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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's really, really official: Wilmington Hammerheads out of USL-2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:52 AM

WECT of Wilmington, N.C., reports that despite flickers of optimism that a buyer could be found for the troubled USL-2 Wilmington Hammerheads, those hopes appear to be dashed and the USL is proceeding with the 2010 season without this North Carolina market. This brings the number of teams apparently playing in the USL-2 next season to eight, a figure that reflects last week's announcements that the Charleston Battery would self-relegate to the lower division, and that Tampa and Crystal Palace Baltimore would jump from the USL to the upstart, revived North American Soccer League. The disappearance of the Hammerheads is...

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Tar Heels host winless Blue Hose today

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 2:03 AM

UNC tries to keep its perfect women's basketball record intact today at 1 p.m. when Presbyterian visits the Smith Center. The Tar Heels (3-0) are ranked No. 4 nationally, while Presbyterian (0-5) is in the third season of its five-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Today's meeting will be the first between the teams. Junior guard Cetera DeGraffenreid (pictured) is the leading scorer for the Tar Heels, who have won 80 of their last 81 non-conference games at home....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cutcliffe says giving seniors good sendoff important for Duke against Wake

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke won't have a possible bowl bid on the line when the Blue Devils host Wake Forest in the season finale for both football teams on Saturday. So this time, it's going to be all about Senior Day. Duke (5-6, 3-4 ACC) can finish its first non-losing season in 15 years with a win over the Deacons (4-7, 2-5), but a couple of losing streaks will have to disappear. Wake has won nine straight in the series, while the Blue Devils have lost three straight games. "I didn't want this to be the damn last press...

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Ex-RailHawk Caleb Patterson eligible for MLS expansion draft

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:56 PM

It's a bit of a relief to take a break from the Sturm und Drang of the North American soccer second division to simply note a bit of interesting RailHawks player news: Caleb Patterson (sometimes called Caleb Patterson Sewell), the sparkling young goalkeeper who split time with Eric Reed last year, was left unprotected by Red Bull New York for possible drafting by the expansion Philadelphia Union. The way it works: Each existing MLS team is allowed to protect 11 players, and the Union can select a total of 10 players, with no more than one selected from any team....

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Tar Heels cruise past Gardner-Webb 93-72

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — After suffering its first defeat of the season last weekend in disastrous fashion to Syracuse, North Carolina’s return game was a home affair against outmanned Gardner-Web. While mismatches such as these typically don’t excite the fanbase — indeed, crowd turnout and volume have been subpar so far this season — there was more anxiety evident in the stands after the debacle against the Orange. But Carolina was able to operate its transition game the best it has all season, leading to an easy victory in which several struggling players were able to play more loosely and,...

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RailHawks’ Selby Wellman: Expect at least 10 teams in NASL

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Carolina RailHawks majority owner Selby Wellman expects at least 10 teams to be in the newly named North American Soccer League, though he declined to name the possible additions to the nine confirmed ownership groups. Wellman and fellow owners announced Monday that they will bring back the NASL name, conjuring up memories of the first American professional soccer league, which included the likes of Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff before it folded in 1984. "We talked about it a long time. There's pros and cons because the league didn't make it, that would be the con. The pro...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Wolfpack gets Harper first road win

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Kellie Harper (pictured) got her first big win as women's basketball coach at N.C. State Monday night. Tia Bell  and Marissa Kastanek scored 12 points each to lead the Wolfpack to a 62-52 road win over Colonial Athletic Association power Old Dominion at the Constant Center. The Wolfpack (4-1) won its third straight game while the Monarchs, who shot just 34.6 percent, fell to 0-3. State, which led 32-25 at the half, sealed the result by making its final eight free-throw attempts after a 1-for-7 start at the line in its first road game of the season. Shadasia Green led...

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Cheek's double-double leads balanced effort as Duke foils UNCC

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:04 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke is back into the nation's Top 10 in women's basketball, and tonight we'll see what the Blue Devils do to celebrate. Defending Atlantic 10 champion UNC Charlotte (1-2) is in town, probably ready to provide tougher opposition than in the Blue Devils' last home game against Georgia Southern on Thursday night. Duke, which comes into the game 2-1, moved up one spot from No. 11. The loser in front of them was Texas, coached by former Blue Devil mentor Gail Goestenkors. The 49ers are looking to go to post-season play for their third straight season. The...

