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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Duke gets its biggest football victory since the FDR era

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke coach David Cutcliffe celebrates the win in Chapel Hill.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Duke plays its biggest football game in 72 seasons today. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? But the last time the Blue Devils played a game this important was that Rose Bowl in Durham following the 1941 season. With a win over traditional multiple arch-rival UNC today No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) will have its first 10-win season in school history, earning a spot in the ACC Championship game against No. 2 Florida State on Dec. 7 in Charlotte with a shot at the automatic berth in...

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Duke plays its most important football game in Kenan since 1941 today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Time was when the annual season-ending battle between Duke and UNC was the biggest football game of the year in the Triangle. And this time, the “Battle of the Blues” for the coveted Victory Bell is back, although it has a little different twist.This time it’s the Tar Heels’ turn to play spoiler. No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) is having its best season since the ACC was formed, and the Blue Devils will play No. 2 Florida State for the conference championship Dec. 7 in Charlotte if they win today.File photo by Chris BairdDuke could finish turning the world...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Who’s Afraid of Jabari Parker? (after Duke’s one point win over Vermont)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Five minutes into the second half of Duke’s weird 91-90 win over the 1-4 Catamounts of the University of Vermont, Jabari Parker, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound future NBA All-Star, stole the ball from a green-clad guard named Candon Rusin, loped down court, and dunked delicately with two hands, as if dropping a bomb down a foxhole. The crowd went nuts. Vermont called a timeout. The score was 61-49, Duke. “Right after that,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski post-game, “was our worst.” He looked and sounded like a Michelin chef who’d just eaten three microwaved corndogs. “Those are the kind...

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wolfpack foils Tulane for first big win of Moore's tenure

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Photo by Alexis BairdLakeesa Daniel drives to the hoop against Tulane's Chinwe Duru. State's No. 3 is Miah Spencer.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH This time it gets serious. N.C. State has been able to coast through its first four women’s basketball games of the season, beating outgunned opposition by an average of 32 points. The Wolfpack won’t likely win like that today. This time first-year coach Wes Moore plays for the first time against a major opponent when Tulane (4-0) visits.Wake Forest alum Lisa Stockton’s team, like the Wolfpack, was in the WNIT last season. But Tulane won 25 games. This is the...

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

ECU gets an historic win while Wolfpack woes get even worse

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Photo by Chris BairdECU’s Damon Magazu lowers the boom on State’s Rashard Smith. The Pirates’ No. 53 is Jeremy Grove.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It has been a tale of two seasons for North Carolina’s two Easternmost FBS football teams. For East Carolina (8-2) it has all been a pretty good dream. The Pirates already have a 55-31 rout at UNC under their belts, and look for the UNC-N.C. State sweep for the first time in school history. But for N.C. State (3-7) it’s about ending a bad season on a good note. In Dave Doeren’s first season at the helm the Wolfpack...

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Huge games galore for Triangle grid squads this afternoon

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:38 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke is going for one of its best seasons in school history, while N.C. State is looking to avoid one of its worst.Any way you slice it this is a very, very big day for college football in the Triangle. Everybody has a game with more meaning to it than usual. The biggest of all is for Duke, which will win the ACC’s Coastal Division if it can finish 10-2 by beating rivals Wake Forest on the road and UNC in Chapel Hill next week. But UNC is playing for bowl qualification today. N.C. Central is...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hood's shots and Parker's blocks give Duke the edge in 83-74 win over ECU

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—“This team is not gonna go away,” is what Coach Krzyzewski said to his No. 6 Duke Blue Devils during Tuesday night’s second round of NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament play against a relentless Eastern Carolina University squad. Of course, he gave this warning sometime after the Blue Devils opened the first half with an 11-of-11 field-goal shooting barrage. While their early perfection suggested that this game would be their third, 30-plus point victory in five days, ECU—led by guards Prince Williams and Antonio Robinson—eventually rallied from behind and cut Duke’s lead to one point midway through the second...

