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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Glen Wesley honored, 'Canes decimated

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Glen Wesley’s retirement ceremony was both understated and grand, touching and humorous. It began when every Carolina player – including the goaltenders – wore Wesley’s jersey during warm-ups. No. 2 took the microphone for a bit and shared some memories and thanks, then took a final lap around the RBC Center ice to tumultuous applause. He and his family watched his No. 2 rise up the rafters, never to be seen on the back of a Hurricane player again. “It’s a night that we’ll remember forever,” Wesley said. Two of...

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Bill Bell wears Carolina Blue

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 9:31 PM

A funny thing happened in the Bull City last night. Durham's mayor, Bill Bell, wore a UNC Tar Heels hoodie over his suit at a City Council meeting. Find out why in David Fellerath's Triangle Offense post (hint: it has to do with Duke losing), then check out the exclusive gameday photo, along with a meeting report (kind of like a recap) over at our sister blog, Triangulator....

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*Liveblog* from Glen Wesley Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 6:43 PM

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No. 2 goes to the rafters tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The Hurricanes will retire Glen Wesley's No. 2 in a ceremony tonight preceding their last match-up with the formidable Boston Bruins. Wesley, a veteran of 728 games in a Hurricanes uniform and over 20 NHL seasons, played with only three franchises during his long and illustrious career, and two of those were Hartford/Carolina and Boston. Wesley was with the team for its downs (when the team had neither a home nor a permanent fan base in Greensboro) and its ups (two Stanley cup finals in four years.) He finally lifted the cup over his head in 2006, which was a...

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Weekend ACC action: A four-factor review

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM

This past weekend in ACC play, several of the conference’s top teams had trouble securing victories on the road. Dean Oliver’s four factors have plenty to say about Sunday’s upsets—and some upsetting trends for the cream of the ACC’s crop. But first, let’s look at how they did predicting how the Miami-North Carolina game would play out. The Tar Heel offense, as it has every game this season, scored more than one point per possession (1.04).  More surprisingly, the Tar Heel defense held the Hurricanes under one point per possession (.98).  Breaking it down into the four factors, the Tar Heels and...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

The rich get richer: Zeller could return Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 9:36 PM

According to North Carolina head coach Roy Williams' Monday radio show, Tyler Zeller could potentially return to the lineup Wednesday against N.C. State. "Right now I would not be surprised if Tyler did play Wednesday night against North Carolina State," Williams said. "This is Tyler's decision," Williams added. The full audio can be heard here. For the Tar Heels, the timing of this announcement could not be much better. The Heels have raced out to two-game lead in the conference despite a depleted lineup due to the departures of Marcus Ginyard and Will Graves for the season and Carolina's...

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Tar Heels survive trap game, knock off Miami

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 6:09 PM

TV/ FOX NET—North Carolina had built-in excuses at their disposal heading into their game at Miami on Sunday night. The Heels had beaten hated rival Duke in Durham on Wednesday in a game that required full emotional investment, and star guard Ty Lawson had fallen ill and was running at far less than full speed when UNC invaded Coral Gables to battle Miami. And that made the club's 69-65 victory all the more meaningful....

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

UNC at Miami: "Four Factor" preview

Posted By on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

ED. NOTE: This is the first post by Ryan Campbell, the latest addition to the Triangle Offense arsenal of writers. Ryan's special interest is in applying statistical analysis to sporting match-ups. The field is commonly known as sabermetrics, and is associated with the baseball writings of Bill James. The "Four Factors" of basketball were developed by Dean Oliver and, in the view of many, are all one needs to statistically summarize a game of basketball.  These four factors are shooting (eFG percentage), turnovers (TO percentage), rebounding (OR percentage), and free throw rate (FTR). Assessing how a team performs under these...

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Follow the Yellow Jacket road

Posted By on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM

TV/RAYCOM—There's no place like home—or Atlanta—when it comes to padding the win column for the N.C. State men's basketball team. No team in the ACC carries a wider disparity between their home and away winning percentage than the Wolfpack, even after their impressive 86-65 victory at Georgia Tech. This is N.C. State's first conference road win this year and only their second road victory overall (the other being the first game of the season at New Orleans). Still, between this and the recent, narrow overtime loss at Virginia Tech, N.C. State is finally exhibiting some signs of heart on the...

