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Oct. 22, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

Duke women projected No. 2 despite losing 5 of top 6 scorers

Duke returns one starter from last season’s 28-win team.

Though that player is all-American center Elizabeth Williams, it still came with some surprise Wednesday when the Blue Devils were picked to finish second in the ACC women’s basketball race behind Notre Dame.

If Duke is to live up to those expectations, the Blue Devils will need newcomers to help fill the gaps from the five players gone from last year’s ACC Tournament runner-up team.

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said that group, featuring four true freshman, a redshirt freshman coming off an injury and a junior college transfer, is capable of such an accomplishment.

“No doubt we want to push people hard for sure,” McCallie said. “The whole team, really. I think the key is how the freshmen respond to it. So far they’ve really been grabbing hold of it.”

Of Duke’s top six scorers last season, only Williams is back this season.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Hatchell's back and Tar Heels are smiling

Sylvia Hatchell has begun her 40th season as a college basketball head coach and, given what she’s been through the last year, it may be her most satisfying preseason camp. The Naismith Hall of Fame head coach at North Carolina, Hatchell is coaching the Tar Heels again after missing last season while receiving treatments for leukemia.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

SULAIMON’S ROLE: Veteran is Duke’s top on-ball defender

So far, Rasheed Sulaimon’s time in a Duke uniform has matched how the Blue Devils have fared as a whole.

Two years ago, as a freshman, Sulaimon played in every game, starting all but three, as Duke reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.

Last year, struggling to find his role, Sulaimon started only 17 times, riding the bench one entire game, on a Duke team that went 26-9 and lost its only NCAA Tournament game.

Now the 6-4 guard is a junior, one of Duke’s veteran players on a team in which the play of its freshmen will go a long way towards determining how the season goes.

Sulaimon figures to have an important role but only if he’s mentally ready to accept it no matter what he’s asked to do.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

NCCU looking to put final nail in coffin

NCCU frustrated by inability to put away Morgan State in fourth quarter of what turned into 21-20 loss. Eagles hope to close the lid on Savannah State on Saturday.


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Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

Gallery- Cedar Ridge at Northwood.

Cedar Ridge at Northwood. Special to the Herald Sun | Ken Martin

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

Gallery-Football Orange and Northwood at Orange High School.

Football Orange and Northwood at Orange High School. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

GALLERY: Southern v. Northern (High School Football)

Southern shuts out Northern, 28-0, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

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Oct. 19, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Duke football Morning After

Notes from Duke's 20-13 win over Virginia, including Breon Borders' big day and a look at the offensive line's stellar effort


Duke beats Virginia

Family of Duke's Powell gets tough news


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Sep. 29, 2014 @ 09:02 PM

Me, the single parent

This poem warmed the heart of N.C. Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton.


Switch-ing subjects

GameDay | NCCU


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Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Chapel Hill, Carrboro pick up league football wins Monday

Chapel Hill rips Northern Vance 48-0 while Carrboro buries Bartlett Yancey 32-12 in rain makeup road games.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

Hillside, Crasten Davis take different roads

What goes around comes around, former Hillside High School coach Crasten Davis says. In his first public interview since losing his job as the leader of the Hillside boys’ basketball program, Davis didn’t get specific about exactly why he was let go.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 01:58 PM

Franklinton holds off South Granville in NCC opener

In a rain-suspended game Monday night, Franklinton scored a quick third-quarter touchdown to expand a 13-6 halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting South Granville 19-14. The game was the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener for both teams.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Parker leads Granville Central past Weldon in Tar-Roanoke

Granville Central junior Jay Parker came into Monday’s game against Weldon leading all North Carolina 1-A quarterbacks in passing yardage and in seventh place for all divisions. So naturally he ran for a pair of touchdowns in a 34-12 homecoming win for the Panthers.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Riverside thrashes East Chapel Hill in PAC-6 opener

With a game looming against PAC-6 favorite Hillside Friday, Riverside wasted little time in thrashing East Chapel Hill 64-0 on Monday to complete a game that was suspended because of lightning Friday night.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Previously winless Northern moves into 1st place PAC-6 tie

Northern used a little old-school, smash-mouth football to grind out a 28-7 victory against Roxboro Person Monday night. The game was the PAC-6 opener for both teams and was originally scheduled for Friday before thunderstorms forced postponement.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

It's all about the defense as Northwood rips Oxford Webb

Northwood’s defense scored and prevented scores. That’s the bottom line in Saturday night’s 46-0 rout of Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Oxford Webb in a game that was rescheduled after being rained out Friday.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Southern tunes up for Northwood with rout of Crusaders

Southern got its work in Saturday night, crushing Cardinal Gibbons 31-2 in a game rescheduled from Friday (rain) that was never in doubt.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 12:59 AM

South Granville trails, but game on for Monday

South Granville will has all weekend to ponder its next possession in its Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener at Franklinton. The 4-2 Vikings trail 5-1 Franklinton 13-6 in a game that was suspended Friday night at halftime because of lightning.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 12:46 AM

Kestrel Heights trails 24-16, but hopes to finish game

Kestrel Heights, which had never won more than one game in a season until this year, hopes to make the 1-A playoffs as an independent. With that in mind, the Hawks are bound and determined to complete Friday night’s suspended game against visiting Forsyth Country Day School, despite trailing 24-16 with 11:57 left in the third quarter when lightning prompted the early end.


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Oct. 20, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Bigger shoes to fill

NCCU basketball coach LeVelle Moton explains why he stayed in the Eagles' nest and why each of the players on this year's team has to stand in his own two sneakers.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 07:28 PM

Duke’s Skura lauded for work in trenches

Plus more local ACC honors in this edition of "Fanfare."


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

MAGIC OF MARQUISE: UNC QB playing lights-out football

With three minutes left and North Carolina trailing by one against Georgia Tech, quarterback Marquise Williams was getting ready to lead the offense back on the field when he turned to coach Larry Fedora. “He said, ‘No big deal, we do it every week,’” Fedora said.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 07:31 PM

FANFARE: Duke, UNC win in field hockey

Tar Heels top Duke in women's soccer; UNC, Duke find success at tennis regionals


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 07:27 PM

No. 11 UNC ends No. 21 Duke's winning streak

Tar Heels toppled reigning ACC volleyball champs at Cameron


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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.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Dale's double

Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

P.J. Tucker charged with driving drunk

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker facing drunk-driving charge


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

PANTHERS PAGE

Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with an injury but said he'd play in preseason games.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time

Jeff Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.


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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.

Live scoring updates


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.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


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.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Crouching Tiger can't get right

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...