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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wolfpack goes West looking to climb above .500

Posted By on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM

N.C. State should have a good chance to improve on its 5-6 record over the next couple of days, when the Wolfpack plays in the Beach Classic in Long Beach, Calif. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonNCSU will take on Florida A&M (3-4) on Monday night at 8 p.m. (EST), then meet host Long Beach State (2-10) on Tuesday night at 8. The Wolfpack won its only previous meeting with the Rattlers seven seasons ago. The Rattlers lost 72-62 at Long Beach State on Sunday. Following Tuesday’s contest, the Wolfpack’s next game will be at home against Fairfield...

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Cold-shooting Wolfpack drops a tough one to visiting Arizona

Posted By on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 8:12 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH N.C. State faces its first big-time opponent at home this season, and there are some very familiar faces on the other bench. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Scott WoodInvading the RBCC to take on the 6-3 Wolfpack is improving Arizona (9-2), which is coached by former NCSU assistant Sean Miller with his brother and former Wolfpack point guard Archie Miller as his top assistant. Bad news for the Wolfpack is the continuing absence of its dominant 6-8 senior center Tracy Smith, who despite being having a medical release will miss his eighth straight game following arthroscopic knee...

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Breland, Rolle have double-doubles as Tar Heels rout Gamecocks

Posted By on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

UNC will make it to the Christmas holiday with a perfect record in women’s basketball. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandJessica Breland’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds led the No. 10 Tar Heels to a 75-51 win over South Carolina, completing another happy trip to Myrtle Beach for UNC. The Tar Heels improved to 11-0 with the win while the Gamecocks are 5-5 after a 31.7 percent shooting day. Italee Lucas added 16 points for UNC, which turned the ball over 21 times but only four times after intermission. Waltiea Rolle added a double-double off the bench...

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Confident Canes rumble to fourth straight win behind Staal's hat trick

Posted By on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Photo by Rob RoweEric Staal scores his second goal of the night against the Ducks.RBC Center/ Raleigh—The Hurricanes broke out their holiday recipe book last night. Combine equal amounts skill, speed, and snarl. Add a few spectacular saves. Bake until you win. Eric Staal tallied his 12th career hat trick, Cam Ward turned away 43 shots, and the Hurricanes survived the final frantic minutes shorthanded in a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks before more than 16,000 noisy fans treated to snow flurries on their drive to the rink. The team's season-high win streak stands at four games and counting....

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tar Heels hope to stay perfect with win over Gamecocks at the Beach

Posted By on Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:58 PM

UNC hopes to complete a perfect pre-Christmas portion of its women’s basketball season on Sunday when the Tar Heels take on South Carolina at 3 p.m. in UNC’s annual game in Myrtle Beach. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasIt’s the middle game of a women’s basketball tripleheader at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, as Butler faces Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. and Francis Marion takes on Virginia Intermont at 5. UNC, which is 22-4 in games played in Myrtle Beach, is 8-6 all-time against the Gamecocks. The Tar Heels have been idle since their 78-66 win over visiting UNLV...

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Tar Heels lose heartbreaker to Texas

Posted By on Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Jeremy M. LangeHarrison Barnes CBS TV—North Carolina suffered a crushing defeat this evening against Texas in Greensboro, allowing a second half lead to evaporate late as the Longhorns escaped with a 78-76 victory. The game was a rematch of last year, when UNC was manhandled by Texas in Dallas at the new Cowboys stadium. But this one was much different, and much worse. The Tar Heels fell behind early in the first half but clawed their way to a one-point lead at halftime. They expanded upon that in the second half and appeared to be in control with about 10...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wolfpack gets on track with rout of Presbyterian

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 7:57 PM

N.C. State finally ran into an easy opponent and the Wolfpack took advantage of it. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Breezy WilliamsFreshman Breezy Williams got a season-high 13 points in her first start while Marissa Kastanek also had 13 in just 17 minutes, leading the Wolfpack to a 74-27 rout of Presbyterian on Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum. Amber White added 12 points for the Wolfpack, which ended its two-game winning streak, while Bonae Holston chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds. The Wolfpack won by its widest margin since a matching 47-point, 76-29 win over North Carolina A&T in...