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Eagles keep it fairly close before falling to James Madison in Miami finale

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:20 PM

N.C. Central kept it respectable again, but the Eagles ended up on the wrong end of a 79-66 loss to James Madison in their final game of the 2KSports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in Miami. Darren White had 20 points for the 2-2 Dukes, leading four JMU players in double figures. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) led NCCU (1-5) with 21 points including 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, while Nick Chasten added 12. Pierre Curtis added 16 points for JMU, which led 45-29 at halftime. Dazzmond Thornton added 14 points and Julius Wells 13. The Eagles' next game is on Saturday...

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Wheels of Steel: Rollergirls Photo Gallery

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Photos by Arianna Hoffmann...

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UNC's DeGraffenreid ACC player of week

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 7:56 PM

UNC's Cetera DeGraffenreid, who averaged 21 points in two games, has named ACC women's basketball player of the week. DeGraffenreid (pictured) had 20 points with eight assists, a career high-tying eight steals and six rebounds in 29 minutes on Wednesday against Coastal Carolina. On Sunday at UNLV, the junior guard scored 22 points including 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Virginia's Simone Egwu was named rookie of the week....

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Women's roundup: Duke faces strong opponent at home, State on road

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 1:15 AM

Duke looks to stay on track against a tough opponent tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while N.C. State goes looking for a surprise on the road. Joanne P. McCallie's No. 11 Blue Devils will be looking for their 15th straight win at Cameron when they face defending Atlantic 10 champion UNC Charlotte at 7 p.m. It's "Take a Kid to the Game" Night, with one child admitted free with each paying adult. First-year N.C. State coach Kellie Harper (pictured) will seek her first road win with the Wolfpack tonight, when she takes her team against 0-2 Old Dominion at the...

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Eagles not quite a match for Murray State's balanced scoring attack

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central had another respectable showing in the 2K Sports Classic in Miami, but in the end Murray State was just too deep. B.J. Jenkins' 16 points led five Racers in double figures as they topped the Eagles 84-61 in their men's basketball contest Sunday night. Nick Chasten (pictured) also had 16 points to lead the 1-4 Eagles, who will play their final game of the event today at 4 p.m. against James Madison (1-2). The Dukes beat host Florida International 81-68 on Sunday. C.J. Wilkerson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, while Michael Glasker chipped in...

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tar Heels' Lucas shines in return to her Las Vegas hometown

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Italee Lucas' "homecoming" game in Las Vegas went just fine. The junior guard scored 24 points and backcourt running mate Cetera DeGraffenreid added 22, helping No. 4 UNC hold off UNLV 78-68 in women's basketball at Cox Pavilion. Lucas' biggest play came with 1:19 left, when after missing back-to-back free throws she got the offensive rebound and put the ball in the hoop for a 74-66 lead. It was her first game in her hometown as a collegian. Lucas (pictured) and DeGraffenreid were the only players in double figures for the Tar Heels (3-0), while Chay Shegog added nine points...

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NCCU can't overcome Gardner-Webb's 6-6 center, falls to 0-4 on the season

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 5:50 PM

McLENDON-McDOUGALD GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central is still looking for its first win of the women's basketball season, and today the Eagles get their second straight home game. Today's opponent is Gardner-Webb (2-1), which was picked in preseason to finish third in the Big South Conference. The Runnin' Bulldogs' only loss so far has been to Houston. NCCU (0-3) fought gamely in its last contest Wednesday night against Campbell, falling behind by over 20 points before recovering to make it close. But the Camels dominated down the stretch in a 79-63 win. The Eagles played Gardner-Webb last season in Boiling Springs, winning...

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Courageous Rollergirls win a thriller over Steel City Demons, ending '09 campaign

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

ED. NOTE: See additional photos by Arianna Hoffmann here. The most exciting sports event involving a Triangle team this weekend? Without a doubt, it was our Carolina Rollergirls winning a come-from-behind thriller Saturday night over the Steel City Derby Demons, 144-143, before 1,400 ecstatic fans at Raleigh's Dorton Arena. The 'girls grabbed their first lead since early in the bout literally in the last second of action after they'd trailed by 28 with just four minutes to play. Holly Wanna Crackya (pictured at right) was the Rollergirls' heroine, racing to a huge plus-20 from her jammer position to cut...

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NCCU plays its third game in Miami this season tonight against Murray State

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 1:09 AM

N.C. Central will try again for an upset tonight in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, when the Eagles take on Murray State in Miami. LeVelle Moton's club is 0-2 in the event, losing its season opener at UNC last week before giving Subregional host Florida International fits in an 83-73 loss Friday night. Murray State walloped James Madison 71-43 in the other Friday night game in Miami. C.J. Wilkerson is the scoring leader for the Eagles, who will play JMU on Monday at 4 in their final game of the event....

