, you’ve got every right to feel good about the local state of things heading into next week, when the league’s men’s basketball teams square off against the Big Ten and the league’s football victors battle for the ACC Championship in Tampa Bay: UNC’s bowl-bound football team beat Duke in Durham, but it was actually a decent game, at last more than a pairing of the mediocre versus the vanquished. After crushing a ranked Notre Dame in Hawaii, UNC’s Tar Heel men look, as billed, fairly unstoppable. (About this whole Wolfpack...

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

N.C. State 38, Miami 28: Quarterbacks win futures.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Under cover of gray skies, N.C. State capitalized on several crucial University of Miami mistakes to win its final home game of the year 38-28. The victory pushes N.C. State to 6-6 on the year and into the wonderful world of bowl eligibility. We won't know their fate for a bit, but—if the same team with same quarterback and the same fiery defense shows up for a bowl—they deserve it and will likely fare well. Atop Russell Wilson's scrambling legs and sure arm (new State record: 226 consecutive pass attempts without an interception), N.C. State looked mostly fantastic today. More...

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Friday, November 28, 2008

UNC at Duke NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 10:02 PM

  The Tar Heels outlasted Duke 42-28 in an offensive shootout Saturday after collapsing against NC State and Maryland the previous two weeks.   T.J. Yates, who missed six weeks with a broken ankle, combined for six total touchdowns. Yates completed a career high five touchdown passes and ran for a score as well. Brooks Foster caught four passes for 106 yards and had the biggest play of the day, a 57-yard touchdown pass from Yates to break the game open.  EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video...

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Never Question Butch Davis

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Y'all have probably seen this before, but what the hell. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.  ...

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Snore (Virginia Tech 14, Duke 3)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM

The word “ugly” doesn’t begin to describe this one.   Virginia Tech and Duke’s respective offensive squads discovered new levels of ineptitude Saturday, playing in a contest so boring that it made even the perpetually-raucous Hokie faithful go listless.   For its part, VaTech surrendered five turnovers in the first six possessions, a feat that would have likely doomed them had they been playing Duke, who managed just 134 total yards of offense in the 14-3 loss, thereby extending the losing streak to a robust six games.   Here’s how it happened:  ...

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tar Heels triumph in Maui

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Not only did North Carolina's juggernaut dispatch Notre Dame to capture the Maui Invitational championship, the Tar Heels made it look easy. Utilizing the immense talents of superstar Tyler Hansbrough and dynamite point guard Ty Lawson, UNC broke open a close game midway through the first half and maintained a working margin during the second frame for a 102-87 victory. Hansbrough finally appeared to be fully healthy after sitting out several games due to a stress reaction in his shin. Matched against star big man Luke Harangody (who, in fairness, was hobbled by flu-like symptoms), the reigning national player of...

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Yates Starting Against Duke

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 11:44 AM

UNC-Chapel Hill's T.J. Yates will get the nod at the quarterback position Saturday against Duke, according to Tarheelblue.com.  "Our expectations are to start T.J.," Butch Davis said. "Both of them (T.J. and Cameron) have done good these last two days and I expect him to play well Saturday." Yates started against NC State Nov. 22 only to suffer the Heels' worst loss of the season. Davis said that Yates' starting experience gives him the edge. Cameron Sexton, who began the season as the third-string quarterback, started in six out of the seven games played after Yates went down with a...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hurricanes drop third in a row (again)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Fourth liners scoring, captains fighting, All-Stars killing penalties and nothing else…what is going on with the Carolina Hurricanes these days? The Hurricanes, threatening to go on their second three-game skid in three weeks, gave up a goal early in the third period  to the Philadelphia Flyers and couldn’t get it back. A quarter of the way through the season, it seems as though the ‘Canes can only win every other week. If this trend continues, look for some drastic changes in the near future, in the form of a coaching change or a major trade. The Hurricanes brass recently decided to do...

