A roundup of Duke, UNC, NCCU and other college sports Saturday.
UNC and Duke may both seek to restructure existing game contracts to avoid losing a home game in seasons they travel to play the Fighting Irish. N.C. State gets first Triangle visif from N.D., that coming in the 2016 season.
Prestigious N.C. high school golf tournament to tee off Monday morning at Treyburn Country Club ... Golf benefit set ... Colleges shuffle schedules to avoid potentially dangerous Friday storms.
N.C. State has welcomed back Wes Moore to lead its women’s basketball program. Moore spent two years as an assistant to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, giving him roots in a tradition-rich program that has fallen off in recent years. It’s his job to build the Wolfpack back up again to a team that routinely finishes in the top half of the ACC and makes the NCAA Tournament.
Jaguars remain state's top 2-A athletic program in Wachovia Cup standings ... Carrboro running back Trai Sharp picks up football scholarship offer from N.C. State ... Chapel Hill/Lincoln Hall of Fame welcomes new members ... Durham Academy distance runner Eliza Dekker finishes third in premier race, but posts remarkable time.
Aaron Gordon, who is committed to play at Arizona, scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the West to a 110-99 victory over the East in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins, considered the top recruit in the country, scored 19 points for the East and Dakari Johnson finished with 12.
On familiar turf, former Wake Forest basketball coach Dave Odom delivered a scouting report on the men’s ACC basketball in this state during the Durham Sports Club’s luncheon at Croasdaile Country Club on Wednesday. Odom, who coached at the old Durham High School — now Durham School of the Arts — was right at home among the room full of seasoned citizens, mentioning many of them by name, including former Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill and former Duke basketball coach Bucky Waters.
N.C. State suffered a pair of serious jolts to its 2013-14 basketball roster — one expected, one not so much — on Monday when 6-9 junior forward C.J. Leslie announced he was joining teammate Lorenzo Brown and skipping his final season to enter the NBA draft. ... Compounding the loss of Leslie was State’s announcement that rising sophomore guard Rodney Purvis, widely expected to be the second best returning player on next year’s team, has been granted a release and will transfer.
Nick McCrory wins platform, his third career national title in the event. The junior scored 471.70 in preliminaries to clinch the top qualifying spot, and followed that with 495.90 in the finals to win the title. McCrory finished the week with a national championship and two second-place finishes, and is now a nine-time All-American across the three diving disciplines.
N.C.State has fired women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper after four seasons. The school said Tuesday that the 35-year-old coach wouldn’t return after missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Harper, a former player under Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, was the successor to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels each posted wins in their openers, with No. 2-seeded Duke beating Albany 73-61 in Philadelphia while No 8-seed UNC topped Villanova 78-71 in Kansas City for Coach Roy Williams’ 700th career victory.
Khalif Wyatt grabbed his left thumb — the one alarmingly wrapped in black support tape — pulled it toward his stomach and grimaced. His non-shooting hand dangled uselessly as he set up behind the free-throw line. He carefully placed it on the bottom of the ball, cautiously dribbled a couple times, then put both hands on it and let it fly.
Ninth-seeded Temple (23-9) are in the tournament for the sixth straight season. In four of the last five, they were knocked out in their opening game, including a 58-44 loss to South Florida last year when they had a No. 5 seed. They’ll play eighth-seeded N.C. State (24-10) Friday, knowing their reputation will be up in the air along with the opening tip.
Freshman Skye Bolt connected on a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday to help propel No. 1 UNC past No. 29 Miami 4-1 to clinch the series.
Shane Larkin was named ACC Tournament MVP after posting 28 points and seven assists and playing all 40 minutes in Miami’s 87-77 win over North Carolina on Sunday in the championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum.