BULLS, WITHOUT A HIT THROUGH 3, TRAIL 1-0 AS RAIN SLAMS DBAP
Heavy downpours and lightning forced the suspension of the Durham Bulls game Thursday night with the Rochester Red Wings leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
The game was officially suspended after a 50-minute rain delay that began shortly after 8 p.m. It will be made up in Rochester sometime during a four-game series Aug. 11-14 since the Red Wings do not return to the DBAP this season.
The Bulls open a four-game homestand tonight (7:05 p.m., WDNC 620-AM) against the Toledo Mud Hens. Lefty all-star Mike Montgomery (9-2, 3.63) gets the call on the mound against Mud Hens’ lefty Robbie Ray (5-4, 3.65).
The series against the Mud Hens continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, 5:05 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday.
Blue Devils, Wolfpack say they're amenable to meeting for head-to-head games in years they don't meet in ACC action. But such scheduling will have to wait for at least six years because of prior commitments.
Ever since North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said there would be an open quarterback competition entering the 2014 season, the battle between junior incumbent Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky has dominated discussions about the Tar Heels.
New kid on the block. Youngest dude on the dais. A relative boy among men. Those specs fit first-year N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack, on the roster for the first time at the Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview at Embassy Suites on Thursday.
So far, so good for first-year Voyager basketball coach Mike Huff.
Jordan senior Salita Greene is playing good ball and has some decisions to make.
No clear-cut reason has been given to explain why Crasten Davis no longer is the head boys' basketball coach at Hillside High School.
There could be spots on the bench at Chapel Hill High School for former interim basketball coach Lason Perkins, as well as those who coached with him, new Tigers’ coach Bill Walton said Thursday at the headquarters of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools during his first meeting with the local media.
UNC Wilmington signee and former Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill golf star Alaina Yeatts was eliminated in the semifinals of the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Golf Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Thursday.
With just 10 seniors on the depth chart, UNC coach Larry Fedora said this is the youngest team he’s had in 26 years. “It should be a lot of fun but there will be some headaches involved,” Fedora said Monday at the ACC Football Kickoff.
HEADY STUFF: DUKE GETS 33 1ST-PLACE VOTES IN COASTAL, FAVORITE MIAMI GETS 26
Since the turn of the 21st century, Duke being picked at the bottom of ACC football in the preseason stood alongside certainties like death and taxes.
That all changed on Monday.
Coming off winning a school-record 10 games and reaching the ACC Championship Game, Duke was picked second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media attending ACC Football Kickoff press conferences at the Grandover Resort.
The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC last season to win the Coastal Division for the first time. They did so after being picked to finish seventh in the seven-team division last summer.
Duke has been picked last, except for being picked next to last in 2007, in the Coastal Division every year since the ACC split into divisions for the 2005 season. Prior to that, Duke was picked last in the entire ACC every year from 2000-2004.
“We are obviously chosen much differently than we have been in the past,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. “That means about as much as it meant a year ago. There really is no value.”
Cutcliffe did acknowledge, though, that seeing Duke picked second in the Coastal Division behind only Miami has to be memorable for his players.
Duke walk-on football player Hud Mellencamp, the son of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, remains part of the Blue Devils football program despite his second arrest in the last 12 months.
The NCAA will vote Aug. 7 on a proposal that would give the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 more voting power on rules.
Most people knew North Carolina signal caller Marquise Williams had nice legs. But a couple of guys who really know what they're talking about said his arm is legit, too.
Former Duke basketball player Shane Battier is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst.
The Carolina Hurricanes add a goalie and a wingman.
Free agents are weighing whether they want to build their bank accounts or construct championship teams.
CAROLINA HURRICANES GRAB DEFENSEMAN HAYDN FLEURY WITH NO. 7 PICK
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (6-2, 203) with the No. 7 overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft. ...Aaron Ekblad (6-3, 213), 18, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Florida Panthers ...
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranks Fleury, 17, ninth among North American skaters and second among defensemen.
“He probably epitomizes the so-called safe pick,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes lead amateur scout. “He’s probably going to play for you for 10-12 years and give you great service. He’s a very reliable, solid guy.”
The 2013-14 season marked Fleury’s second full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. As an alternate captain, he paced team defensemen in scoring with 46 points (8g, 38a) in 70 games. That output was more than double the 19 points (4g, 15a) he recorded in 66 games as a rookie, which was still good for third-best among team defensemen.
“He skates very, very well and moves the puck well,” MacDonald said.
Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman finished at a team-high plus-15 on a Red Deer squad that had a minus-10 goal differential and failed to qualify for the postseason.
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A second chance at hoops. A second chance at life.
Lewis claims first Senior Division title
Alex Brese captures Herald-Sun Golf Classic with 6 and 5 win over Matt Roberts
RIVERSIDE'S OWN ALEX BRESE TO FACE MATT ROBERTS FOR HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC TITLE TODAY
Shhh! Make sure your golf partner isn’t around, because here’s some inside information from the No. 15 seed in the Championship Flight of The Herald-Sun Golf Classic on how he rose from near the bottom of that division and kept hanging around to reach today’s title round:
“I’ve just been playing pretty consistent, hitting greens and just trying to make pars,” Durham’s Alex Brese, the next-to-last seed in the 16-player top flight, said after his 1-up semifinal win over Creedmoor’s Britt Mitchell at Hillandale Golf Course on Saturday.
It took 19 holes for Melvin Barnes and Matt Roberts, both from Hillsborough, to determine who’d battle Brese for the championship trophy.
“Neither one of us played good. It was kind of just a dig-deep kind of game, gut-wrenching,” Roberts said. “Both of us kind of kept the other one in it.”
Barnes knew it, too. After the 18th hole, he drove off in his golf cart lecturing to himself about how he’d just given one away.
Roberts pounced, finally burying a stubborn putt that lingered for a while before making up its mind to take the dive.
“It had the line the whole way, but I didn’t know if it was going to ever get to the hole,” Roberts said. “It just kind of looked like it barely just died in there, so I guess that’s what you want.”
Definitely. It was a birdie. Barnes couldn’t match it.
The day’s first round under par belonged to Brittany Lang. The former Duke player moved to 7 over — nine shots behind co-leaders Amy Yang and Michelle Wie — with a 69 that included three birdies on the front nine and eight consecutive pars on the back before her bogey on the 18th.
Wie salvaged a 2-over 72 on crispy Pinehurst No. 2 and shared the lead with Amy Yang, who had six birdies in a round of 68....