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Wednesday December 7th

Sports



Coaches' drug policies vary

Drugs and drug testing in UNC athletics have gained attention in the wake of the October suspensions of three North Carolina football players charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. The term "two strikes, you're out" has been used in stories about the three athletes to describe the department's policy: One failed drug test results in counseling and probation - the second, dismissal. But the policy is not the same for every team at the University.

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UNC routs Bucs to remain undefeated

Routs such as the one between the No. 5 North Carolina women's basketball team and Charleston Southern are often summed up in one incredulous statistic. Tuesday, UNC dominated the second half by a score of 48-13. The Tar Heels went on to defeat the Buccaneers 88-33 at Carmichael Auditorium. With six minutes to go in the second half, only one starter, senior Nikita Bell, remained on the court. The game gave freshmen LaToya Pringle and Alex Miller a chance to gain playing time.

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Title IX worth being thankful for

As we commence the holiday season, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the things for which we are most thankful. Some are thankful for a loving family, delicious food, good health and other blessings. Those are all fine, and I'll leave the grand words of appreciation to people more noble than I. I'm just a lowly sports writer, and all I can turn to in this Capra-esque moment is the very thing that consumes my extracurricular time. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for Title IX.

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UNC falls despite Beaver's play

The postseason hopes of the North Carolina volleyball team likely ended in the ACC championship match Sunday. In that match, the Tar Heels fell to seventh-seeded Maryland in three games 30-24, 30-24, 30-17. The team was unable to continue the excellent play it used to dispatch Florida State on Friday and Clemson on Saturday, both in three games. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches showed the potential UNC possessed all season. The final match represented how they played for most of the season.

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Tar Heel run falls short in championship game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The North Carolina volleyball team saw its pursuit of the ACC title fall short Sunday, as the fifth-seeded Tar Heels lost to the defending champion and seventh-seeded Maryland Terrapins, 30-24, 30-24, 30-17, at Virginia's Memorial Gymnasium. Senior Molly Pyles, who was selected to the All-tournament team, led UNC with a match-high 17 kills. Sophomore Amy Beaver also was named to the all-tournament squad. The Tar Heels fell behind for the first time in the tournament by dropping game one, 30-24.

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Controversial goal stands for GW

On a cool November night at Fetzer Field, only about half of the eventual crowd had arrived. But the players had been introduced, the national anthem had been played, and George Washington had kicked the ball off - so there was no doubt that the NCAA Tournament game was officially under way Friday. The Atlantic-10 champion Colonials drove the ball down the field quickly, gaining an opportunity to throw the ball into the box.

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Colonials end UNC's season

With just under three minutes to go in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina men's soccer team senior Tim Merritt took a shot from the top of the penalty box. George Washington goalkeeper Derek Biss stopped it, and Merritt's head collapsed into his hands, knowing his shot was probably the last chance the Tar Heels would have as they fell 1-0 to the Colonials on Friday night at Fetzer Field. George Washington struck early, as Frank Ambrosio put a header past UNC goalie Ford Williams in the second minute.

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Bunting to remain

DURHAM - After rumors of a coaching change as recently as a few weeks ago, UNC Chancellor James Moeser said Saturday that he will recommend a two-year contract extension for football coach John Bunting to the University's Board of Trustees. Moeser made the announcement after Saturday's 40-17 win against Duke alongside Director of Athletics Dick Baddour and Bunting, whose team had just clinched a winning record and bowl eligibility.

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Late surge keys UNC win

RALEIGH - The North Carolina women's basketball team found itself in an unfavorable situation during the second half of Sunday's matchup against Connecticut. With less than 15 minutes remaining, the Tar Heels trailed the defending national champions by 10, making it necessary for ninth-ranked UNC to do something it struggled to do last year - come back. But the Tar Heels used a newfound resolve and a go-ahead 3-pointer by Ivory Latta with 1:46 left to knock off the fourth-ranked Huskies 71-65 in the Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic at the RBC Center.

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Santa Clara's preparation leads to upset

The fans were gone, the scoreboard was off, and just a few Santa Clara players remained on Fetzer Field. Above the quiet murmur of parents congratulating Santa Clara players, a voice could be heard screaming into a cell phone in the stands. "We won," said Bronco defender Catherine Sigler. "I swear to God to you, I'm not lying." Sigler was part of a Bronco defense that shut out North Carolina and stunned the Tar Heels 1-0 in overtime Saturday.

