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Friday, November 20, 2009

TOA adds Tampa and Baltimore; USL vows legal reprisals

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Today was a flurry of activity in the ongoing dispute between USL Soccer and the breakaway Team Owners Association (TOA), which includes the Carolina Railhawks. First came a potentially game-changing press release from the TOA announcing the addition of two franchises to their nascent, still-unsanctioned league. USL-1 newcomer Tampa Bay Rowdies, a charter TOA member who remained slated to make their USL-1 debut next season, and USL-2's Baltimore side Crystal Palace FC both declared their membership in the still unnamed league. This increases declared TOA membership to nine teams. It was less than a month ago that USL trumpeted the...

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Wolfpack cruises against Davidson to get Harper's 100th career win

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:01 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH Kellie Harper is quickly into her fourth home game in her short tenure as head coach at N.C. State, and tonight she has an opportunity to reach an early milestone. The 32-year-old former Western Carolina coach, who comes into the game with a 2-1 record this season, can get her 100th career victory. Not in the realm of the 1,000-plus wins her mentor Pat Summitt has at Tennessee, but how many people have started careers as college or even high school coaches and never gotten to triple figures? Tonight she'll be facing an old foe, at least...

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Eagles looking to knock out Savannah State, end season on high note

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:39 PM

N.C. Central's third football season as a transitional member of NCAA Division I (FCS) will come to an end on Saturday afternoon. And there's every indication the Eagles will be able to end it on a high note. The opponent is Savannah State, playing this season as the only other FCS/HBCU team. Somebody should have minted a trophy. Mose Rison's Eagles have won close games over the Tigers the last two seasons, and for the second straight year will play SSU at home in the season finale. Savannah State has applied for admission to the MEAC, the conference in...

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UNC survives test, defeats Ohio State 77-73

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Many observers believed that on Thursday night North Carolina would experience its first defeat since last spring’s ACC Tournament, but the Tar Heels gutted out an ugly win over top-25 Ohio State in New York. As part of the 2k Sports Classic, the Heels will play tonight in the final versus Syracuse, which routed California in a game that was expected to be much more competitive. Against the Buckeyes, Carolina sputtered throughout the game offensively and, in a stark contrast to the Lawson/Hansbrough era, relied on its defense to keep OSU in check. The formula worked and at one point...

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Wolfpack heads to Blacksburg with pride on the line

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

N.C. State tries to play spoiler N.C. State (4-6, 1-5 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 ACC) 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Lane Stadium ESPNU, WRAL 101.5 FM Key stats … There will be no late-season bowl run this year for Tom O'Brien's club. Clemson's dynamic C.J. Spiller put an end to those hopes last week. Now the Wolfpack travel north to the always hostile Lane Stadium where Frank Beamer's 16th ranked Hokies sit waiting. Virginia Tech is out of the ACC Championship picture thanks to loses to Georgia Tech and UNC, but they still have a New Year's Day...

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Moton looks for second straight win as NCCU visits Florida International

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 1:02 AM

LeVelle Moton and Isiah Thomas each got his first win as a college basketball coach earlier this week. After tonight, one of them is going to be on a two-game winning streak. Moton's N.C. Central club (1-2) will play its second game in Miami so far this season tonight at 7, when the Eagles visit Thomas' Florida International club (1-3). It's a part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, in which both teams already had a loss at UNC. The Eagles will play two more games after tonight in the round-robin event on the Golden Panthers' floor,...

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Wolfpack tries to get Harper 100th win against Wildcats

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 12:28 AM

N.C. State will try to get its new women's basketball coach Kellie Harper her 100th career win tonight, when the Wolfpack entertains Davidson at Reynolds Coliseum. It's the finale of a stretch of four straight home games to begin the season for the Wolfpack (2-1). Harper (pictured) is 6-5 against the Wildcats, those games all played while she was head coach at Southern Conference rival Western Carolina. Davidson coach Annette Watts is a former Wolfpack assistant under the late Kay Yow. Tonight's game Davidson at N.C. State [Friday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum] NCSU leads series 2-0 Records: Davidson 0-2, N.C....

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thomas leads balanced effort as Blue Devils whip Georgia Southern

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 10:56 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its women's basketball home opener against Georgia Southern with a little chip on its shoulder. The Blue Devils (1-1) were No. 6 in the Associated Press' preseason poll, but are now in the No. 11 spot after a 95-77 loss at Texas A&M on Sunday. It's going to be a contest of strategies tonight, as the Blue Devils want to press and Georgia Southern likes a 2-3 zone. To no surprise, the Blue Devils win it 69-42, improving to 2-1 while GSU is 1-1. The Eagles make some noise early, going up 5-4...

