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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Hurricanes are shippin' up to Boston (wa ah oh!)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Has everyone recovered from Tuesday? Good. Let’s roll. Sorry the series recap never happened, but let’s look ahead instead. Before the ‘Canes had time to unwind after a spectacularly memorable Game 7, they were back on a plane, preparing to face a team that beat them like a red-headed stepchild in the regular season. The Boston Bruins, the surprise No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, are up next. In a lengthy interview the day after the ‘Canes returned home from New Jersey, Mo claimed that the only differences between New Jersey...

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A Colloquy with Gerry Hunsicker; Bulls Split With Knights. Also, I Am Psychic.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:06 AM

DBAP/DURHAM—First (and second) things first: The Bulls split a two-game miniseries with the Charlotte Knights, sumoing them last night, 14-7, and then rolling over to receive same on "Education Day" this morning , 9-1. The Bulls' PR people beat me to the choicest pun the way the first waiters to spot staff-meal always scarf up the tuna tartare. Neither game was much fun to watch. The Bulls struck for six runs in the bottom of the first yesterday on a grand slam by Justin Ruggiano and a two-run shot by John Jaso. The Knights halved the deficit in the...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Last-ditch effort saves 'Canes in Game 7

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> FSCR/ TV—Bring on the Bruins. Behind with 1:20 left in the game, the ‘Canes potted an incredible two goals and downed the Devils, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. They will now move on to face the top-seeded Boston Bruins either Friday or Saturday evening. The ‘Canes won this game as they won the series: after repeatedly falling behind and clawing their way back. Brian Rolston scored in the second period to put the Devils up again and the ‘Canes couldn’t respond for almost two periods. The team...

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Game 7 liveblog: 'Canes @ Devils

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Game 7 'Canes @ Devils...

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RailHawks sign up Rascal Flatts for defense, more news...

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 5:45 PM

A couple of items from the RailHawks home office before we return to our regularly scheduled HURRICANES LIVE BLOG. First, although the RailHawks scarcely seem to need any backfield help, having conceded only one goal in their first three games, the team couldn't pass up an impressive prospect out of UCLA by the name of Brad Rusin. He hasn't seen any first-team action yet, but the RailHawks' press announcement indicates that he will travel with the team this weekend for two games against Portland—as good an indication as any of his value as a prospect. To make room for Rusin,...

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Game 7 LiveBlog - please join us tonight!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In honor of tonight’s Game 7 cage match between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils – which is, alas, an away game – Triangle Offense will be liveblogging tonight, starting at approximately 6:30. If you’re watching the game near a computer, please join us and share your thoughts....

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Bulls Hit Home?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

The Durham Bulls return to the DBAP tonight for their second homestand of the year. They went 5-5 on their three-city road trip after posting a 6-1 opening mark at home. Over the course of a season, a .500 away record and an .857 home clip would almost surely qualify them for another postseason run at the Governor's Cup, the International League's championship trophy. But it's early in the year, and making guesses about a 144-game season based on the first 17 outcomes is foolish, especially where roster-unstable minor-league teams are concerned....

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Carolina crushes New Jersey 4-0, forces Game 7

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—The Carolina Hurricanes fought hard in Game 6 for the tie and managed to send it back to Newark. Once there, they’ll be able to visit an old friend: Game 7. New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner returned from injury to play in his first since Game 1, but his Devils looked slow and listless after Carolina seized momentum and the home team danced to a 4-0 victory. Here’s a curious little twist: after going down 3-1 to the Rangers, the Washington Capitals pulled even this morning, so both Southeast...

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Thunder fails to clap, RailHawks build nest egg

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 6:47 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—On a Sunday afternoon best made for poolside lounging, the Minnesota Thunder and Carolina RailHawks shuttled the ball back and forth for 90 minutes. The majority of the RailHawks faithful took their cues from the weather report and stayed away in droves. Had they been at the stadium, the 90-degree temperature combined with the somnambulant pace of the game could have produced the world’s largest collective nap. For the 3,500 regular fans who missed the game, there were 22 players running about, clattering into each other, trying to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of scoring a...

