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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Game 7 liveblog: 'Canes @ Devils

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Game 7 'Canes @ Devils...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

David Price's First Start of 2009: Durham Bulls' Finishing School, Lesson One

Posted By on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 1:48 AM

DBAP/DURHAM—Informed that David Price tossed 50 of 74 pitches for strikes tonight, threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 17 hitters he faced, and struck out four Norfolk Tides in 3 2/3 innings of the Bulls' 8-4 win, one would assume that Price's first start of 2009 was successful. By those measures, it was a fine performance. But this was, oddly, a tale of two outings for Price. He breezed through the first inning with two harmless groundouts to third and a three-pitch strikeout (looking) of Matt Wieters, the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. Price's night ended after...

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Tar Heels bounce 'Nova, advance to national final

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 12:45 AM

There isn't much to explain here. North Carolina's 83-69 victory over Villanova on Saturday night has put the Tar Heels one step away from winning the school's fifth national championship — and the second since Roy Williams arrived in Chapel Hill. The Heels were too much for the Wildcats, who played extremely physical defense and did actually succeed in wearing Carolina down in the second half, but they just couldn't match UNC's hot perimeter shooting....

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Coaches, Two Goals

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Interesting to watch Roy Williams let his team run their final play against FSU yesterday without a timeout to set it up. He seemed to have decided to let things go according to their own plan in the ACC Tournament; a tad more micromanagement here and there might have tipped yesterday's game in UNC's favor. Danny Green (hello?) would have helped, too. It almost looked like he was getting paid to throw the games this weekend. That's not an accusation, just a measure of how awful and tentative he looked. On the other hand, Mike Krzyzewski has apparently decided that...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Don't forget: Live-Blog Tonight!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Just a quick reminder that we'll be blogging during tonight's UNC/Duke game, so be sure to stop by a few minutes prior and join us for the nation's finest rivalry. ...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Introducing Durham Idol

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Every year, thousands of people across the nation audition for a shot of stardom with the hopes of a major record contract that will launch their glorious career and win them title of American Idol, or so the show says. You could be the next Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard or Carrie Underwood. But if that doesn't work out for you, be sure to check out the Durham Bulls who are holding auditions for national anthem singers in 2009. The auditions will be held Feb. 28 from 10 to 12 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. For more information contact...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Triangle Recruiting: National Signing Day

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Today is the day that coaches win or lose championships... Or so recruiting outlets such as Rivals, Scout and ESPN love to tell us. The truth is that recruiting is not an absolute science. When the college season starts, how many stars you were given by some old guy sitting behind a computer is meaningless to the 280 pound defensive tackle coming to eat your soul. Yet, here we are all the same. Today, recruits all across the nation inked their names and faxed mini heart attacks for coaches who missed out or Twinkies in the eyes of winning coaches...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Duke 69, VT 44; Blue Devils roll past Hokies, move up to No. 2

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:00 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 – In their first game versus an ACC opponent this season, No. 2 Duke held Virginia Tech to 13 points in the second half, and came away with an impressive 25-point victory Sunday night. Today, the team advanced three spots in the national rankings, up from No. 5 last week. Kyle Singler led the team in scoring, with his routine near-triple-double: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. Gerald Henderson was equally impressive as a passing swingman, scoring 15 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 8 boards. Emblematic of Duke's versatility...

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Papajohns.com Bowl NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

In a game that featured a little bit of everything including safeties, kickoff returns, interception returns and several big plays, Rutgers edged NC State 40-33 in a shootout that cooled off in the second half. The teams combined to score 49 points in the first half alone, and NC State led 26-23 before Jamelle Eugene returned the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown, giving the Wolfpack a 10 point lead. EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Meineke Car Care Bowl NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

West Virginia's Pat White rallied the Mountaineers from a 10 point deficit with under three minutes to play, beating the Tar Heels 28-24. T.J. Yates threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks with 2 minutes and 53 seconds remaining to give the Heels a 10 point lead. The play would have solidified the game, but Noel Devine returned the kickoff 102 yards for a score, narrowing the Carolina lead to only three points. EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Number 50 Needs Nine

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 6:59 PM

  Reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough will attempt to smash UNC-Chapel Hill's 30-year-old scoring record against Evansville Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Hansbrough needs nine points to pass Phil Ford -- now an assistant for the Charlotte Bobcats -- who amassed 2,290 points at Carolina.   A ceremony is planned to honor the humble Hansbrough who seems the least likely to own UNC's all time scoring record, especially considering the likes of Jordan, Worthy, Stackhouse, Carter, Jamison and Ford who all starred in Chapel Hill. "No one would have thought that some big kid from Poplar...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A public spanking for St. Aug's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:10 AM

St. Augustine College in Raleigh failed to monitor athletes' grade-point averages, to certify transfers and to crosscheck participation information, among other violations, over the past five years. The News & Observer has a well-written story about the NCAA penalties today.  The school, which plays in the CIAA, was fined $2,500, was placed on probation for three years and forfeits 10 percent of its scholarship money in seven sports through 2011....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Former UNC b-ball great Tom LaGarde joins Original Mavericks for Truth

