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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tar Heels race past UNC-Asheville, improve record to 2-0

Posted By on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

The Blue Ridge Mountains took on a powder blue tint Sunday afternoon ESPNU — North Carolina returned to the state on Sunday after its aircraft carrier experience on Friday night, breezing by a highly energized UNC-Asheville club 91-75 in the first game at Kimmel Arena. The Tar Heels certainly weren’t overpowering, but they did showcase their offensive prowess after an inept scoring performance two nights prior. Size was the story: Carolina was too big and too long for the Bulldogs, and they simply dumped the ball inside to Tyler Zeller and John Henson, who attempted 24 of the team’s 54...

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Tar Heels rout Upstate, win big for second straight day

Posted By on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC is back in action for the second straight day, and once again comes in as a heavy favorite. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Brittany RountreeThe No. 20 Tar Heels will take on USC Upstate in the Spartans’ debut as a full Division I member against another Division I member. Upstate lost its season opener at home 75-57 Friday night to Division II North Greenville. Upstate is one of three first-year full D-I members on the Tar Heels’ home slate, as they’ll face Presbyterian on Nov. 22 and N.C. Central on Dec. 30. Today Sylvia Hatchell will...

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Duke men's basketball routs Presbyterian, Krzyzewski ties Knight's all-time wins record

Posted By on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoDuke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski in action against Presbyterian, Cameron Indoor Stadium, November 12, 2011. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—After watching Duke beat the belief out of Presbyterian College, 96-55 last night, I crashed a party—The Birthday Party, that is, the 1958 play that put Nobelist Harold Pinter on the map, in a very entertaining revival by Durham's Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. It was the last night of the show. It was sold out, and I had no reservations, but they put some cushions on the floor in front of the first row for the...

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tar Heels surge to win Carrier Classic

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeRoy Williams endured vertigo but presided over UNC's season-opening victory (file photo) SAN DIEGO/ESPN — Top-ranked North Carolina opened its season atop an aircraft carrier on Friday night, toppling Michigan State 67-55 in the inaugural Carrier Classic. Staged on the USS Carl Vinson — do yourself a favor and spend a couple minutes scrolling through these photos — this much-touted event entertained the hundreds of soldiers and veterans it was created to honor. Barack Obama attended the game along with the First Lady, gave a somewhat bizarre stump speech during the pre-game buildup and then winced...

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Posts, frosh help Tar Heels make it look easy against Gardner-Webb

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC opens its season with high expectations and plenty of new faces. Today’s contest against Gardner-Webb will be the Tar Heels’ first in five seasons without any of last year’s seniors — Jessica Breland, Cetera DeGraffenreid and Italee Lucas — on the floor. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC wing Megan BucklandThe keys to success this season will depend on a couple of powerful seniors — 6-5 Chay Shegog and 6-1 leaper Laura Broomfield — in the post along with an extremely deep and quick backcourt. Shegog and Broomfield will start today’s contest along with lightning senior point guard...

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Duke men's basketball squeaks by Belmont in season opener

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Al DragoDuke's Austin Rivers drives the lane against Belmont, November 11, 2011 CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—With nine minutes left in the first half of Duke's 77-76 season-opening win over Belmont last night, one of the kids in the student section behind me—and I mean Right. Be. Hind. Me—took a brief, thoughtful pause between profane taunts and asked his neighbor: "Where is Belmont?" The answer, last night, was: About as close behind Duke as the kid was behind me. A rather ragged game—the teams combined for 37 turnovers and 46 fouls—saw the Blue Devils build a 53-37 lead with...

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Absent suspended Leslie, Wolfpack walk the Bulldogs to win season opener, 84-75

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 1:18 AM

C.J. LeslieRBC CENTER / RALEIGH - With the eyes of the college basketball world - and the POTUS - focused on two teams dropping long-range bombs on the deck of an aircraft carrier 2,500 miles away, the opening shots of the 2011 N.C. State season—and the Mark Gottfried era—seemed muffled by comparison. Sandwiched between the Carrier Classic and Mike Krzyzewski’s pursuit of the all-time coaching wins record, the limelight-starved Wolfpack resorted to that tried and truest of media magnets: an old-fashioned NCAA violations sanction. Minutes prior to N.C. State’s season opener versus UNC-Asheville, the university issued a press release announcing...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

State blows away SEMo with balanced effort in season opener

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State opens its season early with a noon game against Southeast Missouri, which has new coach Ty Margenthaler making his debut. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Erica DonovanBeginning Kellie Harper’s third season at the helm the Wolfpack is looking to improve on a 14-17 mark and get back to the NCAA Tournament. Today State will go without a couple of key senior players, as forward Bonae Holston (concussion) and center Tia Bell (lower body) will miss the game and are day-to-day. Harper goes with a three-guard lineup she plans to use for a while, with junior Marissa...

