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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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Sep. 11, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Gallery-The Durham Bulls in Game three of the Governors’ Cup at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

The Durham Bulls leads the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-1 in Game three of the Governors’ Cup. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

GameDay | High School Football (Season 2, Episode 4)

It says something strong about the football program Antonio King has over there at Hillside High School when Greg Little shows up on campus on a random Tuesday.
Little is an NFL free agent after handling business in college at North Carolina.
And he's a Hillside guy. King coached him.
King has produced plenty of Division I football players.
But Hillside's rough start this season might have some wondering if everything is OK in Hornets Nation.
Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann has more on the matter in "GameDay."

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 08:31 PM

Gallery-North Carolina Central University-Elizabeth City State football

North Carolina Central University-Elizabeth City State football, at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, NCCU. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

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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. 04, 2014 @ 12:49 AM

Webb falls on own sword in shutout loss at Cardinal Gibbons

 Oxford Webb coach Tony Midgette has implored his team to make plays on offense for the last two weeks but the Warriors haven’t gotten the message. On Friday, it resulted in their second straight shutout loss.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 12:33 AM

Northwood ‘lights out’ as Pinnix tosses 4 TDs

Northwood shellacked Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Cedar Ridge 45-6 Friday night in a performance so dominating that the visiting Red Wolves only gained 9 yards total offense in the first half and never moved the ball past midfield until the third quarter.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 12:06 AM

Kestrel Heights sets school mark with 2nd win

Quarterback Devonte Barker ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third touchdown Friday night as Kestrel Heights (2-4) did something no other Hawks’ team has ever done -- win two games in a single season.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Southern's vertical passing game too much for Chapel Hill

Kendall Hinton threw for five touchdowns and 399 yards and Southern’s defense held Chapel Hill without an offensive touchdown Friday as the Spartans won the battle of Big Eight 3-A Conference unbeatens 38-12.

Northwood 45, Cedar Ridge 6

Orange 57, Northern Vance 13

Cardinal Gibbons 24, Oxford Webb 0

South Granville 24, Winston-Salem Prep 6

Randleman 27, Carrboro 20

Kestrel Heights 34, Greensboro Panthers 14

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 02:17 AM

Unbeatens Southern, Chapel Hill clash in Big Eight

Southern and Chapel Hill, two of the area’s three remaining undefeated high school football teams meet Friday, Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. A preview of Friday's seven area games.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 12:46 AM

GameDay | High School Football (Season 2, Episode 7)

Southern Spartans vs. Chapel Hill Tigers

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 02:47 AM

Cardinal Gibbons makes short work of Cedar Ridge

Cardinal Gibbons took a 22-7 halftime lead in its Big Eight 3-A Conference opener at Cedar Ridge Friday and never looked back en route to a 39-7 win.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 02:32 AM

Jordan falls to 0-6 as Southeastern power Pinecrest cruises

Southeastern 4-A Conference power Southern Pines Pinecrest (6-0) easily handled winless Jordan 48-6 Friday night on Jordan’s home turf.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 02:14 AM

South Granville slips past Cummings on Blackley sneak

South Granville quarterback Mitchell Blackley scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:33 left on a one-yard keeper and the Vikings held on to beat Burlington Cummings 21-20 Friday.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:51 AM

Person tops Bartlett Yancey, racks up 1st win

Corey Young scored three touchdowns, including a 55-yard burst on a fourth-quarter punt return to help lead Person past Bartlett Yancey 34-20 Friday in Yanceyville.

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Oct. 18, 2014 @ 06:58 PM

Powell shoulders more than his fair share of load

When Shaquille Powell reached Duke’s locker room after the Blue Devils posted a hard-fought 20-13 win over Virginia on Saturday, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe was there to present him the game ball. Powell’s Blue Devils teammates gave him a standing ovation.

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 09:58 PM

Morgan St. comeback leaves NCCU with 1st MEAC loss

Morgan State's Robert Council finds Andrew King from 15 yards out with 36 seconds left to cap a fourth-quarter comeback from a 20-7 hole.

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

DOWN & DIRTY: Defense, run game grind out win over Cavs

While showing flash and dash offensively as wins came more easily over the last two seasons, Duke quietly worked to develop a grittier, harder edge as well.

Saturday’s ACC Coastal Division showdown with Virginia (4-3, 2-1 ACC) is where that work paid off.

Duke’s defense limited the Cavaliers to one touchdown in the game and a mere field goal in the second half as the Blue Devils stopped Virginia twice in the fourth quarter to protect a seven-point lead.

The Blue Devils mixed in an effective running game offensively, with the running of Shaquille Powell and Anthony Boone keying a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that lifted Duke to a 20-13 win before a crowd of 28,131 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

“We weren’t always clicking on all cylinders offensively,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Defensively you might say the same thing, looking at the numbers. But you talk about clutch and consistently clutch plays? It was there.”

The Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1 ACC) played without committing a turnover for the second consecutive game. They averaged 5.2 yards per carry against a Virginia defense that entered the day tied for second in the nation by allowing just 2.7 yards per carry.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 07:28 PM

GameDay | NCCU

N.C. Central vs. Morgan State

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Takeaways: Ball security key as Duke hosts Virginia

Duke used an overpowering running game and tight ball security to pull an upset last Saturday at Georgia Tech. To win again over Virginia Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL), a similar strategy appears the best course of action if the Blue Devils hope to take key step toward winning the ACC Coastal Division championship for the second season in a row.

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Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

McIlroy and Woods deliver in first round of British Open

Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Hornets add former Pacers' guard Stephenson

Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte. The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Jeter stars in All-Star Game finale, Trout spurs AL victory

Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. ... Mike Trout's tiebreaking triple and later go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors. ... Also: Photos ... Box score ... Play-by-Play ... All-time MVP and All-Star Game records.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 08:14 PM

Former Tar Heel Seager revels in All-Star experience

When the American League All-Star rosters were announced two weeks ago, Seattle Mariners third baseman and former North Carolina Tar Heel Kyle Seager was the consensus pick for biggest snub.

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

FC Dallas beats RailHawks

Former UNC soccer players reunited during a U.S. Open quarterfinal at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Trinity's Alaina Yeatts advances in N.C. Junior golf

Recent Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill graduate Alaina Yeatts is the lone survivor among four area qualifiers at the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Wednesday.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Tiger still Tiger, even for 35 minutes on driving range

About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around. And that was before Woods even arrived to hit balls for 35 minutes.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:24 PM

Michelle Wie holds on to win US Women's Open

Wie gets first major win

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:03 PM

Former Duke player Streelman wins Travelers

One week after missing U.S Open cut, Streelman is a winner

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 09:53 PM

Hutson wins H-S Classic Presidents Flight

Lewis claims first Senior Division title