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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blue Devils, Wolfpack both have tough away assignments tonight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Duke will face another road challenge from a nationally-ranked opponent while N.C. State will look to get out of a tie for the ACC cellar in women’s basketball action tonight.File photo by Al DragoN.C. State and Duke both face important games on the road tonight. The Wolfpack (11-5, 1-9 ACC) will travel to Virginia Tech (11-4, 1-9) for a 7 p.m. matchup, looking for its first conference road win of the season. And at 7:30 the No. 7 Blue Devils (23-2, 9-1 ACC) will visit bitter rival No. 16 Maryland (20-5, 6-4) in what will undoubtedly be another big, hostile...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tar Heels sputter and clank past Wake

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannMcDonald and others aren't hitting open jump shots SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL—North Carolina should have blown out Wake Forest. I thought so, you thought so, the oddsmakers who established a 22-point spread thought so, and Roy Williams probably did, too. But the Tar Heels’ woeful perimeter shooting resulted in an unsatisfying 78-64 victory over by far the worst team in the ACC. Wake isn’t just struggling or hovering below .500; they rank at or near the bottom of the conference in numerous categories and have been romped on several occasions by average teams. In this game, however,...

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With new season finally beckoning, RailHawks coach Martin Rennie discusses roster and reputation

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

On the morning of Jan. 21, I met Carolina RailHawks’ head coach Martin Rennie at his office inside WakeMed Soccer Park. I had not spoken with Rennie since his post-match interview following the RailHawks loss to the Puerto Rico Islanders for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D-2 Pro League championship on Oct. 30, 2010. With the Division-2 sanctioning of the North American Soccer League (NASL) seemingly in place and new ownership poised to assume control over the RailHawks, I relished the opportunity to speak with Rennie again and finally turn the attention of the team’s supporters to matters on...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

ACC football schedules out with three Triangle openers on Sept. 3

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Football schedules are out for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and all three Triangle teams will play seven of their 12 contests at home. Everybody opens on Sept. 3, and by an odd coincidence all three have home contests against solid FCS teams from Virginia. UNC, which hosts James Madison in the opener, has other non-conference home games against Rutgers and Louisville.N.C. State, which debuts against Liberty, also has South Alabama and Central Michigan in home non-conference games. And Duke, which will begin play against recent nemesis Richmond, also faces Stanford and Tulane in non-ACC action in Durham. The big local...

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Tar Heels excel during four-game run, eye ACC home stretch

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannBullock needs to rediscover his shooting touch North Carolina’s recent play effectively has locked up a bid to the NCAA Tournament and vaulted the Tar Heels into contention for the ACC regular season title. Fans eyeballed the most recent stretch of four games — including road tests at Boston College, Clemson and Duke, as well as a home game against Florida State — with the hope that UNC somehow could scratch out a 2-2 mark heading into the latter stages of the conference schedule. As it turns out, UNC finished 3-1 and nearly went undefeated, save...

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Cardiac Canes re-emerge on the road

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 7:30 AM

When you go on a road trip, you've got to simplify your game. Keep your shifts short, dump the puck, and skate off for a line change. Stay disciplined on defense. Work your system and hope that you'll be in a position to win the game at the end. File photo by D. L. AndersonErik Cole's late-game scores may salvage an uneven road trip.The Hurricanes can play this way for, oh, about 58 minutes. Then all hell breaks loose. Rewarded with only one point in losing their first two games on the current road trip despite playing disciplined, patient hockey,...

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wolfpack falls to Jackets for eighth straight ACC loss

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM

N.C. State’s road woes continue in women’s basketball. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Kody BurkeThe Wolfpack nearly recovered from a late 20-point deficit, but wound up on the short end of a 74-65 loss at Georgia Tech on Sunday. Alex Montgomery came off the bench to lead the Yellow Jackets (19-8, 7-4 ACC), while Tyaunna Marshall chipped in 12 points and Deja Foster 11. Marissa Kastanek led the Wolfpack (10-15, 1-9) with 14 points followed by Amber White with 11. Kody Burke chipped in 10 with 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, while Bonae Holston also...

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Strong work by Vernerey, Thomas in the second half leads the Blue Devils to victory

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

(Note: This story is not by Mike Potter, but by young photographer Al Drago, making his debut as a writer for Triangle Offense.) Photo by Al DragoDuke's Krystal Thomas guides the Blue Devils as the leading scorer with 16 total points. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Today the Boston College Eagles take on the No. 5 Blue Devils in the third annual “Think Pink” contest. It is Duke’s third game in the past week, but that does not tire the Blue Devils out one bit, as they pick up intensity in the final eight minutes for a 66-53 victory. This is the...

