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Monday, November 30, 2009

Carolina can't beat an Ovechkin-less Capitals team, lose Corvo in the process

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Caniac Nation couldn’t take another five-goal third period meltdown, and thankfully the ‘Canes provided an alternative – they lost this one the old-fashioned way. 39 shots on goal and a very late – like, 14 seconds left in the game late – Matt Cullen comeback bid didn’t pan out and the ‘Canes dropped their fifth in a row. The entire game was a sideshow to the drama that unfolded in the first period, which saw Alex Ovechkin deliver an illegal blow and injure himself in the process. But while the Capitals recovered from the loss of their unequivocal...

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Six Triangle players make first team all-ACC

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

With the ACC regular season wrapped up, the first and second all-ACC teams were announced Monday, including 13 players from the Triangle. Duke The Blue Devils' high-octane offense was led by quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who was voted on the second team. Lewis' primary target, Donovan Varner, made first team and led the league with 5.4 catchers per game. Kicker Will Snyderwine made the second team as well as linebacker Vincent Rey. N.C. State Glaringly absent from the selections is quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the Wolfpack to a dramatic win over UNC Saturday and accounted for 35 touchdowns on...

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Rochester Rhinos jump to NASL; USL-1 shrinks further

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:28 PM

The Rochester Rhinos fulfilled recent speculation today, announcing that they would join the nine other ownership groups that are poised to begin play next spring in the North American Soccer League, which now claims 10 teams. Last week, Carolina RailHawks majority owner Selby Wellman told Triangle Offense that he expected there would be at least 10 teams but refused to confirm speculation about Rochester's status. Here's a link to the early thoughts of Jeff DiVeronica of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "Devo" is an excellent, insightful soccer reporter; he's also been consistent in his scorn for the breakaway league. For...

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UNC survives home scare versus Nevada

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:19 PM

CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — Three days after Thanksgiving, North Carolina nearly laid a turkey. The Tar Heels struggled against Nevada at home on Sunday night, requiring a late run to overtake the Wolf Pack 80-73 and giving Roy Williams his 600th career victory. The Wolf Pack appeared on the verge of folding early, falling behind by double digits and struggling to get good shots. But Nevada began to hit jumpers — including some heavily contested ones — and actually took a brief lead in the second half....

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

UNC withstands a record artillery barrage from Charleston Southerners

Posted By on Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 5:00 PM

SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL UNC is home for a rare early Sunday afternoon game in women's basketball, the 12:30 starting time necessitated by the men's game against Nevada later in the day. The unbeaten No. 4 Tar Heels' opponent is Charleston Southern, another foe from the Big South Conference that seems to be Coach Sylvia Hatchell's favorite reservoir of non-conference home opponents. As usual in these games, the Tar Heels will be heavy favorites. Forward Laura Broomfield is back in the lineup after a one-game disciplinary suspension, and makes the start. Still on the bench is freshman guard Krista Gross,...

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Favored Tar Heels look to stay unbeaten against Charleston Southern

Posted By on Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 12:01 AM

UNC will put its No. 4 ranking and perfect women's basketball record on the line again today at 12:30, when Charleston Southern visits the Smith Center. It's the first meeting between the Tar Heels and the Buccaneers (3-2) since the 2005-06 season. UNC leads the series 7-0. Forward Laura Broomfield (pictured) is expected to play for the Tar Heels today following a one-game disciplinary suspension for a violation of team rules....

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wolfpack makes a long run, but can't quite catch No. 21 Vanderbilt

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 8:46 PM

N.C. State got into a deep hole early and tried to climb out of it the rest of the way, but never got out of it in a 77-71 loss to No. 21 Vanderbilt in the championship game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. Tournament MVP Meredith Marsh, who finished with a game-high 21 points, hit three 3-pointers early to help the Commodores (6-0) a 13-0 lead. Nikitta Gartrell (pictured) scored 15 points for N.C. State (5-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Lucy Ellison - who was named to the all-tourney team - added 14 points and 12...

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Mason Plumlee to return for Duke game Wednesday?

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Forward Mason Plumlee, a speculated pre-season starter for the Duke Blue Devils, could return to the Duke lineup as early as Wednesday, according to a Twitter post by Duke guard Nolan Smith Saturday evening. "My boy, Mason Plumlee may be back, and ready to play by Wednesday!! I cant wait for his debut!" Smith said. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did not mention a date for Plumlee's return after Duke's 68-57 win in the NIT Tip-Off's championship game versus University of Connecticut. "We're still missing one of our kids. Mason Plumlee who I think will be a big addition to our...

