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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wolfpack drubs Virginia to give Kastanek happy Senior Night

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will hold its annual Senior Night, and while there’s only one player to be honored she’s going to be a very hard one to replace. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Marissa KastanekGuard Marissa Kastanek, the academic All-American from Nebraska who was once the conference’s rookie of the year, will play her last regular-season contest in the classic old building. It’s a huge game for both teams’ post-season chances. State (13-15, 5-11) has run out of room for error if it’s hoping for at least a return to the WNIT. And Virginia (15-12, 7-9), coached by Duke...

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Purvis' career-high leads N.C. State to 82-64 victory over Boston College and 20th win this season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:13 AM

File photo by Chris BairdN.C. State's Rodney PurvisPNC ARENA/RALEIGH—After starting the first five games of his college career and N.C. State’s opening 12 games in ACC play, Rodney Purvis found himself in an unusual, uncomfortable position the past two contests: coming off the bench. Indeed, after being sat down and only playing 16 minutes against Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, Purvis played a season-low 12 minutes against Florida State and only 20 minutes last Saturday in Chapel Hill. He hadn’t scored double-digits points for five straight games, since the Miami loss on Feb. 2. Asked how Purvis reacted to his...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mr. Semin goes to Washington, Canes lose again

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 8:10 AM

FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS (TV)—Players switch teams all the time in hockey. Free agents put themselves on the open market in droves every summer. Teams toss prospects over the fence in exchange for draft picks. At the trading deadline (on April 3, this year) it’s not uncommon for a player to change cities and then play his old team within a week. It’s the business, players say. Photo by Chris BairdAlexander Semin, seen here in an earlier tilt with Tampa Bay, couldn't make a difference against his former team Tuesday night.But these changes aren’t always run of the mill, and this...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Duke-State contest, two ECU visits spice up area ACC football slate

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle. Duke will have a pair of home games at Wallace Wade Stadium against Triangle rivals, taking on N.C. State on Nov. 9 in the teams’ first meeting since 2009. The Blue Devils will also host N.C. Central in the third Bull City Gridiron Classic on Aug. 31. State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale...

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Back to the training ground: Camilo's hat trick buries Carolina RailHawks for 3-0 Whitecaps win

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Neil MorrisThe Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate their Community Match victory over the Carolina RailHawks...and dream of more silverware to come this seasonWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—The clouds parted, the sun shone and the temperature rose Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park for that seemingly rarest of meteorological phenomenon for Carolina RailHawks’ regulars: fortuitous weather. Unfortunately, the climate on the pitch was far less settled for the home side, as a trio of goals by Camilo Sanvezzo led the Vancouver Whitecaps over the outmatched RailHawks for a 3-0 victory in Carolina’s 5th annual Community Shield match. The RailHawks faced a split Vancouver squad that nevertheless...

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Time travel: Duke freshmen ditch baby fat in 89-68 clubbing of Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

"It's February now; I'm not a freshman anymore.” -Rasheed Sulaimon “Every once in a while he goes to being a freshman.”-Mike Krzyzewski on Rasheed Sulaimon Sunday seemed like family day at Cameron, packed with a crowd both younger and older than usual, grandparents and grandkids skipping their naps for the 2 p.m. start. They say that most teams get a six-to-eight point edge at home, but against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the advantage looked like six to eight months. Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson aged up, racking up 41 points between them, while BC’s kids...

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Ruffin-Pratt, UNC hold off scrappy Wolfpack for 25th win

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Waltiea Rolle goes up for a shot as State's Kody Burke applies the block. Others in the lane are (l-r) the Wolfpack's Krystal Barrett, Lakeesa Daniel and Len'Nique Brown and UNC's Krista Gross.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s yet another edition of the UNC-N.C. State series in women’s basketball. And in the big picture, this one may mean more to the Wolfpack (13-14, 5-10 ACC). It’s UNC’s annual home Play 4Kay game, in memory of the late Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. The No. 16 Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC) are all...

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tar Heels exact revenge on Wolfpack in rousing performance

Posted By on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

File photo by Chris BairdBullock's all-around game flummoxed NCSU N.C. State likes to say that North Carolina is Our State. Maybe, but today certainly wasn’t Hour State. The Tar Heels entered this afternoon’s contest locked in an ACC tie with their upstart rival, and they survived a poor second half stretch to throttle the Wolfpack during the closing minutes and soar to a 76-65 win. State easily established superiority inside. The Pack out-rebounded Carolina 43-34, and forward Richard Howell accumulated 17 himself. UNC’s recent improvement owes to Roy Williams’ shift toward a small lineup, and State made the Tar Heels...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blue Devils debut without Gray, explode in second half to top FSU

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The rest of the season starts for Duke tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe No. 5 Blue Devils (24-1, 14-0 ACC) will go for the first time this year without junior guard Chelsea Gray, the solid candidate for ACC player of the year who was lost for the season because of a dislocated kneecap Sunday against Wake Forest. Tonight’s opponent is No. 19 Florida State (20-5, 10-4), which is coming off an attention-grabbing 80-73 win over visiting UNC on Sunday. Juniors Richa Jackson and Tricia Liston will start on the wings for Duke tonight. The...

