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Monday, September 13, 2010

Durham Bulls down Louisville Bats, advance to Governors' Cup finals: Men at Work

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 6:00 AM

"You heard the one about the two bulls?"DBAP/ DURHAM—Just before the regular season ended, Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo was asked which of the contending West Division teams he'd rather play in the first round of the playoffs, Louisville or Columbus. At the time, those two clubs were still hashing out who would win the division and who would be the wild card. "Columbus," Montoyo replied—but only, he explained, because it's a shorter ride from Durham than Louisville is. Perhaps in mild punishment for expressing his druthers—and also, of course, in phenomenological continuation of the Bulls' and Bats' now-traditional first-round...

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

If a soccer game falls scoreless, does it make a sound? Carolina RailHawks draw 0-0 with Portland Timbers.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksCarolina's Floyd Franks and Portland's Takayuki Suzuki discuss issues of the day - Elvis v. The Beatles; Betty v. Veronica; Tastes Great v. Less Filling, etc.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY - When the Portland Timbers travelled to North Carolina for Friday’s match with the Carolina RailHawks, they brought with them not only typical Pacific Northwest rainy weather but also the stout, study defense that has been the team’s calling card this season and throughout their history against the RailHawks. The 0-0 draw between Carolina (10-8-8, 38 pts.) and Portland (11-7-9, 42 pts.) at drizzly WakeMed Soccer Park is, frankly,...

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Durham Bulls rout Louisville Bats, force decisive Game Five of playoff series: Two grand

Posted By on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsChris Richard's grand slam led Durham to victoryDBAP/ DURHAM—I think I mentioned the Chris Richard-Ben Jukich connection a sufficient number of times over the last couple of seasons to summon, finally, the event that highlighted last night's 8-1 Bulls win over Louisville. In May of 2009, Richard tied a rare record, hitting two grand slams in a single game. The second of these broke a 9-9 tie in the 11th inning and gave the Bulls a wild comeback win that saw them rally from five runs down in the eighth inning, eventually tying the game in...

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Opportunistic Wolfpack improves to 2-0 for first time in O'Brien era

Posted By on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Terrell Manning recovered at his own 10-yard line with exactly a minute left, foiling Central Florida’s comeback attempt and givinng N.C. State a 28-21 victory on Saturday night in Orlando. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State cornerback C.J. WilsonThe Wolfpack forced five turnovers, one of them a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown from C.J. Wilson, to improve to 2-0 for the first time in Tom O’Brien’s four seasons at the helm. State led 21-0 and then 28-7 before the Knights — who had spoiled O’Brien’s Wolfpack debut in Raleigh three years ago — came back and threatened to tie or...

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Duke comes up just short, loses to Wake Forest for 11th straight time

Posted By on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Duke will have to wait one more year to break its long losing streak against Wake Forest. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke receiver Conner VernonThe Deacons got their 11th straight victory in the series on Saturday, holding on for a 54-48 track meet squeaker in the ACC opener for both teams at BB&T Field. Freshman Tanner Price came off the bench for an injured Ted Stachitas to complete 12 of 19 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, adding 55 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries for the Deacons (2-0). Sean Renfree had another big day for Duke in the...

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Louisville Bats push Durham Bulls to brink of elimination with 2-1 win: Fun!

Posted By on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM

courtesy of Durham BullsAlex Cobb made his Triple-A debut for the Bulls last nightDBAP/ DURHAM—Do you like exciting baseball? Did you happen to read about the phenomenal game last night between the Columbus Clippers and the host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees? In the bottom of the first inning, the first two Yankees reached base against Clippers starter Yohan Pino: Reid Gorecki singled and Kevin Russo walked. But Pino got the dangerous veteran Juan Miranda to pop out to third base; then he picked Gorecki off of second base and induced a flyout from Jorge Vazquez to left to end the inning. The...

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Friday, September 10, 2010

You can take a fan away from his or her team, but you can't...

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Jeremy M. LangeA Duke fan in 2008Last autumn, I returned from a long overseas trip, showered, changed my clothes and headed to a Chapel Hill establishment to put in a proper session while taking in a full day of college football. Looking around the bar, I noticed hats and T-shirts of all hues representing colleges from around the country. As a relative North Carolina newbie, I had expected to see the room filled with people clad in white and blue (sky or royal, your choice) with perhaps a smattering of Wolfpack red here and there. Instead, I saw groups of...

