SPORTS


2/28/2002 12:00am

1 Streak Saved in UNC's Home Finale

North Carolina senior Jason Capel fell to the paint as Clemson's Chris Hobbs hammered him Wednesday night. The whistle blew, the layup fell through the hoop, and Capel pointed at Hobbs. In another time, another season, the extended index finger could have been a No. 1, as in ranking. In 2002, the gesture stood for the one streak UNC had remaining by the last game at the Smith Center -- Clemson's complete futility in Chapel Hill.


2/28/2002 12:00am

Teasley, Teammates Earn Accolades

North Carolina guard Nikki Teasley is one of 20 seniors invited to play in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Challenge, to be held in San Antonio during the 2002 Women's Final Four weekend. The WBCA roster includes 17 Division I players, as well as the Division II, III and NAIA players of the year. This year the college seniors will take on the USA Basketball National Team. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the University of Texas at San Antonio Convocation Center.


2/28/2002 12:00am

Men's Lacrosse Unveils Half-Dozen New Signees

Second-year North Carolina men's lacrosse coach John Haus announced Tuesday the signing of six prospects who will join the team next fall. This group includes attackman Scott Falatach of Stevensville, Md.; attackman Ryan Blair of Auburn, N.Y.; attackman Kyle Henderson of Massapequa, N.Y.; attackman Sean Link of Baltimore, Md.; midfielder Andrew McElduff of Yorktown, N.Y.; and defenseman Steve McElduff of Yorktown, N.Y.


2/28/2002 12:00am

UNC Plugs Holes on Coaching Staff

At the end of an offseason that has been marred by off-field incidents and the departures of two assistant coaches and quarterback Darian Durant, it is about time for the North Carolina football team to return to normalcy. On Wednesday, UNC coach John Bunting began his reconstruction project. He introduced two assistant coaches new to Chapel Hill, defensive backs coach Jim Fleming and offensive line coach Hal Hunter. And most importantly, Bunting named former linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Dave Huxtable as the Tar Heels' new defensive coordinator.


2/28/2002 12:00am

Stockman Fires Away Early, Fades Away Late

Larry Shyatt might want to contact the FBI. In the first half of Clemson and North Carolina's Wednesday night contest, Tiger sophomore guard Tony Stockman exploded for 28 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. All of his made baskets were 3-pointers. In the second half, 1-of-6 shooting, no 3s. Invasion of the body snatchers, anyone? "I was really hot," said Stockman, who tied career bests in made field goals, 3s and total points (30). "It was fun while it lasted." Problem was, it didn't last beyond the first 20 minutes.


2/27/2002 12:00am

Tar Heels Aim to Keep Streak Alive

North Carolina enters the Senior Game eyeing the ACC's bylaws again. Last year, a win against Duke would have given the Tar Heels the regular-season crown outright. Instead, the loss forced them to share. However, UNC kept the top seed in the conference tournament by virtue of the tie-breaking rules. Which brings us to the present -- a time when the Tar Heels need a firetruck ladder to reach the top branch. The Tar Heels (7-18, 3-11) sit alone on the ACC's bottom rung, gloomy faces in hands.

2/27/2002 12:00am

Pitching, Baserunning Lift Baseball to Victory

Never make the first or third out at third base. It's a well-known baseball rule. That's why Adam Greenberg's daring steal of third with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning was surprising. It was also crucial to North Carolina's 6-3 win against UNC-Wilmington at Boshamer Stadium on Wednesday. The first four innings were scoreless. The Tar Heels' Carter Harrell didn't even allow a hit, using mostly fastballs to tame the Seahawks' bats. "Those first four innings, I felt good. I was hitting my spots." Harrell said. "But then it slipped away a little bit."


2/27/2002 12:00am

UNC Optimistic Heading Into ACC Championships

In the 1990s, the North Carolina men's swimming and diving team was the standard to which all other ACC teams were compared. From 1992-98, UNC won six straight conference titles. Recently, however, the pendulum has swung toward Virginia, which has won back-to-back-to-back ACC crowns and is favored to four-peat this weekend in College Park, Md. But as the Tar Heels left Tuesday for the ACC championships, little was said about the Cavaliers.


2/26/2002 12:00am

Search Begins for Durant Successor

Back to the old drawing board. After North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant confirmed rumors Monday that he would be leaving UNC, Coach John Bunting and his staff are looking for a starting-quarterback candidate to emerge before the team's Aug. 31 opener against Miami (Ohio). With spring practice on the horizon and with Durant leaving school at the end of the spring semester, UNC now is forced to look at three, or possibly four, candidates for the starting job.