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Carolina RailHawks unveils new kit and developmental academy in advance of Sunday's friendly against Vancouver Whitecaps

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Neil MorrisCarolina RailHawks' new blue kit for 2013DURHAM—As the Carolina RailHawks prepares for their 5th annual Community Shield match this Sunday against the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer, the RailHawks again kicked off their public relations preseason with another perennial event: the Community Shield Press Conference and Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham. Sparsely attended just a few years ago, today a packed house of players, media, sponsors and area soccer partners filled the hotel’s ballroom, more than a few undoubtedly lured by the buffet lunch provided by the adjoining Ruth’s Chris Steak House. But amid the...

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In search of a close game in Chapel Hill: Carolina-State, Round II

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeAn outtake from a 2008 INDY Week cover shoot featuring Megafaun's Brad CookThere's not quite as much buzz about the second installment of Carolina-State's basketball rivalry as there was prior to the first meeting last month. This could be for several reasons, including the fact that the Duke game is still on another level emotionally for the Tar Heel fan base, as well as State's unexpectedly low league position. Battling for third place is just not as sexy as battling for the league lead. But it also could be because the memory does not easily...

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UNC Tar Heels and Columbus Crew to meet this Sunday in Kirk Urso Memorial Match

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

When Kirk Urso died at the age 22 last August, his abrupt passing shook the the national soccer community. But, the sense of shock was most acute at two particular places. First was the North Carolina Tar Heels Men’s Soccer program, where Urso appeared in 90 matches from 2008-11—a school record—and captained the 2011 NCAA College Cup champion. The other was the Columbus Crew, the Major League Soccer club that drafted Urso in January 2012 and made him an opening day started, and where he was rehabbing from an injury the night he collapsed and died of arrhythmogenic right ventricular...

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Ward hands one to the Jets, Canes drop second straight

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

PNC ARENA—Kirk Muller is a ruthlessly positive man. If you fell down the stairs, he would shout down at you, “Now you don’t have to dust.” But after last night’s 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, in which Cam Ward looked below average, Muller sounded like he was trying convince himself about his starting goaltender. Photo by Rob RoweWinnipeg had gone seven games without scoring three goals. Until they faced Cam Ward last night.“He’s a good pro. I’m sure he’s going to look at a couple of them. It probably feels like he had the opportunity to make a couple...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yderstrom, Wilson lead Miami to sixth straight over Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is in what has become a familiar position this season, as the Wolfpack could really use an upset victory. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState forward Kody BurkeTonight the Wolfpack (13-13, 5-9 ACC) will host Miami (17-8, 8-6) in the second of four games in which State will wear pink. Again, it’s pink lettering with subtle gray trim on white jerseys and shorts, while the Hurricanes are in pink jerseys and shorts with accents in The U’s Orange and Green. But enough fashion talk. State is looking to avenge a 79-53 loss in its ACC opener back on...

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Carolina RailHawks sign Jordan Graye, Ciaran O'Brien and Tim Murray for 2013 NASL season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

File photo by Chris BairdJordan GrayeThe Carolina RailHawks have announced the signing of defender Jordan Graye, midfielder Ciaran O’Brien and goalkeeper Tim Murray for the 2013 NASL season. Graye is the face most familiar to Triangle soccer fans. After featuring for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2005-2009, Graye spent two season in Major League Soccer, with DC United in 2010 and the Houston Dynamo in 2011. Last season, Graye trailed with Carolina and took the field for the RailHawks during their preseason friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, Graye did return to the RailHawks until September, when he was...

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Durham Bulls to host 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling announcing the news.DBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls announced this morning that they will host the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The exact date has not been announced yet, but expect it around the second or third week of July. The All-Star Game is the highlight of what multiple speakers at this morning's press conference called "a five-day festival" of baseball—including the beloved Home-Run Derby—that should overtake downtown Durham like a minor-league baseball Bonnaroo for the better part of a week. The DBAP hosted last year's Triple-A National Championship game. The Bulls...

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Tar Heels' February push owes to more than P.J. Hairston

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

File photo by Chris BairdHairston gives UNC added strength and skill After a season pockmarked with ugly, embarrassing losses unbecoming to North Carolina basketball, the Tar Heels finally may be forcing their way into the NCAA Tournament. UNC has improved its record to 18-8 and 8-5 in the ACC. This week, the Tar Heels routed Georgia Tech 70-58 in Atlanta — where victories have proved elusive for Roy Williams — despite shooting only 38 percent. After spending most of the season on the tournament bubble, Carolina has pushed its RPI rating into the top 25 and thus appears reasonably safe,...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Carolina RailHawks to host friendly against UNAM Pumas on March 20

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The Carolina RailHawks will host a friendly against celebrated Liga MX soccer club UNAM Pumas on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, according to reliable sources. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Officially labeled Club Universidad Nacional A.C. but known more commonly as Pumas, the first-division Mexican side is one of the most popular clubs in their country, having won seven Primera División championships and four international titles, including three CONCACAF Champions’ Cups. The RailHawks’ friendly will take place just before the start of the FIFA international break running March 22-26. This will be the...

