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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.

Duke guard Tricia Liston
Duke 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 an ACL tear and Amber Henson out recovering from knee surgery, the Blue Devils are dominant from the start in a 138-32 blowout.

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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.

UNC forward Krista Gross
The 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. UNC is picked fourth or fifth in the ACC.

Division II Carson-Newman, which went 17-11 last season, is picked seventh in the South Atlantic Conference.

It will be the debut at Carmichael for 6-2 freshman Xylina McDaniel, the daughter of former NBA star Xavier McDaniel and a projected impact played in the ACC.

This one goes pretty much as expected, as UNC rolls to a 106-29 romp.

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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

Gio 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 Larry Fedora is new at this particular madness. And the Tar Heels are desperate for victory for another reason, as they’re coming off a 33-30 last-second loss at Duke last week that earned the Blue Devils a bowl spot.

UNC gets its mojo back with a thrilling comeback and a wild finish, as Gio Bernard returns a punt 74 yards for a touchdown with just 13 seconds to go to set up a 43-35 win.

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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.

UNCs Eric Ebron looks for running room as Dukes 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 Campbell Stadium in a 3:30 game to be shown on ESPNU, while N.C. Central (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) will visit Bethune-Cookman (5-2, 4-0) at 4 in a contest that will determine first place in the MEAC.

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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.

Dukes Jamison Crowder rolls after catching the winning touchdown pass as UNCs Kevin Reddick (48) and Tim Scott defend.
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  • Duke'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 play in a bowl this time and thus has everything riding on the regular season.

It’s new Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora’s first shot at the Blue Devils, and their earliest meeting since 1943. UNC has won eight straight in the series.

There’s a sellout crowd in the house as the old rivals square off on a cool fall evening. As the ACC is holding a sportsmanship promotion, the teams meet at midfield for a pregame handshake.

Duke finally gets the Victory Bell back, holding on despite three fourth-quarter TDs from the Tar Heels and surviving 33-30. Notify the bowl people.

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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

NCCUs 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 first game at O’Kelly-Riddick for the Eagles since their season-opening 54-31 win over Fayetteville State.

Hampton has won eight straight in the series, with the last NCCU win in 1983 when both teams were in the CIAA.

The Eagles get a huge night from their defense, especially in a three-touchdown third quarter as they blast the Pirates 37-20.

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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.

NCCU 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 early. After N.C. State (4-2, 1-1 ACC) visits Maryland (4-2, 2-0) for a 3:30 matchup, Duke (5-2, 2-1) takes on UNC (5-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. in the annual battle for the Victory Bell.

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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

Amir Lowery of the Carolina RailHawks faces off with Rowdies midfielder Shane Hill on Sept. 22 in Cary, N.C.
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  • Amir 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 returned to right back. Gale Agbossoumonde got the nod in place of Richmond Kickers loanee Henry Kalungi, who was away on international call up for Uganda. And Orlando City loanee Matt Luzunaris was penciled in over Jason Garey.

The changes paid quick dividends in the 14th minute. After a sure shot from the Rowdies’ Luke Mulholland careened off the crossbar, it triggered a RailHawks counterattack that ended with Floyd Franks playing a through ball ahead to Luzunaris. The striker slotted the ball past NASL Best XI goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to draw the aggregate score even.

Four minutes later, Carolina went ahead when Ty Shipalane won a race with Attinella to a bounding ball near the top of the box. Shipalane poked the orb ahead and it trickled into the netting to put Carolina ahead 3-2.

A few more chances would come Carolina’s way, notably another Shipalane chip in the 33rd minute that flared wide left. But the next goal went to Tampa Bay after Shipalane was whistled for a penalty for a take down just inside the box. Midfielder Shane Hill took and buried the penalty kick to draw the clubs even on aggregate entering intermission.

