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Monday, July 19, 2010

Lookouts pound Mudcats to end their losing streak

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 11:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of the Carolina Mudcats’ four-game home set with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and the home team is starting to think about a sweep. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollThe Mudcats are back tied for first place in the Southern League’s North Division as they go into the 25th game of the second half, while Chattanooga hasn’t won a game in a week. Game time temperature is reasonable in the high 80s, a brief respite for what is apparently going to happen later this week. Scott Carroll (2-4) will take the hill...

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Charlotte Knights take down Durham Bulls: Perception Shifts

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 6:00 AM

http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/young-lady-or-old-hag.htmlCHARLOTTE KNIGHTS STADIUM/ FORT MILL. S.C.—Hey, Bulls fans: your team will play five more games at Knights Stadium this season (August 16-18 and 28-29), and if you're one of those so-called purist types who can't quite handle the amusement park ethos of the DBAP, you ought to do yourself a favor and go down for a day or two. You'll get a whole new perspective on your team, and not only because you'll be seeing them in road grays. You'll see a bunch of guys trying, like every other Triple-A striver, to make a living and maybe break through to...

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tabor, Mudcats hold off Lookouts again to keep pace in division race

Posted By on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the second of the Carolina Mudcats’ four-game home set with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and it’s going to be a hot one. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Lee TaborThe Mudcats have some momentum going in, having won Saturday night’s opener to end a three-game losing streak, and they’re just a game out of first in the Southern League’s North Division. Chattanooga is trying to end a six-game losing streak. The home team is colorful today, with pink and black stripes on its jerseys as part of a breast cancer awareness promotion. The horizontal stripe...

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Mexican standoff in Durham as Cruz Azul rally for 1-1 draw; RailHawks defeat Rochester

Posted By on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

David Fellerath Águila fans on the Cruz Azul sideO'KELLY RIDDICK STADIUM/ DURHAM—It wasn't quite like the Secret Game, but for a gringo like myself, and my equally gringo companion, witnessing this affair was like being privy to a vibrant underground event that will go unnoticed by the cultural mainstream. But we knew about this game thanks to a flyer we spotted in a Mexican restaurant. It was Cruz Azul, lions of Mexican soccer, versus Club Deportivo Águila, feral tomcats of Salvadoran soccer, duking it out on the artificial turf of N.C. Central University's football stadium. Despite an afternoon of heavy...

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Durham Bulls quiet Knights in the Charlotte night: A road trip

Posted By on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM

www.ballparkreviews.comKnights Stadium, Fort Mill, S.C.KNIGHTS STADIUM/ FORT MILL, S.C.—Yes, the dateline is correct. This morning Heather and I were feeling a need to get out of town, and it wasn't long before the Triangle Offense beat writer in me came up with the idea to see what the Durham Bulls look like in their away uniforms. Informed of this motivating desire, Bulls utilityman Elliot Johnson quipped, "Only reason we can get a road reporter." Yo, E. J., it's either that or money, and there ain't no money. So I'm coming to you from a Rock Hill motel tonight, Heather already...

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mudcats take big early lead, hold on to get Fairel the win

Posted By on Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON There’s a new cast of characters on the visiting team tonight as the Chattanooga Lookouts visit the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt FairelThe Mudcats were certainly glad to see the Montgomery Biscuits depart after Friday’s game, as the Biscuits had won all three games of the series by a total of four runs and knocked Carolina out of first place in the Southern League’s North Division. Carolina comes in a game out of first place, taking on a Lookouts team that is on a five-game losing streak....

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Family of Dean Smith: Coach has "progressive neurocognitive disorder"

Posted By on Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM

In the wake of news reports about the health of UNC's Hall of Fame basketball coach Dean Smith, the 79-year-old coach's family released a letter to the public revealing that Smith has a "progressive neurocognitive disorder which affects his memory." In it, they acknowledged that his memory has weakened in recent years, and also note that he has had two operations in the last three years—a knee replacement and a heart procedure. The family's upbeat yet apparently candid note acknowledges that Smith is unable to travel to basketball games, preferring to watch on television. The coach, who was known for...

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Charlotte Knights beat Durham Bulls again: If at first you succeed...

Posted By on Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM— Durham starter Virgil Vasquez breezed through the first two innings of the Bulls' 6-4 loss to the Charlotte Knights last night, apparently unaffected by an annoying 12-minute rain delay after the first inning. He was through the first two innings on just 22 pitches (15 strikes), striking out Luis Rodriguez and Tyler Flowers swinging. Having looked good in his last two starts as well, his first since returning from his two-month stint on the disabled list, it seemed like he was right back in the groove again. But in the third inning, everything fell apart for him. Brent...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Eldridge's 10th-inning hit gives Montgomery sweep of Mudcats

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:49 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ three-game road series with the Montgomery Biscuits, and the home team is playing for both momentum and pride. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Travis WebbMontgomery has won the first two in the series, giving the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm club a share of first place in the Southern League’s South Division and putting the Mudcats a game out of the lead in the North. It’s still hot as usual but not oppressive, and there’s the usual big Friday night crowd in the house in anticipation of post-game...

