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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Brazil, de Brasil

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO—Today marks my first ever World Cup game in Brasil. The streets are painted, everyone is getting off work early, the country is moving insanely quickly and is totally paralyzed at the same time. Today's front section of the O Globo newspaper, p. 14 says: "Copa: Metro and trains will have special scheme." Indeed. The city was a total chaos. The article lists all of the normal activities in the city that were suspended or altered for today's game against N. Korea. Banks, Shopping Malls, Trains, Metro, Public Offices, Post Office, and every business in Rio (if not...

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Preview: World Cup Day Five - Of Mice and Men

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Day Five of the 2010 FIFA World Cup features the arrival of the two of the top three ranked teams in the world, two of the three lowest ranked teams in the competition, one of the best players in the world, and one of the most intriguing match-ups in the entire group stage. And then there’s North Korea, an enigma whose air of mystery is likely to quickly evaporate under the heat of the world’s number one. Group F: New Zealand v. Slovakia, 7:30 a.m. ESPN Each is a team of relative unknowns. Appearing in their first World Cup since...

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Durham Bulls strand 17 in defeat at Gwinnett

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:23 AM

The Durham Bulls left an unlikely 17 runners on base Monday night, dropping a 7-2 road decision to the Gwinnett Braves. Photo courtesy Durham BullsDurham Bulls outfielder Desmond JenningsGwinnett is in second place in the International League’s South Division, trailing the Bulls by 9 ½ games. Joe Thurston led Gwinnett at the plate with a double and a single for three RBI. Michael Dunn (2-0) was the winning pitcher, while Dale Thayer (0-1) gave up five runs in the eighth to take the loss. Matt Joyce and J.J. Furmaniak each had three hits for the Bulls. In other news involving...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Costanzo, Mesoraco homer as Mudcats win third straight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are suddenly on a three-game winning streak. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellMike Costanzo hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Mudcats held on, beating the Huntsville Stars 6-3 in an early Monday game at Five County Stadium to take the five-game series. Matt Fairel (1-2) picked up his first Double-A victory while Josh Butler (0-3) took the loss. Devin Mesoraco added a two-run homer for Carolina, while Eric Eymann chipped in an RBI single. Caleb Gindl homered for Huntsville. The Mudcats will have Tuesday off before opening a five-game...

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Preview: World Cup Day Four - Eto’o, the elderly and the Dutch!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 6:15 AM

Day four of the 2010 FIFA World Cup sees the emergence of two of its biggest heavyweights - including the 2006 champion - along with one of its biggest stars. It is also the day with arguably the most evenly-matched slate of opening games. Group E: Netherlands v. Denmark, 7:30 a.m. ESPN On paper, Holland holds a decided talent advantage over the Danes. Indeed, the Oranje are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Denmark, which has not defeated the Dutch in regulation-time play since 1967. Moreover, the Netherlands went 8-0 in Cup qualifying, enter this match on a 19-game...

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Durham Bulls douse Gwinnett Braves: So good it hurts

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsMatt JoyceDBAP/DURHAM—The start of last night's game was delayed by a downpour of rain for exactly two hours and one minute. First pitch was at 7:06 PM, or one minute after the normal start time of most games at the DBAP. It was as if certain laws of the universe were re-asserting themselves, despite the Bulls' attempt to defy them with their beloved 5:05 PM Sunday gametime. And with order restored, the Bulls also re-asserted themselves after Gwinnett whomped them on Saturday, 11-4. They spotted the Braves a 4-0 lead in the top of the first,...

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Seven reasons to watch the World Cup on Univision (even if you don't speak much Spanish)

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 8:49 PM

RICHMOND, VA—For Spanish-speaking households, the case for watching Univision during the World Cup needs no explanation—como no? But for anyone to whom it never occurred to try Univision, consider the following: 1. Univision is available in HD, and its screen is much less cluttered than ESPN. You see more of that big beautiful pitch, the scoreboard is a bit smaller on the screen....

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Cochran, Mudcats shrug off heat to whip Huntsville

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 5:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the fourth game of the Carolina Mudcats’ five-game set with the Huntsville Stars, and the home team still has a chance to win the series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranCarolina ended a seven-game losing streak Saturday night on a Devin Mesoraco homer in the 11th inning, so the Mudcats will try to establish a little momentum. And they’re going to have to do it on a scorching hot day. Good news is that it’s a battle between the teams’ ostensible ace pitchers, with lefty Tom Cochran (2-2) going against the Stars’...

