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Friday, May 15, 2015

N.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM

This week, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members. Established in 1963, the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame contains 319 members, counting the class of 2015. The inductees met the media Thursday afternoon in Daniel Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History, which houses the Sports Hall of Fame. Bob Harris, longtime “Voice of the Duke Blue Devils” and also a N.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee, emceed the event. The press conference gave this year’s honorees an opportunity to pose for cameras and make dry runs on the acceptance speeches they’ll give Friday evening during...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Top-seeded Blue Devils survive and advance against pesky Maryland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM This is the kind of matchup that more frequently occurs in the championship game of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, or at least in the semifinals. Not this year. Defending conference champion Maryland is the No. 9 seed and has already eliminated preseason conference favorite UNC in women's basketball's version of a "Group of Death." Today's opponent is top-seeded No. 9 Duke, which has played in the last two finals and looks for its first title in six seasons and the first under Joanne P. McCallie. Duke won both regular-season meetings - 58-57 in College Park on Jan....

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where did this come from? 'Canes win third in a row in convincing fashion, 4-1 over Islanders

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:22 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - There's something fishy going on at the ol' RBC right now...like, alternate dimension fishy. Carolina won its third in a row and fourth of five, the latter two of which were on back-to-back nights with commute. In addition, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney stretched their points streaks to seven games apiece and Staal reached a nice personal and franchise milestone with his assist on the empty-netter. The 'Canes have tapped into some long-dormant potential and can't seem to stop scoring, early and often. Now, I'm someone who doesn't mind admitting I'm wrong. It's a good skill,...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Eagles fall by 13 at Youngstown State

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM

N.C. Central got a big game out of C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) and again put up a good fight on the road, but finished with a 70-57 loss at Youngstown State. DeAndre Mays led the Penguins (8-12) with 17 points, followed by Sirlester Martin and Kelvin Bright with 13 points each and Vytas Sulskis 11. Wilkerson had 26 points to lead NCCU (4-18), while Nick Chasten added 13. The Eagles return to the Triangle for Saturday's 2 p.m. game against N.C. State before hosting their next five games....

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Tar Heels regain footing, beat State again

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:39 AM

North Carolina traveled to Raleigh to face rival N.C. State tonight, and the Tar Heels defeated the Wolfpack 77-63 in a game that State fans had every right to believe they could win despite UNC's recent dominance of the series. The Tar Heels weathered their customary offensive woes thanks to outstanding defense, perhaps the best they’ve played in several weeks. Carolina limited the Wolfpack to 39 percent shooting, including an atrocious 29 percent in the second half. Pre-game drama surrounded the availability of stud big man Ed Davis, who missed the Wake Forest debacle due to an injured ankle....

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

NCAA College Cup: Cary Clarets-RailHawks talent on display as Akron looks to complete undefeated season against Virginia

Posted By on Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY--Temperatures dropped below freezing Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park right around the time Brian Ownby scored a golden goal to lift the Virginia Cavaliers over Wake Forest in the semifinal of the 2009 College Cup. Three hours later, it was even colder as a diehard contingent endured 110 minutes of scoreless play between the undefeated and No. 1-ranked University of Akron and the fifth-ranked UNC Tar Heels before the Zips (23-0-1) won on penalty kicks when UNC defender Jordan Graye shanked his effort over the goal. The night's real drama came in the sudden-death overtime of...

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

NCCU plays its third game in Miami this season tonight against Murray State

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 1:09 AM

N.C. Central will try again for an upset tonight in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, when the Eagles take on Murray State in Miami. LeVelle Moton's club is 0-2 in the event, losing its season opener at UNC last week before giving Subregional host Florida International fits in an 83-73 loss Friday night. Murray State walloped James Madison 71-43 in the other Friday night game in Miami. C.J. Wilkerson is the scoring leader for the Eagles, who will play JMU on Monday at 4 in their final game of the event....

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

NCCU wins the track meet with Savannah State on Senior Day

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM It's the season football finale at N.C. Central, and so far the whole campaign has been a mixed bag. NCCU went 0-6 through an extremely tough first "half" of the schedule, in which the Eagles dropped a pair of very winnable games in overtime. Coach Mose Rison at that point set a goal of winning the last five in a row. Old Dominion derailed that idea two weeks ago, but now the idea is to win four of the last five and match last season's 4-7 finish. The opponent is Savannah State (2-7), which is reeling with...

