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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Duke visits State, UNC at Maryland in televised contests today

Posted By on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM

If you’re interested in seeing some high-level women’s college basketball today, either grab a dollar or grab the remote. No. 3 Duke (18-0, 4-0 ACC), the nation’s only undefeated Division I women’s team, will visit a Triangle rival at 5 p.m. when the Blue Devils take on N.C. State (9-9, 1-3) at Reynolds Coliseum. Meanwhile at the same time, No. 10 UNC (17-2, 3-1) will visit No. 15 Maryland (15-3, 2-2) at the Comcast Center at the exact same time. Both games will be cablecast live nationally, with the Duke-State game on Fox Sports Net and UNC-Maryland on ESPN2.File photo...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Canes' comeback withers in shorthanded Steeltown, 3-2

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 9:56 PM

FSN SOUTH (TV)—One of the dirtiest words you can utter in hockey is "almost." File photo by Rob RowePascal Dupuis' shorthanded goal sent Cam Ward and the Hurricanes to a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh.Erik Cole almost beat Fleury for the game's first goal. Jeff Skinner almost captured a bouncing puck in the high slot in the final moments for a golden chance to tie it. And the Hurricanes almost came back from three goals down against the host Pittsburgh Penguins, falling 3-2. The Penguins turned the tables on Carolina Saturday night. Two days earlier in Raleigh, the Canes emerged from...

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US Soccer deals serious blow to Carolina RailHawks and new league

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Courtesy of Carolina RailHawksGregory Richardson of the RailHawks fights past a Cleveland player in 2009.Less than three months before the scheduled opening of its new season, the future of the Cary-based Carolina RailHawks soccer team and its proposed new league was thrown into grave doubt. In a flurry of posts yesterday, Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer broke the news that the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Board of Directors voted Thursday to deny the sanctioning they had provisionally granted the North American Soccer League (NASL) last November to operate as a Division 2 soccer league this season. In an...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Blue Devils annilhilate Georgia Tech for McCallie's 100th Duke win

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM No. 3 Duke has the only remaining unbeaten women’s basketball team in the country in Division I, but the Blue Devils (17-0, 3-0) should have a strong challenger tonight in front of its largest crowd of the season. The visitor is Georgia Tech (16-4, 4-0), which is riding an impressive 13-game losing streak of its own and hasn’t lost to anyone ranked lower than No. 12 in over two months. Duke has had the upper hand in this series, leading it by a whopping 53-7 including a 31-game winning streak over the Yellow Jackets. And the Blue...

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Sutter's move highlights Canes' 4-1 win over Rangers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 6:10 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—It wasn't an elimination game. It wasn't a playoff game. It wasn't one of the final, frantic games of the regular season. But it was a must-win game for the Carolina Hurricanes. Photo by D. L. AndersonJeff Skinner notched a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes handled the New York Rangers, 4-1.Jussi Jokinen continued his torrid scoring, Brandon Sutter broke a 16-game goal drought while checking New York's top line, and Cam Ward stopped all but one of 40 shots in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers that should be put in a frame and...

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Duke looks for McCallie's 100th win as Georgia Tech visits tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Duke gets yet another tough challenge to its unbeaten streak and No. 3 ranking in women’s basketball tonight. The visitor to Cameron Indoor Stadium is Georgia Tech (16-4, 4-0 ACC), which seems to be on the way to a spot in the NCAA Tournament along with half a dozen other ACC teams. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie will look for her 100th victory as the Blue Devils’ mentor tonight, and the Devils have a ridiculous 31-game winning streak in the series. But while the Devils (17-0, 3-0) will be favorites, they certainly won’t be prohibitive favorites. “ACC women’s basketball this...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Swords leads balanced effort as BC holds off Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Boston College’s balanced scoring was just too much for N.C. State on Thursday night. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Marissa KastanekCarolyn Swords had 15 points and 19 rebounds, leading five Eagles in double figures as they held off the Wolfpack 77-67. Stefanie Murphy added 14 points for BC (15-4, 2-2 ACC), which got 13 points from Kerri Shields, 12 from Kristen Doherty and 10 from Shayra Brown....

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UNC bounces back with 15-point win over scrappy Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:08 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL Things seem to be returning to normal after UNC’s high-profile loss to defending NCAA champion Connecticut on Monday night. Tonight the No. 10 Tar Heels (16-2, 2-1 ACC) will return to ACC play against Big Four rival Wake Forest (10-9, 1-2), and the home team will be a solid favorite. UNC has won seven straight in the series and leads 56-12, and the Deacons’ last win in Chapel Hill was 20 seasons ago. Wake has some Triangle flavor on the roster in sophomores Lakevia Boykin of Southeast Raleigh and Asia Williams of Durham Hillside. UNC gets an...

