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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Peters hits season-high 22 as Blue Devils top Wake again

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Courtesy Orin Day/DWHoops.comHaley Peters drives down court on Senior Night. Wake’s No. 25 is Dearica Hamby while No. 5 is Chelsea Douglas. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its Senior Night looking much different from how it did at the beginning of the season. The Blue Devils no longer have a natural point guard on scholarship. Alexis Jones joined Chelsea Gray with an ACL injury during Sunday’s game at Notre Dame. And Chloe Wells, who is missing her 10th game after suffering a bruised shin, is not introduced in pregame ceremonies along with Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Richa...

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NASL unveils new 2014 postseason format

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Today, the North American Soccer League (NASL) unveiled a new postseason championship format effective for the 2014 season. Branded “The Championship”—and conspicuously not “playoffs"—in the league's press release, the new format will comprise a four-team, two-weekend tournament with a semifinal round held the weekend of November 8-9 and the championship final held the following weekend, November 15-16. The tournament format, approved this week by the NASL Board of Governors, will feature the winners of the NASL’s spring and fall seasons at its top two seeds. The two season champs will be the top two seeds in the postseason, with the top seed...

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"We call that a go": Marcus Paige leads UNC men's basketball past N.C. State in overtime thriller

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Adam David Kissick UNC guard Marcus Paige vies with N.C. State guard Tyler Lewis, PNC Arena, February 26, 2014 PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—You can probably spend your whole morning reading stories about UNC-Chapel Hill guard Marcus Paige, about Marcus Paige and North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren, about the they in last night's seesawing, palm-sweating, 85-84 overtime victory by the Tar Heels over the Wolfpack. I hope you saw the game. You're not going to see a better one in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Paige and Warren combined for 71 points, 35 of them...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Duke Locks Down Virginia Tech 66-48

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Cameron Indoor Stadium / Durham – “Shell shocked,” said Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson, age 42, describing his young team’s play in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s game, during which the Blue Devils applied full-court pressure, denied interior passing, and held the Hokies to four points. Four. “Coach constantly tells me he thinks I can be a lockdown defender,” said Rasheed Sulaimon. The Duke guard stalked Virginia Tech point guard Devin Wilson like a hungry leopard for much of the game, pouncing on balls and gliding around the court in a terrifying wide-armed hunting crouch. His efforts...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carolina RailHawks release 2014 preseason schedule

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

The Carolina RailHawks do not open play in their 2014 North American Soccer League regular season until April 12. But with training camp now open, the club has solidified its preseason scrimmage schedule. According to David Vaught, the RailHawks’ Vice-President for Operations and Communications, the team’s preseason scrimmages will all take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The following is a list of matches, including opponents and kickoff times: Sat., March 8: Charleston Battery - 2:00 p.m. Tues., March 18: UNC-Wilmington - 5:00 p.m. * Sat., March 22: UNC-Chapel Hill - 2:00 p.m. * Fri., March 28: N.C. State...

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ailing Wolfpack steals a tough one against scrappy Virginia

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH It’s definitely a good test for N.C. State’s best team in a long time. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll with a flashy 22-5 record, but is coming off losses to its two biggest rivals in which State played very well each time.File photo by Greg Mintel/Courtesy NCSU athleticsKody Burke eyes the basket from outside. Today’s opponent is Virginia, a .500 team which is about where the Wolfpack was picked to finish in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coached by Duke alumna and former Blue Devil player Joanne Boyle. State comes into today’s...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

It's back: UNC men's basketball beats Duke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Two seasons ago, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had a habit of saying. "It's what we do." He'd make sure to work this little phrase into post-game press conferences with regularity, and he could use it in the context of a number of different things. It was as if he was circling some ineffable something by returning to the phrase when there was an event or a feeling or a concept that needed to be acknowledged but had no precise definition. Maybe it was a sliding notion, or rather, maybe "it" was a sliding...

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

NASL survey contemplates changes to postseason format and season calendar

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The North American Soccer League (NASL) has commissioned an online survey to select markets and supporter groups seeking their input regarding possible changes to the league’s postseason format and regular season calendar. The unpublicized survey, forwarded to Triangle Offense by a person close to a supporters group of a NASL team, is being disseminated via SurveyGizmo, an online survey software program. At the outset of the survey, the league says, “As we consider making significant changes to our competition structure, we would like to request your input and feedback as it relates to postseason play and the NASL calendar.” First,...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Duke-Maryland tradition says goodbye to 60 years.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Josh Waldman, Duke junior — I think that Maryland likes to play themselves as if they’re a big deal, and that, historically, they haven’t had that much success against us. Every once in a while, they’ve had a triumph, but it’s pretty much been dominated by Duke. I think that they like to play it up as something that they can get hyped up for and we all get excited because we hate them and we think they don’t deserve it. But it’s not really a rivalry. Monetary wise, it makes sense to them, but it doesn’t make...

