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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Duke tops Virginia again; once long-shot season goals very much alive

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Duke's football juggernaut keeps on rolling on. Will Snyderwine (pictured) hit five field goals while Thaddeus Lewis overcame five sacks by the top-rated pass defense in the ACC as the Blue Devils got past host Virginia 28-17 at Scott Stadium. It was the third straight victory for Duke, all in ACC, a feat the Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1 ACC) had not accomplished since 1989. The win means David Cutcliffe's squad needs to win at least two of its last four games to qualify for the school's first bowl bid since 1994, and with two wins a bowl invitation would be...

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NCCU takes care of business at Homecoming, wallops Central State

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 6:22 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM  It's Homecoming day at N.C. Central, and for Eagles everywhere that means it's a big game no matter the identity of the opponent. This time, it's Central State of Ohio, an Historically Black institution that belongs to the Division II Great Lakes Football Conference. The Eagles come into the game with a 1-6 record, while CSU is 1-7. NCCU lost its first six games before a 52-7 home romp over NAIA member Central Methodist two weeks ago, that coming after Rison challenged his team to win its final five games. The crowd isn't as big as at...

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For Wolfpack, another shootout, another loss

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 4:16 PM

TV/RAYCOM—Florida State had just scored, the latest team to cross the plane in a game where neither team could stop the other. They'd just recaptured the lead 45-42 with 96 ticks remaining. A faint "d-fense, d-fense" chant began among Seminole fans in Doak Campbell Stadium, sounding more pleading than confident. For four quarters, this contest looked like your classic "whoever has the ball last will win" script. Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson tossed five TDs. Florida State's running game accounted for 278 yards and a five scores of its own. As the Seminoles prepared to kick off, Raycom ACC football...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

NCCU looks for a much-needed win against underdog homecoming foe

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

N.C. Central football coach Mose Rison issued his team a challenge after the Eagles went 0-6 in the first "half" of their football schedule. Win the last five games. There is no Duke, Appalachian State or Liberty capable of whipping the Eagles by a big score left on the schedule. So far, so good. NCCU easily disposed of NAIA member Central Methodist two weeks ago, and had no trouble at all last week with Open Date. On Saturday at 1:30 the Eagles will host Division II Central State of Ohio (1-7) in their annual homecoming game, and NCCU will...

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UNC, Duke women in AP's top half-dozen; ACC Tourney tickets on sale Monday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:38 PM

UNC and Duke are both in the Top 6 in the Associated Press' preseason women's basketball poll, while three other ACC members are in the Top 25. Connecticut is a unanimous No. 1 in the ranking with all 40 first-place votes, followed by Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, UNC and Duke. Virginia is No. 14, Florida State No. 15 and Georgia Tech No. 19. Also, the ACC has announced that ticket books for its women's basketball tournament, which will be held March 4-7 at the Greensboro Coliseum, are now on sale. Ticket books may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster's...

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Final UNC 20, No. 14 Virginia Tech 17: Deja-Barth saves UNC season

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

TV/ESPN -- Remember when Connor Barth lined up and nailed a a 42-yard field goal to beat No. 4 Miami in Chapel Hill as time expired? Well, fast forward five years later and Casey Barth continued the family legacy and made two field goals in the fourth quarter against No. 14 Virginia Tech, including the game-winning boot as the clock ticked to zero. The kick snapped an eight-year losing streak to ranked opponents on the road and mirrored the elder Barth's game-winner.  It wasn't pretty and and just sneaked its way through the uprights. For the first time all...

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Duke awarded NCAA women's hoop tourney games for 2011

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Duke loves to host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, and the Division I Women's Basketball Committee is returning the love for the second straight year. Duke, which will host the first two rounds at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, will also host the first two rounds in 20011, the NCAA has announced. The games will be held either March 19-21 or March 20-22, 2011. "We are thrilled to once again host the NCAA Tournament in the most amazing collegiate basketball venue in the world," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie (pictured) said. "Cameron Indoor Stadium...

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Halftime UNC 7, Virginia Tech 0: Carolina defense frustrates Tyrod Taylor

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:03 PM

TV/ESPN -- Another first-half offensive slugfest for the Tar Heels ... but this time, UNC looked the better team and scored on a touchdown pass with less than three minutes to play. After being torched by FSU's Christian Ponder last Thursday, UNC's defense made key plays on third and fourth down, stopping two key fourth down pass attempts by Tyrod Taylor in UNC territory. Key series of the half: On third-and-3 in Hokie territory, Greg Little motioned into the backfield and rushed for 23 yards deep into Hokie territory.  Little also caught a 17-yard pass on the drive, which...

