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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Women's roundup: Duke hits road, State hosts annual "Hoops 4 Hope" game

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:01 AM

With the ACC regular-season race starting to wind down, two of the Triangle's three conference teams will be in action today. Duke can take another step toward the conference's regular-season crown on the road today if the No. 8 Blue Devils can complete a season sweep of Virginia Tech. Northern Durham alumna Utahya Drye leads the Hokies in scoring and rebounding. Meanwhile, N.C. State needs to win two more games to assure itself a .500 season, and gets a tough challenge at home today from Miami in its annual "Hoops 4 Hope" contest to be shown on ESPN. It will...

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pick your plotline: ‘Canes win fifth straight over New Jersey, 5-2

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM

There were many different ways I could have gone with this headline, but if you’d put them all together they would have been longer than the post itself. Zach Boychuk scored his first NHL goal on the winningest goaltender in league history, Ray Whitney and Jussi Jokinen each had a pair of goals, call-up goaltender Justin Peters outdueled Vancouver-bound Martin Brodeur with 24 saves, all four Olympians got spiffy new banners and the Hurricanes won their season-high fifth in a row heading into the two week break. As good as he was at opening the door to the bench during...

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Eagles chip Longwood to extend winning streak to three games

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:07 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central is in Durham for the fourth of a five-game homestand, and the Eagles have a chance to keep a very good thing going. LeVelle Moton's club (6-20) has won two straight games, both against Division I teams. And tonight's opponent is independent Longwood, a team the Eagles beat here last season to split a home-and home series. The teams will play again on Feb. 25 in Farmville, Va. Longwood (9-16) is on a five-game winning streak including a pair of non-Division I teams, but it includes a road victory over Fairleigh-Dickinson. But that goes by the...

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UNC 74, NCSU 61: Which guys finish last?

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

It was the battle to avoid last place: When the N.C. State Wolfpack visited the Dean E. Smith Center late Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, the circumstances were much different than they were last February, when UNC had only three season losses and was charging convincingly toward the school’s fifth national title. But the Tar Heels’ woes have been largely on par with those of the Wolfpack this season. Both teams came into today’s game with 11 losses each—eight for the Wolfpack in conference play and seven for the Tar Heels. And both teams dropped ACC contests at home Wednesday...

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NCCU goes for third straight victory

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central has a real two-game winning streak against Division I opposition in men's basketball, and LeVelle Moton's Eagles will try to keep it alive tonight. NCCU (6-20) will host independent Longwood (9-16) at 7 p.m. at McDougald-McLendon Gym. The Eagles, who have beaten visiting Savannah State and Maryland-Eastern Shore over the past week, will try to beat Longwood for the second straight time. The teams collected a home-court blowout victories against each other last season. Michael Glasker (pictured) is NCCU's assist leader....

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Hurricanes trade Cullen to Ottawa for pick, Picard. What's next?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Jim Rutherford is true to his word. Just this week, he vowed that Matt Cullen would be gone before the Olympic break and Ray Whitney would depart right afterward, and today he pulled the trigger on a trade that send Cullen packing for third-place Ottawa just before the trade freeze took effect at 3 p.m Cullen will get a cushy role as possible  second-line center in Ottawa and he’s almost assuredly playoff-bound. Carolina allowed Cullen to head north once before, only that time in free agency, due to money issues. Neither party liked how that one worked out. Cullen...

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RailHawks bolster back line with All-USL defender Matt Bobo; Charleston exodus continues

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Just in: The Carolina RailHawks have signed Matt Bobo, who was first-team USL defender in 2009 with the Charleston Battery. The arrival of the central defender ensures a strong partner for RailHawks captain and All-League second-teamer Mark Schulte. The Charleston Battery elected to stay out of this winter's dispute over the future of second-division soccer by self-relegating to USL-2. One has to wonder whether the Battery's seclusion in a lower-revenue, six-team league is related to the fact that two of its highest-profile players have departed the club this week: Bobo and former RailHawk back Frankie Sanfilippo, who returned to his original club,...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vernerey, Blue Devils give visiting Wolfpack worst loss of season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It's another of those big Triangle rivalry games in women's basketball, and unfortunately the only time Duke and N.C. State will play during the regular season. It's the first time first-year Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper has faced Duke, the team to which she lost in her final game as a player at Tennessee. That game denied her stated goal of winning four straight NCAA titles. No. 8 Duke is holding its annual PinkZone game, wearing pink-trimmed uniforms and encouraging fans to wear as much pink as possible in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and...

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UNC women's team loses fourth straight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:54 PM

UNC's woes continue in women's basketball. Carolyn Swords scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures as Boston College topped the No. 18 Tar Heels 69-62 at Carmichael Arena. Italee Lucas (pictured) had 15 points to lead UNC (16-7, 4-5 ACC), which lost its fourth game in a row. That is the Tar Heels' longest losing streak in 10 years. Waltiea Rolle had 11 points and Chay Shegog 10 for UNC. Kerri Shields chipped in 13 points and Mickel Picco 12 for BC (14-10, 5-4), which has won three straight contests. Boston College is coached by Sylvia Crawley,...

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Eagles announce 10-game gridiron schedule with six home dates

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

N.C. Central has announced its 10-game football schedule for 2010, with six home dates including the Eagles' two biggest historic rivals. NCCU has had back-to-back four-win seasons in the transition process from Division II to Division I, but should have an excellent change to surpass the .500 mark this time in the fourth season under coach Mose Rison (pictured). Coming to O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Sept. 25 is former CIAA rival and both former and new MEAC rival North Carolina A&T, which will be visiting Durham for the first time since 1992. Also visiting, on Sept. 11, will be long-time former...

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RailHawks to open 2010 season with friendly versus New England Revolution

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM

For the second year in a row, the Carolina RailHawks will open its season with a friendly versus the MLS New England Revolution at WakeMed Soccer Park. Next month's game will be played on Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Last year's contest was played in the middle of a winter monsoon but got the season off to a propitious start for the RailHawks. The 1-0 victory came courtesy of a 16th-minute goal from Mark Schulte, and the victory was saved in the second half on a sensational Caleb Patterson-Sewell open-field stop. The press release notes several local connections...

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RailHawks' Josh Gardner reunites with Rennie pal Sigi Schmid; more on Tolleson's mission

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Item No. 1.: No new news from the RailHawks front office on signings, but there is, nonetheless, a fresh tidbit about RailHawk winger Josh Gardner, who is trialling with the Seattle Sounders. In a piece published today in The Seattle Times, we learn that Gardner, by his own assessment and others, has matured since he played with the USL Sounders in 2007 and 2008. Currently training with the team in Arizona, Gardner has been reunited with Sounders gaffer Sigi Schmid, who coached him with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2004-06. We also learn that Gardner's trial with the Sounders is...

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Duke 64, UNC 54: Misses and rebounds and threes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 1:44 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—During Wednesday’s entire first half in Chapel Hill, the Duke Blue Devils scored only six points inside the paint, all on second-chance putbacks, none off of set plays. So it was appropriate and certainly not surprising when, with just seven minutes remaining in the tied game, freshman Mason Plumlee locked up a rebound, stepped, and dunked the ball behind his head after yet another Kyle Singler miss from the floor. Before that dunk, the Devils and the UNC Tar Heels had traded the lead 11 times in a game that seemed more about withstanding errors like missed...

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Women's roundup: Duke hosts State tonight; Tar Heels in must-win game

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 1:01 AM

UNC needs to get things turned back in the right direction quickly. Duke just wants to stay on track, while N.C. State is hoping for a signature upset. All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams are in action tonight in the Triangle, and they're typical high-stakes February games. N.C. State's first-year coach Kellie Harper will make her first visit to Duke in the teams' only meeting of the regular season. Paced by junior guard Jasmine Thomas (pictured), the No. 8 Blue Devils lead the ACC and should be strong favorites in the 7 p.m. contest. It's Duke's annual...

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Wolfpack shooting cold as the weather as Hokies end Raleigh drought

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:18 AM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH Exactly why ESPNU wanted N.C. State's home game against Virginia Tech to go opposite the always-televised Duke-UNC showdown is anyone's guess, but that's the situation tonight. The Hokies need to keep winning to stay in good position with the NCAA Selection Committee, while the Wolfpack needs to keep winning at home to keep alive a decent shot at a winning season. State has a huge lead in the series, won here two years ago and took the Hokies to overtime in Blacksburg last season. Tech has never won an ACC conference game in Raleigh, and in fact hasn't...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wilkerson, Manns combine for 45 as NCCU nips visiting UMES

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

N.C. Central has suddenly won two straight games in Division I. Dijon Manns led the way with 24 points while C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) chipped in 21 for the Eagles as they topped future MEAC foe Maryland-Eastern Shore 73-71 at McDougald-McLendon Gym. Wilkerson scored the game's final four points from the free throw line, hitting two with 1:15 to go, one at :09 and then another at :04. Nick Chasten chipped in 11 points for NCCU (6-20), which is 6-3 at home this season. Hillary Haley, who missed a 3-pointer with :02 left, led the Hawks (7-17) with 16 points. Tim...

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Paladini re-signs with RailHawks

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

One of the Carolina RailHawks' biggest off-season questions was answered today when the team announced that midfielder Daniel Paladini, last year's team Most Valuable Player, has re-signed with the Railhawks for the 2010 season....

