UNC quarterback Marquise Williams is playing lights-out football.
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.
With five games left in regular season, Blue Devils are already heading for a bowl
N.C. Central loses in the MEAC for the first time this season.
The Ragsdale Tigers arrived from Jamestown and waxed East Chapel Hill 57-0 at Wildcat Stadium in Friday. And the Wildcats actually are getting better, first-year ECH coach Mike Holderman said.
On the first night of Big Eight 3-A Conference play for both teams, Chapel Hill dominated Oxford Webb 49-0 Friday with a combination of potent offense and stout defense.
Reigning state 4-A champion Dudley’s still here and not giving up the throne. After an intermission in their high-flying act, the Panthers resumed their winning ways Friday with a 24-6 victory against winless Northern at Tarpley Stadium.
Southern basically had football practice Friday night, along the way picking up a 69-0 win on its home field against Northern Vance.
The only reason it would be difficult to say that the Hillside Hornets are back following Friday’s 47-0 non-conference victory over Nash Central is because they never really went anywhere. The home victory moves Hillside to 2-4 on the season, but the record is misleading. Three of the losses were by less than three points and the schedule, including rival Southern, New Bern and Greensboro Dudley, was brutal.
UNBEATEN PANTHERS' DEFENSE STYMIES NORTHWOOD
Orange’s defense shut down Northwood, 14-7, in a battle of unbeatens Friday at Orange.
The two teams combined for all 21 points in the game’s first nine minutes, but the defenses tightened up the rest of the way, choking off the expected shootout.
The Panther defense harassed Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix all night, sacking him four times and chasing him from the pocket repeatedly. Orange added three tackles for loss on Northwood running backs and held the Chargers to 56 yards on the ground.
Orange also managed to shut down Northwood’s big-play wide receiver, Jalen Smith. Cornerbacks Keshawn Thompson and A.J. Bradsher took turns guarding Smith, holding him to two catches for 26 yards and several incompletions as Pinnix tried to find an opening to get Smith the ball.
The Orange defense also had two red-zone stands, preventing Northwood from getting the game-tying touchdown.
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Wake Christian Academy (4-2) came to play and Kestrel Heights (1-5) didn’t. End result? Wake Christian took care of business in the first half 54-14 and tacked on 14 more in the second to keep Kestrel Heights at bay 68-30.
Granville Central stepped up a classification for the second time this season and the 4-2 Panthers came up on the short end of the stick 51-42 at home to 5-0 Franklinton.
Guns are illegal on high school campuses, and Riverside might take that to heart. Running its offense out of the pistol with quarterback Diante Strothers taking the shotgun snaps, the Pirates fumbled nine times — including a muffed onside kick grab — and lost the ball five times in all, four on fumbles, in what became a 49-7 home rout to Clayton Cleveland.
Two years removed from state 2-AA runnerup finish, Carrboro has just 38 players in its football program. East Chapel Hill has 40. Neither has enough players to field a junior varsity program.
Dezmond Johnson, Duke’s starting defensive end who has been sidelined for a month, practiced all week and is likely to play when the Blue Devils face Virginia on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). Johnson started Duke’s first three games before suffering a right knee injury during a 41-3 win over Kansas on Sept. 13.
N.C. Central quarterback Malcolm Bell might have to outrun a Bear in Baltimore named Christopher Robinson. “Christopher is a young man who you always have to know where he’s at on the field. You’ve always got to be conscious of that,” NCCU coach Jerry Mack said.
Bobby Petrino isn’t used to this. The first-year Louisville coach with a reputation for creating high-powered offense has had to watch the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take small steps forward in his second stint with the program. The journey has been bumpy, as evidenced by five false start penalties in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday.
As the start of the 2014-15 men’s basketball season approaches, numerous media outlets recently released their preseason team rankings and individual honors and awards, with the Duke men’s basketball team well represented.
Plus, check out who Duke football coach David Cutcliffe could be coaching:
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.
What they're saying about Fleury ... Complete 1st Round NHL Draft coverage ...
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....
Matt Roberts to meet Riverside alum Alex Brese in Championship Flight title match Sunday, June 22. Titles to be decided in seven open flights and two senior division flights on Sunday ... Complete Saturday results and Sunday championship tee times.