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Monday, February 28, 2011

Wolfpack's White shares ACC player of the week honor

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 8:03 PM

N.C. State senior guard Amber White tied with Wake Forest’s Brittany Waters for the final ACC women’s basketball player of the week honor of the season. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Amber WhiteMaryland’s Alyssa Thomas was named rookie of the week. White averaged 24.3 points, six rebounds, 5.3 assists and three steals per game in home-court upsets of UNC and Boston College and an overtime road loss to the Deacons. She scored a career-high 33 points in the regular-season finale at Wake on Sunday. Over the span she was 35-for-45 at the free-throw line, hitting a school-record 17 of...

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Tar Heels improve to 12-2 with victory over Maryland

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannUNC sits atop the ACC along with rival Duke CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — With only two regular season games remaining, North Carolina controls its own destiny. The Tar Heels defeated Maryland 87-76 on Sunday night and improved to 12-2 in ACC play, setting up the final week of the schedule and presenting them with an opportunity to win the conference title outright. Carolina’s opportunity owes to its own success as well as Virginia Tech’s win over Duke on Saturday night, moving the Blue Devils to 12-2. Next Saturday’s primetime showdown in Chapel Hill therefore will carry...

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

State, UNC get night games in ACC Tournament while Duke opens Friday afternoon

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Photo by Al DragoUNC's Laura Broomfield shoots a jumper in Sunday's game against Duke.The ACC announced pairings for its women’s basketball tournament beginning Thursday morning at Greensboro Coliseum just moments after the end of Duke’s victory over UNC on Sunday afternoon. Both N.C. State and UNC will play Thursday night, with the No. 10 seed Wolfpack (13-16) taking on No. 7 seed Boston College (18-11) at 6 p.m. followed by No. 6 seed UNC (22-7) against No. 11 seed Clemson (10-19) at 8. The Wolfpack split its regular-season series with the Eagles, winning in a mild upset 80-69 on Thursday...

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Duke gets past Tar Heels to claim top seed for ACC Tournament

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Photo by Al DragoKathleen Scheer congratulates Jasmine Thomas on her game-high 17 points.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s going to be the best-attended women’s basketball game in the Triangle this season, as Duke’s Senior Day game with UNC is an advance sellout at 9,314. And the fans are sure to get a heck of a show as the No. 9 Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 ACC) host the No. 13 Tar Heels (22-6, 8-5) in the final ACC regular-season game of the campaign. Duke has won two straight games while UNC has lost three in a row. But the Tar Heels’ last big...

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Deacons end NCSU win streak, assure Wolfpack can't go to WNIT

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

N.C. State’s hopes to go into the ACC women’s basketball tournament on a four-game winning streak disappeared Sunday, as host Wake Forest got revenge for an earlier loss with a 100-94 overtime victory over the Wolfpack. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Amber WhiteSandra Garcia had 23 points to lead the Deacons (14-16, 5-9 ACC), who outscored the visitors 22-16 in overtime. State (13-16, 4-10) lost any hope of going to the WNIT and will have to win the ACC tournament to get an automatic NCAA berth and extend its season past March 6....

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Canes beat Penguins, fall to Habs

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM

There is no equivalent in hockey to baseball's closer, but Hurricanes fans wish there were. File photo by Peggy BooneEric Staal missed Saturday's game after a high, hard hit from the Penguins' Matt Niskanen as the Canes split games this weekend.Carolina split back-to-back games this weekend, handling the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Raleigh on Friday night before losing 4-3 on a late power-play goal by the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday. The inability to get a tied game into overtime to at least secure a point in Montreal dissipated some of the good vibes from a complete team victory over...

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Duke to host UNC before sellout throng, State visits Wake in regular-season ender

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 12:04 AM

It’s Big Four day in ACC women’s basketball, with the four in-state schools squaring off with traditional rivals as part of the six-game conference slate that will wrap up regular-season conference play. File photo by Rob RoweUNC coach Sylvia Hatchell (left) and Duke's Joanne P. McCallie will square off in today's sold-out contest.Winning and losing streaks, tournament seeding, chances at post-season play and revenge will all be part of the package as N.C. State travels to Wake Forest for a 2 p.m. contest, followed by No. 9 Duke’s Senior Day game against No. 13 UNC at 5 in the ACC’s...

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Canes reacquire Cory Stillman as trade deadline approaches

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

RALEIGH—The Hurricanes improved their pool of forwards on Thursday, bringing left winger Cory Stillman back into the fold from the Florida Panthers. And they might not be done yet. Logo courtesy NHLWho wears this logo for the rest of the season will be determined by the trade deadline Monday afternoon.Stillman, who Canes fans remember as a key contributor on the 2006 Stanley Cup champion team, notched seven goals and sixteen assists this year in 44 games in Miami. He's 38 years old now, but speed has not been a part of his game, and his skills still fit Paul Maurice's...

