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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

One big swing derails Mudcats as Nats recover with 2-0 win

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who happen to be in last place in the Carolina League. All of that doesn’t mean much, as through 18 games the league’s hottest teams are a scant two games ahead of the coldest. The Mudcats lead the league with a .277 batting average.Indy file photoThe Carolina Mudcats fell to 8-11 with Wednesday night's loss. Tonight they’ll try for their third win in as many tries against the Potomac Nationals. Southpaw Shawn Morimando (1-1, 1.29) will go for the Mudcats against Blake Schwartz who is making his Carolina League debut. One...

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Caliente Carolina RailHawks storm the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for 3-1 win

Posted By on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rob KinnanFloyd Franks approaches his first-half PK during the Carolina RailHawks' 3-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—The last time the Carolina RailHawks defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers during the NASL regular season was August 20, 2011, a span of five matches. [The RailHawks did oust the Strikers in the quarterfinals of last season’s playoffs, but such nitpicking doesn’t make for a punchy lede.] That skid ended Saturday night in Cary, as Carolina hung three goals on the Strikers for their third consecutive visit to WakeMed Soccer Park for a 3-1 win. It was also...

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nesting RailHawks: Carolina prevails 2-1 over FC Edmonton in NASL home opener

Posted By on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rob KinnanAustin da Luz and his RailHawks teammates celebrate his goal during Carolina's 2-1 victory over FC Edmonton in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—After a preseason that included friendlies against MLS and Liga MX competition—the latter setting a new club attendance record—it seemed a bit anticlimactic for the Carolina RailHawks to host a ribbon-cutting Saturday night christening the New WakeMed Soccer Park™ prior to the team’s NASL home opener against FC Edmonton. But, with a transition from the past (both recent and distant) the distinct backdrop of the evening, the RailHawks downed FC Edmonton 2-1 for Carolina’s first win of the...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Duke, UNC women's hoops fly high; big changes leave Wolfpack a mystery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

So the college women’s basketball season is now behind us, and now that all the shouting was over Connecticut is once again the champion — taking out two future ACC members by impressive margins in the Final Four. Don’t worry. It will end someday. I lived in ACC country for the entire Wooden era. Blue Devils primed for a runDuke may very well be preseason No. 2 heading into next season. No more Brittney Griner to worry about, no more Skylar Diggins. Duke has that No. 1 recruiting class now rising seniors and a No. 2 class coming in as...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Canes battle but fall to Penguins, 5-3

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

PNC ARENA—The Canes were able to say that they accomplished all the points of their game plan Tuesday night. They got goals from the bottom two lines and from their defense. They didn’t flag in the second period, as has been their pattern of late. And they matched their opponent’s physicality in all three zones. But they still lost. Photo by Chris BairdAlexander Semin, seen here in an earlier tilt this season, still looked gimpy in his return against Pittsburgh after missing two games.The conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins scored three third-period goals—including a pair in the space of 13 seconds that...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mr. Wuf: Wes Moore takes reins as State women's hoop coach

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State held its press conference to introduce Wes Moore as its new head women’s basketball coach on Monday. Moore, 55, is the first male head women’s basketball coach at an ACC school in the Triangle. He had spent the previous nine seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga where he had the Mocs in the NCAA Tournament in nine of his 15 seasons. He was an assistant coach at State under the late Kay Yow, for whom the Reynolds Coliseum court is named, from 1993-95. Moore has 558 career wins (with 169 losses) including 29 this season. The former Francis Marion...

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Break out the brooms: Muddies complete Winston-Salem sweep

Posted By on Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Indy file photoThe young Carolina Mudcats are off to an impressive start through three games.FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ season-opening three-game set, and they’re looking to do something they did only three times all last season. They’ve won the first two of the series against the Winston-Salem Dash — the first in a rout and the second with an eighth-inning comeback — and will look for the sweep on a proverbial perfect spring afternoon for baseball. The Dash was not swept last year. Southpaw Shawn Morimando (7-6, 3.59 at Lake County last season) will take...

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Fragile Canes drop seventh straight home game

Posted By on Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

PNC ARENA—In the space of 31 seconds Saturday night, the Carolina Hurricanes' season officially ended. Photo by Chris BairdEric Staal has had a great season. His team, however, has not.Left so wide open he could have paused to write a journal entry about it before he shot the puck, Derek Stepan beat Dan Ellis from the slot on an early second-period New York Rangers power play. Then, on the next shift, Ellis dallied behind his net and was pickpocketed almost apologetically by Rick Nash, who fed Ryan Callahan in front for an open-goal tap-in. Just like that, a competitive game...

