Wednesday's college roundup
Carolinas to play in Charlotte
North Carolina and South Carolina will open the 2015 football season by meeting in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 5.
Athletic directors from both schools will make an official announcement today during a news conference at the stadium.
After facing off just once since 1991 — the Tar Heels lost 21-15 at Kenan Stadium in 2007 — the former ACC rivals will play each other twice in three seasons. The Gamecocks will host the Tar Heels on Aug. 29 in Columbia to open the 2013 season.
UNC most recently played in Charlotte in 2009, when the Tar Heels lost to Pittsburgh 19-17 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. UNC’s most recent regular-season game in the Queen City was a 10-6 win over N.C. State in 1999.
Liston, Peters headed to USA Basketball trials
DURHAM — Duke rising seniors Tricia Liston and Haley Peters have accepted invitations for the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games Team trials, which will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Liston averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals this past season for the Blue Devils. The River Forest, Ill., native set a school record with 80 3-pointers and ranked third nationally by making 46.5 percent of her 3-point attempts.
Peters, a native of Red Bank, N.J., averaged 12.2 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals on the season. The 6-3 forward led Duke with 13 games of at least 10 rebounds along with 10 double-doubles.
A total of 31 players accepted invitations to the tryouts for the team, which will be coached by Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale along with assistant coaches Brian Giorgis (Marist) and Coquese Washington (Penn State). Additionally, Matt Corkery (American), Bobbie Kelsey (Wisconsin) and Matilda Mossman (Tulsa) will serve as court coaches during the trials.
Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall is the only other ACC player who plans to attend.
The World University Games women’s basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.
UNC 6, JMU 1 — No. 1 North Carolina claimed a midweek sweep of visiting James Madison (20-25) on Wednesday with a 6-1 win in a rain-shortened contest that was called in the sixth inning.
Chris Munnelly (5-0) threw five innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits while striking out six for the Tar Heels (44-4).
Michael Russell paced the Tar Heels at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with a run scored and two RBIs.
DAVIDSON 6, NCCU 4 — Michael Zeblo ripped a pair of homers to lead Davidson to a victory over N.C. Central in baseball action Wednesday.
David Daniels and Andrew Barna added home runs for the Wildcats (16-30).
Ruben Rios (3-1) took the loss on the mound for the Eagles (25-27), while Jip Richards (1-2) was the pitcher of record for Davidson and Matt Saeta picked up his third save.
UNC LANDS 4 ALL-ACC — Four Tar Heels were named to the All-ACC softball team, which was announced Wednesday and voted by the league’s eight coaches.
Freshman Kristen Brown, senior Constance Orr, sophomore Amber Parrish and junior Lori Spingola were all named to the second team.
Georgia Tech’s Ashley Thomas was named the ACC player of the year, while N.C. State’s Emily Weiman is the pitcher of the year. Florida State’s Lonni Alameda was recognized as the ACC coach of the year.
Thornton, Shealy finalists for honor
Tyler Thornton, a rising senior on the Duke men's basketball team, and Loren Shealy, a rising junior on the North Carolina field hockey team, have been named among the 10 finalists for the 2013 Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year Awards.
Five male and five female finalists were announced, and the winners will be featured in the May 27 issue of SI, which hits newsstands on May 22. The award celebrates the student-athletes who have demonstrated excellent performance on the field and in the classroom, sportsmanship and commitment to community.
“Being named a finalist for this award means a lot to me and my family,” Thornton said. “One of the reasons we chose Duke is the excellence that is required on and off the court.
“This year I was put in a position to make a difference in some young people’s lives and really enjoyed that opportunity and the time I was able to spend with them.”
Shealy, a forward from Charlotte, is a two-year letterwinner for the Tar Heels and has helped UNC to two ACC titles and two NCAA runner-up finishes.
NCCU TO COMPETE — N.C. Central will be among 12 Division I golf teams in the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship beginning Friday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The 54-hole, stroke-play event consists of four team divisions — NCAA Men’s Division I, II and NAIA as well as a women’s division.
NCCU is coming off a third-place finish at the MEAC Showcase, where the Eagles posted their lowest team score round (297) since Oct. 9, 2009.
Denver’s Karl named NBA coach of year
DENVER — Selfless and starless. These were the staples of the exhilarating Denver Nuggets’ NBA franchise-record 57-win regular season.
George Karl kept with that theme Wednesday, sharing the credit far and wide after being named the league’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his quarter century as an NBA head coach.
Karl, a former North Carolina star player, thanked everyone from his middle school coach who got him into the game to his good friend, the late Rick Majerus, in an emotional news conference at the Pepsi Center.
He credited Nuggets players, assistant coaches, scouts, trainers, front office, ownership and support staff as he eyed the bronze Red Auerbach Trophy in front of him.
“What I hope is everybody understands this is not about me. It’s about a lot of people and a lot of people in my past and I am proud to have that trophy,” Karl said.