SPORTS


3/6/2001 12:00am

Men's Tennis Beats 49ers, Looks Ahead to Texas Trip

Chad Riley was excited.Excited about the North Carolina tennis team's 6-1 victory against UNC-Charlotte on Monday and excited about a chance to play college tennis back in his home state of Texas.The Tar Heels (4-3) face a trio of teams from the Lone Star state starting Saturday against Texas, Rice and Texas A&M.


3/6/2001 12:00am

Blue Devils Convert Turnovers Into Points

Without center Carlos Boozer, Duke came into Sunday's game against North Carolina intending to shoot a bunch of 3-pointers.And the Blue Devils followed through on their plan. They hoisted a school-record-tying 38 shots from behind the arc, making seven in each half for a final accuracy of 36.8 percent."They didn't have to worry about throwing it inside," UNC forward Jason Capel said. "They really stuck to their game plan, which is to shoot 3s.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Duke Wins, Grabs Share of Title

The mantra adopted by Duke this season has been "to play like a fist."That is, all five extensions of the hand -- representative of Blue Devils on the floor -- bound tightly together.The Blue Devils went into Sunday's game against North Carolina without one of their fingers -- center Carlos Boozer, who was out with a broken bone in his right foot -- but still packed enough of a punch to knock out the Tar Heels 95-81 before 21,750 at the Smith Center.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Clemson Sends Tar Heels Packing

The North Carolina women's basketball team had a big game Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.But the seventh-seeded Tar Heels didn't play big in their 75-57 loss to second-seeded Clemson in a quarterfinal game of the ACC tournament. UNC handled eighth-seeded Georgia Tech 79-64 on Friday in a first-round matchup."They just pretty much manhandled us," said UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell, whose team likely lost its last hope of an NCAA invite with the early exit.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Bell Ends UNC Career With 4th ACC Title

Do not ask for whom the Bell tolls; he tolls for North Carolina.Senior Corey Bell became the first wrestler from the state of North Carolina to win four ACC titles Saturday, ending a surprisingly illustrious career with a 6-5 win against N.C. State's Dustin Kawa in the 174-pound weight class."This is a kid who was all but a walk-on," UNC coach Bill Lam said. "He came to school for books."But he became a wrestling star.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Terrapins Stop Tar Heels

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's women's lacrosse star Jen Adams doesn't usually cross her fingers before she takes a shot. That's because most of the balls the two-time national player of the year fires at the net go in. But before Adams made the game-winning shot in the top-ranked Terrapins 8-7 defeat of No. 4 North Carolina on Sunday at Ludwig Field, she held her breath for a moment. With 7:31 remaining in the second half, Maryland attacker Allison Comito fed Adams a pass that flew high above her stick.

3/5/2001 12:00am

Gymnastics Ends Season With `W'

The emotions couldn't be contained.Sunday at Carmichael Auditorium, senior gymnast Brooke Wilson was honored in an pregame ceremony. Wilson owns all but one of North Carolina's school records.Teammate Monica Middleton provided Wilson with flowers before tearfully embracing Lisa Companioni.But once things got going on the mats, the Tar Heels successfully turned tears into triumph."It's very emotional, but exciting at the same time," Wilson said. "Running out of the tunnel that last time was definitely a little emotional.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Rowing Squad Grabs Mixed Results vs. Duke

Joel Furtek's voice emanated from a pair of two-foot high speakers, sitting on a wooden plank by the right door of the boathouse at University Lake.Using a cell phone for the first 10 races and a radio held up to a microphone for the last two, Furtek provided play-by-play from a motor boat as his North Carolina women's rowing team opened its spring season in the Carolina Dash against Duke on Saturday morning.Although the sound system experienced technical difficulties at times, Furtek's race-calling -- interspersed with color commentary -- made it easier for the onlookers standing on the


3/5/2001 12:00am

Wrestling Falters, Takes 3rd Place in ACCs

In years past, all of the little things have gone right for North Carolina at the ACC tournament.This year, with the event being held in Chapel Hill, they didn't.The Tar Heels lost three crucial semifinal matches by a total of five points en route to a third-place overall finish behind N.C. State (78.5 points) and Virginia (73). UNC finished with 68 total points, while Maryland finished fourth with 52.5 points.


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.