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Mudcats head for Class A Carolina League for 2012 season

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are going down, but not out. The Mudcats will field a team in the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in 2012, replacing the club that will play its final season in the Class AA Southern League in 2011. The club, which is going into its third season with the Cincinnati Reds, announced the big move on Wednesday in a press release. Steve Bryant, the club’s only owner in its previous 20 seasons in Zebulon, accomplished the move by selling the Double-A franchise to Florida businessman Quint Studer, who will move that team to Pensacola. In a three-way transaction...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wolfpack Women get to be home favorites today in PC game

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 7:44 PM

N.C. State will be favored to snap its two-game losing streak in women’s basketball Thursday when the Wolfpack hosts Presbyterian in a 4 p.m. game at Reynolds Coliseum. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsNCSU guard Amber WhiteIt will be the Wolfpack’s first meeting with the Big South member Blue Hose, who are transitioning from NCAA Division II and will be eligible for Division I championship competition next season. Senior guard Amber White leads the Wolfpack in both scoring and assists. Following Thursday’s contest the team will hit the road for two contests, with the next home game on Dec. 28 at 1...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Duke has a slippery start, ends up beating St. Louis - Story in Photos

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:14 PM

The Blue Devils took on the St. Louis Billikens this past Saturday. Cardinal Gibbons senior Al Drago photographed the defending National Champions; here are his photos....

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Duke's Gray honored as ACC rookie of the week

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Duke’s Chelsea Gray has been named the ACC’s women’s basketball rookie of the week after double-figure performances in her first three starts. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Chelsea GrayMiami’s Riquna Williams was named player of the week. Perhaps the most important game for Gray was seven days ago, when she had 11 points and six rebounds as the then- No. 5 Blue Devils held off No. 7 Texas A&M 61-58 in the Jimmy V Classic. Gray added 15 points and a season-high five steals in a rout of visiting Albany on Thursday night, and then had 10 points with season...

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Duke throttles Oklahoma State on the road while Wolfpack loses at South Carolina

Posted By on Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Duke had no trouble keeping its record perfect despite a seemingly tough road test on Sunday, rolling previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 73-45 on its own court. But the news wasn’t as good for N.C. State on Sunday, as the Wolfpack fell to 4-6 with a 77-63 loss at South Carolina. Duke 73, Oklahoma State 45 Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Karima ChristmasThe No. 5 Blue Devils (10-0) put the Cowgirls away by halftime, leading 38-9 after allowing just three field goals. Karima Christmas led the Blue Devils with 16 points, followed by Allison Vernerey who came off the bench for...

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Breland shows the way down the stretch as Tar Heels escape UNLV

Posted By on Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC puts its 9-0 record and No. 12 ranking on the line today, and it’s against a much more serious challenge than the last game against East Tennessee State. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandComing to town is UNLV (5-2), which is playing in the Eastern time zone for the first time in over five seasons. Adding some interest is that Las Vegas is the hometown of UNC’s leading scorer and senior guard Italee Lucas. The Tar Heels get their toughest test of the season besides the Iowa game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and finally...

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Tar Heels stretch past Long Beach State in defense-optional contest

Posted By on Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 1:02 AM

DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Exam season games almost never become lasting Tar Heel memories. Even some of Carolina’s best teams have looked ordinary during mid-December tilts, and this season’s less polished Heels will appear vulnerable anytime there’s a drop in intensity. That was the backdrop for tonight’s game against far-flung Long Beach State, a quick but wild opponent who pushed UNC hard before falling 96-91. Roy Williams scheduled a home-and-home series against the 49ers with the idea that it would serve as a homecoming game for Travis and David Wear when the Heels travel there during the...

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UNC at home as all three Triangle ACC women's teams play at same time

Posted By on Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 12:25 AM

All three Triangle ACC women’s basketball teams are in action today in major non-conference games, and the action features a real rarity. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasAll three games will be in progress at the same time, beginning at 2 p.m. No. 12 UNC will put its undefeated mark on the line against Nevada-Las Vegas, the team from the hometown of senior guard and leading scorer Italee Lucas. The Tar Heels lead the series 2-0. Meanwhile No. 5 Duke visits fellow unbeaten Oklahoma State, which is just 45 miles from the hometown of freshman Richa Jackson. The Blue...

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Even without Irving, Duke nearly doubles Saint Louis

Posted By on Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Photo by Al DragoNolan Smith dunks his way to being the leading scorer with 22 total points. Despite slow starts in both halves during an early Saturday afternoon game against the Saint Louis Billikens, the Duke Blue Devils improved to 10—0 on its young season with an 84—47 win. With standout freshman Kyrie Irving out indefinitely after an injury to his right foot, the Devils redistributed their offensive production. Seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler led the team with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while sophomore Seth Curry added 11 points and six assists from the bench. Freshman forward Josh...

