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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Second-half explosion propels Duke to rout of Miami

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke continues its grind through the ACC schedule, and tonight’s assignment isn’t a whole lot easier. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonThe No. 5 Blue Devils (18-1, 8-0 ACC) will host Miami (14-6, 5-4), which likely would have been ranked had it not lost to No. 11 UNC 64-62 at home on Sunday. The Hurricanes, who are winless in nine tries against the Blue Devils, are coached by former Duke All-American Katie Meier. It’s the first time in four seasons the Hurricanes have been unranked at the time of the Duke game. They’ll play again on...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tar Heels topple Eagles to tip off easiest ACC stretch

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

File photo by Chris BairdHairston's timetable is uncertain For a frustrated team, there’s no better tonic than Boston College. North Carolina fell to rejuvenated N.C. State for the first time in six seasons last Saturday, and the Tar Heels traveled to Chestnut Hill, Mass., last night to face a 9-11 opponent. The anemic, announced crowd of 7,062 — a very UNC-friendly crowd, to boot — witnessed a casual 82-70 victory for the Tar Heels and a frightening concussion suffered by Carolina sophomore P.J. Hairston. Toward the latter portion of the first half, Hairston collided with teammate Dexter Strickland’s elbow along...

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Peters, Gray lead Duke past pesky Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home for the first time in 11 days, and of course the No. 4 Blue Devils are no longer unbeaten. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersA big second half made the difference on Thursday night in the 60-46 win at Clemson, as the Blue Devils bounced back from Monday night’s awful 79-49 loss at old nemesis Connecticut. Today’s opponent is Boston College (8-10, 2-5 ACC), which is showing signs of improvement under new coach Erik Johnson but lost to Duke 90-53 on Jan. 6 in Chestnut Hill. Duke (17-1, 7-0) will honor its 2003...

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Sisyphus Shoved: N.C. State downs UNC 91-83, first win over Tar Heels in five years

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Chris BairdRichard Howell rises over Brice Johnson during N.C. State's 91-83 win over North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—N.C. State and North Carolina played their first basketball game against each other 100 years ago this week, but this venerable and raucous rivalry has devolved into something of a lopsided lark over the past decade. Coming into their 223rd meeting this weekend, the Tar Heels had beaten the Wolfpack 13 straight times dating back to Feb. 2007. Carolina had won 19 of the last 20 contests—with 14 of those victories coming by double figures—and 36 and of the last 44. Indeed,...

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Life is too short to worry about Maryland. No worries for Duke: 84-64

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—“If you ask me, this administration is completely out of control with all of this Marilyn business…Life is too short to worry about Marilyn Monroe.”—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis In Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot, author J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the relationship between the Kennedy wives. Marilyn Monroe was a strand that they all had in common. The above Jackie O quote came during a host of issues, including a debacle over whether Monroe would be allowed to sing happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy at his 1962 birthday gala in Madison Square Garden. That was just her...

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Friday, January 25, 2013

State needs this one more—which could play to Carolina's advantage

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Photo by D.L. AndersonN.C. State's Rodney Purvis, during a game against Duke earlier this monthRoy Williams often has described himself by saying he’s been married to the same woman and owned the same golf putter for decades. Since coming back to Chapel Hill in 2003, Ol’ Roy has added the N.C. State men’s basketball team to his list of long-term possessions. Quite simply, Roy Williams has owned the Wolfpack, compiling a 19-1 record against his Raleigh rivals over the past nine seasons. (In the one loss, back in 2007, Tar Heel shooters were blinded by Sidney Lowe’s stunning red sports...

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Hat trick for the captain; Canes win their first of the year

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM

PNC ARENA—The first time the little boy threw the hat, it barely left his hand. The second time, held aloft by his dad, he bounced it off the top of the glass and it fell back in his arms. Finally he threw harder and got it onto the ice. Third time’s a charm. Just ask Eric Staal. Photo by Chris BairdEric Staal's 13th career hat trick paced the Canes to a 6-3 win over Buffalo, their first win of the season.The Carolina captain’s empty-net goal capped a hat trick, pacing the Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the visiting Buffalo...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Opportunistic Wolfpack rips Hokies by 19 to end skein

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Photo by Chris BairdState’s Myisha Goodwin-Coleman drives to the hoop as the Hokies Alyssa Fenyn (13) and Lauren Evans defend.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State looks to end a six-game losing streak and pick up its first ACC win of the season tonight. And the Wolfpack (8-11, 0-7) might actually be favored. The opponent is Virginia Tech (7-10, 1-5), which has never beaten the Wolfpack in a dozen meetings. And Tech is the Wolfpack’s first unranked opponent at home in 36 days. The Hokies, under second-year head coach Dennis Wolff, had a solid start to the season before running into troubles in...