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Wellman: RailHawks and TOA to submit new league application "as soon as tomorrow"; updates on Richardson, Paladini; next year's friendlies may include EPL side

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM

In an interview Thursday afternoon, Carolina RailHawks president Brian Wellman confirmed that the dissident group of USL-1 club owners known as the Team Owners Association (TOA) would be submitting an application to the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to form a new league. "We'll be submitting an application to USSF for a new league as soon as tomorrow," Wellman said in a phone interview from Charleston, S.C., where he was meeting with Andrew Bell, president of the USL-1 Charleston Battery, to coordinate the scheduling of friendlies next season. "Nothing's changed as far as the teams go," Wellman said of...

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Duke is a hot football team as it visits revenge-minded Virginia on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Duke got its most impressive football win in Durham in a very long time last season in a 31-3 romp over Virginia. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Scott Stadium, the homsetanding Cavaliers will come out looking for revenge. That it's a must-win contest for the Cavaliers (3-4, 2-1 ACC) is something everyone probably knew when the season started. Duke, not so much. The Blue Devils (4-3, 2-1) are having their best season in 15 years unless something derails it, and the Cavaliers will be intending to do just that. Duke was also 4-3 last season, but that felt...

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Wolfpack, Florida State showdown at high noon Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Wolfpack head to Tallahassee N.C. State (3-4, 0-3 ACC) vs. Florida State (3-4, 1-2 ACC) [Noon, Saturday, Doak Campbell Staidum] Broadcast info: ABC, 101.5 FM When you go to the official N.C. State athletics football Web page and a story about Wolfpack players in the NFL greets you, you know there haven't been a lot of good things to write about Tom O'Brien's club this season. It started decently enough. Russell Wilson set the NCAA record for most consecutive passes without an interception (he's thrown four in four games since), Toney Baker returned from a two-year knee rehab...

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Duke, UNC make top 10 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Coming off a national championship and a roster overhaul, coaches picked North Carolina No. 4 in the nation in the preseason coaches' poll released Thursday. Duke, who reached the Sweet 16 before losing by 23 points to eventual Final Four-bound Villanova, is ranked No. 8 in the poll. Both teams tied for first in the ACC preseason poll -- the first time in ACC history the league has had co-favorites; both teams have top-10 recruiting classes (No. 3 for UNC, No. 8 for Duke according to Scout.com); both teams made the top 10 in the preseason poll for the...

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‘Canes drop seventh in a row to St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:08 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—File this one under the “pathetic” category and call it a night. The evening celebrated 10 years of Hurricanes hockey in the RBC Center – the first game in the building took place 10 years ago tomorrow – but there wasn’t much for the home crowd to celebrate in the ‘Canes’ seventh straight loss, one in which they came out strong but quickly fell flat. It was one of those games where, even though the home team trailed by two in the third, it seemed like much more....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

UNC-Virginia Tech preview: Heels face defining road test

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 7:56 PM

North Carolina (4-3) at No. 14 Virginia Tech (5-2) [7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, Lane Stadium] Televised by ESPN Another Thursday night game, but this time North Carolina travels to Blacksburg to face an angry and bitter Virginia Tech team looking to stay in the Coastal Division race. The past few games between these two schools have been closer than expected.  An injury to UNC quarterback T.J. Yates cost the Heels the victory in 2008, and the season before the Heels lost by a touchdown despite outgaining the nationally ranked Hokies. Key stats: 2001 -- that's the last time...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Duke keeps momentum up, defeats Terps 17-13 - Story in Photos

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 11:55 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM -- It was another wet and miserable game for Duke Football, weather wise, but the Blue Devils ended up winning 17-13 over the Maryland Terps (2-5). For Mike Potter's post-game post, just click here; for the photographs, they'll be on the next page....

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Butch Davis' Tar Heels start off strong but come up short - Story in Photos

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 9:50 PM

KENAN MEMORIAL STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL -- It was Chapel Hill's first ever Thursday night football game, a part of UNC head coach Butch Davis' plan to advance Tar Heel Football. The Heels started off with a strong  30 minutes, but couldn't produce a "W" in the last 30 minutes and lost 30-27 to the Florida State Seminoles. Click here for Jacob Swiger's half-time update or post-game report; for the photographs, they'll be on the next page....

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NCCU hopes to win second straight against homecoming foe Central State

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 9:46 PM

PEARSON CAFETERIA/DURHAM Mose Rison said he had no idea how big homecoming is at an Historically Black College until he joined one's staff as a football coach. Rison was a highly touted running back during his playing days at Central Michigan, and had stints as an assistant coach at Navy, Rutgers, Stanford and Arizona before a short tenure at Livingstone in 2004 where he got a small taste of it. Then when he joined Rod Broadway's N.C. Central staff as N.C. Central's offensive coordinator in 2006 before becoming head coach the next season, he got the full idea. "At...

