Sports | Indy Week
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

‘Canes and Thrashers to close out 2008

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Going into tonight’s game, the Hurricanes have finished 5-4-3 in the second coming of “Mo,” which isn’t horrible but not enough to shake them out of the 8-seed tango that the team is currently mired in with the Buffalo Sabres. In addition, the ‘Canes have lost a lot of ground on the Southeast division-leading Capitals, who are now 12 points ahead of Carolina in the standings. Even though several of Washington's regulars are still injured, they have opened up a giant lead and, at this point in the season, look to be...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, December 29, 2008

Tired of their families, UNC fans spur Heels to another easy victory

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM

After a relatively dormant month on the court, the post-Holiday Tar Heels were greeted by an exuberant crowd as they steamrolled Rutgers 97-75 on Sunday night. Nationally top-ranked UNC has won all 12 of its games by at least 15 points, a school record. Power forward Tyler Hansbrough and point guard Ty Lawson continue to set the pace and arguably are the top two players at their respective positions in college basketball. Though he faces very stiff competition for national player of the year honors, Hansbrough clearly is playing at the All-American level (again). Against Rutgers he added 26 points...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Who pays Butch Davis?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

The News & Observer has a story out today that reviews UNC football coach Butch Davis' salary and attempts to assess whether the school is getting its money's worth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in light of this Saturday's Meineke Car Care bowl game in Charlotte, and with the season-long increased attendance and revenue, they've decided that Davis' $2 million compensation package has been a worthwhile investment. No argument here, at the moment. But the breakdown is interesting: Davis' contract, renegotiated with a raise after one 4-8 season and signed by the university Board of Trustees this past January, calls for a...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Papajohns.com Bowl NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

In a game that featured a little bit of everything including safeties, kickoff returns, interception returns and several big plays, Rutgers edged NC State 40-33 in a shootout that cooled off in the second half. The teams combined to score 49 points in the first half alone, and NC State led 26-23 before Jamelle Eugene returned the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown, giving the Wolfpack a 10 point lead. EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Meineke Car Care Bowl NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

West Virginia's Pat White rallied the Mountaineers from a 10 point deficit with under three minutes to play, beating the Tar Heels 28-24. T.J. Yates threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks with 2 minutes and 53 seconds remaining to give the Heels a 10 point lead. The play would have solidified the game, but Noel Devine returned the kickoff 102 yards for a score, narrowing the Carolina lead to only three points. EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, December 22, 2008

All-ACC Duke Defensive Tackle Returning

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Vince Oghobaase announced he'll return for his senior season Monday, according to GoDuke.com. Oghobaase, a native of Houston, Texas, had submitted his name for the NFL draft advisory board to review his draft prospects for the 2009 NFL draft. "When we arrived here, we set some goals both academically and athletically, and we have some unfinished business on the field," Oghobaase said in a statement. "We want to continue to turn things around for the program, and we have a great foundation for success." Oghobaase, a red-shirt junior this season, recorded 51 tackles and six sacks. He has finished the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Typical Tyler

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Tyler Hansbrough became UNC-Chapel Hill's scoring leader Thursday, scoring 20 points in typical Tyler fashion including his record-setting shot. Hansbrough's patented spin move and awkward bull shot in the lane pushed him past Phil Ford in the record books. It was only fitting that he scored over two defenders -- a common theme in Hansbrough lore. Now Hansbrough will face talk of passing J.J. Redick's ACC scoring record. If Thursday was any indication, this distraction could affect the team in a similar manner as a pesky Evansville team took advantage of UNC's lack of focus early in the game. I...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, December 19, 2008

RailHawks announce second round of tryouts

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Last weekend, the RailHawks evaluated about 50 players in an open tryout and invited about 10 of them to training camp. Apparently, new coach Martin Rennie was so encouraged by the quality of the prospects that the team decided to schedule another tryout, for Feb. 14 and 15. The sign-up process appears to be unchanged:  The tryouts will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM with registration starting at 8:30 AM on February 14th. Coach Rennie and his staff will evaluate all the players thoroughly and determine which potential candidates will get invited to training camp.  Space is limited...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Corvo comes through in the clutch

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Believe it or not, there were other contributions to the sports world tonight besides Tyler Hansbrough’s usurpation of the UNC all-time point holder title. Justin Williams scored his first of the year and Joe Corvo scored a beautiful goal-scorer’s goal in overtime to carry the Hurricanes over the Panthers in overtime. It was the resurgent Corvo’s second game-winner in as many games. The ‘Canes have taken a lot of points from Florida over the years, spanning all the way back to 2002, but as a certain Emerald City resident once said, this...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Duke 99, UNC Asheville 56: Blue Devils calmly destroy Bulldogs

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:52 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – With less than two minutes to play in the first half of Duke's 43-point rout at Cameron Indoor Stadium, UNC Asheville was within striking distance of the No. 6 team in the country. After Asheville's leading scorer, Reid Augst, hit a pair of free throws to make it 46-35, Duke turned the ball over, then committed a lazy foul. Yet on the ensuing inbounds pass, backup point guard Matt Dickey watched as the ball went through his hands and out of bounds. The Blue Devils responded with a soaring dunk,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Number 50 Needs Nine

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 6:59 PM

  Reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough will attempt to smash UNC-Chapel Hill's 30-year-old scoring record against Evansville Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Hansbrough needs nine points to pass Phil Ford -- now an assistant for the Charlotte Bobcats -- who amassed 2,290 points at Carolina.   A ceremony is planned to honor the humble Hansbrough who seems the least likely to own UNC's all time scoring record, especially considering the likes of Jordan, Worthy, Stackhouse, Carter, Jamison and Ford who all starred in Chapel Hill. "No one would have thought that some big kid from Poplar...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

'Canes win wild one over Canadiens, 3-2

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> With Canadiens parading to the penalty box – they committed 11 infractions through two periods, compared to only one for by the home team – Carolina converted just often enough to win, lifting itself over Montreal 3-2. This nail-biter included three disputed goals, a penalty shot, and special teams galore. “It was tough to get any kind of rhythm going with all of those power plays,” Associate head coach Ron Francis, stepping in for Paul Maurice, said during the postgame. “But the guys got it done.” The Hurricanes received five power plays...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Weekend summary: please, no more shootouts!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 -->The Hurricanes fell twice in the shootout in their two match-ups since that convincing win against Washington last Sunday, a 6-5 loss at Philadelphia and a 3-2 loss against the Rangers. In the latter game, they barely made it to the extra inning; in the former, they surrendered a four-goal lead in the third period. The loss, in which the ‘Canes led 5-1 with 19 minutes remaining, was one the Hurricanes would rather forget, but at least the Flyers fans in attendance were able to witness history; it was Philadelphia’s biggest comeback in...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Sunday, December 14, 2008

UNC men's soccer team falls to Maryland, 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Three games were played in the soccer Final Four, and three of the four teams were from the ACC. And only three goals were scored all weekend, one in each game. Sunday afternoon in Frisco, Texas, the Tar Heels' impressive post-season run came to an end when Graham Zusi scooped up a second-half rebound at the edge of the penalty box and slammed the ball past goalkeeper Brooks Haggerty, just inside the left post. Although there were a couple of impressive runs from the likes of Michael Callahan and Brian Shriver, for most of the game Carolina was unable to...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, December 13, 2008

UNC men's soccer team advance to NCAA final

Posted By on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM

The UNC men's soccer side knocked off No. 1-ranked Wake Forest, 1-0, Friday evening in Frisco, Texas. Brian Shriver scored in the fourth minute. Wake, the defending national champion, entered the game with a sterling 21-1-1 record, while the Heels were seeded 13th in the tournament with only a 14-7-1 record. Although on paper the UNC-Wake game looked to be a mismatch--and the result a shocking, stunning, thrilling upset--the result is a testament to the strength of ACC soccer. Three of the four teams in the Final Four are from the ACC, and Maryland did its part in the night's...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What if Carolina runs the table?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 3:35 PM

After a 35-point drubbing of Michigan State and a 15-point slaughtering of Notre Dame's potential Big East winner, Roy Williams has Carolina fans asking, "What if?" The Heels (8-0) have a long way to go before being crowned any sort of champion. The only thing they have won so far other than the Maui Invitational is the most-hyped award. The talk surrounding UNC should strike a specific memory for the Tar Heels. Remember Illinois of 2004? Remember their beat down of Chris Paul and Wake Forest Dec. 1, 2004? Yeah, they won by 18 points and made then number one...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Attention State fans: only 7,000 tickets left for Papajohns.com Bowl!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 8:50 PM

The surging Pack play Rutgers Monday, Dec. 29, in Birmingham, Ala. The school was allotted 10,000 tickets to sell and the N&O reported today that just under 3,000 have been sold. No doubt it will become a tougher ticket as the date approaches, but why wait: The N.C. State athletic site has all the resources you need to plan your trip. And, if you can't go, they're suggesting that you purchase a ticket and donate it to the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters charity in Birmingham. UNC fans, by the way, can purchase tickets here for the Tar Heels' Saturday, Dec....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Now, that's more like it! Late surge leads 'Canes over Caps, 3-1

