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Friday, September 2, 2011

UNC, NCSU have controversies, but it's Duke that really needs a win

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM

There has already been plenty of football played this season, with the high school schedule already three weeks old, NFL exhibitions in full swing and a big Thursday night with games involving N.C. Central and Wake Forest and Russell Wilson already behind us. But the answer to the question: “Are you ready for some football?” should get a resounding “Yes!” from Triangle-area ACC fans. All three teams will open on Saturday, and coincidentally all will be hosting Division I-FCS opposition from Virginia. Over 140,000 fans are expected to attend. Two of the local schools have had controversial preseason practice story...

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Charlotte Knights blank Durham Bulls: From garbage to cotton candy

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 6:00 AM

HAMedia KNIGHTS STADIUM/ FORT MILL, S.C.—On the ride home from Charlotte, not too far from Durham out on Interstate 85, they were doing late-night road work. The northbound route narrowed to one lane, traffic slowed to about the speed of an R. J. Swindle curve ball, and for a few miles we were riding behind a garbage truck. Ah, the perfect way to close out this long, late-August sequence: For close to two weeks I've been following the Bulls, first to Norfolk, Va., then back to Durham, and then further south to Charlotte. Almost all along, they've stunk, and their...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pay college players to play? No way! College Sports Discussion Day 2

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeThe Triangle Rattlers, a Durham-based semipro team, plays in this 2008 photoBob Geary's post is here. Mike Potter's response follows. Please join the conversation in the comments section. MIKE POTTER: Dear Bob, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree on any notion of paying college football players to play the sport they’re supposed to love. I don’t know about you, but I had a college loan payment that lasted for years after I finished at William & Mary. I’ve had a couple of short-term diseases and medical procedures I wish I hadn’t had to undergo...

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Charlotte Knights wallop Durham Bulls: The Uh-Huh Guy, or Offal

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

HAMedia KNIGHTS STADIUM/ FORT MILL, S.C.—From guts and more guts to tripe. The Bulls played a couple of anxious, playoff-tense, one-run games against heel-nipping Gwinnett on Monday and Tuesday. The Braves won the first but the Bulls, crucially, won the second, pushing their IL South Division lead up to a reasonably comfortable 3 1/2 games with six to play. In the Bulls' exciting win on Tuesday night, they showed the strength and courage I had vaguely questioned after Monday's loss: Pitchers toughened up in the face of trouble; a Bull got a clutch hit (finally!) in a fraught late-game situation;...

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