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Laettner, Hill, ‘MJ’ named NCAA Top 15
DURHAM — The biggest play of Christian Laettner’s basketball career, his last-second shot to beat Kentucky 104-103 in the 1992 East Regional final, has been voted the most memorable moment in the NCAA Tournament’s first 75 years by fans in online balloting this season.
Laettner, who played in four Final Fours, three NCAA finals and was on two national championship teams, also made the list of the top 15 players in the tournament’s 75 years. Hill, fittingly, joined him on that team after playing on two national championship teams and one national runner-up.
North Carolina was represented by Michael Jordan, whose shot with 17 seconds left provided the winning margin in the Tar Heels’ 1982 national championship game win over Georgetown.
Joining Laettner, Hill and Jordan are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jerry Lucas, Danny Manning, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Bill Walton and Jerry West.
The 1976 Indiana team, the last undefeated men’s team to win the NCAA title, was selected as the top team in NCAA Tournament history.
Wolfpack picks Wes Moore as new women's basketball coach
RALEIGH — UT-Chattanooga’s Wes Moore has been named to replace the fired Kelly Harper as N.C. State women’s basketball caoch.
Moore, a 24-year head coaching veteran, spent the past 15 seasons at UT-Chattanooga and led the Lady Mocs to 12 Southern Conference regular season titles, nine conference tournament championships and nine NCAA Tournament berths, while becoming the winningest coach in UTC and SoCon history.
His is six-time SoCon coach of the year.
Moore led the Lady Mocs to the NCAA Tournament with a 29-4 record and a win over perennial national power Tennessee this season.
ACC tennis roundup
DUKE 7, CLEMSON 0 — The No. 9-ranked Duke men’s tennis team captured six straight-set victories in singles en route to a 7-0 sweep over Clemson on the road Friday. Duke improved to 17-4 (5-1 ACC) while Clemson fell to 14-4, 3-2.
UNC 4, GA. TECH 0 — No. 1 ranked UNC shut out Georgia Tech 4-0 in ACC women’s tennis in Chapel Hill Friday. The loss dropped the No. 27 Yellow Jackets to 9-7 (3-3 ACC), while UNC improved to 18-2, 2-1.
ACC baseball roundup
UNC 12, MARYLAND 4 — No. 1 North Carolina used three big innings to its advantage Friday night to take the opening game of a three-game ACC series against visting Maryland, 12-4, at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels scored three in the third and four in the fourth to blow the game open.
Lefthander Kent Emanuel improved to 6-1 on the year as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Jose Cuas ended the no-hit bid with a solo home run. Emanuel finished the day with eight innings of two-run ball as he allowed three hits and struck out six.
The Tar Heels eclipsed the 10-run mark for the 14th time this season. North Carolina drew 10 walks and slugged out 10 hits in the series-opening win.
DUKE 2, GA. TECH 0 — Sophomore Trent Swart pitched eight scoreless innings as Duke won its sixth straight, beating No. 15 Georgia Tech at Jack Coombs Field. The win was Duke’s fourth over a ranked opponent this season.
Duke men top High Point
DURHAM — Attackman Josh Dionne and midfielder David Lawson scored three goals apiece to lead seventh-ranked Duke to a 17-6 victory over visiting High Point in men’s lacrosse Friday at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils outscored the Panthers 11-2 in the second half to put it away.
Rodney Purvis to transfer to UConn
RALEIGH — N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis will transfer to Connecticut.
Four days after announcing he would transfer, Purvis said Friday that he plans to play for the Huskies.
McIlroy 3 strokes back of Texas Open leader Billy Horschel
SAN ANTONIO — Rory McIlroy didn’t anticipate an encounter with the native plant life when he signed up for the Texas Open.
The world’s No. 2 golfer matched the low round of the day Friday with a 5-under par 67 and moved within three shots of leader Billy Horschel.
McIlroy had seven birdies — including his final three holes — and overcame a bogey on No. 9 after driving into the rough and catching his left shin on a nearby cactus.
Williams vs. Williams in Family Circle semifinals today
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Top-ranked Serena Williams and sister Venus both won twice Friday to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.
They’ll play today.
Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday’s 7 ½-hour rain delay.
Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.