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Young Redskins fan in North Carolina idolizes Sonny Jurgensen

Will Barnes of Cary, NC idolizes Hall of Fame QB Sonny Jurgensen.He could have chosen George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams or Benjamin Franklin. That’s what other kids were doing. But this 9-year-old from Cary, NC chose a North Carolina-product who was a star quarterback for the Washington Redskins in the 1960s and 1970s as his historic figure. Read more.

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Heels get pay back against Duke, win regular season title

North Carolina led late against Duke again but this time didn’t let it get away as the Tar Heels ruined the Blue Devils’ Senior Night with a 76-72 win that secures the ACC regular season title. Two weeks ago, the Tar Heels let a late 8-point lead evaporate and the Devils came away with a one-point win at the end. At Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tar Heels led by nine at 68-59 with just over three minutes to play. Despite the Devils hitting their 11th, 12th and 13th threes, the Tar Heels hung on for the win by sinking eight […]

North Carolina led late against Duke again but this time didn’t let it get away as the Tar Heels ruined the Blue Devils’ Senior Night with a 76-72 win that secures the ACC regular season title.

Two weeks ago, the Tar Heels let a late 8-point lead evaporate and the Devils came away with a one-point win at the end. At Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tar Heels led by nine at 68-59 with just over three minutes to play.

Despite the Devils hitting their 11th, 12th and 13th threes, the Tar Heels hung on for the win by sinking eight straight free throws, including four by Marcus Paige in the last nine seconds.

“We’ve been in here in this situation before,” said UNC’s Brice Johnson, who led the Heels with 18 points and 21 rebounds. “Free throw shooting down the stretch has hurt us against them in the past.” But this time? “We were able to withstand their run.”

The Carolina senior class had not won at Cameron in their careers and Paige and Johnson seemed particularly emotional after the game. “We fought,” Paige said. “We hadn’t won over here so this means a lot… We held on. We did what champions do.”

The ACC regular season title was the first for the Tar Heels since 2012. “We set dreams that are reachable and this was one of our dreams,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “It’s always more impressive to me to win the regular season… but I like winning the tournament too.”

The Tar Heels will be the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament – and will face either Pitt or Syracuse Thursday at noon – while Duke falls to the No. 5 seed and thus won’t receive a double bye as the top four clubs do.

If Carolina rebounds like it did against Duke, the Tar Heels will be a tough out in the tourney. Of course, the Heels had a size and depth advantage inside against the Devils. Still, Carolina hauled in a season-high 64 rebounds, 35 more than Duke managed. The 27 offensive rebounds were also the most for the Heels this season.

Kennedy Meeks played better than he has in a while as he scored 12 points and got 14 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures for the Heels as Justin Jackson added 13, Joel Berry 12 and Paige 11.

The game’s leading scorer however was Grayson Allen who scored 29 points, which included 18 from beyond the arc. Overall he was just 11 of 28 from the field but a long, long, long three with 18 seconds left kept the Blue Devils in it. That three pointer cut the margin to three at 70-67.

Berry swished the front end of a one-and-one and canned the bonus shot to put Carolina up 72-67 with 17 seconds left.

Luke Kennard swished a three from the left corner to pull the Devils within two at 72-70 with 10 seconds left. But Paige hit a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds left and, after a Marshall Plumlee dunk, he hit two more free throws with 1.5 seconds left to wrap it up.

Paige summarized the game well when he said, “I knocked down some free throws and we got another terrific effort from Brice.”

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Duke rallies late to stun Carolina

Duke trailed by eight with fewer than seven minutes to play but held North Carolina to five points the rest of the way to top the Tar Heels 74-73 in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils took their first lead since midway through the first half when Luke Kennard sank a three-point from the right corner with 2:37 to go. After a Kennedy Meeks basket inside for Carolina, and a UNC turnover, Grayson Allen drove to the hoop and was fouled. He hit both free throws with 1:09 left to make it 74-73. Carolina had two chances to take the lead. […]

Duke trailed by eight with fewer than seven minutes to play but held North Carolina to five points the rest of the way to top the Tar Heels 74-73 in Chapel Hill.

The Blue Devils took their first lead since midway through the first half when Luke Kennard sank a three-point from the right corner with 2:37 to go. After a Kennedy Meeks basket inside for Carolina, and a UNC turnover, Grayson Allen drove to the hoop and was fouled. He hit both free throws with 1:09 left to make it 74-73.

Carolina had two chances to take the lead. Meeks’ shot was blocked inside with 50 seconds left and Joel Berry had a 10 footer in the lane deflected by Derryck Thornton with four seconds to go.

“I told the kids I should have called a timeout,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We didn’t get a very good shot.”

Carolina got the ball down by 1 with 16 seconds left but Williams said traditionally UNC doesn’t call a timeout in that situation because the Heels want to attack before the defense can get set. That strategy didn’t work.

“It’s a wonderful rivalry to be involved in but I’m tired of just being involved,” Williams said. “We’ve got to get better.”

It was the fourth straight win for Duke in the rivalry and the 11th in the last 14 games between the two teams.

The loss overshadowed a fine performance by UNC’s Brice Johnson who scored 29 points and hauled in 19 rebounds. Johnson scored 18 in the first half as the Heels, who led by as many as seven in the first half, led 46-42 at the break.

