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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ice-cold shooting dooms Duke in another loss to Connecticut

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUConn's Kiah Stokes handles the ball as Elizabeth Williams defends.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke’s chance to make a really big splash on the national scene — at least during the regular season — is now. Tonight the No. 5 Blue Devils (17-2) host No. 3 Connecticut (19-2), which has established itself as the nation’s premier women’s program ever since coach Geno Auriemma got it up to speed. Duke has been consistently in or near the Top 10 during Joanne P. McCallie’s tenure, but she hasn’t yet taken the Blue Devils to a Final Four. This game could have...

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After All-Star break, Canes look to the future

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Before you click away elsewhere, take a quick look at the Carolina Hurricanes’ roster. And, as you read it, refresh the page a few times. Chances are fair that it might change before your eyes. The trade deadline approacheth. Photo by Peggy BooneTuomo Ruutu, seen here in a December game versus Buffalo, might not be a Cane much longer.One name will stay for certain. Earlier today, blueliner Tim Gleason inked a four-year contract extension for the Canes—essentially inheriting the terms and dollars that went off the books when flop-tacular Tomas Kaberle was catapulted to Montreal in early December. Another name...

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tar Heels dismiss Georgia Tech in weekend capper

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannBullock's shooting relieves pressure on teammates DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — Despite losing the second half by eight points and allowing Georgia Tech to depart with a respectable 93-81 defeat, North Carolina actually played one of its most impressive games of the season on Sunday evening. The Tar Heels typically prefer a gentlemanly course against over-matched foes, and their uninspired performance in the second half should be viewed through that lens. Carolina’s offense moved briskly and dissected Tech’s defense repeatedly, frequently taking a high-percentage shot early in the possession. UNC scorched from long-range, burying 10-for-16 on...

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Virginia Cavaliers foil feisty N.C. State Wolfpack, 61-60

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Al DragoLorenzo Brown's final shot falls short in N.C. State's 61-60 loss to VirigniaRBC CENTER/RALEIGH—Win or lose, one of the post-game constants in covering N.C. State’s basketball team this season is the avuncular, seasoned Alex Johnson. Although the shortest in terms of both stature and tenure with the Wolfpack, the 5-foot-10-inch graduate transfer carries a confident yet charming air about him, always armed with an insightful comment or pleasant quip and eagerly serving as a role model for Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie and the rest of his teammates. As I departed the RBC Center following N.C. State’s 61-60 loss to...

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Contrary to appearances, Duke men's basketball beats St. John's: Nature

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—The players slumped off the court after the final horn sounded, faces gray with disappointment. A few minutes later, in the postgame locker room, they said things like "something has to change" and "immature" and "I'm kind of angry right now." Then Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski conducted a gloomy press conference. "I didn't think we played well," were the first words out of his mouth. He went on for a little over three minutes, praising St. John's and lamenting his own team, saying that "we did enough to win" but that it "almost makes me sick...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Rodriguez' last-second shot foils Wolfpack for Florida State

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Photo by Chris BairdMyisha Goodwin-Coleman looks to the hoop while FSU's Chasity Clayton defends.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is having a solid season that should lead to post-season play, but the Wolfpack has a really big home game tonight. Making the NCAA Tournament instead of the WNIT is predicated on the Pack’s success against the ACC’s middle class, and tonight’s game with Florida State (11-10, 3-4) is a straight-up battle for fifth place. Kellie Harper’s club comes in at 13-7, 3-4 in conference play, and has won three of its last four games. But the Pack has been licking some wounds...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wolfpack step into Carolina trap, chew off leg and limp home

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannZeller is making a push for first-team All-ACC DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — Never trust the talking heads. The buildup to tonight’s contest between North Carolina and N.C. State received unusual media fanfare given the Tar Heels’ dominance during the Roy Williams era, but this one was supposed to be different. After all, Carolina embarrassed itself at Florida State a couple weeks ago, and the Wolfpack arrived in Chapel Hill the proud possessors of a 4-1 ACC record. Enthusiasm understandably has risen since Mark Gottfried arrived in Raleigh — and the ‘Pack will welcome a tremendous...

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Hoop Cheese: Wolfpacking heat for Heels, plus what's up with lagging Duke student attendance?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

wikipedia commonsHungry wolf, there may be food in Chapel Hill.What have we learned in ACC basketball this week? Perhaps that neither Duke nor UNC is as good as we'd like to think they are. No—that's something we'll never learn. But N.C. State is sniffing upset through their little wolfy nostrils. Game is on in Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. on ESPN. Mike Potter (@MikePotterRDU) tells us that contrary to a certain 51-point loss, UNC Tar Heels women are back in their groove. However, the architects of that 51-point squeaker, the slavering, fang-filled Huskies of UConn, are mushing their way to Durham!...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shegog ties Crawley's scoring mark as Tar Heels blow past Boston College

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC returns to the court tonight looking to extend a little hot streak, and for the first time in a while the No. 25 Tar Heels will be heavily favored. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC center Chay ShegogThe opponent is ACC cellar-dweller Boston College (5-14, 0-6), coached by Sylvia Crawley who was the center on the 1994 NCAA champions. Her assistant is Stephanie Lawrence Yelton, who had the most important assist in Tar Heel history when she threw the pass for Charlotte Smith’s game-winning shot for that national title. UNC (14-5, 4-2) has won two straight road games...

