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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

RailHawks exit U.S. Open Cup, lose to Charleston Battery 2-1

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 7:18 AM

For the second year in a row, the Carolina RailHawks saw their hopes for a deep run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup come to an early end. And again, the culprit was a third-division squad from the USL-2. For last night's game in Charleston's Blackbaud Stadium, RailHawks coach Martin Rennie started two defensive midfielders, Brad Rusin and Amir Lowery. Despite the cautious posture, two first-half goals by Rudolph Mayard and Lamar Neagle were all the Battery needed to hold off the visitors, 2-1. In the second half, Rennie made three aggressive substitutions, successively inserting Sallieu Bundu for Lowery,...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mudcats drop second-half opener, Bulls drubbed in Indianapolis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:00 PM

The Carolina Mudcats came up just short in their first game of the second half. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerAnd at least for one night, the Durham Bulls just weren’t very good. Russ Canzler’s two-run homer in the seventh inning keyed a Tennessee Smokies comeback as they nipped the Mudcats 4-3 Tuesday night at Smokies Park. Meanwhile the Indianapolis Indians evened their series with the Bulls, rolling to a 9-1 win at Victory Field. The Bulls play two more at Indianapolis before returning home Friday night against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Carolina has five more...

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Hosts bow out with dignity intact; France not so much

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

RICHMOND, VA—The usual cliches about a side "crashing" out of a competition in no way apply to South Africa's exit from this World Cup. Bafana Bafana put together not just a spirited but a technically excellent performance over the first hour of today's match vs. France, taking a two goal lead and very nearly going up 3-0 early in the second half when Katlego Mphela's close range effort hit the post. For a solid half hour, the impossible seemed possible: South Africa might win the match 4-0 and supplant Mexico as Group A's runner-up. Instead, France got its act...

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Africa on the brink as final games of group stage commence

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 1:13 AM

RICHMOND, VA—Believe it or not, after 11 days of non-stop soccer, one-half of the World Cup is complete. Starting Tuesday, the tournament kicks up a notch with the final day of group play, as nations will begin to exit stage right en masse. Leading that parade almost certainly will be host nation South Africa. South Africa needs two unlikely events to transpire. First, they need Uruguay to beat Mexico, preferably by two goals. Next, they need to beat France, by at least two and possibly three goals. Ordinarily one would say this was completely impossible. But with the complete...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Baker, Bulls' pen sizzle in shutout of Indianapolis

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Brian Baker went five no-hit innings before Mike Ekstrom and R.J. Swindle finished up as the Durham Bulls won the opener of their road series with the Indianapolis Indians 2-0. Durham BullsBrian BakerMatt Joyce homered while Omar Luna added two hits for the Bulls. Baker, who was making a spot start in his first appearance in nine days, improved to 5-0 while Swindle picked up his first save. Jonathan Van Every, the first batter Ekstrom faced in the sixth, got the Indians’ hit. Daniel McCutchen (4-5) took the loss....

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hellickson wins league-best ninth as Bulls earn split with Louisville

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Jeremy Hellickson went seven solid innings, picking up his International League-leading ninth win of the season as the Durham Bulls beat the host Louisville Bats 5-1. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Jeremy HellicksonOmar Luna went 4-for-4 including a pair of doubles with an RBI to lead the Bulls’ offense as they gained a split of the four-game series. Hellickson (9-2) allowed the run on five hits, striking out six against one walk in seven innings. Travis Wood (4-6) took the loss. Justin Ruggiano doubled and singled with two RBI for the Bulls. Zack Cozart’s RBI double in the sixth was...

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Mississippi holds off Mudcats in hot first-half finale

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the final day of the first half in the Southern League, and both the Carolina Mudcats and Mississippi Braves are looking for momentum. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Sean HenryToday’s very hot Fathers’ Day battle is the rubber match of their five-game series, the only time these teams will face off in North Carolina this season unless they somehow meet in the playoffs. Both starting pitchers are looking to make something good happen heading into Monday’s off day as lefty Matt Fairel (1-2) goes for the Mudcats against Jacob Thompson (3-5). Mississippi takes...

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Player ratings! The RailHawks concede own goal, draw CP Baltimore 1-1

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

RailHawks Player Ratings: June 19 vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore GK Eric Reed (7) — Another strong effort from the low-key, extremely reliable keeper, who'd have had a clean sheet but for a sloppy clearance.D David Hayes (6)—Effective play forward, but his botched clearance in the first half cost the RailHawks two points.D Matt Bobo (7)—Still a commanding presence during aerial challenges, but continues to frequently freelance out of position.D John Gilkerson (7)—Playing in central defense instead of his customary right back, Gilkerson compensated for his lack of size by helping close down a speedy Baltimore attack up the middle.D Greg...

