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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Samsonov, Staal awaken; ‘Canes beat Canadiens 2-1

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:19 PM

For the second straight game, Caniacs had to sit through an entire half a game before they were allowed to “Wooo!” with Ric Flair.   (Speaking of Ric Flair, the ‘Canes staff managed to wheel him in to sound the warning siren before tonight’s game.)     Gone were the 10 and 11-goal contests of Montreal vs. Carolina games past. The Hurricanes were forced to win a nail biter over their storied playoff rivals from the north. Cam Ward finished the night with 29 saves and the ‘Canes managed 48 shots on Carey Prince, their largest total of the...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Tar Heels overcome turbulence on opening day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:10 AM

One down, thirty-something to go. North Carolina's top-ranked basketball team toppled Penn 86-71 on Saturday evening to kick off the 2008-09 season, showcasing commendable potency even without injured superstar Tyler Hansbrough and fellow starter Marcus Ginyard. As expected, Hansbrough's absence forced UNC to rely more heavily on perimeter jump shooting. The Quakers also employed a zone defense, daring the Tar Heels to hoist long bombs. For that reason, the Heels struggled to gain permanent separation from their feisty opponents, despite a few stretches of excellent basketball. The statistical effort was balanced, but easily the most surprising aspect of the game...

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hurricanes erase two-goal deficit, win in shootout

Posted By on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Tuomo Ruutu and Rod Brind’Amour scored in the shootout, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak with their first SO win in over a year. Carolina surmounted a two-goal comeback to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing in its first game with interim head coach Rick Tocchet. Former coach Barry Melrose was dismissed 16 games into the season on Friday, and Tocchet – yes, the same one involved in that messy Wayne Gretzky gambling scandal a few years back – took over on a temporary basis. The Hurricanes made sure that Tocchet’s first outing as an NHL head...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

RailHawks announce Martin Rennie as head coach

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 4:23 PM

 Martin Rennie, with publicist Marco Rosa (left) and owner Brian Wellman   The Carolina RailHawks announced Scotsman Martin Rennie as the team's new head coach. Rennie comes to the Railhawks from the Cleveland City Stars of the USL's Second Division. At Cleveland, Rennie compiled an impressive record, taking the Stars to the USL-2 semi-finals in his first year and winning the league in his second year. This is clearly a coach who knows how to develop and implement functional tactical systems. Rennie is also noted for his ability to maximize player potential. A high percentage of his acolytes went...

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Duke 97, Georgia Southern 54: In a blowout, winds of change at PG

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 3:11 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – Following an impressive victory over Houston in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic hosted at Cameron Indoor Stadium, unranked Georgia Southern fell to Duke 97-54 Tuesday night. The game was decided in the first few minutes, as Duke—ranked number 5 in the nation by the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll—capitalized on strong defense and superior rebounding to overwhelm the scrappy Southern Conference team. Indeed, Duke’s 33 second-chance points, and 24 points off turnovers, surpassed their opponent’s entire offensive output. Sophomore power-forward Kyle Singler was dominant, racking up a team-high...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The two Alexanders beat up the ‘Canes again

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Brandon Sutter, Matt Cullen, and Joni Pitkanen all made surprising and simultaneous comebacks, giving the Hurricanes a line-up that was closer to normal than it has been on months. However, if this game was an indication of how their bolstered line-up is going to play, the ‘Canes are in deep trouble. If wunderkind Alexander Semin didn’t score it, he set it up, and the Hurricanes were crushed by a Southeast Division opponent in their second straight game.     “We’re only fooling ourselves if we think we’re playing the right way right now,” Scott Walker said after the...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Duke 80, Presbyterian 49: The big man question remains, Krzyzewski explains his sense of humor

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 6:06 PM

The last thing expected from Duke’s student section during Monday night’s men’s basketball season opener was a “Let’s go Duke!” chant inflected with urgency. Indeed, Duke’s opponent for the first round of the 16-team Coaches Vs. Cancer tournament was the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College, a small, private school in western South Carolina. This is Presbyterian’s second season playing Division I basketball. Last year, they finished 5-25. It’s the sort of game, you know, where, during the post-game press conference, the visiting team’s head coach, Greg Nibert, said: “It’s a dream for our program to come in here and play...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Duke Men's Basketball season starts tonight

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM

...but we're guessing Reggie Love won't be in the stands. But we will be: Follow the action right here all season....

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Former Bull Longoria is AL Rookie of the Year

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Former Bull-turned Tampa Bay Ray phenom Evan Longoria is the American League's 2008 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year. Major League Baseball announced the winners today; Cubs catcher Geovany Soto won for the National League. Longoria, who joined the Rays at third base in April, was the unanimous choice of the Baseball Writers of America Association. He had 85 RBIs and 27 homers....

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thrash Unreal: Atlanta drops Carolina, 5-2

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

On paper, this should have been an automatic win for the Hurricanes; the Thrashers had lost their last five games and sat 25th place in the league. However, Atlanta came out wanting it more and Cam Ward allowed 5 goals on 22 shots, sinking the 'Canes to 8-5-2.                                                                                      “They came out harder, and that’s why they got the win,” Tuomo Ruutu said simply.     Both teams exhausted the goal light in the second period with six goals between them. Brind’Amour scored 1:32 into second, just after a Tobias Enstrom penalty expired. He waited until Johan Hedberg went down and...

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Heels coast against UNC Pembroke

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM

In order to enjoy the nation's top-ranked team beating up on an inferior opponent in an exhibition game, it's necessary to envision the tomorrow. Without question, UNC Pembroke is happy to envision its tomorrow after getting bludgeoned in Chapel Hill by the consensus No. 1 Tar Heels by a score of 102-62 Saturday evening at the sold out Dean Smith Center. But beyond the competitive mismatch and the assortment of gory statistics, there actually was meaningful information to be gleaned — and not all of it positive for the boys in blue....

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Duke v. N.C. State Liveblog

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 3:50 PM

And so it has come to this; The best—and most schizophrenic—Duke team in maybe 15 years is but one win away from being Bowl eligible. Standing in their way this afternoon is the N.C. State Wolfpack, the fans of which have traveled en masse to Wallace Wade Stadium today, infecting everyone and everything with their post-Phillip Rivers disenchantment. Duke winning this one depends on which team shows up, the mistake-prone slow starters or the one that went tit-for-tat with Wake Forest's prolific offense. This is, however, a rivalry game, the cliche being that anything is possible, anything can happen, etc....

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D-men scoring: When it rains, it pours

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 1:30 AM

Carolina doesn’t really have an offensive juggernaut on their blue line like Zdeno Chara (a little off his usual point production this year, but he’ll figure it out soon enough) Tomas Kaberle, Andrei Markov or Sheldon Souray, and last year it showed. Even though the team was by no means starved for goals, having the defense jump in on the rush couldn’t have hurt.   Last year, the Hurricanes’ defensive scoring neared the last in the league. This year so far, the defense has produced a large portion of the ‘Canes’ scoring.   Last year, the ‘Canes had 113 points...

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Corvo leads 'Canes over Senators again, 2-1

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 10:23 PM

The ‘Canes can’t seem to decide whether or not they’re a third period team. Tonight, they most definitely were.    Carolina came off last night’s bitter defeat only to face the white-hot Senators, who were 4-0-1 in their last five games.   The Hurricanes might have fallen behind early if not for a sneaky, ninja-like move by Michael Leighton, who started in net in place of Cam Ward. The puck dribbled behind Leighton as he went into a split, but the goaltender reached over the goal line and covered the puck. The play was reviewed, but the video couldn’t confirm whether...

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UNC meets Boston College tonight in ACC women's soccer semis

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

The ACC Men’s and Women’s soccer tournaments will be held at Wake Med Soccer Park over the next two weeks. The women's championships tonight with UNC meeting Boston College in a semifinal match beginning at 5 p.m. Virginia duels Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. The winners meet in the finals Sunday at 1 p.m. The ACC Men’s Tournament begins Tuesday Nov. 11, and runs over three more days: Nov. 12, 14 and 16....

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Caps score with 10 seconds left, steal point from ‘Canes

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Wow. Just…wow. The Hurricanes held a one-goal lead off a 3-on-1 Tuomo Ruutu goal with three minutes left in the game, and was assured of at least a point against the team that swiped the division lead out from under the ‘Canes last season. Alexander Semin (most unfortunate name in all of hockey? Quite possibly. And if you haven't read his scathing criticism of superstar Sidney Crosby, check it out. Doesn't he know that no one criticizes Crosby and lives to tell the tale?) scored with three minutes remaining to tie it up. Although the Hurricanes had been defensively sound...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Hurricanes score 3 goals in 3:20, beat Maple Leafs

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 1:19 AM

With both teams having played last night – Toronto mounted an improbable comeback against the New York Rangers and Carolina fell to Edmonton, 3-1 – this game featured a battle of the backup goaltenders. Curtis Joseph was in for Toronto and Michael Leighton manned the net for Carolina.   Peter Laviolette reportedly took his team to task this morning for its third period effort against Edmonton. Instead of coming out like a lion, Carolina barely mewed in the first period, managing one shot on goal in the first 15 minutes. In (miraculously) the only goal of the first period, the...

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

'Canes lose to Oilers, 3-1 (that score sounds familiar...)

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2008 at 6:26 PM

 After being nearly assured of at least a point, the Hurricanes lost the tie with a minute and a left to go and dropped the game, 3-1, after a wild final few attempts. Ethan Moreau scored an unassisted goal, coming innocently down the left wing and firing off a wrist shot. The Hurricanes thought they tied the score up after a scrum in front of Edmonton’s net, but the referee on the ice called no-goal and the video replay confirmed it. Moreau added an empty-netter and the fans filed out, wondering what had happened.   “I thought our...

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Edmonton ties it up, LaRose can't find the net

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Cole came close to tying the score himself at 14:31 of second period; Dennis Seidenberg had to hook him to keep his former teammate from swooping in on goal and taking advantage of three years’ worth of practices with Cam Ward.   On the ensuing power play, Cole was standing just in front of the crease while teammate Shawn Horcoff scored. Horcoff fired from the circle and although Ward stopped the initial shot, he closed his legs and kicked the puck in inadvertently.   The Hurricanes were looking for their first complete effort of the season, but they won’t find...

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The “Cole Train” returns to the RBC

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Erik Cole makes his return to the RBC Center today, and fans have been buzzing about it all week. Cole continues to be gracious in dealing with the Carolina media, giving several interviews to the Raleigh N&O about the qualities that make him an excellent road roommate and where he was when he found out he was traded to Edmonton. Here are a few shots of Cole, clearly wearing the wrong jersey… …and then sitting on the wrong bench. (He is the fifth Oiler from the left, with his head down.) There are Cole signs being lofted all...

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