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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Step away from the cesspool: College Sports Discussion Day 1

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeDebris on the ground during a Saturday pregame tailgate event on the Duke campus in 2008. In 2010, after a 15-year-old girl was found passed out in a portable toilet, the university banned the Saturday Tailgate.In this week's print edition of the Independent Weekly, our writers consider different aspects of the deepening controversy around college sports, and in particular, college football. Here on Triangle Offense, we want to supplement the coverage with continued discussion of the issue. What follows is the take of Bob Geary, staff reporter for the Indy. Geary is best known as...

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Durham Bulls edge Gwinnett Braves: Guts, Pt. 2

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Yesterday I was wondering whether the Durham Bulls had guts. Let me direct you to the top of the ninth inning of the Bulls' exciting 4-3 win over the Gwinnett Braves last night, a huge step toward getting Durham into the post-season. There was one out and the score was 4-3, Durham. The out was secured by left fielder Russ Canzler, who was named league MVP earlier in the day, drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth with a clutch two-out single—after striking out in his three previous at-bats—and had just raced to the retaining...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gwinnett Braves beat Durham Bulls: Guts

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Leah Sobsey DBAP/ DURHAM—Lost in the general happiness of the Durham Bulls' Sunday doubleheader sweep of the Charlotte Knights was this nagging problem: The Bulls haven't been scoring runs. They came into last night's game against Gwinnett having scored 51 of them over their last 13 games, an average of less than four per game, which is a lower rate than Rochester's league-worst 4.01. It got lower in last night's 2-1 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. The Bulls' lone run scored on a passed ball. The Braves pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the Bulls for the...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Durham Bulls sweep Charlotte Knights in doubleheader: Upright

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Leah Sobsey DBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls pulled off a doubleheader sweep of the Charlotte Knights yesterday, beating them 4-3 and then again, 3-0. The two victories gave them a five-game series win over Charlotte, three games to two; more importantly, the Bulls won three straight games in less than 24 hours, nearly setting the Bulls upright after an ugly four-game slump that had slowed their march toward the playoffs to a crawl. Two wins, so Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said it twice: "Great day, man. Great day." Most importantly, the Bulls nudged their IL South Division lead over...

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chris Archer, Durham Bulls hold off Charlotte Knights, snap losing streak: Irenic

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Last night, the Durham Bulls edged the Charlotte Knights, 3-2, to end a worrisome four-game losing streak. Raleigh-born Chris Archer, making his Class AAA debut, threw six solid innings of three-hit baseball to earn the win. The Gwinnett Braves beat Norfolk, so the Bulls retained their three-game division lead with 10 left to play. I'm sure this etymology has been widely broadcast, or perhaps you already knew that the name "Irene" comes from that of a Greek goddess. Irene was the goddess of peace, and there's an adjective, irenic—"promoting peace; peaceful; pacific," as my dictionary defines it—correlated to the...

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Charlotte Knights pound Durham Bulls again: Hard Times

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 6:00 AM

HAMediaDBAP/ DURHAM—During his post-game interview last night, after Charlotte clobbered the Bulls again, 10-4, Knights manager Joe McEwing said: "One thing I won't ever forget is how hard this game is." He said that last time I interviewed him, too, way back on April 20, in virtually the exact same words: "One thing I'll never forget is how hard this game is." I ran with that in April, and even though it's clearly the line McEwing feeds the media, I'm running with it again four months later. That's partly because I got home from the ballgame, cranked up Twitter, and...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Charlotte Knights drub Durham Bulls: Dog Days

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoCiao, Al Drago!DBAP/ DURHAM—Convenient of the Bulls to schedule their annual Bark in the Park bring-your-dog promotion to coincide with the team's current slobbering and panting and begging ways. The Bulls made a dog's breakfast of a manageable 4-3, deficit last night, helping the Charlotte Knights send 12 batters to the plate in the seventh inning and score eight runs en route to a 12-7 whipping of the locals. The Bulls have lost three straight games, and four of five overall, to bad teams. This dog won't be in the (playoff) hunt unless it starts dominating the...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Norfolk Tides rally, beat Durham Bulls in 13 innings: Tremors

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Hey, Bulls fans: the Tides rallied to beat Durham last night, and you can read all about it on a new site dedicated to the Durham Bulls—still in beta, so be gentle!—that writer/Jazz Loft impresario Sam Stephenson and I have got going. My usual 3,000-word story is here: http://www.indyweek.com/blogs/bullcitysummer/ See you over there for the rest of 2011, and look for a big splash from us in 2012....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

As the NBA lockout dragged on, players kept fit in Durham

Posted By and on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Indy intern Philip Hoover spent several nights this summer attending the S.J.G. Greater N.C. Pro-Am, a loosely organized series of basketball games in McLendon-McDougald Gym on the N.C. Central campus in Durham. He filed the report, and he assisted producer Brooke Darrah Shuman in the making of this video. One night last month, the air was hot and thick as my friends and I strolled up to the back of a line that extended several hundred yards from the entrance. A ripple of anticipation ran through the line as Jerry Stackhouse rode by in his Cadillac Escalade and pulled...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Mudcats fall 8-4 to Jacksonville, see time running out

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who are trying desperately to stave off elimination from playoff contention in their final season in the Southern League. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Neftali SotoThe Mudcats come into tonight’s action on a warm and pleasant evening in third place in the North Division, nine games behind the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts. Carolina’s “tragic number” is six. Tonight’s opponents, the Jacksonville Suns, are in even worse shape, 11 ½ games behind the runaway leader Mobile Bay Bears in the South. N.C. State alumnus Andy Barkett is the Suns’ skipper. Josh Ravin (0-0,...

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Time and Tides: Notes from a Durham Bulls Road Trip to Norfolk

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

HAMediaOutside Harbor Park, Norfolk, Va., August 20, 2011 A little interlude here (well, really a long one) while the Durham Bulls enjoy what Brandon Guyer called "this glorious off day"—the Bulls' last of the regular season—in a Tweet early this afternoon. After they split two games this past weekend up in Norfolk (see reports here and here), they find themselves six games ahead of second-place Gwinnett in the International League South Division with 15 to play. Gwinnett plays Charlotte at home tonight, so the number will change by half a game before the Bulls play Norfolk, again, on Tuesday; but...

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Durham Bulls edge Norfolk Tides in 10 innings: The Bulls you know...

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoMatt Torra, still an enigma as of August 21 (photo taken August 11)HARBOR PARK/ NORFOLK—I owe Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo an apology. Not long after the Bulls beat Norfolk, 4-3, in 10 innings, I told him his team had a six-game lead in the IL South Division with 15 left to play. Montoyo actually tried to interrupt me before I could say the word '"six." "Don't tell me!" he pleaded, too late. Then he looked down at his desk, a little glumly, like a kid who has just been informed three days before Christmas what his...

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The RailHawks Strike Back — Carolina storms Fort Lauderdale 2-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Rob Kinnan PhotographyEtienne Barbara silences the critics during Carolina's 2-0 win over Ft. LauderdaleWAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY — It was a relieved cast of RailHawks that left the field following their 2-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The same club that reeled off 10 straight victories earlier this season was suddenly 0-for-August, enduring a three-match winless drought that started with an Aug. 6th loss to the Strikers at Lockhart Stadium and ended with a listless home draw with the NSC Minnesota Stars three days ago. On this late-summer evening, however,...

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Norfolk Tides edge Durham Bulls: Road Trip!

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM

www.zooperstars.comA "Zooperstar."HARBOR PARK/ NORFOLK—Yes, the dateline is correct. I've just caught up with the Durham Bulls at the tail end of what will have been a 10-game road trip to Buffalo, N.Y., Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Penna., and now Norfolk, Va. So far, it all feels pretty weird. The Bulls charged into town last night—actually, at around 5:00 a.m. much, much earlier yesterday morning, after a seven-hour bus ride from Pennsylvania—as the proud owners of a season-high six-game winning streak. They had just improbably swept the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees; they had worked out their little bullpen kinks, which plagued them for the first two...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Durham Bulls Road Roundup, Vol. 6: Excelsior!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Image by Michael MorgulisThe Durham Bulls lost the first two games of their current 10-day road trip to. Up in Buffalo, the bullpen blew late leads in consecutive games. Durham's lead over Gwinnett in the IL South Division shrank to just one game. The day after the second loss up in the City of No Illusions, it rained, washing out yet another Bulls game—I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I bet that something like one in every five games this season has been delayed, postponed or canceled by rain. Usually, rain is unwelcome, of course—what little...

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RailHawks, Minnesota Stars trade blows in 1-1 draw

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Playing for the first time at WakeMed Soccer Park since manager Martin Rennie was tapped to lead the MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps in 2012, Carolina RailHawks offered fans a pre-game parking lot feast at the annual Taste of the Triangle and a 1-1 draw with the NSC Minnesota Stars that was hard to digest. The result snapped a nine-match home winning streak for the table-topping Cary club (14-3-4). It also means that after three attempts, the RailHawks still lack a victory this term against Manny Lagos' well-organized, fourth-place Minnesota squad (7-8-6). RailHawks striker Pablo Campos saw his ninth...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Campbell's early homer sparks Mudcats to series win over Montgomery

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing something close to sudden-death baseball as they play the finale of their five-game home series against the Montgomery Biscuits. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Justin FreemanThere’s great weather and a nice crowd of 7,164 on hand on a mild night as Curtis Partch (1-0, 6.35) takes the field against the Biscuits’ Nick Barnese (6-6, 3.34). The Mudcats, the worst team in the Southern League in the first half, trail the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts by 6 ½ games in the North Division. And tomorrow will present the proverbial golden opportunity, as the Mudcats...

