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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Eagle men's hoop schedule moves a little closer to home

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Eleven home games plus trips to UNC and N.C. State highlight this season's N.C. Central men's basketball schedule under new coach LeVelle Moton (pictured). The Tar Heels and Wolfpack , which NCCU will face for the third straight season, are two of four ACC opponents along with Miami and Virginia Tech Moton's team will be facing this time. Other familiar opponents will include High Point, Savannah State and Longwood - with whom the Eagles will have home-and-home sets for the third straight season - as well as a visit to Colgate to face the Red Raiders for the third straight...

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Q&A with Carolina Hurricanes' Jussi Jokinen

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM

--> 'Canes winger and newly-minted clutch playoff goal scorer Jussi Jokinen talked to the Indy last week about lofty expectations, creative song interpretations and how those embarrassing pictures you took so many years ago never seem to truly go away. Hopefully there will be more where this came from later on this year. The 'Canes open their regular season this Friday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers and naturally, we will be there. Here's the preview I wrote for the Indy print edition. Independent: First off, how was your summer? What kinds of things did you do? Jussi Jokinen:...

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RailHawks' Daniel Paladini makes USL-1 first team, hopes to train overseas in off-season

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

The RailHawks' stellar midfielder Daniel Paladini was named to the All-League USL First Division's first team, the USL announced today. Yesterday, the RailHawks' defender Mark Schulte was named to the second team. Here's the complete first team: GK: Steve Cronin (Portland Timbers) D: Nelson Akwari (Charleston Battery) D: Cristian Arrieta (Puerto Rico Islanders) D: Matt Bobo (Charleston Battery) D: David Hayes (Portland Timbers) M: Daniel Paladini (Carolina RailHawks) M: Ryan Pore (Portland Timbers) M: Ricardo Sanchez (Minnesota Thunder) F: Charles Gbeke (Vancouver Whitecaps) F: Mandjou Keita (Portland Timbers) F: Johnny Menyongar (Rochester Rhinos) Last night, I posted a forecast...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

RailHawks' Schulte named to USL 2nd team; handicapping the 1st team (how many RailHawks?)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Mark Schulte, the RailHawks' workhorse of a center back and team captain, was named to the all-USL-1 second team today. Schulte, who was a two-time defender of the year in the USL-2 while playing under coach Martin Rennie at Cleveland—before both decamped for Cary—led a defense that conceded only 19 goals, good for best in the league along with first-place Portland. Here's the USL-1 First Division Second Team: GK: Bill Gaudette (Puerto Rico Islanders) D: Stephen deRoux (Montreal Impact) D: Cameron Knowles (Portland Timbers) D: John Krause (Puerto Rico Islanders) D: Mark Schulte (Carolina RailHawks) M: Martin Nash (Vancouver...

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Eagle-Aggie "Classic" may be good way for NCCU to right the ship

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 7:25 PM

PEARSON CAFETERIA/DURHAM N.C. Central looks to be in a pretty deep hole right now. The Eagles, in their third football season of the five-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I (Championship Subdivision), are carrying an 0-4 record that with a couple of better bounces might be 2-2. And they're coming off an emotional 49-14 loss in the "Bull City Gridiron Classic," NCCU's first game against Duke in which the Eagles fought hard and made the first half exciting but didn't have enough manpower to hang with the established Division I (Bowl Subdivision) Blue Devils. But maybe there's nothing...

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Duke may face season's biggest challenge Saturday against Va. Tech

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 6:29 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM It's pretty easy for Duke football folks to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. The Blue Devils are 2-2 at the end of their non-conference portion of the schedule, and are coming off a 49-14 victory in their spirited new cross-town rivalry with N.C. Central in which Coach David Cutcliffe said his team might have taken some things up a notch - at least at times. "Coming off the game we're still looking for consistency," Cutcliffe (pictured) said at his regular weekly press luncheon at the Brooks Football Building. "It was kind of three games....

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UNC Tuesday Tour: The 'At least UNC doesn't face the option again' edition

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 2:46 PM

It wasn't a good weekend for Chapel Hillians. First, Georgia Tech exposed UNC in what could have been a coming out party for Butch Davis and the talented defense.  Second, rivals N.C. State and Duke won important games -- with State's boosting them back into the national spotlight.  And now, the entire state's main hope in national football prominence -- the Panthers -- fell to 0-3 in embarrassing fashion on Monday Night Football. The good news is that Virginia and then Georgia Southern visit Kenan in what should be easy wins, right? For some odd reason, Davis is impressed by...

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Monday, September 28, 2009

RailHawks' season ends; Rennie: "We have the nucleus of a good team... we can make it stronger."

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 8:10 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Bummer. It was a lovely evening for soccer, sunny and mild in early fall. Just as it's a little early for the leaves to change color and drop from the trees, it was a little early for the RailHawks' remarkable season to end. But end it did, as an exhausted and increasingly desperate squad failed to put the ball in the net against the seventh-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps, finishing with a nil-nil draw. The RailHawks needed a 1-0 victory just to get to penalty kicks, but the Cary XI closed their season by failing to score in...

