As the most high-profile position on the field, quarterbacks tend to dominate football discussions. That was certainly true during the ACC football coaches’ spring teleconference on Wednesday, as the first questions to both Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora were about their quarterbacks.
Owning the nation’s No. 1 ranking, the Blue Devil women's tennis team dropped consecutive ACC road matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech by 4-3 scores. The results, rather amazingly, dropped Duke from the top of the ACC to the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament at Cary Tennis Park.
The Duke baseball team blanked its second straight opponent, shutting out UNC Greensboro 2-0 Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field for its season-high sixth consecutive victory.
The Blue Devils’ men's basketball conference schedule for 2014-15 features home-and-home games with North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Duke will welcome Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh into Cameron Indoor Stadium, while making road trips to Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Rice transfer Sean Obi was the top rebounder in Conference USA.
Sports news from Northwood High School and elsewhere here in this edition of "Fanfare."
UNC claims win over No. 1 Virginia; Tar Heels, Cavs earn top seeds for this week's ACC tennis tournaments
Florida State held off a resurgent UNC men's team to take first place. The Tar Heels finished three points back, 113-110, to capture second, their highest finish in the ACC Championships since 1999.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina hosted the charity basketball event as a part of its Big Three 3-Point Challenge, a fundraising effort in its second year that benefits Duke Children’s Hospital, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, respectively.
The Duke baseball team churned out a season-high-tying 17 hits, including eight for extra bases, and the Blue Devils clinched their fourth ACC series victory with a 13-3 decision over Virginia Tech Saturday at English Field. Duke totaled eight hits with runners in scoring position while the 13 runs are the most the Blue Devils have scored in an ACC game this season.
Senior attackman Jordan Wolf scored six goals and added two assists to lead No. 2 Duke to its eighth straight win, a 17-8 decision over visiting Rutgers as the Blue Devils celebrated Senior Day at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke women golfers took 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th places overall as the Blue Devils swept to their third consecutive ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Duke star Celine Boutier was the lone golfer in the field to break par for the tournament, finishing four strokes ahead of teammate Laeititia Beck at 3-under 210.
As a team, No. 3-ranked Duke shot 10-over-par for the tournament and beat second-place Virginia by 27 strokes. UNC finished fourth, 34 strokes behind the Blue Devils.
Duke carded rounds of 291, 285 and 286 for a 54-hole total of 10-over-par 862. Second-place Virginia, which was tied for the first day lead with Duke, finished 27 strokes back at 889, followed by N.C. State (890), North Carolina (896), Notre Dame (905), Miami (905), Florida State (908), Wake Forest (919), Maryland (921), Clemson (921) and Boston College (959).
Blue Devil coach Dan Brooks registered his 118th career victory and has led Duke to 18 of 19 ACC Championships over his 30 years. Boutier becomes the 12th different Blue Devil to claim the ACC individual title and it marks the 16th time a Duke golfer has won medalist accolades at the championship.
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.
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.
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.