Carolina’s largest lead was eight at 68-60 with 6:52 left. A wild up and down couple of minutes that included back-to-back blocks by Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson ended with a fastbreak follow shot by Jackson that gave the Heels the eight-point advantage and had the Carolina crowd hopping and Duke Coach K hopping mad. He called a timeout and glared at the officials.

Brandon Ingram, who was favored to go to Carolina before the uncertainty of the NCAA academic investigation, scored six straight points to draw the deficit to two and setting up the painful ending for the Tar Heels.

UNC’s Paige, who was only two of 10 from the floor including zero of six from beyond the arc, missed a free throw with 3:52 left that would have given the Heels a three-point cushion. Then UNC’s Berry missed everything with 2:54 left as the Heels were charged with a shot clock violation.

Carolina’s guards, and other outside shooters, didn’t get it done from the perimeter as the Heels hit only one of 13 three-point shots. On the other side, Duke hit seven threes. That’s 18 points that the Heels had to make up elsewhere.

“I don’t think we were lucky to win this game,” Duke coach Krzyzewski said. “We fought hard and earned it.”

Duke, 20-6 overall and 9-4 in the ACC, was led by Allen’s 23 points and Ingram’s 20 points. The Blue Devils lost starting shooting guard Matt Jones in the first half to a right-ankle injury but Kennard came in to replace him and scored 15 points including that go-ahead three late.

The loss drops the Tar Heels, 21-5 and 10-3 in the league, into a tie for first in the ACC with Miami, who comes to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon.

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Struggling Duke seeks answers

DURHAM – Few people at Duke are better positioned than junior guard Matt Jones to get to the bottom of the biggest question facing the Blue Devils’ soon-to-be-unranked basketball program. …read more Source:: Fayetteville Observer

DURHAM – Few people at Duke are better positioned than junior guard Matt Jones to get to the bottom of the biggest question facing the Blue Devils’ soon-to-be-unranked basketball program. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer

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Krzyzyewski offers glimpse into Duke’s “cruel time”

DURHAM – Just over three minutes into his news conference after Monday night’s 64-62 loss to Syracuse, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got philosophical. …read more Source:: Fayetteville Observer

DURHAM – Just over three minutes into his news conference after Monday night’s 64-62 loss to Syracuse, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got philosophical. …read more

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Former Duke basketball coach Bill Foster dies at 86

Bill Foster and Jim Spanarkel

Former Duke University head basketball coach Bill Foster died Thursday. He was 86. …read more

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Duke’s Cash named ACC Defensive POY, Watson takes overall POY

Duke University redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Wednesday. …read more Source:: WRAL
Duke sputters in 2nd half, falls to No. 23 Nothwestern

Duke University redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Wednesday. …read more

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ECU’s Smith, Duke’s Cofield in camp with Redskins

williesmith+takobycofieldWillie Smith and Takoby Cofield grew up less than an hour from each other in eastern North Carolina. Now they’re on the same NFL team.

The two offensive linemen are vying for spots with the Washington Redskins.

Smith, who played college football at ECU, grew up Kenly and attended North Johnston High School. He’s played in the NFL since 2011 having spent time with the Raiders and Chargers in between two stints with the Redskins.

Cofield, a Duke product, laced up his spikes at Tarboro High School. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

Click to see a video story on the two.

Source: WITN

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Duke: Cold Tub Chronicles – Part I

Part One of Three During Fall Camp …read more

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Duke fortunes likely to rise or fall with new quarterback

By Clifton Barnes Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths. Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes but managed three throwing touchdowns. He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against […]

By Clifton Barnes

Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths.

Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes
but managed three throwing touchdowns.

He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against Virginia.

“There is no question Thomas is our starter,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said at the preseason ACC media event in Pinehurst. “He’s a very capable quarterback,” he added, trying to dispel the notion that Sirk is just a runner.

Cutcliffe has reminded Sirk that the first person you’ve got to compete against is yourself. “He sets his sights high and I like that about him,” he said.

The backup at quarterback is redshirt sophomore Park Boehme (6-2, 220 pounds) and he is expected to get some action. In fact, Cutcliffe says he’ll play some in the first game. Boehme only took 15 snaps last season when games against inferior oppoenents were out of reach so expect his playing time to go down as the season progresses – unless Sirk is injured.

The game plan doesn’t have to change drastically with Boehme in the game as he also is a running and passing threat.

While Sirk is a question mark, Duke’s starting running back is expected to be solid.

Shaquille Powell, senior who rushed for 618 yards last season, is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award given to the top running back in the NCAA.

The Blue Devils running game has improve drastically over the years for a Duke team known for passing. The Devils averaged 182 total rushing yards per game, the program’s highest total since 1977 when Duke rushed for 199 yards a game.

Cutcliffe said it’s “not an accident” that the running game has improved. He said the Devils have recruited well at running back and on the offensive front.

Cutcliffe said even if you are primarily known as a passing team, you’d better maintain the ability to run the football, which is something he admitted Duke didn’t do very well when he first started out as Duke coach in 2008.

By 2013, Cutcliffe had led the Blue Devils to their first-ever Division title and a berth in the ACC championship game, not to mention the first 10-win season in the school’s history.

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