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There’s no place like...the road? Carolina RailHawks return home but draw 1-1 with C.P. Baltimore

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Courtesy of Carolina RailHawksFloyd Franks, left, puts away his penalty kick.The Carolina RailHawks’ match against Crystal Palace Baltimore was advertised as “Bark in the Park” night, with fans invited to bring their pet canines to WakeMed Soccer Park. Unfortunately, the RailHawks’ performance turned out to be the biggest dog of the night, with this home game ending up much like the last two against NSC Minnesota and Tampa Bay: an unsatisfying result against a clearly outclassed opponent, as the RailHawks (3-2-5, 14 points) drew with Crystal Palace, 1-1. Fresh off its undefeated four-game road stretch and advancement into the second...

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mudcats lose solid pitchers' duel, then take a pop quiz

Posted By on Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 10:18 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are looking to end the first half of the Southern League season on a positive note, and they’ll try to do it by winning their series against the Mississippi Braves at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranThere couldn’t have been a lot more excitement in the park than has happened over two of the last three nights, when the Mudcats won with ninth-inning rallies. Mississippi won Thursday’s game in a 17-8 sleeper. Game 4 of the five-game series is going to happen on a very hot night,...

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Louisville gets a walk-off victory over visiting Bulls

Posted By on Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Chris Burke led off the ninth by being hit by a pitch, then advanced on Zack Cozart’s bunt and later scored on Wladimir Balentien’s one-out fly ball as the Louisville Bats beat the visiting Durham Bulls 5-4. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoThe Bulls lost despite a two-run homer from Justin Ruggiano and a solo shot from Alvin Colina. Jon Adkins (1-4) was the winning pitcher while Mike Ekstrom (3-1) took the loss. Juan Francisco doubled and singled with two RBI for Louisville, while Zack Cozart chipped in a double and a single with an RBI. Ruggiano was the...

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Mudcats get second walkoff win over Mississippi in three nights

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats play the third of their five-game series with the Mississippi Braves to close out the Southern League’s first half, and neither team has been in the race for quite a while. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Denis PhippsPeople who are here every night are wishing hard for a quick game, as the Mudcats won in the ninth two days ago after an hour and a half rain delay and then on Thursday, Mississippi won a 17-8 nightmare. Scott Carroll (1-2) is on the hill for Carolina on another warm night against...

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Durham Bulls rally late and often to tie Louisville series

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM

The Durham Bulls scored six runs in the final three innings Friday night, beating the homestanding Louisville Bats 8-2 to even their series at a win apiece. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Richard De Los SantosMatt Joyce homered for Durham, which had eight players with one hit each. Chris Richard and Dan Johnson each had a two-run single. Richard De Los Santos (6-3) had a six-inning quality start in the victory, while Aroldis Chapman (5-5) took the loss. Juan Francisco and Drew Sutton each doubled and singled for Louisville....

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Over-Rated!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM

RICHMOND, VA—Insipid, lacking belief, out of ideas, toothless, timid. All those words at the moment appear to be the answer to this riddle: what happens when you cross a bunch of English soccer players with Italian "tactical guile"? Merry old England made a mockery of Henry V, St. George and for that matter Bobby Charlton and Stuart Pearce with a frankly sad display against Algeria, hardly mustering a meaningful strike at goal over the 90 minutes....

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Referee! Dodgy officiating is a World Cup tradition

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJMichael Bradley looks for an explanation from Koman Coulibaly after he disallowed Maurice Edu's goal.RICHMOND, VA—The biggest shame of the seemingly inexplicable decision by Malian referee Koman Coulibaly to disallow Maurice Edu's apparent winner for the U.S. against Slovenia today may not have been the fact the U.S. did not grab all three points. Rather, it's that we will be talking about the referee and not the fact that for the first time in my life, I saw a U.S. soccer fan crying at a match, after Michael Bradley's goal to tie the game at 2. That level...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mudcats lose big in slugfest with Mississippi

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are on a bit of a roll as they approach the end of the Southern League’s first half, while the Mississippi Braves are reeling. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioThe Mudcats, who have won four straight games while Mississippi has dropped five in a row, are looking to keep the trend going. It’s another warm night as the Mudcats play the second of their five-game series with the Atlanta Braves affiliate. And lefty Travis Webb (2-4) will take the hill for Carolina against Erik Cordier (4-4). It’s not a good...

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Bats top Durham Bulls 2-0 despite Phillips' solid outing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Zack Cozart’s eighth-inning RBI single was the biggest hit for the Louisville Bats on Thursday night as they held off the visiting Durham Bulls 2-0 in the opener of their four-game series. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Heath PhillipsChad Reineke (3-5) was the winning pitcher while Jon Adkins picked up his franchise-record 40th save for Louisville. Heath Phillips (6-5) took the loss despite allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. Chris Burke led Louisville with two hits including a double, while Justin Ruggiano had two hits and Chris Richard a double for...