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Agents Orange dust off Tar Heels 87-71

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Syracuse erased a two-point halftime deficit to rout North Carolina in the final of the 2k Sports Classic on Friday night in New York. The Orange, which entered the game as a one-point favorite, opened the second half with a 22-to-1 scoring run that effectively decided the competition. There were few positives to glean from this game for the Tar Heels. Carolina committed another 19 turnovers, shot an atrocious 38 percent from the field and, on defense, allowed Syracuse to hit 54 percent of its shots....

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Friday, November 20, 2009

UNC survives test, defeats Ohio State 77-73

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Many observers believed that on Thursday night North Carolina would experience its first defeat since last spring’s ACC Tournament, but the Tar Heels gutted out an ugly win over top-25 Ohio State in New York. As part of the 2k Sports Classic, the Heels will play tonight in the final versus Syracuse, which routed California in a game that was expected to be much more competitive. Against the Buckeyes, Carolina sputtered throughout the game offensively and, in a stark contrast to the Lawson/Hansbrough era, relied on its defense to keep OSU in check. The formula worked and at one point...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

DeGraffenreid’s big game leads Tar Heels past Coastal Carolina

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:57 AM

Cetera DeGraffenreid did it all for No. 4 UNC on Wednesday night. The junior guard had 20 points and eight assists, tying her career high with eight steals in an 88-49 win over Coastal Carolina at the Smith Center. She'la White added 16 points for UNC (2-0), while Chay Shegog chipped in 15. Laura Broomfield added 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for UNC. The Tar Heels led 33-25 at halftime before breaking away over the next seven minutes. Elizabeth Weaver's career-high 14 points to led the Chanticleers (2-1), who shot only 29 percent from the floor. The...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

N.C. State looks to start a winning streak

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Clemson eyes ACC title berth while Wolfpack bowl hopes hang in balance Clemson (6-3, 4-2 ACC) vs. N.C. State (4-5, 1-3 ACC) Noon, Saturday, Carter-Finley Stadium Raycom (WRAL, CBS), Wolfpack Sports Network (101.5 FM)   Key stats … N.C. State finally got its first ACC win of the season last week in a sloppy game against Maryland at home that went down to the final snap. Now things get even tougher, with a Clemson squad headed north in hopes of securing its first ACC Championship game appearance (Divisions and the title game started in 2005.). All they need...

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Harper makes debut as ACC women's basketball opens tonight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:55 AM

It's been 34 years since anyone but Kay Yow was patrolling the sidelines for a season opener as the women's head basketball coach at N.C. State. Tonight things will be different as Kellie Harper, named in April to fill the full-time vacancy left by Yow's death in January following a 22-year fight with breast cancer, makes her debut as the Wolfpack's head coach. Florida International, which beat the State 58-42 last season in Miami, will be the opponent in the 8 p.m. nightcap of the first evening of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational. That contest follows the tournament's 6 p.m....

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Tar Heels picked first in ACC women's hoops, but Breland may have to redshirt

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM/GREENSBORO UNC is the pick of the Blue Ribbon panel to win the regular-season championship in ACC women's basketball. But a lot of that, of course, is predicated on the health of senior forward Jessica Breland. Breland (pictured at left), who was found in the off-season to be suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, was named to the five-player preseason All-ACC team selected by the 45-member panel of school representatives as well as national and regional media. But whether or not she plays this season is still up in the air. "She's feeling great and she looks good," Tar Heel coach...

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Turns out the better Central Eagles team is in Durham, and it's not a close call

Posted By on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM N.C. Central wasn't expecting a tough challenge when the game was scheduled. It's one of those "guarantee" games that the home team is supposed to win. But when NCCU scheduled Central Methodist of Fayette, Mo., for the first and perhaps the only "Battle of the Central Eagles" nobody knew what kind of team CMU would have. Alan Dykens' club, a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, comes in 5-1, ranked No. 20 in the NAIA national poll and having one of the best seasons in school history. NCCU is 0-6 including three excruciatingly close losses. With...

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Duke comes close, but No. 6 Hokies win it in the fourth quarter

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke gets a very big opportunity on a sunny and warm day in the Bull City. The Blue Devils are all right after a 2-2 non-conference start, riding pretty high after a 49-14 romp over N.C. Central in the inaugural Bull City Gridiron Classic last week. The visitor is No. 6 Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0), the favorite to win the ACC and a team on a roll after a 31-7 romp over then-No. 9 Miami a week ago in Blacksburg. Frank Beamer's Hokies have won eight straight in the series, and the only close one of...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mudcats' woes continue as Barons get the timely hits