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Miami brings the heat in Meier's first win in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s a very important day in ACC women’s basketball, and the biggest game is here.No. 13 UNC (22-3, 8-2 ACC) is playing No. 20 Miami (21-3, 7-2), with the probably being effectively eliminated from the race for the top seed in the conference tournament. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Laura BroomfieldAnd it’s UNC’s annual “PinkZone” game, with the Tar Heels in pink-trimmed white uniforms, Miami in pink shoelaces and the occasional pink hair accoutrement. The Tar Heels’ only loss at home this season has been to defending NCAA champion Connecticut. Miami beat the Tar Heels 80-69 last...

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PinkZone games come to UNC, Duke while Wolfpack is part of February Frenzy

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Sunday will be a very full day of basketball for the Triangle’s three ACC women’s teams. File photo by Rob RoweBoth the Blue Devils and Tar Heels will eschew their usual home uniforms and dress out in pink-flavored garb today.Two of them are at home in “PinkZone” games to support breast cancer awareness, while the other is on the road as part of ESPN’s “February Frenzy.” The action starts at 1 p.m. at Carmichael Arena, where No. 13 UNC (22-3, 8-2 ACC) will face a tough challenge from No. 19 Miami (21-3, 7-2). The Hurricanes are coached by former Duke...

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blue Devils trounce Wake to end "losing streak"

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Duke snapped its two-game road losing streak in women’s basketball Friday night, and did so in pretty convincing fashion. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Krystal ThomasThe No. 5 Blue Devils, who had lost in a blowout at Connecticut and by a bucket at UNC, walloped Wake Forest 82-39 at Joel Coliseum for their 34th straight victory in the series. Jasmine Thomas led Duke (22-2, 8-1 ACC) with 17 points, followed by Krystal Thomas with 12 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Allison Vernerey, who made her first start of the season, added 12 points and...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Flyers stifle Canes, 2-1

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 7:07 AM

FSN SOUTH (TV)—When seasons turn in North Carolina, you know it. You can feel summer waning. And then there’s that week when all the leave seem suddenly to turn a different color and you know fall is here. Photo by D. L. AndersonTuomo Ruutu got the only puck past Brian Boucher in Philadelphia's 2-1 win over the Canes Thursday.Hockey’s playoff stretch drive features a similar turn, but rather than foliage it’s on the scoreboard. The Hurricanes’ 2-1 loss in Philadelphia was one of three games on the NHL docket decided by that score Thursday night. Unfortunately it was the only...

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Duke looks to bounce back tonight at Wake Forest

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Duke will try to bounce back from its first ACC loss of the year tonight, when the No. 5 Blue Devils travel to Wake Forest. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasGame time is 8:30 p.m. for the broadcast on FSN South. Duke (21-2, 7-1) leads three ACC teams who are right behind the Blue Devils with two conference losses each, those include No. 13 UNC, which topped the Blue Devils 62-60 on Monday night at Carmichael Arena. Duke has won 32 straight meetings with the Demon Deacons (12-13, 3-6). The Blue Devils will return home Sunday against Boston College....

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Wolfpack drops a four-overtime heartbreaker to visiting Virginia

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:07 AM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State has a chance to get off the schnied in ACC women’s play tonight when a fairly evenly-matched opponent visits Kay Yow Court. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Kody BurkeThe opponent is Virginia (13-12, 2-7), which is fighting with the Wolfpack (10-13, 1-7) for seeding in the ACC Tournament. State, which has lost six straight ACC contests, beat the Cavaliers 66-59 in the ACC Tournament last season. The Wolfpack has played well at home this season, and has not lost a game in Raleigh by double-digits. So this one isn’t going to be determined on raw...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tar Heels don't have to play well to win at Clemson

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM

UNC didn’t put on its usual offensive show in its women’s basketball trip to Clemson, but the No. 13 Tar Heels were good enough to win another game on the road. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Laura BroomfieldBut Italee Lucas led four Tar Heels in double figures with 15 points in a 60-47 victory over the Tigers. Laura Broomfield added 13 points and 11 rebounds for UNC (22-3, 8-2), while She’la White added 12 points and Jessica Breland 10 points and 11 rebounds. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who didn’t score a point, added 11 rebounds. Sthefany Thomas led Clemson (10-15, 3-7) with...

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Canes open key three-game stretch in Philly

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 10:57 AM

At this point in the season, there's an up-tick in the usage of the phrase "If the season ended today..." Instead of listing how many games teams have played, newspapers change the column in the standings table to show the games remaining. And the table overall switches from showing the divisions to the entire conference. File photo by Rob RoweCam Ward will have to stay focused on the road.The playoffs are getting close. The trade deadline is even closer. And if the season ended today (there it is!), the Carolina Hurricanes would be matched up with the Flyers, who they...

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Duke overcomes UNC's blistering first half, emerges victorious

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:34 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeNolan SmithDURHAM/CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM—I received some good advice when preparing to cover my first UNC-Duke game. “Don’t wear white,” a colleague told me. “You will get flecks of blue paint on your shirt.” As the dried paint seems to dry even deeper into my brown button-down, I’m glad I asked. I didn’t need much back-story, though. Born in Durham to UNC parents, I’ve observed every contest since I wore one-piece super hero pajamas, much longer ago than a joke might facilitate. The Montross gash. The Capel shot. The Wojo embrace. The Duhon reverse layup. The...