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Duke, State look for revenge on the road as they hope to improve to 2-0

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM

File photo by Al DragoDuke freshman running back Juwan Thompson (23) hits a hole in the season opener against Elon.Two of the Triangle’s three ACC football teams will be in action on the road on Saturday, and both of them will be looking for some revenge. Both Duke and N.C. State got opening-week wins against visiting in-state Division I FCS teams and will seek minor road upsets this week. UNC, which lost its season opener to LSU, is idle until its Sept. 18 home game with Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils, who topped a good Elon team 41-27, will visit...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bulls beat Louisville, need to win two of three at home to advance again

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

It looks like the Durham Bulls’ first-round Governors’ Cup Playoff series against the Louisville Bats is going to be another good one. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoThe Bulls avenged their Game 1 loss in the five-game set with a 6-2 road win at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday night, meaning when it returns to Durham Bulls Athletic Park beginning Friday it will be a best-of-3. Durham won their first-round matchup in five games last year en route to its first Triple-A National Championship. Justin Ruggiano led the Bulls with three hits including a double with an RBI and...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

USL Prez Holt: “We’ll have strongest league below MLS”

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Today, the United Soccer Leagues announced the merger of its two professional divisions (USL-1 and USL-2) into a single entity titled USL PRO, which will begin play for the 2011 season. This is only the latest in a series of news items revolving around the ongoing schism in second division American soccer between the now-former USL-1 and the upstart NASL — and the jury-rigged USSF D2 league formed as a temporary compromise between the factions. Last month, USSF instituted a series of stringent financial and facility requirements for Division 2 clubs, ostensibly to cultivate a long-missing stability in the lower...

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Costanzo, Sappelt lead Louisville past Bulls in series opener

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Mike Costanzo had a three-run homer and a single for four RBI, leading the Louisville Bats to an 8-4 win over the visiting Durham Bulls in the opener of their best-of-5 first-round series of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Leslie AndersonDave Sappelt added three hits including a double with an RBI while Sean Henry added three hits including a double and scored three runs, Kris Negron a triple with an RBI and Devin Mesoraco a hit with two RBI. All five of those players spent most of the season with the Carolina Mudcats. Leslie Anderson led...

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This football game did not take place: N.C. State, Carter-Finley Stadium and the desert of the real

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 6:40 PM

David FellerathA fan protests a personal foul committed by Western Carolina during the second half."The Gulf War did not take place." —Jean Baudrillard CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/ RALEIGH—I arrived at Carter-Finley Stadium an hour before kickoff, for what would turn out to be the longest Saturday night I've had in a long time. I hadn't seen a live football game in several years, but college pigskin is a bug one never quite recovers from. So, on a lovely Labor Day weekend afternoon, I happily made my way to Raleigh to see the N.C. State Wolfpack open their season against a patsy from...

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ACC releases women's hoops schedules, with both UNC and Duke facing UConn

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 6:28 PM

The ACC released its women’s basketball schedule today, and as usual there is plenty to talk about. Defending conference champion Duke, under Joanne P. McCallie, will host Texas A&M and visit defending NCAA champion Connecticut. Perennial power UNC, guided by veteran Sylvia Hatchell, will host Connecticut at Carmichael Auditorium and entertain Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. And up-and coming N.C. State, which made the NCAA Tournament in Kellie Harper’s first season at the helm in 2009-10, will host Old Dominion and Southern California. The Wolfpack opens its regular season on Nov. 12 against the College of Charleston in the...

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Playoff Preview, Durham Bulls vs. Louisville Bats: The Season of Chance (UPDATED WITH PITCHING MATCHUPS)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Howdy, Bulls fans! Game times and matchups:Game One, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6:05 p.m., Louisville Slugger Field: Richard De Los Santos (Bulls) @ Chad Reineke (Bats). Game Two, Thursday, Sept. 9, 6:05 p.m., Louisville Slugger Field: Aneury Rodriguez (Bulls) @ Tom Cochran (Bats). Game Three, Friday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park: TBA (Bats) @ Alex Cobb (Bulls). Game Four (if necessary), Saturday, Sept. 11, 7:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park: Ben Jukich (Bats) @ Bobby Livingston (Bulls). Game Five (if necessary), Sunday, Sept. 12, 5:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park: TBA (Bats) @ Paul Phillips (Bulls). (Note: the...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Improved Blue Devils looking to end a painful streak Saturday against Deacons

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

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM Duke definitely got its football season off on, well, the right foot in its season-opening 41-27 win over a very good Football Championship Subdivision team from Elon three days ago. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke linebacker Abraham KromahBut now, as Coach David Cutcliffe had pointed out before the season started, the Blue Devils will get a huge early ACC test. Duke’s next assignment is at noon Saturday at Wake Forest, which has managed to win the last 10 games in the series. The Deacons, who opened their campaign with a 53-13 over transitioning FCS member Presbyterian on Thursday...

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Hellickson wins Baseball America player of year honor, Richard IL player of the week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Former Durham Bulls right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been named Baseball America’s 2010 Minor League player of the year, marking the fourth time since 1996 a Bulls player has taken the honor. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Jeremy HellicksonAndruw Jones was the 1996 winner, while Rocco Baldelli won the award in 2002 and Delmon Young in 2005. Hellickson (12-3, 2.45) had 123 strikeouts before being recalled to Tampa Bay in August. He pitched for Team USA in the All-Star Futures Game, was selected to the International League’s mid-season and post-season all-star teams and was named the IL’s pitcher of the year....

