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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Draft Update: 'Canes acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Buffalo Sabres veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera in exchange for young defenseman Jamie McBain and the No. 35 overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. According to Hurricanes general manager, Jim Rutherford, the Hurricanes offered its No. 5 overall selection and McBain for the Sabres No. 8 overall pick and Sekera, but the Sabres didn't take. Sekera tallied 12 points, two goals and 10 assists, for the Sabres last season in 37 games. McBain recorded eight points, one goal and seven assits, in 40 games last year. The Hurricanes will take a $2.75 million cap hit...

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Hurricanes select Elias Lindholm with No. 5 overall pick

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

With much speculation surrounding the outcome of the Carolina Hurricanes’ No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the ‘Canes kept the pick, selecting 18-year-old Swedish forward Elias Lindholm. Listed at 6-feet, 192 lbs, Lindholm tallied 30 points, 11 goals and 19 assists, in 48 games for Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League. “He’s one of those real puck pursuit guys with high skill level,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. “The kind of guy you can win with.” Top-rated prospect defenseman Seth Jones fell all the way to Nashville at No. 4, a very unexpected turn of events....

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Monkey Wrench: Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks draw 1-1, setting up Independence Day showdowns for NASL Spring season title

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Rob KinnanAustin da Luz fires a near-goal early in the second half of the Carolina RailHawks' 1-1 draw with the Atlanta Silverbacks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—For Carolina RailHawks fans, Saturday’s result with the Atlanta Silverbacks brought some good news and some bad news. First, the positives. For the fifth consecutive NASL match, the RailHawks turned an 80th minute deficit into points when Austin da Luz’s header off a corner kick in the 89th minute proved the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Silverbacks. Indeed, given Carolina’s recent run of late game heroics, the biggest...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Moore looking for toughness in his first season at Wolfpack helm

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Wes Moore doesn’t want to waste any time as he gets his N.C. State women’s basketball team ready for his first season at the helm.On Thursday he was the guest of honor at a media luncheon to discuss the upcoming season as well as the future, and brought his new assistant coaches to rub elbows with the media as well. The Wolfpack’s still-new slogan is “This Is Our State,” and to make that point in women’s basketball they still have a high hill to climb. Duke is probably going to be ranked No. 2 nationally to start the...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bullpen runs up a line of zeroes as Mudcats win in a shutout

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Class A Baseball is all about second chances, and the Carolina Mudcats are getting theirs. The Mudcats finished last in the Carolina League’s Southern Division in the first half. But with all four of their mid-season all-stars — center fielder Tyler Naquin, shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and pitching ace Cody Anderson — returning they’re aiming for a playoff spot with a second-half comeback. Frederick’s leadoff man is Johnny Ruettiger, whose uncle was immortalized on film in the movie “Rudy.” Former Mudcat Delvi Cid is a Keys outfielder. Carolina picked up a 3-2 victory over...

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cardiac Hawks: Carolina RailHawks scores another comeback victory, 3-2 over Minnesota United FC

Posted By on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Rob KinnanBrian Shriver celebrates his game-winning goal in the Carolina RailHawks 3-2 comeback victory over Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Wow. In four straight NASL games—all in the month of June—the Carolina RailHawks have passed the 80th minute of play trailing their opponent. And the RailHawks have won or drawn all four. The latest Saturday night in Cary was perhaps the sweetest and most important. After going down two goals early to Minnesota United FC, Carolina still found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the final minutes of full time. But two late goals by...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Injury bug bites Carolina RailHawks ahead of pivotal NASL and U.S. Open Cup week

Posted By on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Entering the most important week of the 2013 season thus far, the Carolina RailHawks finds themselves a mere point below the top of the North American Soccer League (NASL) table. The reasons for Carolina’s success are multiple, including an unblemished home record, good team chemistry and savvy midseason roster additions. All those factors will need to come into play this Saturday when Carolina hosts third-place Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park. And next Saturday, June 29, the RailHawks welcomes the currently league-leading Atlanta Silverbacks to Cary. Two victories would put Carolina at least two points ahead of Atlanta entering...

