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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

BULLS ROUST KNIGHTS

MIKE FONTENOT, JUSTIN CHRISTIAN WIELD THE BIG BATS IN 8-4 WIN

Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.50) allowed seven hits and a run while striking out seven over seven innings and a rode a 12-hit attack to an 8-4 win at Charlotte’s new BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night.

Mike Fontenot (3-4, 2 doubles) and Justin Christian (2-4, home run) each drove in three runs for the Bulls (15-5), who have the best record in the International League.

The Bulls managed only a two-out single through the first two innings off Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod, but used a hit batter and a pair of extra base hits to grab a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.

Axelrod hit No. 9 hitter Eddie Rodriguez with one out, Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double and Justin Christian tacked on a three-run home run moments later.

Christian extended his personal hitting streak to 10 games with that blast.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Duke to face Wake, UNC, 'Cuse, Irish twice each in 2014-15

The Blue Devils’ men's basketball conference schedule for 2014-15 features home-and-home games with North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Duke will welcome Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh into Cameron Indoor Stadium, while making road trips to Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

UNC's 2-way ACC foes: Jackets, Cards, Duke, Wolfpack

The UNC men’s basketball team will play home and away games in 2014-15 against Georgia Tech and Louisville in addition to Duke and N.C. State, the ACC announced Tuesday.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Ex-NCCU aide Moseley targets volunteer NCCU aide Wilkerson

Former NCCU associate head coach John Moseley recently accepted the job as head coach of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and he’s busy recruiting — targeting NCCU volunteer assistant coach C.J. Wilkerson.


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Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:01 PM

Gallery. Big Three Legends Game in the Cage.

Big Three Legends Game in the Cage. NCSU, UNC, Duke. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

GALLERY: Duke v. N.C. State baseball

Duke beats N.C. State 11-10 after Aaron Cohn delivered a bases-loaded single during the ninth on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After the game, Duke’s players and coaches had their head shaved on the field as part of a fund-raiser for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. It raised $7,267 to fund the fight against childhood cancers.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

GALLERY: UNC spring football game

North Carolina spring football game on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Kenan Stadium. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Net loss: Duke dips from No. 1 (nation) to No. 5 (ACC) in a weekend

Owning the nation’s No. 1 ranking, the Blue Devil women's tennis team dropped consecutive ACC road matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech by 4-3 scores. The results, rather amazingly, dropped Duke from the top of the ACC to the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament at Cary Tennis Park.


ACC TRACK: Duke decathlon star slips to 3rd; Rohner takes title

Duke's Rodney Hood off to NBA; K promotes Scheyer, Capel


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Apr. 20, 2014 @ 07:01 AM

'Sister Act' plays to receptive audience at NCCU

The Germ sisters, London and Emerie, both of Georgia, have been playing together since they were itty-bitty girls and have taken their games to N.C. Central.


LOVE & BASEBALL

T.J. turns pro


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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

BREAKING: Diamond DeShields to transfer from UNC

DeShields scored 648 points this past season, more than any freshman in ACC history


Young Tar Heels grow into NCAA Sweet 16 threat

UNC's Switzer doesn't look back


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Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:34 AM

UNC-bound Griffin finishes second in golf invitational

Christ School (Asheville) golfer Jonathan Rector took advantage of a miscue on No. 18 by East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin and won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club on Monday.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Beischer, Durham Academy sweep Durham High School Invitational

Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

WARREN TO NBA

N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren of Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

The N.C. State sophomore from Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university,” Warren said in a statement released by N.C. State. “It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at N.C. State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”

Warren played at Durham’s Riverside High School before playing his last two seasons of high school basketball at Raleigh’s Word of God Academy and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

After averaging 12.1 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Warren emerged as one of the nation’s most prolific scorers this season.