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> This time, it was the Capitals that suffered a heartbreaking, late-game letdown. With the score tied at one late in the third, Carolina’s marquee names came up huge and scored two goals in a span of two minutes and seven seconds, giving the Hurricanes their second win in eight games and their first during the second coming of Paul Maurice. Eric Staal scored the game-winner, his first since Nov. 21 against Phoenix, and Ray Whitney added his second of the night with an insurance marker. The ‘Canes snapped an eight game losing...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Duke 73, Michigan 81: On second try, Wolverines fell Blue Devils

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Two weeks ago, on a neutral Madison Square Garden court, Duke bested Michigan by a convincing 15 points to win the Coaches v. Cancer tournament, and solidify their reputation as one of the country's top five teams. Last night in Ann Arbor, however, was a different story. Michigan forward DeShawn Sims (who scored 10 points off the bench in the teams' previous meeting) overpowered Duke's inside defense, and came away with a career-high 28 points, en route to a 81-73 victory over the previously undefeated Blue Devils. Meanwhile, Kyle Singler, Duke's star forward, was three assists shy of a triple-double,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Professional women's soccer to return to Cary? And UNC women win NCAA soccer title

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 7:38 PM

The Carolina Courage and the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) folded five years ago, but a new group is giving professional soccer a go, in an outfit called Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), which will begin play in 2009. The proposed new local team would be based in Cary (and its 7,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park) and it would seem to involve the participation of the ownership of the men's USL-1 side, the Carolina RailHawks. If this team materializes, it would begin play in 2010. One takeaway from the story: In the three years that the Courage was in existence, its average...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, December 6, 2008

'Canes gain a point, lose a defenseman in OT loss to Flyers

Posted By on Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Back in the good ol’ days, an overtime loss was occasionally even more crushing than a loss in regulation. However, for a team that’s desperate for points, tonight’s 2-1 overtime loss against the Flyers was a definitive step in the right direction. The Hurricanes have gone seven games without scoring more than two goals in regulation. As of tonight’s game, despite remaining numerically in the top eight in the Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes have scored the sixth fewest goals in the league. However, the whole being-unable-to-score-goals thing actually worked out for the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, December 5, 2008

No mercy from the boys in blue

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Writing this blog so far this season, the UNC men's hoops team hasn't done me any favors. Every game, it's "crush" this or "annihilate" that. What has happened to the finesse, complexity and genuine compassion reflecting the dispositions of Indy readers? There's never a "UNC tip-toes by equally-abled-but-unlucky competitor on its way to a neat win" or a "Gentlemanly Heels graciously allow court-sharers to play within six points." Will you stop reading if the Tar Heels continue this boorish behavior? Wednesday night was more of the same. In the main event of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge — the ACC...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

The 'Canes fall to Penguins, 5-2, in Maurice's re-debut

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Everyone expected this to be a rough one. NHL.com was proclaiming all day that this was Paul Maurice and the ‘Canes’ first test, and if it was, they failed spectacularly – if predictably. The Penguins looked appropriately confident and the Hurricanes looked energized but disjointed, and a bit lost without starting goaltender Cam Ward. Pittsburgh’s dynamic offense and power play took advantage of the ‘Canes to the tune of five goals on 22 shots, ruining Paul Maurice’s first stint behind the Carolina bench in five years and Justin William’s first insertion into...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rodney Rogers, NBA standout and hometown hero, is paralyzed

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Rodney Rogers, a Durham native and former ACC Player of the Year who went on to win NBA's Sixth Man award, is paralyzed from the shoulders down, according to a report in today's News & Observer. Rogers, one of the strongest outside-shooting big men in the NBA, helped lead the New Jersey Nets to the 2003 NBA Finals, and played a key role in propelling the Boston Celtics to an awe-inspiring, and unexpected, playoffs run the year before. (That year, he shot 41 percent from behind the arc, and coming off the bench, averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds.) In...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blast from the past: Maurice slips back into old role as head coach, Ron Francis named associate head coach

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:57 PM

  Hello again, Paul Maurice. Maurice, who coached the Hurricanes from 1995 (during the Hartford days) to 2003, from a half-filled Greensboro stadium to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, is back for another run with the Carolina Hurricanes. Maurice, the winningest coach in the Hartford/Carolina franchise history, assumed Peter Laviolette’s job immediately after the three-year coach was fired this morning. “This is a situation that we’ve looked at probably three times over the last year, for different reasons,” Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. “When you look at it that many times, there’s a reason.”...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

wwe is too violate, if some can fix it that will be okay.

by heartnecklace on Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE? (Sports)

I find myself not caring about any of this. Amazing how such a "strong, proud, powerful people" could lose the …

by 10yearwalk on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Gaffe-r is right...he f8cks up all the time. "A lot of success over the last 3 years"....less smoke blows out …

by DonGarbageBlows on Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks (Sports)

Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation