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Monday, March 29, 2010

Griner, women's team gets revenge on Duke for Baylor

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Photo courtesy GoDuke.comDuke had a great season my any measure, but won't be at the Final Four. Just a little too much Brittney Griner. That’s what No. 6 Duke saw for 40 minutes in the final of the Memphis Regional in women’s basketball, the Blue Devils having their season end in a 51-48 loss to No. 14 Baylor. Duke, seeded No. 2 in the region, finished its best season in its three under Joanne P. McCallie with a 30-6 record after winning both the ACC regular-season and tournament championships. No. 4 seed Baylor (27-9), which got some fashion of revenge...

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Sounds like deja vu: Duke-Baylor in women's hoops tonight

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Duke's three seniors share a laugh during a pre-game press event on Sunday. (Photo courtesy GoDuke.com) Joanne P. McCallie says her mind isn’t going to be on anything that happened five years ago. But the Duke women’s basketball coach has led a team against Baylor just once before. That was in the 2005 NCAA title game, when Kim Mulkey’s Bears laid an 84-62 win on McCallie’s Michigan State Spartans. No. 6 Duke will take on No. 14 Baylor tonight at 7 in Memphis for a spot in this season’s Final Four, with the more experienced Blue Devils perhaps slight favorites...

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cory Elenio impresses in Carolina RailHawks 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact

Posted By on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Creative CommonsCory Elenio with the Columbus CrewWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—First off, apologies for the confusion around Camp T.O. We've been conducting a massive overhaul of the Indy's main Web site. Among the features: The blogs will be integrated into that main site. The renovation is ongoing, and there will surely be hiccups along the way. But we think it looks great so far, and we hope you will, too. There were reasons to miss last night's friendly between the Carolina RailHawks and last year's USL-1 champions, the Montreal Impact: It was sort of cold; there was a Wilco show in Durham;...

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Scrappy Tar Heels defeat RailHawks 2-0 in preseason friendly

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM

JOHN WILLIAMS ATHLETIC COMPLEX/SOUTHERN PINES — Friday evening’s match between the Carolina RailHawks and the UNC Tar Heels at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines was the climax to the RailHawks’ three-day Sandhills retreat. Unfortunately, it appeared the RailHawks’ minds were still somewhere along the back-nine of Pinehurst No. 8 as they met defeat by a score of 2-0. Moreover, the RailHawks may have lost far more than a preseason friendly. A modest, but energetic crowd braved the elements and, together with the setting, helped conjure the pleasant feel of an autumn high school football game. With back-to-back matches scheduled...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Carolina wins again, takes its show to the Big Apple

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 1:05 AM

North Carolina may win 20 games after all. The Tar Heels, playing in the NIT quarterfinal on Tuesday night, traveled to Alabama-Birmingham and captured their 19th victory by defeating the Blazers 60-55 in what some local reporters called the biggest home game in the history of UAB’s program. The Heels did it with defense, holding the Blazers to just 29 percent field goal shooting. Carolina played a combination of its customary man-to-man defense and, in an atypical wrinkle, incorporated some 2-3 zone to force UAB — which doesn’t shoot nearly as well from the perimeter as the Heels’ previous two...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RailHawks announce signing of forward Sainey Touray

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Three days after struggling to create chances in the final third against the New England Revolution, the Carolina RailHawks officially announced the signing of 20-year-old striker Sainey Touray. Formerly a reserve with the New York Red Bulls, where he played with RailHawks left back John Gilkerson (who gets credited for bringing him to the attention of the RailHawks staff), Touray most recently played for Wallidan of The Gambia Premier League, where he scored six goals in 2009. Touray has been trialing with the team for several weeks and has scored four goals in two abbreviated scrimmage appearances. In a scrimmage...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Jasmine Thomas, Mitchell lead balanced Duke past LSU and into Sweet 16

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke gets a chance to get to the NCAA Women's Tournament Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 13 years, and the home court definitely gives the Blue Devils an advantage. But tonight's opponent for No. 6 Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Memphis Region, is No. 21 and No. 7 seed LSU, which is also long and quick and athletic. Both teams were just able to out-athlete their first-round opponents here on Monday, with Duke easily dispatching Hampton and LSU doing the same to Hartford. That won't happen at all tonight, as...

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Justin Peters and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH – The Buffalo Sabres shelled Carolina goalie Justin Peters and chased him in less than two periods en route to a 5-3 win. Former Team USA darling Ryan Miller played well enough to preserve the win and Carolina played hockey reminiscent of last November, allowing several defensive breakdowns and goals in quick succession. Two late goals gave the ‘Canes a fighting chance, but Raleigh’s booming Buffalo transplant community walked away happy after more than three minutes of empty net hockey failed to produce an equalizer. Either no one told the Buffalo and Carolina fans around the arena...

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Story in Photos: Duke defeats Hampton in First Round of 2010 Div. I Women's Basketball Tournament

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM

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UCLA knocks out cold Wolfpack

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:19 AM

N.C. State's run in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament turned out to be a very short one. Jasmine Dixon had 17 points and 11 rebounds as UCLA steadily pulled away over the second half for a 74-54 win over the Wolfpack on Sunday night in the first round of the Kansas City Regional in Minneapolis. Marissa Kastanek (pictured) finished her freshman season with a 21-point performance for the No. 9 seed Wolfpack (20-14). Nikitta Gartrell added 13 points in her final collegiate game, 10 of them in the first 13 minutes. Rebekah Gardner added 13 pointsErica Tukiainen had 12 points...

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Duke faces a tough defensive test in NCAA second-round game against LSU

Posted By on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 4:01 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke has the home-court advantage again tonight as the Blue Devils try to get back to the NCAA Women's Sweet 16. They're looking to get there for the 12th time in the last 13 years, erasing the taste of their second-round loss at Michigan State last season. What they won't have is an easy opponent. Joanne P. McCallie's No. 6 Blue Devils (28-5), seeded No. 2 in the Memphis Region, will face No. 7 seed LSU (21-9) at 7 p.m. in what should be a solid defensive battle between a couple of athletic, defense-oriented teams. The...

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RailHawks struggle offensively against New England Revolution, falling 2-1, but new striker to join team

Posted By on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Up until Saturday night, the Carolina RailHawks had been peppering the back of the net on the practice fields against local college teams as a couple dozen fanatics and family members stood along the sidelines. A short walk across the parking lot, they found a bigger club, the MLS's New England Revolution, a bigger crowd, 3,538 officially, and even field lights that allowed coaches to see what was happening across the pitch. The Cary club, introducing a few new players to a group that finished second in the USL last season and experimenting with a new formation,...

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Wolfpack takes on UCLA in NCAA women's tourney play tonight

Posted By on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM

N.C. State got its wish to play in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in its first season under Kellie Harper. Tonight, the younger players on the Wolfpack - which hasn't been in the tournament since 2007 - get to see what it's really all about. The Wolfpack (20-13) is seeded No. 9 in the Kansas City Regional and will take on No. 8 seed UCLA (24-8) in its first-round game at 9:30 tonight in Minneapolis. An interesting sidebar has Harper (pictured) going against UCLA coach and fellow former Tennessee guard Nikki Caldwell, who was a graduate assistant with the Lady...

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UNC season ends in Washington

Posted By on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 1:00 AM

UNC was entertaining for nearly 40 minutes in its first-round NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game against Gonzaga late Saturday night. But the Zags won the last couple of minutes and the Tar Heels are headed back home. Tiffany Shives had all of her 16 points in the second half including four 3-pointers, helping No. 7 seed Gonzaga to an 82-76 win over the No. 10 seeded Tar Heels in Seattle. Katelan Redmon led Gonzaga (28-4), which has won 18 straight games, with 18 points. Chay Shegog (pictured) hit nine of her 10 field-goal attempts and finished with 19 points to...

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blue Devils escape Hampton early and win easily, host LSU on Monday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM "March Madness" has come to Duke's home floor, as for the first time in six seasons the Blue Devils are hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Tournament. The No. 6 Blue Devils, who lost a heartbreaker in the second round last season at Michigan State, appreciate sleeping in their own beds this week. But their first-round opponent for Duke, seeded No. 2 in the Memphis Region, isn't necessarily an easy one. No. 15 seed Hampton is coming off an impressive run to win the MEAC Tourmament, and has brought several hundred enthusiastic...

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Drew's shot lifts Heels past Bulldogs

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Deep in the heart of Dixie, North Carolina point guard Larry Drew himself showed the heart many have questioned all season. In a tie game with fewer than 10 seconds to play, Drew drove the length of the court, split three defenders and made a contested layup to give the Tar Heels a 76-74 victory against Mississippi State in the second round of the NIT. Carolina justifiably has been lambasted for its poor performances on the road this season, but the Heels clawed back from two substantial deficits and took the lead late thanks to the timely shooting of Will...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Tickets available as Duke opens NCAA women's play with Hampton; Tar Heels facing a tough battle on the road

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke begins its 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon, and Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils have one benefit they'll have for the first time since 2004. They're starting the tournament on their home floor. Duke (26-5), which is ranked No. 6 nationally, has the No. 2 seed in the Memphis Region and will take on No. 15 seed Hampton (20-11) in a 2:30 p.m. game at Cameron. It's the second game of a doubleheader, as No. 7 seed LSU (20-9) will face No. 10 seed Hartford (27-4) in the noon game,...

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Whitney's OT tally leads 'Canes over Caps in drama-filled evening

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:35 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - Joe Corvo's two-goal effort...Chad LaRose's late heroics....Ray Whitney's overtime wrister led his team to a 4-3 win over Thursday night. There we go. If all the Washington goals had counted, the ‘Canes wouldn’t have even made it to overtime. But thanks to a Whitney tally in overtime, Carolina won just its second game of the year after going into the second period down a goal. Corvo's pair couldn’t save the league-leading Capitals, who clinched the Southeast Division last week. There were two noticeable absences on the ice tonight. League points leader Alex Ovechkin was serving the...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another tea party in the offing? Upstart RailHawks prepare for the Revolution

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

A joint press conference featuring coaches and players for the Carolina RailHawks and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution was designed to promote the teams' preseason friendly this Saturday evening, March 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. However, another continuing revolution again took center stage thanks to one attendee, RailHawks' President Brian Wellman. Joining Wellman for Tuesday's press conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham, N.C. were RailHawks' coach Martin Rennie and captain Mark Schulte, together with longtime Revolution head coach Steve Nicol and two of their young players, Raleigh natives Darrius Barnes (a Duke University grad) and...

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Heels show renewed purpose, outlast Tribe

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 2:16 AM

CHAPEL HILL/CARMICHAEL AUDITORIUM — They aren’t finished just yet. North Carolina, which limped into the NIT after the horrifying season that’s been chronicled here and everywhere else, utilized a raucous crowd to defeat William & Mary 80-72 in the opening round of the tournament. Unlike the NCAA Tournament, which creates neutral venues for every game, the first three rounds of the NIT take place at the higher-seeded team’s home court. And because Carolina — seeded No. 4 in its bracket — is undertaking renovations at the Smith Center, the Tar Heels’ former home became the default option. And what a...

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Carolina experiences collective fail, falls to Bruins, 5-2

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Just when it looked as though the Hurricanes were turning the corner in the recovery process, the team reverted back to its old tendencies in back-to-back smarting losses against the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, and more recently, the Boston Bruins, 5-2. The Bruins looked like a hungry team barely hanging on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference while the Hurricanes looked like a bunch of guys that thought, hey, it might be nice to beat the Bruins tonight maybe…if it doesn’t take too much effort. Carolina sank to ten points back from eighth, in other words, not exactly mathematically...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wolfpack gets an early challenge before bats explode in romp over NCCU

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM N.C. Central hosts yet another challenging baseball battle with an ACC foe, this time an N.C. State team that's looking for its first road win of the season. The Eagles are looking for their first win anywhere, and really haven't kept more than a couple of games competitive so far this season. Because the weather forecast isn't good, the game will have a 3 p.m. start - sort of - instead of the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. starting time. It's the first of their two scheduled meetings this season, as the Eagles will visit Doak Field at...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Wolfpack, Tar Heels make NCAA women's field; Duke a favorite at home

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Kellie Harper couldn't remember exactly when she had been in such a situation before. Back when the N.C. State women's basketball coach was a point guard at Tennessee the Lady Vols - who won three NCAA titles during her career - were pretty much in the NCAA Tournament before the season started. Then during her five seasons as head coach at Western Carolina and three seasons as an assistant at Chattanooga before that, Southern Conference teams knew they had to win the conference tournament or they might earn...

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Duke upsets No. 11 UNC, win series, gain one point in Carlyle Cup

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM Duke has pulled the same feat twice, this time in Durham. Last year, Duke lost the first game in the Tobacco Road series in Chapel Hill, but won the series by winning the last two games. This year, the series is in Durham, but the same result comes out on Sunday as Duke wins the finale 5-3. For the first time in the series, there are no runs scored in the first inning. The first run is scored in the top of the third on of a two-run homer by UNC's Jesse Wierzbicki....

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blue Devils know for sure; State, UNC hoping for NCAA women's bids

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 11:01 PM

ACC champion Duke (27-5) is going to be one of the 64 teams on the board when the NCAA Women's Tournament field is announced tonight at 7 on ESPN. N.C. State (20-13) and UNC (19-11) think they're in, but won't be sure until they see their names on the board tonight. The Wolfpack and Tar Heels are two of about eight ACC teams who will be waiting with baited breath, first to make sure they're in the field and then to see where they're headed. Duke and Florida State (26-5) are both hosting first- and second-round games, so it's a...

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