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1/30/2001 12:00am

Kenny Returns Stronger Than Ever

"Matt Kenny is going to wrestle tonight," North Carolina coach Bill Lam adamantly shouted at reporters before boarding the team bus for Appalachian State on Saturday.


1/29/2001 12:00am

Men's Swimming Topples Terrapins

Senior Brad Kline summed up North Carolina's last home meet of the season in one short phrase."It was a good day," Kline said.A good day was just what UNC men's swimming and diving team needed.The Tar Heels handed Maryland its first conference loss 205-95 Saturday in Koury Natatorium. After losing to Virginia last week and with ACC Championships fast approaching, UNC wanted to regain momentum in the conference."We had a tough loss last week against Virginia, which is our big rival," Kline said. "But Maryland is an ACC rival as well.


1/29/2001 12:00am

Haywood Makes Self At Home

RALEIGH -- Brendan Haywood knows the drill by now.He shows up in Raleigh to play N.C. State and gets verbally abused. His manhood gets challenged. His intelligence gets questioned.It happens every year. At 7-feet and 268 pounds, Haywood is a whipping boy for Wolfpack fans, one of the toughest crowds in the ACC.And Haywood loves every minute of the attention."It's very fun to come here," Haywood said after UNC beat N.C. State 60-52 Sunday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. "I've never lost here.


1/29/2001 12:00am

Women's Swimming Extends ACC Winning Streak

This late in the swimming and diving season, convincing victories are hard to come by. Especially against a highly ranked opponent. But a huge win is just what the North Carolina women delivered Saturday morning at Koury Natatorium as they pounded No. 16 Maryland 203-96.Ninth-ranked UNC (7-1, 4-0 in the ACC), took 12 out of the meet's 16 events to defeat the Terps for its seventh straight victory.


1/29/2001 12:00am

UNC Pulls Off Another Close One

RALEIGH -- Sunday was a day for defense.The Ravens and Giants offered plenty of it in the Super Bowl, and No. 5 North Carolina and N.C. State did their part at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.The Tar Heels struggled to score and finished with 60 points, more than 20 below their season average. But the Wolfpack offense was even more offensive, shooting 31 percent from the field and managing 52 points."We're very fortunate to come out of here with a win," UNC coach Matt Doherty said.


1/29/2001 12:00am

Maryland Defeats Tar Heels

COLLEGE PARK, MD. -- The Maryland women's basketball team held on for a 55-53 win against North Carolina on Sunday in Cole Field House. Sophomore point guard Coretta Brown led the Tar Heels with 17 points, while senior forward LaQuanda Barksdale chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Tar Heels fell to 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the ACC.UNC Athletes Earn NCAA BerthsUniversity Park, Penn. -- North Carolina track and field posted impressive results this weekend at the Penn State Invitational.

1/29/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Take Down Spartans

One must think of possible consequences in scheduling. North Carolina wrestling coach Bill Lam can say he learned his lesson Saturday -- or maybe not. The Tar Heels blanked UNC-Greensboro 41-0 at Carmichael Auditorium, then headed west to defeat Appalachian State in Boone later that night. The victories put North Carolina back at .500 with a 4-4 dual meet record (1-0 in the ACC). At the start of the year, two matches in 24 hours looked very plausible to a talent-laden team.


1/29/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Trounce Wildcats

North Carolina's women's tennis team took another step Sunday in its path toward national prominence.But the misstep of Julie Rotondi may be an obstacle in that path.The good news for the Tar Heels: They beat No. 32 Kentucky 6-1, losing one singles match, a forfeit because of Rotondi's ankle injury.Her match was the closest of the day as she won the first set 7-5 but fell in the second set 6-4.


1/25/2001 12:00am

Brown Shines as Tar Heels' New Leader

The North Carolina women's basketball team's season kicked off with a lot of question marks. The biggest of which being what would the Tar Heels do without Nikki Teasley.Now at the midpoint of the ACC season as UNC (10-7, 4-3 in the ACC) hosts No. 4 Duke (18-1, 6-1) at 7 p.m. tonight at Carmichael Auditorium, sophomore Coretta Brown has provided at least one emphatic answer: She runs this team now.During Teasley's seven-game absence in January, Brown took control as point guard and struggled along with her teammates.


1/25/2001 12:00am

Preparation Pays Off for UNC

Virginia could have used a sixth Cavalier on the floor Wednesday night at the Smith Center.After all, North Carolina's Blue team got that luxury in practice this week while preparing UNC for the game."We were practicing the press against the Blue team like two days ago and were turning the ball over a lot," UNC point guard Ronald Curry said."The execution was good tonight. We did have one or two turnovers, but we handled the press well. I think that's the difference in the game."The No.


