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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Liston outscores Shaw by four as Duke wins by 106 points

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke takes on outside opposition for the first time this season, and the opponent will be the best team from NCAA Division II last season. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonDuke went 27-5 last season and finished in the Division I Elite Eight, while Shaw was 29-6 and won the Division II national title. Shaw lost seven seniors off last season’s club and seniors Sequoyah Griffin and Crystal Harris are out with injuries, and it definitely shows. Despite missing Elizabeth Williams and Chloe Wells with stress fractures in their lower legs, Richa Jackson still recovering from...

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tar Heels get six in double figures in exhibition rout

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC will put its 2012-13 women’s basketball team on display for the first time today. Veteran coach Sylvia Hatchell’s alma mater has become a familiar figure in these preseason exhibitions, and the tradition has been for the Tar Heels to win by many dozen points and the Eagles to collect a big check. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Krista GrossThe Tar Heels will have a chip on their collective shoulder that looks like a yule log, as they come off a 20-11 season that wasn’t quite good enough to get a nod from the NCAA Selection Committee....

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bernard's late punt return gets Tar Heels some sweet revenge

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Photo by Chris BairdGio Bernard celebrates his game-winning punt return.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL It’s the highest-profile college football game in the state each season. Today on a cool fall afternoon UNC (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will host archrival N.C. State (5-2, 2-1) for the 102nd time. And while the Wolfpack can gain bowl eligibility with a victory, the Tar Heels are playing their entire season for pride since the NCAA says UNC can’t go to a bowl. The series has been the crown jewel of Tom O’Brien’s coaching tenure at State since he’s 5-0 against the Tar Heels, while first-year UNC coach...

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Wolfpack in Chapel Hill today while Durham teams head to Florida

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

It’s the highest profile football game played in the Triangle each season, and it means plenty to everyone involved.File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Eric Ebron looks for running room as Duke's Lee Butler pursues. Today at 12:30 UNC (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will take on archrival N.C. State (5-2, 2-1) at Kenan Stadium in hopes of ending some recent miseries against the Wolfpack. The contest will be shown on WRAL. The Triangle’s other two Division I teams are both headed to Florida for possible season-making games as well. Duke (6-2, 3-1) will visit No. 11 Florida State (7-1, 4-1) at Doak...

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duke grabs the Victory Bell, gets voucher for long-awaited bowl trip

Posted By on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will host archrival UNC for the 99th time in their annual battle for the Victory Bell, and this one means even more to the Blue Devils than it has in a very long time.Photo by Chris BairdDuke's Jamison Crowder rolls after catching the winning touchdown pass as UNC's Kevin Reddick (48) and Tim Scott defend. With just one more win Duke (5-2, 2-1 ACC) will earn its first bowl berth since 1994. But to get it this quickly David Cutcliffe’s club would have to get an upset against a solid UNC team (5-2, 2-1) that cannot...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Huge plays on defense, special teams lift Eagles in TV game

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Photo by Chris BairdNCCU's Arthur Goforth bursts through a hole in the Hampton defense.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. Central is off to its best start since the Eagles began playing a real Division I FCS schedule. And Henry Frazier’s club gets a showcase on national TV — read ESPNU, where every Division I team in the Triangle will appear this week — tonight. NCCU (4-2, 3-0), which is tied atop the MEAC and ranked as high as No. 8 in Black College polls, will take on a traditionally powerful Hampton team that is struggling this season at 1-4 (1-2, MEAC). It’s the...

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NCCU vs. Hampton, State at Maryland, Victory Bell game all on ESPNU

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM

The Triangle’s most interesting college football season in years seems to get better as the wins pile up. And this weekend, which gets jump-started a little early tonight, is no exception. All three games involving area teams will be shown live on ESPNU.File photo by Chris BairdNCCU QB Jordan Reid fires a pass in the Eagles' game at Duke.N.C. Central (4-2, 3-0 MEAC), which is atop its conference on a three-game winning streak, will host Hampton (1-4, 1-2) at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in a 7:30 game. Then on Saturday one of the area’s biggest games of the year comes a little...

