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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

DUKE PICKED 2ND

HEADY STUFF: DUKE GETS 33 1ST-PLACE VOTES IN COASTAL, FAVORITE MIAMI GETS 26

Since the turn of the 21st century, Duke being picked at the bottom of ACC football in the preseason stood alongside certainties like death and taxes.

That all changed on Monday.

Coming off winning a school-record 10 games and reaching the ACC Championship Game, Duke was picked second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media attending ACC Football Kickoff press conferences at the Grandover Resort.

The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC last season to win the Coastal Division for the first time. They did so after being picked to finish seventh in the seven-team division last summer.

Duke has been picked last, except for being picked next to last in 2007, in the Coastal Division every year since the ACC split into divisions for the 2005 season. Prior to that, Duke was picked last in the entire ACC every year from 2000-2004.

“We are obviously chosen much differently than we have been in the past,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. “That means about as much as it meant a year ago. There really is no value.”

Cutcliffe did acknowledge, though, that seeing Duke picked second in the Coastal Division behind only Miami has to be memorable for his players.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

UNC’s only incoming freshman ready to step in

North Carolina incoming freshman Jamie Cherry burnished her reputation as a scorer with a game-high 24 points in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game in Greensboro Coliseum on Monday. But she plans to change her mindset when she plays for the Tar Heels this season.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

Panthers QB Newton seeks chemistry with new WRs

Cam Newton will have plenty to do when the NFC South champion Panthers report to training camp.

In between spending time in the training room rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery, Newton hopes to develop some on-field chemistry with a completely revamped group of wide receivers.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

New ACC settles into era of stability

Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference.

It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too -- sort of -- and nobody else is leaving.


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Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

GALLERY: 37th annual Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational

Photos from the final day of competition during the 37th annual Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen Click here to buy photos!

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Gallery- the Pacific Coast League and the International league All-Star game in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

The Pacific Coast League and the International league All-Star game in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

GALLERY: Allan Dykstra crowned Triple-A Home Run champion

Allan Dykstra crowned champion during the Triple-A Home Run Derby at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Monday, July 14, 2014.GALLERY: Triple-A Home Run Derby at the DBAP. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen and Morgan McCloy

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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

Duke's Mellencamp faces alcohol charge

Walk-on defensive back, son of John Mellencamp, also has felony assualt charge pending


Looking at Duke's football depth chart

Duke revamping defensive front


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Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

UNC LB declares for supplemental draft

North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford has entered the 2014 NFL supplemental draft and will not be returning to campus for his senior season.


Duke, UNC represented on Hornung list

DeShields headed to Tennessee


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Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Northern's Council lights it up in East-West All-Star Game

Ricky Council had something to prove Monday night in Greensboro Coliseum during the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. The West won 98-86, but Council led the East with 21 points. It took him a while to get going, but he found his mojo in the second half and had it working.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

STRIDE RIGHT

The Durham Striders won the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Track Meet — again.

Click here for complete results from the Blunt Invitational.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 12:19 AM

Ricky Council II among locals in East-West game

Catherine Romaine and Jamella Smith, state champions from the Chapel Hill High School girls' basketball team, also are representing the area in tonight's all-star game in Greensboro.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 09:10 PM

ALMOST FAMOUS

BERMUDA STAR TOPS USTA MARK AT BLUNT INVITATIONAL, BUT WON'T GET CREDIT FOR U.S. RECORD

In one amazing, spring-loaded leap that had shaped up as an improbable success, Sakari Famous of the tiny island of Bermuda achieved a very large milestone Saturday, jumping higher than the U.S. Track Association national record for her age group.

The 14-year-old high jumper from the Bermuda Pacers team cleared the bar at 1.75 meters (5 feet, 8-¾ inches) at the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational track meet. Although it was better than the U.S. national record of 1.74 meters in the 13-14 age group, Famous won’t be credited in the record books because she is not a U.S. competitor.

Still, the gold medal performance was a personal best, and smashed the 1.74-meter meet record set in 2003 by Durham Striders alumnus Patience Coleman, who went on to be an All-American and ACC champion high jumper for UNC Chapel Hill.