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Women's roundup: Eagles host Gardner-Webb, UNC visits UNLV

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Italee Lucas will lead her UNC women's basketball team back to her hometown today when the Tar Heels visit UNLV. The No. 4 Tar Heels (2-0) will be playing their first road game of the season, while UNLV is 2-1. Game time is 5 p.m. at Cox Pavilion. In the Triangle's only other Division I women's game today, N.C. Central (0-3) hosts Gardner-Webb (2-1) at 3 p.m. at McLendon-McDougald Gym. Sylvia Hatchell's Tar Heels will be back home on Wednesday, taking on Presbyterian at 1 p.m....

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

'Canes shock Lightning, 3-1, string together back-to-back wins

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 10:42 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - The Hurricanes got a 60 minute effort tonight at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning and won in regulation for the first time since Oct. 9. The Lightning, which was clinging to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, parted like the Red Sea and allowed the ‘Canes to party like it was 2008. Good defense, crisp passes, clutch saves by Manny Legace when Carolina needed them – this looked like a completely different Carolina team. Those watching from home might not have seen Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis get a lesson in anthem etiquette from...

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Turnovers, running game dooms N.C. State against the Hokies

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 7:39 PM

TV/ESPNU — Prolific Hokie freshman running back Ryan Williams ran wild Saturday, scoring four touchdowns as No. 15 Virginia Tech defeated N.C. State comfortably, 38-10. Early turnovers, an inability to run the ball or stop the run plagued the Wolfpack (4-7, 1-6 ACC) all day. N.C. State's depleted team, now missing 12 players to season-ending injuries, couldn't hold onto the ball long enough to have a chance at Lane Stadium. Williams churned for 120 yards along with his four scores for Virginia Tech (8-3, 5-2 ACC). Quarterback Russell Wilson (pictured) was sacked and fumbled on the team's first offensive...

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NCCU wins the track meet with Savannah State on Senior Day

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM It's the season football finale at N.C. Central, and so far the whole campaign has been a mixed bag. NCCU went 0-6 through an extremely tough first "half" of the schedule, in which the Eagles dropped a pair of very winnable games in overtime. Coach Mose Rison at that point set a goal of winning the last five in a row. Old Dominion derailed that idea two weeks ago, but now the idea is to win four of the last five and match last season's 4-7 finish. The opponent is Savannah State (2-7), which is reeling with...

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Big Miami fourth quarter foils Blue Devils, apparently douses bowl hopes

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Duke's hopes to play in its first bowl game in 15 seasons are apparently gone. Jacory Harris completed 25 of 43 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 21 Miami used a big fourth quarter to put the Blue Devils away 34-16 at Land Shark Stadium. Duke led 16-10 early in the third period before the hosts recovered to put the game away. Miami (8-3, 5-3 ACC) outgained the Blue Devils 252 yards to 118 over the game's final 26 minutes. Miami native Thaddeus Lewis (pictured) completed 20 of 37 passes for 303 yards for Duke, which fell...

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Final UNC 31, BC 13: Heels' secondary feasts on Eagles' passing attack

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 4:07 PM

TV/ESPN2 -- Quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Dave Shinskie battled for the title of "quarterback who threw the most interceptions" in Chestnut Hill Saturday.  Shinskie won ... but it wasn't a good thing. UNC and BC combined to toss eight interceptions on the day, but Shinskie's mistakes couldn't come at worse times.  After a three-interception performance against Miami, cornerback Kendric Burney picked off a Shinskie pass and returned it for a touchdown to make it 21-0 in the first quarter. Safety Deunta Williams (pictured) matched Burney's Miami performance with his own three interceptions Saturday, including the game clincher that ended a...

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Agents Orange dust off Tar Heels 87-71

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Syracuse erased a two-point halftime deficit to rout North Carolina in the final of the 2k Sports Classic on Friday night in New York. The Orange, which entered the game as a one-point favorite, opened the second half with a 22-to-1 scoring run that effectively decided the competition. There were few positives to glean from this game for the Tar Heels. Carolina committed another 19 turnovers, shot an atrocious 38 percent from the field and, on defense, allowed Syracuse to hit 54 percent of its shots....

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Eagles make a strong showing, but can't hang with Florida International

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 12:40 AM

N.C. Central made a strong run at host Florida International, but couldn't quite pull the upset over Isiah Thomas' squad, falling 83-73 in their first game of the Miami Subregional of the 2KSports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at U.S. Century Bank Arena. Marvin Roberts had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Panthers (2-3), while Phil Gary chipped in 18 points and Antoine Watson 14. Vincent Davis led the Eagles with 23 points and tied his career high with nine rebounds, while C.J. Wilkerson added a season-high 21 points. NCCU trailed 36-30 at halftime and 50-49 at...

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