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Spare a thought for Robert Green (and blundering keepers everywhere)

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJClint Dempsey, in foreground, watches as Robert Green mishandles his shot. RICHMOND, VA—I'm sure there's lots more that could be written about the England-USA match Saturday, but probably like most of the British media, I can't get my mine off Robert Green's error. Green celebrated his World Cup debut with a world class screw-up, allowing Clint Dempsey's seemingly harmless shot from distance to carom off his hands and into the net for the equalizing goal. I've looked at the replay probably about 25 times now. In my view, the real error was not that he failed to catch...

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Preview: World Cup Day Three — Cue the vuvuzelas!

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 12:15 AM

It is day three of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the opening two matches each feature Slavic countries taking on upstart African entries hoping for boisterous, droning support from home fans. As for the third match, it is time to dust off that famous gem from former English striker and sports broadcaster Gary Lineker: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Group B: Algeria v. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. ESPN The contrasting styles of these surprise qualifiers will be on display at Peter Mokaba Stadium, which...

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ugly night all around for Durham Bulls in an 11-4 loss to Gwinnett

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM

DBAP/DURHAM It’s another hot night in the Bull City as Durham prepares for the opener of a four-game, two-city set with the Gwinnett Braves. Photo courtesy Durham BullsDurham Bulls infielder Ryan ShealyThe Bulls seem to be on easy street at the moment, sporting a five-game winning streak and a ridiculous 10 1/2-game lead over the G-Braves and the rest of the International League South as the season nears its halfway point. The first two games of the series are here before the Bulls embark on an 11-day, 10-game road trip. Tonight the Bulls will be without outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who...

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Mesoraco's walkoff blast in 11th ends Mudcats' slide

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ recent misery came to an end Saturday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jose CastroDevin Mesoraco led off the 11th with a homer to left field, giving the Mudcats a 6-5 victory over the Huntsville Stars and ending their seven-game losing streak. The Mudcats set up Mesoraco’s extra-inning heroics with a run in the ninth, as Dave Sappelt singled and then scored on Jose Castro’s one-out single. Mesoraco had three hits as did Sappelt, who added a triple and an RBI in Carolina’s nine-hit attack. Castro finished with two RBI. Jeremy Horst (2-2) was...

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Our resident Englishman fears a British breakdown

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Paul Savery, the Indy's resident English soccer fanatic, seems more concerned with British self-destruction than with the U.S., in typical English fashion. In case you haven't had it drilled into your skulls by ESPN as of yet, the match kicks of at 2:30 p.m. After England performances against Mexico and Japan I have been instructing myself not to panic! For god's sake don't panic! The big question for the upcoming U.S. match is whether England will play (a) dismally (b) pitifully or (c) pathetically. Not so fast! Perhaps Fabio Capello is playing his cards with great cunning. He has lulled...

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South Africa strikes first! The News and Observer strikes again!

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 1:16 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJSiphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup for host country South Africa.It's late as I type after the first day of the World Cup. Among other things, I spent the evening at Cary's Galaxy Cinema where I hosted a screening of Looking for Eric, the new Ken Loach film about a Manchester, England, postal worker and his obsession with 1990s Red Devil superstar Eric Cantona. Carolina RailHawks coach Martin Rennie spoke afterward about his own appreciation of the enigmatic French striker. I enjoyed the film tremendously, as did, apparently, the rest of the audience....

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Rodriguez, hitters shine as Durham Bulls sweep Buffalo

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:05 AM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls will go for a sweep tonight in the finale of their four-game home series against the Buffalo Bisons. Photo courtesy Durham BullsDurham Bulls pitcher Aneury RodriguezHeading into the last regular-season game against Buffalo this year, the Bulls are on a three-game winning streak and have won four of seven against their traditional rivals from the North Division. It’s another hot night as the club prepares for hundreds of Boy Scouts to take to the outfield for a post-game campout. A local football hero is back in town as David Garrard — the former Southern High and...

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Mudcats drop seventh straight despite another Klinker quality start

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Not even the return of their ace pitcher from Triple-A could get the Carolina Mudcats out of the doldrums Friday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerBrett Lawrie homered on Matt Klinker’s very first pitch, and the Huntsville Stars won 2-1 in front of 5,991 fans, the Mudcats’ largest home crowd of the season. The result in the second game of the series was Carolina’s seventh straight loss. Steffan Wilson’s solo homer in the fourth gave the Stars some insurance and dropped the loss on Klinker despite his quality outing. Michael Bowman (6-4) was the winning...

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Preview: World Cup Day Two — Is there some sort of soccer game being played today?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Saturday is the first three-a-day during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with one match being a close call, the other a free-wheeling affair, and the third, if ESPN’s marketing machine is to be believed, possessing the potential to rewrite the outcome of the American Revolutionary War. Group B: South Korea v. Greece, 7:30 a.m. ESPN The day’s first game has all the earmarks of a close encounter. This is a scrappy Asian team taking on a scrappy European team, and while the match may not be high scoring, it will be spirited. Greece is still largely the tightly compact, counterattacking...

