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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blue Devils bounce back strong with defensive gem against Va. Tech

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:11 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke is back in action following Monday night's blowout loss to No. 1 Connecticut, and it's a good chance to see how the Blue Devils recover. Tonight's opponent for the No. 6 Blue Devils is Virginia Tech, which was picked to finish last in the ACC but had one of its most impressive wins in recent memory a week ago when it shocked then No. 10 UNC 79-64 in Blacksburg. The Hokies have a local connection in Northern Durham alumna Utahya Drye, and a Duke connection on the roster in Abby Redick, younger sister of Blue Devil...

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Four locals in Texas all-star game

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Four Triangle ACC players are scheduled to play in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. The Nation Challenge on Feb. 6 in El Paso. 2009 seniors set to play in the contest include UNC offensive tackle Kyle Jolly and defensive end E.J. Wilson, Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, and N.C. State running back Toney Baker. Players selected are rated as among the Top 15 at their position by NFL scouts. Other ACC players on the rosters include Maryland's fullback Cory Jackson and defensive tackle Travis Ivey, Virginia Tech punter Brent Bowden, Miami tight end Derrick Epps, and Virginia...

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After loss to Deacs, Heels face possible exclusion from NCAA Tournament

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — Minutes after Wake Forest defeated North Carolina 82-69 on Wednesday night to drop the Tar Heels to 1-3 in the ACC and 12-7 overall, a colleague on press row posed the following question: ”If Carolina basketball were going to play tug-of-war against political progressives, whom would Vegas make the favorite?” That the answer to this question took a couple minutes to ponder reveals a sorry state of affairs for both the Tar Heels and American liberals, and in the case of the basketball team, hope may be a full season away. Unlike previous ACC losses,...

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Tracy Smith drops 23 on his 22nd, as N.C. State beats Duke 88-74

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 2:20 AM

RALEIGH, N.C.—The N.C. State Wolfpack women’s basketball team went dancing in Raleigh Wednesday night. As hundreds of fans stormed the court before the clock could even expire as the States men defeated the No. 6-ranked Duke University Blue Devils 88-74, the women’s team—who’d been introduced during a time-out—waltzed onto the floor, claimed their corner and celebrated. “I didn’t know they were going to storm the court,” said a N.C. State Coach Sidney Lowe, smiling about the red-and-white student throng. “When I turned around and saw the kids all over the court the court, I thought, ‘This is what it’s...

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Duke hosts surprising Hokies tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Duke has had three days to lick its wounds after its 33-point home-court loss to No. 1 Connecticut. Tonight, the No. 6 Blue Devils (15-3, 3-0 ACC) return to the ACC women's basketball wars. The visitor to Cameron Indoor Stadium will be Virginia Tech (11-6, 1-2), which has already slain one conference giant this season. Beth Dunkenberger's Hokies, who were picked last in the ACC in preseason, pulled a big surprise on Thursday night, topping preseason conference favorite UNC 79-64 in Blacksburg. A win tonight by the Hokies would be a bigger upset. Duke has won 11 straight in the...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eagles' road woes continue in low-scoring OT loss at Savannah State

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

N.C. Central had an excellent opportunity to end its road losing streak in men's basketball, but it just didn't work out in the extra period. Rashad Hassan had 14 points, leading Savannah State to a 46-44 overtime win over the Eagles. Point guard Michael Glasker (pictured) led the Eagles (4-17) with 17 points and had 10 turnovers in an odd double-double. Dwayne Sims was the next highest scorer for NCCU with eight points. Arnold Louis had eight points to go with his game-high 10 turnovers for SSU (7-12). SSU scored just five points in the first half, but the Eagles...

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No more Staaling - Carolina pulls the plug on Brind'Amour in inevitable, if oddly timed, captain switch

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM

By now, most ‘Canes fans have heard about the mid-season changing of the guard in Carolina. Eric Staal is now the 13th captain in franchise history and fifth since it relocated to Raleigh, replacing Rod Brind’Amour. Brind’Amour, in the twilight of his career, will stay on as an assistant captain and advise. Maurice had plenty of flattery for the 25-year-old center, whom he first coached as a teenager. “He’s been bred to be a captain of a hockey team and knows exactly what to do with it. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s ready for this,” Maurice...

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Eagles visit Savannah State tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central will continue to look for its first road win of the season and first win over a Division I opponent for first-year coach LeVelle Moton tonight. After enduring a long, rough night at Virginia Tech on Monday, the 4-16 Eagles should have a better shot when they visit Savannah State (6-12). SSU, coached by Horace Broadnax, is still awaiting a membership decision from the MEAC, the conference to which the Eagles were admitted in the fall. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) is NCCU's leading scorer....

