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Aug. 30, 2014 @ 02:02 AM

CHAMPS REIGN

LAST-MINUTE TD LIFTS SOUTHERN OVER HILLSIDE 16-13 AT NCCU

Southern junior Jordan Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of last year’s 3-AA state championship game.

On Friday he scored another winning touchdown in the final minute, and the stakes may have been just as high.

Brown’s 8-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left gave Southern a 16-13 win over 4-A Hillside at N.C. Central University’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, breaking the Hornets’ four-year winning streak in the city’s biggest rivalry.

“Winning the state championship is huge,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “But unfortunately in order for you to get the respect in our state, in our city, in our region, we have to win a game like this. So it’s on the level of a state championship because that’s a great team over there.”

The Southern-Hillside rivalry always seems to come down to the final possession — the last seven meetings have been decided by a total of 31 points — and Friday’s meeting was no exception.

For coverage of all area football games played this weekend, click on View All to the right of Sports (above) and scroll down to High Schools.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 02:04 AM

PROVING TIME: Coastal champ Duke out to prove '13 no fluke

Coming off a school-record 10-win season, the Blue Devils take their first step toward showing they are a program with staying power when they open the season against Elon tonight (6 p.m., ESPN3.com) at Wallace Wade Stadium.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

No. 23 Tar Heels hope to torch Flames in 2014 opener

After an eventful week, the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels hope to continue that trend in their season opener against Liberty today at Kenan Stadium (6 p.m., ESPN3.com).


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

New coach, new-look Eagles travel to tough ECU

The Eagles get their first test today. It’s not a little quiz, either. No, they’re taking a serious exam at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville (8 p.m., ESPNews). It will be Jerry Mack’s debut as a head coach.


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Aug. 29, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

Gallery. Southern-Hillside football at NCCU O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

Southern-Hillside football at NCCU O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Gallery-Chapel Hill-South Granville football

Chapel Hill-South Granville football Special to The Herald Sun | Ken Martin

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 10:25 PM

Gallery: Southern v. Capitol Christian

Southern shuts out Capitol Christian Academy of Maryland, 41-0. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

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Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

Tuesday Duke football notes

The Blue Devils like their young and talented defensive backs; Sirk in line to replace Connette, Revamped offensive line ready, Reeves, Schneider set to replace Deaver


Revamped Duke women's soccer opens season

Duke's Deaver out for season


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Aug. 15, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Worst times, best times

Basketball has been good to N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton. But he's had his share of tough times, too.


NCCU's Moton says worst times are best times

Talkin' 'bout practice


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Aug. 30, 2014 @ 02:02 AM

CHAMPS REIGN

LAST-MINUTE TD LIFTS SOUTHERN OVER HILLSIDE 16-13 AT NCCU

Southern junior Jordan Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of last year’s 3-AA state championship game.

On Friday he scored another winning touchdown in the final minute, and the stakes may have been just as high.

Brown’s 8-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left gave Southern a 16-13 win over 4-A Hillside at N.C. Central University’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, breaking the Hornets’ four-year winning streak in the city’s biggest rivalry.

“Winning the state championship is huge,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “But unfortunately in order for you to get the respect in our state, in our city, in our region, we have to win a game like this. So it’s on the level of a state championship because that’s a great team over there.”

The Southern-Hillside rivalry always seems to come down to the final possession — the last seven meetings have been decided by a total of 31 points — and Friday’s meeting was no exception.