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Last-second heroics give 'Canes a win over Toronto, 6-5 in the shootout

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - The Carolina Hurricanes won an ugly one tonight at home, downing the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, after trailing 3-0, 4-2 and 5-4. The team allowed its 11th three-goal first period of the season, and yet somehow crawled back from that deficit for the second time off a two-goal effort from Tim Gleason and a Hail Mary goal from Erik Cole. “In the past, we just shut it down, game over,” Gleason said. “That was the difference tonight. We showed confidence and character at the end.” There’s no overlooking the...

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UNC-BC Preview: Eagles try to keep pace in Atlantic race

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 7:36 PM

North Carolina (7-3) at Boston College (7-3) [12 p.m., Nov. 21, Alumni Stadium] Televised by ESPN2 North Carolina travels to Chestnut Hill to begin its two-game stretch of revenge games -- with the first against a Boston College team the Heels thrashed 45-24 in Chapel Hill last season. BC needs a win and a Clemson loss in order to advance to the ACC title game.  UNC is jostling for bowl position, including an outside chance of reaching the coveted Chick-fil-A Bowl....

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Blue Devils' backs against the wall as they head to Miami

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM

If the worst-case scenario happens on Saturday, at least Duke got this far. The Blue Devils are facing, let's face it, a "must win" game against No. 21 Miami, and they're going to be pretty big underdogs on the road. David Cutcliffe's team will have to get its biggest win in 15 years to stay eligible for a bowl game. If the Blue Devils put together four quarters of brilliance, taking pieces of the kind of games they played in road wins over Army and N.C. State and Virginia, they have a chance. And that seems to be all...

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Story in Photos: Yellow Jackets pound Duke 49-10

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM -- Duke had the chance to possibly become BCS Bowl eligible, but now they have zero margin for error if they want to go to a bowl game this winter after the Blue Devils lost to the Yellow Jackets, 49-10. For Mike Potter's post-game article, click here; for the story in photos, it'll be after the page break....

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Blue Devils entertain Georgia Southern in home opener tonight

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 3:01 AM

Duke looks to bounce back from its first loss of the women's basketball season tonight at 7, when the Blue Devils host Georgia Southern at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils (1-1) dropped from No. 6 to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll following their 95-77 loss on Sunday at Texas A&M. Duke has won its last 18 home openers including both under Joanne P. McCallie (pictured). Tonight is magnet schedule night. The Blue Devils will also play UNC Charlotte at home on Monday night....

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Duke, now 3-0, has its guard back

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:10 AM

Nolan Smith couldn’t have been too far gone from Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday night before he logged into his Twitter account: “I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” wrote Smith at 10:01 p.m., about an hour after Duke had wrapped up a surprisingly difficult win over a defensively frustrating Coastal Carolina team. Five minutes later, he recapitulated his enthusiasm by losing some exclamation marks: “I’m back!!!!!” Smith spent the first two games of Duke’s regular season on the Blue Devils bench, thanks to a short suspension after he participated in a basketball game over the summer that hadn’t been sanctioned by the NCAA. Tuesday...

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DeGraffenreid’s big game leads Tar Heels past Coastal Carolina

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:57 AM

Cetera DeGraffenreid did it all for No. 4 UNC on Wednesday night. The junior guard had 20 points and eight assists, tying her career high with eight steals in an 88-49 win over Coastal Carolina at the Smith Center. She'la White added 16 points for UNC (2-0), while Chay Shegog chipped in 15. Laura Broomfield added 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for UNC. The Tar Heels led 33-25 at halftime before breaking away over the next seven minutes. Elizabeth Weaver's career-high 14 points to led the Chanticleers (2-1), who shot only 29 percent from the floor. The...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Story in Photos: NC State goes 1-1 in Wolfpack Invitational Tournament with Harper's Debut

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 11:51 PM

REYNOLD'S COLISEUM/RALEIGH -- Kellie Harper began her first season by going 1-1 in the Wolfpack Invitational Tournament. State won its first game against Florida International University 87-71 but lost in the championship game against Vermont University 52-47. Here is Mike Potter's article on the Wolfpack's first victory or first loss; for the story in photos, follow the page break....

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Durham Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo wins Coolbaugh Award

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 11:40 PM

When it rains (which it is now doing, again) it pours. Soon after winning the Triple-A Baseball Championship, and then announcing a historic DBAP partnership with the Duke University baseball team, the Bulls chalked up more good news: manager Charlie Montoyo has won the second annual Coolbaugh Award, which "is presented to an individual who has shown an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field." The award is named for the late Mike Coolbaugh, the player and coach who in 2007 was struck and killed by a foul line drive...