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"Africa's World Cup" begins with stellar match

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It was a bittersweet opening ceremony for those (most of the world I suspect) hoping and expecting to see Nelson Mandela open the World Cup. Mandela missed the ceremony due to the death of a great-granddaughter, aged 13, in a car accident on the way home from the celebratory opening event Thursday night. Current South African president Jacob Zuma opened the tournament instead. Despite that unwelcome sad news, the atmosphere in Soccer City in Soweto was extraordinary. But only the Mexicans seemed ready to play once the ball kicked off, nearly scoring in the 2nd minute and not letting the...

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World Cup 2010 opening day stats to remember

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM

In lieu of attempting to match the grandiloquence of my Triangle Offense colleagues, allow me to merely relay two startling statistics I encountered that are appropriate on this opening day of the 2010 World Cup. Although every team plays three games during the group stage, the importance of the first match cannot be overstated. Over the last three World Cup competitions, 86 percent of the teams who won their opening match advanced beyond the group stage; 58 percent of the teams that drew ended up advancing. By contrast, only 3 out of 36 teams (8.3 percent) that lost their opening...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

First-inning spree lifts Huntsville over Mudcats

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ homestand didn’t get off on the right foot Thursday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellThe visiting Huntsville Stars dropped a four-spot on Travis Webb (2-4) in the first inning, holding on for a 5-3 victory in the opener of a five-game series at Five County Stadium. Carolina’s big blow was a two-run homer from Mike Costanzo in the bottom of the inning. Chris Cody (3-6) was the winning pitcher for the Stars, who got three hits including a pair of doubles from Brett Lawrie. Dave Sappelt added an RBI double and Devin...

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Battery of Phillips, Lobaton comes up huge as Bulls take Buffalo series

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM

DBAP/DURHAM It’s Game 3 of the Durham Bulls’ home series with the Buffalo Bisons, and the Bulls remain on a roll. Photo courtesy Durham BullsDurham Bulls catcher Jose LobatonDurham has won two straight over the Bisons, who have been perhaps their biggest rivals in their IL history as they’ve met in the Governors’ Cup Playoffs three times. The Bisons have a pair of UNC alumni on their roster in veteran Russ Adams and rookie Marshall Hubbard. It’s a hot Thursday night as lefty Heath Phillips (5-4) takes the hill for Durham against Dylan Owen (2-1). And catcher Jose Lobaton’s first...

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World Cup, carioca style

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO—It's the night before the World Cup and I can't sleep. These four weeks, these 64 games, this World Cup will define the rest of my life, in one way or another. The life cycle of football fans is linked to seasons, temporadas, campeonatos, fixtures and World Cups. I frequently count backwards in four year increments to 1930: Uruguay. Monumental. Despite the horrors of producing and hosting the World Cup and all of the criminally banal acts of intimidation, corruption, and authoritariansm that accompany these thrity days, there is something irresistable about the World Cup. 1100, Brasilia time,...

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Preview: World Cup day one, at long last

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Four years is a long time to wait. Just ask a high school freshman or Sarah Palin. But, soccer fans, our wait has warmed to anticipation and now, finally, to the first World Cup ball being kicked on African soil. The world’s game, as it’s called, becomes a bit more worldly at 10 a.m. Friday when South Africa (Bafana Bafana) takes the pitch against Mexico. Let the vuvuzelas reverberate. What’s on? Group A: South Africa v Mexico 10 a.m. ESPNGroup A: Uruguay v France 2:30 p.m. ESPN What’s at stake? In keeping with tradition and the alphabet, host country South...

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Huge shakeup in progress in big-time college sports; ACC needs to act yesterday or get left behind

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The musical chairs game in big-time college football has begun. The Associated Press reports today that Big 12 member Colorado is the newest member of the Pac-10 Conference, while numerous published reports are saying that Nebraska will leave the 14-year-old Big 12 for the Big Ten on Friday. It’s also out there in numerous places that the Pac-10 also wants Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to stretch its membership to 16, while the now even more oddly-named Big 10 also wants to go to 16 whether or not Notre Dame is in the package. As the...

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The World Cup, global inequality and global community

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The World Cup, the planet’s premier sporting event, promises as ever to be a remarkable celebration not just of football (soccer), but of humanity itself. All regions of the world are represented, and the participating countries themselves vary remarkably in terms of culture, religion, economic well-being and political institutions. There will be black, white, yellow and brown-skinned players competing—sometimes on the same team. And there will be a very large portion of humanity watching, and not just in the 32 qualified nations. The setting of this year’s World Cup—South Africa—obviously lends this event particular significance. Fifty years ago, Nelson Mandela...

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