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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Six Duke players get TDs in streak-breaking romp over Eagles

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Photo by Chris Baird Duke’s Jamison Crowder dances along the sideline as NCCU’s Cameron Hughes (17) pursues.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the third edition of the Bull City Gridiron Classic, with crosstown rivals Duke and N.C. Central squaring off on a hot afternoon for football. Both programs are optimistic about this season. Duke went 6-7 last time and played in its first bowl game since 1994, while NCCU was 6-5 for its first winning season since playing a MEAC Division I schedule. Duke leads the series 2-0, winning the contests by a combined 103 points to 31. And there are changes...

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Right Engel: Tar Heels grind through 1-0 overtime win over Monmouth

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Photo courtesy of UNC AthleticsTar Heels forward Tyler EngelFETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—If the No. 4 North Carolina Men’s Soccer team entered their 2013 season opener with questions about their offense, they certainly weren’t being asked by the Monmouth Hawks. Despite the absence of Tar Heels striker duo Rob Lovejoy and Andy Craven due to season-ending injuries, Monmouth came to the Carolina Nike Classic on Friday evening with a bunker mentality, the bunker in this instance being a 44 x 18 yard penalty area. With the Hawks nesting in their backfield, the visitors stumbled across just two shots over 103 minutes...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

TBD: Tar Heels Men's Soccer opens 2013 season with ambition and uncertainty

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Junior defender and team captain Boyd Okwuonu will anchor the Tar Heels' back line in 2013 In chronicling the powers of North Carolina Tar Heels athletics, men’s soccer isn’t necessarily the first sport to spring to mind. But in that increasingly competitive arena, North Carolina has become an annual mainstay in the national rankings and a landing spot for aspiring blue chip talent. The No. 4 ranked Tar Heels opens its 2013 season this weekend when it hosts the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. Carolina faces Monmouth on Friday at...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

FBS season opener, Bull City battle highlight opening weekend slate

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:53 AM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Bull City Gridiron Classic is building tradition as one of Durham's best sports events.The first college football game of the season, the debut of a new head coach, and a cross-town rivalry. The opening weekend of the season is right now, and it should be a very interesting one for the Triangle’s Division I teams. It all starts tonight at 6, when UNC (8-4 last season) visits No. 6 South Carolina (11-2) in an ESPN game at Williams-Brice Stadium. It’s a chance for the Tar Heels to show whether or not they should be in...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lady Vols, Duke, State highlight Tar Heels' home schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Home games against Tennessee, archrivals Duke and N.C. State, and Maryland’s final visit to Carmichael Arena as an ACC member highlight the 2013-14 UNC women’s basketball schedule released today. The schedule opens at home Nov. 8 against Air Force. The Tar Heels will host Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse as well as Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech will visit for conference games. The other non-conference home games are against Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Charleston Southern and High Point. Both Duke games will be broadcast nationally. The first is in Durham as part...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Mudcats lose in extras, move to brink of elimination

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Talk about a must-win situation. The Carolina Mudcats are facing one in their final regular-season home game, which will be their final home game of the season if they don’t work a miracle. The Mudcats are in third place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division, five games behind the first-place Salem Red Sox who visit tonight for the finale of their three-game series. Both teams have eight games left in the season. Salem has won the first two, but more importantly eight of its last 10 games while the Mudcats are 3-7 over the same span. So...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Defend the nest: RailHawks splinters Minnesota United 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Photo by Joannah IrwinJulius James (left) and Breiner Ortiz harass Minnesota's Simone Bracalello as Pablo Campos looks on. WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—On October 6, 2012, the Carolina RailHawks lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first leg of the North American Soccer League (NASL) playoff semifinals. It’s the last time the RailHawks suffered defeat in a competitive match at WakeMed Soccer Park. Saturday evening in Cary, the RailHawks ground out a workmanlike 1-0 victory over Minnesota United FC. That now makes eight wins and one draw for Carolina out of nine league home matches. In addition, the RailHawks...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Life of Brian: Shriver's scoring takes flight as Carolina RailHawks hosts Minnesota United FC

