Fifth-seeded North Carolina downed fourth-seeded rival and defending ACC champion N.C. State 8-4 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship and earned a shot at top-seeded Florida State in Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.
Callie Sherr scored once in each half Wednesday night as Jordan clinched the PAC-6 4-A women’s soccer title over second place East Chapel Hill 2-1.
Duke will visit Wisconsin in a battle of potential top-five teams while North Carolina will host Iowa for just the second time as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The pairings were announced Thursday by ESPN. In ESPN early preseason polls, Duke is No. 2, Wisconsin No. 4, UNC No. 6 and Iowan No. 25.
No. 19 Florida State smoked the course with a 4-under-par 284 in the opening round of the ACC Men’s Golf Championship Friday at the Old North State Club. But the Seminoles failed to smoke the field. FSU leads No. 5 Georgia Tech by four strokes.
Third-seeded North Carolina will match up against sixth-seeded N.C. State Friday at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament at the Cary Tennis Park. Duke will meet Virginia Tech at noon.
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.
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.
Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann chats with former Triangle sports writer Terry Hill about N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren's decision to opt for the NBA.
NOTE: Fomer NBA player and NBA assistant coach Michael Curry has been hired to coach men's basketball team at Florida Atlantic University.
Lou Pucillo, Sam Esposito, Dennis Byrd, Dick Dickey, Jack McDowall, Chasity Melvin, Danny Peebles, Charmaine Hooper, Steve Rerych and Wendell Murphy named to third class of NCSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Last year’s series between North Carolina and N.C. State featured an 18-inning marathon in the ACC Tournament and two meetings in the College World Series.
But both programs have struggled this season. So when the teams meet today at a sold-out Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7 p.m., weather permitting) for what could be their only 2014 matchup, the result will be important for a different reason.
After combining to go 109-28 last season, both UNC (21-15) and N.C. State (20-15) are fighting to make the NCAA Tournament field this year. Aside from the bragging rights involved with beating a rival in front of at least 10,000 fans, both teams also need a win to improve their postseason resume.
N.C. State scored two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth in a 6-2 win over Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Jacoby Brissett threw two long touchdown passes to Bryan Underwood in Brissett's first public performance as the Wolfpack’s starter, a 34-0 victory by his Red team Saturday in N.C. State’s spring game.
N.C. State closes offseason drills with Saturday's Kay Yow Spring Game, which will be the public's first look at the offense led by Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren of Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
The N.C. State sophomore from Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university,” Warren said in a statement released by N.C. State. “It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at N.C. State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”
Warren played at Durham’s Riverside High School before playing his last two seasons of high school basketball at Raleigh’s Word of God Academy and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
After averaging 12.1 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Warren emerged as one of the nation’s most prolific scorers this season.
The 6-8 Warren led the ACC by scoring 24.9 points per game, which was the No.3 scoring average in Division I this season. He made an ACC-best 52.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, making him just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Looking for its eighth Bryan National Collegiate title, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team holds a six-stroke lead heading into the final round at the 6,386-yard, par 72 Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The golfers dealt with light rain during most of the second round.