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Wolfpack looks to snap ACC slide, Tar Heels big favorites on the road

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:29 AM

N.C. State needs to get things turned around quickly if it hopes to make post-season play in women’s basketball, and the Wolfpack has a chance to do that tonight. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Marissa KastanekKellie Harper’s club (10-13, 1-7) has lost six straight ACC games as it heads into tonight’s 7 p.m. contest with Virginia (13-12, 2-7) at Reynolds Coliseum. Meanwhile No. 13 UNC (21-3, 7-2), which stayed in the race for the regular-season title with a 62-60 win over No. 5 Duke Monday night, will also be in action when it faces Clemson (10-14, 3-6) at Littlejohn...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NASL confident U.S. Soccer will sanction RailHawks' new league this weekend

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeThe ticket booth at WakeMed Soccer Park was closed for business Friday.North American Soccer League (NASL) officials are so confident that their league will gain Division 2 sanctioning at the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) Annual General Meeting this weekend in Las Vegas that they don’t have a back-up plan. “We believe we are in a great position to finally stabilize the second division,” Aaron Davidson, the NASL CEO said. “We feel very comfortable and very confident.” In a conference call with journalists around North America and the Caribbean, NASL officials declared that its application for Division...

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Canes let a point slip away in New Jersey

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:39 AM

FSN SOUTH (TV)—Through the first half of the season, the New Jersey Devils were one of the worst teams in hockey. Right now, though, they are among the best. Photo by D. L. AndersonJeff Skinner's two goals weren't enough for the Canes in New Jersey.Even without Martin Brodeur in net, the Devils wrested a 3-2 overtime win from the Carolina Hurricanes in New Jersey Tuesday night. Rookies accounted for all the scoring. Nick Palmieri tied the game late and Mattias Tedenby had the sudden-death winner as well as a goal in regulation for the home team. Jeff Skinner tallied twice...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Rolle's block in closing seconds saves win over Duke for Tar Heels

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 10:33 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s the big one. Or at least the big one of the day.Photo by Rob RoweUNC coach Sylvla Hatchell (left) and Duke's Joanne P. McCallie share the pregame handshake.Defending champion Duke brings in its perfect record in ACC women’s basketball to UNC. The Blue Devils (21-1, 7-0 ACC) are ranked No. 5 nationally, and would have a huge leg up in the conference’s regular-season race with a win tonight. UNC (20-3, 6-2), ranked No. 13 and obviously back in form after an awful (by Tar Heel standards) 2009-10 season, probably would need to sweep the season series...

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Canes don't know if they're buyers or sellers

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

The National Hockey League trading deadline is three weeks away. Teams looking forward to the playoffs are shopping for that extra bit of scoring or a reliable defender. Teams already planning for next year are shining up their soon-to-be unrestricted free agents and setting them out in the window, hoping to offload salary for draft picks and prospects. File photo by Peggy BooneJoni Pitkanen could bring a nice return on the trade market.The Carolina Hurricanes? Well, we don't know what they're doing between now and February 28 yet. As the Canes begin a five-game road trip in New Jersey on...

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Goodwin-Coleman snags ACC rookie of week honors

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 6:59 PM

N.C. State guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman has been named rookie of the week in ACC women’s basketball, while Maryland’s Lynetta Kizer was named player of the week by the conference’s Blue Ribbon Panel. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Myisha Goodwin-ColemanGoodwin-Coleman made her first two career starts, averaging 15.5 points and five assists as the Wolfpack went 1-1. The point guard went 12-for-18 from the field including 7-for-10 from 3-point range....

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Duke travels to UNC in a monster women's matchup tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 3:19 AM

It doesn’t get much better on the area sports scene that yet another “Battle of the Blues,” and Duke’s visit to UNC in women’s basketball tonight should provide no exception.File photo by Rob RoweDuke's Jasmine Thomas shoots over UNC's Krista Gross during last season's game in Chapel Hill. The No. 3 Blue Devils have lost just once all season — to defending NCAA champion Connecticut — while the No. 15 Tar Heels are back with a 20-win season and haven’t lost to anyone at Carmichael Auditorium but UConn. ESPN2 will carry the 7 p.m. matchup. The two teams are arguably...

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Tar Heels blast Florida State in post-Drew debut

Posted By on Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 7:06 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannPost-Drew, Carolina pride was evident on Sunday CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — Minutes after North Carolina’s 89-69 victory over Florida State on Sunday afternoon, two words echoed through the Dean Dome concourse: “Drew who?” From the ushers, to the folks at concessions, to the students and alumni — surely to Charles Kuralt, too, if he were still alive — consensus was expressed. The Tar Heels are no worse without Larry Drew, and they may be even better. Drew, now arguably the most notorious point guard in program history, left a legacy of shame in the eyes of...

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