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mudcats' Jordan Smith on DL

Posted By on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:33 PM

This hasn't been a good week for Mudcats' pitcher Jordan Smith. He was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Huntsville Stars after arguing about a check swing call, and now he's been placed on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to April 24.  Meanwhile right-hander Justin Mallett has been assigned to the Mudcats from Triple-A Louisville. In the last 10 games for the Bats, Mallett has pitched two innings, striking out two and allowing two hits....

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Duke's Henderson declares for NBA draft

Posted By on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM

According to Duke University, Gerald Henderson has declared for the NBA draft: “After a lot of thought and discussion with my family and the Duke coaching staff, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft,” said Henderson. “Playing in the NBA has been a goal of mine since a young age and I am thrilled to have the opportunity. My three years at Duke have been a tremendous learning experience and have helped me develop both as a person and as a player.” Along with Kyle Singler, Henderson led the Blue Devils this year in scoring with 16.5 ppg, and...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Note to RailHawks: Stock up on stretchers when Miami comes to town

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Just watched the Friday night USL-1 game on Fox Soccer Channel, in which the Miami Blues knocked off league power Montreal, 2-1.  It was a sloppy, choppy game that was notable for the extraordinary diving and time-wasting undertaken by the Blues, a team with a fair share of wily South American veterans—notably Diego Serna, the 35-year-old Colombian striker. Serna scored the first goal early in the second half on a PK, and then proceeded to burn approximately 10 minutes with various histrionics. He finally earned his red card after repeatedly approaching the ball to tamp down turf on a free...

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More Fernando Perez Prose

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Fernando Perez has another piece of writing in the New York Times, this one about how it's too early in the season to assess teams or players. Fernando's team, the Rays, will be relieved to hear that: The Bulls' parent club is just 6-10, in last place in the American League East Division. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 10-4 after dropping a 4-3 decision at Norfolk last night. They managed only six hits last night, just one for extra bases, adding another game to their season-opening hitting slump (see Ryan Campbell's post for details). Perhaps the Bulls' position players ought to...

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Carolina plays well, but can’t solve Brodeur

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Anyone who thought Martin Brodeur’s stick-throwing hissy fit on Tuesday night would put an extra shake in his glove was sadly mistaken. Anyone who thought being cut by the skate of a flying Chad LaRose would slow him up was very wrong. And anyone who thinks the ‘Canes have a shot in this playoff series, regardless of how well they play, if Brodeur is on his game is living in a little place I like to call Delusion Land. The best goalie in the world saved the diva antics tonight and posted...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kate Shefte to talk 'Canes on 850 the Buzz

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Tune in to 850 the Buzz to hear Kate discuss the post-season prospects of the Carolina Hurricanes in advance of tonight's Game 5 against the New Jersey Devils. She's scheduled to be on the air at approximately 5:40 p.m....

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RailHawks' Aaron King loaned to USL-2 Wilmington Hammerheads

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:19 PM

In a sign of the congestion at the top of the RailHawks' single-striker attack, reserve forward Aaron King has been loaned to the USL-2 Wilmington Hammerheads, the RailHawks announced today. The loan term will keep King in Wilmington through May 30, allowing him to appear in as many as seven games. RailHawks coach Martin Rennie said the loan would give King some valuable playing time. "As a striker you need to score to build confidence, and by getting a few games he'll get more chances to do that. He'll come back and I expect he'll be a big part of the...

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UNC duo departs for NBA

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 2:40 PM

With more than two weeks under their belts since winning the NCAA basketball title, UNC guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington announced Thursday they would hire agents and enter the NBA Draft. Both are projected to be drafted in the first round, but Ellington could slip into the early second round at worst. Lawson averaged nearly 17 points per game in his junior season and won ACC Player of the Year. "It's hard to leave Carolina because of all the great memories," Lawson said in a press conference....