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Blue Devils dismiss Terps with surprisingly easy result

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Courtesy DWHoops.com/Orin DayRicha Jackson scoops a shot to the hoop.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the final scheduled regular-season meeting in a rivalry that has gotten awfully hot. Maryland (20-4, 8-3), ranked No. 8, makes its final visit to Duke (22-3, 9-2), ranked No. 7, as a member of the ACC before moving to the Big Ten next season. It’s the Terps’ third visit to the Triangle this season and nobody will return the visit. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are coming off a nightmarish 89-78 home-court loss to UNC seven days earlier. This time Duke gets an easy win, dominating the second...

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

All work: UNC men's basketball outlasts Pittsburgh

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Sportsfans, I hope you made a whole day and evening of it and, after you watched North Carolina hold off Pittsburgh for their sixth straight win, found a place to settle in at dinner time to watch Duke escape Maryland by little more than the width of the rim and Syracuse somehow edge North Carolina State almost in spite of themselves. This was one of the more scintillating days of local basketball you're likely to see, and UNC's hard-won mid-afternoon victory was just the soup appetizer in a three-course hoop prix fixe that ended nuts....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tar Heels brave the snow, demolish struggling Pitt

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Courtesy UNC Athletic Communications/Jeffrey A. CamaratiAllisha Gray gestures to a teammate while Xylina McDaniel (at rear) does the same.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL Yes, it is possible to play college basketball in Chapel Hill this week. UNC’s 17th-ranked women’s team (18-6, 6-4 ACC), fresh off its shocking upset at No. 3 Duke on Monday night, will take on new ACC member Pittsburgh in only the schools’ second meeting ever. Pitt is undergoing some growing pains, currently 10-14 and 2-8 in its first season under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Suzie McConnell-Serio. But the Panthers’ plane landed at RDU at about 3 p.m....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Goodwin-Coleman scores 1000th as Wolfpack earns sweep of Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State can reach a milestone the experts thought might not happen this season, and if it happens it will come way early.Photo courtesy NCSU Athletics/Greg MintelState’s Krystal Barrett drives against Wake’s Jill Brunori. First-year Wolfpack coach Wes Moore has exceeded all expectations in his first season at the helm, as State (19-3, 6-2 ACC) is ranked No. 14 in the country heading into tonight’s contest with ancient rival Wake Forest (12-10, 3-6). State, which had been picked 10th in the conference, has its highest ranking since the 2001 season. The Deacons are playing well with three wins...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Where you guys going?": UNC men's basketball beats Maryland

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL—I spent some time yesterday morning reading about Len Bias, the most (in)famous player in the history of Maryland basketball. I was thinking about Lefty Driesell, and Buck Williams, and Albert King, and Walt "The Wizard" Williams, and if you don't know who those people are you're helping to prove a point, massing here and illustrated thus: After UNC beat Maryland, 75-63, in one of the more boring games I've attended in quite some time (over early, in retrospect, after the Tar Heels raced out to an early 19-3 lead and then milked it for...

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The Nate James Effect: Duke grinds out 83-63 win over Wake Forest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—With fewer than 10 minutes left in the first half, the 11th-ranked Duke’s men’s basketball team was losing, 25-22, to an unranked Wake Forest team missing their best player to injury, when Nate James, the Blue Devils’ 36 year-old 6-foot-6-inch 200-pound assistant coach, squatted in front of Jabari Parker, the 18-year-old freshman sensation, who had been benched after a recent foul. At the time, Parker had two points, one rebound, and one turnover, and had been scored liberally upon inside first by Devin Thomas and then Tyler Cavanaugh. Parker nodded vaguely as James spoke, his eyes intent on the foul...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Notre Dame rips Duke in No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Super Sunday starts a little early for Triangle women’s basketball with a much-anticipated rematch. Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop.New ACC member Notre Dame, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the country, visits No. 3 Duke today, and the Blue Devils have revenge on their minds. The last meeting came in last season’s regional final in Norfolk, with the Irish winning 87-76 to end the Blue Devils’ season in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row. Notre Dame’s superstar from last season, point guard Skylar Diggins, is now in the...

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