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Duke's Cutcliffe says he'd much rather deal with overconfidence than losing

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 6:40 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM David Cutcliffe has already seen the first part of this movie before. But if the Duke football coach is able to get his wish, this time it will have a very different ending. The Blue Devils have exceeded just about everyone's expectations but their own so far this season, off to a 4-3 start (2-1 ACC) with two straight ACC victories including Saturday's 17-13 victory over Maryland and two road wins already this season. That's not much different from what the Blue Devils were last year, when they started 4-3 before ending up 1-7 in the...

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UNC Tuesday Tour: Where's that panic button?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 2:22 PM

It's been a weird several days since Christian Ponder went all Drew Brees on the Tar Heels. Grumblings from fans and media have begun permeating through the blogosphere. Most of which point to coach Butch Davis' 16-16 record at Carolina as not worthy of a multimillion-dollar contract. The frustrations UNC fans feel aren't unrealistic.  The defense is there but sometimes is outschemed by opponents.  The offense flashes potential but lacks consistency with an interception-prone quarterback. Halfway through year three, though, Davis should not start 0-3 in conference play, especially with the talent he's brought to Chapel Hill. To make matters worse,...

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What is going on with the Hurricanes? Also, see ya later, Yelle?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Taking penalty after inconveniently-timed penalty, head-faking an offseason pick-up after ten games, going winless on the road, sending opponents to the hospital on stretchers and earning suspensions and league wide ire – is that what this new, tougher Hurricanes team is all about? At first, it seemed like growing pains. One got the sneaking suspicion that this team was actually very good, but was still getting its sea legs. However, ten games into the season, it might be time to start worrying. The overtime game-winner...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Tar Heels picked first in ACC women's hoops, but Breland may have to redshirt

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM/GREENSBORO UNC is the pick of the Blue Ribbon panel to win the regular-season championship in ACC women's basketball. But a lot of that, of course, is predicated on the health of senior forward Jessica Breland. Breland (pictured at left), who was found in the off-season to be suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, was named to the five-player preseason All-ACC team selected by the 45-member panel of school representatives as well as national and regional media. But whether or not she plays this season is still up in the air. "She's feeling great and she looks good," Tar Heel coach...

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mitchell pours in 24 points as Duke women take the boys to the hoop

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Joanne P. McCallie got a little creative when three members of her Duke women's basketball team were too banged up to play in the team's annual Blue/White game. The coach invited some boys to play. Not just any, of course, but the crew of Duke men who oppose her team in practice on a regular basis and sometimes win the battles. Not today. The Blue Devils, ranked as high as No. 4 nationally in some preseason prognostications, led 10-1 early and 35-9 after the first of four 10-minute quarters, rolling to a 110-43 rout over a...

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Duke puts eight including three frosh in double figures in rolling Pfeiffer

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 10:15 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Mike Krzyzewski said the reason he scheduled his Duke basketball team's first exhibition so early was because it would be on Parents' Weekend. Maybe it's a good thing for Pfeiffer that the Blue Devils haven't been practicing all that long. (No, I'm not going to be the Duke men's basketball beat writer for Triangle Offense. I'm just pinch-hitting. But I have done spot coverage for a long time and was actually in the house for Krzyzewski's first game as the Blue Devils' head coach, a 67-49 win over Stetson on Nov. 29, 1980.) Duke took on...

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Duke stays on the winning track by winning an ugly, wet game over Terps

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 6:06 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke had had an open date to get ready for what may turn out to be its biggest game of the year. Maryland (2-5, 1-2 ACC) is the visitor on a day when - let's hope - the rain has already fallen. The Blue Devils are 3-3, 1-1 in ACC play, and will very probably need to win this one to meet second-year coach David Cutcliffe's stated goal of an appearance in a bowl game. To get there Duke, which hasn't made such a trip since 1994 - also the last year in which the Blue...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Duke women's hoop team in a Battle of the Sexes on Sunday afternoon

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM

"Battle of the Sexes," anyone? Duke women's basketball will hold its Blue/White game on Sunday at 1 p.m. And because three players - Keturah Jackson, Shay Selby and freshman Janee Johnson - are hurt and the Blue Devils have only nine healthy team members, instead of holding their traditional intrasquad exhibition they will square off with the male Duke students who regularly provide opposition in practice. Admission is free to the public, and all who ask at the Cameron Indoor Stadium ticket office may also have free tickets to the Blue Devils' 3 p.m. women's soccer game against Virginia Tech...

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