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Bulls' (Offensive) Power Outage

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The Durham Bulls opened the season 6-0 and now sit atop the standings with a 10-3 record, so it's not shocking that the Bulls offensive woes have gone unnoticed.  However, the truth is that some excellent Bulls pitching has been hiding slumbering bats. Using the four basic hitting metrics (Avg, OBP, SLG, OPS) the Bulls' hitting woes can be analyzed more thoroughly....

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Bulls on the Move

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:22 AM

At a game during the Bulls' first homestand, I was talking to Ken Tanner, who at one point was the Bulls' radio broadcaster and now seems to have something like emeritus status. Tanner pointed out to me a new feature the Bulls have added to the nightly press pack: a rundown of recent transactions involving all of the teams in the International League. As we scanned that night's sheet, Tanner mentioned that the teams with the most transactions tended to be affiliated with the worst major-league franchises (e.g. Indianapolis/Pittsburgh). The Bulls had made, to that point, just one roster...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It wasn't pretty, but Mudcats squeak by Stars, 7-6

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 5:13 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ ZEBULON—I went to baseball game this afternoon and a hockey match broke out. Wild pitches, wild tempers and wild wind prevailed at the Carolina Mudcats’ homely contest versus the Huntsville Stars, which featured two ejections, a hit batter and Juan Francisco’s ballsy slide across the plate to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The final score was 7-6, but Mudcats’ manager David Bell and starting pitcher Jordan Smith also had scores to settle with home plate umpire Jason Cooksey. Bell and Smith were both ejected in the top of the sixth inning...

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UNC to play Michigan State in 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Shades of 2005, anyone? Next season Michigan State will travel to Chapel Hill, hoping to avenge combined blowout losses of 52 points from last season, including a 17-point drubbing in the title game on April 6. UNC will play the Spartans for the fifth time since the 2005 Final Four, winning all four of the previous meetings by an average of 20.5 points. The Tar Heels faced a similar situation the last time they won a title when Illinois visited Chapel Hill in a rematch of the 2005 championship....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

'Canes salvage win with 0.2 seconds remaining, tie series 2-2

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—0.2 seconds. That’s all that came between the Hurricanes and an overtime that could have led to essential statistical elimination. The ‘Canes tried the whole “playing with a lead” thing, and it almost failed miserably. Carolina couldn’t make a three-goal lead stand up but a Dennis Seidenberg slap shot with a second left was tipped by Jussi Jokinen to put an end to this nail-biter....

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Duke's Henderson to go pro ... maybe

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Various reports surfaced Monday saying an announcement for Duke guard Gerald Henderson to enter the NBA Draft was imminent. WRAL News reported Monday that two NBA sources said Henderson was going to declare and various draft websites said he was in the process of hiring an agent. Somehow these two mysterious and unknown NBA sources are more reputable than Duke's Associate Sports Information Director Matt Plizga, who actually spoke to Henderson....

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Picnic behind (and at) the plate; Mudcats win home opener 12-3

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:45 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ ZEBULON—It was somewhere around the seventh inning when the Carolina Mudcats mascot removed his head. To be clear, he did not publicly decapitate himself at Five County Stadium, as that would likely have sent children into relentless crying fits or have traumatized them into a permanent, stony silence. But in the privacy of the press box, populated only by peanut-popping reporters, Muddy the Mudcat could openly take off the upper part of his costume, maxillary barbels and all. Aside from the sad realization that Muddy is not really a fish, Monday night was a beautiful night...

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RailHawks' Stewart, Gardner honored

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:13 PM

The ’Hawks are off to the best start of the team’s three-season history, with six points in two games. Last week, Mark Schulte was the USL-1 player of the week, and today, news comes that, for their performances in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Rochester, defender Jack Stewart and winger Josh Gardner have been named to the season's first USL-1 team of the week. The league announcement is here....

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