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Carolina RailHawks open 2013 season with 0-0 draw at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted By on Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

File photo by Chris BairdCarolina RailHawks' Akira FitzgeraldWEBCAST—The Carolina RailHawks entered their opening match of the 2013 NASL regular season full of vigor on offense and anxiety on defense. However, the opposite proved true against the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday night at “Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang Field” in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the RailHawks’ midfield struggled all evening against a spry Rowdies side, it fell to Carolina’s back line and goalkeeper to preserve a 0-0 road draw in front of 4,232 rowdy Rowdies partisans. After unveiling their 2012 NASL Championship placard and with former NASL Best XI...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Phenoms lead opening attack as Mudcats crush Winston-Salem

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Photo by Chris BairdCody Anderson fires a strike early in his victory over Winston-Salem.FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Boys of Summer have taken the field in the Triangle, and for the Carolina League opener they’ve at least brought the spring weather with them. At least for April, there aren’t much better nights for baseball around here, as the rain is gone and there is no wind and it’s 62 degrees at first pitch. The Mudcats start the season with a three-game series against the Winston-Salem Dash, and the Carolina roster looks to be a lot stronger than the one that wasn’t...

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Code Name Continuity: Carolina RailHawks hope to soar into 2013 NASL season

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeColin Clarke speaks to his charges during a training session Thursday.Following an off-season of upheaval for several teams around the North American Soccer League, the buzzword around the Carolina RailHawks entering their 2013 campaign is continuity. For the first time in five years, the club did not change its owner, president or head coach during the off-season, allowing the front office to sharpen its focus on the sort of connection building that team president Curt Johnson is so fond of foisting. Even before the kickoff of the RailHawks’ 2013 NASL regular season, the club has already...

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Final Four thoughts

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

File photo by D.L. AndersonIs ACC basketball as we knew it over? Here, Duke and UNC players scrap over a loose ball in March 2010.Fooled you—these are NOT thoughts about the Final Four this weekend in Atlanta. Rather, these are my final four thoughts about the state of ACC and college basketball as the curtain closes on the 2012-13 season of basketball and basketball blogging for Triangle Offense. 1. Talk that the failure of an ACC team to reach the Final Four since 2010 is a sign of a weak conference is a bit overblown, for two reasons. First, the...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Seasons change: Mudcats host Winston-Salem in Friday opener

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Play ball! The Carolina Mudcats hope to make a run at their first Mills Cup starting Friday night at 7:15, when they host the Winston-Salem Dash in the first pro baseball game in the Triangle this season. The Mudcats will boast a pair of fresh-faced first-round draft picks and a young new manager when Cody Anderson (4-7, 3.20 at Lake County last season) takes the hill against Bryan Blough (2-0, 3.93) in the first of their three-game set against the Chicago White Sox affiliates. The manager is 33-year-old David Wallace, a Vanderbilt alumnus and former Indians organization...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Duke fights hard, but Diggins leads Irish to big second half in 11-point win

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

CONSTANT CENTER/NORFOLK, Va. It’s Go Time for Duke in women’s basketball. For the fourth time in as many years the Blue Devils are playing for an NCAA Regional title, and although they’ll be underdogs against Notre Dame the odds aren’t prohibitive. ACC champion Duke (33-2) is seeded No. 2 and the Big East champion Irish (34-1) — who will join the ACC for next season — No. 1. Notre Dame has a national marquee player in senior point guard Skylar Diggins, who was named a first-team AP All-American earlier in the day. Duke’s Chelsea Gray, out for the season since...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Paul Hamilton, former FC Edmonton defender, joins Carolina RailHawks camp

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

NASL.comPaul HamiltonPaul Hamilton, a defender formerly with FC Edmonton, has begun training with the Carolina RailHawks. After the parties agreed to tentative terms late last week, the RailHawks flew Hamilton to Charleston, S.C., where Carolina had traveled for a preseason scrimmage against the Charleston Battery. Speaking with Hamilton today after his first day of training camp in Cary, the 25-year-old Calgary, Alberta, native says his path to Carolina came to fruition rather suddenly. “There had been talks the previous week with [RailHawks’ manager] Colin and my agent,” Hamilton says. “And then all of a sudden asked, ‘Hey, can...

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