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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Average" Canes drop third straight

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

PNC ARENA—The ruthlessly positive coach wasn’t feeling particularly positive. “We were light tonight. We got pushed out of the game. They played a heavier game than we did.” Photograph by Chris BairdBrett Sutter's first-period tussle with Joe Vitale failed to spark the Canes, who fell 3-1 at home to the Penguins.Kirk Muller didn’t like what he saw from his Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. In their first game back in Raleigh after a four-game road trip to allow the State Fair to take over the arena grounds, the Canes came out...

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Huge first half clinches Blue Devils' ACC Tourney berth

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

File photo courtesy Duke athletics/Shane LardinoisThe whole Duke team poses for a Senior Day pre-game portrait.KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its Senior Day game with Pittsburgh in yet another must-win situation. It shouldn’t be hard since the Blue Devils are 7-6-4 (4-4-3 ACC) and Pitt 4-12-1 (0-11). But Duke had to fight very hard to beat a struggling N.C. State team 1-0 with a second-half goal Thursday night. Today there will be an extra advantage because of the Senior Day sentimentality, with eight players playing their last home game for the Blue Devils. The game is shown on Fox Sports...

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RailHawks get the monkey off their back, defeat Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—With two games left in the Carolina RailHawks’ 2013 campaign, there was only one NASL opponent they had not defeated this year: the Atlanta Silverbacks. In their three previous matchups, Carolina had lost once and tied twice. But the June 29 draw is undoubtedly the most impactful and memorable outcome. Carolina’s failure to get a win over Atlanta that night in Cary kept the RailHawks from clinching the league’s spring title. That missed opportunity became a full-blown collapse five days later when Carolina’s loss in San Antonio, coupled with Atlanta’s win in Minnesota, handed the spring crown...

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

UNC, NCCU really need wins; Duke and State face road toughies

Posted By on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's T.J. Thorpe runs in the open field against Miami.Talk about a “must-win” game. That’s going to be the situation for UNC this afternoon, when the Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3 ACC) host Boston College (3-3, 1-2) at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium (Fox Sports Carolinas). If UNC is the victim of an upset, the Tar Heels will have to win all five remaining games to get a sixth win and the bowl trip they missed out on last year because of the NCAA probation. All six remaining games are winnable, but if the Tar Heels are...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

DeCesare's second-half goal gives Duke must-win over scrappy Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Courtesty Duke athletics/Shane Lardinois Kim Decesare celebrates her goal. KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM — It’s a battle of six-win women’s soccer teams that would appear to be worlds apart. Duke (6-6-4, 3-4-3 ACC) is still on track for an NCAA bid barring some late-season disaster as the Blue Devils host N.C. State (6-11, 1-10) in their annual cancer awareness game. The Blue Devils will wear pink and the “D” in the center circle is also pink as they raise funds for the family of 6-year-old Morgan Blazek of Apex, who is a survivor of the eye cancer retinoblastoma. The Wolfpack is in...

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Duke picked No. 1, UNC No. 4 and NCSU 10th on media day

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Indy file photoHall of Fame coaches Sylvia Hatchell of UNC and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma meet before their 2011 game in Chapel Hill. Hatchell will not begin the season on the sidelines for the Tar Heels as she battles leukemia.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Duke has been a model of consistency in ACC women’s basketball for a couple of decades, and it has continued under Joanne P. McCallie as head coach. So even with the addition of a Final Four team to the mix, the Blue Devils still command plenty of respect in the conference. ACC media day was on Wednesday and Duke was...

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

No. 1 Virginia gets historic 2-0 win over Tar Heels at Fetzer

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Photo courtesy UVa athletics/Jeff Najarian Virginia’s Danielle Colaprico dribbles against the Tar Heels’ Kelly McFarlane.FETZER FIELD/CHAPEL HILL UNC has rarely if ever been even a slight underdog at home in the storied history of its women’s soccer program. But the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels will be exactly that today. UNC (13-2, 7-2 ACC), currently ranked No. 4 in the country, will take on Virginia (15-0, 9-0), which is ranked No. 1.Steve Swanson’s Cavaliers have allowed only nine goals all season. They have had four one-goal victories, the last of those a 3-2 overtime win over visiting new ACC member...

