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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Christmas, Cheek lead the way as Duke foils feisty Maryland with big finish

Posted By on Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into a televised home game in great shape in the ACC women's basketball race, needing just two wins to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament. But today's opponent is a team that's playing well and just doesn't like the Blue Devils very much. Maryland (18-8) has won three straight road games, and lost to Duke only 58-57 at home on Jan. 24 in a game when the Blue Devils obviously had to fight to the end. There's a big crowd in the house including a couple of hundred Terp fans behind the Maryland...

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Women's roundup: State-Carolina, Duke-Maryland on tap today

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 11:46 PM

It's the penultimate weekend in ACC women's basketball, and there are two big rivalry games in the Triangle today. The one that isn't sold out is on TV. UNC will host N.C. State for the 90th time in its annual PinkZone game at refurbished Carmichael Arena. Tickets are not available for the 2 p.m. contest, which will be one of two sellouts in the building this season along with Duke's visit a week from today. Italee Lucas (pictured) is the Tar Heels' leading scorer, and poured in a career-high 33 points in their 81-69 victory in the teams' first meeting...

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Now playing for the RailHawks - "The Trialists"

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 8:44 PM

MIDDLE CREEK PARK/ CARY—The outcome of the Carolina RailHawks' first scrimmage of the 2010 USSF Division 2 soccer season was as incidental as its venue. For the record, the RailHawks defeated Duke University 3-2 in a match held at Middle Creek Park in Cary, an above-average parks & rec facility devoid of seating or a scoreboard. A modest number of die-hard fans—representing both sides—watched from along the touchline, close enough to hear the bawdy on-field clamor that normally evaporates in the more spacious confines of WakeMed Park. Still, the match was sporty and well-contested, as evidenced by the urgent tenor...

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Eagles win another home PinkZone game, get revenge on Chicago State

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 5:56 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM Now it's N.C. Central's turn for a "PinkZone" women's basketball game. The Eagles have had good fortune in their baby-pink outfits, never having lost a game while wearing them. Today's opponent is Chicago State of the (10-16) of the Great West Conference, which has become a holding area for teams in Division I transition as well as a couple whose geographic situation makes it difficult to find any other conference affiliation at all. CSU won the teams' first meeting 68-47 in the Eagles' first game in Chicago. NCCU (8-15) has won eight of its last 14 games and...

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Eagles host PinkZone game today

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 1:24 AM

N.C. Central tries to keep its recent winning ways in women's basketball alive today in its annual "PinkZone" game. The opponent is Chicago State, a member of the Great West Conference that won the teams' first meeting 68-47 in Chicago last season. The Eagles have won eight of their last 14 games. Latoya Bennett (pictured) is NCCU's leading rebounder....

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Duke beats Jackets 30th straight time

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Jasmine Thomas led the way as No. 8 Duke continued its mastery of Georgia Tech in ACC women's basketball. Thomas (pictured) scored 20 points, giving her 999 for her career, as the Blue Devils topped the homestanding No. 19 Yellow Jackets 64-50 for their 30th straight win in the series. Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas added 10 points each for the Blue Devils (22-4, 10-1 ACC), who moved one step closer to the conference regular-season crown with three games left in the season. Deja Foster had 15 points and Brigitte Ardossi 14 for Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-5), which is trying...

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Gartrell, Wolfpack get revenge on BC, gain 15th win of the season

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:52 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State needs just one win to assure itself at least a .500 season and a near-certain spot in post-season play. And tonight the Wolfpack is looking for revenge. State lost 83-66 at Boston College on Jan. 10, and has dropped three straight in the series. BC is coached by UNC alumna Sylvia Crawley, while coming off the bench is wing guard Ayla Brown whose father Scott is the junior member of the U.S. Senate. Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) is observed on site. BC still has an outside chance to get a bye in the first round of the...

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Iona spoils Eagles' opener, but there is baseball at DAP once again

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM

DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM There's baseball back at the old yard again. For the first time since the Durham Americans of the Coastal Plain League played here in 2003 the game is being played above the high school level on the spot where the Durham Bulls played from 1926-1994. N.C. Central is taking on Iona in the first game of the inaugural Eagle Baseball Classic, a three-day event which also includes Navy and Delaware State. The refurbished facility is the new home of the Eagles, who played most of their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for the previous three...

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Women's roundup: State tries to Pack house, Duke visits Ga. Tech

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM

N.C. State is right on the bubble in women's basketball. One more win for Kellie Harper's team means the Wolfpack will win at least as many games as it loses this season and almost certainly be headed for post-season play. At least two projected brackets currently have State among the final teams eliminated from NCAA Tournament consideration, so every win is a good win. Tonight at 6:30, the Wolfpack will host Boston College in a "Pack the House" game at Reynolds Coliseum, with tickets going for just $1. It's the opener of a cable TV doubleheader in ACC women's...