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:27 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Back for Game 2 of the Carolina Mudcats' only home series with a loaded Birmingham Barons club, and the Mudcats' hole has gotten just a little deeper. The Mudcats are currently in last place in the Southern League's North Division, with a "tragic number" of 16 for elimination from the playoff race heading into the game. Things don't turn out well tonight either, as the Mudcats outhit the Barons 9-7 but make two costly errors in the seventh and lose 5-3. Now, as I told you a day ago, Birmingham hitting coach Andy Tomberlin played for the...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

RailHawks' Patterson-Sewell, Low, Richardson on USL-1 team of week

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 7:21 PM

The Carolina RailHawks defense hasn't conceded a goal in 400 minutes, the third time this year they've gone for more than 300 minutes of keeping the linen clean. Although the men in the back seem to be the big part of the difference in the team's victories over Rochester and Cleveland, only one defender, goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell, takes a spot on the team of the week. Patterson-Sewell shut out the Rochester Raging Rhinos, and his selection is the first time in more than a year that a RailHawks goalkeeper has made the squad. Kupono Low gets on for his 90th-minute...

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

RailHawks, blistering sun, chase away Blues, 4-0

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK—It was bloody hot, 2 p.m. on a Sunday. It took effort to get to the stadium. Surely, there were cooler things to do. When I sat, the backs of my legs burned until they absorbed the heat of the plastic. It hurt but I consoled myself with the realization that I was watching, not playing. Expectations were low. Miami FC and the RailHawks had both played on Friday night. It was hot. Hot like Mexico 1986, like USA 1994. Who chose this time of day in this month in the dang South? The game would be...

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mudcats' Wood gets the call to Louisville

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The Carolina Mudcats' ace pitcher finally got his promotion. Southpaw Travis Wood has been promoted to Triple-A Louisville, and scheduled to make his International League debut at Syracuse tonight at 7. Wood is currently leading the Southern League in ERA (1.21) and strikeouts (103), and is on a nine-game winning streak. The win streak is the longest in Mudcats history, while the ERA is by far the best for any Mudcats pitcher throwing over 90 innings. Ryan Tucker had a 1.58 ERA last season. Southpaw Lee Tabor has been reinstated from the temporary inactive list and is scheduled to start...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Unearned runs tie series for Japanese

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Six unearned runs in one inning will do it every time. Japan rallied for a half-dozen in the third inning, and then held on for a 7-5 victory over USA Baseball's National Team at the Tokyo Dome to tie the 37th Collegiate Friendship Series at one win apiece. It's an annual best-of-5 series, and Game 5 will be played even if somebody sweeps the next two. Yuki Saito, a national hero in Japan known as "The Handkerchief Prince," was the winning pitcher while Ole Miss' Drew Pomeranz (2-1) took the loss. Arizona State's Matt Newman (pictured) - who finished 3-for-5...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mudcats alumni, Bulls' foes in TV game Tuesday afternoon

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM

MLB Network will be showing the Louisville Bats' game against the Gwinnett Braves at the brand-new Gwinnett Stadium on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Chris Heisey (pictured), who was recently promoted from the Carolina Mudcats, should be in the game for Louisville. Durham Bulls fans can of course catch up how both the Bats and the G-Braves are doing. Louisville has a bit of a lead in the IL's West Division while Gwinnett - known as the Richmond Braves before last season - is one of the Bulls' two pursuers in the South. In Southern League news the Jacksonville Suns' Brian...

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Colon, Blues whitewash Reds

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton had the only RBI hit as the Blues beat the Reds 2-0 in the USA Baseball National Team's seven-inning intrasquad game Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary. A two-out single to right from Colon (pictured) in the fifth inning easily plated Wright State's Casey McGrew from third. The Blues got their other run in the sixth on an error to Florida's Preston Tucker. Nick Pepitone of Tulane picked up the win, while Baylor's Logan Verrett recorded the save. The teams will play another intrasquad Monday at 3 p.m. at the NTC. The first...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

John Wall commits to Calipari, er, Kentucky

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Just across the wire services: multiple sources report that John Wall has informed Coach John Calipari that he will sign with the Kentucky Wildcats. Click this link for the full story on espn.com...

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fireworks! (History Made at DBAP; I Remain Psychic), or The Evolution of a Headline

Posted By on Sat, May 16, 2009 at 2:19 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM---For most of tonight's wild game, which Durham won 13-9 in 11 innings, I couldn't think where I'd begin my report later. The game took 3:45 to play but didn't seem all that long because it was thoroughly packed with action, so much as to bewilder a journalist who is only in his fifth week as a daily baseball writer. Fortunately, Chris Richard (pictured, left) solved my problem: He hit TWO GRAND SLAMS IN ONE GAME. Just to emphasize how rare this is, it has happened 12 times in the history of the major leagues (no information was readily...

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