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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Things getting hot for the Heels: Statement from AD Dick Baddour

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeThe Tar Heels take the field in a 2008 game.The sky is not Carolina blue today. Yahoo! reported last night that former associate head coach John Blake had far more extensive and recent contacts with agent Gary Wichard than had been previously disclosed, including a series of financial transactions dating back to 2007. This afternoon, the News & Observer's Caulton Tudor just published a call for the dismissal of head coach Butch Davis. And, this just in from UNC's sports information office, a statement from UNC athletic director Dick Baddour in which he responds to...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cutcliffe says he isn't losing hope as Blue Devils prepare to visit Maryland

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM David Cutcliffe acknowledges his Duke football program is going through some growing pains right now, but says there’s no way he’s going to lose faith. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach David CutcliffeThe Blue Devils are coming off a very tough home-field loss to underdog Army three days ago, a week after taking a serious whipping from visiting top-ranked Alabama the week before. So when Duke (1-3, 0-1 ACC) heads to Maryland (3-1) for the Terps’ conference opener this week, the Blue Devils will be on a three-game losing streak. The Blue Devils have lost seven straight games...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Wilson, Irving, Carter among ACC honorees

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Three Triangle-area players are among the ACC football players of the week announced today by the conference. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State quarterback Russell WilsonN.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson is the offensive back of the week, Wolfpack linebacker Nate Irving the defensive lineman of the week and UNC linebacker Bruce Carter defensive back of the week. Wilson set records in the now No. 23 Wolfpack’s impressive win at Georgia Tech. The junior completed 28 of 41 passes for a career best 368 yards and three touchdowns, seeing his passes caught by 10 different receivers. The junior did throw one interception...

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Conference-leading (for the time being) Carolina RailHawks top Puerto Rico 2-1

Posted By on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksRailHawks' Tom Heinemann watches his game-winning goal sail past Islanders' goalkeeper Bill GaudetteWAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY - Since the Carolina RailHawks’ last home league game - a Sept. 11 nil-nil draw with the Portland Timbers - the RailHawks have played two road matches and, in the process, clinched a berth in the upcoming USSF D2 playoffs. Prior to last night, it appeared the RailHawks would likely play out side during their last two regular season home games in advance of the playoffs, perhaps while also hoping to fine-tune a few trouble spots, heal a few nagging injuries and...

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

NCCU triumphs against rival N.C. A&T in jam-packed “Classic”

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:43 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM The field rages with excitement as the fierce Aggie-Eagle rivalry meets for the 82nd time in gridiron history. N.C. Central longs for revenge after the teams' last meeting in October of last year where North Carolina A&T took the game 23-17. An overfilled and record-breaking stadium of over 15,173 fans creates an exciting stage for the two teams this thick and humid September night. courtesy NCCU AthleticsNCCU quarterback Michael JohnsonThe Eagles get revenge, improving to 2-2 with a 27-16 win. The Aggies kick off the game and Central trudges along down the field only to pick up 20...

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Five turnovers turn out to be fatal for Duke in home loss to Army

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Photo by Al DragoArmy's Brian Cobbs (32), shown here in the arms of Duke linebacker Abraham Kromah, scored two touchdowns in the first half. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will try to bounce back from its big loss to No. 1 Alabama a week ago, and the opposition today gives David Cutcliffe’s club a good chance to win. In town on a very hot day are the Black Knights of Army, who come in with a 2-1 mark but will probably be playing their best opponent so far this season today. Game-time temperature is 93 with plenty of sunshine, and game...

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Wilson puts on another show for Wolfpack while Tar Heels get their "must" win

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This Wolfpack football team just may be for real. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State quarterback Russell WilsonRussell Wilson had a career day, passing for three touchdowns and running for another as N.C. State improved to 4-0 by winning 45-28 at Georgia Tech in the Wolfpack’s ACC opener. At 4-0, State is off to its best start since going 9-0 to begin the 2002 season. Meanwhile UNC (1-2) got a non-conference road win it absolutely had to have, beating Rutgers 17-13....

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McCallie inks Duke women's basketball contract into 2017

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 1:12 AM

Joanne P. McCallie has definitely decided to stick around a while as Duke women’s basketball coach. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieDuke athletic director Kevin White announced on Friday that McCallie’s contract has been extended for three years, through the 2016-17 season. “Joanne has won an ACC Championship and her teams have performed at a consistently high level,” White said in a statement issued by the school. “Given the tremendous recruiting success Joanne and her staff have enjoyed, the excitement for Duke women’s basketball is at an all-time high. Joanne is one of the bright stars at the...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Wolfpack looks to go to 4-0 on Saturday while Blue Devils, Tar Heels face must-win games