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Eagles give homestanding Iowa a good scare before falling by 10 points

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 6:45 PM

LeVelle Moton has sworn he didn't want to be head coach at N.C. Central to collect moral victories, but it would be hard to blame Eagle fans for claiming one today. The Eagles kept Iowa interested until the last couple of minutes before falling 73-63 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the teams' first meeting in men's basketball. Jarryd Cole scored a career-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (2-4). Vincent Davis (pictured) had 18 points and Michael Glasker 17 for NCCU (1-6). Matt Gatens added 16 points and Cully Payne 11 for Iowa, which outrebounded the Eagles 42-21....

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Wake Forest wins shootout to dash Duke's hopes for .500 finish

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke hasn't been in this position in quite some time. If the Blue Devils can beat long-time Big Four rival Wake Forest on a cool, sunny afternoon in the Bull City, they'll be 6-6 and avoid a losing season for the first time since 1994. But David Cutcliffe's club is going to have to break a jinx to do it, as Duke hasn't beaten the Deacons in the last nine meetings. Neither team can go to a bowl - Duke because the win over N.C. Central doesn't count for bowl qualification and Wake (4-7) simply because it...

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N.C. State shuts down Tar Heels in second half en route to season-ending victory

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALIEGH — "N.C. State here we go," a man dressed all in red shouted as he exited Carter-Finley Stadium, his team having just defeated its bitter rival for the third straight year. "TOB (Tom O'Brien) 3-0. Here we go. Butch Davis, what do you have?" "Stop, you're making a spectacle," his girlfriend told him sharply. "But this is all we've got," he sheepishly replied. He's right, N.C. State's season is done, and Davis' team now moves on to a yet-to-be-determined bowl game, but what they've got matters one heck of a lot. Ask O'Brien who said after the...

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A tale of two quarters as UNC leads N.C. State 24-14 at the half

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH — Someone turned on the offensive switch at Carter-Finely Stadium in the second quarter. After a first stanza that saw N.C. State go three and out on all three possessions and UNC come away with a field goal and a turnover in two red zone trips, the teams combined for five touchdowns to close out the half. UNC leads 24-14 at the half. Tar Heel quarterback T.J. Yates found freshman wideout Jherani Boyd for a 35-yard strike on the opening play of the second quarter, and the floodgates opened. Key series of the half With the Wolfpack...

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Eagles' 4-7 season was OK, but the future is going to look much brighter

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 1:00 AM

N.C. Central's football season has been over for nearly a week now, and for the second straight season Mose Rison's club finished with a 4-7 record. After a tough start in which the Eagles went 0-6 with road defeats to heavily favored Liberty, Appalachian State and Duke, the third-year head coach had set a goal of winning the last five games to finish 5-6. And because of a road defeat at Old Dominion in the ninth game of the season, it didn't happen. But what kind of shape is the NCCU program in right now? Reality says it's pretty...

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Eagles take on yet another major foe, travel to Iowa this afternoon

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central visits a big-time opponent that has been having some struggles today. The Eagles (1-5) will make their first visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, taking on Iowa (1-4) in a men's basketball game to be shown live at 1:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. Today's contest will be NCCU's fourth on an opponent's home court in its first season under LeVelle Moton (pictured). C.J. Wilkerson is the Eagles' leading scorer. NCCU will also visit Air Force on Wednesday night before returning home on Dec. 5 against Carver Bible College, one of four non-Division I opponents on the Eagles' schedule....

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Hurricanes hit rock bottom in 6-4 loss to Thrashers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Manny Legace sat in the deserted weight room as his teammates scurried to pack their things for a late night trip to Buffalo, staring past his still-padded legs and down at the floor, looking utterly shell shocked. After Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Thrashers, surely the 14,463 fans in attendance can relate, if not sympathize. Freshly home after successfully managing to escape into December without a win on the road, the ‘Canes dropped another humiliating game to the Atlanta Thrashers after sitting pretty on a...

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Women's roundup: Duke and State roll, but slow start dooms N.C. Central

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 10:02 PM

N.C. State will play in the championship game of Vanderbilt's tournament, and Duke finished a sweep of its two games in Cancun. But a slow start sealed N.C. Central's fate at George Mason in the other women's basketball game involving the Triangle's Division I schools on Friday. Duke's Jasmine Thomas (pictured) had the best game of the night, producing her first career triple-double in the Blue Devils' 74-43 win over Marquette. Freshman Marissa Kastanek led all scorers with 16 points, while Lucy Ellison added career highs of 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Wolfpack got past Northwestern State 76-67...

