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Players, staff, and others who earn a living from professional hockey in the Triangle are bracing for a long, protracted labor dispute. One year after the entire 2004-2005 season was lost due to the last contractual dispute between team owners and players, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup.

But the 'Canes franchise has struggled on the ice since 2006, qualifying for the playoffs just once in the past five years. And while a loyal fan base here and across the league have...

Notre Dame To Join ACC

Sep 13, 2012
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Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference is adding a new member. Notre Dame will join the league in the next few years – as soon as it can get out of its current league, the Big East. But Notre Dame’s most celebrated athletic program, football, isn’t coming with the other sports. Instead, the Fighting Irish football program will remain an independent, in order to retain its ability to negotiate its own TV contract. When Notre Dame eventually joins to ACC in all other sports, it will bring the number of...

 Duke Olympians Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory
Leoneda Inge

A crowd gathered at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last night to greet members of the Duke University family returning with medals from the London Olympics.

Leoneda Inge: Duke University is celebrating a bronze, a silver, and a gold medal from the Olympics. Abby Johnston showed off her silver medal in synchronized diving. She says the experience was better than she could have ever imagined.

Abby Johnston: You know as a little kid, you think, you watch the Olympics...

Junior Diving Champion
Leoneda Inge

The Olympic Games in London are wrapping up but not before more diving. Nick McCrory of Chapel Hill is one of the top divers in the world and will be competing in the individual 10-meter platform competition today. He has already captured a bronze medal at the games in synchronized diving. McCrory is a student and trains at Duke University. But before Duke and the Olympics, McCrory competed in swimming competitions like the Junior Nationals which have been underway this week in Greensboro. ...

North Carolina State University is the destination for the first football player to transfer from Penn State.

Gurnal Scott: Nittany Lions' reserve safety Tim Buckley is seeking a fresh start in the shadow of the severe NCAA sanctions against Penn State. NC State athletic officials confirmed the transfer in a statement yesterday. Buckley is from North Carolina. He is expected to join the Wolfpack for the team's first practice today. 2011 was a redshirt year for Buckley so he'll have...

Lawyers representing several media outlets and UNC-Chapel Hill argued today over what constitutes a public document. At the center of the case are the personal cell phone records of former football coach Butch Davis. Dave DeWitt reports.

Dave DeWitt: The media outlets contend that Davis was acting as a public official when he conducted the business of managing the UNC-Chapel Hill football program over his personal cell phone. Their attorneys argued today that that means those...

Erika Braun
Erika Braun

The U.S. Olympic swimming trials are underway in Omaha, Nebraska, and several North Carolinians have already qualified for the Olympic team headed to London this summer. Among the competitors in the trials' final days will be Raleigh's Erika Braun. She's one of only four swimmers in the country age 40 or older to qualify for the trials.

Isaac-Davy Aronson: Of the approximately 150 people who'll compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Sunday, only 2 will go to London. Erika Braun says...

Olympic Drama In Cary

Apr 23, 2012

The Olympic Table Tennis trials were held in Cary over the weekend. The sport’s premier event provided plenty of drama.

Dave DeWitt: Like every sport, table tennis has its quirks and traditions. What’s obvious right away to anyone new to the elite level of table tennis is, these athletes are loud. Each player has his or her own personal word or phrase they like to shout. For American Ariel Hsing, that word is “sa.” It must have worked, because Hsing won the first Olympic team slot. ...

The North American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in table tennis is being held in Cary this weekend. The event features world-class athletes trying to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Dave DeWitt: Table tennis is a wildly popular sport in Asia and eastern Europe. In the United States, the sport is growing, but with little to no chance of winning Olympic medals this year in London, just making the North American team is the goal.

That team will be finalized this weekend...

Minor League Baseball Begins

Apr 4, 2012

Tomorrow marks Opening Day throughout much of professional baseball. And a couple of minor league teams in North Carolina are throwing out the first pitch.

Jeff Tiberii: As a AAA team the Durham Bulls represent a final step before reaching the big leagues. A total of 16 players with major league experience begin the 2012 season in Durham. Any of them could be called-up to parent squad Tampa Bay at a moment’s notice. The Bulls play at home Thursday against the Gwinnett Braves....

North Carolina fell to Kansas last night in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Tar Heels kept it close for most of the game, trading leads until the last few minutes. James Michael McAdoo came off the bench to lead Carolina with 15 points. After the game, visibly crushed senior Tyler Zeller described the moment the Heels realized the game was over.

Tyler Zeller: It was a 4-point game and it quickly became 9. We had a time-out, and we still thought we had a chance then. We...

North Carolina and NC State return to action tonight in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Tar Heels take on Ohio with all eyes on the point guard. Coach Roy Williams says freshman Stilman White will likely start for the injured Kendall Marshall.

Roy Williams: Stilman, yeah, he really is - he's the guy that's gonna play. Stillman and Jay Watts. As long as their heart's not beating so fast that they pass out before they get to the court, I think we'll still have five guys out...

UNC and NC State are moving on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball Tournament. But the news isn't all good.

Jeff Tiberii: Moments after UNC's convincing 87-73 win against Creighton in the Round of 32, Dennis Marshall stood three rows behind the Tar Heel bench with a look of grave concern. His son, Kendall has just scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists. But dad had noticed Kendall hadn't touched the ball with his right hand for the last 10 minutes of the game, after...