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 2:34 AM

File photo by Al DragoDuke will have to give better protection to quarterback Sean Renfree (19) than he got against Alabama when Army comes to Durham.It’s Week 4 of the college football season, and already two of the three local ACC teams are facing must-win situations. Duke (1-2) is coming off one of its most lopsided losses in school history in Saturday’s 49-point loss to No. 1 Alabama, and needs to rebound when Army (2-1) visits Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday to avoid getting off the track for a winning season. Ditto for UNC (0-2), which has played well against...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Suspension lengths set for UNC's Burney, Williams

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:54 PM

The NCAA has passed down its judgment on UNC defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams, who will face multi-game suspensions and make restitution to charity before being able to play again. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC athletic director Dick BaddourThe NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff said Burney must make a payment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice and miss four more games in addition to the two he has already sat out. Williams must donate $450.67 and sit out two more games. The monetary sums are calculated as partial repayments for in-kind benefits the players had received, in Burney’s...

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Duke will try to rebound from rough Alabama loss when Army visits Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 2:01 AM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM David Cutcliffe has never before had to get one of his football teams ready to play after a seven-touchdown loss, but that’s the assignment the Duke coach faces this week. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke linebacker Abraham KromahThe loss, of course, was the 62-13 defeat to top-ranked defending national champion Alabama four days ago at Wallace Wade Stadium, where the 1-2 Blue Devils will try to rebound against a more familiar opponent in Army (2-1) in their annual homecoming game. The Blue Devils have good memories of their last meeting with the Black Knights, as they won 35-19...

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Alabama shows why it's No. 1 as Tide rolls Blue Devils 62-13

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Photo by Al DragoNearly 20,000 Alabama fans helped Duke fans fill Wallace Wade Stadium. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM According to the T-shirts some fans are wearing for today’s Duke home football game with, yes, Alabama, it’s the “Wallace Wade Showdown.” Back in the early part of the last century Wade was one of the greatest coaches in college football, winning three national titles for the Crimson Tide before putting together a nearly equally successful tenure in Durham. By anyone’s standards it’s a beautiful and warm, sunny day for college football, one of those “chamber of commerce” days for the television cameras...

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Tar Heels fall short against Georgia Tech rushing machine

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 8:09 PM

(Note: This story is the debut of intern Sean Donohue, a senior at Green Hope High who is the newest writing addition to Triangle Offense.) KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL—As UNC struggles to remain on its feet from the loss at LSU on Sept. 4 and the absence of 13 starters because of the NCAA investigations, things seem to be starting to pick up for the Heels. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesSenior running back Shaun Draughn has been cleared for the game today and even Georgia Tech has something to fear when it comes to UNC's monster defense. On a...

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Durham Bulls season ends in a rout: Columbus Clippers sail, win Governors' Cup

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—There is little, really, to say: not only about Columbus' 13-2 trouncing of the Bulls last night, but about the entire Governors' Cup championship series. Columbus was streaking, very hungry, better in all facets of the game than Durham was—even in the one game Durham won in this lopsided 3-1 series. The Clippers outscored the Bulls 37-10. They had 20 hits in both the first and last games of the series. The Bulls had 20 hits in the last three games—combined. I won't bore/appall you with further statistics. Suffice it to say that, in last night's game, Clippers designated...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Durham Bulls win in 9th to prolong Governors' Cup championship series against Columbus Clippers

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Photo by D. L. AndersonDurham's Rashad Eldridge runs the bases in the Bulls' Game Three win.DBAP/ DURHAM—The running of the Bulls is running on fumes. The team has had just two days off since August 9, and both of those days were consumed by bus rides that lasted longer than 10 hours. There are players with sore backs from those rides—worse, one of those sore backs, property of the Bulls' Game Three starter, Alex Cobb, forced him from last night's game early. That was not the result of the back itself, but of a secondary effect: Cobb soaked in a...

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Wolfpack blows past Cincinnati, is 3-0 for the first time in eight years

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 12:11 AM

(Photo by Rob Rowe)Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien leads the team out of the tunnel.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State comes into this season’s first home game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team, and the Wolfpack is on a hot streak. There’s a near-sellout crowd in the house as State hosts two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati in an ESPN national TV game. Cincinnati native Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack is looking to start a season undefeated after three games for the first time since Chuck Amato’s 2002 team started 9-0. Both teams are going on a five-day turnaround, as the Wolfpack got a nice...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Duke hosts a No. 1 while Tar Heels open ACC season with a toughie

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 6:58 PM

File photo by Al DragoDuke needs to open this kind of hole for Desmond Scott (33), shown in the Elon game, to establish a solid rushing game.David Cutcliffe has brought the Duke football program a long way in a short time, taking the Blue Devils from what looked like permanent ACC doormat status to becoming a competitive force in the conference. But on Saturday the Blue Devils are going to get their toughest test in quite a while. Defending national champion and No. 1 Alabama, which also happens to be Cutcliffe’s alma mater, will visit Wallace Wade Stadium for a...