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Tar Heels wound Ducks in Maui

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Working stiffs throughout the Triangle owe a thank you to UNC's men's basketball team. The Tar Heels, who didn't tip off until 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday night against Oregon, effectively ended the competition by halftime and cruised to a lopsided 98-69 victory in the semifinal at the Maui Invitational. Oregon was determined to run with UNC, and in fact they were run right out of the Lahaina Civic Center. As he did on Monday, senior wing Danny Green again led the way for the Heels, drilling five three-pointers in the first half en route to 21 points on a torrid...

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Tar Heels women lope to 96-42 victory over Wofford

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Still, it was anything but a basketball clinic Tuesday night. Before a sparse crowd of 1,829 at the Smith Center, the Tar Heels started out so sluggishly that Coach Sylvia Hatchell benched her starters in the game's second minute. Not that it mattered. Despite the turnovers and poor execution, Wofford was even worse, struggling to get off shots against the Heels' smothering pressure. The visitors finally got on the board with 13:36 to play in the first half, on a pair of free throws that made the score 14-2. That was as close as the Terriers of Spartanburg, S.C. would...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

UNC's Paschal Done for Career

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 8:05 PM

  Carolina's senior linebacker Mark Paschal sustained a cervical spine injury, according to Tarheelblue.com. Paschal was injured in the NC State game Saturday and had an MRI Sunday.  The medical staff recommended he not play any more football due to the risk of further injury.   "Our sports medicine staff has assured him and his parents that he will make a complete recovery," Butch Davis said.   "Mark has had a terrific senior season, has been a great leader for us, and is on track to graduate in May." This is a huge blow not only to Carolina's defense...

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Tar Heels roll past Chaminade in Maui opener

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 7:03 PM

The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels continue to aspire toward the heights reached by the 2005 team. That outfit won the 2004 Maui Invitational en route to capturing the national championship the following spring, and this year's Heels aim to punctuate their Thanksgiving week in similar fashion at the 2008 Maui event. As the top seed of the eight-team, three-day tournament, UNC feasted on host team Chaminade 115-70 on Monday night. The Silverswords — a Division II program not to be confused with the numerous elderly men who attend the Lahaina tournament each year — are the annual patsy...

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UNC at UCSB (11/21) Pictures

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Here are a few pictures from the UNC-Chapel Hill at UCSB game, which the Tar Heels won 84-67. The Tar Heels trounced Chaminade Monday 115-70 and face Oregon at 9:30 p.m. tonight. Photos are courtesy of Tom Land. Hansbrough enters the locker room after a rusty start...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Davis Responds to O'Brien Comment

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Butch Davis had this to say today in response to O'Brien's comments that NC State is the best program in North Carolina. “Last Saturday they were the best football team; there’s no question about it," Davis said. "I think that before you, before anybody can anoint themselves, I would say that there probably needs to be some time invested into the programs, and then we’ll see what happens.” O'Brien's squad has beaten UNC, Wake, Duke and ECU this season, leaving little argument from other North Carolina schools. For some reason, I suspect Appalachian State would want a shot at the...

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NCSU-UNC rivalry hits Wikipedia

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Is it true that: "Carolina is widely known for its excessive douche-baggery and losing at everything?" Perhaps. But wait: "State's pranks are illegal and just gay." Take that, Stater! The wolves and rams slug it out on wikipedia. Bring your popcorn (and insults) to the entry titled Carolina-NC State rivalry. h/t Paul Jones...

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Duke 78, Montana 58; With Smith at helm, Blue Devils advance to 6-0

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – After beating Michigan to clinch the Coaches v. Cancer Classic title on Saturday, a tired Duke team returned to Durham on Sunday to face the lowly Montana Grizzlies--who, last season, finished fifth in the Big Sky conference. For the first time this year, former starting point guard Greg Paulus sat out the entire game, and did not participate in a shoot-around at the half. That left sophomore standout Nolan Smith--who led Duke with 16 points and 4 assists in the Michigan win--to take the reins, beyond a nominal starting position...

