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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tar Heels roll to an easy win over Western

Posted By on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

UNC got through its four-game season-opening homestand without getting a scare from anybody. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC center Chay ShegogItalee Lucas led the way with 16 points and Chay Shegog added 14 as the No. 14 Tar Heels demolished Western Carolina to a 93-36 win on Sunday at Carmichael Arena. UNC scored the first 10 points of the game and the last 15 before the break to lead 47-17 at halftime. Laura Broomfield had 12 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Waltiea Rolle 10 apiece for the Tar Heels....

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Peters has best game so far as Blue Devils rip Western Kentucky

Posted By on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Photo by Al DragoDuke forward Haley Peters holds the ball high as she surveys the floor. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke is back home after its one-game road trip, and the No. 6 Blue Devils’ schedule doesn’t really get much easier. Today’s opponent is Western Kentucky, which is 0-2 after a road loss to Louisiana Tech and a seven-point home defeat to Northwestern but should be a contender in the Sun Belt Conference. No. 6 Duke has already played three name national schools in Brigham Young, Southern California and Auburn, winning the first two games by 15 points each and the...

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Western is coming to town to play Duke and UNC

Posted By on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Duke returns home after its first road game of the women’s basketball season today, while UNC will finish its four-game homestand. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasThe No. 6 Blue Devils and No. 14 Tar Heels, both 3-0, will be heavily favored. Duke will host Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while UNC will entertain Western Carolina at Carmichael Arena. Duke leads its series with WKU 3-0, while UNC leads its series with the Catamounts 9-3. The Blue Devils will be hosting a "Family Fun Day" in the Hall of Honor beginning at 12:30 p.m., with...

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Facing renewed anxiety, UNC will battle Vanderbilt on Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:56 PM

How about this for an ominous reminder of the recent past: An overrated North Carolina team loses to an unranked opponent after a dreadful shooting performance. The Tar Heels, in the semifinal of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday night, dropped a 72-67 contest to Minnesota. Carolina shot only 37 percent from the field, a brutal conversion rate to which immensely touted freshman Harrison Barnes contributed an unimaginable 0-for-12 from the floor. The team's numbers were equally chilling from the three-point stripe (22 percent) and the foul line (60 percent). In short, this was last year’s Tar Heels with...

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Georgia Tech tops Duke to earn a bowl berth

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Georgia Tech will be going bowling this season, while Duke will have to use next week’s Victory Bell contest with UNC as its bowl game. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Sean Renfree Mario Butler had an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown while Tevin Washington hit Stephen Hill on a 79-yard scoring pass as the Yellow Jackets beat the visiting Blue Devils 30-20. Tech (6-5, 4-4) will get a bowl spot regardless of what happens in its season finale with Georgia. Sean Renfree had another solid game for Duke (3-8, 1-6), completing 30 of 41 passes for 334 yards and...

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Wolfpack drops second straight as comeback in Richmond fails

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

N.C. State wasn’t quite able to complete a long comeback, ending up on the short end of an 81-75 women’s basketball loss at Richmond. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonBrittani Shells led the Spiders (3-1) with 28 points, followed by Abby Oliver with 19 and Kristi Puthoff-King with 10. Marissa Kastanek had 19 points to lead four players in double figures for the Wolfpack (2-2). Amber White added 16 while Bonae Holston chipped in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds and Brittany Strachan added 12 points....

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Wolfpack tops Tar Heels for fourth straight time to keep ACC title hopes alive

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Photo by Rob RoweState's Russell Wilson looks to the bench for guidance.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL It’s the big one. UNC hosts N.C. State today in what is usually the toughest football ticket in the state, and this time will be no exception as there are scalpers galore swarming the historic stadium. It’s one of those cool, crisp, sunny fall afternoons they’re going to describe as a perfect day for football as the schools meet for the 100th time. Both teams are already bowl-eligible, as the Wolfpack is 7-3 and 4-2 in the conference and the beleaguered Tar Heels are 6-4 and...

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Wolfpack still on the road for battle with Spiders today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 1:57 AM

N.C. State will play its second straight women’s basketball road game today at 2, when the Wolfpack visits Richmond at the Robins Center. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Marissa KastanekIt will be the 200th game in the coaching career of Wolfpack mentor Kellie Harper (119-80). Marissa Kastanek, who was the ACC rookie of the year last season, leads the Wolfpack with 19.7 points per game. The Wolfpack will return home on Tuesday night against Old Dominion....

