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Sunday, November 14, 2010

White's career game helps Wolfpack to championship

Posted By on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Amber White poured in a career-high 29 points to lead N.C. State to an 84-71 win over Creighton and the championship of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Amber WhiteThe College of Charleston beat Liberty 49-46 in the consolation game. Marissa Kastanek added 18 points for NCSU (2-0), which also got 13 points from transfer Lakeesa Daniel. Sarah Nelson had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead five players in double figures for the Bluejays (1-1). Kellie Nelson added 12 points for the visitors, followed by Kelsey Woodard and Sam Schuett with...

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas helps Blue Devils overcome slow start and hold off BYU

Posted By on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Photo by Chelsea GunterDuke's Karima Christmas throws the ball up, getting fouled by Mindy Bonham.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke unveils its highly-touted freshman class tonight, as Joanne P. McCallie’s defending ACC champion Blue Devils entertain a tough challenger from Brigham Young. The Blue Devils finished 30-6 and finished in the Elite Eight last season, and are ranked No. 6 by the Associated Press and picked to repeat as ACC champion. BYU won 22 games last season. It’s only the teams’ second meeting, as Duke won by 20 here way back in 1987. The Blue Devils’ three seniors — preseason All-ACC Jasmine...

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NC State pulverizes Wake Forest and prepares for the road

Posted By on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

NC State's Nate IrvingCARTER-FINLEY STADIUM, RALEIGH It's a blustery day here in the Capital as the Wolfpack looks to keep its chances for an Atlantic Division title. However, long-time rival Wake Forest has another idea of how the game might turn out. With N.C. State winning 11 out of the last 12 match-ups in home territory, the thundering red crowd of 51,161 fans will surely have an effect this Saturday afternoon. As it's the last home game of the season, the crowd cheers on the 20-plus seniors who are honored. The loss of players include captains Nate Irving and starting...

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Duke comeback falls short as bowl bid will have to wait 'til next year

Posted By on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM It’s that proverbial perfect day for college football as Duke kicks off a very full day in the Triangle. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke linebacker August CampbellThe Blue Devils are on a two-game winning streak, and need to run that to five to qualify for an unlikely bowl bid. Today’s opponent is Boston College, which has also won two straight and needs to win two of its last three regular-season contests to go bowling. Since Duke is in the ACC’s Coastal Division and BC in the Atlantic and they’re not permanent opponents, it’s a rare meeting. The Eagles...

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Duke opens women's basketball season tonight against BYU

Posted By on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM

No. 6 Duke will begin defense of its ACC women’s basketball championship and put the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class on display tonight at 7, when the Blue Devils take on Brigham Young at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieBYU finished 23-10 last season. The two teams have met only once, with Duke taking an 80-60 home-court victory in 1987. Preseason All-ACC guard Jasmine Thomas, wing guard Karima Christmas and center Krystal Thomas are Duke’s seniors. Duke will play its first two games at home, entertaining Southern California on Monday night before traveling to Auburn...

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Tar Heels chug past Lipscomb in season opener

Posted By on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM

DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Forgive UNC fans if the opening game of the 2010-11 season felt an awful lot like the 2009-10 campaign. The Tar Heels, heavily favored to cruise past a low-major Division I opponent, suffered through various spots of ineptitude before finally pulling away for an 80-66 victory over Nashville-headquartered Lipscomb. Sophomore big man John Henson compiled the most impressive numbers, posting 10 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks. Though still not a polished scorer, his ability to make freelance plays — particularly on defense — is unparalleled. The most glaring issue on the stat...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

#15 North Carolina defeats North Florida in Regular Season Opener

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Photo by Rob RoweTar Heel Italee Lucas lays it up from the paint.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s the regular season opener here in historic Carmichael Arena, as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels take on the University of North Florida Ospreys. It’s redshirt senior Jessica Breland’s regular season return since she’s recovered from Hodgkin's lymphoma. In the end, it’s the home team who comes on top, 110-41....

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Wolfpack scrapes together a win from Tennesee Tech on 100th anniversary opener

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM

C.J. LeslieRBC CENTER/RALEIGH The crowd slowly filters in as North Carolina State starts off its first basketball game of the season against Tennessee Tech. This season marks the 100th year in Wolfpack basketball and looks to have the potential to be a history-maker. However, the thinly spread out 15,450 fans show little support. Starting senior point guard Javi Gonzalez has a bit of competition this year with ballhandling expert Ryan Harrow on his heels. Gonzalez is eager to have a winning season and sees having the freshman as nothing but a positive addition. He went on to say "To me,...