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The Blue Devils and hyphens offend UNC Asheville with a 91-55 win in NIT Season Tip-Off

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Going into the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off, the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils and the UNC Asheville Bulldogs came packed with a entirely different set of concerns. While Duke was focused on grabbing more rebounds and encouraging its freshman phenom, Jabari Parker, to willfully roll out his fourth consecutive 20+ point performance, the first page of the Asheville game notes included a pretty frivolous concern: “Please call us UNC Asheville: When referring to our school, please call us UNC Asheville in the first reference and the second reference can just be Asheville...There is no hyphen...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Massive—MASSIVE!!—video boards coming to DBAP

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Well, they promised "Wow! factor," and this is what it looks like. The Durham Bulls announced the details of not one but three video boards that will be among the most visible results of the $19 million stadium upgrade now under way. In May, the city of Durham and the baseball club agreed on a new 20-year lease agreement. The terms included the city agreeing to cut the team's annual rent and contribute $12 million toward repairs and upgrades to the 18-year-old stadium. The Bulls agreed to take over the operating costs of the stadium. The primary display of...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Burke's 23 leads easy Wolfpack win over Morgan State

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State continues its early-season run of home games against Division I opponents from outside the “power conferences” as first-year mentor Wes Moore starts his tenure at the helm. Tonight’s foe is Morgan State of the MEAC, which lost its opener at home to Lincoln (Pa.) of the CIAA.File photo by Greg Mintel/Courtesy NCSU athleticsKody Burke eyes the hoop for a one-hander. The Wolfpack is 3-0, with easy wins over St. Bonaventure, Towson and Presbyterian under its belt. This one is as easy as expected, as the Wolfpack rolls 94-52. N.C. State takes control from the outset,...

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Duke escapes the gaze of The Evil Owl Lady in 97-64 win over FAU

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 7:32 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—If you were at all bothered to watch Florida Atlantic University head coach Mike Jarvis tromp up and down the sideline during the Owl’s 33-point Friday night loss to the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils, you might have also noticed that his team and staff were joined on their bench by a mysterious woman in a red neckerchief. Not a team manager, not Jarvis’ wife, but a well-dressed lady in her mid-to-late 40s, who followed every bounce of the game with witch-like concentration. There’s only one explanation for her being on FAU’s bench—she’s The Evil Owl Lady who...

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Solid special teams lead Eagles past Norfolk State

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Photo by Chris BairdAdrian Wilkins looks for running room as Zachary Giles (61) throws a block.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM N.C. Central hasn’t had the kind of football season it would have dreamed about, but the Eagles have a little chance to have it end on a very high note. That would have to start today, when NCCU (4-6, 2-4 MEAC) hosts Norfolk State (3-7, 3-3) in the home finale on a warm, sunny Senior Day. Win today and then upset uber arch-rival North Carolina on the road next week, and it’s a pretty good finish for interim coach Dwayne Foster. NCCU gets...

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Duke faces massive test today, others hope to tread water

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke looks for a mild upset today that could help boost the Blue Devils into the Orange Bowl.We’re getting toward the end of the regular season in college football, and in the Triangle it’s a little like the world has been turned upside down. Over the past generation it has been common to see UNC and N.C. State zeroing in on bowl eligibility early and N.C. Central chasing a conference title and playoff berths while Duke is locking up yet another losing season. Not this time. Duke is the only team of the four that has...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Young Tar Heels play tough, but experienced Lady Vols still better

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Photo by Chris BairdBrittany Rountree drives against Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL There’s a little bit of sadness around this Top 20 women’s basketball game. When the contract for Tennessee to play last season and this one UNC was originally signed, the matchup was supposed to be between Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Sylvia Hatchell, who many long years ago was one of Summitt’s assistants with the Lady Vols. But a year and a half ago Summitt became the Vols’ head coach emeritus, as she resigned because of her Alzheimer’s disease. And then last month, Hatchell was diagnosed...

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sixth Senna: New York Cosmos win NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 over Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 2:22 AM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—After finishing their regular season by losing five of their last seven matches, the Atlanta Silverbacks finally returned to their spring season champion form for Saturday’s NASL Soccer Bowl 2013. Unfortunately, the New York Cosmos continued to play like the team that was unbeaten over their last 11 games, had won seven of...

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Freshman Edwards scores three return TDs as Blue Devils rip State

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDeVon Edwards breaks loose on his 100-yard TD return for the Blue Devils.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM The only thing that stopped Duke and N.C. State from playing their annual football game from 1924-2003 was a 1944 interruption during World War II. But with the expansion of the ACC to now 14 football teams, meetings between the Durham and Raleigh schools have become few and far between. The series will resume after a three-year hiatus on a cool, cloudy day in front of a mostly full house, and the two teams have been headed in opposite directions. Today, Duke...

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The big tent party: NASL holds 2013 Soccer Bowl awards banquet

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—Midway through last night’s 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl awards banquet, I was retrieving some maple glazed ham from the carving table situated at the far end of the large garden tent permanently attached to Park Tavern in Atlanta. Former U.S. international John Harkes—rumored to be the debut manager of the expansion Virginia Cavalry FC next...