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Tar Heels improve to 3-0 in another rout of Coastal Carolina

Posted By on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 12:45 AM

UNC continued to dominate its easy early schedule in women’s basketball Friday night, as Italee Lucas led three Tar Heels in double figures in a 93-37 romp over visiting Coastal Carolina. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandChay Shegog added 14 points for the No. 14Tar Heels (3-0), who led 34-2 at one point on their way to a 45-10 halftime lead. Jessica Breland, in her third game back after sitting out all of last season with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels....

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Wolfpack visits Chapel Hill for a big one Saturday while Duke travels to Georgia Tech

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Photo by D.L. AndersonUNC quarterback T.J. Yates hits a hole during Saturday's game with Virginia Tech.It’s usually the biggest football game in the Triangle every season, and when N.C. State visits archrival UNC on Saturday at noon at Kenan Stadium it won’t be an exception. The Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2 ACC) wasn’t picked high in the conference at the start of the season, but will represent the Atlantic Division in the ACC title game in Charlotte if it wins its final two games. UNC (6-4, 3-3) has had a troubled season with the ongoing investigations involving improper contact with agents and...

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Tar Heels look to go 3-0 in tonight's meeting with Coastal

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM

UNC plays the third of its four home games to start the women’s basketball season on Friday at 8 against a familiar opponent, the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasThe Tar Heels have won all 13 previous meetings. Both teams are 2-0. Italee Lucas has gotten off to a hot start, leading the Tar Heels with 18.5 points per game. Sophomore Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per outing, while forward Jessica Breland’s recovery after sitting out last season with Hodgkin’s lymphoma seems to be coming along well. The Tar Heels will...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Duke gets past Auburn on the road after signing top recruiting class

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Jasmine Thomas’ 16 points led five players in double figures as No. 6 Duke topped Auburn 75-62 at the new Auburn Arena. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieThe Blue Devils are 3-0, the Tigers 1-2. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie is a former Auburn assistant and has a master’s degree from the school. Duke, which shot 50 percent from the field, got 13 points from freshman Chelsea Gray, 11 from Krystal Thomas, 10 from Karima Christmas and 10 from freshman Haley Peters. Alli Smalley and Morgan Toles had 12 points each for Auburn....

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Tar Heels crush Hofstra in Puerto Rico

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:26 PM

North Carolina delivered an early knockout punch to Hofstra in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, racing to an early lead and coasting to a 107-63 victory. The Tar Heels played aggressively and very fast, and certainly many fans were relieved to see what they believe what UNC basketball should be. Harrison Barnes backed up his immense reputation against the Pride, scoring all 19 of his points in the first half. He knocked in a highly efficient 7-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point territory, and he added seven rebounds. As a team the Heels shot...

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McCallie returns to Auburn as Duke coach tonight

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 3:51 AM

Duke is playing its first road game of the women’s basketball season tonight, and Coach Joanne P. McCallie will be on familiar ground. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersThe loaded Blue Devils (2-0), boasting the nation’s best freshman class, will visit Auburn (1-1) where McCallie is a former assistant coach. Also, Duke assistant Samantha Williams played for the Tigers. Duke leads the all-time series 3-0. Auburn (1-1) is coming off a six-point home-court loss to Florida State on Monday night. Blue Devil junior guard Shay Selby is expected to see her first action of the season after missing the...

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Wolfpack falls at Alabama despite Kastanek's career high

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Marissa Kastanek had a career-high 25 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent N.C. State’s first loss of the season. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Marissa KastanekTierney Jenkins led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds, sparking host Alabama to a 95-84 victory over the Wolfpack (2-1). Amber White added 21 points for State, while freshmen Kody Burke and Breezy Williams each chipped in a season-high 10. Jasmine Robinson added 19 points for the Crimson Tide....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ruffin-Pratt has best game as a Tar Heel as five hit double figures against Robert Morris

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC carries a No. 14 national ranking as the Tar Heels play the second of four straight home games to start the women’s basketball season. Photo by Rob RoweUNC forward Tierra Ruffin-Pratt drives to the hoopThe Tar Heels dispatched North Florida by 69 points in the season opener on Friday, but could get a little tougher challenge from a more established Division I team in Robert Morris. It has been so far, so good in the comeback of senior forward Jessica Breland, who sat out all last season with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She’ll start tonight with fellow seniors...

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Hillsborough's Logan Pause features in United States' 1-0 victory over South Africa

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Wiki CommonsLogan PauseThe United States men's national soccer team returned to South Africa today. The dread vuvuzelas were out in force, but the stakes were considerably lower. On a day in which soccer players the world over left their clubs to join their national teams the world over for mostly meaningless games, 29-year-old Hillsborough native Logan Pause got a rare chance to feature for the Yanks in a friendly against Bafana Bafana, as the South African team is known. The Americans, playing in Cape Town Stadium, a 64,100-seat venue that they did not play in last summer, faced a South...