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Mexicans rattle the hot sauce at Torero's as their team defeats France

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 6:36 PM

DURHAM — Ismael Ibarra Esparza grabbed a handcarved, handpainted chair and motioned as if he was going to hurl it out of the window Thursday afternoon as Mexico netted what would be the game winner against France. Up to then, he was sitting just about as peacefully as one can sit while his country plays in the World Cup, enjoying the match with a half dozen of his painting colleagues who got the afternoon off to come to Torero’s on West Main Street in Durham. “We just told [our boss] it was like a Duke-Carolina game, and he understood,” said...

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Reviewing Argentina-South Korea and other things, like stadiums

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJSoccer City, Johannesburg, South AfricaRIO DE JANEIRO—The irony of the name Soccer City is probably lost on FIFA. From the air, the stadium looks to be surrounded by nothing, a world apart, a huge bowl of money, a colorful tip jar sitting in isolation from the dichotomous reality of Johannesburg. FIFA is an increasingly savage and rapacious beast, gnashing its teeth at the slightest provocation. During the Holland—Denmark match, 20 female Dutch fans were forcibly removed from the stadium because they were suspected of engaging in some kind of guerrilla marketing campaign, when in reality they were just...

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World Cup, day seven: Has it been a week already?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 7:51 AM

It’s day seven of the World Cup, and we’ve now seen all 32 teams. Let’s see them all again, but better this time. Following a tentative, low scoring opening round of games in which on South Korea, Germany, Netherlands and Brazil bagged two or more goals, teams will now play a more open style, seeking the vital three points a win brings as opposed to the single point for a scoreless draw. Group B: Argentina v. South Korea, 7:30 a.m. ESPNEach team won its first match easily, Argentina riding an early Gabriel Heinze headed corner to victory against Nigeria and...

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Henry's single finishes ninth-inning rally as Mudcats dump Mississippi

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:33 AM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats got a day of rest after winning their home series against the Huntsville Stars, and tonight we’ll see whether or not that was good for their momentum. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Sean HenryTonight’s opponent is the Mississippi Braves, who are also mathematically eliminated from the Southern League’s first-half race. Mississippi, managed by former Durham Bulls player and coach Phillip Wellman, beat the Mudcats in five games to win the Southern League title in 2008. It’s “Paint in Purple” night, a promotion of sports marketing at East Carolina University which has...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So far, South America owns the world's game

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJDiego Forlan goes forward during Uruguay’s 3-0 victory over South Africa.RICHMOND, VA—Tuesday's matches marked the completion of round one in the World Cup, and the start of round two. The biggest headline is the dispiriting defeat hosts South Africa suffered at the hands of Uruguay, 3-0. That result leaves the Bafana Bafana needing a seemingly impossible sequence events to qualify out of the group: namely, a) a draw in Wednesday's pivotal Mexico-France match; b) a victory against France in their final group game and c) Mexico failing to defeat Uruguay in the other final group A match. There...

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Player ratings! The RailHawks sweat out 1-0 victory over Charlotte Eagles

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Carolina RailHawksEric ReedWAKEMED SOCCER PARK—It's not the FA Cup, but it's nearly as old. The FA Cup was founded in 1871, while the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914. In England, they're nostalgic for the days when FA Cup fixtures were more than just bothersome scheduling encumbrances for Big Four sides. In this country, it's remarkable that this contest of a sport America supposedly doesn't care about is still in existence after nearly 100 years. Fewer than 1,000 souls showed up under threat of thunderstorm to watch the Carolina RailHawks' opening round matchup against the 501 (c)...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Durham Bulls rained out, Mudcats home Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM

The finale of the Durham Bulls’ road series with the Gwinnett Braves was rained out Tuesday night, with no makeup date yet announced. Durham’s next series at Gwinnett is Aug. 13-15. The Bulls will have Wednesday off, and then open a four-game road series with Louisville on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Carolina Mudcats will come off their off-day for a 7:15 home game against the Mississippi Braves on Thursday. Travis Webb (L, 2-4, 4.97) will go for the Mudcats against Scott Diamond (L, 2-5, 4.33) in the opener of their five-game series....

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American soccer fans find a new voice in South Africa

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Brian Fobi, a Yale graduate student based in South Africa, is attending all three U.S. matches, all three Brazil matches, 2 round of 16 ties, 2 quarterfinals and a semifinal. After getting past our immense jealously, we asked Brian to post his thoughts for us. RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Walking away from the impossibly rustic and comically rural Royal Bafokeng Stadium, I took in the scene and felt a sense of redemption after years of something like shame. No, I refer not to the gutsy 1-1 draw that the U.S. took from Rustenburg; rather, I have in mind the apparent...

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