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Tar Heels' Yates is ACC offensive back of the week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

UNC quarterback T.J. Yates has been named the ACC’s offensive back of the week, on the strength of his career best performance in Saturday night’s 30-24 loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kick Off Game in Atlanta. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesThe senior completed 28 of 46 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in the Tar Heels’ season opener. He also completed a 97-yard touchdown pass to Jheranie Boyd, the longest play from scrimmage in the program’s history, early in the fourth quarter. UNC is off this Saturday before playing its home opener against...

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Durham Bulls close out regular season with 12-inning win over Norfolk Tides: Long relief

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 8:03 PM

www.milb.comPaul Phillips saved the day for the BullsDBAP/ DURHAM—After Sunday's game, Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said that he wasn't sure he'd allow his players to do the share-one-bat ritual customarily observed on the last day of the season. "I don't know if I want to play that game, because you know what happens? You play extra innings. Everybody wants to go home, everybody's rushing, everybody's making outs, and it's 0-0 in the ninth, 1-1." On Labor Day, the season finale, the Bulls played a modified version of the single-bat game instead, with most (but not all) of the players...

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Tennessee keeps up its momentum, tags Carolina with a 3-2 loss in Mudcats' finale

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the Carolina Mudcats’ swan song for 2010, and they’ll take on the Southern League’s best team, the Tennessee Smokies, with a chance to gain a split of the four-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellFor the Chicago Cubs affiliate from East Tennessee, it’s the final warmup before their first-round playoff series against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx beginning on Thursday night. The Mudcats will finish in last place in the North Division in the second half, and with the ninth best record in the 10-team league. Lefty Travis Webb (6-9) will...

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Dreams of Sainey, sueños de Suarez: RailHawks pound Pumas, 3-0

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJ/ Carolina RailHawksCaleb Norkus, left, and Claudio SuarezWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was an odd affair all around at WakeMed Soccer Park. A rather hastily arranged late-season friendly against Pumas Morelos, a Mexican second-division side from the city of Cuernavaca, was enlivened by the presence of Claudio Suarez, a distinguished 41-year-old retired Mexican international who has participated in three World Cups. The Mexican opposition and Suarez's presence in the RailHawks' back line wasn't enough to drum up much of a crowd on Labor Day weekend, but the Latinos sitting in the east stand were still an object lesson in...

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Durham Bulls rally, edge Norfolk Tides: The shortest distance

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 8:30 AM

D.L. AndersonElliot Johnson earlier this seasonDBAP/ DURHAM—Over in the International League West Division, the shortest possible distance separates the top two teams: Columbus and Louisville are half a game apart going into Monday's finale. It doesn't exactly matter what happens to those two teams today, because both have clinched playoff berths. One will win the division, the other will be the wild card. That will affect where and whom they play on Wednesday—the difference between a long bus ride and a drive to the ballpark, but not too much else. (Wrong, sorry: both teams host the first two games of...

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tennessee scores late to win a well-played 3-2 battle with Mudcats

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 10:13 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing their penultimate game of the season today in Game 3 of their four-game set against the Tennessee Smokies. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioThe Chicago Cubs affiliate has had its way with the Mudcats this season just as with the rest of the Southern League. The Smokies have the league’s best record and won both halves in the North Division, meaning they’ll have a potential four home games in their best-of-5 first-round playoff series with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The Mudcats won’t finish with the league’s worst...

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UNC associate head coach Blake abruptly quits his job

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 8:21 PM

UNC associate head football coach John Blake has resigned effective immediately in the wake of Saturday night’s season-opening loss to LSU in Atlanta. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsFormer UNC assistant coach John BlakeBlake, who was also recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, was in his fourth season with the Tar Heels. A release from UNC’s department of athletic communications said Blake will receive $74,500 of his base salary of $240,000, to be paid entirely from football revenues. With a two-pronged investigation in progress regarding possible improper relationships with agents as well as possible academic improprieties, the Tar Heels had six players...

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Norfolk Tides edge Durham Bulls: SOS!

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—I don't know how I managed to write yesterday's ultra-long post without stating the obvious about these meaningless end-of-season games: All the Bulls really need to be concerned about from here on out is keeping everyone healthy. Perhaps there was some subconscious superstition (can something be both sub- and super- at the same time?) that kept me from uttering the baseball version of "break a leg," and apparently I should have. In the first inning of Norfolk's 7-6, 10-inning win over Durham last night—a game that grew rather exciting at the end after seven ho-hum innings, and it was...

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Yates, Tar Heels nearly pull off a shocker, but LSU barely holds on

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 2:25 AM

UNC hardly got embarrassed in its uphill battle against LSU in Saturday night’s Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Classic in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesNo, missing 13 players — most of them regular starters — with six ineligible and the other seven held out as a precautionary measure in case they might be, the No. 18 Tar Heels had two shots from the six-yard line in the closing seconds before finally succumbing 30-24 in the season opener for both teams. Now they’ll get a week off before we all find out who hits the field against Georgia...

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