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Carolina RailHawks encounter turbulence as they enter NASL stretch run

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Rob Kinnan PhotographyThe rockets’ red glare of July 3, 2011 now seems like a distant flicker for the Carolina RailHawks. It was Independence Day weekend that the RailHawks downed rival Montreal Impact 2-0 to win their amazing 10th consecutive match. The post-game atmosphere assumed an especially celebratory air, with fans gathered alongside players on the pitch as fireworks exploded against the nighttime Cary sky. Manager Martin Rennie and team president Curt Johnson shared cheerful conversation. Team captain Brad Rusin surveyed the setting wearing a noticeable look of contentment. Two days later, Rusin would be gone, bound for HB Køge of...

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mudcats get one against Montgomery, still have a pulse in division race

Posted By on Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Time to check in again on the Carolina Mudcats, who are going to need a miracle to make the playoffs in their final season in the Southern League but are having a respectable second half. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Neftali SotoDavid Bell's club, which had the worst record in the league in the first half, is currently in fourth place in the North Division and 7½ games behind the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts. Montgomery, which has about half of its first-half team now playing with the Durham Bulls, is in second place in the South Division but...

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Withers the high road to football success at UNC?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This is Part 2 of a two-part story; read Part 1 here. Photo by Al DragoButch Davis and David Cutcliffe at a media event a week before the UNC coach was fired.For many of UNC’s “basketball first” fans, and perhaps some “all sports” fans, success in football means a winning record, appearances in bowl games in a regular basis, beating N.C. State at least half the time, and being in the upper half of the ACC standings almost every year. Carolina has been successful by these criteria for two stretches in the last generation—between 1979 and 1983 under Dick Crum,...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Holden vs. Butch: Collision of cultures at UNC

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This is Part 1 of a two-part story; read Part 2 here. File photo by Al DragoOn July 27, Holden Thorp, the genteel, baby-faced chancellor of the University of North Carolina, fired one of the highest-paid and highest-profile employees of his institution, the drawling, $1.7 million-per-annum football coach, Butch Davis. The applause from the faculty and reform-minded media who saw Thorp’s move as a blow for books over balls was immediate and predictable. But Thorp’s assertion of academic authority simultaneously set off previously unseen depths of outrage amongst alumni football boosters, who almost immediately began claiming that the wrong head...

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Durham Bulls beat Rochester Red Wings, win series: Traction!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoDurham Bulls infielder Ray Olmedo is congratulated by Leslie Anderson and Stephen Vogt after not hitting his first home run of the season.DBAP/ DURHAM—The Yellow Pages came today, delivered to the front door. Does anyone use the Yellow Pages anymore? Isn't the internet basically the Yellow Pages—of everything? My copy would have gone right into the recycling bin, except that there on the cover were three pictures from this season at the DBAP: One is of an airborne Justin Ruggiano, about whom more later (he's coming back to the Bulls!), leaping into a celebratory throng of teammates...

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Former Duke star Beard leading WNBA, NBA fight against diabetes

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:06 AM

Alana Beard may be having to sit out her second straight full WNBA season with an injury to her left foot, but that hasn’t kept her from being involved in things away from the court. Photo courtesy Washington MysticsWashington guard Alana BeardThe former Duke star — widely considered to be the best player in the history of the Blue Devils’ women’s program — is one of the spokespeople for “Dribble to Stop Diabetes.” Beard - along with former NBA stars Walt Frazier and Chris Dudley — is a face of a national multimedia campaign developed by the NBA and the...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rochester Red Wings pound Durham Bulls: Karma!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoJustin Morneau rounds the bases after hitting a home run at the DBAP on Wednesday, August 10.DBAP/ DURHAM—Nevin Ashley homered to highlight a 3-4 night; surging Russ Canzler added a solo shot; every Bull in the lineup had a hit in the Bulls' third straight double-digit hit attack against the league's worst pitching staff; and Brian Baker made a convincing return to action after two weeks out of action with arm fatigue. The streaking Bulls won their fifth straight game, beating the Rochester Red W Oh, wait, what? Let me start again. I was going to subtitle...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Durham Bulls thump Rochester Red Wings: Lights!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Everett Collection / Rex FeaturesDBAP/ DURHAM—The count was full on Dan Johnson and two runs were in, in the bottom of the fourth inning last night, when the power surged and blinked. After a few seconds, everything came back on except the lights in the standard over right field. The power had gone out in the Diamond Vision I Building, and it took 16 minutes for them to come back on and play to resume. Not that it really needed to resume. The Bulls already led at that point, 7-1, well on their way to beating Rochester, 10-6....

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