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bull City Gridiron Classic: Slideshow

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Here's a slideshow from the inaugural Bull City Gridiron Classic. Score: Duke University: 49 NCCU: 14 You can read the post-game story by clicking here....

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Bull City Gridiron "Classic?" Absolutely. Let's do that again soon!

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 4:31 PM

The weather was a big challenge for everyone in the house, and the game turned into a blowout in the fourth quarter. Still, the first "Bull City Gridiron Classic" on Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium was an unqualified success. On the field, Duke whipped N.C. Central 49-14 in the schools' first-ever meeting on the football field. Yes, the score showed that David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils - who have been playing at the top level of college football ever since just after World War I while the Eagles are still in transition from Division II to Division I (Championship Subdivision)...

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USA Baseball rips Cubans again, repeats World Cup championship

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Maybe the Cuban baseball dynasty is beginning to crumble a little bit. Lucas May blasted a three-run, second-inning homer and Team USA poured on six more runs in the seventh, topping the Cubans 10-5 to win the IBAF World Cup in Nettuno, Italy. It was the 14th straight win for the Red, White and Blue, which had also beaten the Cubans on Thursday and lost just one of its 19 games after the group of top-level minor leaguers was assembled for the first time earlier this month. The USA was the defending champion of the tournament, also defeating the Cubans...

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RailHawks need two goals from Vancouver today; Candon replies to post on away goals

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 1:30 PM

After the RailHawks lost 1-0 Thursday night at Vancouver, they're in the unenviable position of needing a two-goal victory margin to move on in the USL-1 playoffs without throwing themselves into the crapshoot of a penalty-kick finish. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tickets here. Against the Whitecaps on Thursday, the RailHawks attack was notably punchless despite having Matthew Delicâte in the striker role for much of the game. Of the seven shots mustered, only a second-half look from close range by John Cunliffe posed any real danger to Whitecaps keeper Jay Nolly.  However, the RailHawks would...

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

N.C. State Rallies to Beat Pitt, 38-31, But Don't Tell That to Tom O'Brien

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 8:38 PM

RALEIGH — Maybe I walked into the wrong press conference. I thought I came to listen to a coach beaming about scoring 21 unanswered points to barnstorm Pitt 38-31 and close a shootout of a game. A coach who'd be happy about his team's turnaround and its first win against a Football Bowl Subdivision team. N.C. State head man Tom O'Brien saw the contest a little differently, his emotions matching the dreary weather conditions. "Well, we're certainly excited to come away with the victory," he said, using his usual opening line after a victory, looking down at the podium, combing...

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Devils blow away Eagles in second half, win Gridiron Classic 49-14

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 8:31 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM History is being made in the old Bull City tonight, but unfortunately Mother Nature hasn't decided to cooperate. Although the rains aren't still falling at kickoff, the field is wet for the start of the first "Bull City Gridiron Classic" - the inaugural football meeting between cross-town rivals Duke and N.C. Central - and the crowd is going to be somewhat smaller than expected. It's not a record crowd, but 26,390 and a full press contingent come out on an absolutely nasty night for football on which the Devils pull away with a big second half...

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Georgia Tech 24, UNC 7: Offense lets defense, Heels down

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM

TV/RAYCOM—Georgia Tech's defense exposed the UNC offense, which couldn't stay on the field long enough to give the defense a rest and prevent the 24-7 loss Saturday in Atlanta. The Tar Heel offense went 1-for-11 on third down plays while the Yellow Jackets converted 10 out of 19 third down attempts, effectively wearing out the UNC defense so that when Erik Highsmith (pictured) caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter the defense was too gassed to force a punt ... or anything. No. 22-ranked UNC managed to gain only 154 yards and turned the ball over three times,...

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Georgia Tech 10, UNC 0: Heels repeating UConn performance

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 1:33 PM

TV/RAYCOM -- One half, zero points, 52 total yards. Sound familiar? UNC's offense looked worse than it did against UConn two weeks ago if that's even possible. The Carolina defense woke up in the second quarter and slowed down the Yellow Jackets, keeping what should have been a blowout a manageable game. Erik Highsmith caught a 30-yard pass that set up the Heels in scoring position, but Casey Barth missed a 32-yard field goal that would've broken the shutout and given the Heels some momentum heading into the half. Key series of the half: Roddy Jones 13-yard touchdown rumble set...

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Dr. CanesLove, or: How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love the Blog

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:20 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 -->So, um…hi. It’s been a while. Since last we talked training camp, my hometown Bulls won a triple-A championship, the Railhawks made the playoffs, a mute Tyler Hansbrough was featured in an AT&T commercial and “health care” became a dirty phrase. In addition, the ‘Canes finally bought out Frank Kaberle and Anton Babchuk sulked back to Russia yet again. The ‘Canes’ rooks, featuring Brandon Sutter, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman, also put on an impressive showing at the Traverse City Tournament, beating out the Minnesota Wild farm team for the tournament title. What...