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Miami comeback drops reeling Tar Heels to 1-5 at midseason

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Photo by Chris Baird Miami’s Dallas Crawford takes the handoff from Stephen Morris. KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL — UNC gets its chance to shine on national TV tonight. And the Tar Heels have a chance to get a big-time upset and turn their season around. UNC (1-4, 0-2 ACC) will take on surprising No. 10 Miami (5-0, 1-0) in an ESPN game that over the summer was supposed to have a lot to say about who won the ACC’s Coastal Division title. The Tar Heels are 9½-point underdogs, but they won 18-14 on the road last year. UNC is billing...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tar Heels need to Win One Soon; NCCU, Duke in pivotal games again

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:50 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC TE Jack Tabb finds running room against Middle Tennessee.Most of the Triangle’s Division I football teams still have seasons that could take off in either direction. But for UNC, the time to start winning is now. Urgently. Now.The Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2 ACC) are going to have to win at least five of their last seven games to qualify for a bowl game, and it won’t be an easy task. That stretch run begins tonight at 7:45 at Kenan Stadium, when they host surprisingly good No. 10 Miami (5-0, 1-0) in an opportunity for a...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Canes hit the road happy to get one point from Chicago

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:43 AM

RALEIGH, PNC ARENA—The Hurricanes made way for the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Tomorrow they’ll make way for prizewinning cattle, pig races and anything you can put in a deep fat-fryer. Photograph by Chris Baird Cam Ward watches defenseman Jay Harrison clear Marcus Kruger from his goal crease. Chicago beat the Canes in a shootout, 3-2. The dark underbelly of your Krispy Kreme burger (other than the actual shadow beneath your growing underbelly) is that the Canes annually clear out of their barn for the duration of the North Carolina State Fair. After dropping a shootout loss to the...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday night game turns out to be bad news for NCCU

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Photo by Chris BairdAdrian Wilkins carries the ball while Tevin Richard (32) makes the tackle for the Bulldogs.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM Thursday night college football comes to the Bull City tonight.Visiting N.C. Central is South Carolina State, an old rival from the MEAC that’s now a new rival from the MEAC. SCSU is on a pretty good roll, winning four straight since a loss at Clemson. The Eagles won 40-10 last year in Indianapolis to end a seven-game losing streak in the series. But this one is all Bulldogs, period. SCSU dominates the game from start to finish, ruining NCCU’s appearance on...

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Eagles, Blue Devils, Wolfpack all looking for momentum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:01 AM

File photo by Chris BairdNCCU and Duke will both look to improve on 3-2 records this week.A 3-2 record always presents some interesting possibilities for a college football team. The next game will determine whether or not a squad will have a winning record at the halfway point. And that’s the situation this weekend for the three of the Triangle’s four Division I college football teams who are taking the field in home games. The answers start coming tonight at 7:45, when N.C. Central (3-2, 1-0 MEAC) hosts S.C. State (4-2, 2-0) at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in a game to be...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Watching another league: Did a misguided tweet betray the NASL fall season's most pressing problem?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."—Princess Leia, Star Wars A couple of weeks ago, Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League (NASL), told Pieter Brown of the South Florida-based weekly podcast Ultras Alive that Peterson resisted publicizing pronouncements about the league’s disciplinary process because he found the reality of punishing players and coaches “quite embarrassing.” I wonder how he feels about Twitter faux pas. Last Thursday, Charlie Cole, president of Ralph’s Mob, the official supporters group of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, issued a stream of tweets regarding...

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Meet the new Canes, same as the old Canes

Posted By on Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

PNC ARENA (RALEIGH)—It’s game one of 82. This morning, when you get up and look in the bathroom mirror, and your unfulfilled dreams seem to press back at you from the other side of the glass, say, “It’s game one of 82.” No, it's not time for Caniacs to push this button. But it's tempting after the kind of deflating loss we've gotten used to.The Carolina Hurricanes opened a new season last night, and showed promising signs for much of their contest with the Detroit Red Wings, but the same failings and excuses that have haunted their last few seasons...

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Triangle football teams hit the road for Week 6 challenges

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

File photo by Dean Strickland O.D.State’s Tony Creecy (26) follows blocking from teammate Marquez Valdes-Scantling during the Richmond game.All three UNC system schools in the Triangle have road football games Saturday, and they’re all big ones for different reasons. N.C. State (3-1, 0-1 ACC) and N.C. Central (2-2) both play their conference road openers as mild favorites, while UNC (1-3, 0-1) is an underdog in a game it desperately needs to win. Duke (3-2, 0-2 ACC) got the ship righted on Saturday against Troy, and gets a week off before facing a must-win home game against Navy. The Tar Heels...

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