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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

K. Thomas' double-double leads Duke over James Madison

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Krystal Thomas had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, leading four Duke players in double figures as the No. 5 Blue Devils smacked host James Madison 75-58. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Krystal ThomasFreshman Chelsea Gray came off the bench for a game-high 15 points for Duke (7-0), which got 14 points from Karima Christmas and 11 from Jasmine Thomas. Dawn Evans had 20 points for the losing Dukes, while Lauren Jimenez added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Duke, which led 43-32 at halftime, shot 46.9 percent to 36.4 for the hosts and outrebounded them 39-30....

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Duke hits the road to take on Dukes tonight

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Fresh off moving up one spot in the Associated Press poll, Duke continues its four-game road swing tonight with yet another tough challenge. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasThe No. 5 Blue Devils will be in Harrisonburg, Va., tonight at 7 to take on James Madison, which boasts one of the nation’s top scorers in sharpshooter Dawn Evans. Duke leads the all-time series 5-1. Senior guard Jasmine Thomas leads the Blue Devils with 15.8 points and 4.0 assists per game. Following tonight’s game, the Blue Devils will travel to Wisconsin for their Thursday night game in the ACC/Big Ten...

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Stars handle listless Hurricanes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:24 PM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—We expected a learning curve this season for the young Carolina Hurricanes, but what we're getting is a learning zig-zag. For every 7-goal outburst, there has been the outing in which the Canes simply haven't looked competitive. Tonight's 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars was, unfortunately, the latter. James Neal scored twice and Kari Lehtonen handled all but one of 28 mostly long-range shots as Dallas took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. Carolina, uninspired by the fact that the game was nationally televised on Versus, seemed content to watch the Stars play,...

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Duke kicker Snyderwine a first-team All-American

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Duke kicker Will Snyderwine has been named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association All-America squad. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke kicker Will SnyderwineWith the selection Snyderwine became the first Blue Devil in 21 years and 17th overall to be named a first-team All-American. The redshirt junior from Potomac, Md., hit all 32 of his PAT attempts and 21 of 24 field-goal tries this season. He ranked sixth in field goals per game with 1.75. For his career he has hit 38 of 44 field-goal attempts and all 56 of his extra points....

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Wolfpack's Bryan repeats while teammate Irving and UNC's Coples also make first-team All-ACC

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

N.C. State tight end George Bryan was named to the first team of the All-ACC football squad, one of just five repeat members of the first team selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State tight end George BryanBryan was one of three Triangle-area players named to the first unit, joined by teammate Nate Irving at linebacker and UNC’s Quinton Coples at defensive tackle. The three Triangle schools had six players named to the second team, five of them on the offensive side of the ball. Those honorees include N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson and...

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Lucas named ACC player of the week after splash in Hawaii

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

UNC senior guard Italee Lucas has been named ACC women’s basketball player of the week following her MVP performance as the Tar Heels breezed to the championship of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasMaryland forward Alyssa Thomas was named rookie of the week. Lucas, who won the award for the first time, averaged 20.3 points per game including a season-high 25 in the semifinal game with Illinois as the Tar Heels blew away Washington State, the Illini and then Hawaii in the final....

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Tar Heels complete trio of routs to win Hawaii tournament

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

UNC may have begun its women’s basketball season with a homestand against four pretty easy opponents, but if there were any questions about the No. 14 Tar Heels being “for real” they should be gone after their trip to Hawaii. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandJessica Breland led the way with 19 points, followed by Italee Lucas with 15 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 14 as the Tar Heels demolished Hawaii 91-57 for the championship of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The 7-0 Tar Heels, who have won so far by an average of 44.6 points, also destroyed Washington State and Illinois...

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tar Heels push past Charleston

Posted By on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM

DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Well, you have to say this much for North Carolina: The Tar Heels’ 2010-11 season won’t be exactly like last year. Facing the same Charleston club that demoralized them a year ago, the Heels earned some hard-fought redemption over the Cougars tonight in a 74-69 victory. Sophomore big man John Henson was the hero. Maligned for his lack of offense — and especially his horrifying free throw shooting — Henson stepped up to get 19 points (8-for-11 field goals), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He was the club’s most efficient player...

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Tar Heels in Hawaii final while Wolfpack heads home after finishing fourth in Nevada

Posted By on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 12:43 AM

UNC will be playing for the championship of a holiday tournament tonight, while N.C. State is heading home after finishing last in another one. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandItalee Lucas’ 25 points led four players in double figures for the 14th-ranked Tar Heels as they crushed Illinois 87-58 in the quarterfinals of the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu. UNC will take on Hawaii for the title at 12:01 Monday morning EST. Meanwhile in Reno, Nev., Leah Cotton came off the bench for a career-high 25 points as the Gophers topped NCSU 71-67 in the consolation game of the...