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Heels look to bounce back against Wake while Pack visits BC tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

No. 10 UNC will try to shake off Monday night’s loss to Connecticut in women’s basketball action tonight, while N.C. State will perhaps try to build on some momentum from its respectable performance against the Tar Heels six days ago. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandThe Tar Heels’ assignment looks much less challenging, as Sylvia Hatchell’s club will host Wake Forest at Carmichael Arena. State, meanwhile, will be vastly outsized in the paint as the Wolfpack travels to Boston College. UNC leads the all-time series with the Deacons 56-12, including a 27-3 mark in Chapel Hill. State will be...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Duke, 92-78. Asks Packbackr04: Good things to take away from a 14 pt home loss?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Ryan Harrow handles against Duke's Andre DawkinsUnless you're a State fan, the 92-78 loss to Duke tonight was just another whipping for the Wolfpack. Bad start (down 11-3), behind by 14 at the half, cut it to five a couple of times, immediately fall back to 11 or 12, lose by 14. True Pack fans, though, will say the team played hard or, uh — something. Over at StateFansNation.com, the boys have already got Sidney Lowe fired and are angling for Rick Barnes or — well, they can't really think of anybody else, but how 'bout somebody like the Cornell...

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Pitkanen’s ambivalence foils Canes’ stalwart effort in second straight loss to Bruins

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 9:12 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—Perhaps Joni Pitkanen had better things to do. Perhaps he was considering scheduling a spa visit during the upcoming All-Star break. Or he had to pick up some milk and graavilohi from the store on the drive home. Or perhaps he was mentally filling out a deposit slip for the next check on his $4.5 million salary. File photo by Rob RoweJoni Pitkanen could not be bothered to match the effort of his teammates in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.In any case, he could not be bothered to check Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic midway through...

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Tar Heels survive gut check to fend off Tigers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Jeremy M. LangeRoy: Don't call me, I'll call you SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — As always when Clemson arrives in town, the pre-game buzz Tuesday largely pertained to the Tigers’ historic futility — an all-time record of 0-54 — against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. And considering UNC’s most recent outing, a dreadful blowout defeat at Georgia Tech two nights prior, there was ample chatter emanating from both sides that this strong Clemson team could topple one of sport’s most novel streaks. But a funny thing happened during the game — fans were treated to a hell of a show, largely...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

UConn puts on a clinic in 26-point win in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell shakes hands with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma prior to the eveningCARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC gets a chance for an upset of national impact tonight, when No. 2 defending NCAA champion Connecticut visits in front of a nearly full house. Both teams are 16-1 and the Huskies recently had their record 89-game winning streak ended. UConn will be favored, but not quite prohibitively despite winning the last two meetings by a combined 41 points. Of course UConn forward Maya Moore is one of the better players in the history of the game, period. There’s a raucous crowd...

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Tar Heels get a home-court shot at Connecticut tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM

UNC will certainly have its biggest non-conference challenge of the women’s basketball season tonight at 7, when the Tar Heels host defending NCAA champion Connecticut at Carmichael Arena. UConn is ranked No. 2 and the Tar Heels No. 11, and both come in with 16-1 records. Senior All-America guard Maya Moore, considered one of the best players in the history of women’s college basketball, leads the Huskies in scoring, rebounding and assists. It’s the seventh straight year in which the two teams have faced off. The all-time series stands at 5-5, but the Huskies have won the last two meetings...

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tar Heels get embarrassed in Atlanta, lose first ACC game

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeRoy Williams earlier this season FOX SPORTS — North Carolina’s short-lived stint atop the ACC standings crashed down on Sunday night, when the Tar Heels were embarrassed 78-58 by an ordinarily hapless Georgia Tech squad. Carolina’s problems became manifest immediately. The starting five unit has been ineffective for much of the season, and their play enabled Tech to open up a small working margin and gain immeasurable confidence early. Keep in mind, these Yellow Jackets had lost three in a row and four out of five, including a defeat to Siena. Earlier this season, they...

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Duke runs start to 17-0 with easy road win over Virginia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Duke kept its perfect women's basketball record alive Sunday, building up a big lead and then holding off host Virginia Tech 57-43. Allison Vernerey led with way with a season-high 15 points as the No. 3 Blue Devils improved to 17-0, 3-0 in ACC play. Freshman Tricia Liston added 13 points and Jasmine Thomas 12 for the Blue Devils, who got a season-high six assists from Karima Chistmas....

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Canes outgun, outsmart Lightning as Staal sets franchise scoring mark

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—Ron Francis retired with 1,249 assists, second only to Wayne Gretzky. But perhaps the Hurricanes’ associate head coach should be given credit for 1,250 for a nifty setup move Saturday night. File photo by Peggy BooneEric Staal's shorthanded goal in a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning made him the Huricanes' scoring leader since the franchise came to North Carolina in 1997.After a minute of persistent yet ineffective pressure on a two-man advantage in the second period of an eventual 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canes called timeout so Francis—who runs the power play...

