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6:08 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

UNC Meets Cincinnati In Belk Bowl

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The UNC football team meets Cincinnati Saturday at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.  For a while this fall it looked like the Tar Heels would be home for the holidays. Carolina started the season with one win and five losses. The 5th defeat came by just four points at home to 10th ranked Miami.

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Sports
7:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Panthers Still Have A Chance To Clinch Top Seed In Their Conference

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The Carolina Panthers have secured a spot in this year's NFL playoffs.  But, they now know they have a chance at being the top seed in their conference.   League officials have determined that a Panthers' victory over Atlanta this Sunday along with a San Francisco victory and a Seattle loss would give Carolina home field as long as they remain alive in the postseason.  Head Coach Ron Rivera said his message to the team will be to not worry about anyone other than the Falcons.  

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Sports
11:08 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

East Carolina Bests Ohio University In Beef O'Brady's Bowl

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Vinatavious Cooper rushed for a career-best 198 yards, setting a Beef `O' Brady's Bowl record and leading East Carolina to a 37-20 victory over Ohio on Monday. The Pirates (10-3) grabbed the lead for good on the first of Cooper's two touchdowns runs in the fourth quarter, a 31-yard burst with just under 10 minutes remaining.

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Sports
9:10 am
Mon December 23, 2013

ECU Pirates To Take On Ohio In Today's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

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In college football, East Carolina meets Ohio in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s bowl this afternoon.  The Pirates of ECU face off with the Ohio Bobcats. East Carolina had one of the nation’s best passing offenses this season and won nine games.

"We have an acronym called OPAAT – one play at a time – OPAAT. And we get better at one thing a day and yesterday it was routine plays. And to be successful in our bowl game we will have to make routine plays," said head coach Ruffin McNeill

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Duke's Football Team Goes To Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game

Duke's coach, David Cutcliffe, talks to reporters about Saturday's game.
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Every college football season, there’s usually one team that turns out to be a surprise. This year, it’s Duke.

The Blue Devils have won ten games-- the most in school history. It’s a big turnaround for a team long overshadowed by basketball and a laughingstock of the Atlantic Coast Conference. But now, Duke is headed to the ACC championship game.

The team earned its invitation to the ACC over the weekend, after it beat UNC.  At a sports bar near campus, lifelong Duke fans Larry Goss and Bobbi Harris hugged each other with tears in their eyes.

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri November 29, 2013

The High Stakes Of This Year's Duke-Carolina Football Game

UNC's Kenan Stadium hosts this year's annual rivalry contest between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils.
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Number 24 Duke and North Carolina are getting ready for their annual football rivalry matchup. 

The Tar Heels host the Blue Devils on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.  There's a lot at stake for Duke, which needs the win to advance to the ACC championship game against Florida State.  It would be the school's first trip to the title game. 

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe says it's fitting that the deciding game is against UNC.

"It's enough that it's just Duke and North Carolina," Cutcliffe says.

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Sports
6:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

UNC Considering Renovations To Dean Smith Center

Dean Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill
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The University of North Carolina basketball program is considering renovating or possibly replacing the Dean Smith Center.

The school's Athletic Director, Bubba Cunningham, would like to add premium seating to the arena.  Similar changes were recently made to the football stadium in Chapel Hill to become what is now called the "Blue Zone." Cunningham said the seats may largely pay for themselves.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

A Year In The Life Of The New York Jets

Nicholas Dawidoff's new book Low Collision Crossers is a look inside a year in the life of the New York Jets.
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To outsiders, football may look like bone-crushing mayhem.  The headlines coming out of the NFL center around concussions and bullying.

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Sports
5:21 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video]

UNC Basketball Alumni Game. (From right) Michael Jordan, Roy Williams, Dean Smith.
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At a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Obama awarded former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on a class of recipients including civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.  Smith was lauded not just for his many athletic achievements, but also for his impact on the community he calls home.

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Sports
6:18 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

UNC-Chapel Hill To Help Treat Former NFL Players' Trauma

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The NFL Players Association announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday to provide medical services and support to former football players. 

The program is called "The Trust".  It's the result of a multi-million dollar collective bargaining agreement reached after the 2011 league lockout.  Bahati Van Pelt is executive director of The Trust. He said the UNC Brain and Body Health Program and its director, Kevin Guskiewicz, were natural partners for the NFLPA.

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