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Martin Nuñez scores first goal for Puerto Rico against Columbus Crew

Posted By on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 12:59 AM

Obviously, RailHawks fans and observers can't and won't spend all of the 2009 season pining for the quicksilver winger Martin Nuñez, but we can't help but note the following: In a preseason exhibition on Thursday, Feb. 12, Nuñez's new squad, the Puerto Rico Islanders, defeated last season's MLS champs, the Columbus Crew, 2-0. You know where this is heading: The game's first, and winning, goal was scored by Nuñez. From the Islanders' Web site: Within the first minute of the game, former Carolina Railhawks‘ Martin Nuñez (from Uruguay) found a loose ball in front of theCrew’s goal and scored the first goal of...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

“Southeast Smackdown” may have been more accurate

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 So. How to describe last night’s miserable showing against the Florida Panthers. Let me just start out by saying that I did not attend the game last night. I actually watching the Flyers take on the Senators in Philadelphia, which turned out to be a better choice. However, I watched first two periods and the highlights – and there weren’t many – from the third, and I think I have a pretty good grasp on what went down. Let’s start out by acknowledging that the ‘Canes...

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More muscle signed up in Cary

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 2:54 PM

The signing news out of Cary has largely concerned midfielders and forwards, but as Sir Alex Ferguson and Edwin van der Sar can attest, there's no more indispensable component of a winning soccer team than a first-rate back four. The signings have been slow—and the one announced defensive newcomer, Mark Schulte, had not arrived in camp when we were there Wednesday (although we did see 2008 holdover David Stokes, who is on the roster). Today the RailHawks announced the signings of defenders Jack Stewart and Jeremy Tolleson, both of whom have been training in Cary this week while awaiting clearance...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chapel Hill Circus

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 2:57 PM

In a scene that Jesse Helms would appreciate, the liberals in Chapel Hill, N.C. celebrated President Obama's stimulus bill Wednesday by rushing Franklin Street and turning downtown into a zoo. Helicopters swarmed overhead, watching the residents' pandemonium as a hawk watches its prey. Police officers and fireman hovered around the outskirts of the crowd as students jumped through fires to celebrate the spending spree congress just authorized. Err.. Well, either that or UNC beat Duke. Video: Rushing Franklin Street from The Daily Tar Heel on Vimeo. Courtesy of The Daily Tar Heel....

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Wolfpack eschew déjà vu to defeat No. 7 Wake Forest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—As North Carolina State students stormed the court following the Wolfpack's 82-76 upset victory over seventh-ranked Wake Forest, the raucous spectacle felt as much like a collective sigh of relief as a mass celebration. Three days after squandering an 18-point second-half lead only to lose at Virginia Tech, N.C. State nearly surpassed that ignominious feat as they watched a 20-point lead over the Demon Deacons with 13:44 remaining shrivel to just two inside the final minute. But, after N.C. State's Ben McCauley hit one of two free throws and Wake Forest's James Johnson missed a three-pointer with 31 seconds left, guard Javier Gonzalez sealed the win...

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Southeast Show-up on the horizon?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> The Hurricanes will host the Florida Panthers in what has been almost jokingly called a “Southeast Showdown” for some time. However, tonight, the match-up is as billed. The Florida Panthers hop scotched over Carolina earlier this week after erasing a three-goal deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs (oh, Toronto…) and winning in overtime. They now sit in that beautiful, elusive eight-seed and look to be the spoilers to the ‘Canes’ return to the playoffs. They are a point ahead and have a game in hand. The Panthers have had trouble winning in...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

LIVE: DUKE vs. UNC -- BLOG WITH US NOW!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Duke/UNC Live-Blog...

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Don't forget: Live-Blog Tonight!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Just a quick reminder that we'll be blogging during tonight's UNC/Duke game, so be sure to stop by a few minutes prior and join us for the nation's finest rivalry. ...