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Broncos stun Tar Heels in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - Roy Williams traveled a long way to get outfoxed by an old golfing buddy. Travis Niesen scored 26 points and Kyle Bailey made three second-half 3-pointers, and Santa Clara spoiled No. 4 North Carolina's season opener 77-66 Friday night in the Pete Newell Challenge. The cold-shooting Tar Heels (0-1) lost their opener for only the fifth time since 1930 and will certainly lose their highest preseason ranking in seven years.

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Bunting could be ACC's best

After Saturday's whipping of Duke, North Carolina running back Chad Scott found himself pinned against a brick wall by a crowd of reporters just outside the visitor's locker room. Fifteen feet away, Ronnie McGill, whose 95-yard, one-touchdown outing was overshadowed by Scott's 144 yard, two-TD performance, fielded questions from a mere three reporters. McGill was his normally affable self, joking and flashing the kind of smile that easily disarms someone he's meeting for the first time. Until someone asked about John Bunting's performance.

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UNC men take Nike Cup title; women nish 2nd

The North Carolina men's swimming and diving team took a sizeable lead early in the Nike Cup and never looked back. The Tar Heels finished first in the men's competition with a final score of 1,170.50 points - 386.30 ahead of second-place Clemson. The women's team took second place on its side of the meet. But perhaps the most exhilarating moment of the meet came not in the finals but in the preliminaries Saturday, when junior Josh Glasco set UNC's all-time record for the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 44.60 seconds.

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Added experience aids UNC

RALEIGH - North Carolina's Camille Little quickly responded when asked if she's ever had a bigger win than the Tar Heels' victory against Connecticut on Sunday. "Nope," Little said. "Not even close." Sophomore guard Ivory Latta giggled and interrupted, "Me either." The starting sophomores could hardly restrain their excitement after an exuberant final-five-minute effort sealed the 71-65 victory against the defending national champions.

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UNC'S title run ends in third round

Some exchanged sympathetic hugs, and others stood in place, the tears already beginning to gather. Some collected their belongings from the bench and trudged off the field, and others crouched with their backs to the wild celebration, unable to watch. The members of the North Carolina women's soccer team didn't know how to react to the idea of losing on their own field, and they certainly didn't know how to react to the idea that their season could be finished after the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

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10 vie for school board seat

With the deadline for submitting applications to become the newest Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education member having passed, there are now 10 candidates left for the position. "There are 10 people that have put their hat in the ring," Kim Hoke, city schools spokeswoman, said Friday. She added that the board rarely has openings but that 10 is a typical number of applicants when openings do occur. Among the finalists is former school board member Gloria Faley, who lost her bid for re-election last November. She had served on the school board for 12 years.

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Basketball season opens as football concludes

Game and Time: North Carolina at Duke. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Wallace Wade Stadium. TV/Radio: Jefferson-Pilot Sports will televise the game, seen locally on WRAL. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL-AM, 1360. 2004 Records: North Carolina is 5-5, 4-3 in the ACC. Duke is 2-8, 1-6 in the ACC. Series: North Carolina leads 50--36-4. Personnel Update: North Carolina - RB Jacque Lewis (broken foot) and OT Chris Woods (sprained ankle) are out. Duke - no injuries reported.

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UNC hopes 3rd time is a charm against FSU

After defeating the North Carolina volleyball team twice during the regular season, Florida State might overlook its first round ACC Tournament match against the Tar Heels. But UNC hopes those two losses do not foreshadow an early exit from the race for the conference title. "It's our turn to beat them," said senior libero Caroline deRoeck. "It's really hard for a team to beat someone three times in a row, especially when we're that good. I think that, especially coming off two losses, we're fired up."

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Brown quote might incite Duke

Jason Brown knew he was about to give Duke some bulletin-board fodder, but the senior center didn't hold back. The topic of discussion? The Blue Devils' 30-22 victory against North Carolina last November in Kenan Stadium. "Who wants to lose to the Dukies?" Brown said. "Wow. That's like getting beat up by a girl. But really, that's like you're in elementary school, and you get beat up by a girl." Such a beating had not occurred at the hands of the Blue Devils since 1989.

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Students apathetic about crucial game

The battle for the Victory Bell is upon us. Great. North Carolina is playing Duke in football. Does anyone care? If you ask around campus, responses will range from "Who're we playing?" to "I'd be interested if it were at home, maybe." One student claimed that the cold weather present during the last game of the season was deterrent enough. The game does matter to some fans - one mentioned that he will be heading over to Wallace Wade Stadium to watch the game in person - but the lack of energy is palpable. There's no pep, no anticipation.

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