2/26/2002 12:00am

UNC's McPike Shrugs Off 5-Goal Explosion in Win

With perspiration dripping from her forehead and her lacrosse stick hanging from her left hand, UNC senior midfielder Christine McPike described her play as "fine." McPike finished Sunday's 17-3 win against Davidson one goal shy of UNC's single-game record. She netted five goals, two of which were separated by less than a minute. And McPike didn't even play the whole game. UNC women's lacrosse coach Jenny Slingluff Levy played her reserves for most of the blowout's second half.


2/26/2002 12:00am

UNC Quarterback Decides to Transfer At Semester's End

After a year of quarterback controversy, North Carolina has found itself in yet another predicament. Redshirt freshman Darian Durant announced in a Monday press conference that he will transfer at the end of spring semester to play football at a yet-to-be-disclosed school. "This was not a spontaneous decision," said Durant, who read from a statement at the start of the press conference and left after embracing UNC coach John Bunting. "It's also a decision that's not based on competition. Competition brings out the best in people, and it's something that I thrive on tremendously.


2/25/2002 12:00am

Prize Recruit Debuts at Smith Center

It took prized basketball signee Rashad McCants all of one play to win the crowd in his first Smith Center appearance. Coming out of the tunnels, the UNC junior varsity basketball team received a louder crowd ovation than McCants' New Hampton (N.H.) Prep squad. But after McCants won the tap and immediately drained a pull-up 3-pointer from the left wing, the spotlight was all his. The several hundred spectators in attendance included UNC coach Matt Doherty, almost all the members of the current North Carolina squad and a contingent from McCants' native Asheville.


2/25/2002 12:00am

Wrestlers Snatch 2 Easy Wins

The North Carolina wrestling team finished its regular season Saturday by beating Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb at Carmichael Auditorium. UNC beat ASU 34-6 and Gardner-Webb 27-19. UNC moved to 14-5 for the season, while ASU drops to 5-8 and Gardner-Webb falls to 3-9. Against the Mountaineers, seniors Matt Kenny (heavyweight) and Brad Byers (141 pounds) won in their final home matches. UNC' Evan Sola upset national No. 16 Travis Drake, 3-2. UNC winners against Gardner-Webb included Mark Canty, John Paul Igoe, Dusty Heist, Austin Wall, Chris Rodrigues and Andrew Slack.


2/25/2002 12:00am

New Ballpark Debuts As Tar Heels Sweep

The North Carolina softball team couldn't have written a better script for Saturday's doubleheader against South Carolina. It was the first home series of the season and the first in the new UNC softball complex. Tar Heel assistant coach Beverly Smith was proposed to before the game (she said yes). And amid the buzz, UNC swept No. 20 USC. The Tar Heels came back from deficits of 5-0, 7-6, and 8-7 to win the first game, 9-8, in 10 innings. In the second, UNC erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring eight unanswered runs to win 8-1.


2/25/2002 12:00am

Duke Outclasses UNC Women

So these are the two best women's basketball teams in the ACC, huh? The two teams that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, making the conference as top-heavy as Pamela Anderson? But what happens when one of them proves that it might not belong in that esteemed company -- that, in fact, it might be an impostor?


2/25/2002 12:00am

SI's Annual Issue Is a Washout

For the past five years or so, the mailman has faithfully brought Sports Illustrated to my mailbox. And once a year, I get this suspicious nausea. I've pushed it down, grinned and calmly flipped through SI. But this year, I've decided to just get sick. Yeah, I'm a girl and I'm bitching about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. I usually hate going along with the crowd; it's more in my nature to embrace the thing because most women think it's horrible. But hell, I'll conform this time.


2/25/2002 12:00am

UNC Fouls Troubling In Raleigh

RALEIGH -- North Carolina started to foul out of desperation as time wound down in Sunday night's 98-76 loss. Too bad the Tar Heels had been sending N.C. State to the free-throw line all night. The Wolfpack, a 75.5-percent team from the line, had plenty of chances to perfect its stroke. UNC gave State 37 free shots, 30 of which went down -- both season highs -- as the Tar Heels found themselves in severe foul trouble at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.


2/25/2002 12:00am

UNC Romps in 2nd Straight Opener

It's getting to be a tradition. The North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated Davidson 17-3 on Sunday at Henry Stadium to begin the season, just like they defeated the Wildcats 17-3 in Chapel Hill in the first game last season. Despite the high goal total at the game's end, both teams started out slow. But while UNC was able to pick up its pace, Davidson never got out of first gear. In the eighth minute, senior attacker Erin McInnes got things going for the Tar Heels, scoring from a pass by sophomore Brooke Young.


2/25/2002 12:00am

Dismal 2nd Half Dooms Tar Heels

RALEIGH -- Going into his team's locker room during halftime, N.C. State coach Herb Sendek had plenty of material to work with. His Wolfpack had shot 38.7 percent from the floor, had the ball swiped five times and just wasn't playing well. At the same time, the 'Pack's opponent, North Carolina, was enjoying 54.8 percent shooting, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Tar Heels, sitting at the bottom of the conference, also held a 10-point lead.