The 6-8 Warren led the ACC by scoring 24.9 points per game, which was the No.3 scoring average in Division I this season. He made an ACC-best 52.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, making him just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Riverside's Greene caps strong career at Emory

Former Pirates diver earns Division III all-American honors


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Coming & going & coming back again? A tale of two Hall of Fame coaches

Retirement has done little to hamper the coaching career of area prep tennis legend Lindsey Linker and likely will have little effect on cross-town basketball/volleyball coaching great Sherry Norris.


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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Net loss: Duke dips from No. 1 (nation) to No. 5 (ACC) in a weekend

Owning the nation’s No. 1 ranking, the Blue Devil women's tennis team dropped consecutive ACC road matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech by 4-3 scores. The results, rather amazingly, dropped Duke from the top of the ACC to the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament at Cary Tennis Park.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Duke picks up 2nd straight shutout, 6th straight victory

The Duke baseball team blanked its second straight opponent, shutting out UNC Greensboro 2-0 Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field for its season-high sixth consecutive victory.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

ECU nips Tar Heel baseball in Greenville

Zach Houchins had four hits and Ryan Williams worked the final 4.2 innings out of the bullpen as East Carolina hung on for a 3-2 win over visiting North Carolina Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Landon Lassiter homered for the Tar Heels, who dropped to 23-18 on the year and will host No. 30 Liberty Wednesday at 6 in Chapel Hill


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

UNC's 2-way ACC foes: Jackets, Cards, Duke, Wolfpack

The UNC men’s basketball team will play home and away games in 2014-15 against Georgia Tech and Louisville in addition to Duke and N.C. State, the ACC announced Tuesday.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Ex-NCCU aide Moseley targets volunteer NCCU aide Wilkerson

Former NCCU associate head coach John Moseley recently accepted the job as head coach of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and he’s busy recruiting — targeting NCCU volunteer assistant coach C.J. Wilkerson.


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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 07:59 PM

NBA PLAYOFFS: Who's hot, who's not on eve of real season

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 08:14 PM

THE MASTERS

SPIETH, WATSON TIED FOR LEAD AFTER 3 ROUNDS

Young and old. Even without Tiger Woods, this Masters has a little bit of everything.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is making quite a bid to become golf’s youngest major champion in more than 80 years with three straight sub-par rounds in his Augusta National debut.

He’ll have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport’s oldest major champion.

And let’s not forget Bubba Watson, who stumbled a bit on moving day but will go for his second green jacket in three years from the final group.

Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson.

“This is the place I’ve always dreamt about,” said Spieth, who was 5 under for the tournament. “I thought it was a good fit for my game. So far, so good.”

He has a shot at becoming the youngest major winner since Tom Creavey, just a few months younger when he won the PGA Championship in 1931.

 


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:17 PM

SPRINT CUP: Kevin Harvick wins Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500. Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth looks to lock up Chase slot at Darlington

Matt Kenseth hopes to get his season going and lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington Raceway.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

THE MASTERS

5 STRAIGHT BIRDIES LIFT BUBBA WATSON INTO LEAD AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL

Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.

There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.

"It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."

Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.


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Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:34 AM

UNC-bound Griffin finishes second in golf invitational

Christ School (Asheville) golfer Jonathan Rector took advantage of a miscue on No. 18 by East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin and won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club on Monday.


Jan. 22, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Herald-Sun Golf Classic to debut seniors division in June

This year’s June 16-22 Herald-Sun Golf Classic will be even more inclusive with the addition for the first time of a senior division — quite likely flighted — for golfers 60 and older.


Jan. 08, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

5 area junior golfers named to all-state teams

Ben Griffin and Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, Alaina Yeatts of Durham and twins Jessica and Sarah Spicer of Bahama have been named to the 2013 N.C. boys’ and girls’ All-State Golf Teams by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association.


Dec. 12, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Fanfare: A look at college and other sports news in brief

Youth football, college football, baseball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, golf, NHL ...


Sep. 18, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

Wednesday's area roundup