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bulls sneak by Bats on '90s Night

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The Durham Bulls defeated the Louisville Bats Thursday night, 2-1, in front of a rabid crowd of 9,073 on ‘90s Night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The atmosphere was unlike anything this season at the DBAP, as players walked up to classic ‘90s hits with custom made album covers shown on the video board in left field. Fans enjoyed themselves throughout the night, dancing in between innings to past Billboard hits such as “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice and “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. Even the grounds crew got into the action, stopping to dance while they...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bulls strike first, but fall to Louisville

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

After a two-run first inning, and four Bulls reaching base, the opening frame Tuesday night seemed as though another 16-hit game was not a stretch of the imagination—but Louisville had other plans. An hour and 46 minute rain delay only prolonged the eventual outcome. After giving up the two runs in the first inning, the Bats shut down the Bulls in the remaining eight innings en route to a 5-2 victory. Left-handed starting pitcher Mike Montgomery (3-1, 4.50) who dealt seven hitless innings in his previous start, against Indianapolis on June 7, went six innings Tuesday night giving up five...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bulls out-power Bats in landslide victory

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Early forecast called for inclement weather, but the only thunder heard in Durham on Monday was the crack of the Bulls’ bats as they upended Louisville in the first of a four-game series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Outfielder Wil Myers was pulled from Sunday’s contest after doubling and scoring a run in the first inning. The rumors and reason for his absence were finally revealed—Myers has been called up to Tampa Bay and is expected to make his major league debut today. With such an intricate part of the Bulls’ offense bolting or the majors, the question of power...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Bulls rally falls short, lose to Indians in extras

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

After rallying from a four-run deficit, the Durham Bulls were not able to surpass the Indianapolis Indians, falling 6-4 Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In front of an almost sold out crowd of 9.565, fans were into the game early and often. The wave was first spotted in the third inning. There wasn't a section of the ballpark without fans—even the grass section in center field. Right-handed starter Merrill Kelly, who was recently called up from Double-A Montgomery, struck out 10 batters through 5.1 innings in his debut Triple-A start. "I didn't know what to expect from him,"...

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Interview: NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson talks expansion (NASL and MLS), U.S. Open Cup, and other soccer league issues

Posted By on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

NASL.comNASL Commissioner Bill PetersonAlthough Bill Peterson has visited his native North Carolina a few times since becoming commissioner of the North American Soccer League last November, this past Wednesday was his first time watching the Carolina RailHawks in action this season. Unlike his besuited predecessor, Peterson strikes a more casual pose, roaming WakeMed Soccer Park clad in a casual button-front shirt and blue jeans. But what Peterson may lack in haberdashery he more than makes up for in confidence. Prior the RailHawks’ victory over Chivas USA to advance to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, I sat...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Got your goat: Carolina RailHawks outlasts Chivas USA 3-1 to advance to quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 1:48 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Two weeks ago, history repeated itself when, for the second straight year, the Carolina RailHawks ousted the LA Galaxy in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and advanced to host C.D. Chivas USA. For about 90-plus minutes Wednesday night in Cary, it looked as though history might repeat itself again. As with their Open Cup match last year, the RailHawks and Chivas USA entered the game’s latter stages tied 1-1. Yes, Carolina scored in the first half this year before Chivas equalized in the second, the reverse of last year’s order. However, that merely...

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Let sleeping 'Hawks lie: Carolina RailHawks score two stoppage-time goals to nab 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted By on Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeTy Shipalane of the Carolina RailHawks WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—What a difference seven minutes can make. Despite playing a man up for nearly 50 minutes, the Carolina RailHawks found themselves facing a turning point in the NASL Spring season late in their match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday evening in Cary. At 9:05 p.m., Tampa Bay’s Devin Del Do scored a stunning 87th minute goal to give the outgunned Rowdies a 1-0 lead and an apparent improbable victory over the stymied and frustrated RailHawks. Just over 380 miles away, the NASL table-topping Atlanta Silverbacks was...

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mudcats' first-half woes get worse with extra-inning defeat

Posted By on Sat, Jun 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Photo by Chris BairdShawn Morimando fires a strike early in Saturday's game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats have been eliminated from the Carolina League’s first-half race for about a week, so now they’re trying to get momentum for a better second half. Tonight David Wallace’s club will play the second of a three-game set with its nemesis Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who come in percentage points ahead of the Winston-Salem Dash atop the Southern Division and have won all but one meeting in the series. There is some drama tonight as Shawn Morimando (4-5, 2.79) looks...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Coming out: Robbie Rogers, Stephen Bickford and a new future for gay athletes

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Photo by D.L. AndersonRobbie Rogers (right) battles the RailHawks' Floyd Franks. When Robbie Rogers took the field against the Carolina RailHawks last week, he expected to be booed. But he wanted to be booed like any other opposing player. By the time Rogers entered the game, it was the 63rd minute and his team was behind 2-0. His entrance into the game was barely noticed. And that was probably as it should have been. The 26-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is not new to the professional soccer world, and he’s even made 18 appearances for the national team. However, after...

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