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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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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, July 25, 2013

Never sleep on black cats or the mysterious Dave Fedora

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Photo by Alexis BairdFive area coaches gathered Tuesday for the largest event of its kind anywhere in America.EMBASSY SUITES/CARY Football, food and frivolity were the order of the day as usual at the Pigskin Preview sponsored by the Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. But this time, it was Black cats and a mystery man named “Dave Fedora” who stole the show. A record 430 people attended the event, the traditionally the largest chapter gathering anywhere in the nation with head coaches from Duke, East Carolina, UNC, N.C. Central and N.C....

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Monday, July 22, 2013

UNC and State both picked for bronze, Duke voted last once again

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Tar Heels and Wolfpack will have their annual showdown Nov. 2 in Raleigh.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Clemson is going to beat Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte. At least that’s what 120 media members at the ACC Football Kickoff decided in voting over the weekend, the 120 votes shattering the record 100 cast at the 2010 in Greensboro. For the first time in five seasons, the scribes and talking heads didn’t pick a Florida State-Virginia Tech matchup in the ACC title game, from which the winner will advance to the Orange Bowl...

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

This ACC football season promises plenty of changes

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Blue Devils and Tar Heels will face off once again on Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill. GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO The preseason talk about ACC Football has started in earnest, and for the first time new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse have joined the fray.The conference is holding its 42nd annual Football Kickoff today and tomorrow, with the media’s predicted order of finish coming on Monday and the preseason all-conference team on Tuesday. The three Triangle-area teams will all have some big changes this season.UNC, in its second season under Larry Fedora, will be bowl-eligible after playing its...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Moore looking for toughness in his first season at Wolfpack helm

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Wes Moore doesn’t want to waste any time as he gets his N.C. State women’s basketball team ready for his first season at the helm.On Thursday he was the guest of honor at a media luncheon to discuss the upcoming season as well as the future, and brought his new assistant coaches to rub elbows with the media as well. The Wolfpack’s still-new slogan is “This Is Our State,” and to make that point in women’s basketball they still have a high hill to climb. Duke is probably going to be ranked No. 2 nationally to start the...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Irish, Terps will total five trips to Triangle this season

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Notre Dame will be visiting the Triangle twice and Maryland thrice according to the ACC’s 2013-24 women’s basketball scheduling parameters announced today. The conference announced its home-and-home matchups and the other six home opponents for each team in the 16-game schedule. The 2013 Big East champion Irish, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the conference for play in the fall. The ACC boasts four of the nation’s top five freshman recruiting classes, with Duke ranked No. 1, UNC No. 2, Maryland No. 4 and Notre Dame No. 5. This season will mark Wes Moore's debut as head coach at N.C. State....

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Duke, UNC women's hoops fly high; big changes leave Wolfpack a mystery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

So the college women’s basketball season is now behind us, and now that all the shouting was over Connecticut is once again the champion — taking out two future ACC members by impressive margins in the Final Four. Don’t worry. It will end someday. I lived in ACC country for the entire Wooden era. Blue Devils primed for a runDuke may very well be preseason No. 2 heading into next season. No more Brittney Griner to worry about, no more Skylar Diggins. Duke has that No. 1 recruiting class now rising seniors and a No. 2 class coming in as...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mr. Wuf: Wes Moore takes reins as State women's hoop coach

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State held its press conference to introduce Wes Moore as its new head women’s basketball coach on Monday. Moore, 55, is the first male head women’s basketball coach at an ACC school in the Triangle. He had spent the previous nine seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga where he had the Mocs in the NCAA Tournament in nine of his 15 seasons. He was an assistant coach at State under the late Kay Yow, for whom the Reynolds Coliseum court is named, from 1993-95. Moore has 558 career wins (with 169 losses) including 29 this season. The former Francis Marion...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seeing Harper's Wolfpack tenure end isn't much fun

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Such decisions are much easier in the world of pro sports. If the coach didn’t win yesterday and probably won’t win tomorrow, he’s out. No matter how hard the team has played through injuries, no matter if everybody on the planet thinks a bad call took them out of the playoffs too early the year before, and no matter if he donated a kidney to the pre-teen daughter of a season-ticket holder in the off-season. Indy file photoHarper posed for this cover photo a few days before her inaugural season at State.But at the college level, it goes a little...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wolfpack rallies in last four minutes, ousts Richmond from WNIT

