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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pack, Devils, Heels all gain ACC women's semifinals

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Day Three of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and only NCAA Tournament-bound teams are left. Good news around the Triangle is that all three local teams are still around, although two of them got the double-byes to this point.Photo by Chris BairdNotre Dame's Taya Reimer drives to the hoop against Florida State. The first-session crowd materializes — although it’s much smaller than it would have been — despite the ice storm that seems to have paralyzed the Triad. The first game will see No. 4 seed and No. 14 ranked N.C. State (24-6) take on No. 5...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Favored teams manage to survive Thursday's ACC Tourney action

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:09 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Day Two of the longest ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament ever, and today teams with winning records are in the house. So are the kids.Photo by Chris BairdUNC’s Diamond DeShields goes under the hoop for a layup. UNC’s No. 1 is Stephanie Mavunga. It’s the first of two days in which there are 11 a.m. “Education Day” contests, with youngsters bused in from Guilford county and surrounding school districts. The noisy one will have a lot of Orange, as Syracuse (21-8) makes its ACC Tournament debut against Clemson (13-18). The Tigers ended Virginia Tech’s WNIT hopes with a...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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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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

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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