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College baseball opens; Tar Heels, Wolfpack, Eagles all at home

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Don't let those thermometers fool you. The Boys of Spring hit the diamonds for real today. Yes, it's time for college baseball, and all four of the Triangle's Division I teams will be in action. N.C. Central (6-35 last season) moves into its new digs at the refurbished historic Durham Athletic Park, taking on Iona at 1 p.m. in the opener of the inaugural Eagle Baseball Classic, a three-day round-robin event in which the Eagles will also play Delaware State and Navy. Junior right-hander Drew Robinson (pictured), a transfer from Southeast Community College, will start for NCCU today. UNC (48-18),...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tar Heels overcome big deficit to snap losing streak in overtime

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM

JOEL COLISEUM/WINSTON-SALEM UNC hasn't been in this position in 10 years in women's basketball. But tonight, the Tar Heels (16-8, 4-6 ACC) are trying to break a five-game losing streak. It's the only meeting of the regular season against a decent Wake Forest team (15-10, 6-5) which doesn't like Carolina Blue very much and would love to continue the misery. Sylvia Hatchell's club has won six straight in the series and is in dire need of a win tonight. And the Tar Heels survive, trailing most of the game before escaping with a 65-59 overtime win. The Deacons come out...

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Fans get inventive as N.C. State falls again

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 1:03 AM

RALEIGH/RBC CENTER - Fifty minutes before the N.C. State-Maryland tipoff at the RBC Center on Wednesday, reporters were trading stories back in the media center, a white-and-red room where stat junkies face the wall and scribe away. What do you think Tiger Woods will say at his press conference Friday? Did you hear that Bobby Frasor interview we had today? He called in from Bulgaria. How about that UNC game the other day? Was that the worst 10 minutes of basketball you've ever seen? Those are the kinds of things we press types banter about while gulping complimentary Coca-Cola products...

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Reeling Tar Heels look to rebound tonight at Wake Forest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 12:26 AM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC is trying desperately to get back onto the winning track in women's basketball. Sylvia Hatchell's Tar Heels (16-8, 4-6 ACC), who were the favorites to win the ACC and were in the AP Top 25 until Monday, have lost five straight games. And things may not get any easier tonight, when they travel to Wake Forest (15-10, 6-5) for a 7 p.m. game at Joel Coliseum. The Tar Heels have won six straight in the series, but are as you can see behind Mike Petersen's Deacons in the ACC standings. UNC almost broke the streak on...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Eleven Blue Devils, Wolfpack QB Wilson lead ACC All-Academic football

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Duke has placed a conference-high 11 players on the 42-man ACC All-Academic football team, while N.C. State has three players on the list and UNC one. The list was announced on Wednesday by conference commissioner John Swofford. To be eligible, a player must have earned at least a 3.00 GPA for both previous semester and his cumulative academic career. Duke placed All-ACC linebacker Vincent Rey, a senior, and All-ACC kicker Will Snyderwine, a junior, along with sophomore punter Kevin Jones who was honored for the second straight year. Other Blue Devils on the squad are junior linebacker Adam Banks, sophomore...

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Tar Heels vomit forth dreadful performance, submit to Georgia Tech 68-51

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 3:15 AM

North Carolina’s season is closing toward what ordinarily would be considered a premature end, but increasingly UNC fans are counting down the days. Based on the Tar Heels’ disastrous loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Tuesday night, it appeared that some of the players may be beginning to check out as well. Carolina’s first half yielded just 21 points and resulted in a 41-21 halftime deficit, the Heels’ most anemic scoring half since Roy Williams arrived in Chapel Hill. The Heels didn’t play much better in the second half, though they did obscure their total lack of preparedness...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blanks, Eagles beat Blue Hose by one

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Shanise Blanks scored 15 points, leading three N.C. Central players in double figures as the Eagles nipped Presbyterian 57-56 in women's basketball. Blanks (pictured) hit five 3-pointers to lead NCCU (8-15), which played without leading scorer Joanna Miller. Latoya Bennett added 13 points with seven rebounds and Danielle DeBerry 12 with eight assists for NCCU. Kristen Stevens led the Blue Hose (5-19) with 16 points, followed by Shonda Burnside with 12 and Lea Smith with 10. The Eagles return home on Saturday at 3 p.m. for their "PinkZone" game against Chicago State....