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will try to finish its season on a good note with some success in the WNIT, but the Wolfpack’s first-round assignment isn’t an easy one. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState center Markeisha GatlingState (16-16) will take on Richmond (16-15), which ripped the Wolfpack 72-58 early last season. The Wolfpack of course needs victories to assure its second straight winning season as charismatic senior guard Marissa Kastanek ends her college career, playing tonight in her school-record 132nd game. Richmond has a couple of locals on its roster. Junior guard Amber Nichols (Broughton) is a reserve while sophomore forward...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Duke gets No. 2 seed, UNC No. 3; Pack in state-line WNIT squabble

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Duke is exactly in the spot most people expected for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament opening this weekend. And maybe UNC got a nice surprise. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels were the only teams from North Carolina in the field when the 64-team bracket was announced Monday night.File photo by Chris BairdDuke's freshman Alexis Jones and UNC senior Krista Gross hope to lead their teams to post-season glory. But a half-dozen North State teams got come consolation a few hours later, as N.C. State received a bid to the WNIT along with East Carolina, North Carolina A&T, Davidson, UNC...

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Heels fall to Hurricanes in ACC Final

Posted By on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Anytime you hear North Carolina fans say, “We lost, but I’m proud of our effort,” you know the Tar Heels must have played very well. A fanbase with extraordinarily high expectations typically doesn’t absorb losses gracefully, but today UNC earned praise from even its most irrational supporters despite dropping the ACC Tournament final to Miami 87-77. The Hurricanes defeated UNC three times this season and beat them in historic fashion during the game at Miami. Carolina thus regained its pride this afternoon, earning a slim second half lead before tiring at the end and failing at any point to stop...

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Heels set to represent Triangle in ACC finale

Posted By on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

North Carolina survived a determined effort from Maryland this afternoon at the ACC Tournament, fending off the Terrapins 79-76 to win the season series 3-0. The Tar Heels didn't shoot as well as they did versus Florida State on Friday, but Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige hit key shots late to fend off a squad desperate to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament. N.C. State failed to make Sunday's championship tilt an All-Triangle affair. The Wolfpack battled gamely versus top seeded Miami, but the Hurricanes created sufficient separation to fend off their challenger 81-71. Miami's starting backcourt dominated the...

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Down goes Duke; Wolfpack, Tar Heels remain alive

Posted By on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Wolfpack need Scott Wood to deliver jump shotsPerhaps suffering from a letdown after last weekend’s deconstruction of North Carolina, Duke performed sluggishly on Friday night at the ACC Tournament and fell to Maryland 83-74 for the second time this season. Seeded No. 2 entering the weekend, the Devils shot just 4-for-25 on threes, forcing too many contested shots and failing to establish inside-outside balance. Maryland also pummeled them on the glass and enjoyed a lead ranging from 7-10 points for most of the second half. The big question pertains to NCAA Tournament seeding. Duke had...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Liston leads Duke, which ousts scrappy Wolfpack with late run

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM The last time Duke and N.C. State met in this building, the Wolfpack pulled a monumental upset. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonAnd it’s kind of same time, same station in the quarterfinals of this season’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Again Duke (27-2), which is ranked No. 6 in the country, is the tournament’s top seed. State (16-15), which escaped Clemson 56-45 in the first round on Thursday less than 20 hours before Tiger coach Itoro Coleman lost her job, is seeded No. 8. State won 75-73 in this spot last season. And on Jan. 3 at...

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Kastanek leads eight Triangle players on ACC all-academic

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Marissa Kastanek repeated as the Kay Yow scholar athlete of the year in ACC women’s basketball, leading a group of eight Triangle-area players on the conference’s all-academic team. Duke placed five players on the squad while the Wolfpack had three. No other school had more than two. Wolfpack teammates junior Kody Burke and freshman Ashley Eli also made the team. Duke placed senior Allison Vernerey along with juniors Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston and Haley Peters and freshman Alexis Jones. Members of the team must have at least a 3.0 GPA from the previous semester and a cumulative 3.0...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kastanek, Wolfpack dodge a bullet; face Blue Devils next

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 6:38 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM N.C. State finds itself in a must-win situation as the Wolfpack starts ACC Tournament play. The No. 8 seed Wolfpack (15-15) takes on No. 9 Clemson (9-20) for the chance to meet No. 1 seed Duke in the second round. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Marissa KastanekState will almost certainly get a WNIT bid with a victory unless it wins the ACC, but if the Tigers win the college career of charismatic Wolfpack senior Marissa Kastanek — who before the game wins the Kay Yow award as the top women’s basketball student-athlete in the ACC — is over....