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Carolina RailHawks go to Florida to die as Tampa Bay Rowdies advance to NASL championship

Posted By on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Chris BairdAmir Lowery of the Carolina RailHawks faces off with Rowdies midfielder Shane Hill on Sept. 22 in Cary, N.C.AL LANG STADIUM/ST. PETERSBURG—Another game, another draw between the Carolina RailHawks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Unfortunately for the lads from Cary, last Saturday’s 2-1 home loss gave the Rowdies the advantage they needed to eke out a 5-4 aggregate victory in their two-legged NASL semifinals. While Tampa Bay sported the same starting XI as last Saturday, the RailHawks made three changes. Greg Shields’ fractured ribs were evidently not as serious as Jordan Graye’s groin injury suffered last weekend, so Shields...

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Duke could earn bowl today; NCCU, UNC have big road games

Posted By on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke's Josh Snead carries as NCCU's Rickie Hubbard (21) and C.J. Moore (46) pursue the play.The college football teams in the Triangle had one of their best collective days in the history of the sport last Saturday. Today, we get to see what three of them can do for an encore. And they’ll have to do it on the road. Duke (5-1, 2-0 ACC), which demolished Virginia 42-17 with a big second half, will go to one of the tougher arenas in the ACC when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech at 12:30 in a game...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Bill Friday, 1920-2012, educator and champion of athletics reform

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeBill Friday in 2011William Clyde Friday, University of North Carolina President Emeritus, has died at the age of 92. His death was announced by Virginia Taylor, his longtime personal assistant. Friday's passing will be carefully, respectfully and lovingly noted by generations of UNC faculty, administrators, students and alumni, as well as statewide political figures and educational leaders from around the country. Earlier today, former Gov. Jim Hunt declared that Friday “was the greatest man of our generation,” while UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said, “North Carolina has lost one of its most remarkable citizens in Bill...

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Triangle football's incredibly awesome day: was it for real?

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Eric Ebron hauls in a pass in front of Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller.OK, it was only one day. More precisely, a stretch of less than 12 hours. But Oct. 6, 2012, may have been the best day for college football in the Triangle since the heyday of black & white TV and 45 rpm records. People who keep up on a daily basis knew it was going to be an attention-grabbing day up front, with UNC hosting Virginia Tech, Duke entertaining Virginia and N.C. State welcoming No. 3 Florida State. Not to mention that N.C. Central...

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What the Dickens: Tampa Bay Rowdies get a leg up on Carolina RailHawks 2-1 in NASL semifinals

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Chris BairdBrian Shriver buries a PK, but the Carolina RailHawks come up short to the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 Saturday in CaryWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven,...

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Glennon leads comeback as Pack shocks No. 3 Seminoles

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 1:01 AM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State gets the biggest challenge of all on a huge day for college football in the Triangle. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsWolfpack QB Mike GlennonVisiting tonight and greeted by a capacity sea of red is No. 3 Florida State (5-0, 2-0 ACC), which is looking to start nailing down its lead atop the ACC’s Coastal Division. The Wolfpack (3-2, 0-1) is trying to lick some wounds after a heartbreaking 44-37 loss last week at Miami. It has been an upset every time as the Pack has beaten the Seminoles once in every two trips to Raleigh since 1998....

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bernard, Tar Heels blow past Hokies to end Big Four's jinx

Posted By on Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Gio Bernard fights for yardage against the Hokies' Jack Tyler (58).KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL It’s a sunny, warm afternoon in the Southern Part of Heaven as UNC hosts Virginia Tech, beginning one of the biggest collective days in Triangle football history. Frank Beamer’s Hokies (3-2, 1-0 ACC), who have been at or near the top of the ACC ever since they were admitted, are 13-0 all-time in conference games played in North Carolina. But the Tar Heels (3-2, 0-1) are on a pretty good roll. The opposition has been weak to be sure, but they haven’t yet...

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Massive day in Triangle college football, most especially for Duke

Posted By on Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Quinshad Davis goes for a catch against Idaho.Today is going to be one of the biggest days in Triangle college football in a very long time. All three local ACC teams are at pivotal points in their seasons, and all three have plenty to gain as they host conference opponents. It’s also a very important day for N.C. Central, which will look to boost its MEAC credibility when the Eagles take on South Carolina State in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis. But back to that ACC schedule which is has the potential for clogging...

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