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Charlotte Knights down Durham Bulls to open second half: The short end

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—The All-Star break seems to be a nice midway refueling hiatus in the season, but it's in fact wrong to call last night's resumption of play the beginning of the second half. The International League break is timed to coincide with the major-league midsummer classic (which wasn't very classic this year, even though the National League snapped a 14-year losing streak—it was a game almost devoid of drama), and that isn't the halfway point of the big-league season, either: The Show goes on for 162 games and was through 88 of them before the break. The disparity is even...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ashley hits early, late as Montgomery tops Mudcats

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are home again tonight for the second of their three-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits, and they’ll try to regain a little bit of their momentum. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoMontgomery won the teams’ first game after the All-Star Break on Wednesday night, snapping Carolina’s three-game winning streak and leaving the Mudcats tied with the Huntsville Stars atop the Southern League’s North Division. The Biscuits are a game behind the first-place Mississippi Braves in the South. As per usual it is “Thirsty Thursday,” and there’s a decent crowd in...

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Brazil 2014: Looking back, looking forward, going nowhere

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJSoccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa. Regular league games in South Africa typically draw 8,000.RIO DE JANEIRO—The 2010 World Cup is history. Spain were deserving winners over a preternaturally violent Dutch side that should have been sent to Robben Island for a week of rock breaking. The juxtaposition of the villainous anti-football of Mark Van Bommel and Nigel De Jong to the heroic jogo bonito of Xavi and Iniesta gave Spain well-deserved moral and sporting triumphs. By most popular accounts, the 2010 tournament was a success: relatively safe streets, beautiful stadiums, decent organization and incredible hospitality on the part...

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Elliot Johnson's sixth-inning single gives IL All-Stars the win

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Veteran Durham Bulls infielder Elliot Johnson knocked in Syracuse’s Chase Lambin with an RBI double in the sixth inning, giving the International League a 2-1 victory over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Elliot JohnsonThe win gave the IL, which has won six of the last eight meetings, a seven games to six lead in the series. Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo was the skipper for the IL stars, while Durham’s Dan Johnson was the designated hitter. The Bulls return home tonight at 7:05 to take on...

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Déjà vu all over again - Carolina RailHawks lose 1-0 in Montreal

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Montreal ImpactPeter ByersWEBCAST - When Yogi Berra coined the phrase, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” he was not referring to the rivalry between the Carolina RailHawks and the Montreal Impact. But, he could have. With RailHawks’ manager Martin Rennie serving the second of a two-game suspension stemming from the aftermath of the June 26 match between Carolina and Montreal, history largely repeated itself Wednesday night before 11,790 fans at Montreal’s Saputo Stadium. An uneventful, scoreless first half turned into apparent victory for one side before a finale featuring dubious stoppage timekeeping, a handball controversy, and a kettle of angry...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mudcats win the hit parade, but Montgomery scores more runs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are home for the first time since July 3, and they’re alone in first place in the Southern League’s North Division. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollOnce again it’s hot but not unbearable as the Mudcats begin their three-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits. Montgomery is, of course, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and in the normal progression players who are promoted become Durham Bulls. If there’s another sports team anywhere whose colors are listed as “Butter and Blue,” I certainly haven’t heard of it. The Mudcats...

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RailHawks owners discuss search for new investors

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 6:53 PM

The Carolina RailHawks ownership group is looking for a new minority investor, the team announced today, citing a need to expand sales and marketing efforts to double the paid attendance and make the club profitable. YCJ/Andy MeadThe Carolina RailHawks have spent heavily in the last two years to bring in a host of new players. Only one member of this May 14 starting XI, Matt Watson (standing second from right), was with the team in 2008. Majority Owner Selby Wellman, who owns 60 percent of the Cary franchise, says the RailHawks have lost money in each of the first four...

