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Monday May 10th

Football



Sexton Nicks look to repeat BC production

Today's game between No. 19 North Carolina and No. 22 Georgia Tech will have huge implications on the ACC standings. It could be the difference between a trip to Tampa and a day in front of the television.

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A bowl draws more than just exposure

When North Carolina's football team reached the six-win mark two weeks ago against Boston College a trip to college football's cash cow also known as bowl season became a near-certainty. Since the ACC has affiliations with nine bowl games it would be a major shock not to see the Tar Heels playing in December even if they lose the rest of their games. The payouts for the games UNC could potentially be involved in vary considerably. A $17 million  payout was given to teams for an appearance in last year's FedEx Orange Bowl the BCS bowl with which the ACC has an official tie-in.

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Quan Sturdivant is among the UNC leaders in tackles this season but he?d also like to catch Saw V at the Varsity Theater.

Going to pizza and a movie with Quan

Sophomore linebacker Quan Sturdivant is starting to come into his own on the football field notching double digit tackle totals in three of the last four games as well as reeling in a key game-changing interception that was returned for a touchdown against Notre Dame. He is second on the Tar Heels tackles for the season — his 69 puts him one behind fellow line-backer Mark Paschal. But when SportSaturday Assistant Editor Louie Horvath met up with Sturdivant this week it wasn't to discuss tackling. Instead date locations Young Jeezy and Pizza Hut dominated their exchange.

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Dwyer powers run-heavy Tech offense

When Paul Johnson first arrived at Georgia Tech critics claimed that the former Navy coach's flexbone offense would struggle adapting to a BCS conference's speed. Some even went as far to say it would never succeed.

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Sports briefs for November 3

UNC women's hoops tapped as No. 6 in preseason AP Poll - The North Carolina women's basketball team is ranked No. 6 in the preseason national poll released this weekend. Connecticut claimed the top spot for the first time in five seasons and defending champion Tennessee is seventh.

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Cameron Sexton connected with Hakeem Nicks for three TDs Saturday. ?I?m just throwing to an area when he?s open like that"? Sexton said.

Nicks' career day guides UNC

As Cameron Sexton prepared to leave the press room after Saturday's Boston College game he doubled back to greet and congratulate Hakeem Nicks. Sexton grabbed his leading receiver into a hug grinning" and looked at him. ""My boy."" Saturday" Nicks sure was.

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Bowls' exposure priceless

The win against Boston College meant more than a .500 ACC record and a way back into the AP Poll for North Carolina. The Tar Heels' sixth win also means UNC should head to a bowl this year for only the second time this decade. Not only do bowl participants get invaluable publicity and airtime but the ACC also provides each school in a bowl with expenses up to $1.6 million for the BCS game.

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Turnover battle to be key in ACC matchup

Game and Time: Boston College at North Carolina. Kickoff is at noon Saturday. - Site: Kenan Stadium. - TV/Radio: TV coverage will be on Raycom. Radio coverage will be provided by WCHL 1360 AM WRDU 106.1 FM.

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Herzlich to counter UNC run game

On Virginia Tech's first play from scrimmage in last week's game against Boston College the ball was snapped and handed off to running back Darren Evans. And that was about all the Hokies had time to do before Evans was swallowed up and dropped in the backfield by BC linebacker Mark Herzlich.

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Houston vs. Ely: Round 2

Flashback to fall 2004. Now-sophomore running back Ryan Houston was an up-and-coming star for Charlotte-area Butler High School. Senior football writer David Ely played linebacker for rival Providence High. One brisk autumn night the two met on the football field.

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Porous prevent D breaks against Virginia

There isn't much that can stir up more groans and grumblings from fans than the switch to the prevent defense by their favorite team in the closing minutes of a close football game. A team's once-stout defense can appear to transform into a completion-allowing machine and most people wonder why the opposing offense can pile up so much yardage so effortlessly with the game hanging in the balance.

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DTH Picks of the Week for October 25

The DTH Picks of the Week is back for another week of competition. Each week the SportSaturday staff football beat writers Sports editor and a celebrity will pick the winners of college football's most enticing action. In the spirit of competition we also keep track of our correct and incorrect picks to see who is the most accurate college football predicter.

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Hakeem Nicks drops a fumble late in the third quarter of UNC?s matchup with Virginia on Saturday. The Tar Heels committed three turnovers in the game" bringing them to minus five in their two losses. ?The turnover battle? Cameron Sexton said ?today that?s why we lost.?

Fumbled Away

CHARLOTTESVILLE Va. — Just inches away. With Virginia down one point and needing an extra point to complete an astonishing late-game comeback against No. 18 North Carolina Deunta Williams gave a superhuman leap and got one hand on the ball.

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