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Jabari Parker talks to himself, and other scenes from the Duke-Davidson blowout

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM, DURHAM—Roughly 10 minutes into the Duke season opener at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Blue Devils trampled Davidson, 111-77, Jabari Parker, the ballyhooed freshman who many expect will be a top five NBA draft pick in 2014, said to himself, “That’s all day.” He was referring to the shot he’d just made from the top of the key, which had started with an exploratory jab step, pump fake, and then a second jab step at his defender, as if poking a pork roast to test for doneness, before draining the 3-pointer, one of three he would make...

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Duke, State will have a now-rare football meeting today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Indy file photo by Rob RoweACC expansion has kept the Blue Devils and Wolfpack from squaring off every season.Because of the quirky scheduling in what is now a 14-football-team ACC, the schools from Raleigh and Durham have not met on the gridiron in over four years. That silliness ends today. Duke (6-2, 2-2 ACC) which still has a shot at its best season since the ACC was formed, will host N.C. State (3-5, 0-5) today at 4 at Wallace Wade Stadium in a game to be shown on ESPNU. The matchup is one of two ACC games to be played...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Chillin' at the Holiday Inn: New York Cosmos meet media on eve of NASL Soccer Bowl 2013

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—It took me 19 hours to reach Atlanta from North Carolina. That was my choice, mind you, the consequence of splitting up my southbound sojourn with an overnightlayover at my brother’s home in Charlotte. But the end of my trip came just in time for the early Friday afternoon meet-the-media session with select members of...

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UNC, State open women's hoop seasons today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

The wait is over for fans of ACC women’s basketball.File photo by Chris Baird Yes, the action starts today, with two Triangle teams hitting the court. No. 12 UNC (29-7 last season), which is picked fourth in the conference, will host Air Force (4-26) at 4:30 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Then at 6 N.C. State (17-17), picked ninth, will take on St. Bonaventure (10-19) at Reynolds Coliseum. Conference favorite and defending champion No. 2 Duke (33-3) will open Sunday at 6 p.m. at No. 9 California (32-4) in a game to be shown on ESPNU. The Blue Devils return five...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Canes ambush Flyers in overtime

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM

PNC ARENA—The sleeper has awoken, at least for one night. In just his third game with the Carolina Hurricanes, Manny Malhotra scored an inspiring breakaway goal in overtime to down the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1. It was the kind of stirring vindication that could rouse this team’s offense from a season-long slumber. Photograph by Chris BairdCarolina brought more jump and growl to their game, dumping the Flyers in overtime, 2-1.Dragging a five-game losing streak home from their most lopsided loss of the year to the Rangers, the Canes needed someone to step up and make a play. Malhotra delivered by checking...

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Soccerware: Carolina RailHawks complete 2013 campaign with 2-1 win over San Antonio, Clarke to return as manager in 2014

Posted By on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It’s as if 2013 came full circle for the Carolina RailHawks during their regular season finale against the San Antonio Scorpions Saturday night in Cary. The crowd of 6,015—the largest home attendance since the RailHawks’ win over the LA Galaxy on May 29 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup—was reminiscent of the sizable gates Carolina drew early in the season against the Galaxy, Pumas UNAM and, yes, San Antonio (6,708 saw the RailHawks and the Scorpions at WakeMed Soccer Park on May 11). On the field, Carolina put on a tactical and technical season retrospective: dominating...

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tar Heels survive often-sloppy battle with Wolfpack

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Quinshad Davis runs in the open field after a catch.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s the most-watched college football game of the year in North Carolina, and both teams are desperate to win it — not just for bragging rights, but to keep their long-shot bowl hopes from becoming even more improbable. N.C. State (3-4, 0-4 ACC) is looking for its first ACC win under first-year coach Dave Doeren, and in fact its first win of any kind since September. UNC (2-5, 1-3) has just snapped a four-game losing streak with a 34-10 win over Boston College seven days...

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USL PRO terminates soccer franchise with Phoenix FC Wolves owners

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The USL PRO soccer franchise formerly held by BDR Sports, LLC, doing business as the Phoenix FC Wolves, has been terminated by the United Soccer Leagues (USL) after just one season, according to a termination notice transmitted to the BDR Sports yesterday. The termination notice, attached below and provided to Triangle Offense by a source not affiliated with the team or the league who wishes to remain anonymous, was written by Tim Holt, USL President. The notice outlines a litany of alleged transgressions by the now-former Phoenix FC franchisees that precipitated this action. Among them are submitting “misleading and inaccurate...

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