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Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

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DUKE"S RODNEY HOOD HEADED TO NBA; COACH K PROMOTES AIDES SCHEYER, CAPEL

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.

Hood had been going back and forth on his decision whether or not to leave Duke with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Projected as to be selected in the middle of the first round in the June 26 NBA Draft, Hood decided Thursday to turn professional, a decision he confirmed to The Herald-Sun and which was reported in Friday's paper.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in statement released by Duke on Friday. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. The fan support during the year I sat out and the year I played was something that I will remember for a lifetime. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”

A transfer from Mississippi State, Hood sat out one season per NCAA transfer rules before averaging 16.1 points per game for Duke this season.

Hood was named a captain for the Blue Devils, who went 26-9 overall with a 13-5 ACC record.

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:59 PM

ACC GOLF: Boutier, Duke alone atop Sedgefield leaderboard

Duke star Celine Boutier fired a 2-under-par 69 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after 36 holes of the 54-hole 2014 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Boutier helped first-round co-leader Duke grab a 14-shot lead over fading Virginia and a 21-stroke lead over No. 3 UNC.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

ACC TRACK: Duke decathlon star slips to 3rd; Rohner takes title

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.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:56 PM

Duke takes down Virginia Tech in 12-inning thriller

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.


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Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

GALLERY: Duke v. N.C. State baseball

Duke beats N.C. State 11-10 after Aaron Cohn delivered a bases-loaded single during the ninth on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After the game, Duke’s players and coaches had their head shaved on the field as part of a fund-raiser for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. It raised $7,267 to fund the fight against childhood cancers.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

GALLERY: UNC spring football game

North Carolina spring football game on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Kenan Stadium. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 10:54 PM

Gallery-Durham Bulls opening day 2014

Durham Bulls opening day on the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

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Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

ACC TRACK: Duke decathlon star slips to 3rd; Rohner takes title

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.


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Tricia Liston, Haley Peters spotlighted at Duke hoops banquet


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Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

LOVE & BASEBALL

NCCU's LeVelle Moton can coach, shoot and throw.


T.J. turns pro

A STIR IN THE EAGLES' NEST


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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

BREAKING: Diamond DeShields to transfer from UNC

DeShields scored 648 points this past season, more than any freshman in ACC history


Young Tar Heels grow into NCAA Sweet 16 threat

UNC's Switzer doesn't look back


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Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:34 AM

UNC-bound Griffin finishes second in golf invitational

Christ School (Asheville) golfer Jonathan Rector took advantage of a miscue on No. 18 by East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin and won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club on Monday.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Beischer, Durham Academy sweep Durham High School Invitational

Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

WARREN TO NBA

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.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Riverside's Greene caps strong career at Emory

Former Pirates diver earns Division III all-American honors


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Coming & going & coming back again? A tale of two Hall of Fame coaches

Retirement has done little to hamper the coaching career of area prep tennis legend Lindsey Linker and likely will have little effect on cross-town basketball/volleyball coaching great Sherry Norris.


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Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:56 PM

Duke takes down Virginia Tech in 12-inning thriller

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.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:58 PM

No. 1 Virginia drops UNC 3-2 in Friday ACC baseball

Brandon Downes drove in three runs and Nathan Kirby outdueled Trent Thornton as No. 1 Virginia topped North Carolina 3-2 Friday night at Davenport Field.

 

 


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

ACC TRACK: Duke decathlon star slips to 3rd; Rohner takes title

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.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

WORST-KEPT SECRET

DUKE"S RODNEY HOOD HEADED TO NBA; COACH K PROMOTES AIDES SCHEYER, CAPEL

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.

Hood had been going back and forth on his decision whether or not to leave Duke with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Projected as to be selected in the middle of the first round in the June 26 NBA Draft, Hood decided Thursday to turn professional, a decision he confirmed to The Herald-Sun and which was reported in Friday's paper.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in statement released by Duke on Friday. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. The fan support during the year I sat out and the year I played was something that I will remember for a lifetime. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”

A transfer from Mississippi State, Hood sat out one season per NCAA transfer rules before averaging 16.1 points per game for Duke this season.

Hood was named a captain for the Blue Devils, who went 26-9 overall with a 13-5 ACC record.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

LOVE & BASEBALL

NCCU's LeVelle Moton can coach, shoot and throw.


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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 07:59 PM

NBA PLAYOFFS: Who's hot, who's not on eve of real season

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 08:14 PM

THE MASTERS

SPIETH, WATSON TIED FOR LEAD AFTER 3 ROUNDS

Young and old. Even without Tiger Woods, this Masters has a little bit of everything.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is making quite a bid to become golf’s youngest major champion in more than 80 years with three straight sub-par rounds in his Augusta National debut.

He’ll have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport’s oldest major champion.

And let’s not forget Bubba Watson, who stumbled a bit on moving day but will go for his second green jacket in three years from the final group.

Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson.

“This is the place I’ve always dreamt about,” said Spieth, who was 5 under for the tournament. “I thought it was a good fit for my game. So far, so good.”

He has a shot at becoming the youngest major winner since Tom Creavey, just a few months younger when he won the PGA Championship in 1931.

 


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:17 PM

SPRINT CUP: Kevin Harvick wins Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500. Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth looks to lock up Chase slot at Darlington

Matt Kenseth hopes to get his season going and lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington Raceway.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

THE MASTERS

5 STRAIGHT BIRDIES LIFT BUBBA WATSON INTO LEAD AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL

Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.

There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.

"It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."

Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.


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Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:34 AM

UNC-bound Griffin finishes second in golf invitational

Christ School (Asheville) golfer Jonathan Rector took advantage of a miscue on No. 18 by East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin and won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club on Monday.


Jan. 22, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Herald-Sun Golf Classic to debut seniors division in June

This year’s June 16-22 Herald-Sun Golf Classic will be even more inclusive with the addition for the first time of a senior division — quite likely flighted — for golfers 60 and older.


Jan. 08, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

5 area junior golfers named to all-state teams

Ben Griffin and Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, Alaina Yeatts of Durham and twins Jessica and Sarah Spicer of Bahama have been named to the 2013 N.C. boys’ and girls’ All-State Golf Teams by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association.


Dec. 12, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Fanfare: A look at college and other sports news in brief

Youth football, college football, baseball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, golf, NHL ...


Sep. 18, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

Wednesday's area roundup