No. 2 Duke recovered from a slow start to the second half and the Blue Devils scored 15 of 17 points during a key stretch in a 66-56 win over reigning NCAA champion Connecticut at the Izod Center.
Following an unsatisfying blowout win of UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said his team was in store for some very long practices before taking on No. 12 Ohio State (9-1) in Chicago on Saturday.
Look for North Carolina to go after Rutgers with the same 4-2-5 defensive scheme that has yielded unreliable results.
Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and the Eastern Conference-worst Carolina Hurricanes broke a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the previously surging Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
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.
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.
No. 7 seed Fayetteville Cape Fear dominated No. 10 Northern 32-14 Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
Bryse Wilson stopped a potential game-winning two-point conversion try with six seconds left, powering Orange (11-1) over visiting Sanford Lee County 21-20 in the first round of the state 3-AA playoffs Friday night.
Connor Stough threw four scoring passes and the Chapel Hill defense forced six turnovers as the Tigers beat West Brunswick 42-14 in a first-round state 3-AA playoff game Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium. The 12th-seeded Tigers, 9-3, will play at No. 4 Fayetteville Terry Sanford Friday night.
Seventy-First only showed up for one half of good football Friday against Riverside in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs. Fortunately for the Falcons, two quarters proved to be enough.
Is there another state championship in the offing for our area high school football? We’ll know a little bit more after Friday's 7:30 opening round of 10 state playoff games in five classifications.
Tar Heels point guard Marcus Paige shot the ball better against Kentucky, but UNC coach Roy Williams said the preseason All-American can't score all of the team's points.
Vic Koenning officially is out as North Carolina's defensive coordinator roughly two weeks before the Tar Heels play Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.
Semi Ojeleye was overshadowed by high-profile Blue Devils such as Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker,
No. 6 UNC works out some kinks against Appalachian State.
N.C. Central had 30 turnovers that Syracuse cashed in for 29 points.
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...
Lance Stephenson doesn’t want to be known as the guy who blew in LeBron James’ ear. Stephenson said during his introductory news conference Friday in Charlotte he’s “a little upset” that the ear-blowing incident in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami is how some people have defined him as a player.
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.
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.
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.
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....