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3/5/2001 12:00am

Blue Devils' Confidence Leads to Redemption

Duke assistant basketball coach Chris Collins uttered a word of caution to the Blue Devil team Sunday afternoon."Walk off like we came here to win," Collins said.The reminder, which came with 1:15 left in the game, was one that many didn't expect No. 2 Duke to need in its matchup against fourth-ranked North Carolina.That's because the Blue Devils entered the game as an underdog."At Duke, you're not put in that position.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Men's Lacrosse Snaps Road Losing Streak

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- North Carolina attackman Jeff Sonke lifted the Tar Heels to an 11-10 victory against Navy on Saturday.Last year Sonke scored in sudden victory overtime at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill to give the Heels the win 11-10. Saturday afternoon he scored with one second remaining at Rip Miller Field in Annapolis to lift the 18th-ranked Tar Heels to yet another 11-10 victory against the No.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Adams, Blake Continue to Shine for UNC

Friday's doubleheader against UCLA revealed one of North Carolina's weaknesses: lack of consistency.But some heroic individual efforts led UNC to a victory in game one and have proven to be a key to the Tar Heels' early success this year.Sophomore Russ Adams has delivered in the clutch all season for UNC (11-3), driving in three game-winning runs in North Carolina's final at bat.And Adams, who went 3-for-10 with three runs scored on the day, came through again in the bottom of the 11th inning of game one.The 6-foot-1 second baseman belted a 2-2 changeup over the right-center-field


3/2/2001 12:00am

History on UNC's Side in Tourney

Around game time, Sylvia Hatchell carries with her a bundle of tongue depressors wrapped in a rubber band. She has a slender wooden stick for every member of the North Carolina women's basketball program. The coach doesn't tote them around because she doubles as the team's physician. She does it because part of her job involves getting her players psychologically prepared for competition.The depressors each have a name written on them, and before a game, the team passes the bundle around.


3/2/2001 12:00am

Williams Excels in Darker Shade of Blue

Imagine Jason Williams breaking down his defender and kicking the ball out to Joseph Forte, who gracefully swishes a 3-pointer.The ACC's best point man feeding the league's top point producer. Two of the nation's best guards playing together.It almost happened."If (Williams) didn't come here, he probably would have ended up at Carolina," Duke forward Shane Battier said.Former North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge recruited Williams out of St. Joseph's High School in Plainfield, N.J.

3/2/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels\Split With\Seahawks

WILMINGTON -- The North Carolina softball team split a doubleheader with UNC-Wilmington on Thursday, winning the first game convincingly 5-0, but dropping the second 2-1 in eight innings.In the first game, the Tar Heels pounded out 14 hits while pitcher Michael Parrott limited UNC-W to just five. Parrott, who improved to 6-0 with the shutout, struck out six and also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. In the second game, the Seahawks won the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth. It was the Tar Heels' first extra-inning contest of the season.


3/2/2001 12:00am

Rowing Races Duke To Open Spring Season

The North Carolina rowing team opens its spring campaign Saturday at 9 a.m. against Duke in its only home meet of the season.Saturday's meet between the Tar Heels, who are in their fourth season of varsity competition, and the Blue Devils will feature 1,000-meter sprints, but will not impact the standings of the Carlyle Cup, the all-sports championship between the schools.UNC-UCLA Series Moved UpDue to expected poor weather conditions on Sunday, UNC and UCLA will begin their three-game baseball series with a day-night doubleheader today at Boshamer Stadium.


3/2/2001 12:00am

Wrestling Prepares for ACC Tournament

Since the mid-1990s, the North Carolina wrestling program set the bar for the rest of the ACC.The Tar Heels have won four consecutive ACC titles and have regularly sent competitive wrestlers to NCAAs.This season, UNC has looked vulnerable. The Tar Heels posted an 8-5 regular season record, including a season-ending loss to N.C. State.In addition to shaky mat performances, UNC has had other distractions. Starter Chuckie Connor quit the team in February, and a multitude of wrestlers have been sidelined with by injuries.


3/2/2001 12:00am

Boozer Injury Creates Puzzle For Duke, UNC

The players say it every time.North Carolina and Duke? Throw out the records -- this is war. Ignore how well or poorly we've been playing before this point. None of it will matter once tipoff happens.Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever.But this time all of that talk is more than just cliche.The second-ranked Blue Devils (25-4, 12-3 in the ACC) will be without starting center Carlos Boozer, who has an injured foot, when they visit Chapel Hill on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for a showdown with No.


3/1/2001 12:00am

Curry Spurs Tar Heels To Win Against 'Pack

N.C. State wanted to make it ugly and succeeded. There the Wolfpack players were, bumping and grinding North Carolina on every inch of the Smith Center floor.But the Tar Heels were ready to get physical.Sparked by big efforts from football stars Ronald Curry and Julius Peppers, UNC knocked off the Wolfpack 76-63 Wednesday night.The victory clinched at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for the Tar Heels, their first since 1995.


