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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yes, Virginia, Tar Heels can win in Charlottesville

Posted By on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

UNC’s football nightmares at Virginia have finally come to an end. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesThe Tar Heels won their fourth straight game on Saturday, rolling to a 44-10 rout of the Cavaliers that was their first victory at Scott Stadium since 1981. The win came on a day the Tar Heels found out the status of three more players involved in the NCAA’s investigation of the program’s academics and pro agent investigations. T.J. Yates completed 17 of 22 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns for UNC (4-2, 2-1 ACC), which led 17-3 after the first quarter...

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Interception preserves ECU's overtime win over Wolfpack

Posted By on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Ruffin McNeill has his signature victory in his first season as a head coach, and N.C. State is going to have to wait at least another week to be bowl-eligible. Photo courtesy ECU athleticsECU coach Ruffin McNeillDamon Magazu intercepted a Russell Wilson pass in the second overtime, preserving East Carolina’s 33-27 overtime win over the Wolfpack on Saturday. Dominique Davis scored the overtime touchdown for the Pirates (4-2) from a yard out before Michael Barbour missed the extra point to leave the door open for the Wolfpack (5-2). Davis completed 37 of 53 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns,...

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Seven turnovers disastrous for Duke in loss to Miami

Posted By on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Photo by Al DragoMiami's 305 pound defensive tackle Micanor Regis runs for a touchdown after intercepting Sean Renfree's pass. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke is back home for a tough challenge against Miami, and the Blue Devils are desperately in need of an upset. The Blue Devils have lost four straight games, and they should feel like three of those including a 21-16 loss at Maryland last week were potential victories that got away. Miami is only 3-2, still smarting from a 45-17 home thumping by Florida State last week. It’s the proverbial beautiful afternoon for football, sunny and mild with...

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Tar Heel hoopsters open season with renewed hope — and a savior?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Jeremy M. LangeWilliams addresses the media last weekCHAPEL HILL — The 2010-11 basketball season has opened, but most of the questions lobbed at Roy Williams still pertain to last season’s unimaginable horror. At UNC’s annual media day on Thursday, Williams faced the same set of questions he did toward the end of last year, and his answers were familiar. He cited injuries, inexperience and a lack of commitment all as principle factors in the club’s disastrous campaign that landed the Heels in the postseason NIT rather than the NCAA Tournament. But while the bevy of local reporters may be trying...

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RailHawks "win" 0-1, losing to Montreal; return leg on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Montreal impactMatt Watson in action last night in MontrealWEBCAST—In a bruising, ugly and perhaps even cynical contest before 7,502 fans in Montreal tonight, the Carolina RailHawks lost to the Impact 1-0 in the first leg of the USSF-D2 Pro League semifinal. But in a demonstration of the odd tactics that prevail in two-legged knockout fixtures, perhaps the Railhawks won. Indeed, a Montreal-based observer in Twitterland, @footycanuck, wrote afterward, "ot a great game tonight. Not a good result for Montreal. Uphill battle in Cary, Sunday." Uphill battle? Montreal's ahead, 1-0! How can this be so? It could be an argument for...

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Wolfpack, Tar Heels try to keep winning streaks alive, while Duke looks for an upset at home

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 1:42 AM

File photo by Al DragoDuke receiver Conner Vernon gets tackled after a catch against Army.N.C. State has a chance to clinch a bowl bid by the middle of October. UNC is on a three-game winning streak as the Tar Heels find out the final decisions on all those players caught up in the agent and academic investigations. And Duke, the only Division I home team playing in the Triangle on Saturday, just hopes to get its four-game losing streak stopped after a bye week. Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack has been the surprise team in North Carolina this season and needs just...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

All smiles as Hurricanes hit the road: notes from practice

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Jeremy M. LangeJeff Skinner, 18 years old and playing in the NHLRBC CENTER/ RALEIGH — Ladies and gentlemen, your Helsinki Hurricanes! After taking their opening pair of games from the Minnesota Wild in Finland as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere, the Hurricanes logged one last practice on familiar ice Wednesday before heading back to the international gate at RDU. Ottawa, their Thursday night opponent, is at least in the same time zone as Raleigh. Home fans won't get a chance to see the Canes in person until the Washington Capitals visit on October 27. After tonight's tilt in Canada's...

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Carolina RailHawks makes Minnesota see stars, win 4-0 to advance in playoffs

Posted By on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Carolina RailHawksDaniel Paladini celebrates his playoff series-winning goal over the Minnesota StarsWAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY — When it rains, it pours, and the number of droughts that ended with the Carolina RailHawks’ first-round playoff-clinching 4-0 victory over the NSC Minnesota Stars must have left many wondering whether the construction of an ark might be in order. Actually, a raucous crowd of 2,556 enjoyed an evening of pleasant soccer-viewing weather. What Minnesota could not weather was an untimely red card late in the first half and a relentless RailHawks’ attack that ensued. The result saw Carolina’s first-ever playoff goal and...