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Canes see Stars in shootout loss

Posted By on Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Not all losses are the same, figuratively and literally. File photo by Rob RoweCam Ward was strong in regulation and overtime, but gave up the shootout winner in a 2-1 loss in Dallas.When the Dallas Stars visited the RBC Center in late November, they handled the Carolina Hurricanes with ease in a 4-1 win. Last night's rematch in Dallas produced a similar result — a 2-1 shootout victory for the Stars — but the Hurricanes came away with more than just the consolation point in the standings. They found a missing component to their game. These Canes were more physical,...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

America's failed World Cup bid: a legal argument for abandoning FIFA

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:57 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJSix months after fumbling in the 2010 World Cup, England and the U.S. were shut out of hosting the 2018 and 2022 Cups. Above, England keeper Robert Green notoriously mishandled the tame effort of American midfielder Clint Dempsey (foreground).The old poker sharp’s maxim says that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, you’re the sucker. Last Monday, when I read reports of the technical strength of the United States’ proposal for hosting the 2022 World Cup, I could only but shake my head, knowing that at FIFA decisions are not made on the basis of any...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Duke gets to show off freshmen in an easy win over Albany

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke puts its No. 5 ranking and unbeaten mark on the line tonight against a team that’s unfamiliar to the Blue Devils, but a coach who’s quite familiar to coach Joanne P. McCallie. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Chelsea GrayThe opponent is Albany (6-2), guided by Katie Abrahamson-Henderson who was an assistant to McCallie at Michigan State from 2000-02 and is in her first season at the school. The Great Danes were the last opponent added to the Duke schedule, and Duke is the first ranked team Albany has played this season. It turns out to be...

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Tar Heels easily trump Aces in first road victory

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Don’t judge North Carolina fans too harshly if they overestimated their Wednesday night opponent. The Tar Heels have been very poor away from home during the past two seasons, so it was natural that a road test at Evansville would stir anxieties. But Carolina won in casual, dare-I-say, 2008-09 fashion, dispatching the Purple Aces 76-49 in a game that induced former baseball great Don Mattingly — an Evansville native — to unrepentant yawning. This in effect was the homecoming game for UNC junior big man Tyler Zeller, a native of Indiana who enjoyed a solid outing of 18 points...

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Duke hosts Albany tonight as coaching friends square off

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Duke should have a little easier assignment when it takes the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieFresh off a 61-58 win over No. 7 Texas A&M on Monday night, the No. 5 Blue Devils will host Albany’s Great Danes. Albany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson was an assistant under Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie at Michigan State from 2000-02. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. Duke has won 36 straight December home games....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Duke's second half demolishes Bradley; Kyrie Irving possibly out for the season

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM

DURHAM, N.C.—Before Wednesday night’s game versus the Bradley Braves in Durham, Duke guards Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils in points per game. Together, their 281 points accounted for nearly 40 percent of Duke’s offense in the team’s unblemished 8—0 start. But after breaking the big toe of his right foot during a weekend win against Butler, Irving is out indefinitely. And Smith, who missed everything but two of his four free throw attempts Wednesday night, only scored two points. It wasn’t the win the Duke faithful might have expected, but it was a crucial one nonetheless....

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Tar Heels use balanced effort and strong finish to demolish ETSU

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC appears to get an easier assignment tonight than in its last game. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Krista GrossThe Tar Heels, fresh off a hard-fought 79-67 win over visiting Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, will take its No. 12 ranking and undefeated record against East Tennessee, which is 0-11 all-time against UNC and on a four-game losing streak. It’s the second of a three-game homestand for Sylvia Hatchell’s club, which will take on Nevada-Las Vegas on Sunday. UNC starts slow but finishes fast, rolling to an 87-47 win over the Bucs....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tar Heels at home again tonight against underdog Buccaneers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM

UNC puts its new No. 12 ranking and unbeaten record on the line Wednesday night at Carmichael Arena, and after the Tar Heels’ impressive win over Iowa they’ll once again be heavy favorites against East Tennessee State. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Cetera DeGraffenreidThe Tar Heels, who beat the visiting Buccaneers 104-65 last season, lead the series 11-0 including a 9-0 mark in Chapel Hill. ETSU finished 23-9 last season and won the Atlantic Sun title, but lost its top two scorers to graduation. UNC senior point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid is No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio (+7.43). Following Wednesday’s...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Jasmine Thomas hits clutch field goal, free throws in the last minute as Duke gets revenge on Aggies

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Nobody has been able to fault Duke’s early schedule, and tonight the Blue Devils will clearly get their toughest test so far. Photo by Chelsea GunterDuke's Jasmine Thomas shoots a jumper against Texas A&M.In the women’s portion of the Jimmy V Classic, the No. 5 Blue Devils will face No. 7 Texas A&M, which has won all three previous meetings in the series. The two meetings in Joanne P. McCallie’s tenure have both been painful double-digit losses, including a 95-77 waxing in College Station last season. But the teams have never met in Durham. Duke will start...

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