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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another shortie, another win

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 11:14 PM

After a thrilling first period, the ‘Canes phoned it in en route to a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Two breakaway goals in the first half of the first period was all the offense it took to send the Thrashers to their fourth straight loss. Cam Ward turned away each of the 19 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season and the ‘Canes pelted Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen with 40. Matt Cullen got the ball rolling (puck sliding?) when he scored the Hurricanes’ second shorthanded goal of the season in as many games The goal, which...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

RailHawks sign former NCSU striker Aaron King

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

 Aaron King Aaron King, a second-team All-American his senior season at N.C. State, whose professional career seems to be picking up speed after early struggles to find his footing, signed with the RailHawks, the team announced today King comes to the ’Hawks today after two productive seasons with the USL-1 Charleston Battery. Last year, he appeared in 35 of the team's 38 league and non-league games, starting eight of them. Over the same span, he scored six goals and finished fourth on the team in points. His pro career began in 2006 when he was taken the Los Angeles in...

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Lawson propels Tar Heels to dramatic victory

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Road victories are a precious commodity in the ACC. North Carolina can attest to that after Wednesday night’s shootout with Florida State, when the Seminoles gamely defended their home court and appeared to be on the verge of victory with just a couple minutes remaining. A Danny Green steal and a strong defensive stop by Tyler Hansbrough changed that, however, and the Tar Heels had a chance to win with two seconds remaining. That still didn’t leave them with great odds of avoiding overtime, but Ty Lawson raced the length of the floor and lofted in a running three-pointer as...

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

'Canes score a shortie! (Oh, and they also won, 3-2.)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Believe it, folks. Not the beating the Lightning part – the Hurricanes have done that four times this season. But in the win, Chad LaRose scored that elusive first shorthanded goal to tie the score at one. The ‘Canes benefitted from a few calls early in the game. Martin St. Louis deflected a shot into the net just after a ‘Canes power play for too many men on the ice expired, but after a brief review, his stick was determined to have been above the crossbar. After Anton Babchuk and Tuomo Ruutu combined for one ugly giveaway a few feet...

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RailHawks MVP Matt Watson training with San Jose Earthquakes

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Nice catch over at Triangle Soccer Fanatics: 2008 MVP midfielder Matt Watson is "on trial" with the MLS San Jose Earthquakes. What does this mean for the prospects of seeing him in Cary this year? We're not sure yet, but we hope to find out. Meanwhile, the RailHawks announced three new signings today, all MLS and USL-1 veterans: midfielders Brian Plotkin and Luke Kreamalmeyer and defender John Gilkerson. We note that three midfielders have been signed this week, leaving us to wonder about last year's co-offensive players of the year Fusilier and Nuñez, and the above-mentioned Watson. We'll stay tuned....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

RailHawks beef up midfield with MLS vet Josh Gardner

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM

 Josh Gardner, in undated picture The RailHawks announced today the signing of 26-year-old midfielder Josh Gardner, a veteran of three journeyman seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy and two considerably more productive seasons with the Seattle Sounders. With the latter squad over the last two seasons, Gardner scored 7 goals in 52 appearances, playing on the left side. We asked the RailHawks if there are any updates on last year's midfield mainstays of Matt Watson, Martin Nuñez and Santiago Fusilier and were told to "stay tuned." Here's Gardner's stats, copied from his wikipedia page. Youth career 2001-03 Cincinnati      ...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Ho-hum All-Star Game for Staal

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> By Staal standards, it was a fairly low-key affair at the 2009 All-Star game, held in Montreal on Sunday night. Eric Staal scored the second goal of the night to make the score 2-1, and his Eastern Conference All-Stars won the match in a shootout, 12-11. Alexi Kovalev, the captain of the hometown Canadiens (now there’s a funny coincidence) kept Staal from adding to his car collection. He scored two goals and added the deciding tally in the shootout, earning the game’s MVP title and a 2009 Honda Ridgeline in the process....

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Duke Rises to No. 1

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils rose to the top spot in the AP and Coaches Polls this week after soundly whooping Maryland 85-44 Saturday. Duke marks the third ACC team to claim the top spot in the polls this season after Wake Forest and preseason favorite North Carolina. "You don’t get anything from it except a big headline when you lose," Krzyzewski said about the rankings after the victory over the Terrapins. It's the first time the Blue Devils have been ranked number one since J.J. Redick led the Blue Devils into the 2006 NCAA tournament, ending with an upset loss to...