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Moton gets his first career win as Eagles split basketball doubleheader

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 11:07 PM

McLENDON-McDOUGALD GYM/DURHAM It's the home opener for both basketball teams at N.C. Central, and each is still looking for its first victory of the season after two road losses. For the men's team under first-year head coach LeVelle Moton, about all that has been established is that the Eagles aren't ready for the ACC. So far they've played a killer schedule. But they'll be clear favorites tonight when they take the floor against Division III N.C. Wesleyan (0-1). Forward Lamar Pittman will continue to sit out tonight as he recovers from his ACL injury of last fall. The Eagles are...

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Duke defensive coordinator MacIntyre wins national honor

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Duke's defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre has been named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Duke is 41st nationally and sixth in the ACC in total defense, allowing 342.8 yards per game. MacIntyre (pictured) joined head coach David Cutcliffe at Duke before the 2008 season. He came to the Blue Devils after five seasons in the NFL, four with the Dallas Cowboys (2003-06) and the next with the New York Jets. MacIntyre was on Cutcliffe's staff at Mississippi from 1999-02, helping the Rebels to a 29-19 record with three bowl appearances. Lewis a Unitas...

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Durham Bulls, Duke University announce Blue Devil baseball team to play at the DBAP in 2010 and beyond

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

DBAP/ DURHAM---Standing right under the snorting Bull just beyond the DBAP's Blue Monster, a.k.a. the left-field wall, grand poobah Jim Goodmon surveyed the crowd gathered at yesterday's press conference and led off with, "This is another really great thing that's coming to downtown Durham." The thing in question is a three-year agreement between the Durham Bulls and the Duke University baseball team. Beginning in February of 2010, a new partnership will see the Blue Devils play several series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park each season for the next three years. The 2010 schedule, which will be released next week,...

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Moton's home debut headlines doubleheader at NCCU tonight

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 3:03 AM

LeVelle Moton will make his home debut as head coach at N.C. Central tonight, as the Eagles look to get him his first victory in the nightcap of a basketball doubleheader at McLendon-McDougald Gym. The Eagles will take on Division III N.C. Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. women's contest between NCCU and Campbell. Forward Lamar Pittman, who tore his ACL a year ago in preseason practice, is expected to make his debut as an Eagle tonight. The women's team will still be shorthanded as Chasidy Williams, the leading returning scorer from last season is on the injury...

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Tar Heels look to keep record perfect against Chanticleers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:18 AM

UNC looks to improve to 2-0 in women's basketball tonight at 7 when Coastal Carolina visits the Smith Center. Sylvia Hatchell's Tar Heels, currently ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, are 12-0 all-time against the Chanticleers. Coastal has won its first two games this season. The Tar Heels won last season's meeting 95-44 behind 17 points from Italee Lucas (pictured)....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

White, Kastanek combine for 45 as Wolfpack blows past Owls

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 10:30 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH First-year N.C. State women's basketball coach Kellie Harper is looking to get her team back on the right track tonight. The former Western Carolina coach, who led Tennessee to three NCAA titles as a point guard, didn't like her team's effort in Saturday's 72-65 loss to Vermont in the championship game of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational and wants to see a much better effort against Florida Atlantic. It's the third of four straight home games to start the season for the Wolfpack, and a chance to get some much-needed momentum. Both teams are 1-1, but the Wolfpack...

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NCCU will take on Savannah State again in finale, looks to finish 4-7

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 9:39 PM

PEARSON CAFETERIA/DURHAM N.C. Central finds itself in exactly the same position it was in a year ago. The Eagles have a 3-7 record going into Saturday's football season finale at home against Savannah State (2-8). In 2008 NCCU was looking to win its third game out of its last four on the season, while this time a victory would be its fourth in the last five. Mose Rison's club has had its ups and downs this season, but three days ago the Eagles had their best victory so far this year when they won 18-10 at long-time rival Winston-Salem State....

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Devils face uphill climb in must-win game at Miami

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke's margin for error on the football field is down to zero. So for the Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3 ACC) to get into a bowl game this season they're going to have to win their last two games. One of them would be a pretty big upset, and that one is this week. On Saturday at noon David Cutcliffe's club will visit No. 21 Miami (7-3, 4-3) at Land Shark Stadium. Duke is on a two-game losing streak after suffering its worst loss of the season, 49-10 to visiting No. 7 Georgia Tech three days ago. Miami...

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