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RailHawks' training report: 11 Feb 2009

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 2:12 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Today's two hour training session began with some light jogging and stretching followed by a short passing game. For aspiring coaches out there, the game involved two players, three cones and a ball. After passing between two cones, the receiving player was required to take a touch moving the ball around a cone before sending his second touch back between two cones. After warming up with this for 10 minutes, the lads jogged lightly and stretched. Then they repeated the exercise in a competitive fashion, gaining points when their partner couldn't complete the move in two touches. The...

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James Worthy > UNC (> or =) Duke

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

The cover of our Dec. 3 N.C. Basketball Preview featured local musicians Bradley Cook (wearing the Duke shirt; a member of Megafaun) and William Anderson (wearing N.C. State and UNC apparel; a member of The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers). Both of these guys—natives of the mighty state of Wisconsin—could care less about ACC basketball, though Cook did buy a UNC sweatshirt and began rooting (mildly) for the Tar Heels upon moving to N.C. in 2006. This morning, though, Cook decided to take a definitive stand for UNC before tonight's really big game versus Duke. Thing is, his...

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Martin Nuñez now a Puerto Rico Islander

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Last night we ran down the official RailHawks roster, as it now stands. We noted two significant absences: forward Dan Antoniuk and winger Martin Nuñez. There's still no news of Antoniuk—and he's not training with the team right now—but Nuñez, last year's co-offensive player of the year and a finalist for USL-1 rookie of the year, will not be playing for the RailHawks this year. Instead, he has signed with the powerful Puerto Rico Islanders, who finished atop the league in 2008 (but lost in the playoff final to Vancouver). The Islanders are also still playing in the CONCACAF Champions League...

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Duke-UNC live-blogging tonight!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Join us at 9 p.m. as Rob Harrington and Grayson Currin* lead a live-blog discussion of tonight's battle royale in Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the meantime, memorize the drinking game rules... *Matt Saldaña, the previously announced blogger, woke up feeling sick and won't suit up for the game....

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The Duke/UNC Drinking Game

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 2:05 AM

There's all sorts of serious Carolina vs. Duke analysis getting disseminated throughout the internet today, and you can expect to read more of that here as well as we build toward our live-blog tonight. That said, in the spirit of worry hard-play hard, the following is an intended source of anxiety reduction for tonight's showdown that inevitably will hit close to home for many Indy readers. Enjoy! The Carolina vs. Duke Drinking Game Single-Player System: If any player scores at least seven consecutive points for his team, drink. Proposition 8: If a sideline reporter giggles nervously during an interview...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two more signings for the RailHawks bring roster to 18

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 7:13 PM

  In another addition to a burgeoning midfield, the RailHawks added Daniel Paladini, veteran of the MLS side Chivas USA. Paladini, 24 years old, appeared in eight games for Chivas last year, starting five and scoring one goal (that's only four fewer than teammate Sacha Kljestan!). (h/t to Jarrett for the first video link) Paladini has spent his entire career in California, from his hometown of Northridge to his alma mater Cal State-Northridge to his drafting by the Los Angeles Galaxy to his most recent stint with Chivas. It's the second signing, however, that catches us by surprise: a...

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Mayors of Durham, Chapel Hill to gamble on sports outcome

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM

A high-profile game sure brings out the politicians. Super Bowl winners often get face time with presidents (or voice time with them), for example. Sometimes politicians even want to be seen with athletes who've just disgraced themselves in front of the entire planet: In 2006, after Zinedine Zidane notoriously headbutted Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, French politicians eager to be seen with a French Arab hero rushed to Zidane's side. Still, it doesn't always benefit the politician to be at the ballgame, of course. Especially when the team is the Philadelphia Flyers. Just ask Sarah Palin.  The stakes are a little lower down...

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UNC women erupt in second half, defeating Duke 75-60

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:50 AM

At the conclusion of a game that saw UNC's high-octane offense explode for 50 points in the second half, coach Sylvia Hatchell took the microphone of the public address announcer and apologized to the crowd of 7,080 for her team's performance in the game's first 17 minutes. Indeed, Duke dominated the game up until that point, with smothering defense that kept the Heels' shooting under 20 percent. UNC's 10-0 run, however, closed the gap at the break to 27-25. In the second half, the Tar Heels succeeded in establishing the tempo and scored 50 points to Duke's 33.  Afterward, the...

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