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kay Yow 1942-2009

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Sad news today. After a courageous and public struggle with breast cancer, N.C. State's Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Kay Yow died this morning. She was 66 and died with her boots on: She gave up her coaching duties just over a month ago, on Dec. 22. The News and Observer has extensive coverage....

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Duke 85, Maryland 44: Scorched Terps

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Thanks to some commitments and a bit of wintry weather, I relinquished my spot in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Duke’s Men’s Basketball games after the New Year break. Today, I made my return, the environment both before and after today’s 85-44 rout of the Maryland Terrapins felt radically transformed from its pre-ACC complacence: The kids are camping in Krzyzewskiville in droves now, and they’re playing the parts of Cameron Crazies better—improved group outfits, sharper taunts, more energy all around—than when they overlooked great jokes against Presbyterian’s Blue Hose in November. And after the game, a horde of fans...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

RailHawks 2009 schedule announced

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:50 PM

After opening the season March 14 at home with a friendly against the MLS Revolution, the ’Hawks take a turn being the visiting powerhouse when the team visits 2nd-division Richmond Kickers. The first regular fixture is Saturday, April 11, versus the Minnesota Thunder. The scheduling is odd, to say the least: The ’Hawks' first 10 matches will feature two games apiece against Minnesota and USL-1 newcomer Cleveland, and three games against Portland. And the two games against Cleveland, formerly coached by the ’Hawks' new hire Martin Rennie, will both be televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. Probably the most important...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

No biscuits for UNC, but Clemson keeps its box of doughnuts

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 5:46 PM

North Carolina wasn't able to cross the 100-point, biscuit-special threshold on Wednesday night against Clemson, but the Heels did roll to a dominant 94-70 victory over the Tigers in Chapel Hill. The Tigers retained their perfectly inept record at Carolina, dropping to 0-54 all-time in Chapel Hill. That's the longest winning streak of that nature in Division I basketball, and it's especially impressive given that the Tigers have amassed a solid basketball program over the past half-century. Though the second half didn't look like it, Wednesday night actually was a matchup of top-10 teams....

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Diallo returns to RailHawks

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM

 His back Just two days after announcing the departure of defender and captain Frankie Sanfilippo, the RailHawks revealed a very welcome retention: Striker Hamed Diallo, one of the most efficient scorers in the league last year, has signed on for his first full season with the squad. Contract details were not released, and the deal awaits USL and USSF [United States Soccer Federation] approval. [UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: RailHawks management tells us it's a one-year deal, but offer no details on salary, per team policy.] Diallo, a native of Ivory Coast and past member of its national team, joined the...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Duke goes short, gets hot late to beat State

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:01 PM

DURHAM—Frigid temperatures, slick roads, a relatively late start time on a Tuesday night. These were all reasons to skip this game between Duke and N.C. State, but the arena was (officially, if not literally) filled to its 9,314 capacity. It was well worth the trouble, for fans saw an unexpectedly competitive game as a feisty, wily Wolfpack squad, led by veterans Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley, threatened upset for 33 minutes before the Blue Devils—led by Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson—erupted with a closing 20-3 run to put the game away. With campus hero J.J. Redick sitting behind...

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Hurricanes win final two on road swing, Staal headed to the All-Star game

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Whoever mans the iPOD in the Hurricanes’ locker room at the RBC Center has taken to playing a song that describes the team’s play of late. If you have a young daughter or listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard it before. The lyrics go a little something like this: “Cause you're hot then you're cold You're yes then you're no You're in and you're out You're up and you're down…” (“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry, One of the Boys, 2008) After two straight wins, the Hurricanes fit into the “hot” category...

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N.C. State's Kay Yow hospitalized

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 6:13 PM

The celebrated women's basketball coach, who has been waging a public and rousing battle against breast cancer, was hospitalized last week on the advice of her oncologist, the News and Observer reported today. Over at WRAL.com, fans are leaving words of support. Yow last coached her team Dec. 22, and the school announced Jan. 7 that she would not return this season. The identity of the hospital was not disclosed....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

RailHawks captain Sanfilippo departs to Charleston

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

 Frankie Sanfilippo In what may be a harbinger of the changing face of the RailHawks, the Charleston Battery announced today that it had signed Frankie Sanfilippo, a two-year ’Hawks veteran, to a three-year deal.  The 27-year-old defender scored one goal in 51 games for the RailHawks. Prior to his stint in Cary, he played for the Rochester Rhinos and the now-defunct Syracuse Salty Dogs. Sanfilippo never lost to his new employer during his RailHawks tenure. The USL announcement is here. UPDATE 6:13 P.M.:  In response to a request for comment, the RailHawks released this statement from president Brian Wellman: Frankie...