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blue Devils climb out of deep hole to get past 49ers

Posted By on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Duke got away with its worst shooting performance of the season, going just 29.7 percent for the game in a 61-55 victory at UNC Charlotte. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasJasmine Thomas led the way with a season-high 19 points for the No. 6 Blue Devils as Coach Joanne P. McCallie had her team get off to a 6-0 start for the first time in her career. Krystal Thomas added 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots for the Blue Devils, who also got a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds from their...

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Wolfpack won't play for ACC title, awaits bowl assignment

Posted By on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 9:03 PM

N.C. State is not going to the ACC Championship Game. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State quarterback Russell WilsonThe Wolfpack’s comeback attempt came up short in a 38-31 loss at Maryland, assuring that Florida State will represent the Atlantic Division against Coastal champion Virginia Tech in the Dec. 4 game in Charlotte. Danny O’Brien passes for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns for the Terps (8-4, 5-3 ACC), with Torrey Smith hauling in all four touchdown passes. No. 21 NCSU, which will await its bowl assignment, finished the regular season with the same record as the Terps....

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Tar Heels control the ball all day, hold off Duke rally to retain Victory Bell

Posted By on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Photo by Al DragoUNC's Anthony Elzy celebrates the Tar Heels' win by ringing the Victory Bell.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM A lot of Blue marbles and one Victory Bell will be at stake this afternoon on the day they throw out all the records. Duke will host archrival UNC in a game for the bragging rights in the Western part of the Triangle. The game means everything for the 3-8 Blue Devils, while it will be interesting to see how the 6-5 Tar Heels recover from last week’s heartbreaking home loss to N.C. State. The Tar Heels will be going bowling in...

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Tar Heels roll again, Wolfpack to consi, Duke to visit 49ers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

No. 14 UNC had an easy start in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, while N.C. State will be looking for consolation in the third-place game of the Nugget Classic. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasMeanwhile No. 6 Duke will play an in-state road game Saturday, facing off with UNC Charlotte at 5. UNC 93, WSU 55Italee Lucas scored 21 points, Jessica Breland 19 and Chay Shegog had 18 to help UNC demolish winless Washington State in the opening game of Hawaii’s eight-team tournament. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels (5-0), while Laura...

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Wolfpack goes for ACC title shot Saturday while they battle for the Bell in Durham

Posted By on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM

College football’s regular season ends on Saturday for the Triangle’s three ACC football games, but two of them are going to have more games to play. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State coach Tom O'BrienBoth games on Saturday are at 3:30. UNC (6-5, 3-4 ACC) will look to improve its bowl assignment when it travels to Duke (3-8, 1-6) for the annual Victory Bell game. Of course this in itself is a sort of bowl game for Duke, which last won a game over the Tar Heels in 2003 and will be honoring 19 seniors on Senior Day. But the really...

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wolfpack, Tar Heels in remote women's basketball events Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 10:15 PM

N.C. State and UNC are far out West in the first round of a pair of women’s holiday basketball tournaments today, and they’re facing far different climates. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Emili TaslerThe Wolfpack is battling the cold, taking on host Nevada in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev. It’s the first meeting between the two schools. San Diego State will take on Minnesota in the other first-round game Friday afternoon. Meanwhile the No. 14 Tar Heels are in Honolulu to take on winless Washington State in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine...

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Ugly play hands win to Caps as Canes undo their comeback

Posted By on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 6:46 AM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—I recall one of many awkward Thanksgivings years ago, crowded into a living room with heavy-breathing relatives, a plate of tepid green bean casserole balanced on my knees, mentally noting that the Lions game wasn't for another hour. Instead we were all going to talk. WikiCommonsLee Van Cleef didn't beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Thanksgiving eve; the Washington Capitals did, 3-2, on a pair of Nicklas Backstrom goals.But a merciful holiday force commanded someone to flip on the television "just to check" and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was on one of the movie channels. Without...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Balanced effort gives Duke an easy win at Pittsburgh

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Jasmine Thomas had 16 points while Shay Selby came off the bench for a career-high 15, leading six players in double figures as No. 6 Duke demolished host Pittsburgh 93-55. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Shay SelbyFreshman Haley Peters added 12 points off the bench while Krystal Thomas chipped in 11 and Karima Christmas and Kathleen Scheer 10 each for Duke (5-0). The Blue Devils, who got their most comfortable win so far this season, won the rebound battle 36-20....

