SPORTS


2/11/2002 12:00am

Tar Heels Show Progress, Still Lose

North Carolina coach Matt Doherty decided to try something a little bit different to prepare for No. 3 Maryland: no scouting report. One could argue that at UNC and Maryland's first meeting on Jan. 9, the Tar Heels saw everything in the Terrapins' bag of tricks when they lost 112-79. Or that the Tar Heels' chances of winning were so slim that it wasn't worth Doherty's assistants' time. Either way, Doherty decided to simplify things against the Terps.


2/11/2002 12:00am

Upset-Minded Tar Heels Shine at ITA Tourney

The North Carolina women's tennis team won all but three singles sets en route to a 6-1 victory against 13th-ranked Notre Dame in the quarterfinal consolation round at the ITA National Indoor Championships on Saturday. Marlene Mejia, Julie Rotondi, Kate Pinchbeck and Aniela Mojzis, UNC's top four players, all won their singles matches in straight sets to close out the Tar Heels' last match at the tournament.


2/8/2002 12:00am

Tennis Scores Early Upset At Tourney

MADISON, Wis. -- After struggling early in doubles, the North Carolina women's tennis team stepped up its game against ninth-ranked Fresno State in singles to win 4-3 in the opening day of action at the ITA National Indoor Championships. The victory set up an early season match against second-ranked Duke on Friday. In flight one, North Carolina's Marlene Mejia held her ground in the second set to win the tiebreaker and stay alive against 14th-ranked Kim Niggemyer. She went on to claim the third set and win the match 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.


2/8/2002 12:00am

Losses Leaving UNC Dumbfounded

WINSTON-SALEM -- North Carolina's men's basketball team loaded into its Champion Coach bus, which reads "Driving Excellence," and pulled out of the gloomy Joel Coliseum parking lot late Wednesday night. The team turned east for Chapel Hill after an excruciating loss at Wake Forest just as 33-year-old Dean Smith's team had 37 years earlier. When the 1964-65 Tar Heels arrived, they found their coach hung in effigy outside Woollen Gym. This season, the hanging had already taken place on several occasions.


2/8/2002 12:00am

The Lowdown on Sunday's Game

Game: Maryland at North Carolina Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Smith Center Radio: 100.7 FM, WCHL-1360 AM Television: Fox Sports Net Keys for UNC: Show a better defensive effort. The Tar Heels' "non-existent" defense -- Matt Doherty's term -- Wednesday against Wake Forest helped UNC to another humiliating blowout. Against a team with superior skills to the Demon Deacons, the Tar Heels are going to have to mount one heck of a defensive effort to keep the Terrapins within shouting distance. Keys for Maryland: Show up.


2/7/2002 12:00am

Tennis Returns to Form Against Furman

The North Carolina men's tennis team wasn't looking for revenge.But Wednesday, revenge is what it got.After losing in 2001 to Furman for the first time in school history, UNC outdueled the Paladins 5-2 at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

2/7/2002 12:00am

Tar Heels Hold Off Slow 'Cats

Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta was nearly ecstatic. His Wildcats held North Carolina to 28 percent shooting, committed only seven turnovers and allowed only one UNC player to score in double figures. And 'Nova still lost. Coretta Brown scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half, and UNC overcame a late rally by Villanova on Wednesday to post its fourth straight win, 49-45, at Carmichael Auditorium. "I thought our 'D' was solid," Perretta said.


2/7/2002 12:00am

Howard, Deacs Clobber UNC

WINSTON-SALEM -- It was just not their night. The North Carolina men's basketball team suffered all kinds of trouble in the first half of its game against Wake Forest. The No. 19 Demon Deacons defeated the Tar Heels 90-66 on Wednesday, completing the season sweep for the first time since 1969-70. UNC's turnover problems were there, as usual. The Tar Heels (6-14, 2-8 in the ACC) entered the game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum with the ACC's worst turnover margin at minus 3.68.


2/7/2002 12:00am

Bunting Unveils Incoming Class

North Carolina coach John Bunting employed a familiar strategy Tuesday in announcing the signing of UNC's class of 2006: accentuate the positives and eliminate -- or at least avoid -- the negatives. Instead of dwelling on recent recruiting losses, Bunting focused on his 22 new players, many of whom will soon be counted on to fill holes on his Peach Bowl-winning team. "I think the (Rolling) Stones came up with the expression you can't always get what you want, but you get what you need," Bunting said.