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:30 AM

If you were a fan of Tar Heels basketball in the 1970s, you remember Phil Ford, Walter Davis and Mitch Kupchak. You also remember 6'10" center Tom LaGarde. LaGarde, a Detroit native, played center on Dean Smith's teams in those days, and he was an All-American and a member of the 1976 Olympic team. He also played in the NBA, with the expansion Dallas Mavericks. In fact, he was an Original Maverick. Seems he's been searching his memories, trying to remember if a certain duo also wore the jersey of the Mavericks. LaGarde's career was plagued by injury, and...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Athletes donate brains for concussion study

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Sixteen athletes, many of them pros, have agreed to donate their brains to science upon their death as part of a concussion study, reports the Associated Press, and printed in The News & Observer. Former Carolina soccer star Cindy Parlow is among those who've agreed to the study. Former New England Patriots linebaker Ted Johnson is among the prospective donors. His multiple concussions from 2002 through his 2005 retirement resulted in permanent and degenerative problems with memory and depression. He is quoted in The New York Times: “I’m not being vindictive. I’m not trying to reach up from the grave...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

’Hawks awards round-up: Watson, Diallo, others cited

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 8:47 PM

  Prior to last Saturday's home finale, the Carolina RailHawks announced their team awards, citing five players for excellence during a rocky season that nonetheless ended with a 5-2-1 record over its last eight games, good for 16 points. Probably the biggest surprise was the choice for Most Valuable Player: midfielder Matt Watson....

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Pioneering NC sportswriter Mary Gerber dies at 92

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Cheryl Miller, Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm can thank Mary Gerber who broke, with difficulty, the gender barriers for women sportswriters, and later, sportscasters. Gerber died Sunday in Winston-Salem at age 92, reports The New York Times. She covered high school and then the ACC  before branching out to a wide variety of sports for Winston-Salem papers. And, as the Times reports, she covered black athletics during the segregationist era in the South. The Times includes a humorous anecdote about the camaraderie between Gerber and a black sportswriter: She was working at “one of the games that one of the...

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Martin Nuñez scores, pandemonium follows

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 5:08 PM

It was a tough year for the Carolina RailHawks, but they still went into Saturday night's matchup against the Portland Timbers with a slim hope of making the playoffs. Although the ’Hawks prevailed, 1-0, on a heart-stopping finish, the result from the near-simultaneous Montreal-Minnesota match ended their season. Still, fans and players go to their winter's rest with the memory of a thrilling finale to the season's final game, in which Martin Nuñez--named before the game as the team's co-offensive player of the year--came up big in the last, desperate minute of stoppage time. A crucial uncredited assist was provided...

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

RailHawks claim six points and one trophy in two days to end season

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 11:53 PM

A light but compact crowd gathered at Bull McCabe's in Durham on Friday night to watch the USL-1 Carolina RailHawks take on the Charleston Battery. It came as a surprise to some at the bar that such significant emotion could be generated for somthing that they did not heretofore know existed. Yet, there it was, a handful of grown men screaming with arms raised when Matt Watson pulled the midfield lever that sent Hamed Diallo racing through to goal in the 8th minute....

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Carolina RailHawks weekend preview

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 5:28 PM

In a final flurry of very ruffled feathers, the Cary-based Carolina RailHawks flap into a doubleheader against the Charleston Battery and Portland Timbers in USL-1’s final regular season weekend. The stakes are high, as anything less than six points will snare no better than an 8th-place finish for the sophomore ’Hawks. In addition to winning two in two, they only make the playoffs if Atlanta and Minnesota choke. On the bright side, if they do manage this Sisyphean task, they will be in the playoffs, which is of uncertain benefit other than fashioning a mantle of Cinderella to be lugged...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

David Price named Minor League Player of the Year

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM

We heard this guy was good. Now David Price is the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year. The Tampa Bay Rays' $8.5 million left-handed pitching prospect began the season in Class A ball, before spending most of the summer at Class AA Montgomery, Ala. He came to Durham in August, where he lost his first game of the year, after starting with a combined 11-0 record, with a 1.87 ERA. He went 1-1 with the Bulls in regular season, improving with each start. The Bulls' recently departed 39-year-old catcher Mike DeFelice has been around long enough to offer...

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Durham Bulls: Things you don't see every day

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Playoffs. Had you been dropped into the DBAP by helicopter this weekend from, say, Saskatchewan, you would have had a hard time recognizing that you were watching a playoff series.  The crowds were sparse, and the energy -- on the field and in the stands -- was sluggish and somnolent. Unbeknownst, apparently, to most of the Triangle, the Durham Bulls are now just a handful of wins away from claiming the Governor's Cup, which goes each year to the champion of the AAA International League (the Bulls won it in 2002 and 2003).  Entire sections of the DBAP were unoccupied...

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Welcome to Triangle Offense: The Indy Sports Blog

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

The sporting scene in the Triangle is a lively one, and we've learned that quite a number of our writers are avid fans of one ballclub or sporting discipline or another. So, we've decided to open the Independent up to regular sports commentary with our own sports blog, Triangle Offense. We expect that our interests will be eclectic, and also that it will take time for us to hit our stride. We'll be providing reporting and commentary on major Triangle sports such as college football and college men's and women's basketball. In the professional realm, we plan to cover Hurricanes...

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