Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

Back to business as usual quickly for NCAA in NC – DeCock

North Carolina went right back to most favored nation status with the NCAA over the four-year bid cycle announced Tuesday, landing 26 events encompassing 35 different championships, including the beloved first and second rounds of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 and 2021.

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One award missing from Bickell’s farewell to NHL – DeCock

From his players surprising Bryan Bickell and his wife at Saturday’s morning’s Walk MS, wearing BickellBrave T-shirts, to their decision to give Bickell the team’s revered Steve Chiasson Award, awarded in memory of the defenseman who died in 1999, it turned out to be a fitting farewell for Bickell. This was the final home game of his NHL career, with the announcement Saturday that he would retire after the season, his ordeal far trumping the 10 actual games he has played for the team.

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David Gove a quiet but memorable presence behind 2006 scenes – DeCock

Carolina Hurricanes fans may not immediately connect David Gove’s name to the Stanley Cup season when they hear the news that a former fringe NHL player died in Pittsburgh on Thursday. But Gove was an essential, if anonymous, part of that playoff run. According to media reports, Gove, 38, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in Pittsburgh, leaving behind a wife and son.

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Hurricanes’ magic March, while fun, still fool’s gold – DeCock

As well as they played in March – and in one stretch, they played as well as any team in franchise history, recording points in a record 13 games in a row (9-0-4) – the Canes’ chance to make the playoffs came and went in January, when they had a chance to move into the eighth spot and didn’t. They instead lost five straight. Everything since has been exhibition.

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For the Tar Heels, mission accomplished – DeCock

This group, this uncommon group of veteran players in an era of one-and-dones and transfers, took its place in not only North Carolina history but basketball history, losing the title game one year – in the most heartbreaking fashion imaginable – only to come back a year later and finish the job.

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Win or lose, this group of Tar Heels left its mark – DeCock

Win or lose against Gonzaga, the mere fact that the Tar Heels were able to make it back to the national championship game was a significant accomplishment of its own. Only eight teams have lost the title one year and come back to play for it the next. It’s been 19 years since one of those teams actually won it.

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Gonzaga passes eye test in more ways than one

Not only did the Gonzaga Bulldogs hold off a tough, resolute South Carolina Gamecocks team on April 1, 2017 to advance to face North Carolina Tar Heels on April 3, 2017, but gargantuan center Przemek Karnowski emerged undamaged after getting poked in the right eye Saturday.

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Joel Berry, in final ankle update, ‘feeling pretty good’

Barring an untimely accident with a video-game controller in his hotel room Monday, UNC Tar Heels’ Joel Berry offered the final update of the season on his sprained ankles Sunday afternoon. North Carolina faces the Gonzaga Bulldogs on April 3, 2017 in the NCAA basketball tournament national championship game in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Tar Heels can’t change history, but they can make it – DeCock

They have made it to this point with Joel Berry limping and Isaiah Hicks struggling and every opportunity to stumble along the way. And each time defeat has loomed, they have been able to draw upon their collective belief that they were meant for more: For this. For Monday. For another chance to win the national title they were denied last April.

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On the road, Tar Heels bring games to the games – DeCock

When the Tar Heels are on the road, a scenario takes place throughout their hotel. Any number of Xboxes and PlayStation 4s get stuffed into players’ bags, lugged on planes and buses and plugged into hotel TVs. Theo Pinson may not be bringing as many pairs of pants to Phoenix, as he joked Tuesday, but he and Joel Berry always pack their PS4.

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Tar Heels’ quest toward redemption follows familiar path – DeCock

The winning shot came from a player who would have seemed entirely unlikely before this weekend but seemed entirely fitting at the end of it. Luke Maye’s double-double Friday night was the difference-maker in North Carolina’s win over Butler. His 17 points helped carry the Tar Heels through a second-half dry spell Sunday, the last two the clutchest of all.

Videos

Raw Video: Rising water at the Eno River

The National Water Service first issued a flood warning Saturday, April 22, 2017, and a flood advisory was in effect for most of Monday, April 24, 2017. These videos were taken at 2:30 p.m. Monday at West Point at the Eno River.
Cliff Bellamy cbellamy@heraldsun.com
Raw Video: Rising water at the Eno River 1:06

Raw Video: Rising water at the Eno River

The Durham Senior Divas 'N Dudes entertain at the Great Human Race 0:56

The Durham Senior Divas 'N Dudes entertain at the Great Human Race

Video: Chapel Hill Zen Center celebrates the flowering of the Buddha 1:46

Video: Chapel Hill Zen Center celebrates the flowering of the Buddha

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Video: New bar arcade coming to downtown Durham