2/6/2002 12:00am

Wrestling Dominates Overmatched Duke

An unusual lineup produced usual results for North Carolina's wrestling team Tuesday night. Continuing its domination of the ACC, UNC beat Duke 33-6 even without three of its starters. The Blue Devils (5-3, 0-1 in the ACC) struck first, with Luke Palmisano nipping Mike Booth 4-3 at 149 pounds. But UNC 157-pounder James O'Connor quickly put the Tar Heels (11-2, 4-0 in the ACC) on top with a 12-1 major decision over Ben Balmages. Chris DiGuiseppe, normally a 157-pounder for UNC, filled in at 165 for Jake Reynolds, out with an injured shoulder.


2/6/2002 12:00am

The Lowdown on Wednesday's Basketball Game

Game: North Carolina at Wake Forest Time: 9 p.m. Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum Radio: 100.7 FM, WCHL-1360 AM Television: JP/Raycom Keys for UNC: Everyone together now: Take care of the ball. The Tar Heels' inability to hold onto the ball has caused a great many of their woes this season, and against the team that delivered UNC's worst home loss (at that point) in its history, cutting down turnovers will be key.


2/6/2002 12:00am

ACC Docks State's Hodge 1 Game

GREENSBORO -- ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday that he suspended N.C. State's Julius Hodge and reprimanded Clemson head basketball coach Larry Shyatt and Virginia assistant basketball coach Walt Fuller following games played last week. Swofford issued Hodge a one-game suspension for deliberately hitting Maryland's Steve Blake in the head during Sunday's game at Cole Field House in College Park, Md.


2/5/2002 12:00am

UNC Rolls to 3rd Straight Win

Following the first half of the North Carolina women's basketball team's game against Florida State, two teams made of a random mix of UNC coaches and professors rushed onto the Carmichael Auditorium floor. Their calling? To play a game based on Dr. James Naismith's original, and long since changed, rules for the sport. And that's what they did.


2/5/2002 12:00am

Tar Heel Pressure Cooks Seminoles

Sylvia Hatchell's intensity drills in practice paid off for the North Carolina women's basketball team Monday night against Flor?s 0


2/5/2002 12:00am

Tar Heels Honored By League

North Carolina's Chris Rodrigues has been named ACC Wrestler of the Week after going 2-0 in the 125-pound weight class last weekend. Rodrigues, a freshman from Marietta, Ga., had a 10-1 major decision over Virginia's Byron Dunlap and a 14-4 major decision over Maryland's Mike Lupa to move to 23-7 overall. With the wins, Rodrigues helped UNC stay atop the ACC standings. Hathaway Snags ACC Award UNC's Katie Hathaway was named ACC Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday. The senior led the Tar Heels to a victory against N.C.


2/4/2002 12:00am

Tennis Passes ACC Test

The box score made it look like a blowout. But the 7-0 score didn't tell the whole story of the North Carolina women's tennis team's victory against N.C. State on Sunday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. For the first time this season, the 17th-ranked Tar Heels were tested. "I think it's very important, especially before national indoors, to be tested a little bit," said UNC coach Jen Callen.


2/4/2002 12:00am

Swimming Sweeps State in Finale

The last home meet of the season for the North Carolina swimming and diving teams left some team members feeling emotionally spent. Unfortunately for N.C. State, it had little to do with the actual competition. On Friday's Senior Day, both the UNC men's and women's teams made quick work of their Wolfpack counterparts. The No. 12 women were victorious 179-112, while the No. 21 men cruised to a 193.5-94.5 win. All-American Katie Hathaway's last meet at Koury Natatorium was somewhat routine.


2/4/2002 12:00am

Krebs, UNC Divers Ready for Tourneys

Happy birthday, Stephen Krebs. The junior celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday by winning the 1-meter diving event against N.C. State and eating cake and ice cream with his teammates afterward. But everything wasn't merry for the North Carolina's diving squad on Krebs' birthday. N.C. State took first in the men's 3-meter and the women's 1- and 3-meter events. North Carolina diving coach Nunzio Esposto said his divers were trying out some different techniques during the meet, and that might have hurt their scores.


2/4/2002 12:00am

Longhorns Sneak By Men's Tennis

For the Texas bench, it didn't matter that they were no longer on the court. What mattered was supporting their teammates. Even as North Carolina fans attempted to drown them out, the Longhorns could still be heard. And No. 20 Texas fed off this support to down the Tar Heels 4-3 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Friday. "These guys believe in each other," said Longhorns coach Michael Center "And they come out and encourage our program." The match came down to a match between the No.