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Duke rolls Virginia on the road while Tar Heels drop third straight

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Duke locked up a very good seed in the ACC women’s basketball tournament on the road Thursday night, while UNC dropped its third straight game and won’t get a first-round bye in Greensboro. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonThe No. 9 Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 ACC) topped Virginia 71-48 at John Paul Jones Arena, meaning Duke cannot finish lower than second in the ACC’s regular-season standings. Meanwhile the No. 13 Tar Heels (22-6, 8-5) suffered some Senior Night heartbreak in a 64-57 loss at the hands of visiting Georgia Tech, meaning the Yellow Jackets won’t be playing on Thursday...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wolfpack holds off Eagles on Senior night for third straight victory

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State clearly has some late-season momentum in women’s basketball, and to make anything out of it the Wolfpack just has to keep it going. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonTonight’s Senior Night opponent is Boston College (18-9, 5-7), which seems to be on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament spot. But if the Wolfpack (12-15, 3-9) doesn’t pull off a mild upset tonight, the only way it’s going to post-season play is to win the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro. Amber White and Brittany Strachan, who will get the start tonight, are honored with...

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Singler sheds shooting woes, Duke topples Temple 78-61

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeKyle SinglerCAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—Duke University senior Kyle Singler quashed murmurs Wednesday about his recent shooting rut, as he hit 10 of 19 field goals and racked up 28 points in leading the men's basketball team to a 78-61 trouncing of the Owls from Temple University. The win took Duke to 27-2 for the season and extended the team's 35-game home winning streak, the longest active run in the NCAA. The deafening Cameron crowd helped push No. 24-ranked Temple to its sixth loss of the season, further challenging a team whose lineup shifted not once, but...

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Tar Heels step on the Wolfpack 75-63 at the RBC Center

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:08 AM

This game isn’t a must-win for State. It's beyond that, in the sense that the Pack needs to show they can play with Carolina, beat them on a good night on their home floor or else die trying if the Heels play lights out ball. As the great sportswriter said, it's not whether you win or lose that counts, it's whether you can play your best against the best competition and perform under pressure. To say this season hasn’t gone the way the fans wanted or Sidney Lowe thought it would is to say the obvious. Tracy Smith was...

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Wolfpack, Tar Heels host Senior Night games while Duke hits the road

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 12:45 AM

It’s the penultimate day of regular-season action for the three Triangle ACC women's basketball teams, and all of them are seriously in need of wins.File photo by Rob RoweUNC and N.C. State both have big home games tonight. Everybody plays at 7 p.m. N.C. State (12-15, 3-9 ACC), which is on a two-game winning streak, needs four wins to get a spot in post-season play and will look for revenge on Senior Night tonight against Boston College (18-9, 5-7). The Eagles, who beat the Wolfpack 77-67 on Jan. 20 in Chestnut Hill, need to keep winning to stay on track...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rangers tie Canes late, win in shootout

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:45 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—The St. Baldrick's Foundation shaved the heads of over one hundred fans before Tuesday's game between the Hurricanes and the Rangers to raise money for childhood cancer research. There's no official count yet of how many more fans tore their hair out after the game. File photo by Peggy BooneEric Staal felled his brother Marc with a crushing hit in the second period, but the Rangers downed the Canes in a shootout, 4-3.Carolina let another late lead vanish, squandering two 3-on-1 rushes down the stretch that could have put the game away in regulation. Instead, Wojtek Wolski tied...

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wolfpack finally holds on for the big win, shocks visiting Tar Heels

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Photo by Rob RoweNC State students sway during the University's alma mater.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will be taking on UNC in women’s basketball for the 92nd time tonight, and has been the case for the past few years the Wolfpack has a chance to play spoiler. When the two teams played in Chapel Hill on Jan. 14, the Tar Heels looked headed for a blowout before State made a long comeback and wound up losing by just 83-76. Kellie Harper’s team has played by far its best basketball at home, and has yet to drop a double-digit defeat in its...

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wolfpack hosts Tar Heels in women's grudge match tonight

Posted By on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:58 PM

N.C. State is badly in need of a signature women’s basketball victory to help its chances of playing in the post-season.File photo by Arianna HoffmanNCSU's Bonae Holston (L) and UNC's Chay Shegog may duel in the paint again tonight. And UNC needs to get headed in the right direction and could use a win in its quest for a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament. That will be the situation when the two old rivals clash tonight at 7 at Reynolds Coliseum in a game to be shown live on regional cable TV. Sylvia Hatchell’s No. 13...

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Tar Heels winning despite offensive futility: thoughts on Saturday's 48-46 epic

Posted By on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 8:11 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannPerhaps bizarre rituals will be necessary to ignite UNC's offense It says something that North Carolina continues to win games despite record-setting problems changing the numbers on the scoreboard. The Tar Heels delivered the most recent example of the trend on Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, trudging past Boston College 48-46. Carolina’s 48-point effort was the most anemic scoring output in program history at the Dean Smith Center, which opened in 1986. And still, UNC has elevated its conference record to 10-2 and now stands at 20-6 overall. Breaking down the team’s offense, the pattern is...