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Peters, Blue Devils hold off Maryland in Top 10 squabble

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will carry a nine-game winning streak into its toughest conference home game of the season when Maryland visits today. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersThe No. 5 Blue Devils (15-2, 6-0 ACC) have won 33 straight home games and 25 straight in conference competition heading into the contest with their worst tormentors in recent years. Maryland (18-1, 5-1) was the last ACC team to come into Cameron and win, that happening on Feb. 17, 2008 when the Terps won 76-69. The fans seem to know the potential of the matchup, as 7,228 stroll through the...

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Snaer, Florida State stun No. 4 Duke men's basketball at buzzer

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 6:00 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—I've spent a good deal of time lately thinking about the way baseball works, and that's partially because I've had an up-close basketball perspective for comparison while the diamonds lie dormant. Baseball has no clock, as it is often pointed out, which makes it unique among major team sports. As a consequence, one often hears that baseball is "non-linear." This has gotten to be something close to a cliche—even Susan Sarandon's baseball groupie Annie Savoy tries to ramble about it in Bull Durham—but you can see what's meant by the idea. Basically, the game is a series...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Heels shrug off another poor start to race past Hokies

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannBarnes leads UNC in scoring with 17.4 ppg ESPN — You didn’t want to be situated at a local haunt with small children at halftime. Days after the humiliating defeat at Florida State, North Carolina found itself down five points to Virginia Tech at the break — and the vocalizations ranged from heated to obscene. But the Tar Heels regrouped and dominated early in the second half to claim their first ACC road win 82-68. Carolina’s performance may have been its most determined of the season, as the Heels launched a 19-0 run that effectively decided...

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Life's a b#%*: N.C. State clip the Eagles 76-62

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Peggy BooneRichard Howell is a...very tough player around the basketRBC CENTER/RALEIGH — It was a night of moral victories for the worst team (record-wise) in the ACC. On the bright side, a Patrick Heckmann tip-in enabled Boston College (7-11, 2-2 ACC) to cover the 16-point spread for their matchup against N.C. State (14-5, 3-1 ACC), a feat anyone who watched the game knows really shouldn’t have happened. And, the Eagles “held” Scott Wood to zero free throw attempts, putting his streak of consecutive made FTs on hold at 51, three shy of J.J. Redick’s ACC record. The rest of the...

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Duke men's basketball routs Wake Forest: "It's what we do."

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Christopher BeckAustin Rivers, in action earlier this season CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—Spend any amount of time around a coach/manager, and you soon come to recognize their catchphrases. Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo, whom I've probably interviewed 220 times, has "day to day," and "he battled" and a few others. To reiterate the watchword is to press a sort of reset button, to get back to basics, to simplify: the coach is reminding himself (and his listeners) of his fundamental approach, his attitude, his way of working and perceiving. When I say this, I am me. Mantras. Among Duke...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hoop Cheese: The Blacksburg redemption? and other thoughts about UNC's terrible week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannUNC benchwarmers prepare to enter a game during garbage time last season.What’s the matter with UNC? That’s the leading question of the week. Duke and N.C. State didn’t make much news this week, so we’re all Tar Heels today. To recap: The men’s and women’s basketball teams contrived to lose two games Sunday and Monday by an aggregate margin of 84 points. Not good for two teams with an aggregate record of 28-8. Mike Potter tells us that the women have been battling injuries, and too much shouldn’t be read into the 86-35 drubbing they received...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

UNC soccer star Billy Schuler speaks about opting for Sweden over Major League Soccer

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The following is an excerpt from an upcoming article on the recent jump to the pros made by four standout players from the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team, which won the 2011 NCAA championship last month. Here, forward Billy Schuler speaks to an American reporter for the first time since forgoing Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft to sign with a club in Sweden. www.hammarbyfotboll.se / Andreas L ErikssonBilly SchulerOn a team full of stars, Billy Schuler often shone the brightest. After missing the 2010 season with a shoulder injury, the redshirt junior forward led the Tar Heels with 16...

