Sophomore Nick Hendrix pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief and classmate Kenny Koplove delivered a sacrifice fly in the 12th to lead the Duke baseball team past Virginia Tech 3-2 Friday evening at English Field.
Brandon Downes drove in three runs and Nathan Kirby outdueled Trent Thornton as No. 1 Virginia topped North Carolina 3-2 Friday night at Davenport Field.
Two-time all-American Curtis Beach injures elbow, takes 12th in javelin to sink ACC title hopes, but teammate Robert Rohner edges third Duke decathlete -- Ian Rock -- to win prestigious decathlon championship.
DUKE"S RODNEY HOOD HEADED TO NBA; COACH K PROMOTES AIDES SCHEYER, CAPEL
Two expected moves became official on Friday when Duke announced that Rodney Hood is entering the NBA Draft and former player Jon Scheyer received a promotion within the staff.
Hood had been going back and forth on his decision whether or not to leave Duke with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Projected as to be selected in the middle of the first round in the June 26 NBA Draft, Hood decided Thursday to turn professional, a decision he confirmed to The Herald-Sun and which was reported in Friday's paper.
“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in statement released by Duke on Friday. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. The fan support during the year I sat out and the year I played was something that I will remember for a lifetime. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”
A transfer from Mississippi State, Hood sat out one season per NCAA transfer rules before averaging 16.1 points per game for Duke this season.
Hood was named a captain for the Blue Devils, who went 26-9 overall with a 13-5 ACC record.
NCCU's LeVelle Moton can coach, shoot and throw.
The seventh-ranked North Carolina women's tennis team took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference after a 6-1 victory at No. 27 Georgia Tech on Thursday afternoon from the Ken Byers Tennis Center.
The 2013-14 season officially came to a close on Thursday evening for the Duke University women’s basketball team as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration at the Washington Duke Inn. With approximately 300 people in attendance and emceed by Morgan Patrick, Duke gave out 11 awards.
Only moments earlier, North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn completed her first day of heptathlon competition at the ACC Track Championships with a ninth-place finish in the 200. The result left Rahn in second place, with 3,267 points with the final three events to be completed today at UNC’s Fetzer Field and Irwin Belk Track.
Duke star Celine Boutier fired a 2-under-par 69 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after 36 holes of the 54-hole 2014 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Boutier helped first-round co-leader Duke grab a 14-shot lead over fading Virginia and a 21-stroke lead over No. 3 UNC.
Jabari Parker announced Thursday that he’s leaving the Blue Devils after one outstanding season to enter this summer’s NBA Draft. Late Thursday night, Duke redshirt sophomore forward Rodney Hood confirmed to The Herald-Sun that he too will declare for this year’s NBA Draft. He said he had yet to hire an agent.
NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF YEAR DIAMOND DeSHIELDS TO LEAVE UNC
Diamond DeShields, the top freshman women’s basketball player in the country, is transferring from North Carolina.
DeShields’s decision is a stunning blow to a program that expected to return every player from this year’s team. The Tar Heels went 27-10 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 despite the absence of Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell, who was undergoing treatment for leukemia.
DeShields scored 648 points, more than any freshman in ACC history, and set a UNC freshman record with 38 points in a win at N.C. State. The Norcross, Ga., native averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game and was named the freshman of the year by espnW and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Hatchell said in a statement that she did not “know or understand” why DeShields decided to leave the program.
Duke freshman star ends his Blue Devils career after one all-American season
Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer buried a shot with 26.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift eighth-ranked Duke over third-ranked North Carolina Wednesday evening in the first women’s lacrosse game to be played at Kenan Stadium. The regular season meeting between the Tobacco Road rivals went into overtime for the second-straight year, with the Blue Devils coming out on top by a 7-6 score.
Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker received the Swett-Baylin Most Valuable Player Award at the Duke men’s basketball program’s annual banquet and awards ceremony held Wednesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. No word on his and Rodney Hood's departure to NBA.
North Carolina overcomes a three-run deficit early and a 4-2 deficit late to turn back Elon 5-4 at Boshamer Stadium Wednesday night.