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Wolfpack hosts tough Bearcats on a short turnaround

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Tom O’Brien wasn’t real happy about having to take his N.C. State team into another football game just five days after his last one, but there’s nothing he could do about it. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State quarterback Russell WilsonTonight at 7:30 the 2-0 Wolfpack, flying high after a 28-21 road win over Central Florida on Saturday night, will host two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati (1-1) in a game to be shown on ESPN. “I’m worried about how they’ll be, but we won’t know until (game time),” said the Wolfpack’s fourth-year head coach, who happens to be a native...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Coiner joins UNC football coaching staff

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Charlie Coiner has been hired as the defensive line coach at UNC, replacing in that position John Blake who resigned last week as associate head coach. Photo courtesy Buffalo BillsUNC assistant coach Charlie CoinerThe university announced the appointment on Wednesday. “We’re excited to add someone with Charlie’s experience and knowledge of the game to our staff,” UNC head coach Butch Davis said. “… It’s unrealistic to expect in a short two-or-three day period of time that we’ll see the effects of what he’ll be able to do, but he’s been an assistant special teams coordinator in the National Football League....

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Bulls will have to win three straight for repeat Governors' Cup

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM

The Durham Bulls are in a deep hole in the Governors’ Cup Finals. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls catcher Craig AlbernazCord Phelps, Jared Goedert and Jerad Head all homered for the homestanding Columbus Clippers, who beat the Bulls 4-0 on Wednesday night to take a 2 games to 0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The remainder of the series will be played in Durham starting Thursday night. Phelps homered in the first inning off Aneury Rodriguez, while Goedert and Head homered on back-to-back pitches in the fourth inning with the other run scoring on Jose Constanza’s double steal of home in...

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Cutcliffe has beaten Alabama alma mater many times, but faces major challenge with Duke on Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:31 AM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM David Cutcliffe has gone against his alma mater as either a head or an assistant coach 25 times before, but never in as big an underdog situation as Duke will be in on Saturday. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach David CutcliffeCutcliffe’s Blue Devils (1-1) will take on defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Alabama (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium in a sold-out contest to be shown nationally on ABC. “It’s a big ball game, obviously,” Cutcliffe said on Tuesday at his weekly press luncheon. “It’s a good thing for us to host a defending...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Columbus bombs Bulls in Governors' Cup Finals Game 1

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM

The Durham Bulls got off to an awful start in the Governors’ Cup Finals, falling 18-5 in the opener of the best-of-5 series on Tuesday night at Columbus. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoThe Clippers scored five runs in the first off Richard De Los Santos, who was ejected in the third inning after hitting Wes Hodges with a pitch. Hodges had homered in the first inning. Clippers starter David Huff got the victory after taking a perfect game into the fifth inning. Every Columbus starter had at least two of the team’s 20 hits. Jerad Head homered with...

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Governors' Cup Championship Series Preview, Durham Bulls vs. Columbus Clippers

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Hi again! The games: Game 1: Durham @ Columbus, Sept. 14, 6:35 p.m. ET: Richard De Los Santos (R) at David Huff (L). Game 2: Durham @ Columbus, Sept. 15, 6:35 p.m. ET: Aneury Rodriguez (R) at Zach McAllister (R). Game 3: Columbus @ Durham, Sept. 16, 7:05 p.m. ET: Alex Cobb (R) at Yohan Pino (R). Game 4: Columbus @ Durham (if necessary), Sept. 17, 7:05 p.m. ET: Paolo Espino (R) at Paul Phillips (R). Game 5: Columbus @ Durham (if necessary), Sept. 18, 7:05 p.m. ET: Corey Kluber (R) at Bobby Livingston (L). (n.b. The Clippers' rotation given...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

UNC's Draughn cleared, eligible for Georgia Tech game

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Shaun Draughn is off the list of UNC football players whose eligibility has been in question. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC tailback Shaun DraughnThe senior tailback, who was held out of the season opener against LSU while the university and the NCAA determined his status, will play in Saturday’s ACC opener against Georgia Tech at Kenan Stadium. The situations for 12 other Tar Heels, including Marvin Austin who is on an indefinite suspension for violations of team rules, are still under review. Draughn, who is from Tarboro, has 1,433 career rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also had 21 catches for...

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Wolfpack's Cole ACC defensive back of the week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 7:27 PM

N.C. State’s junior linebacker Audie Cole has been named ACC defensive back of the week for his performance in the Wolfpack’s 28-21 win at Central Florida on Saturday. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State linebacker Audie ColeCole — who was the team’s leading tackler last season — was in on 12 tackles including 3 ½ tackles for loss and a sack. Three of his tackles were on third down. He also had his first career interception, picking off a toss from wide receiver Nico Flores in the third quarter. The Wolfpack (2-0) will host Cincinnati on Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium....

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