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tar Heels crater in surreal fashion versus Seminoles

Posted By on Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannZeller played Carolina basketball — no one else did ESPN — Almost exactly one year ago, North Carolina suffered a blowout at Georgia Tech that led to Kendall Marshall’s insertion into the starting lineup and proved a catalyst for the Tar Heels as they marched to a 14-2 ACC record and appearance in the Elite Eight. This afternoon, the Heels dropped their conference road opener to Florida State by a shocking 90-57 margin that cast unexpected doubt about UNC’s true viability as a national championship contender. After Georgia Tech in 2011, most fans directed their ire...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Liston, Williams spark Duke in tight victory over Seminoles

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston surveys the floor.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its home game with Florida State on a pretty good roll, although without a pair of players who began the season in uniform. Sophomore guard Chloe Wells is out of school this semester with an academic situation, while highly touted freshman forward Amber Henson, who never was really able to show what she could so, is out for the season following knee surgery. Still the No. 7 Blue Devils (11-2, 3-0) are in very good shape, hosting a Seminoles team (10-7, 2-1) that lost its way in...

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Hoop Cheese: Paying college athletes, Part 2,817; what we learned from the opening games of ACC play

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Photo by Peggy BooneMaster of puppets?In this Friday the 13th installment of Triangle Offense basketball crosstalk, we look at the mixed results of the last week. As a special bonus for the occasion of this weekend's NCAA convention, to which Triangle Offense was invited to apply for credentials but declined because Indianapolis is too far away, we will treat you to an email flame-throw from a week ago, concerning the conditions of servitude among college Division I athletes. The main correspondents are David Fellerath (editor of this here blog and typer of these words), who plays Karl Marx or perhaps...

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Duke men's basketball hangs on at home over Virginia Cavaliers: Boys to Men

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—Duke sweated out the final 12 seconds of last night's taut, high-intensity 61-58 win over Virginia last night, with the Cavaliers missing two pretty good looks at 3-pointers that would have sent the game into overtime. Afterwards, both head coaches, the Blue Devils' Mike Krzyzewski and Virginia's Tony Bennett, made similar—and telling—telling self-corrections in their postgame comments. First Bennett. Lauding the way his team clawed back from a nine-point deficit at the 4:54 mark to have a chance to tie the game as time expired, Bennett said: "The kids battled." And then he looked away and down,...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Clemson shocks Tar Heels to deny Hatchell 600th win at school

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC center Chay Shegog guards Clemson's Shaniqua Pauldo.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL No. 22 North Carolina hits its home court still licking its wounds from Sunday’s overtime loss to No. 5 Maryland. But this one should be easy. Visiting tonight is Clemson (5-10, 1-3 ACC) which has lost 18 straight in the series. And although the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-2) have been blown out away from home by Penn State and South Carolina, they haven’t really had a bad loss. And coach Sylvia Hatchell comes in looking for her 600th victory as UNC head coach. That all changes tonight,...

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Sleep(ing) State: Yellow Jackets sting Wolfpack, 82-71

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:06 AM

@PackPride File Photo...RBC CENTER/RALEIGH — There was once a time when I could go to Raleigh on a weekday to eat dinner around 8 o’clock and then stay out until past midnight before finally making my way home and slapping together work due the next morning just quickly enough to preserve about three or four hours of sleep. Those days were called “college,” and if the intervening 18 years prove anything, it’s that I’m getting too old for such carousing. Nevertheless, this is the itinerary I revisited Wednesday night for the 9 o’clock tip of N.C. State versus Georgia Tech....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Carolina Mudcats to host Cleveland Indians in April 3 exhibition

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The Cleveland Indians are coming to Wake county. Not permanently of course, but for an exhibition game against their new Carolina League affiliates, the Carolina Mudcats. The game will be on April 3 at 2 p.m. at Five County Stadium, with all ticket packages including an additional ticketPhoto courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats owner Steve Bryant announces the exhibition game at the same pricing level for the Mudcats’ first Carolina League game April 6 against the Winston-Salem Dash. In addition, the Indians and Mudcats agreed to an extension of the Player Development Contract that will keep the affiliation through the 2014 season....

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Samson's first career goal can't save Canes

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—Jussi Jokinen fished the puck out of the net. With a flick of Jerome Samson’s wrist, the two-dollar disk had instantly become the most valuable object in the rink. Stepping over vanquished Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, Jokinen delivered the puck to Samson who, called up from the Charlotte Checkers Monday night, had just scored his first NHL goal. Photo by Peggy BooneCam Ward's 35 saves weren't enough Tuesday as the Canes lost to Philadelphia, 2-1.Samson’s icebreaker was the only one by the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, but it turned...

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Heels stifle Canes in lights-out defensive performance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannMarshall may be the nation's premier passer DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL—Basketball coaches frequently utter clichés like “When you shoot terribly from the floor, it’s very difficult to win the game.” But North Carolina defeated Miami on Tuesday night despite shooting 45 percent from the field and 13 percent on three-pointers—and it wasn’t difficult, either. The Tar Heels brought tremendous energy to the defensive end of the court and smothered the Hurricanes 73-56. Carolina held Miami to 42 percent from the field and just 19 percent on threes, denying an experienced backcourt clean opportunities and forcing the...

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