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NCCU women visit similar foe tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central will face an opponent in similar shoes in women's basketball today. The Eagles (7-15) will be in Clinton, S.C., for a 5 p.m. game against Presbyterian, which is also in the third of the five-year transition from Division II to Division I. It's "Pack the House" night for the Blue Hose, with a men's game against UNC Asheville at 7:30. The Blue Hose are already playing a Big South regular-season schedule, but since like NCCU they will not be eligible for NCAA Tournament play until 2011-12 they will not play in that conference tournament. Joanna Miller (pictured) is...

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Tough day for UNC ends in 2OT loss

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Monday just wasn't a good day for the Tar Heels. Early in the day the UNC women's basketball team fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 163 weeks. The Tar Heels were 26th in the voting. And when they played at Virginia - which was 27th in the votes - things got tougher in an 82-78 double-overtime loss. Monica Wright led Virginia (19-6, 8-3) with 33 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Ariana Moorer with 10 points. Telia McCall had 20 rebounds for Virginia. Italee Lucas (pictured) paced the Tar Heels (16-8, 4-6) with 27...

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Eagles can't climb out of a deep hole as Coastal spoils Senior Night

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central is on a winning streak with three straight victories over Division I teams at home. But if the 7-20 Eagles are going to continue it, they'll probably have to play their best game of the year tonight. The opponent is Big South leader Coastal Carolina (22-5), mentored by former Clemson and Auburn coach Cliff Ellis who is currently No. 15 on the active Division I wins list. It's the schools' first meeting in basketball, and NCCU will return the game next season. It's the Eagles' final home game and of course Senior Night, with Joshua Worthy...

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Duke's Vernerey ACC rookie of week

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Duke's Allison Vernerey has been named ACC rookie of the week for the second time this season, while Virginia's Monica Wright is player of the week. Vernerey made her first three starts for the Blue Devils over the span, averaging 10.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 assists. Her best game of the span was a 20-point, 10-rebound effort on Thursday against visiting N.C. State. That was the second double-double of the season for the 6-5 post player from France....

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NCCU gets upset chance on Senior Night

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:01 AM

N.C. Central is on a three-game winning streak in men's basketball, all at home and against real-live Division I competition. Tonight, the Eagles (7-20) will see if that recent home-court magic can help them pull off a big upset. The opponent is Big South Conference leader Coastal Carolina (22-5), coached by former Clemson and Auburn mentor Cliff Ellis. It's the final home game for NCCU, and Joshua Worthy (pictured) will be honored on Senior Night....

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Tar Heels badly in need of victory in "PinkZone" ESPN2 game at Virginia

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM

UNC hasn't been in this situation in women's basketball in quite some time. But the Tar Heels are probably slight underdogs in a must-win situation on the road. Sylvia Hatchell's club (16-7, 4-5 ACC) will visit Virginia (18-6, 7-3) tonight at 7 p.m. in the Cavaliers' annual "PinkZone" game. UNC is ranked No. 18 nationally, but with four straight losses will probably be unranked at game time. A win by Virginia would probably get the Cavaliers back into the AP Top 25 next week. The Tar Heels, who have won 13 straight in the series, probably need to win the...

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

White, Kastanek pace Wolfpack to 'Hoops 4 Hope' win over Miami

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State needs some victories to keep alive a shot at a winning season in women's basketball. Today, the Wolfpack will have plenty of support in that quest. The ESPN2 contest against Miami is NCSU's annual "Hoops 4 Hope" game, with the Wolfpack and most of the fans in the house wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness and research and of course in memory of the late coach Kay Yow. It's a battle for position in the ACC, as State (13-11, 3-6 ACC) and Miami (16-8, 3-6) are tied for ninth place. State is pretty much...

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Duke gets past host Virginia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Jasmine Thomas (pictured) reassumed her leading scorer role for Duke, pouring in 22 points to lead the Blue Devils to a hard-fought 65-53 win at Virginia Tech. Karima Christmas added 15 points for Duke (21-4, 9-1 ACC), which had won six straight games at Cassell Coliseum. Joy Cheek chipped in 10 points for the Blue Devils, while Krystal Thomas had 10 rebounds to go with her six points. Shanel Harrison led Tech (13-12, 2-8) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Lindsey Biggs had 13 points. Duke's next game will be at Georgia Tech on Friday night....

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Cutcliffe promises his rested Blue Devils a 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre'

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 3:30 AM

YOH FOOTBALL CENTER/DURHAM David Cutcliffe says if his Duke football team wants to have spring practice in warmer weather, it would best start winning enough games to get bowl bids. But the third-year Blue Devil coach wasn't saying that just to be a tough guy. He just wants to get back to serious work as quickly as possible and figured his team has had plenty of rest since November. The Blue Devils will have the first of their 15 spring practice days today. They won't be 15 straight days, of course, but 15 total sessions leading up to the Spring...

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