The Bull City Express 4x100 relay team of Alexandria Council, Ama-Selina Tchume, Carolyn Brown, and Sydnei Murphy smashed the girls 17-18 age group meet record with a time of 45.10. The old record of 46.16 was set in 2006 by the Carolina Mustangs.

After Saturday’s second day of competition at Durham County Memorial Stadium, the host Durham Striders were in first place in both the male and female overall team race. Action resumes Sunday morning.

For complete, live Blunt Invitational scoring updates, click here

 


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Southern star highlights preseason 3-A all-state football team

NCPreps.com has named quarterback Kendall Hinton of reigning state 3-A champion Southern High School to its preseason 3-A North Carolina all-state team. ... Hillside star OT Emanuel McGirt was named to the 4-A all-state team.


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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

ACC Kickoff Notebook: FSU No. 1 in media poll

The reigning national champion Florida State Seminoles are the pick of the media attending ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort to win the league championship for the third year in a row. ... Johson likes Tech 'D' under Roof ... Fedora discusses reopening of NCCA probe. ...


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Fedora: Maturation process key for young, talented Tar Heels

With just 10 seniors on the depth chart, UNC coach Larry Fedora said this is the youngest team he’s had in 26 years. “It should be a lot of fun but there will be some headaches involved,” Fedora said Monday at the ACC Football Kickoff.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

DUKE PICKED 2ND

HEADY STUFF: DUKE GETS 33 1ST-PLACE VOTES IN COASTAL, FAVORITE MIAMI GETS 26

Since the turn of the 21st century, Duke being picked at the bottom of ACC football in the preseason stood alongside certainties like death and taxes.

That all changed on Monday.

Coming off winning a school-record 10 games and reaching the ACC Championship Game, Duke was picked second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media attending ACC Football Kickoff press conferences at the Grandover Resort.

The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC last season to win the Coastal Division for the first time. They did so after being picked to finish seventh in the seven-team division last summer.

Duke has been picked last, except for being picked next to last in 2007, in the Coastal Division every year since the ACC split into divisions for the 2005 season. Prior to that, Duke was picked last in the entire ACC every year from 2000-2004.

“We are obviously chosen much differently than we have been in the past,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. “That means about as much as it meant a year ago. There really is no value.”

Cutcliffe did acknowledge, though, that seeing Duke picked second in the Coastal Division behind only Miami has to be memorable for his players.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Duke walk-on Mellencamp in legal trouble again

Duke walk-on football player Hud Mellencamp, the son of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, remains part of the Blue Devils football program despite his second arrest in the last 12 months.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 07:39 PM

Swofford: Change all but certain in ACC

The NCAA will vote Aug. 7 on a proposal that would give the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 more voting power on rules.


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Jul. 20, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Crouching Tiger can't get right

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Stephenson: Ear-blowing incident doesn’t define me

Lance Stephenson doesn’t want to be known as the guy who blew in LeBron James’ ear. Stephenson said during his introductory news conference Friday in Charlotte he’s “a little upset” that the ear-blowing incident in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami is how some people have defined him as a player.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

McIlroy and Woods deliver in first round of British Open

Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Hornets add former Pacers' guard Stephenson

Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte. The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Jeter stars in All-Star Game finale, Trout spurs AL victory

Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. ... Mike Trout's tiebreaking triple and later go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors. ... Also: Photos ... Box score ... Play-by-Play ... All-time MVP and All-Star Game records.


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Jul. 20, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Crouching Tiger can't get right

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

McIlroy eagles 2 of final 3 holes to take commanding lead

Rory McIlroy knows how quickly a big lead can slip away, so he wasn’t satisfied by simply restoring it Saturday in the British Open. He wanted more. Tied for the lead after 13 holes, McIlroy fired eagle 3s at Nos. 16 and 18 to pull away from field Saturday. Complete coverage.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 10:18 PM

McIlroy dominates Royal Liverpool as Tiger Tumbles

Rory McIlroy cast aside any talk of those second-round doldrums with a performance at Royal Liverpool that threatened to turn this into another major championship runaway. As for Tiger Woods, he was fortunate just to make the cut at the British Open. ... Related stories ... Scoring ... Tournament at a glance ... Saturday's tee times.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

McIlroy and Woods deliver in first round of British Open

Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Bull City Open seeks players, sponsors

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club will be among the beneficiaries of the Bull City Open Golf Championship in August.