In the 54th minute, a cross from Kupono Low off the left wing found a leaping Luzunaris, but he directed his point-blank header right of goal. With the RailHawks’ defense being misdirected at will, the Rowdies took the lead in the 65th minute when Mike Ambersley jumped on one of countless loose balls in the box, slamming it out of the scrum and past RailHawks goalkeeper Ray Burse.

An Amir Lowery header in the 81st off a RailHawks’ corner appeared destined for net until Stuart Campbell cleared away the threat with millimeters to spare. Three minutes later, the Rowdies seemed to put the game away when a grounder off the right wing from Keith Savage navigated its way past Carolina’s defenders and onto Mulholland’s waiting foot. His shot was deflected by Burse, but the England native lept on the rebound and completed the score to put Tampa Bay up by two.

A handball penalty against Tampa Bay in the 86th minute allowed Nick Zimmerman—an NASL Best XI teammate of Attinella and Mulholland—to convert his own PK and draw the RailHawks within a goal. But 5-4 would be where the scoring would stand, as the RailHawks fall in the league semifinals for the second consecutive season.

In many ways, the result was an encapsulation of the RailHawks’ 2012 campaign: flashes of offensive potency—punctuated by goals from Zimmerman and Shipalane—undercut by an erratic, inadequate defense.

Tampa Bay will have to wait until tomorrow’s semifinal finale between the San Antonio Scorpions and Minnesota Stars to determine who they will face in the NASL finals beginning next weekend. As for the RailHawks, a roller-coaster season ends without the championship that first-year manager Colin Clarke announced he aimed to deliver during the press conference announcing his hiring last December.

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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

Dukes Josh Snead carries as NCCUs 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 to be shown on WRAL.

N.C. Central (3-2, 2-0 MEAC), which crushed South Carolina State 40-10 in the Circle City Classic, will get its credentials tested as it travels to Morgan State (3-2, 2-0) for a 1 p.m. showdown.

And UNC (4-2, 1-1 ACC), which drubbed Virginia Tech 48-34,
visits resurgent ACC Coastal Division leader Miami (4-2, 3-0) at 2:30 in a game to be shown on ESPNU.

N.C. State (4-2, 1-1), coming off its shocking 17-16 win at then-No. 3 Florida State, is idle.

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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

William 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 Friday. His influence on public higher education in our state and across the nation is legendary.”

Friday's death, which comes one day before a planned celebration in honor of him, his wife and others at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, brings a remarkable, and remarkably robust, career to a close. Born in Virginia and educated at N.C. State and UNC, his tenure as UNC president began in 1956 and continued for 30 years. But his most lasting legacy may be his work of his long, not-so-retiring retirement, when he became a leading critic of the increasing domination of big-time sports on college campuses.

His three decades at the helm of UNC coincided with an extraordinary period of social upheaval, during which time he presided over pitched confrontations. While not often at the battlements himself, his political instincts and moderation allowed him to shepherd the university to adopt evolving standards of justice and opportunity for all, throughout the tumultuous 1960s while retaining the support of students, faculty and trustees.

The process of integrating African-Americans into the UNC system began shortly before his tenure: UNC's first African-Americans undergraduates matriculated in 1955. Black enrollment remained low for many years, with only 18 freshmen enrolled by 1963. The first black to play a varsity sport was a Nigerian, Edwin Okoroma, who played soccer for the Tar Heels beginning in 1963 and later became a physician. UNC's basketball team was not integrated until 1966, with the arrival of Charlie Scott.

Friday faced a different challenge, beginning in 1963, when the N.C. General Assembly passed the Speaker Ban Law, which forbade universities from inviting, among others, members of the Communist Party, from speaking on campus. (Text of the bill here.)

This measure was immediately and enthusiastically supported by Jesse Helms, already a well-known, vociferously racist and anti-Communist commentator for WRAL Television. Rightly seeing a threat to political and academic freedom, as well as the autonomy of the university, Friday supported the UNC faculty in its resistance to the ban, which earned him the lasting ire of Helms and his supporters.

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