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Holston, Kastanek lead Wolfpack's blowout win in opener

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State opens its women’s basketball season for real with an unusual start time, as the team plays the opening game of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational at noon against The College of Charleston. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonPerhaps it’s coincidental that the games — the second matches Creighton and Liberty — won’t conflict with the Wolfpack men’s season opener against Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. at the RBC Center. But the program uses it for a noisy “Education Day” contest, with about 1,000 youngsters from Johnston county bused in for some academic lessons and...

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Hurricanes bomb test versus first-place Flyers, lose 8-1

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 6:10 AM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—You know that dream in which you find yourself, naked, in a classroom, and the teacher is passing out a test that will determine your entire year’s grade for the class, but you somehow hadn’t known about it and didn’t study at all? The Hurricanes played out that nightmare last night, embarrassed 8-1 by the Philadelphia Flyers, ending a three-game home win streak. Jeff Carter collected a hat trick and Danny Briere had a pair of goals and an assist as only four Flyers failed to mark the scoresheet. It was Carolina's eighth straight loss to Philadelphia. On...

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Stakes are high as all three area ACC teams are home on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 1:46 AM

File photo by Al DragoN.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson hopes to keep the Wolfpack's championship hopes alive against Wake ForestIt’s going to be a rare Saturday when all three of the Triangle’s ACC teams are at home, and the stakes are going to be pretty high for all three. Duke will open the show at noon against Boston College, with the Blue Devils needing to win all of their final three games to finish .500 and be bowl-eligible. N.C. State will host in-state rival Wake Forest at 2, with the Wolfpack still having a chance to play in the ACC...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tar Heels, Wolfpack open women's basketball season Friday afternoon

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:25 PM

The ACC women’s basketball season finally gets going in the Triangle on Friday, and two of the three local teams will be in action and heavily favored. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State coach Kellie HarperN.C. State will begin its second season under Coach Kellie Harper at noon, when the Wolfpack takes on The College of Charleston in the opening game of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum. Liberty will take on Creighton at 2 p.m. with consolation and championship games on Saturday. The Wolfpack will play at 8 p.m. Saturday and Charleston at 6 regardless of today’s results....

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NASL announces two new teams: Atlanta and NSC Minnesota, but whither St. Louis?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

If there's Division 2 soccer next year, it will stretch from Alberta to the Caribbean, and according to an announcement this morning, the locales will also include Atlanta and suburban Minneapolis. After meeting in Miami earlier this week, the team owners who comprise the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced this morning that they are submitting an amended bid for Division 2 sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The amended bid now proposes an eight-team league, with 75 percent of the clubs American (i.e. non-Canadian). In addition to the Atlanta Silverbacks, a team that has been dormant for...

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NHL brings Raleigh All-Star Game into fantasy era

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Remember when you would play games on the school playground, and there was that one kid who was always picked last? That awkward feeling that would rise as the available players dwindled, peaking at the moment of shared shame and embarrassment when the last kid, usually without his or her name even being called, shuffled over to a team, chosen by default? This dramatic ignominy is now part of the NHL All-Star Game! NHL MediaThe league announced a radical change in how lineups will be selected for the game, to be held in Raleigh's RBC Center in late...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tar Heels, Wolfpack announce four-player women's basketball classes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Wednesday was the first day of the November signing period in women’s basketball, and both UNC and N.C. State have announced four-member freshman classes for 2011-12. Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s Tar Heels have signed Megan Buckland of High Point, Danielle Butts of Winterville, Whitney Adams of Naperville, Ill., Brittany Rountree of Jacksonville, Fla. Coach Kellie Harper’s Wolfpack has signed Therany Dunnigan of South Euclid, Ohio along with Texans Krystal Barrett of Dallas, Erica Donovan of Northside and Kiana Evans of McKinney....

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Pack hits warp speed in exhibition win over Pfeiffer

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Photo by George A. Hoffman Jr.Ryan HarrowI was dying to see Ryan Harrow, the freshman point guard with the sweet smile and the squeaky voice. Here's my view of the upcoming season: If Harrow's as good as advertised, the Pack should be in the top three or four in the ACC, maybe even the top two with Duke. Watching him warm up, he looked a little tentative. Uh, oh. Then he didn't start. Javi Gonzalez was the starter ahead of him. What was that about? Four minutes into the game, Harrow and fellow freshman phenom C.J. Leslie checked in, replacing...