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State looks to keep momentum going while Duke needs a miracle

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM

N.C. State seems to have the ship righted again after the Wolfpack’s big win over UNC last weekend, while Duke has no margin of error left if the Blue Devils are to earn their first bowl bid since 1994.Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState coach Tom O'BrienThe Wolfpack (5-4, 2-3 ACC) will visit Boston College (2-7, 1-5) on Saturday at 12:30, taking on the school where current State coach Tom O’Brien was head coach for 10 seasons before coming to Raleigh. And then at 3 p.m. Duke (3-6, 1-4) will be at Virginia (6-3, 3-2), with the Blue Devils needing their fourth...

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Slow-starting Tar Heels run away in exhibition

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 11:45 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC plays its only exhibition game of the season tonight against Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s alma mater, Division II Carson-Newman of the South Atlantic Conference. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC center Chay ShegogThe No. 20 Tar Heels have some big shoes to fill, with three senior starters who were akin to institutions — post Jessica Breland and guards Italee Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid — departed. Hatchell is high on her freshman class of five players who won state championships as seniors, and freshman wing Whitney Rountree will get the start tonight. Also in the starting lineup are center Chay...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Canes' losing streak at three after late Devils goal

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:30 PM

VERSUS (TV)—After a dead-on-arrival performance against Dallas at home on Sunday afternoon, one would have expected the Carolina Hurricanes to bring the pulse of a hummingbird to their road date in New Jersey on Tuesday. It's still too early to prime the paddles on the Hurricanes' season, but after losing their third straight in New Jersey 3-2 on Tuesday, it's getting there.It was a steady, resting lub-dub instead, as the Devils scored late to hand the Canes their third straight loss, 3-2. Rookie Adam Henrique scooped a wraparound over Cam Ward's pad with just 3:19 left to keep the Canes...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Lost weekend in Raleigh: Canes dumped twice

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—The Carolina Hurricanes entered a home-ice weekend anxious to see how they stacked up against a pair of first-place opponents. The Hurricanes could only manage Ray Milland's bleary stare after a lost weekend that saw them drop two home games by a cumulative score of 10-3.But after dual thumpings at the hands of the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars by the total of 10-3, the Canes find themselves staring at a familiar situation—an early-season hole that it would take months of stellar play to climb out of. True, the team’s played only 14 games of the 82-game season....

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

State's stifling defense extends streak over UNC to five

Posted By on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s the annual biggest football game in the Triangle, and both teams come in after a nasty war of words. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState LB Terrell ManningOn Wednesday UNC’s interim coach Everett Withers talked about how the academics at the Chapel Hill campus are better than those at N.C. State and how his program clearly has a better graduation rate. State coach Tom O’Brien responded with a soliloquy about all the Tar Heels’ recent troubles with the NCAA and how they have cheated on academic assignments and paid players and so Withers had no room to talk. As...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Fireworks fly before Tar Heels visit Wolfpack

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 2:08 AM

It’s the annual weekend of the biggest football game in the Triangle, as UNC (6-3, 2-3 ACC) visits N.C. State (4-4, 1-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday at 12:30. File photo by Al DragoN.C. State coach Tom O'Brien in a recent game against Central Michigan. The contest will be the 101st in the history of the series, with the Tar Heels holding a 63-31-6 advantage. But State has won four straight, and looks to equal its record streak in the series of five straight under Dick Sheridan from 1988-92. UNC, which has already earned a bowl bid while State needs...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Williams hits 21 as Duke drubs Pfeiffer in first exhibition

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke opens exhibition play against Division II Pfeiffer of Conference Carolinas, and fortunately for the competition they won’t be using the experimental 10-second backcourt rule. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe Blue Devils, who went 32-4 last season in their second straight ACC title campaign, are ranked No. 8 in both preseason polls. Pfeiffer went 14-13 last season. Joanne P. McCallie’s club will start super freshman center Elizabeth Williams along with sophomores Haley Peters and Chelsea Gray on the wings and senior Shay Selby along with sophomore Chloe Wells in the backcourt. The Blue Devils place...

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Canes' pains: Jokinen out 3-4 weeks

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—When Hurricanes' forward Jussi Jokinen fell on top of Tampa's Ryan Shannon after a face-off Tuesday night, it looked pretty ugly. About a month's worth of ugly, as it turns out. File photo by Peggy BooneJussi Jokinen, seen here against Boston last season, won't return until at least Thanksgiving after a leg injury versus Tampa Bay Tuesday night.One skate trapped beneath Shannon, Jokinen fell onto his back atop him. The "lower-body injury," which may or may not be a hyper-extended knee, is expected to keep him out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks. The versatile Finn, who had...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lightning succumb to Canes' complete game, 4-2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

RBC CENTER—The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning visited, they thumped the Carolina Hurricanes to open the season. Tuesday night, the Canes put that behind them. Behind two goals each from Jeff Skinner and Chad LaRose, and 28 saves by Cam Ward—many on an extended Tampa two-man advantage—the Hurricanes proved the more formidable meteorological phenomenon, 4-2. Photo by D.L. AndersonJay Harrison's one-timer led to the Canes's first goal in a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.Teddy Purcell countered for the visitors, and Brett Connolly—who was drafted one pick before Jeff Skinner in 2010—scored his first career NHL goal....

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