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UConn "showed us how to play basketball," says Hatchell

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:22 AM

CHAPEL HILL — It was a Monday night mid-season clash of women's basketball titans, and a potential preview of a Final Four matchup. But, after the top-ranked and unbeaten University of Connecticut Huskies humiliated the second-ranked and previously unbeaten Tar Heels, it was hard to picture Sylvia Hatchell's squad anywhere near the trophy that will be hoisted on April 7 in St. Louis.  The game, which stood at 88-58 when it mercifully ended, was a bloodbath as Geno Auriemma's Huskies proved to be faster, stronger, tougher and smarter than their host, a team that had rolled up a 17-0 record...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Tar Heels hit stride against Canes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:56 AM

CHAPEL HILL -- When they rolled into the Dean Smith Center on Saturday night, the Miami Hurricanes had no opportunity to sneak up on North Carolina. The Tar Heels, facing an urgent situation after losing their first two conference games, shook off a rusty start to wear out the Canes 82-65. Prior to the second half whipping, however, this game took on what for UNC fans was a frighteningly similar feel to the Boston College and Wake Forest defeats. The Hurricanes buried jump shots against the Tar Heels' flagging defense, and the team's body language became very negative....

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Henderson leads Devils to spirited win over Hoyas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:23 AM

DURHAM -- Duke prevailed over Georgetown 76-67 in a heavyweight showdown on Saturday to make another statement that perhaps the Blue Devils are the nation's best team. Junior Gerald Henderson paced the club with 23 points on a variety of sensational moves — including one electrifying alley-oop off an in-bounds play — while forward Kyle Singer added 15 points and 16 rebounds....

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

After getting first conference victory, UNC goes for No. 2 tonight

Posted By on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:04 AM

North Carolina got the message. The Tar Heels, stung after consecutive conference defeats to open league play, played a more focused and spirited game on Thursday night to topple Virginia 83-61in Charlottesville. After a subpar game against Wake Forest, Tyler Hansbrough scored 28 points — including 15-for-17 free throws — and added 12 rebounds and three blocks. Point guard Ty Lawson, who also suffered through a poor game against Wake, bounced back to notch 19 points and nine assists against only one turnover. If there was one noticeable difference between the Heels against UVa and in their previous two conference...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

RailHawks' Rennie wins USL-2 coach of the year

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM

  Ratcheting up expectations for 2009 just a little bit more, RailHawks coach Martin Rennie was named USL-2 coach of the year for his work with his former employer, the Cleveland City Stars.  Actually, Rennie didn't get the official league award (although he won it in 2007 and could credibly have won again this year). Instead, today's honor is given by an artificial turf manufacturer, FieldTurf Tarkett, which also bestowed similar honors for Major League Soccer on down to high school. The awards are being presented today in St. Louis, at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's annual convention,...

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

'Canes mount incredible comeback, but drop fourth straight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> The Hurricanes of old (circa 2006, that is) made a miraculous reappearance tonight, turning a three-goal deficit into nothing before giving up a late power play goal that cost them the game. Down 4-1 going into the third period, the ‘Canes scored three goals in less than eight minutes to put themselves back into the game after sorry first and second periods, but eventually lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-4. One of the few teams whose goal-scoring woes have been worse than Carolina’s of late have been the Maple Leafs, who...

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'Canes look to end slump against Toronto tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> After completing their best road trip in team history earlier this season, the Hurricanes dropped three in a row on the road over the past week, two of which were of the 'woulda, coulda, shoulda" variety. The ‘Canes lost a relatively close one after a third period collapse in Florida, 4-2, exactly a week ago in Sunrise. The team looked terrible against Boston, losing the decision 5-1, but Boston has made practically every team look terrible so far this season. However, the team then turned around and lost by the same score...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

UNC's Sexton Opts to Graduate

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Redshirt junior quarterback Cameron Sexton has decided to graduate at the end of this semester and possibly transfer to a Division II school for his final year of eligibility. "I have always been a competitor and I have more goals I want to accomplish on the football field," Sexton said in a statement released Wednesday. "I’ll always be grateful for the opportunities I had at North Carolina.” Sexton entered the season third on the depth chart behind sophomore starter T.J. Yates and the much-heralded freshman Mike Paulus. Yet Sexton ended up splitting time with Paulus after Yates went down...

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