The first one-third of the regular-season football schedule is done and Duke has plenty of reasons to be happy.
To keep the good times rolling after their first 4-0 start since 1994 though, the Blue Devils know they have to do even more as they begin a stretch of eight consecutive ACC games by playing at Miami on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN2).
North Carolina has had shocking defensive breakdowns in each of Larry Fedora’s first three seasons at the helm. The Tar Heels recovered the first two times, but now must regroup after the worst performance of them all in Saturday’s 70-41 loss at East Carolina.
“You hope that their spirit isn’t broken,” Fedora said.
Among the matters N.C. Central would do well to address during its bye this week are capitalizing in the red zone, converting on third-down situations and getting more momentum out of its running game to catch up with what the Eagles are doing through the air.
Logano helped Team Penske strengthen its grip as the organization to beat for the championship, pulling away on an overtime restart to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Northwood needed a 76-yard pass from backup quarterback Jacob Fowler to Montel Goods with 1:15 left in the game to steal the lead from Southern Lee and go on to a 14-8 victory.
No matter how many times Rocky Mount Prep practiced facing Granville Central’s offense, it wouldn’t have mattered. Panthers’ quarterback Jay Parker picked apart the Jaguars’ defense, completing 13 of his 14 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns.
Jordan's Clayton Cockerham's two interceptions, one returned for a game-tying score.weren't enough to derail the mighty ground game of Enloe, which struggled against the Falcons’ nasty defense but squeaked out a 14-7 win on some fourth-quarter heroics Thursday night.
It's Southern and Hillside tonight (Friday, Aug. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at N.C. Central's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium — enough said.
These Durham Bullz rallied to win it all.
SOUTHERN RIDES POWERFUL ARM OF HINTON, STINGY DEFENSE TO WIN IN OPENER
Carrboro quarterback Rowe Mellott blocks last-gasp Cedar Ridge field goal try to preserve 39-38 Carrboro victory in game marked by return from injury of Jaguars' star RB Trai Sharp, who rushes for staggering 335 yards.
The visiting Panthers of the Big Eight 3-A Conference beat Roxboro Person 27-14. The final score projected a rather convincing Orange win. But the Panthers did not look like the dominant squad Orange coach Pat Moser fielded a year ago, when they played in the state 3-AA semifinals.
Rocky Mount 34, South Granville 0 ... Oxford Webb 39, Granville Central 0 ... Northwest Wake Saints 38, Kestrel Heights 26 ...
East Chapel Hill transfer quarterback Connor Stough threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, and added a key run on third down which led to an important score before halftime, as visiting Chapel Hill ran over Riverside 45-21.
In 2012, Henry Frazier III was choosing between quarterbacks Jordan Reid and Matt Goggans. Now NCCU coach Jerry Mack is deciding among Malcolm Bell and Quinn Billerman.
True freshman Jared Cohen will start at right guard in place of injured junior Landon Turner when UNC (2-0) visits East Carolina (2-1) on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU).
Freshman Zavier Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Duke, who will carry an unbeaten record into a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).
There is no quarterback controversy at N.C. Central, just a signal-caller selection to make, NCCU coach Jerry Mack said. Quinn Billerman started Saturday against Charlotte and was 5 of 11 for 17 yards before Malcolm Bell got under center with 11:36 left in the second quarter.
Sporting a 3-0 record for the first time since 1994, Duke will welcome Tulane to Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday with the Blue Devils wearing throwback uniforms, including helmets, to honor the 1989 team that shared the ACC championship with Virginia.
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 ...
A second chance at hoops. A second chance at life.
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.
Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.