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Canes shake up lower half of lineup with 4-player trade, waiver pickup

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Sandpaper and glue. When general managers speak of their hockey rosters, you’d think they shopped for players at a hardware store. NHL MediaCarolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford executed one of his patented early-season trades today, changing brands of sandpaper in a swap with the Calgary Flames. Defenseman Anton Babchuk and gritty forward Tom Kostopoulos are gone to western Canada for blueliner Ian White and forward Brett Sutter, an older cousin of Canes alternate captain Brandon Sutter. Something seemed to be brewing Tuesday as Rutherford claimed winger Troy Bodie off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Bodie’s the kind of player...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tar Heels, Wolfpack back on women's hoops courts tonight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Both UNC and N.C. State will put their undefeated early-season records on the line in women’s basketball tonight. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasThe No. 14 Tar Heels’ task appears much easier, as UNC (1-0) will host Robert Morris (0-1) at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. But the Wolfpack (2-0), which is flying pretty high after winning the championship of its own Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational over the weekend, be playing Alabama (2-0) at the same time....

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Blue Devils face tough challenge to end losing season on the upswing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM Duke’s chances to finish .500 and get a bowl invitation fell by the wayside on Saturday, when Sean Renfree’s last pass from the four-yard line fell incomplete in the final minute of a 21-16 loss to visiting Boston College. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke running back Desmond Scott But the Blue Devils have two games left to play. The finale is again that be-all, end-all game for the Victory Bell against archrival UNC. But first Duke (3-7, 1-5 ACC) will have to go Saturday to Georgia Tech (5-5, 3-4), a team that has given the Blue Devils fits...

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Duke wins, again offers the big-men question

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

DURHAM, N.C.—Sophomore forward Ryan Kelly took the first shot for the Duke Blue Devils Tuesday night in Durham, missing a surefooted turnaround just beyond the paint less than two minutes into the game. That miss, one of Kelly’s two during the contest versus the Miami of Ohio RedHawks, is mostly significant because it means that, for the first time in his career, Kelly started, replacing junior forward Miles Plumlee. And that matters because it’s a sign that Duke, even during a year when its roster boasts six players over 6’7”, still doesn’t know how to dominate inside, even against outmatched...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Duke gets a very balanced effort as McCallie claims 400th career win

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Photo by Chelsea GunterDuke's Krystal Thomas rebounds the basketball.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke goes up against its second national opponent in three days as the Blue Devils take the floor against Southern California. Coach Joanne P. McCallie is looking for her 400th career victory, trying to beat a Trojan squad that has given the Blue Devils fits in the last two meetings including a 78-72 Duke win here last season. Duke had it tough early in its season opener against Brigham Young before pulling away for a 15-point win, while Michael Cooper’s Trojans beat Gonzaga by six points on Friday night....

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Wolfpack's White wins ACC player of the week

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:41 PM

N.C. State senior guard Amber White, who was named the MVP of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, has been named ACC women’s basketball player of the week. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Amber WhiteFlorida State forward Natasha Howard and Georgia Tech guard Ty Marshall shared rookie of the week honors. White averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists in wins over The College of Charleston and Creighton. In the title game against Creighton, she hit a career-high 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field....

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Duke, finally, shoots its way to a season-opening rout

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

DURHAM, N.C.—During their season opener Sunday night in Durham, the Duke Blue Devils headed into the locker room at the half with a 14-point lead. Impressive, sure, especially against the plenty talented Princeton Tigers. But that lead’s not as sound as one might expect, given that, in those 20 minutes, Princeton turned the ball over 17 times. In fact, the Tigers had twice the amount of turnovers as assists, and only eight more shots than turnovers. Duke shot the ball 35 times in the first half; Princeton, only 25. Stats considered, that 14-point lead seemed slim for the No. 1...

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

McCallie goes for No. 400 as Duke hosts USC tonight

Posted By on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Duke gets another good challenge in the early part of its women’s basketball season tonight at 7, as Southern California visits Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Karima ChristmasThe No. 6 Blue Devils got away from Brigham Young for a 15-point win in their season opener on Saturday night, while USC beat visiting Gonzaga by six on Friday. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie will be looking for her 400th career victory tonight. Michael Cooper is in his second year as mentor of the Women of Troy, who have lost all four previous meetings with Duke....

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