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Blue Devils bounce back big with a romp over Hokies

Posted By on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home smarting from its blowout loss at Maryland three days ago, facing what may be the biggest mismatch in the ACC this season. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasThe No. 7 Blue Devils (23-3, 9-2 ACC) will host Virginia Tech (11-15, 1-10), which is coming off a 16-point home loss to N.C. State that ended the Wolfpack’s eight-game ACC losing streak. The Hokies’ big accomplishment since December has been a 12-point road win over Clemson six days ago.But Duke leads the series 16-2 and will be a prohibitive favorite today. And that’s the way...

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Duke hopes to recover at home against last-place Hokies

Posted By on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 12:11 AM

On paper, it should be the biggest mismatch in ACC women’s basketball this season. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasDefending champion and first-place Duke (23-3, 9-2 ACC) comes into today’s noon home game with last-place Virginia Tech (11-15, 1-10) smarting from a 69-47 loss at Maryland on Thursday night. The Hokies, meanwhile, were losing to N.C. State 81-65 at home as the Wolfpack broke its eight-game ACC losing streak. No. 7 Duke leads the all-time series 16-2, has won 21 straight games at home and 19 straight home games against ACC opposition....

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Brindy's big night inspires Canes to beat Flyers

Posted By on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—Rod Brind’Amour brought the crowd to their feet to honor his brilliant, gutsy career. A bit later, Erik Cole did the same with a brilliant, gutsy goal. WikiMedia CommonsRod Brind'Amour's number 17 will never be worn in Carolina again.Was Bates Battaglia anywhere in the building, perchance? Brind’Amour’s number 17, newly installed in the RBC Center rafters, inspired the Carolina Hurricanes to play an exceptional game, beating the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 before a larger-than-capacity crowd that nearly brought the banner back down when Cole scored the winner with just three minutes remaining. In 2002, when the Hurricanes...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Brind'Amour's number to be raised to the rafters tonight

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:17 AM

RALEIGH—Rod Brind'Amour didn't want to leave Philadelphia. But now he will always be remembered as a Carolina Hurricane. WikiMedia CommonsRod Brind'Amour, appearing here before a game in 2009, will see his number 17 raised to the RBC Center rafters Friday night.The Canes retire Brindy's number 17 tonight in an hour-long ceremony before hosting the Flyers, the team with which he spent more than eight seasons before being traded to Carolina for Keith Primeau in 2000. Disinclined to talk about himself in that way that so many Canadian players from small towns are, the former team captain nonetheless found words to...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wolfpack gets a road win while Blue Devils fall hard in College Park

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Thursday turned out to be a very good night for N.C. State and a nightmare for Duke in women’s basketball. Bonae Holston poured in 20 points and 11 rebounds, leading five Wolfpack players in double figures as it snapped an eight-game ACC losing streak with an 81-65 win at Virginia Tech. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonMeanwhile the No. 7 Blue Devils got slapped pretty hard, falling 69-47 at No. 16 Maryland as the Terps evened the season series.N.C. State 81, Virginia Tech 65Amber White and Marissa Kastanek chipped in 17 points apiece for the Wolfpack (11-15, 2-9...

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Wolfpack is solid, keeps momentum alive with win over Clemson

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH N.C. State returns home after a blowout victory still looking for momentum to get to the middle of the ACC. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Javy GonzalezTonight’s opponent for the ESPN2 contest is Clemson, which comes into the game in fifth place in the conference under first-year mentor Brad Brownell while Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack is in ninth place. State (13-11) needs victories to stay in good position for some kind of post-season play, and with no seemingly impossible assignments left on the schedule could still make a long-shot run at an NCAA bid. But the Tigers have...

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USSF announces 2011 U.S. Open Cup format; Aaron Davidson responds to NASL exclusion

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

This morning, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) released the format for this year’s U.S. Open Cup, which gets underway on June 14 with 16 first-round games. Controversy has ensued since USSF president Sunil Gulati said on Monday that the eight U.S.-based NASL—who were granted provisional D-2 sanction by the USSF Board of Governors last weekend—would not be eligible to participate in this years’ Open Cup. “It was simply too late to incorporate them into the process in the various stages of the tournament,” Gulati said during a joint teleconference with NASL CEO Aaron Davidson. “The timing does not work...

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Lifeless Canes fall again in New Jersey, 3-2

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 4:01 AM

FSN SOUTH (TV)—In a tightly checked game, it’s important to stay patient, stay focused, and hope that your star players can make plays that show up on the scoreboard. Photo by D. L. AndersonTuomo Ruutu's goal pulled the Canes to within one with just five seconds left in a 3-2 loss in New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils—the hottest team in hockey over the last month—executed upon this approach. The Carolina Hurricanes, falling 3-2 at the Prudential Center for the second time in eight days, did not. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored pretty goals, and Brian Rolston added one of...

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