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Johnny White leads Tar Heels to close win against fierce Clemson Tigers

Posted By on Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

(Photo by Rob Rowe)Tailback Johnny White runs through the Tigers' defensive line.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Coming off a 42-17 win over East Carolina, UNC is looking for its first ACC win this season against Clemson. On a beautiful Carolina day, the stadium is packed to the brim with cheering blue and orange fans. Both teams are 2-2 and are ready to battle for the win. The game starts as Casey Barth kicks off and Clemson receives. The Tigers have a rough time getting past the UNC defense and Dawson Zimmerman punts it. Carolina Quarterback T.J. Yates inches his team down field...

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Wilsons are a big hit as Wolfpack crushes Boston College

Posted By on Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Photo by Kristy ShaeferRussell Wilson escapes a Boston College tackler for some of his 373 yards total offense.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season in front of a big home crowd on a sunny, warm afternoon. Today’s opponent is Boston College, where current Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien spent his first 10 seasons as a head coach before coming to Raleigh in 2007. Patrolling the other sideline is Frank Spaziani, who spent 26 seasons on the same staffs as O’Brien. The Eagles have won the last three meetings, but the Wolfpack will...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Wolfpack, Tar Heels hoping for key wins in Saturday home contests

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:23 AM

File photo by Al DragoN.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson tries to escape Virginia Tech's Lyndell Gibson during Saturday's loss..N.C. State will look to get headed back in the right direction after its first defeat of the season. Meanwhile, UNC hopes to keep its momentum going. Both the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels will be at home on Saturday in games that will pack the stadiums again and should make for a great ACC armchair doubleheader if you’re watching at home. Duke is idle. Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien, whose team is coming off a tough home-field loss to Virginia Tech, will...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bad news for UNC basketball: Will Graves kicked off team; "huge blow," says Roy Williams

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

File photo by D.L. AndersonWill Graves watches Kyle Singler stroke one during last year's 82-50 loss to Duke.This isn't why UNC fans are looking forward to basketball season. With Butch Davis' football team laboring under the cloud of NCAA and internal investigations, Tar Heel fans could be forgiven for starting to think about basketball. But this afternoon, word arrived that fifth-year senior Will Graves has been booted off the team for unspecified rules violations. In a statement released to the media, head coach Roy Williams characterized it as a "huge blow." Indeed, Graves, who averaged 9.8 points a game last...

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Remembrance of goals past: RailHawks draw with Minnesota to open playoffs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 6:33 AM

Wiki CommonsThere were many things to think about Wednesday night, from madeleines of the past to no-hitters of the present. Just not scoring goals.WEBCAST—The Carolina RailHawks nearly stole a victory at the death tonight, but had Brad Rusin's chested "header" found the back of the net, the resulting victory might have been more than the RailHawks deserved, and a worse fate than the NSC Minnesota Stars would have deserved. Playing on an unseasonably warm October evening in Minnesota (60 degrees at kickoff!), the two sides cut and thrust and parried, and each had a fair share of chances to snag...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

First-round playoff travel team - Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM

The Carolina RailHawks travel team in Minnesota for tonight's initial leg of a home-and-away series against the NSC Minnesota Stars was revealed to Triangle Offense this morning by team officials. They are: Eric Reed - GKSean O'Connor - GKDevon McKenney - DDaniel Woolard - DBrad Rusin - DKupono Low - DMatt Bobo - DCory Elenio - MDaniel Paladini - MFloyd Franks - MAmir Lowery - MMarques Davidson - MMatt Watson - MJosh Gardner - MGregory Richardson - FEtienne Barbara - FAllan Russell - FTom Heinemann - F No surprises here, as this roster comports with the RailHawks' lineups during their...

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Playoff preview — Carolina RailHawks at Minnesota Stars

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 6:30 AM

For the 2010 regular season, the Carolina RailHawks scored the second-most goals in the 12-team USSF D2 league. And, only four clubs — Rochester, Portland, Vancouver, and Montreal — surrendered fewer goals than the RailHawks. Meanwhile, the NSC Minnesota Stars—Carolina’s 1st-round opponent in the D2 playoffs, which begin Wednesday evening—allowed the most goals (36) of any of the eight playoff teams. And, the only club in all of D2 soccer to score fewer goals than the Stars this season was the cellar-dwelling Crystal Palace Baltimore. So, it goes to figure that the RailHawks should be comfortable favorites against the Stars,...

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

RailHawks to face NSC Minnesota Stars in 1st round of playoffs

Posted By on Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 10:50 PM

The second-seeded Carolina RailHawks will face the NSC Minnesota Stars in the 1st round of USSF D2 soccer playoffs, the club announced Sunday evening. The round will be a two-leg, home-and-away format, with the aggregate goal-scoring team over the two matches advancing to the second round. Although the RailHawks finished the regular season ranked higher than Minnesota, they lost twice to the Stars in as many meetings between the clubs this year, including a 1-0 loss at Minnesota just over two weeks ago. Still, the RailHawks enter the playoffs as NASL Conference champions and on a three-match winning streak. This...

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Duke gives Terps a scare before falling short again

Posted By on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Duke gave a valiant effort on the road at Maryland on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough to avoid stretching the Blue Devils’ losing streak to four games. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Sean RenfreeTony Logan’s 84-yard punt return in the third quarter gave Maryland its first lead, and the Terps held on for a 21-16 win in their ACC opener. Duke (1-4, 0-2 ACC) led 9-0 on the strength of Will Snyderwine field goals on each of its first three drives before Maryland began its comeback. The Terps led 21-9 following Danny O’Brien’s 71-yard bomb to Da’Rel Scott with...

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Carolina RailHawks win NASL Conference and second seed in playoffs

Posted By on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM

By virtue of tonight's 2-2 draw between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers, the Carolina RailHawks have clinched first place in the USSF D2’s NASL Conference and second seed in the upcoming D2 soccer playoffs, which begin this Wednesday, Oct. 6. With Vancouver needing a three-goal win over Portland to displace Carolina’s lead, the Whitecaps pressed forward into the face of Portland’s staunch defense. Optimism filled Swangard Stadium as Vancouver took a 1-0 lead into halftime. However, two goals by Portland’s Kalif Alhassan and Bright Dike over the first 11 minutes of the second half all but sealed the RailHawks’...

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Tar Heel fans get some great news with 42-17 romp over Pirates

Posted By on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

(Photo by Rob Rowe)UNC Freshman Eric Pait joins a chant with his classmates at the start of the 4th quarter.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC is back in front of a friendly crowd on a mild, sunny afternoon as the Tar Heels renew their occasional in-state rivalry with East Carolina. The favored home team, still without nine mostly key players from its summer depth chart as part of the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of allegations of academic misconduct and improper gifts from agents, is hoping to improve its record to 2-2. UNC, which was a consensus Top 25 team in preseason polls, got...

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Hokies' big comeback kills Wolfpack's perfect standing

Posted By on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Photo by Al DragoVirginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor rushes the ball in the first half. CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH Looking to even the score from the 2005 Hokie win in Blacksburg, the unstoppable N.C. State Wolfpack will face Virginia Tech on the gridiron to attempt to continue their winning season. A thundering stadium of State fans and alumni welcome the Hokie football team. The 58,083 people that flock to the stadium make for the third largest home crowd in school history. After losing the toss, State receives the ball and thunders down field. It takes the Wolfpack 3:50 to complete a nine-play, 80-yard...

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Playoffs await as Carolina RailHawks leave Aztex in ruins with 3-1 victory

Posted By on Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksEtienne Barbara celebrates game-winning goal against Austin AztexWAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY - After a week of torrential rain and gray skies, the storm clouds cleared just in time for 2,728 partisans to settle comfortably into the autumnal confines of WakeMed Soccer Park and enjoy high-caliber, high-stakes battle between the Carolina RailHawks and the Austin Aztex. Both teams entered the match looking to clinch first place in their respective conferences and preferential seeding going into next week’s USSF D2 playoffs. In the end, the determined, proficient RailHawks (13-9-8, 47 pts.) won out over the dangerous Aztex (15-6-8, 53 pts.)...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Of robots and referees: Why won't soccer adopt instant replay?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Michael SteeleFrank Lampard during the infamous Germany gameIn the aftermath of the FIFA World Cup, fans from across the world seemed united in their desire to see soccer’s governing body revamp its refereeing system. But, FIFA has been slow to make this happen, and this week came a discouraging story in which the former head of UEFA—soccer’s governing body in Europe—said that soccer had no use for such technologies because soccer is a game, “for humans and not for robots.” Moving beyond the comic absurdity of the statement, though, one recognizes that some version of this argument seems to pop...

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Preview - Carolina RailHawks host Austin Aztex as both teams look to clinch conference championships

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Austin AztexAmir Lowery battles during RailHawks' Aug. 22 loss at AustinThe final game of the Carolina RailHawks’ regular season also brings with it unexpected high drama. The RailHawks will host the Austin Aztex, the toast of the USSF D2 soccer league for most of the year. Both teams currently sit atop their respective conferences. And, both are attempting to ward off last-minute challengers to their championship hopes. After trailing the Vancouver Whitecaps all season, Carolina inched ahead in the race for the NASL Conference lead last weekend with their victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders. The NASL Conference winner will...

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Wolfpack looks to stay perfect as Tar Heels get ready for ECU and Duke looks to stop the bleeding

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:17 AM

File photo by Rob RoweN.C. State's Nate Irving (56) tackles Cincinnati's Ben Guidugli while Jeff Rieskamp (99) trails the play.N.C. State hasn’t been this good on the football field in quite some time, and gets to find out more about how good it might be on Saturday. The No. 23 Wolfpack (4-0, 1-0 ACC), which hasn’t gone 5-0 since its 9-0 start back in 2002, will host Virginia Tech (2-2, 1-0) at Carter-Finley Stadium in a game that may determine what to what level of bowl game Tom O’Brien’s club may aspire. It’s going to be a very big Saturday...

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