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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACC grid sked out; first ever Duke-UNC Thursday night game set

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The first-ever Thursday night “Battle of the Blues” between Duke and UNC along with defending national champion Florida State’s visit to N.C. State highlight the Triangle portion of the ACC football schedule released today. The defending Coastal Division Blue Devils (10-4 last season) will entertain the Belk Bowl champion Tar Heels (7-6) on Nov. 20 at Wallace Wade Stadium in a game to be shown on ESPN.File photo by Chris BairdUNC and Duke will play for the Victory Bell in an ESPN night game this year. The Seminoles’ visit to the Wolfpack, which went 3-9 last season in Dave Doeren’s...

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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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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, November 30, 2013

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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, September 20, 2013

Wolfpack puts up a fight, but Clemson is just too good

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Photo courtesy NCSU athletics/Jack TarrState's Zach Gentry (49) and Brandon Pittman (39) lower the boom on the Tigers' Roderick McDowell.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State gets its first national exposure tonight since Dave Doeren took over as head coach before the season. The opponent is No. 3 Clemson, the favorite in the ACC and of course one of a handful of teams thought to have a chance to play for the national championship. ESPN is in the house for the teams' ACC opener, which is the annual Textile Bowl. Doeren, who was head coach at Northern Illinois for two seasons before becoming...

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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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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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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sade's foot helps State squish Spiders in closing seconds

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Matt Dayes goes over Richmond defensive back Wayne Pettus for the score.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s Week 2 of the Dave Doeren era for N.C. State, which plays a guarantee game against a long-ago once-in-a-while rival from the Southern Conference. It’s the first meeting in nine years with Richmond (1-0) of the Colonial Athletic Association, currently the No. 12 team in the FCS rankings. The Spiders’ only win in the series was in 1970 at Richmond City Stadium (And oddly enough, I was there). Pete Thomas, who was on the second line of the depth chart until Brandon...

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