Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Thursday's college and other sports news
Duke falls to No. 1 Virginia
DURHAM —– The Duke women’s soccer team had the No. 1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers on the ropes, but allowed three second half goals to drop a 3-2 decision at home on Thursday evening at Koskinen Stadium.
With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 4-5-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the ACC. Virginia improves to 10-0-0, 4-0-0. For the second straight match, Duke led a 2-0 led go away to a league foe.
“I am just heartbroken,” said Duke head coach Robbie Church. “We are in a tough stretch here. We are miss-matching players; we have a couple of players playing three positions out there. We got another one hurt today, but the kids are not giving up. They are fighting, scratching and playing hard. The first half was unbelievable. I was afraid that so much energy we used in the first half and we are thin that it would come back to haunt us.”
No. 6 Heels topple Pitt
PITTSBURGH — Sixth-ranked North Carolina outshot Pittsburgh 34-4 Thursday night en route to a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Tar Heels won their second straight and stayed in the race for the ACC regular-season championship by improving to 3-2 in the league and 9-2 overall. Pitt fell to 4-6-1 and 0-5 in the ACC with the loss to the Tar Heels.
The game was played before a Pittsburgh women’s soccer record crowd of 1,419 fans.
The difference proved to be a goal by UNC sophomore Paige Nielsen who tallied in the ninth minute of the game off an assist by sophomore midfielder Katie Bowen.
Tar Heels to host Duke tonight
CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina hosts No. 13 Duke (6-2) in the Blue Devils’ ACC opener tonight at 6 at Francis E. Henry Stadium.
North Carolina holds a 68-10-1 advantage in the series and has won each of the past nine contests between the two schools. The Blue Devils are 5-30 against UNC in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are 8-0, 1-0 in ACC play and are second in the nation in points per game (14), goals per game (5.13), assists per game (3.75) and scoring average (5.13) while leading all Division I teams in scoring margin (4.38).
UNC loses volleyball star
CHAPEL HILL — UNC volleyball coach Joe Sagula announced Thursday that redshirt junior Chaniel Nelson has been lost for the season with a stress fracture that requires surgery.
After redshirting her freshman season, Nelson has tallied 607 kills and 242 blocks in two seasons. She is a two-time All-ACC selection and was an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and an AVCA All-East Region honoree as a redshirt freshman.
She is expected to return for her senior season next year.
Hillside WR Thompson honored
DURHAM — Hillside High School senior wide receiver Trevion Thompson has been selected to play in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at 8 p.m., Jan. 5 on Fox Sports 1 from The StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The U.S. Marine Corps is recognizing exemplary student athletes across the country through the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Now in its third year, the game will feature approximately 90 student athletes selected from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Thompson is a four-star college prospect on a 0 to 5 scale and his recruitment remains open.
Duke to host Virginia, Va. Tech
DURHAM — The Duke volleyball team (9-2) opens its ACC schedule this weekend, welcoming Virginia and Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke meets UVa at 6:30 tonight, then squares off against Virginia Tech Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
EA Sports settles players’ suits
NEW YORK — Video game-maker Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players’ images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.
The NCAA is not part of the settlements, which includes the O’Bannon case. Brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, that lawsuit was asking for the NCAA, EA and CLC to share billions of dollars in revenues with college athletes.
The settlement was submitted for approval to the U.S. District Court in Northern California and the terms were confidential.
Earlier Thursday, EA Sports announced it wouldn’t make a college football video game next year because of the ongoing legal issues.
Panthers sold as Thomas signs on
SUNRISE, Fla. — Vincent Viola grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from West Point, is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and after the Sept. 11 attacks founded a center devoted to combating terrorism.
Viola will be introduced today as the new owner of the Florida Panthers after paying $250 million to buy the NHL franchise, a source said on condition of anonymity.
Completing the sale will have an immediate effect on the on-ice product, at least in one respect. The move cleared the way for the team to complete the signing of two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender who took last season off before deciding that he wanted to return. Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Panthers Thursday night.