3/1/2001 12:00am

Women's Tennis Upsets William & Mary

The North Carolina women's tennis team improved to 7-1 after its 5-2 defeat of 16th-ranked William & Mary. To begin play, UNC swept all three doubles matches. The Tar Heel duos of Marlene Mejia and Elina Bairos and Erin Niebling and Courtney Zalinski both defeated William & Mary 8-4. Niebling and Zalinski are now 5-0 for the season. The 25th-ranked sophomores Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck took the No. 1 match 8-6 to claim the team doubles point. Sophomore Mejia, who is ranked 13th in the country, won quickly at No. 1 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 Pinchbeck and No. 6 Zalinski in straight sets.


2/28/2001 12:00am

Future Unclear for Wolfpack

In the aftermath of his team's 86-66 loss at Virginia on Sunday, North Carolina coach Matt Doherty said he was worried.Worried? With the Tar Heels at 22-4 overall and tied for first place in the ACC?Herb Sendek wishes he had such worries. But Sendek, N.C. State's coach, doesn't get to fret about which region his team will be sent to as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.It will be a minor miracle if his team is even in the tournament."We're very aware of what it would take at this point," Sendek said on Tuesday.


2/28/2001 12:00am

Softball Blanks Lady Paladins

Smallball was the name of the game Tuesday afternoon at Finley Field. Bunts, singles and advancing runners were the catalysts to success. Great pitching didn't hurt either as the North Carolina softball team swept a doubleheader against Furman, winning 3-0 and 5-0.Radara McHugh put together a nine-strikeout, seven-inning shutout in the first game. Michael Parrott followed with a seven-strikeout, complete-game shutout.A sacrifice fly, an RBI single and great baserunning accounted for all three runs in the first game.


2/28/2001 12:00am

UNC Lucks Out vs. 'Cats

The North Carolina baseball team averaged nearly 7.7 runs and 9.8 hits per game before Tuesday's game with lowly Davidson.So it's no wonder that UNC coach Mike Fox wasn't at all pleased with the Tar Heels 3-2 victory at Boshamer Stadium."We were very, very lucky to win," Fox said. "We just didn't do many good things, especially offensively. We didn't hit too many balls very hard, we popped the ball up and we scored the third run on a fluke."With the scored tied 2-2 in the seventh, Tar Heels Brandon Russell and Chad Prosser occupied the corners.


2/27/2001 12:00am

Mosch Burns Tar Heels Late in Game Again

DURHAM -- The location changed, but the woman responsible for the final result remained the same.The Duke women's basketball team has found its late-game solution against North Carolina: sophomore guard Sheana Mosch.Mosch sunk two huge 3-pointers down the stretch and hit a layin to put her team up for good as the No. 4 Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 72-67 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday.Mosch's heroics capped a 19-point, six-rebound performance and marked the second game this season that she has carried the Blue Devils on her back late in the game against North Carolina.


2/27/2001 12:00am

Trio Carries Blue Devils Past UNC

DURHAM -- Before the North Carolina-Duke women's basketball game began, Duke seniors went through warmups wearing Superman shirts in celebration of Senior Night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Two of Duke's underclassmen struck on the idea of using Superman's 'S' to represent seniors for the night. The rest of the team drew red 'S' tattoos on their arms before tipoff.Although the 'S' was for the seniors, the super was in a trio of underclassmen: Sheana Mosch, Alana Beard and Michele Matyasovsky.


2/26/2001 12:00am

Early Strikes Help UNC Pitchers

Forget about 95 mph heat or curveballs that drop off the table.North Carolina's weekend series against Seton Hall showed that the best pitch in baseball is strike one.The Tar Heel hurlers enjoyed success when they got ahead of the Pirate hitters.Just ask freshman Daniel Moore.Moore (2-0), Saturday's starter and winner, got ahead in the count against 17 of 27 batters while tossing seven shutout innings in UNC's 3-0 win."First-pitch strikes - we talked about that to our staff (Saturday) about how important it is against good hitters," UNC coach Mike Fox said.Friday, s


2/26/2001 12:00am

Cavaliers Drain Baskets, Tar Heels

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia guard Donald Hand dribbled around the 3-point line midway through the second half. The shot clock ticked down to one second. Hand hurled a wild shot toward the goal. It hit the backboard and caromed in. Three points for the Cavaliers.That's the kind of day it was for No. 9 Virginia. The Cavaliers made 11 of their 22 attempts from behind the arc as they blew out No. 2 North Carolina 86-66 at University Hall.Virginia led by 14 at the half and never let the Tar Heels trim the lead to single digits after intermission.