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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No Kandji for the RailHawks in 2009

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 8:32 PM

 Not coming to Cary  Not that it was a likely scenario, but the RailHawks did technically own the contract to Macoumba Kandji, the Atlanta striker who finished last season in the MLS Cup final with the New York Red Bulls.  Today, the Red Bulls made it official: They've bought out the Senegalese striker's contract, which involve a compensation to the RailHawks. Kandji's transfer fee has been reported elsewhere to be about $150,000. [No details of the deal were disclosed in the Red Bulls' announcement, per MLS and club policy.] [See editorial note below.] Kandji scored 11 goals in 21...

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Heels face mini-crisis after second conference defeat

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM

North Carolina didn't expect to be in this position, and no one else expected the Tar Heels to be in it, either. Through two ACC games, the previously top-ranked Heels are tied for last place in conference standings. The Heels' most recent outing was a deflating 92-89 loss at top-five Wake Forest on Sunday night in Winston-Salem. In and of itself, a loss on the road to an elite opponent wouldn't be a big deal. It was obvious during the early season that UNC's defense remains more of an annoyance than a genuine obstacle, and no team that defends so...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

UNC Drops in the Rankings

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:14 PM

The Tar Heels fell to fifth in this weeks' Associated Press Poll after their second ACC loss in a row. The coaches weren't as generous as Carolina dropped to sixth overall in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Elsewhere in the ACC, Wake Forest jumped Duke to second in the AP Poll and rose to third in the coaches poll while Clemson sneaked the top 10. It's becoming even more eerie how similar this season is to the 2004-2005 season in which Duke, Wake and UNC fought in a competitive ACC race. Here's a glimpse back at the rankings from that season...

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Duke defeats Stephen Curry, Davidson, begins ACC road trip

Posted By on Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 2:46 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – Thursday night, Duke kept a sleeping giant relatively subdued, holding the best college-basketball guard in the country to eight first-half points--and surviving a late run in the second half--to defeat Davidson, 79-67. All eyes were on Stephen Curry, the player who last year led his 23rd-ranked team to the Elite Eight, losing narrowly in that round to Kansas, the tournament's eventual champion. But thanks to Duke's help defense, and particularly pesky coverage by Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith, Curry missed his first four shots, and didn't get on the board...

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hoop Dreams director to curate sports films at Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:10 PM

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced today that Steve James, director of one of the most successful documentaries ever, the 1994 epic Hoop Dreams, will curate a sports-themed program at this year's festival, which runs April 2-5. James' sidebar will be called This Sporting Life, and will not be limited to documentaries. Instead, the series "will include some of the lesser-seen dramatic films that take place in the world of sports. Selections will include those that specifically anticipated the emergence of the sports genre in documentary filmmaking, which continues to be honest, vibrant, and original." Any suggestions for Mr. James?...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

UNC wins tune-up prior to huge weekend battle

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM

North Carolina didn't dispel the doubts that have surrounded the team since its stunning loss to Boston College last Sunday, but the Tar Heels did bounce back from their first defeat and blew by Charleston 108-70 in Chapel Hill on Wednesday night. The first half actually featured more of the same confused and effectively non-existent defense that was torched by BC, as the Cougars shot 47 percent in the first half and hit 44 percent from the three-point stripe. The fact that the Heels led 53-41 at the break didn't mollify the growing concern that the team was sliding...

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Staal named to 2009 Eastern Conference All-Star team

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> This morning, Eric Staal was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the third year in a row. Staal leads the Hurricanes in goals and going into tonight’s game against Florida is a career-high plus-11. Staal will take part in the Honda/NHL Skills Competition on Jan. 24, the evening before the big game. In 2007, Staal tied Marian Hossa for the win in the most accurate shot competition, and last year he was the fastest skater out of those representing the Eastern Conference. Staal notched two goals and added an...

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‘Canes win fourth in a row, Florida's up next

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 -->The game was billed to be a father-son bonding experience for New Jersey head coach Brent Sutter and his son, Carolina forward Brandon, but Tuomo Ruutu and Sergei Samsonov stole the show and gave the Hurricanes their fourth straight victory. The team is 3-0 in the new year heading into tonight’s match-up in Sunrise, Florida. Ray Whitney scored a minute and three seconds in to start the ‘Canes off in the right direction and put New Jersey on its heels. Sergei Samsonov scored his 200th career goal – last year, for him, it...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New England Revolution comes to Cary

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

That's the New England Revolution, as in the Major League Soccer team that has been to the MLS Cup final six times and is the current holder of the 2008 SuperLiga Championship.  The Cary-based Carolina RailHawks of the rival USL-1 professional soccer league announced today that the Revolution will travel here for a preseason friendly on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. It will be the first annual "Community Shield Match," and the Revolution's players will participate in community events during their stay. The Foxboro, Mass.-based team has been home to some of America's most famous players, including Alexi Lalas,...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Duke 69, VT 44; Blue Devils roll past Hokies, move up to No. 2

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:00 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – In their first game versus an ACC opponent this season, No. 2 Duke held Virginia Tech to 13 points in the second half, and came away with an impressive 25-point victory Sunday night. Today, the team advanced three spots in the national rankings, up from No. 5 last week. Kyle Singler led the team in scoring, with his routine near-triple-double: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. Gerald Henderson was equally impressive as a passing swingman, scoring 15 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 8 boards. Emblematic of Duke's versatility...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Bye Bye Saint Nick

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM

  On a sour day for Tar Heel fans across the state after Roy Williams' squad dropped a thriller to Boston College Sunday, junior wideout Hakeem Nicks announced he will declare for the 2009 NFL draft after pulling in 217 yards receiving in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Nicks is leaving UNC already holding 14 school records including yards in a season (1222) and touchdowns in a season (12). “Carolina has been a special place for me,” said Nicks. “I want to thank my teammates, the coaching staff and the Tar Heel fans for supporting me during my three...

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Boston College tops UNC in Sunday shocker

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Over the past three weeks, it had become increasingly evident that North Carolina's basketball team had stopped defending at the championship level. Many assumed that the Tar Heels simply were playing down to the competition and perhaps struggling due to limited practice time, and the expectation was that they'd recapture form in time for the ACC schedule. Boston College proved all that false on Sunday evening in Chapel Hill. Riding the exploits of guard Tyrese Rice (25 points) and wing Rakim Sanders (22 points), the Eagles shredded UNC's defense and soared above the mighty Tar Heels to hand them their...

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