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T.J. Hoopster: Warren's career game leads N.C. State Wolfpack over Seminoles 84-66

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—A Pack full of plaudits accompanied N.C. State’s 84-66 win over the Florida State Seminoles Tuesday evening in Raleigh. Sharp-shooting Scott Wood’s trio of 3-point baskets gives him 302 for his college career, passing Tony Akins for ninth most in ACC history. C.J. Leslie’s 19 points and 10 rebounds is his fifth double-double over the last seven games and his eighth of the season. But, this night belonged to a freshman whom Seminoles Head Coach Leonard Hamilton labeled “a man among boys.” Getting only his fifth start of the season, T.J. Warren amassed an eye-popping stat line, notching 31...

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Q: How lucky is Duke? A: Pretty lucky, and good at making their luck

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Duke ran out of luck on Saturday, and Coach K could see it coming. Since surviving the spooky rebirth of Run-UNC in last weeks’ five-point home win over the Tar Heels, Duke’s head coach counted dark clouds massing in the crystal ball of karma. “This is a tough week for us,” Krzyzewski said before Duke’s 83-81 loss at the hands of unranked Maryland. “I mean it’s been great, we have two wins, but travel, emotional play….” From where he sat, Duke’s impending road match against the Terps evoked last weekend’s one-point win at Boston College, where a rested, desperate and...

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wolfpack drops Hoops 4 Hope game to resurgent Yellow Jackets

Posted By on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH The Hoops 4 Hope game promoting awareness of breast cancer is always a really big deal at N.C. State, and of course today’s is no exception. The matchup with Georgia Tech is the de facto centerpiece of the Play 4Kay initiative and is being shown on ESPN2.Photo by Chris BairdState's Myisha Goodwin-Coleman eyes the hoop. Kellie Harper’s Wolfpack (13-12, 5-8 ACC) has won five of its last six games, including a 78-66 decision over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta two weeks ago that was a bit of a steal. Tech (10-14, 3-10) has had a very disappointing season,...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

It's not easy beating Green: N.C. State holds on for 90-86 overtime win over Virginia Tech

Posted By on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Chris BairdLorenzo Brown steals the ball from Virginia Tech's Erick Green late in overtime during N.C. State's 90-86 win over the Hokies at PNC ArenaPNC ARENA/RALEIGH—For the third time in a month, N.C. State surrendered a tip-in basket during the waning seconds of regulation. Against Virginia Tech, however, the Wolfpack refused to also surrender the game. Leading by three points with five seconds remaining, N.C. State fouled the Hokies’ Erick Green, who already had 28 points on the afternoon, instead of surrendering a potential game-tying three-point attempt. After sinking the first free throw, the nation’s leading scorer intentionally missed his...

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Hairston sets career high to push UNC past Cavaliers

Posted By on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Virginia traveled to North Carolina today as one of the ACC's best teams, thanks mostly to its stodgy defense. But the Tar Heels resembled some of Roy Williams' vintage squads, lighting up the Cavaliers for a 93-81 victory. Following a disappointing, yet encouragingly competitive defeat at Duke this past Wednesday, UNC shrugged off a cool start versus UVa and enjoyed one of its finest shooting performances this season. Starting for the second straight game, P.J. Hairston notched a career-high 29 points along with seven rebounds. As a team the Heels shot 13-for-28 on threes, numbers you'd typically expect from the...

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Friday, February 15, 2013

How good is Miami? P.J. Hairston? And more mid-season ACC basketball questions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Photo by Chris BairdC.J. Leslie of the underachieving Wolfpack, temporarily leaving a Miami player behind during a Feb. 2 loss at PNC ArenaCarolina-Duke round one went to the Blue Devils Wednesday night, unofficially marking the end of the first half of the ACC hoops season. All the teams have played at least 11 of their 18 games, but the remaining slate carries added weight as teams jockey for postseason position. Plus, there's the ACC Tournament to come, which could prove critical to the NCAA hopes of one or more bubble teams. Here are some questions on my mind to ponder...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

McDaniel, Ruffin-Pratt lead Tar Heels to easy win over Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC returns home for the first time since Coach Sylvia Hatchell got her 900th victory, and she is honored in an appropriate pregame ceremony. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Xylina McDanielHatchell brings the No. 14 Tar Heels (22-3, 10-2 ACC) into the contest with ancient rival Wake Forest (11-13, 4-8 ACC) with 901 wins under her belt and is second only to former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time victory list. Jen Hoover makes her first trip to Chapel Hill as the Deacons’ head coach, trying to break a nine-game slide in the series.Wake has...

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