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Duke again tries to stay perfect in visit to Va. Tech

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 12:16 AM

The only undefeated team in the women’s basketball Top 25, Duke will be heavily favored to stay perfect today when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. contest. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieSenior guard Jasmine Thomas, who leads the Blue Devils in scoring and assists, has come up big in the clutch every time the Blue Devils have needed her to in recent games. Duke leads the series 15-2 and has won the last 13 meetings. Following today’s contest, Duke’s next outing is a home game against Georgia Tech on Friday night....

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Devils rally late to beat Virginia

Posted By on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Duke’s 16-point win over the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday afternoon in Durham mostly reflects the last 13 minutes of the game. Until then, Duke struggled through the same mire of torpor and tepid offense that led to their first loss of the season Wednesday against Florida State. In the first half, for instance, the Devils made only one of their 12 three-point attempts, despite shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc during the season’s first 16 games. But Andre Dawkins missed his three tries, as did Kyle Singler; Seth Curry missed a pair, while Nolan Smith erred on three...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Lucas, Tar Heels hold on to beat State despite Kastanek's 30

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL One of the ACC’s best rivalries gets played out tonight in women’s basketball as N.C. State visits No. 11 UNC. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Italee LucasThe Wolfpack (9-7) will be an underdog, but comes in with a 50-40 advantage in the conference’s most-played series. The Tar Heels (15-1) should be very solid favorites, but that was also the case last year when State scored a shocking 11-point upset. UNC will have its biggest home crowd so far this season including a couple of hundred boisterous Wolfpack fans, but the refurbished arena is nowhere near sold out....

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Jasmine Thomas again leads Duke in easy win at FSU

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Duke got through another tough women’s basketball challenge on the road, as Jasmine Thomas’ 22 points led the No. 3 Blue Devils’ 87-70 romp at No. 21 Florida State. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasThomas had game highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (three). Freshmen Haley Peters and Tricia Liston added 15 points each for the Blue Devils (16-0, 2-0 ACC), who got 13 points from their classmate Chelsea Gray. Courtney Ward led FSU (14-4, 2-1) with a game-high 25 points while Alexa DeLuzio chipped in 17, Natasha Howard 14 and Cierra Bravard 12....

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Two tries, two wins for Tar Heels in ACC play

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM

UNC Athletic CommunicationsMarshall is uncannily poised for a freshman ESPN — Whatever else you might say, North Carolina has shown a lot of fight this season. The Tar Heels fell behind for the second consecutive game against Virginia Tech at home last night, yet despite poor offensive execution they managed to scratch out their second straight ACC victory 64-61 over the Hokies. Carolina began the contest in extremely sloppy fashion, falling behind by 16 points; for a team that struggles to score, that’s a massive deficit. But thanks largely to the efforts of freshman point guard Kendall Marshall — who...

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Wolfpack visits UNC tonight while Duke tries to stay perfect at FSU

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

File photo by Rob RoweItalee Lucas had one of her better games against the Wolpack in Raleigh last season.>One of the Triangle’s two biggest rivalries gets played out in women’s basketball tonight, while the other ACC team is in America’s only snow-free state to take on yet another big challenge. No. 11 UNC will look to avenge perhaps its toughest defeat of last season tonight at 7 as N.C. State visits what may well be a packed Carmichael Arena. That game will start half an hour after No. 3 Duke travels for an always-tough road game at No. 21 Florida...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Canes' All-Stars douse Flames in schizoid shootout win

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:37 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—Smiles can mean many different things. There are open-mouthed smiles of simple joy, tight-lipped smiles beneath eyes narrowed and foreheads furrowed in disappointment or disapproval, sheepish smiles of someone who just got away with something, and wide-eyed smiles of bafflement with eyebrows raised almost to the hairline. File photo by Peggy BooneEric Staal, named one of three Canes to participate in All-Star festivities January 28-30 in Raleigh, scored in a 6-5 shootout win over Calgary.Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice's face wore all these smiles simultaneously after his team's wild 6-5 win over the Calgary Flames on an icy night...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

RailHawks' future in limbo as owners file dissolution papers with State of NC; 3 players head to MLS

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Andy Mead/ Carolina RailHawksOne of the highlights of the 2010 season was Daniel Paladini's celebration after his breakthrough goal against NSC Minnesota in the playoffs.Recent filings with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office point to the impending sale and change in ownership of the Carolina RailHawks. On Dec. 30, 2010, current majority owner Selby Wellman filed two Articles of Dissolution with the N.C. Secretary of State that make clear a major reorganization is under way. Last month, team president Brian Wellman confirmed online reports that current team owners were seeking to divest their stake in the club, and that...

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