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To be or not to be: Leslie, N.C. State defrock Demon Deacons 81-66

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 2:22 AM

File photo by Chris BairdN.C. State's C.J. LesliePNC ARENA/RALEIGH—Although it was Senior Night for N.C. State, the evening belonged to a junior perhaps also playing his final game in front of the PNC Arena crowd along with two freshmen at the outset of their college careers. The end result was an 81-66 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Wolfpack’s final home game this season. Seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell both entered the contest on the cusp of additional individual accolades. Wood needed just 10 three-pointers from tying Rodney Monroe’s school record, but tonight he only converted...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wolfpack faces a must win; Duke and UNC will wait a day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

N.C. State is badly in need of a victory Thursday afternoon. If the Wolfpack wants to play in the post season, it definitely needs to complete a three-game sweep of Clemson in the first round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState coach Kellie HarperTop-seeded Duke (27-2) and No. 3 seed UNC (26-5) won’t play until Friday’s quarterfinals. The action starts at 11 a.m. with a game between No. 5 seed Miami (20-9) and No. 12 Virginia Tech (10-19), with that victor advancing to Friday’s 11 a.m. contest against No. 4 seed Florida State...

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Gray, Williams, Ruffin-Pratt lead All-ACC selections

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

The ACC released its all-conference women’s basketball teams today, and it looks like maybe the coaches and media don’t get along as well as we thought. The Blue Ribbon Panel’s All-ACC First Team, which was supposed to have 10 players has 11 because of a tie. Then there was the separate coaches’ team, which has 12 on the first unit because of more ties. In each case, there are five players on the All-ACC Second Team. Here’s how local players fared:Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named to both first teams along with UNC’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. N.C. State’s Marissa...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wolfpack drubs Virginia to give Kastanek happy Senior Night

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will hold its annual Senior Night, and while there’s only one player to be honored she’s going to be a very hard one to replace. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Marissa KastanekGuard Marissa Kastanek, the academic All-American from Nebraska who was once the conference’s rookie of the year, will play her last regular-season contest in the classic old building. It’s a huge game for both teams’ post-season chances. State (13-15, 5-11) has run out of room for error if it’s hoping for at least a return to the WNIT. And Virginia (15-12, 7-9), coached by Duke...

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Purvis' career-high leads N.C. State to 82-64 victory over Boston College and 20th win this season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:13 AM

File photo by Chris BairdN.C. State's Rodney PurvisPNC ARENA/RALEIGH—After starting the first five games of his college career and N.C. State’s opening 12 games in ACC play, Rodney Purvis found himself in an unusual, uncomfortable position the past two contests: coming off the bench. Indeed, after being sat down and only playing 16 minutes against Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, Purvis played a season-low 12 minutes against Florida State and only 20 minutes last Saturday in Chapel Hill. He hadn’t scored double-digits points for five straight games, since the Miami loss on Feb. 2. Asked how Purvis reacted to his...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Duke-State contest, two ECU visits spice up area ACC football slate

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle. Duke will have a pair of home games at Wallace Wade Stadium against Triangle rivals, taking on N.C. State on Nov. 9 in the teams’ first meeting since 2009. The Blue Devils will also host N.C. Central in the third Bull City Gridiron Classic on Aug. 31. State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale...

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ruffin-Pratt, UNC hold off scrappy Wolfpack for 25th win

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Waltiea Rolle goes up for a shot as State's Kody Burke applies the block. Others in the lane are (l-r) the Wolfpack's Krystal Barrett, Lakeesa Daniel and Len'Nique Brown and UNC's Krista Gross.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s yet another edition of the UNC-N.C. State series in women’s basketball. And in the big picture, this one may mean more to the Wolfpack (13-14, 5-10 ACC). It’s UNC’s annual home Play 4Kay game, in memory of the late Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. The No. 16 Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC) are all...

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