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Nov. 26, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

Battle 4 Atlantis: Butler shocks Tar Heels 74-66

Alex Barlow scored 17 points, Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 17 more and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Roosevelt Jones scored 12 for the Bulldogs (4-0), who topped the Tar Heels in an early-season tournament for the second time in as many meetings. Butler beat North Carolina at the Maui Invitational in 2012, blowing the game open in the first half of that meeting.

A 16-4 run over a 5½-minute second-half stretch was the key for Butler this time, turning a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 07:15 PM

Duke dominates Furman

No. 4 Blue Devils run Cameron winning streak to 36 with another lopsided win


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Tar Heels on move for Thanksgiving as Wolfpack looms

Even with Saturday’s impending rivalry home matchup against N.C. State (12:30 p.m., WRAL), more than football will be on the minds of many North Carolina players Thursday (Nov. 27) as they celebrate Thanksgiving.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

Duke seniors have had ‘spectacular’ run

When the Blue Devils host Wake Forest on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPNU), 28 seniors and their families will be honored in the usual manner before the game.


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Nov. 21, 2014 @ 12:08 AM

GALLERY: North Carolina v. Duke, 45-20

The North Carolina Tar Heels reclaim the Victory Bell with a 45-20 win over Duke. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas and Christine T. Nguyen

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:31 PM

Gallery-North Carolina women basketball and Oklahoma State

North Carolina women basketball and Oklahoma State The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:43 PM

GALLERY: North Carolina v. Robert Morris, 103-59

Photos from the men's basketball game between North Carolina and Robert Morris at the Smith Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

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Nov. 25, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

UNC celebration damages Duke locker room

Tar Heels apologize, will pay for repairs, after spray painting Duke facilities


Cook shoots Duke past Stanford for CVC title

Coach K, Dawkins set to face off


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Nov. 25, 2014 @ 10:43 PM

Tough? Enough!

Tough talk from N.C. State safety Hakim Jones toward North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams is right on time for Saturday's rivalry game between their teams.


All the athletes I cover eventually have to leave -- now it's my turn to move on

My AP Top 25 ballot: FSU back on top


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Nov. 20, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Prep playoffs: Four left ... and counting

Four area teams remain alive for Friday’s (Nov. 21) 7:30 p.m. second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, but only one can be considered a favorite. Reigning state 3-AA champion Southern is that favorite, as the No. 1 seed hosts No. 8 Clayton Cleveland. Southern is one of three Big Eight 3-A Conference teams still alive after the first round of the playoffs, joining No. 6 seed Orange and No. 12 Chapel Hill, both of whom play on the road in 3-AA action tonight. In Fayetteville, 4-A No. 5 seed Hillside (8-4) will have its hands more than full when it travels to meet No. 4 Seventy-First (12-0).


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

Football playoffs: Southern prepping for big-time challenge

Reigning state 3-AA football champion Southern got the lowest-seeded opponent it could for a second round state playoff game in visiting Clayton Cleveland (7:30 p.m. Friday). But the No. 1 Eastern Regional seed Spartans might be shaking their heads about that. While Cleveland might be a No. 8 seed, the Rams play like a team that should have been seeded much higher.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

Southern's Brown could land at Duke

Duke is among several college teams for which Southern running back Jordon Brown might suit up on Saturdays.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Prep Football Playoffs: Hillside runs up big lead, holds on late

Special teams play and a punishing defense that forced four turnovers propelled Hillside to a 42-28 win Friday over Fayetteville E.E. Smith and into the second round of the 4-A state playoffs.

Follow the links below to coverage of all 10 of Friday's area playoff games.
Southern 25, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Orange 21, Sanford Lee County 20
Northern Guilford 56, Northwood 26
Chapel Hill 42, Shallotte West Brunswick 14
Fayetteville Seventy-First 28, Riverside 0
Fayetteville Cape Fear 32, Northern 14
Bunn 15, South Granville 6
Bakersville Mitchell County 35, Granville Central 14
North Edgecombe 47, Kestrel Heights 0


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:50 AM

North Edgecombe dominates wrong-way Kestrel Heights 47-0

Taking a wrong turn en route to North Edgecombe and arriving barely five minutes before Friday’s kickoff, the Kestrel Heights Hawks probably wish they had not gotten there at all after the Warriors plucked them clean in the first round of the NCHSSA 1-A playoffs.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:48 AM

Granville Central's red-zone failings lead to 35-14 loss

No. 6 seed Mitchell County (8-4) downed No. 11 Granville Central (7-5) in Bakersville late Friday to eliminate the Panthers from the NCHSAA 1-AA playoffs.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:45 AM

Cape Fear buries Northern in 291 ground yards

No. 7 seed Fayetteville Cape Fear dominated No. 10 Northern 32-14 Friday night.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:43 AM

Half-dozen turnovers doom Northwood in 56-26 loss

An outstanding season came to an improbable end for Northwood Friday as the 9-3 10th-seeded Chargers turned the ball over six times and were routed by No. 7 seed Northern Guilford (11-1) 56-26 on the road.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:05 AM

Stout defense saves the day for Southern

In a rare occurrence, Southern’s offense had an off night Friday, but the defense picked up the slack and led the Spartans to a 25-6 win over Cardinal Gibbons in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-AA state playoffs.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 12:49 AM

South Granville can’t get it done in red zone; falls to Bunn

South Granville had more than enough chances to win, but wasn’t able to cash in until it was simply too late in a 15-6 elimination loss to Northern Carolina 2-A Conference rival Bunn in the opening round of the 2-AA playoffs Friday.


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Nov. 25, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Duke women rip Buffalo 88-54

The eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils handily beat the visiting Buffalo Bulls 88-54 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night, but they needed some time to do it.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

NCCU falls to Cincinnati 59-50 on road ... Developing

Underdog N.C. Central kept undefeated Cincinnati honest Tuesday night, trailing by six points at the half and keeping the margin right there through most of the final 10 minutes of regulation before the Bearcats held off the Eagles 59-50.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

Duke players’ anger focused on Wake game

Duke’s football players are angry, annoyed by losses to Virginia Tech and North Carolina last week that knocked the Blue Devils out of the Top 25 and ruined their ACC championship hopes. The task at hand is to get the Blue Devils to focus on their final regular-season game, against Wake Forest Saturday (7 p.m., ESPNU), and focus that energy toward ending the two-game losing streak.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Tar Heels to open Battle 4 Atlantis tournament today

The No. 5 Tar Heels (3-0) lost to Butler two years again in Maui and the teams face off in another exotic locale at noon Wednesday (Nov. 26) (ESPN2) in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 09:14 PM

Golden time of day at NCCU

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Oct. 30, 2014 @ 07:37 PM

Glimmers of Duke's Parker in NBA opener

If there’s a basketball game being played involving Jabari Parker, it’s only natural to find him in the starting lineup.

That was the case at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy where Parker started on four consecutive state championship teams and was the national prep player of the year.

 

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

Hairston sits the bench in NBA debut

P.J. Hairston’s NBA career started the exact same way his college career at North Carolina ended – with the Greensboro native never getting in the game.

 

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 01:07 AM

Hurricanes' miscues lead to opening night defeat

Islanders convert power plays into early lead and hold on to top Carolina 5-3 at PNC Arena.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

P.J. Hairston court date continued to Nov. 14

Nine games into the upcoming NBA regular season, the Charlotte Hornets have a 9 p.m. tip with the Phoenix Suns. Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston is due in Durham County District Court that morning, Nov. 14. He was supposed to be in court Friday, Sept. 12, but his case has been delayed again.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Patriots-Panthers do battle in preseason game 3 Friday

The Carolina Panthers to play starters for about half of Friday, Aug. 22, NFL exhibition at Foxborough, Mass., against the New England Patriots.


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Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Slocum, Langley share 2nd round lead at Wyndham Championship

Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Scott Langley might not be on the playoff bubble — but he sure knows how his friend is feeling.

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Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

VILLEGAS IN LEAD

N.C. NATIVES SIMPSON, McGIRT A STROKE BACK AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Camilo Villegas got away from golf for a little while, and his game came back.

A recharged Villegas shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship.

North Carolina natives Webb Simpson and William McGirt shot 64, and Scott Langley, Heath Slocum, Paul Casey, Andrew Loupe and Martin Laird were another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour’s playoffs.

Villegas hasn’t won since 2010 and has only two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

After pulling out of the Canadian Open after one round last month, he spent the past week back in his native Colombia for “a little recharge” — leaving his clubs behind in Florida.

“I just thought it was appropriate to hop on a plane and see mom and dad and recharge a little bit,” Villegas said.

It helped him make a late charge up the Sedgefield Country Club leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine, he had three early birdies before getting even hotter late: He followed his birdie on the fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth, placing his second shot about 3 feet from the stick.

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Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Wyndham Championship opens Thursday in Greensboro

There’s always plenty on the line at the season-ending Wyndham Championship which begins Thursday at Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club — in addition to the tournament itself.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

RORY ROARS AHEAD

LATE BIRDIE LIFTS McILROY OUT OF LOGJAM AND INTO SOLE PGA LEAD

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round — by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder — a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

 

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Aug. 03, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Spicer twins doubly good

Jessica and Sarah Spicer are separated by a tenth of a point on the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Junior Girls’ state rankings.