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Tar Heels fend off UNC-Asheville but do little to dispel doubts

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM

SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina needed a win desperately and earned one 80-69 against in-state foe UNC-Asheville on Tuesday night, but with all due apologies on Thanksgiving eve, are the Tar Heels a bunch of turkeys? Carolina’s offense once again was absent for large chunks of time against the Bulldogs. The Heels shot just 40 percent in the second half in the process of blowing a big lead, and they committed a total of 20 turnovers against a mid-major opponent. Ball-handling has become a crisis along with the club’s perimeter shooting and occasionally its free throw shooting...

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Duke gets another road test tonight in Pittsburgh

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Duke is back on the road tonight at 7 p.m., when the No. 6 Blue Devils visit Big East member Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Krystal ThomasPitt (2-1), whose only loss was a 73-63 decision at Minnesota a week ago tonight, is coached by former Georgia Tech mentor Agnus Berenato. Senior guard Jasmine Thomas leads the Blue Devils in both scoring (15.0) and assists (4.0). Duke’s next game after tonight is at UNC Charlotte on Saturday at 5 p.m....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holston, Burke save Wolfpack on a poor shooting night

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Photo by Al DragoBonae Holston blows past her opponent to score two of her 20 points. REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is back home after a two-game losing streak against good opposition on the road, and tonight the Wolfpack gets a tough test at home. It’s NCSU’s most frequent out-of-state non-conference opponent, Old Dominion, over which the Wolfpack holds a 19-14 lead in the series. Kellie Harper got a big early-season win over the Monarchs last season in Norfolk, 62-52, and the Wolfpack could use another one tonight to get the ship righted. ODU is 2-0 and already has an impressive...

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Canes tinker with roster, set for tonight's clash with Capitals (and doghouse-dwelling Ovechkin)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Patrick O'Sullivan will have that Thanksgiving turkey to go. Continuing his roster tweaking at the quarter-turn of the season, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford waived O'Sullivan, the first North Carolina native to play in the NHL, on Tuesday. The Minnesota Wild claimed the winger, who scored only one goal in 10 games with the Hurricanes this year. O'Sullivan watched as many games from the press box, as the emergence of rookie Jeff Skinner and consistent play from Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov afforded him little opportunity to crack the top three lines on the team. He should have...

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Blue Devils hoping for a happy ending Saturday against UNC

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM Duke hasn’t had the kind of football season Blue Devil fans might have been dreaming of, but the team still has a chance to end the campaign on a very nice note. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach David CutcliffeGood thing for the Blue Devils (3-8, 1-6 ACC) is that their biggest game of the season is the finale and it’s on their home turf. UNC (6-5, 3-4), which has already locked up a bowl bid should the Tar Heels choose to accept one, will come to Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 still smarting from a...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Wolfpack hopes to end slide as it hosts ODU Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 11:43 PM

N.C. State will look to end a two-game losing streak in women’s basketball tonight when the Wolfpack hosts a familiar non-conference foe at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Marissa KastanekOld Dominion comes in with a 2-0 record under veteran coach Wendy Larry. The Wolfpack, which beat the Monarchs 62-52 in Norfolk last season in an impressive early win for then-new coach Kellie Harper, leads the all-time series 19-14. Sophomore guard Marissa Kastanek leads the Wolfpack with 19.5 points per game....

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Tar Heels fall to Vanderbilt — what now?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Only four games into the season, and North Carolina already is being forced to stave off a public relations disaster. The Tar Heels have lost two in a row, most recently suffering through a 72-65 defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt on Sunday in the consolation match of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Tar Heels were nothing short of brutal offensively. Carolina shot a miserable 41 percent from the field and hit only 27 percent on threes. The starting perimeter trio — Larry Drew, Dexter Strickland and Harrison Barnes — combined for 9-for-23, and off the bench Leslie McDonald...

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Carolina RailHawks to play next year in provisionally sanctioned North American Soccer League

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJ-Carolina RailHawksThe Puerto Rico Islanders celebrate winning the first and only USSF-D2 Pro League title, after defeating the Caroina RailHawks in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 30.It was rainy and cold last night in Toronto, Canada as the Colorado Rapids own-goaled their way to the MLS Cup, defeating FC Dallas 2-1 in overtime. Meanwhile, the biggest bit of non-MLS news also emerged from Toronto: There will be Division 2 soccer next year, and the Carolina RailHawks will be part of it. Over the weekend in Toronto, the Board of Directors of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) voted to...

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