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2/2/2001 12:00am

Hatchell Earns 300th Victory

ATLANTA -- The North Carolina women's basketball team defeated Georgia Tech 85-63 on Thursday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.With the win, UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 300th career victory with the Tar Heels.North Carolina (11-9, 5-5 in the ACC) were led by sophomore point guard Coretta Brown and senior guard Juana Brown.


2/2/2001 12:00am

UNC Rolls Past Wildcats in Tennis Season Opener

The North Carolina men's tennis team got the 200a1 season off to a successful start, sweeping past Davidson 7-0 on Thursday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.The Tar Heels started strong, winning all three doubles matches. The No. 1 seed of Nicholas Monroe and Marcio Petrone beat Whit Hansen and Billy Boykin 8-4.


2/2/2001 12:00am

ONE FOR THE BOOKS\

Guard Joseph Forte scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in UNC's 85-83 victory against No. 2 Duke. DURHAM -- North Carolina entered Thursday night's game against No.


2/2/2001 12:00am

Capel Gets 1st Victory Vs. Duke

UNC forward Jason Capel scored 20 points in his first win against the Blue Devils, his brother's former team.DURHAM -- Former Duke guard Jeff Capel told his younger brother all week that his former team was going to get the better of North Carolina on Thursday night.He even went as far to say the Tar Heels wouldn't keep the game close.Jason Capel proved his brother wrong. And he finally got his first win against his brother's old team on his sixth try."I'm sure I'm going to have to eat a lot of crow," Jeff Capel said immediately after the game.


2/1/2001 12:00am

Doherty Returns to Rivalry

"I think they're all a bunch of rude Northerners who study too much and release it on the players. Seriously, I don't think it shows much class."--Matt Doherty, 1984Matt Doherty made his last appearance at Cameron Indoor Stadium as a North Carolina player on Jan.


2/1/2001 12:00am

Battier Utilizes Head, New Scoring Ability

The first thing people notice when they see Shane Battier playing basketball is his head.North Carolina fans love to pick on the shape of the Duke forward's cranium. They say Battier looks like a California Raisin or an alien.But those who know the game admire Battier's head because of the way he uses it. ESPN commentator Dick Vitale calls him college basketball's smartest player.The senior thinks things through on the court and, as a result, always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

2/1/2001 12:00am

Clash At Cameron

The Tar Heels take their 14-game winning streak on the road to the Blue Devils' lair in a battle of ACC unbeatens. Doherty Returns To Rivalry Battier Utilizes Head, New Scoring Ability Tar Heels Could Face Hellacious Game


2/1/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Could Face Hellacious Game

Cameron Indoor Stadium is scheduled to have air-conditioning units installed in time for next season.That's nice, but it won't help No. 4 North Carolina tonight when it travels to Durham for a 9 p.m. showdown with second-ranked Duke."I'm expecting a hostile crowd, a great game," forward Kris Lang said. "It's going to be very intense and hot.""It's a hostile crowd, hot," point guard Ronald Curry said.Cameron is one of the hottest locations in college basketball.


1/31/2001 12:00am

Old-Fashioned UNC Hopes to Beat Duke Down Low

Kris Lang would go out to the hoop at his Gastonia home as a youngster and pretend that he was Christian Laettner.Laettner, a standout at power forward for Duke from 1988-91, excelled thanks to a free-wheeling offense that allowed players to break down defenders with one-on-one moves.North Carolina played a different style during Lang's youth. The Tar Heels ran set offenses and did most of their damage in the halfcourt. Not much fun to emulate.


1/31/2001 12:00am

Relaxed Forte Glides to Success

Joseph Forte is racing toward stardom.Only, he's in no hurry to get there. That much has become apparent to followers of North Carolina the past two seasons, and it will be evident when the Tar Heels play Duke on Thursday at 9 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Nine of the 10 players on the floor will compete at regular speed, moving around the court with frantic intensity and strained facial expressions. The other player will navigate the court at Forte pace, with relaxed and fluid forms of motion reserved for UNC's No. 40.


1/30/2001 12:00am

Ellis Looks to Take Running to Extreme

After talking to him for a while, you think he's destined for the X-Games rather than the Olympic Games.Highlights coloring his hair and sunglasses resting on the top of his head, his speech and personality reveal the mellow yet confident swagger of an X-Games champion.And while Jeff Ellis has been snowboarding for 10 years, you won't find him pulling any McTwists, nose grabs or frontside 720s for his home country of Canada in a competition any time soon.For the North Carolina senior track and field star, who speaks as gracefully as he runs, there's only one international game he's i


1/30/2001 12:00am

Tough Away Crowds\Don't Faze Tar Heel

The North Carolina men's basketball team has already proven it can win in hostile environments.The Tar Heels defeated Maryland at Cole Field House on Jan. 10 and knocked off N.C. State at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Sunday.Part of the reason for UNC's success is the ability of its players to accept the abuse they get from opposing fans.Wolfpack fans repeatedly chanted "Brenda" at center Brendan Haywood, insinuating that Haywood is a soft player in the post. They went a step further with Kris Lang, leaving basketball out of the equation.


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.