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USA Baseball hopes 13-game winning streak brings good luck

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Team USA will go into the championship game of the IBAF World Cup on a 13-game winning streak. Kasey Kiker (pictured) allowed just one hit in six innings while Buck Coats had three hits for three RBI on Friday as the Red, White and Blue topped The Netherlands 8-2 in their final game of pool play. The defending champion Americans will play Cuba in the gold medal game on Sunday in Nettuno, Italy, with the game shown live on the MLB Network. Ike Davis had his fourth homer of the competition for Team USA, while former Durham Bull Jon Weber...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Gridiron Classic trash-talk invades the club, the church and the dinner table

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Saturday's football game that's going to crown a collegiate champion of Durham for the first time may be doing a lot to bring the city together, but it's also doing plenty to divide small parts of it. Offices, churches, school classrooms and even families are splitting their allegiances as Blue Devils or Eagles for the "Bull City Gridiron Classic" between Duke (1-2) and N.C. Central (0-3) at Wallace Wade Stadium. And in some cases, people who are old friends or in even closer relationships just won't be able to sit together in the throng. It's not like...

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USA Baseball tops Cubans, will face them again in Sunday's finale

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Team USA won the warmup game, and now the Americans just have to wait until Sunday to see if they can repeat it and win the IBAF World Cup championship game again. A two-run homer from Terry Tiffee (pictured) provided the biggest blow on Thursday in Nettuno, Italy, giving the Red, White and Blue a 5-3 victory over Cuba in pool play. Team USA, which has won 12 straight games since dropping its tournament opener to Venezuela in an extra-inning tiebreaker, will attempt to defend its title on Sunday. The USA is 1-6 against the Cubans in World Cup finals....

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

UNC-Georgia Tech preview: Jackets to take stinger out from Miami loss

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

No. 22 UNC (3-0) at Georgia Tech (2-1) [12 p.m., Sept. 26, Bobby Dodd Stadium] ESPN.360/RAYCOM 1997 ... that's the last time UNC won against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Last season a similarly alarming statistic was brought up when the Heels traveled to Charlottesville, where they have now failed to win 14 times in a row. Those statistics and other factors remind me of last season's 16-13 loss to the Cavaliers.  UNC entered that game ready to take a strangle hold on the Coastal Division and solidify its national ranking. This season, UNC beat three opponents it should...

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Football history coming to Durham in just over 48 hours

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Some folks may have been anticipating this one for an old man's lifetime, and it's finally going to happen on Saturday night. The "Bull City Gridiron Classic" will put host Duke - which is playing in its homecoming game - and N.C. Central on the football field at the same time for the first time, and it's definitely the talk of the city. The Mayor already issued a proclamation on Monday night. Today at 5:30, the student unions are holding a joint 5 ½-hour pep rally at historic Durham Athletic Park at which both coaches will speak...

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Wanted: Better broadcast coverage of the RailHawks; Vancouver tonight, will away goals materialize?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:22 PM

It's Thursday, Sept. 24, and the RailHawks playoff run begins tonight in Vancouver. Tune in at 10:30 p.m. to www.usllive.com for the Webcast, and/or follow the tweets from the RailHawks' Tim Candon @RailHawksFC. I published a short print preview in the Indy this week (with a great picture of Gregory Richardson during his dominating first-half performance against Puerto Rico). We also heard coach Martin Rennie on 850 the Buzz yesterday. While it was great to hear the RailHawks featured on a local AM sports chat show, the quality of the interview was a little discouraging. The host, David Glenn,...

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Redmond, Weber, Childers spark USA Baseball into title game

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Todd Redmond pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings while three teammates including former Durham Bull Jon Weber (pictured) homered, leading defending champion Team USA to a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico in Florence, Italy and a berth in the title game of the IBAF World Cup. Ike Davis had a solo homer to right in the second inning, while Buck Coats soloed to right in the fifth and Weber added a blast to center in the eighth. Redmond (3-0) allowed just four hits and struck out four before former Bull Jason Childers came on to close and earn his first save...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Durham Bulls Beat Memphis Redbirds in extra innings, win Triple-A Championship

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 5:00 AM

ESPN 2---And that's that: the Durham Bulls took a 4-0 lead early, squandered it in the middle, and got help at the end to beat the Memphis Redbirds, 5-4, in 11 innings and claim the Triple-A Championship. It's kind of amazing, really. (What's really great is that the Bulls' own Web site has the winning run in Memphis's row in the linescore.) The Bulls, who are the first International League team to win the crown, are officially the best Triple-A baseball team in America, which by extension makes them the best team in the entire minor leagues. They could probably...

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