For coverage of all area football games played this weekend, click on View All to the right of Sports (above) and scroll down to High Schools.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 01:49 AM

Work pays off as Chapel Hill rips South Granville

It was almost as if Chapel Hill defensive backs coach Cornell Lamb knew. During pre-game practice he had his crew working a fumble drill, and the preparation came in exceedingly handy for cornerback Austin Turner. The senior first-year defensive starter broke the game wide open with a 43-yard touchdown return to help the Tigers upend a scrappy South Granville team that was giving them fits throughout the first half, 24-6.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 01:41 AM

Fuquay-Varina just too much for Riverside

A pair of long touchdown runs by Fuquay-Varina High School’s Eric Sugarman, during a first half when he reached the 200-yard mark in rushing yards, helped the Bengals build a four-touchdown lead in a 34-20 win over Riverside on Friday night.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 01:20 AM

Rocky Mount way too much for young Webb

Rocky Mount has guys with talent. “We’ve got a few,” Rocky Mount coach Jason Battle said after his Gryphons got a 51-7 road win over Webb on Friday. “Right now, I think our kids are real hungry and trying to prove a point.”


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 01:03 AM

Carrboro, Trai Sharp steamroll East Chapel Hill

It took all of one play for the visiting Carrboro Jaguars to set the pace and take control of Friday’s cross-town rivalry against East Chapel Hill (0-2). On the team’s first offensive snap, senior running back Trai Sharp broke through the line and was off on a 72-yard scoring run.


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Aug. 30, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Wolfpack roars back to edge Ga. Southern in 2014 opener

Jacoby Brissett threw for 291 yards and three second-half touchdowns to help N.C. State beat Georgia Southern 24-23 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Virginia Tech preseason outlook


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

UNC preseason outlook


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

N.C. State preseason outlook


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Miami preseason outlook


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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Patriots-Panthers do battle in preseason game 3 Friday

The Carolina Panthers to play starters for about half of Friday, Aug. 22, NFL exhibition at Foxborough, Mass., against the New England Patriots.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

No resolution in Hairston case

Unless P.J. Hairston’s lawyers settle out of court regarding his misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, the NBA rookie has a Sept. 12 Durham County District Court date.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Fanfare: Hillside, Southern, Orange football ranked in state's top 15

CarolinaGridiron.com has ranked the top 15 high school football programs in North Carolina in each of four attendances classifications. Locally, Hillside is ranked No. 15 in 4-A, defending state 3-AA champion Southern is ranked fourth and Orange is ranked 10th in 3-A. ... Duke's Boutier falls in round of 32 at U.S. Women's Am ... Duke leads all ACC schools on academic honor roll ... Landon Donovan to retire ... Kevin Love to join Cavaliers, NBA sources say. ... Ex-UNC star Felton suspended by NBA.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

RORY ROARS AHEAD

LATE BIRDIE LIFTS McILROY OUT OF LOGJAM AND INTO SOLE PGA LEAD

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round — by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder — a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Dale's double

Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono


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Aug. 17, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Villegas claims 1-stroke win at Wyndham

Colombian gains win in final regular-season event of FedEx Cup race


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Nick Watney grabs one stroke lead at Wyndham Championship

Nick Watney birdied the final hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the Wyndham Championship.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Slocum, Langley share 2nd round lead at Wyndham Championship

Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Scott Langley might not be on the playoff bubble — but he sure knows how his friend is feeling.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

VILLEGAS IN LEAD

N.C. NATIVES SIMPSON, McGIRT A STROKE BACK AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Camilo Villegas got away from golf for a little while, and his game came back.

A recharged Villegas shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship.

North Carolina natives Webb Simpson and William McGirt shot 64, and Scott Langley, Heath Slocum, Paul Casey, Andrew Loupe and Martin Laird were another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour’s playoffs.

Villegas hasn’t won since 2010 and has only two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

After pulling out of the Canadian Open after one round last month, he spent the past week back in his native Colombia for “a little recharge” — leaving his clubs behind in Florida.

“I just thought it was appropriate to hop on a plane and see mom and dad and recharge a little bit,” Villegas said.

It helped him make a late charge up the Sedgefield Country Club leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine, he had three early birdies before getting even hotter late: He followed his birdie on the fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth, placing his second shot about 3 feet from the stick.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Wyndham Championship opens Thursday in Greensboro

There’s always plenty on the line at the season-ending Wyndham Championship which begins Thursday at Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club — in addition to the tournament itself.