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Cold Eagles fall hard at Va. Tech

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM

N.C. Central found out how cold things can get up in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night. The Eagles shot just 26.5 percent for the game, falling 72-30 in a men's basketball game at Virginia Tech. Erick Green was the only player in double figures for the winners with 11 points, but the Hokies got scoring from 11 different players. Nick Chasten (pictured) scored 11 points for NCCU (4-16), which got eight from Dwayne Sims. The Hokies (14-3) led 30-8 at halftime. NCCU's next game is on Wednesday night at Savannah State....

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Three up, three down: LaRose returns, but 'Canes fall to Lightning

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Occasionally here at Triangle Offense, we’re sometimes unnecessarily harsh on Chad LaRose. And this was before he was granted that generous contract and proceeded to lose that spark-plug quality that made him so respected in Carolina. But you have to hand it to him – no matter how he’s playing, he brings people together. LaRose scored just his second of the season in the third period to thunderous approval from the 16,000 fans in attendance, most of which were brandishing bobbleheads in his likeness. Or Frodo Baggins’. Or Justin Timberlake’s. While they were closer this time, bobblehead design remains...

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Connecticut just too efficient in comfortable win over host Duke

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:35 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The largest crowd of the season is in the house, the media room is actually crowded and the national TV cameras are here for ESPN2. Duke has a real opportunity to make history in women's basketball tonight. The No. 6 Blue Devils, who have been playing very well for the last month, will host No. 1 defending NCAA champion Connecticut, which has been playing very well for years. The Huskies boast the reputed top two players in the country in senior center Tina Charles and junior wing Maya Moore, and the national media say they're unbeatable. This...

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Tar Heels fall at home to Georgia Tech

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:10 PM

CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — North Carolina lost its third game in four attempts on Saturday afternoon, dropping a heartbreaking 73-71 decision to Georgia Tech and failing to achieve what would have been a remarkable comeback. For the second straight game, Carolina simply wasn’t ready to play. The Yellow Jackets raced to a big early lead and were up by 14 points at halftime, so even winning the second half by double digits wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole....

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Houston, Miller spark Eagles' victory

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

N.C. Central continued its hot streak in women's basketball, topping Savannah State 50-46 in an afternoon game at McDougald-McLendon Gym. Blaire Houston (pictured) and freshman Joanna Miller scored 15 points each to lead the Eagles (6-11), who have won six of their last eight games including four straight. Latoya Bennett added nine points with 14 rebounds for NCCU, while J'Mia Pollock, who did not score, had 10 rebounds. Courtney Long had 13 points to lead Savannah State (8-14), which lost its 10th straight game. NCCU led 34-22 at halftime and never trailed, foiling an SSU comeback despite shooting 22.2 percent...

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Kastanek named ACC rookie of week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

N.C. State's Marissa Kastanek has been named ACC women's basketball rookie of the week. Kastanek led her team with 18 points in the Wolfpack's only game, a 74-71 loss at No. 16 Florida State on Sunday. She hit four 3-pointers during a 7-for-12 shooting day. Kastanek, who is from Lincoln, Neb., leads all ACC freshmen with 1.7 3-pointers per game this season. Virginia Tech senior guard Lindsay Biggs, who led her team to a 79-64 upset of UNC on Thursday night, is the league's player of the week....

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Women's roundup: Duke hosts UConn in marquee game, Eagles entertain SSU

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 1:54 AM

Is there such a thing as an unbeatable team? That question may be tested in women's basketball tonight. Defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Connecticut will bring a 56-game winning streak to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 7 p.m. ESPN2 game against No. 7 Duke, which has won 23 straight games at home. It's one of two women's college games in Durham today, as N.C. Central hosts Savannah State at 4 p.m. Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils (15-2) are having a great season so far, with their only losses at Texas A&M and at No. 2 Stanford. The Blue Devils'...

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Eagles get back to Division I road games tonight with visit to Virginia Tech

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Following a couple of comfortable victories against opposition below the Division I level in the BC Powder Classic, N.C. Central gets a much tougher challenge on the hardwood tonight. The Eagles (4-15) will continue to look for the first win against a Division I team as well as the first road win for Coach LeVelle Moton (pictured) when they visit Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. The contest will follow a 5 p.m. women's game between the Hokies and No. 23 Virginia....

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cutcliffe doesn't waste time with decision on alleged gun violations

Posted By on Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:57 PM

David Cutcliffe didn't make excuses and talk about second chances and "strike ones." The Duke football coach took action to resolve a bad situation quickly, cleanly and sensibly on Sunday. He announced the immediate dismissal of freshmen John Drew, Kyle Griswould and Brandon Putnam from the team after some gunplay on the Duke campus early Sunday morning. The three were charged with felonious possession and discharge of a weapon following an early-morning incident, and will not be permitted to return to campus pending the resolution of the charges. "These types of offenses are going to be associated with dismissal from...