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Senegalese dynamo lands in RailHawks' lap

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Jarrett over at Trisoccerfan.com reports that one unintended consequence of the decision by the Atlanta Silverbacks to sit out the 2009 season is that the team's most valuable property, Macoumba "Mac" Kandji, is now contracted with the RailHawks—due to the small stake in the Cary team that is held by Silverbacks owner Boris Jerkunica. Despite playing only 21 games, Kandji scored 11 goals, enough to finish fourth in the league. He was named to the All-USL first team. On Sept. 15, he was loaned to the New York Red Bulls of the MLS, and he was inserted into yesterday's...

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Carolina's winning streak comes to an end with 5-2 loss to Nashville

Posted By on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 11:04 PM

After three games of strong hockey, the Hurricanes were due for a relapse. An early third period surge wasn’t enough to overcome a four-goal Nashville lead and the Hurricanes fell, 5-2.  The ‘Canes finished a 4-game home stretch 3-1, but failed to catch the Washington Capitals in the chase for the division lead.   Although the power play has been clicking recently, the Hurricanes squandered five power plays in the first period, including nearly two and a half minutes of 5-on-3. The power play looked shaky and lacked rhythm, and they could manage only a few feeble shots on goal...

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wolfpack mug the Heels 41-10 (for real)

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 10:12 PM

UNC got mugged by the Wolfpack Saturday. I could write about linebacker Mark Paschal's excellent game, or the fact that QB TJ Yates showed a sign or two of returning to the form he was in before an injury forced him to sit out for most of the season, but that would be gilding the 41-10 turd that was today's game. Coach Butch Davis, still steaming after the Heels managed to find a way to turn over the ball for a sixth time with almost no time left, said it best in his postgame comments: "Six turnovers - you can...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Staal's hat trick leads Hurricanes over Coyotes, 5-2

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Can the ‘Canes find a way to have Henry Staal come down to Raleigh for every home game?   Eric Staal made his old man proud and broke out of his scoring slump in a big way tonight, scoring three goals in the first two periods for the ‘Canes’ first hat trick of the season. The hatter, Staal’s fifth of his career, gave him sole possession of first place in franchise hat tricks. Before tonight, he was tied with Erik Cole for the lead.   Staal provided all the offense the ‘Canes needed and Ward took care of the rest, giving the team its...

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UNC defeats N.C. State 38-17! (So says NCAA 2009 video game)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Ed. note: N.C. State travels to Chapel Hill tomorrow for a noon showdown against the Tar Heels, which will be broadcast on regional televlsion. Jake Swiger, a UNC student who runs his own blog, www.tarheelbuckeye.blogspot.com, kindly sent us the results of tomorrow's clash, as played on NCAA 2009, a video game from GamePlay Video. Thanks, Jake! EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video UNC vs. NC State NCAA 2009 Simulation In a battle between one of the nation's best secondaries and most efficient quarterbacks, the Carolina defense prevailed, picking off Russell Wilson four times and returning two for touchdowns as...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tar Heels win and lose against Kentucky

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 6:18 PM

North Carolina coasted by Kentucky 77-58 on Tuesday night in the main event of ESPN's 24-hour hoops marathon, but the game's outcome didn't mollify the anxieties felt throughout the UNC community in the aftermath. To wit, near the end of the contest, big man Tyler Zeller was fouled on a breakaway and landed awkwardly on his wrist. Reports surfaced on Wednesday that Zeller had fractured his wrist and will miss the rest of the season. Along with Tyler Hansbrough's lingering shin injury and a foot injury to Marcus Ginyard that may keep him out until January, UNC's mountain of...

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Duke 82, Rhode Island 79: Blue Devils scrape by in 'best game yet'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 4:31 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – Seven minutes into Sunday's nail-biter at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Rhode Island--a team picked to finish ninth (out of 14) in the Atlantic 10 Conference--took the lead over No. 5 Duke, on a layup by URI guard Keith Cothran. For the rest of the game, Rhode Island would either be ahead of--or tied with--the Blue Devils, save for the first and last minutes of the second half. Of course, the last minute is the only one that mattered. Fittingly, Kyle Singler--who turned out a solid 25 point/5 rebound/5 assist performance, and...

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