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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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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

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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Saturday, November 2, 2013

UNC, State facing must-win showdown; Eagles are big underdogs

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

File photo by Chris BairdEven if neither team is having a good year, when the Wolfpack and Tar Heels play emotions run very, very high.Both teams’ backs are definitely against the wall. And that’s rarely the case when North Carolina’s most anticipated college football game of the year kicks off. But when UNC (2-5, 1-3 ACC) visits N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) today at 12:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium in a game to be shown on WRAL, it’s even more of a must-win game than usual on both sides. The last time both teams came into this one with losing records...

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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, September 27, 2013

Heels, Devils, Pack all favored on must-win Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC QB Bryn Renner looks for an opening in the Middle Tennessee State game. It seems like every week is a pivotal one in college football, and this Saturday in the Triangle is certainly no exception. All three local ACC teams have home games — N.C. Central is idle until next week’s MEAC opener at Howard — and all three are favored in non-conference action. And it is fair to call all three of them “must” wins. The show starts at 12:30 p.m., where the most interesting matchup has UNC (1-2) hosting East Carolina (2-1) at...

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blue Devils give No. 1 Virginia a scare, but lose 3-2 heartbreaker

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

File photo courtesy Duke athletics/Shane LardinoisDuke goalie Ali Kershner KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Call it a major opportunity for Duke women’s soccer. The Blue Devils (4-4-2, 1-2-1 ACC) have been up-and-down this season and are currently on a three-game winless streak. But are they really capable of “beating anybody in the country?” We find out tonight as they take on ACC leader Virginia (9-0, 3-0) which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and is looking for its first 10-game win streak since 1990. Virginia has one local player in freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a veteran of CASL Chelsea who was...

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Duke loses a track meet in Pitt's first ACC game in Triangle

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Photo by Chris BairdJamison Crowder blows past Pitt’s Bryan Murphy.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke plays one of its most important football games of the year today. And regardless of the outcome on a very cloudy day, the opponent is making a little history in Durham for the second time. Pittsburgh (1-1, 0-1 ACC), which last played the Blue Devils in 1976, is making its first football visit to the Triangle as a member of the ACC. Duke is 2-1 and 0-1. And it was the Panthers who served as the opponents for the very first game at then-Duke Outdoor Stadium, winning...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Triangle football squads a quartet of underdogs this week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

File photo by Dean Strickland O.D.State QB Pete Thomas looks for a receiver as Rob Crisp blocks.Just call it “Opportunity Week.” Two weeks ago all four Division I college football teams in the Triangle were favored to win on the same day, and thanks to a last-second field goal and some overtime heroics, all four of them did. Well, this time the scenario is exactly the opposite. The oddsmakers and experts are expecting everyone to lose, some in very convincing fashion. Three of the games are at home with one on the road. The show starts tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium,...

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hillside grad Lee spoils Duke's day as Yellow Jackets roll

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Duke’s Kenny Anunike (84) and David Helton (47) make a rare stop on Georgia Tech's Vad Lee, who threw four TD passes and ran for one. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke gets a really big opportunity today, on a sun-splashed afternoon but in front of a half-full house. The 2-0 Blue Devils will square off with 1-0 Georgia Tech, which last lost to Duke in 2003 here when current Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof was the Duke head coach. Get a win today, and Duke will be favored for a 7-0 start. Seriously. Duke will go with...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Hey Triangle, are you ready for some futball?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinWith Brian Shriver looking on, Ty Shipalane looks for daylight during the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Aug. 24 at WakeMed Soccer Park in CaryBeyond the regular slate of high school football, most Triangle gridirons will remain quiet this weekend. Neither North Carolina nor N.C. State have games on their schedules—the Wolfpack is preparing to host No. 3 Clemson next Thursday, while the Tar Heels travels to Georgia Tech on Sept. 21. Both N.C. Central and Shaw are playing on the road. The only option for anyone needing to sate their appetite for...

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Both Durham teams face tough gridiron tests Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

File photo by Chris BairdBoth Duke and N.C. Central face pivotal games this weekend.Two of the four Triangle’s Division I football teams have the weekend off, but Saturday will be a big day for both teams from Durham. Duke (2-0) will take on decade-long nemesis Georgia Tech (1-0) at Wallace Wade Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in the ACC opener for both teams.And N.C. Central (1-1) will face a tough road challenge when the Eagles travel to face the brand-new program at UNC Charlotte (2-0) at noon. N.C. State (2-0) is idle until its Thursday night home game with Clemson, while...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Duke ends scoring woes to rip Miami in ACC opener

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Indy photo by Justin CookMiami's Tara Schwitter (24) and Duke's Kim DeCesare mix it up. KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Duke opens ACC women's soccer action tonight needing to start the conference season on the right foot. The opponent for the No. 12 Blue Devils (3-2-1) is Miami (5-0), which has beaten five unranked opponents. Robbie Church's Blue Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting No. 2 UCLA on Sunday, and are hoping to improve on their goal-a-game pace against a tough early schedule. Duke, which played for the NCAA title two seasons ago, is looking for its 11th straight NCAA Tournament bid....

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Everyone's a favorite on Saturday's Triangle college gridiron slate

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 2:55 AM

File photo by Chris BairdWith the Bull City Gridiron Classic in the rear-view mirror, Duke and NCCU face new challenges on Saturday.It’s a rare Saturday when all four Division I football teams in the Triangle are favored to win on the same day. But that’s going to be the case tomorrow. UNC, N.C. Central and N.C. State are all playing home games in which they will write guarantee checks to lesser opponents. Only Duke, which will travel to Memphis for what should be a fairer fight, seems to be facing a bit of a heavy lift. The slate opens at...

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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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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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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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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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