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Finnish hat trick helps ‘Canes to 4-1 win over Panthers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 3:54 AM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - Right on the heels of the announcement that their team would be starting next season in Helsinki, Carolina’s Finnish representatives had one heckuva night at the Florida Panthers’ expense. The ‘Canes’ solid road play held steady as they weathered the storm in an up-and-down first period and then converted three times before recently returned Tuomo Ruutu added an empty netter. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was shown numerous times on the Jumbotron, sitting sulkily and sporting a Flyers jersey. Late in the third period, two brave Storm Squad members presented him with a ‘Canes’ third...

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Eagles host an MEAC foe tonight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 1:09 AM

Coming off its first men's basketball win over a Division I team this season, N.C. Central gets a taste of the conference it will be playing in next season tonight. The Eagles (5-20) will host MEAC member Maryland-Eastern Shore (7-16) for the second straight season at McDougald-McLendon Gym. The Hawks, 5-5 in the MEAC this season, beat the Eagles 72-58 in their only meeting last season. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) is NCCU's leading scorer....

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NCCU falls hard at Winthrop

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 12:23 AM

N.C. Central had a long, tough night on the road on Tuesday, falling behind by 24 points at halftime and eventually losing a 57-39 decision at Winthrop. Both teams are nicknamed the "Eagles." Chanel White led Winthrop (9-14) with 13 points, followed by Kaitlyn Rubino and Jessica Fansler with 10 points each. Shanise Blanks (pictured) led NCCU (7-15), which played without leading scorer Joanna Miller, with 11 points. NCCU's next game is Feb. 16 at Presbyterian....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NCCU visits other Eagles tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central goes looking for a road win tonight in women's basketball, and although Joli Robinson's club is almost always an underdog on the road it shouldn't be a prohibitive one this time. NCCU (7-14) will take on Big South Conference member Winthrop (8-14) in the schools' first meeting in women's basketball. Both teams are nicknamed "Eagles." The 7 p.m. contest will be at the Winthrop Coliseum, which hosted several ACC women's basketball tournaments in the 1990s. Joanna Miller (pictured) is NCCU's leading scorer, while Shanice Cole leads Winthrop in scoring, rebounding and assists....

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Balanced effort, board dominance lift host Duke to romp over Tar Heels

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 10:36 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It's one more battle to see which blue-clad women's basketball team is the best in the Triangle - at least for one night. And both homestanding No. 8 Duke (18-4, 6-1 ACC) and visiting No. 18 UNC (16-5, 4-3) are in a bit of a bad mood. The Blue Devils' chances to run the table in the ACC ended on Thursday, when they got slapped in the face with a 61-57 loss at up-and-down Boston College. Meanwhile the Tar Heels, who once upon a time were favored to win the conference's regular-season title, have lost two straight...

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RailHawks' Tolleson walks away; schedule revealed; 10 of first 15 games on the road

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM

The roster updates from the Cary offices of the Carolina RailHawks have been trickling in. There have been heartening re-signings, most notably that of quicksilver Guyanese winger Gregory Richardson. Also back for another season: stalwart defensive midfielder Amir Lowery, goalkeeper Eric Reed, the aggressive midfielders Brian Plotkin and Joseph Kabwe, and defenders Caleb Norkus and Mark Schulte. Right back Greg Shields—currently on loan to Partick Thistle of the Scottish second division (according to the gratifyingly transparent Web site of the Glaswegian club, we know that his loan expires March 31)—seems to be slated for a return, as well. Today brought...

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Pack's Kastanek ACC rookie of week

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

N.C. State guard Marissa Kastanek has won ACC rookie of the week honors in women's basketball, while Miami's  Shenise Johnson has been named player of the week. Kastanek led the Wolfpack with 19 points in its only game over the span, a 70-57 win over visiting Virginia Tech on Sunday. Kastanek was 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line and had five rebounds and four steals in the victory, which ended a three-game losing streak. Johnson had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a career-best eight steals as the Hurricanes shocked No. 9 UNC on Thursday night. She also led...

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Blue Devils look to get huge leg up on Tar Heels in ACC race tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 12:01 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM One team has been going through some pretty hard times lately. The other is coming off one very tough night. But none of that is likely to matter much tonight at 7, when No. 6 Duke hosts No. 9 UNC as part of ESPN2's Big Monday. The Blue Devils (18-4, 6-1 ACC) looked like they might have a chance to sweep through the ACC schedule unblemished before their game on Thursday night at Boston College, which cancelled that idea with a 61-57 upset win. That was happening at the same time the Tar Heels (16-5, 4-3), who...

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