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Monday, July 29, 2013

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson responds to criticism over 2014 regular season format

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Last Friday afternoon, the North American Soccer League (NASL) issued a press release titled “NASL Confirms Mid-Season Break To Accommodate 2014 FIFA World Cup.” The purported crux of the announcement was that the league is adjusting its midseason break—which took place during the month of July this season—to begin June 7 and run until July 19 for the 2014 season in order to coincide the break with World Cup play. However, the information in the latter half of the release generated the most attention and social media firestorm. The league also announced that its Board of Governors voted unanimously during...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Molting season: Colin Clarke discusses Carolina RailHawks prep for NASL Fall season, including Floyd Franks - Bryan Arguez trade

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

File photo by DL AndersonFloyd Franks fends off Robbie Rogers during the Carolina RailHawks' U.S. Open Cup win over the LA Galaxy on May 29According to ornithologists, molting in birds occurs in response to hormonal shifts brought on by seasonal changes. Nature times the molting cycle to occur when it would be most ideal. Following the Carolina RailHawks’ collapse to complete the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring season, a month-long seasonal change came just in time. Carolina’s Spring included a 12-game regular season plus four midweek matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup that left an injury-depleted RailHawks...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Never sleep on black cats or the mysterious Dave Fedora

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Photo by Alexis BairdFive area coaches gathered Tuesday for the largest event of its kind anywhere in America.EMBASSY SUITES/CARY Football, food and frivolity were the order of the day as usual at the Pigskin Preview sponsored by the Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. But this time, it was Black cats and a mystery man named “Dave Fedora” who stole the show. A record 430 people attended the event, the traditionally the largest chapter gathering anywhere in the nation with head coaches from Duke, East Carolina, UNC, N.C. Central and N.C....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Half a dozen locals named gridiron preseason All-ACC

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Six Triangle-area players were named to the preseason All-ACC football team selected in a media vote at the ACC Football Kickoff over the weekend in Greensboro. UNC had four players named in tackle James Hurst, tight end Eric Ebron, defensive end Kareem Martin and safety Tre Boston. Duke players selected were cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday. N.C. State, which was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division, had no players selected and none finishing in the top four in voting for any position. With the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, this will be the first season in...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

UNC and State both picked for bronze, Duke voted last once again

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Tar Heels and Wolfpack will have their annual showdown Nov. 2 in Raleigh.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Clemson is going to beat Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte. At least that’s what 120 media members at the ACC Football Kickoff decided in voting over the weekend, the 120 votes shattering the record 100 cast at the 2010 in Greensboro. For the first time in five seasons, the scribes and talking heads didn’t pick a Florida State-Virginia Tech matchup in the ACC title game, from which the winner will advance to the Orange Bowl...

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

This ACC football season promises plenty of changes

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Blue Devils and Tar Heels will face off once again on Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill. GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO The preseason talk about ACC Football has started in earnest, and for the first time new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse have joined the fray.The conference is holding its 42nd annual Football Kickoff today and tomorrow, with the media’s predicted order of finish coming on Monday and the preseason all-conference team on Tuesday. The three Triangle-area teams will all have some big changes this season.UNC, in its second season under Larry Fedora, will be bowl-eligible after playing its...

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Morimando starts shutout as Mudcats get back to .500

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Photo by Chris BairdShawn Morimando threw fve shutout innings in his second straight start.FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing much better in the second half than they did in the first, when they were the worst team in the Carolina League. Going into tonight’s hot game against in-state rival Winston-Salem the Mudcats are just one game below .500 in the second half, in third place in the Southern Division with a half-game lead over the Dash. The last time the Muddies were at .500 in a half was on April 15. Carolina is coming off a thriller from...

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kelly remains perfect, shuts out Braves

Posted By on Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The Durham Bulls continued their dominance in the month of July, defeating the Gwinnett Braves Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for the team’s sixth straight victory. Fans braved the weather, and have all week, staying supportive throughout each contest. Even a few among the 7,013 in attendance Friday night attempted to start the wave—it only survived through a few sections. Buzz surrounded the game as Atlanta Braves star rookie catcher, Evan Gattis, started his first game of a rehab stint since being optioned to Gwinnett. He went hitless, 0-for-4, striking out twice....

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Pasquale, Mudcats roll it up before fireworks in front of big crowd

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats conclude their three-game Independence Day celebration on a hot night, looking to even their current series.Photo by Chris BairdNick Pasquale pitched his best game of the season in Friday's win.Carolina carries a 4-9 second-half record into Game 2 of their four-game set against the Salem Red Sox, and will feature a post-game fireworks display for the third straight evening. Nick Pasquale (0-5, 5.14) will try to get out of the doldrums against Salem southpaw Henry Owens (6-3, 2.91). Tonight Carolina plays probably its best game since April, rolling in a 9-0 rout....

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

RailHawk Down: San Antonio Scorpions stings Carolina 2-0, Atlanta defeats Minnesota to win NASL Spring title

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

TOYOTA FIELD/WEBCAST—When the Carolina RailHawks completed a dramatic comeback victory over Minnesota United FC two weeks ago at WakeMed Soccer Park, that victory plus ensuing circumstances meant Carolina had two games—one at home, one on the road—to earn two points and win the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring season title. Beat the Atlanta Silverbacks last Saturday in Cary, NC? Carolina wins the Spring. Win or draw with the San Antonio Scorpions on Independence Day? The RailHawks wins the Spring. Neither of those events happened, as the Scorpions defeated the RailHawks 2-0 Thursday night in San Antonio. That loss combined...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Late-inning fireworks spark Mudcats' win over Hillcats

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The good news for the Carolina Mudcats is that it’s early yet — at least in the second half. After a Tuesday night rainout, the Mudcats (3-8 in the half) will take on the Lynchburg Hillcats in the finale of their scheduled three-game series. (Tuesday’s contest will be made up on Aug. 21). It’s the first of three straight home games that will be followed by fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Michael Peoples (0-4, 5.87) will go for the Mudcats tonight against Jarrett Miller (5-5, 4.08) after a 31-minute rain delay. The Mudcats recover from losing a...

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Anderson's walk-off gives Bulls victory over Columbus

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Amid threatening weather conditions in rained soaked Durham on Tuesday, 2,537 dedicated fans showed up at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park—for Bulls fans, it was worth the wet conditions as the team won in dramatic fashion. Left-fielder Leslie Anderson ended the contest after a walk-off single to center field, scoring pinch runner Tim Beckham for 6-5 victory, and 3-1 series win, over the Columbus Clippers. “It was good to see our offense come back and win that game,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We haven’t had a walk-off in a while. It always gets the team going.” Much of the hype...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Duke announces another tough non-conference women's slate

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

File photo by Chris BairdChelsea Gray will get a homecoming game in her senior season.Home games with Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic and Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge highlight the non-conference portion of Duke’s 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule announced today. In what has the potential to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, the Blue Devils will host the Huskies on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a game to be shown on ESPN. The Purdue game is on Dec. 5. The Blue Devils will host several other big-name opponents in Alabama, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion. “We...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Oklahoma City investment group formally invited to present to NASL Board of Governors on July 25

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

An investment group representing a potential North American Soccer League (NASL) expansion franchise in Oklahoma City, Okla. has been formally invited to present at the league’s Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, July 25 in Dallas, Texas. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, it is anticipated that the Board will vote following the presentation on the group’s application to join the NASL and begin play for the 2015 season. The Oklahoma City ownership group is led by Tim McLaughlin, Vice President and general partner of AdvancePierre Foods. McLaughlin previously spearheaded the investment group behind Oklahoma City FC,...

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