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Tar Heels stretch win streak to three prior to weekend showdown versus Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

For Tar Heels, this week has been pleasant You have to admit, progressive UNC fans, the past 72 hours have been very kind. N.C. State loses to Wake Forest and suffers Twitter heartburn thereafter, the Tar Heels get a top-10 recruit, Hillary Clinton kicks the shit out Republicans over Benghazi, Miami really kicks the shit out of Duke and mocks the Blue Devils in the process, and Carolina cruises past Georgia Tech 79-63 to improve its ACC record to 3-2. All that’s left is for you people to go out and get laid. … … OK, you’re back. The Heels...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sandwiching the pyramid? MLS and USL Pro strike deal for restructured Reserve League

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Update, 2 p.m., Jan. 24: Today, USL Pro released their 2013 regular season schedule, revealing further details of this year's edition of the restructured MLS Reserve system. Eighteen of the 19 MLS clubs will participate in some form—only Chivas USA will not have a USL affiliate or play a home-and-home series against a USL Pro opponent. Interestingly, the four rumored USL Pro affiliates for 2013—Rochester, Orlando City, Richmond and Harrisburg—will not play a home-and-home series against their reported MLS parent club—New England, Sporting K.C., D.C. United and Philadelphia, respectively. According to a USL Pro league official, this was done so...

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Why did the Canes hear boos? It's the lockout, stupid

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 7:55 AM

PNC ARENA—In 1944, the poet William Carlos Williams published a crucial book called “The Wedge.” Wartime conservation had shut down his regular publisher, New Directions, so the tiny Cummington Press brought it out in an edition of 380, which was all the paper they could get their mitts on during the war. Williams’ famed preface opens with a blunt acknowledgement of the international—and individual—situation: “The War is the first and only thing in the world today.” Photo by Chris BairdJeff Skinner shoveled in the Canes' only goal in a frustrating 4-1 loss to Tampa in the Canes' home opener.This sentence...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Harrison, Rodon, Boyd collect more hardware from Hot Stove

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

McKIMMON CENTER/RALEIGH Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison was the first active player in seven years not named Josh Hamilton to win the Will Wynne Award as the North Carolinian contributing most to baseball. Photo courtesy Texas RangersTexas pitcher Matt HarrisonAnd N.C. State southpaw Carlos Rodon had a kind of three-peat, winning the state’s college player of the year award after finishing his high school career as back-to-back winner of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Award as Wake County high school player of the year. Those were just two of the big award winners at the 63rd annual baseball banquet of the...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Coach K, Iron Chef: What will Duke dish up without Kelly?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

“Look, we have a new team…There is no definitive time for Ryan when we say he is going to be back at this time, so we have to move on.” - Coach K, 1/17/13 At the beginning of each season, the college coach spends those first weeks of practice throwing open his larder and inventorying his prized ingredients - some new, some old, some changed. Coach K started the season deliciously, with the great centerpiece roast of Mason Plumlee, an aged bittersweet Seth Curry, fresh buttery Quinn Cook, and the new sharp and slashing tang of Rasheed Sulaimon, with...

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

N.C. State (finally) holds that Tiger for 66-62 win over Clemson

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Chris BairdC.J. Leslie sizes up Clemson's Milton Jennings during the Wolfpack's 66-62 win over the TigersPNC ARENA/RALEIGH—The knock all season on No. 14 N.C. State has been their inability/unwillingness to play as well to start games and they do to finish them. The Wolfpack sought to change that Sunday evening against Clemson, breaking out their black kits for the first time this season and jumping out to an 8-point lead over the opening five minutes, a margin they would hold into halftime. N.C. State, the third-best shooting team in the nation, converted 53.8 percent of their field goals during the...

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Seminoles finish big, extend Wolfpack's slide to half a dozen

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is badly in need of a win, and doesn’t have a line of lesser opponents teed up anytime soon. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsNCSU guard Krystal BarrettAnd today’s foe will be much-improved No. 22 Florida State (14-3, 4-2 ACC), which is carrying a chip on its shoulder this season after missing out on post-season play last time. The Seminoles have won two straight, including an 86-65 rout of archrival Miami a week ago. Meanwhile the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-6), which came up dry despite playing very well in its last two home contests against Duke and UNC, has...

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Roy Williams: Stubborn like a fox?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannMcAdoo hasn't shot well but has become a steady and critical rebounder North Carolina’s victory yesterday at home versus Maryland gave the Tar Heels their second straight win and improved the club’s ACC’s record to 2-2, 12-5 overall. They performed so vigorously in the first half that they managed to prevail 62-52 despite an atrocious 8-for-34 shooting effort in the second half. The Heels aren’t simply getting better; they’re getting different. Roy Williams historically dislikes making substantial alterations to his system, even when his personnel lack ideal quality and style for his preferred freelance, uptempo offense....