Coach K
Jeff Tiberii

NC State and UNC are moving on in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. But Duke‘s season has come to an abrupt end.

Jeff Tiberii: The second seeded Blue Devils were shocked by the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 75-70, in Greensboro on Friday night. Earlier in the day UNC beat Vermont 77-58 in the same building. And many Carolina fans hung around for the upset. Lehigh senior Jordan Hamilton:

Jordan Hamilton: We don’t often play in these type of environments. So I really have to...

Jeff Tiberii

The Men's NCAA basketball Tournament comes to Greensboro this week where North Carolina and Duke hope to survive and advance. The event typically brings tens of thousands of visitors and many millions of dollars to the region. On the floor the expectation is for some of the best basketball the sport has to offer. Off the court, there has been some timely madness as well.

Jeff Tiberi: It's pretty quiet in the Greensboro Coliseum three days before the most famous basketball tournament...

Tom Giedgowd
Leoneda Inge

It’s March Madness for college basketball fans. But teams of student entrepreneurs gathered in Durham this week for Start-up Madness.

Niki Kohari: Can you guys feel the March Madness in the air!

Leoneda Inge: Nineteen Start-up Madness teams tipped off in Durham, representing schools in the ACC. Clemson’s “Mushroom Mountain” was lucky enough to make the Elite Eight. The University of Virginia’s I-pod talking “Tee Gee” doll shined in the Final Four. But when the buzzer...

The UNC Football team has been banned from participating in the post-season this fall.

Jeff Tiberii: North Carolina’s football team will also lose five scholarships in each of the next three seasons, and be on probation until 2015. The NCAA announced the punishments Monday following a report by the Division 1 Committee on Infractions. Violations took between 2008 and 2010 and include academic fraud, payments to players. Britton Banowsky is chair of the Committee on Infractions.
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The U.S. Hydrofoil Association National Championships will come to North Carolina this summer.

Jeff Tiberii: Picture a single water ski with a seat on top and a three foot long rudder underneath. That's a hydrofoil. In this sport competitors sit on the contraption and are towed by a boat. Jim Chismar is President of the US Hydofoil Association:

Jim Chismar: What you're sitting on is the hydrofoil itself. Your seat are strapped in and you're sitting with a seat belt on. It...

The men's Atlantic Coast Conference regular season champion will be decided tomorrow. That's when North Carolina will travel up Tobacco Road to take on rival Duke. The two teams are tied for first place going into the final regular season game. Speaking on an ACC teleconference this week, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said it's been a challenge to get to this point.

Mike Krzyzewski: You can tell by the number of starting lineups, we don't have one kid who's started every game. We've...

The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off tomorrow in Greensboro.

Jeff Tiberii: For the 13th consecutive year the event takes place at the Greensboro Coliseum. This season the conference boasts 3 of the top 10 Women’s teams in the nation: Duke, Miami and Maryland. Meanwhile, UNC-Chapel Hill finished fifth in the A-C-C during the regular season. Head coach Sylvia Hatchell has led her team to eight of the last 10 Tournament Championship games.

Sylvia Hatchell: We got...

It's a busy college sports week in North Carolina. An event tonight at UNC Chapel Hill will take a closer look at how college sports may look in the future.

Dave DeWitt: From scandals to championships, the worst and best of college sports has been on display in the state in just the past year. Tonight's discussion will bring together several critics of the corrupting influence of money on college sports, and what changes might be made to make it better.

Author Taylor Branch...

Wes Miller
Jeff Tiberii

Many veteran college basketball coaches have thinning hair, wrinkles and a scowl to protest questionable calls. This isn't the case at UNC Greensboro, where Wes Miller has a full head of hair, the smile of a college student and just two months of experience. He’s the youngest coach in men’s Division 1 and is trying to get his team to think about a championship, all while removing the ‘interim’ next to his name. Jeff Tiberii reports on the former Tar Heel turned Spartan.

Jeff Tiberii...

Big-time college basketball is a way of life in North Carolina. It brings excitement and millions of dollars to the Triangle, and gives the region much of its identity. But actually playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference is out of reach for everyone but the most elite athletes. Except at UNC-Chapel Hill, where a Junior Varsity basketball team continues to prosper. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for “regular” students.

Dave DeWitt: 11 players in Carolina Blue uniforms. 1 coach....

NC State football fans are making their way to Charlotte today. The Wolfpack is playing Louisville in the Belk Bowl. This has been a challenging and triumphant year to be an NC State football fan. Coach Tom O’Brien says that especially early in the season, things didn’t look good. Tom O'Brien : "Certainly we’re excited about the opportunity to continue our season. At a point 7 games ago we didn’t look like we’d be on anyone’s radar." Then the Wolfpack shut out North Carolina back in early...

UNC Goes Bowling Today

Dec 26, 2011

North Carolina will play in its 4th consecutive bowl game later today. The Tar Heels take on Missouri in the Independence Bowl. The last 18 months have seen major changes to North Carolina’s football program. And the state of transition will last one more game, as interim coach Everett Withers coaches the team despite the hiring of a new head coach. Larry Fedora was chosen to lead the program, but Withers will coach the team at the Independence Bowl. Withers was a candidate for the permanent...

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