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USSF suspends RailHawks' Rennie and Ritchie

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Discerning webcast viewers of the Carolina Railhawks-Puerto Rico Islanders match last Sunday may have noticed that Carolina manager Martin Rennie was missing from the RailHawks’ technical area. Today, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) officially confirmed the reason behind Rennie’s absence. According to Phillip Faniola, Communications Coordinator for USSF, the Federation has suspended Rennie for two games as a result of conduct and comments following the RailHawks’ June 26 draw with the Montreal Impact at WakeMed Soccer Park. In addition, assistant coach Paul Ritchie received a one-game suspension, RailHawks’ president Brian Wellman’s field access was suspended for two games, and...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In defense of Dutch thuggery

Posted By on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Jamie McDonaldMark Van Bommel doing his thing, Xabi Alonso doing his.As soccer pundits put together their post-mortems on this World Cup, media around the world are piling on the Dutch for their tactics in the Final. From every sports page across the world have come lamentations and protestations that Holland did not play the game the right way; they did not play the beautiful game. To these people and their histrionic protestations, I offer this advice: Get over yourselves. It has become accepted gospel in soccer circles that two of the great teams in soccer history did not win the...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Mudcat Sappelt's double helps North win SL All-Star Game

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Dave Sappelt had an RBI double while fellow Carolina Mudcat Sean Henry also had a hit, helping the North to a 3-2 victory over the South in the Southern League All-Star Game on Monday night in Huntsville. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltMudcats teammates Jake Kahaulelio and Mike Costanzo also played for the North. The Southern League and all of Minor League Baseball will have Tuesday night off for the Major League All-Star Game. The Mudcats will return home on Wednesday night to take on the Montgomery Biscuits....

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The art of the 1-0

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Lars BaronSpain's Andres Iniesta races off to celebrate his 116th-minute winner while Holland's Maarten Stekelenburg contemplates defeat.RICHMOND, VA—At least it all ended with a perfectly good goal. No question about offside (Dutch whining aside in the immediate aftermath), no controversy—and also, importantly, no flukes, and no ridiculous Forlan/Jabulani special strikes from distance. Just a simple 6-yard pass into space to beat an offside trap, followed by a solid finish on a ball that frankly should have been finished. A basic bread-and-butter good soccer play, by two masters of the business, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta. That play in the 116th...

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

It’s not easy being orange - Carolina RailHawks win again at Puerto Rico, 2-0

Posted By on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Carolina RailHawksSallieu BunduWEBCAST—Sunday was an unlucky day to wear orange. First, Spain clipped the Oranje of Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win the FIFA World Cup. Then, the Carolina RailHawks, fortunately sporting their all-white kits, defeated the Tropa Naranja of Puerto Rico 2-0 for their second victory in as many trips to Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium this season. This match was the second in a four-game July road trip for the RailHawks (5-2-6; 21 points). Moreover, it was the first of three road matches over the span of seven days. So, rationing of player resources was part of the...

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Bulls can't catch Tides, who avoid sweep with 5-4 win

Posted By on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

The Durham Bulls’ rallied too late Sunday, dropping a 5-4 road decision to the Norfolk Tides to see their four-game winning streak snapped. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoDurham leads the second-place Charlotte Knights by nine games headed into the All-Star Break. Robert Andino led the Tides with three hits for two RBI, while Matt Angle added a two hits with an RBI and Blake Davis a double and a single. Justin Ruggiano had a three-run homer in the ninth for the Bulls. Armando Gabino (5-0) was the winning pitcher for Norfolk while Dennis Sarfate earned his 11th save....

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A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010

Posted By on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Laurence GriffithsHolland's Dirk Kuyt, seen against Uruguay in the semifinalRICHMOND, VA—The Dutch East India Company established a small settlement at what is now Cape Town in 1652. The initial purpose of the settlement was to provide a rest stop and supply station for trading vessels making the long journey from Europe, around the cape of southern Africa, and on to India and other points eastward. Slavery (of Africans, but also of some Asians) was a feature of the new colony almost from day one, as was the process of subjugating the local indigenous population. Academic historians commonly refer to the...

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Win puts Mudcats in first place, victorious Bulls remain on a roll

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM

The Carolina Mudcats aren’t just in first place in the Southern League’s North Division now. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioHeaded into the All-Star Break, they’re there all by themselves. Jake Kahaulelio homered and singled for two RBI, leading the visiting Mudcats’ 15-hit attack in a 9-1 rout of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx on Saturday night. The Durham Bulls were also winners, topping the Norfolk Tides 5-3 on the road. The Bulls will look for sweep of the four-game, two-city series with the Tides in the finale of the current series on Sunday afternoon at...

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Here's hoping the World Cup Final ends in penalty kicks

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

As the World Cup Final looms, there’s no clear consensus on who will win it all. What people seem to agree on, though, is that they hope the match will be decided before it comes to a penalty-kick shootout. Soccer purists hate penalty-kick shootouts. They seem like an unfair way to settle a match after two hours of often-intense play, and the final victor seems a bit arbitrary in the end. Or, so the argument goes. Clive RoseJapanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe slots home his penalty kick against Paraguay. Japan lost the round of 16 contest after the 0-0 match went...

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This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

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what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

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