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Tar Heels back in win column after 11-point victory over Terps

Posted By on Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM

CARMICHAEL AUDITORIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC hosts defending ACC champion Maryland in a regionally televised marquee battle of teams that have been headed in opposite directions for the last few days. The Tar Heels (14-3, 1-1 ACC) are ranked No. 10 nationally, but lost at former conference doormat Virginia Tech on Thursday night on the heels of their blowout defeat at No. 1 Connecticut. Meanwhile the Terps (14-3, 2-1), who were blown out by 25 in their ACC opener at N.C. State but have since beaten Virginia on the road and also topped Boston College. UNC is favored, but an upset would...

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Wolfpack comes up short at FSU

Posted By on Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 6:33 PM

N.C. State led most of the way and finished with four players in double figures, but the Wolfpack ended up on the short end of a 74-71 score at No. 16 Florida State. Cierra Bravard hit a layup and a free throw over the final 11 seconds to give the Seminoles (16-3, 3-1 ACC) the victory. NCSU (11-7, 1-2 ACC) had a chance to tie, but Christian Hunnicut intercepted a pass at midcourt to preserve the result. Marissa Kastanek (pictured) led the Wolfpack with 18 points, followed by Nikitta Gartrell with 17 and Lucy Ellison and Amber White with 10...

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Women's roundup: Tar Heels, Wolfpack take on tough ACC foes today

Posted By on Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 12:01 AM

UNC will look to get back on the winning track in women's basketball today, while N.C. State gets back into action with a tough ACC road game. The No. 10 Tar Heels will try to break a two-game losing streak when they come home to take on defending conference champion Maryland in a regionally televised contest at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile the Wolfpack, which has won four of its last five, will look for its first ACC road win for Coach Kellie Harper at No. 16 Florida State. Maryland has won two straight games since falling 73-45 in its ACC...

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jokinen's pair of goals, third period comeback can't save 'Canes in 5-3 loss to Thrashers

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - Fresh off its first three-game winning streak of the season, followed by a predictable loss in Detroit in which the ‘Canes actually looked pretty decent, the only question surrounding the game was which team would show up at 8 p.m. The match had a late start due to the State-Clemson game earlier today at the RBC Center and whatever was in the air for the last thirty seconds of that game stuck around as the ‘Canes also lost, 5-3, to the Atlanta Thrashers. Carolina managed to erase a two-goal lead but one mental lapse sunk the...

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Wilkerson, Eagles blow by Apprentice to become BC Powder Classic "co-champs"

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 10:41 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central goes for its second straight win tonight, taking underdog Newport News Apprentice School in the finale of the BC Powder Classic. Apprentice, a member of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association, comes in having played just one game in school history against a Division I opponent. The Builders lost 112-96 at Virginia Military early in the 2007-08 season. The first game of the second night's doubleheader goes pretty much as expected, with CIAA member Chowan taking out Tennessee Temple 71-54 to complete an unbeaten weekend. NCCU wins the nightcap 86-65 to improve to 4-15, tying last...

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For the Pack men, a changing of the guards in the loss to Clemson

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I know, talking about a good loss makes you a good loser. And it may be little consolation to Pack fans, after today's 73-70 loss to Clemson at the RBC Center, that our Wolfpack could easily be 3-1 in the ACC instead of the cellar-dwelling 1-3 that we are. We had the Virginia won a week ago, then gave it away. Today, we could've caught Clemson at the end, but just missed. That's 0-for-2 at home so far, with a most amazing road win at Florida State in between. I shall not bore you with today's details -- a...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Eagles, Chowan win big on opening night of BC Powder Classic

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:54 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central gets a break from the Division I wars tonight, and it would be a good idea for the Eagles to take advantage of it. LeVelle Moton's club will be a strong favorite against Tennessee Temple of the National Christian College Athletic Association in the nightcap of the first night of the BC Powder Classic. In the first game of the night, CIAA member Chowan blasts Newport News Apprentice 83-58. In the second, the Eagles take care of business with a 75-50 win over the Crusaders. Unfortunately, the winners won't face off Saturday night. The Eagles...

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Cutcliffe says staff, family helped him decide to stay on as Duke football coach

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM

YOH FOOTBALL CENTER/DURHAM David Cutcliffe gave the media a "man bites dog" story today. The Duke football coach, who will be heading into his third season at the helm this fall, turned down the head coaching position as Tennessee to remain with the Blue Devils. That conclusion came despite numerous published and broadcast reports late Thursday that he was almost certainly going to be in orange next season. "I can't control what's being reported," Cutcliffe said at an afternoon press conference. "I took that job five times last night. And I'm learning how many E-Mails and texts a Blackberry...

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