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Blue Devils could still go bowling, but must continue streak by beating Eagles Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:28 AM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM It’s still a long shot, but Duke is alive in its quest for a bowl bid if the Blue Devils can win their remaining three games. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Brandon ConnetteCoach David Cutcliffe’s team (3-6, 1-4 ACC) is on a hot streak with back-to-back wins over Navy on the road and then Virginia on Saturday. This weekend Boston College (4-5, 2-4) will visit Wallace Wade Stadium for a noon contest that’s a must-win game for both. The Eagles lead the series 3 games to 1, but the teams haven’t played each other since 2006. “It...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

U.S. Soccer Federation disciplines Montreal Impact for actions after match in Cary

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Andy Mead/ Carolina RailHawksMontreal's Tony Donatelli gets tackled by the RailHawks' Amir Lowery during the Oct. 17 semifinal.Inside Minnesota Soccer reported yesterday that the United States Soccer Federation disciplined three Montreal Impact players, a coach and the entire organization for their actions after the conclusion of a game in Cary against the Carolina RaiiHawks on Oct. 17. Technical director Nick DeSantis, players Adam Braz, Hicham Aaboubou and Richard Pelletier all received fines and suspensions. DeSantis received the heaviest fine, at $1,500, and DeSantis and Pelletier were given the longest suspensions, for six games. The Montreal Impact organization was fined $5,000...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Breland, Tar Heels make very quick work out of Carson-Newman

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Photo by Chelsea GunterJessica Breland goes for the ball at half court.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL Sylvia Hatchell sends her UNC women’s basketball team against outside opposition for the first time this year in the Tar Heels’ only exhibition game of the season. The opponent is the coach's alma mater, Carson-Newman of the Division II South Atlantic Conference, which has already gotten drubbings from Duke a day earlier and Tennessee last week as veteran coach Dean Walsh looks to get his team ready for lesser opposition. The Eagles went 24-7 and advanced to the second round of their NCAA Tournament last season....

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Yates, Helfet earn ACC player of the week honors

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Two Triangle-area players have been honored as ACC football players of the week on the strength of some very big wins on Saturday. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesUNC quarterback T.J. Yates is the conference’s offensive back of the week, while Duke tight end Cooper Helfet is offensive lineman of the week. Yates completed 24 of 35 passes for a school record 439 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Tar Heels shocked Florida State 37-35, UNC’s first win at Doak Campbell Stadium. Along with a 412-yard effort in the season opener against LSU, Yates has the top...

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Duke wins by 56 over Carson-Newman, which will visit Tar Heels Monday night

Posted By on Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Duke finished the exhibition part of its women’s basketball season on a high note, blasting Carson-Newman 121-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the strength of seven players in double figures. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke freshman guard Chloe WellsThe Division II Eagles, who have lost their first two exhibition games to Tennessee and now Duke, will play their last one tonight at 6 when they take on UNC at Carmichael Arena. Carson-Newman is the alma mater of UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell. Chloe Wells had 24 points and nine steals and Tricia Liston 20 points for Duke, while Kathleen Scheer added a...

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Wolfpack looks solid in easy exhibition win over North Greenville

Posted By on Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Photo by Al DragoBonae Holston dribbles down court for some of her 23 points. REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State plays its only exhibition game of the women’s basketball season today against North Greenville University, a Division II Independent that provided the opposition in the same situation last year. North Greenville is in its final season as an independent before joining Conference Carolinas, generally a collection of basketball schools including Mt. Olive and Barton and the like. The Wolfpack, which went 20-14 and played in the ACC Tournament title game last season in Kellie Harper’s first turn as head coach, won 87-44...

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Hurricanes take second straight at home as Staal tallies twice

Posted By on Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 5:51 AM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Roller coasters clack and jerk their way up that initial hill, awkwardly dragged by a chain. But once the first car ascends the peak, it takes the entire train with it on a thrill ride. This, apparently, is what the Carolina Hurricanes’ season will be like. On a night on which his pair of goals moved him into fourth on the franchise goal-scoring list, Eric Staal occupied that first car, leading a total team effort in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers less than 24 hours after an embarrassing three-goal loss to them in Miami. The Canes'...

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wolfpack plays only women's exhibition today while Duke completes exhibition season

Posted By on Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 11:43 PM

N.C. State will play its only exhibition game of the women’s basketball season today at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum, the same time No. 6 Duke will play its final exhibition game of the season. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State coach Kellie HarperThe Wolfpack, which went 20-14 and played in the ACC championship game last season, will take on Division II North Greenville (15-15 last season). Duke, which finished 30-6 and won the ACC title, drubbed Wingate 88-44 in its first exhibition contest on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils will play at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Division II Carson-Newman, which...

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Yates leads fortunate Tar Heels to a big upset at Florida State

Posted By on Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Behind a record-setting performance from T.J. Yates, UNC got a huge road victory with a 37-35 road decision over No. 24 Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC quarterback T.J. YatesThe win by the Tar Heels wasn’t secure until Seminole kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 40-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds, his second miss in the fourth quarter. Casey Barth’s 22-yarder with 55 seconds left provided the winning points for UNC, which got its first win in nine tries in Tallahassee and at 6-3 became eligible to play in a bowl this season. Yates completed...

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