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Canes look rusty in season-opening loss to Panthers

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

FSN CAROLINAS (TV)—We waited through a four-month lockout for this? The Carolina Hurricanes opened the shortened 2013 season with a whimper, surrendering four first-period goals in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Mercifully, this was Florida’s home opener, so Canes fans didn’t have to pay for tickets to see their team’s meager display. Photo by Alex ManessEric Staal was rusty in a 5-1 season-opening loss in Florida.Caniacs do have to dish out cash for Carolina’s home opener on Tuesday, as the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Raleigh. Tampa hung six goals on the Washington Capitals in their opening victory Saturday...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Bill's schedule: Peterson plots circuitous path to NASL commissioner

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Carolina RailHawksNASL Commissioner Bill Peterson meets the media at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.Before making my way to WakeMed Soccer Park at 8 a.m. last Friday to interview Bill Peterson, the new commissioner of the North American Soccer League, I sent a text message to Curt Johnson, president of the Carolina RailHawks, to verify the somewhat uncommon meeting time. “Yes,” Johnson texted back. “That works well for Bill’s schedule.” For the past 21 years, Bill’s schedule has taken him to over 50 countries by his estimation, working in industries ranging from professional football to sports management to food and...

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Wear art thou, skilled Tar Heel frontcourt?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeBig man Tyler Zeller has been difficult to replace. He's seen here in a game against Kentucky during his freshman year. North Carolina took a big step toward rescuing its season last weekend with a victory over a Florida State, a win which felt like an upset, especially when one considers that the Seminoles buried 50 percent of their three point attempts. A pivotal role in the win was played by recruited walk-on sophomore Jackson Simmons. For one game at least, Simmons looked like the second most well-rounded big man on the Carolina roster, behind...

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Duke rebounds from loss and rains on Yellow Jackets: 73-57

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 6:47 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It started snowing in Durham just minutes before No. 3 Duke (16-1, 3-1) and Georgia Tech (10-6, 0-4) squared-off against each other; and for the majority of the first half it might as well have been snowing inside—on Duke’s basket: The frozen Blue Devils started out cold, on a 27.3 percent shooting bust. Following last week’s tough loss to N.C. State, and a five-day rest, the Blue Devils were expected to command every minute on the floor against the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked last in the ACC. But, it wouldn’t happen until the second half, when it...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Balanced effort, fast start lead Tar Heels past Virginia

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC keeps banging on the door of the nation’s Top 10, but the No. 11 Tar Heels have to keep their winning streak going to get it done. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Tierra Ruffin-PrattOn a snowy evening the Tar Heels (17-1, 5-0 ACC) will host old rival Virginia (11-5, 3-2), which is an up-and-coming ACC team in its second season under Duke alumna Joanne Boyle. UNC, which is looking for coach Sylvia Hatchell’s 897th victory, will be favored to get its 17th win in its last 18 meetings in the series. The Tar Heels lead from...

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Carolina RailHawks announce signing of forward Nicholas Addlery

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Puerto Rico Islanders websiteNicholas AddleryToday, the Carolina RailHawks announced the signing of forward Nicholas Addlery for the 2013 NASL season. Terms of the contract were not publicly disclosed. The 31-year-old Addlery has been one of the most potent scorers in Division 2 soccer since 2008, when he netted five goals for the Vancouver Whitecaps, then a member of USL-1. Addlery signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009 and played his first three seasons there for Colin Clarke, now the manager of the RailHawks. Over his four total seasons Puerto Rico, Addlery scored nearly 50 goals in all competitions, including...

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Despite the loss(es), the Duke kids are all right

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Photo by D.L. AndersonC.J. Leslie, giving his best effort and respect to Duke and Mason PlumleeFor most college basketball teams, the reinventive time-span of rebounding from a monumental loss, can make days seem like months. But, for Duke, following their unsurprising 84-76 loss to then-No. 20 N.C. State seems like it happened so long ago that none of the issues or storylines born from that game require too much attention. But, for housekeeping’s sake, let’s inhale a few things: Ryan Kelly’s foot injury has him out indefinitely—forcing Coach K to splice the combined play of Josh Hairston, Amile Jefferson, Marshall...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Williams leads Duke to cold-shooting rout of Hokies

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke puts its status as the nation’s only unbeaten Division I college basketball team on the line again tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe visitor is Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4 ACC), which has shown major signs of improvement this season under second-year mentor Dennis Wolff but is currently on a four-game losing streak. Duke (15-0, 5-0) has won 17 straight meetings and is 10-1 against the Hokies in Cameron. Joanne P. McCallie’s Blue Devils are up to 11 healthy players. It’s a defensive struggle with a lot of season lows for both teams, but Duke...

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Indianapolis unveiled as newest NASL expansion franchise

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Today, the North American Soccer League announced that Indianapolis would be the league's newest expansion franchise, scheduled to begin play beginning with the 2014 season. The announcement was made in conjunction with the NASL AGM and National Soccer Coaches Association of American convention, which kicked off today in Indianapolis. In attendance were NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson and principal team owner Ersal Ozdemir, chief executive officer of Keystone Group LLC. “Indiana is home to the current and eight-time NCAA Men’s Soccer champions — Indiana University, numerous World Cup players and more than 60,000 youth soccer players,” said Ozdemir in a statement....

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