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UNC-NCSU Preview: Heels aim to reverse 41-10

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM

  North Carolina (8-3) at N.C. State(4-7) [12 p.m., Nov. 28, Carter-Finley Stadium] Televised by ESPN2 A win by either team Saturday won't have any serious implications on the season as UNC has secured a bowl berth and N.C. State will be sitting at home over the holidays.  But a win could go a long way in determining the future for each program. State faces the uncomfortable offseason questions that come after a disappointing year.  After being considered a sleeper in the Atlantic Division with all-ACC caliber quarterback Russell Wilson, the Wolfpack has managed to win exactly one league...

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Women's roundup: Wolfpack wants to extend streak, Eagles to break one

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 1:29 AM

N.C. State will look to extend its winning streak to four games, while N.C. Central is still looking for its first win of the season in women's basketball action tonight. The Wolfpack (4-1) will face off with Northwestern State (2-2) in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament, while the Eagles (0-4) visit George Mason (2-2) for the first meeting between the two schools. Duke is still at the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, and will take on Marquette tonight. Bonae Holston (pictured) is N.C. State's scoring leader. The Wolfpack will play either host Vanderbilt or Austin Peay on Saturday....

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blue Devils get a chance to finish .500 with win over Wake Forest

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Duke's senior class won't be going to a bowl game, but the Blue Devils definitely have a chance to accomplish something special on Saturday. The visitor to Wallace Wade Stadium at 1:30 won't be multiple arch-rival UNC, since the ACC decided it would rather have the Tar Heels end the season with N.C. State this time. Instead coming in is Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5 ACC), the Blue Devils' permanent cross-divisional foe from the Atlantic Division. Wake has dominated the series against the Blue Devils (5-6, 3-4) in recent years, winning the last nine games. But if Duke can put...

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Jasmine Thomas scores 20 as Duke gives Western Kentucky a whipping

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 9:28 PM

The warm Mexican air apparently is doing the Duke women's basketball team some good. Jasmine Thomas scored 20 points, leading the No. 10 Blue Devils to a 70-47 rout of Western Kentucky on the first night of the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun. Thomas had 12 first-half points for the Blue Devils (4-1), going 3-for-4 from 3-point range over the first 20 minutes. Duke's biggest lead in the second half was 29 points. Freshman Allison Vernerey added 10 points for the Blue Devils, while Joy Cheek chipped in nine points and eight rebounds. Courtney Clifton had 11 points and Lashay Davis...

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Eagles' Manns bound for all-star games

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 9:07 PM

N.C. Central's senior offensive tackle Gabriel Manns is going bowling. The 6-6, 320-pounder will be participating in a pair of post-season all-star games, the East Coast Bowl on Saturday in Petersburg, Va., and the inaugural Russell Athletic HBCU Senior Bowl on Dec. 19 in Montgomery, Ala. The East Coast Bowl, to be played at noon at Cameron Field, will features Division I-FCS, II, III and NAIA draft-eligible seniors from nearby states. The HBCU bowl, Dec. 19 at the Cramton Bowl, will pit teams representing the representing the SWAC/SIAC (West) and the MEAC/CIAA (East) regions....

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Durham Bulls' stalwart Jon Weber signs with New York Yankees

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Fortunately, it's Thanksgiving and we have an abundance of things to be grateful for---because, sadly, everyone's favorite Bull, Jon Weber, is no longer a Durham ballplayer. In fact, he will be playing against the Taureaux in 2010. Weber has signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees, who are sure to install him as the starting left fielder for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The contract includes a spring-training invitation with its nominal opportunity to make the big-league club. And all along we thought it was another left fielder property of the Rays, Carl Crawford, that the Yankees coveted. Weber is a...

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Blue Devils surrounded by blue water as they take on Western Kentucky

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Duke will put its No. 10 ranking in women's basketball on the line outside the country tonight. The Blue Devils (3-1) will take on Western Kentucky (3-0) in the first round of the Caribbean Challenge at 6 p.m. at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The Hilltoppers gave the visiting Blue Devils a tough go last season, with Duke finally surviving 59-56. Bridgette Mitchell (pictured) is leading Duke with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game. Duke will play Marquette on Friday at 6:30 in its other game in the Challenge. It is Duke's second appearance in the Cancun event; the...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Story in Photos: NCCU comes out victorious over Savannah State on Senior Day

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Here's a link to Mike Potter's post-game article....

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Freshmen dominate off the bench as UNC demolishes Blue Hose

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL UNC comes home from its first road trip of the women's basketball season with its perfect record still intact. And today Sylvia Hatchell's fourth-ranked club moves back into its regular Big South-oriented early-season schedule. The Tar Heels will be heavy favorites. UNC is 3-0 and today's opponent, Presbyterian College, is 0-5. The Blue Hose, the second Big South opponent of the five the Tar Heels will play, are in the third of the five seasons of transition from NCAA Division II. Things go pretty much as expected as the Tar Heels roll 92-37....

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