1/25/2001 12:00am

Forte's Hot Shooting Lifts Tar Heels Again

Matt Doherty didn't get the satisfaction of looking at the final stat sheet and seeing a number in the 30s under Virginia's field-goal percentage.Instead, North Carolina's coach had to settle for one under Joseph Forte's scoring total.Forte scored 33 points on Wednesday night to lead fifth-ranked UNC to a 88-81 victory against 13th-ranked Virginia in front of 21,750 fans at the Smith Center. Forte hit 13 of his 23 field-goal attempts from the field and also finished with five rebounds and four assists."He's a tremendous player," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said.


1/24/2001 12:00am

Bunting Completes Hirings

North Carolina football coach John Bunting completed his coaching staff Tuesday with the hiring of running backs coach Andre Powell.Powell spent the last five years as an assistant coach at Virginia, coaching wide receivers and running backs."His connection with (UNC offensive coordinator) Gary Tranquill is important because of his knowledge of the offensive system," Bunting said. "Andre has coached other positions, but his specialty is coaching running backs.


1/24/2001 12:00am

UNC Looks for Patience In Face of Virginia Press

The distinction often rests on a few extra seconds ticking off the clock. It might simply mean a couple of other hands have touched the ball before it reaches its final destination.The distinction is an important one to Matt Doherty, though. North Carolina's coach doesn't seem to worry about his offense creating open looks at the basket. Those have come.But good shots won't satisfy Doherty when No. 5 UNC takes on No. 13 Virginia today at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center.


1/23/2001 12:00am

Wilson Continues to Strive For All-Around Excellence

Whether it is in the classroom, community or North Carolina record books, senior gymnast Brooke Wilson is used to seeing her name in a positive light.Owner of all but one all-time Tar Heel gymnastics marks, Wilson has come full circle since arriving in Chapel Hill.It began in winter of 1998, when Wilson was a senior in high school.North Carolina gymnastics coach Derek Galvin first bore witness to Wilson's potential during a visit to Sumter, S.C."During the recruiting process, I went to watch Brooke train," Galvin said.


1/22/2001 12:00am

Browns Short Circuit Against Oklahoma

Oklahoma caused a brownout in Carmichael Auditorium on Sunday. No, the lights never dimmed during the ACC/Big 12 Challenge between North Carolina's women's basketball team and Oklahoma.But the Sooners effectively sucked the power out of UNC's top guards, Coretta Brown and Juana Brown.Before Sunday's matchup both Browns had been playing near the top of their games. Juana Brown was averaging 13.8 points per game and boasted a free-throw percentage of 71.8.


1/22/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Smother Richmond

As the world was watching the transfer of power in the nation's capital Saturday, the North Carolina women's tennis team asserted its power over Richmond at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.The Tar Heels breezed past the Spiders 7-0 in both teams' first official match of the season.At last weekend's Carolina Indoor Invitational, UNC's singles lineup was solid, but the Tar Heels were vulnerable in doubles action, capturing only three out of seven matches. Problem identified.


1/22/2001 12:00am

Reporters Not Only Pretty Faces

Excuse me if I'm not offended. I know, being a female and all, I'm supposed to be completely outraged that Playboy.com had the audacity to poll its Internet audience on who was the sexiest sportscaster.The contest concluded Jan. 12, and surprisingly, CBS sideline reporter Jill Arrington (26 percent of the vote) defeated ABC's Melissa Stark (23 percent). That might be the outrage.Playboy.com's poll isn't demeaning or insulting because all of the women involved were hired because they are beautiful.Television sportscasting operates on a double standard.


1/22/2001 12:00am

Defensive Turnaround Keys Win Streak

At the end of the season, guys might be able to look back on it and laugh.But it wasn't funny the day it happened. North Carolina got bombed by Kentucky on Dec. 2, 2000 -- at home. The unranked Wildcats shot 50.7 percent from the field, beat the Tar Heels up and down the court at will and defeated them 93-76.Players sat in silence in the UNC locker room. They pointed out that Kentucky hadn't been making its shots in previous games, which was correct.But there was more to it than North Carolina catching the Wildcats on a hot day.


1/22/2001 12:00am

Sooners Shoot Down Women's Basketball

With four teams in the top 25, the ACC has staked out a claim as one of the most talented and demanding women's basketball conferences in the nation this season."Our conference is so tough -- every game, every possession," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "And, normally, this time of the season when you have a game out of the conference, it's a breather because of the way the conference is."But Hatchell and her Tar Heels got a rude introduction to perhaps the best league in the country Sunday, suffering a 94-77 defeat to No.


1/19/2001 12:00am

UNC Track Kicks Off Season

For the last eight seasons, North Carolina's women's indoor track and field team has run away from its ACC competition.This year's goal for UNC: to leave its conference competitors in the dust and make its mark nationally. The Tar Heels will begin their shot at national prominence at Virginia Tech today."Throughout the 1990s we were always first or second in the ACCs," said UNC track and field coach Dennis Craddock. "I want us to get back there.