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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Duke beats State, 95-60

Posted By on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It’s five minutes before tipoff against North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on a cold, clear Saturday in mid-January, and the Duke men’s basketball team is taking warmups. The team looks loose; it’s been five days since their last game, when the Blue Devils fought off gritty Virginia, despite another rough night of shooting from freshman star Jabari Parker. There’s an especially marked difference in the body language of Parker, who rolls through the layup line like he’s spent those five days in a massage parlor. A great tension seems to have been released from between his...

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jackson, Blue Devils blow past scrappy Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Photo courtesy Duke photographyDuke’s Richa Jackson eyes the hoop ahead of BC’s Kat Cooper (44) and Katie Zenevitch.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke finally gets to play its first ACC home game of the season today, and the Blue Devils are definitely on a roll. With impressive road wins over Georgia Tech — which oddly won’t visit the state of North Carolina this season — and Syracuse, the No. 3 Blue Devils are 15-1 and 2-0 in conference play heading into today’s matchup with Boston College (10-6, 1-1). The Eagles, who play the toughest schedule in the country over a four-day period,...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

ABC: UNC loses to Miami, and loses face

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—"People have taken their chances and beaten up on us for quite a while, but we’re gonna survive this. I’m really proud of my kids." That sounds like the sort of thing UNC head basketball head coach Roy Williams could have been expected to say after his team lost, glumly and weakly, to Miami last night on their own home court, 63-57. The Tar Heels fell to 0-2 in the ACC for the second straight year, but this time their prospects for improvement do not look as good. But Williams wasn't talking about his...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Great expectations: Duke wins ACC home opener against Georgia Tech

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM – It  was  a one point game at halftime of  the Duke-Georgia Tech men’s  basketball game, which the 16th-ranked  Blue Devils would end up winning, 79-57, on what meteorologists were  calling the coldest day since the 1990’s—back when Georgia Tech used to beat Duke from time to time, the ACC had nothing to do with Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania, and the only one-and-done college players were the guys who got expelled or flunked out. “I don’t know if the weather, the start of school,” said Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game, searching for an explanation. “We seemed...

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tar Heels methodical and spectacular in romp over Cincinnati

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland, O.D.T.J. Logan returns a kickoff for a touchdown as Cincinnati’s Zach Edwards (22) and Kevin Hyland (41) pursue.BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM/CHARLOTTE For the third straight year, a team from the Triangle represents the ACC in the Belk Bowl. But looking for its first victory in four tries in the contest is UNC (6-6), which will also try to give Coach Larry Fedora his sixth winning season in six seasons as a head coach. Cincinnati, which is the bowl’s “defending” champion since the Bearcats broke Duke’s heart with a 48-34 comeback win last season, represents the American...

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Tar Heels try to extend Fedora's winning-season streak today

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 12:11 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Sean Tapley goes over an East Carolina defender.Sometimes a victory in a bowl game is a way to put the cherry on top of a great college football season. And sometimes it’s an opportunity to salvage one. That’s the chance UNC (6-6) will have today when the Tar Heels take on Cincinnati (9-3) in the Belk Bowl at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium (3:20 p.m., ESPN). Tar Heel mentor Larry Fedora has never had a losing season in his five previous campaigns as head coach. A Triangle team is in the bowl for the third...

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Duke dominates Indy Week's first All-Triangle football team

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Photo by Chris BairdJamison Crowder runs against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.As far as I’m aware, nobody has ever put together an All-Triangle college football team. And if you’re one of the few people who has been disappointed in that, here’s a holiday present just for you. Here’s my First Annual (?) Indy Week All-Triangle team, made up of the best players who participated for the local Division I universities this season along with four special awards. Chick-Fil-A Bowl-bound Duke (10-3) places 12 players on the list, followed by seven from Belk Bowl-bound UNC (6-6). Four players come...

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hatchell watches as Tar Heels outrun scrappy High Point

Posted By on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC coach Sylvia Hatchell watches her team from the de facto skybox.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC’s final game before Christmas turns out to be a very special occasion. For the first time all season, Coach Sylvia Hatchell will watch her team play in person. Hatchell, who will watch from the lower media box about 20 feet above the court, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia and isn’t supposed to get near big crowds. In her absence the Tar Heels have been led by Hatchell’s 27-year veteran assistant Andrew Calder. Today’s opponent is High Point, which actually leads...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Peters, Gray spark Duke to second-half romp over Albany

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Photo by Orin Day, courtesy DWHoops.comHaley Peters focuses on the hoop. Seated (l-r) are Barry Hastings, Mike Potter, Joe Johnson and Nolan Hayes.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Now we find out how this Duke team will respond to a hard loss. The No. 2 Blue Devils had a very tough night less than 48 hours ago when they took an 83-61 drubbing in their long-anticipated meeting with No. 1 and defending national champion Connecticut. Tonight’s opponent is Albany, a nice team from the America East Conference that suffered its first loss in nine games this season on Sunday at home against Quinnipiac....

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Driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver: notes on UNC Mens' Basketball losing at home to Texas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—The Tar Heels continued their topsy-turvitude last night, losing at home to unranked Texas, which won't be unranked anymore. The 10-1 Longhorns, kind of a discount Kentucky in many ways, just needed a win over a respected program to prove their worth. After the game, their head coach, Rick Barnes, whose infamy in Tar Heel lore has faded over time, pulled the old coaching trick of saying he pays no attention to the rankings but then recalling how he told one of his assistants that Texas was not only unranked; they probably didn't even...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Connecticut gets ahead big early and Duke doesn't come back

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The seniors on the Duke women’s basketball team get one more shot at this tonight — at least during a regular season.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives on Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. The game they may have been dreaming about is here, since they’re undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the nation heading into their battle with No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic. Connecticut has won six straight in the series and leads it 9-3. Duke’s best showing against UConn under seventh-year coach Joanne P. McCallie was a 61-45 loss here two seasons...

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Duke runs into a buzzsaw; FSU earns spot in National Championship

Posted By on Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Photo by Al BirdDuke's Jamison Crowder looks for running room as FSU players including Nick Waisome (14) pursue.BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM/CHARLOTTE So the big chance Duke football has been looking for all these years is right here. Tonight at Bank of America Stadium, the No. 20 Blue Devils (10-2) will take on No. 1 Florida State (12-0) for the ACC championship and a guaranteed spot in the Orange Bowl. If FSU wins, of course, it will play either Ohio State or Auburn for the National Championship. The Blue Devils have their best team since at least 1941 and David Cutcliffe...

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blue Devils get the chance of a football lifetime tonight

Posted By on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke WR Jamison Crowder gets a big chance on the national stage tonight.It is said that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case that has to be correct. I never heard anybody predict Duke was going to finish this regular season 10-2 and as ACC Coastal Division football champions. Now, I knew the Blue Devils were going to be decent this year. Picked them fifth in the division with a 7-5 record after going 6-7 last season that ended in a close, painful loss in the Belk Bowl. But an eight-game winning streak...

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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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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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

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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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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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

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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