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

File photo by Rob KinnanBrian Shriver celebrates his game-winning goal during the Carolina RailHawks 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on June 22 at WakeMed Soccer ParkFor all the understandable gnashing of teeth over the Carolina RailHawks’ inability to convert goals with the same frequency and precision as the opportunities generated by their creative cadre of attacking midfielders, supporters risk overlooking the potent scoring pace of Brian Shriver. Before arriving in Carolina last season, the former North Carolina Tar Heels standout scored 10 goals in 49 appearances during his three-year stint with Miami FC-cum-Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Last year, a promising start...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

A tale of two alleged batterers: Durham, football and the legal process

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Photo by David FellerathFrom left: NCCU interim head coach Dwayne Foster, NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White and NCCU athletic director Ingrid Wicker-McCree at Thursday's brief press conference Arrested on Monday, suspended on Tuesday, fired on Thursday. That was the fate of Henry Frazier III, coach of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Arrested on Monday, practicing on Thursday. That's the status of Hud Mellencamp, walk-on sophomore cornerback for the Duke Blue Devils. The college football season kicks off next weekend, in Durham and elsewhere. In the Bull City, the unheralded NCCU Eagles will travel across town to Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium to...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Little Town Blues: Brian Shriver's brace leads RailHawks to win over Cosmos

Posted By on Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinNew York Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie pleads his case after being whistled for a penalty during a 3-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “cosmos” as “an orderly harmonious systematic universe.” However, there was little that was orderly or harmonious Saturday evening when the New York Cosmos visited a soggy WakeMed Soccer Park to face the Carolina RailHawks. Through rain that oscillated between steady and misty throughout the night—and held an expected bumper attendance to merely 4,096 hardy souls—the teams grappled their way to...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mudcats win again, stay in position for playoff spot

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are right in the race for a playoff spot as the season goes into its stretch run. In fact, if the season started today Carolina — which was the losingest team in Organized Baseball in the first half — would have a Mills Cup Playoff spot. But as long as they stay in second-place behind the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, there’s a problem. They would have to play the entire Southern Division series on the road. Heading into the three-game series that starts tonight on a warm evening, the Pelicans have a 2 1/2-game pad...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

McCallie: Blue Devils improving and healing in off-season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke has been a model of consistency in the top tier of women’s basketball for the last two decades, and in her six-year tenure as head coach Joanne P. McCallie has definitely kept that going. On Thursday she hosted a handful of area media for a luncheon to discuss the program’s most recent activities and introduce new assistant coach Hernando Plannells and new director of recruiting operations and former Blue Devil All-America center Michele Van Gorp. McCallie is 171-34 at Duke (457-180 overall) and has taken her team to the NCAA Elite Eight for four straight seasons....

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mudcats take advantage of Nats' iron gloves to win series opener

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Even with a two-game losing streak and coming off a wrong-way shutout, the Carolina Mudcats are in first place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division with less than a month left in the season. That’s a far cry, of course, from their worst record in baseball in the first half of the campaign.File photo Tonight’s opponent is another playoff contender, the Potomac Nationals who lead the Northern Division by six games and have the best record in the league. Southpaw Shawn Morimando (7-10, 3.07) goes for the Mudcats against Paul Demny (0-0, 3.86) on a pleasantly warm...

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

RailHawks Reboot: Carolina defeats FC Edmonton 1-0 to open NASL Fall campaign

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinBrian Shriver scrambles in front of goal during the Carolina RailHawks' 1-0 win over FC Edmonton Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Saturday night marked the long-awaited return of an important member of the North American Soccer League (NASL) family, a club with a proud pedigree whose championship form was curtailed by an ignominious, disappointing demise. The occasion was accompanied by media coverage, pregame festivities, the return of several of the team’s important players and even atmospheric pyrotechnics. I’m referring, of course, to the Carolina RailHawks, which opened the NASL Fall Season with...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Once sad-sack Mudcats closing in on Southern Division lead

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The second half of the season sure hasn’t been like the first half was for the Carolina Mudcats. David Wallace’s team went 22-48 over the first half of the season, finishing last in the Carolina League with one of the worst records in baseball.Indy file photo But in the second half, the Mudcats have been contenders. Carolina is currently solidly in second place — and in a presumptive playoff spot — in the CL’s Southern Division with a 21-16 mark. Tonight they’ll open a three-game series with the Frederick Keys, with Nick Pasquale (3-6, 4.31) taking on...

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