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Wednesday December 7th

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Late-season streak: UNC wins 4th in a row

North Carolina and N.C. State fans frequently exchanged resounding chants of "Tar-Heels" and "Wolf-Pack" during the men's soccer contest at Fetzer Field on Sunday. In the end, the Wolfpack proved no match for the Tar Heels on and off the field, as UNC rode its dominant crowd support to a 2-0 win against State. Tim Merritt and Corey Ashe provided the goals, while senior midfielder Andrew Rhea supplied the assists on the two Tar Heel scores - both of which came in the first half.

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Bettman culpable for lockout

On Friday night, knowing full well that my plans for the evening entailed sitting in a dish chair and watching TV, I began my nightly routine of searching for a live sporting event to watch. With the baseball playoffs on a one-night hiatus, I first came upon a thrilling midseason Conference USA football clash between Louisville and South Florida. To my dismay, the Cardinals had sealed the game away by halftime. The showdown between Wyoming and Colorado State on ESPN2 similarly failed to pique my interest.

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Top spots unchanged in AP poll

NEW YORK - Southern California's impressive performance Saturday did not earn any extra love from the media. The Trojans, who handed Washington its first shutout in 23 years, retained its 50 first-place votes and top spot in the latest Associated Press college football poll released Sunday. On Saturday, the defending co-national champion Trojans (7-0) blanked the Huskies, 38-0, snapping their Pac-10 Conference foe's NCAA-best 271-game streak of games without being shut out.

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Tar Heels trounce FSU to stay perfect in ACC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Heather O'Reilly recorded her first collegiate hat trick and assisted on the other goal as No. 2 North Carolina defeated No. 14 Florida State 4-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex Friday night. The game was played before 1,504 fans, the third largest crowd in Florida State soccer history. North Carolina improved to 15-0-1 on the season with the win and 8-0-0 in the ACC. UNC has now clinched the ACC regular season championship and the top seed in the 2004 ACC Tournament, which begins Oct. 31.

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UNC looks to break slump

If it can be said the North Carolina volleyball team has an arch nemesis, Georgia Tech is probably it. "You butt heads with Georgia Tech," said senior Molly Pyles. "That's just always the team that you go after." The Yellow Jackets, who are in first place in the ACC and have an undefeated conference record, have ousted the Tar Heels in six of the last 10 meetings. And after falling to Miami and Florida State last weekend, the Tar Heels (11-10, 6-3 in the ACC) enter their weekend matches against Clemson and Georgia Tech with their season potentially on the line.

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Tar Heels claim 3rd straight win

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The North Carolina men's soccer team jumped out to an early lead and defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 on Wednesday. The Hokies staged a late rally after falling behind 2-0 but came up short, falling to 7-7 on the season and 1-3 in the ACC. UNC sophomore Jamie Watson got UNC (6-6-2, 2-2-0) on the board in the 43rd minute with a shot from the top of the box.

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McCants behind bars after 'Late Night' soundbite

CorrectionDue to a reporting error, the Oct. 20 sports column "McCants behind bars after `Late Night' soundbite" stated that UNC basketball player Rashad McCants made comments about his time at the University after the team's "Late Night With Roy" event, held Oct. 15. McCants actually made those comments Oct. 14 during the team's Media Day.

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Sports briefs

Ureta wins in 4-man playoff DURHAM - North Carolina sophomore golfer Martin Ureta birdied the fourth playoff hole Monday to win the Duke Golf Classic. After entering Monday's final round in fifth place and trailing Michigan State's Matt Harmon by six shots, Ureta fired a tournament-low round of 66 to tie Harmon and Duke's Ryan Blaum and Michael Quagliano at a total score of 210. Ureta birdied the first playoff hole along with Blaum, while pars eliminated Harmon and Quagliano. Ureta then birdied fourth playoff hole to claim the victory.

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Tar Heels lacking killer drive in weekend losses

The killer instinct. An abstract idea to be sure, but it is manifested in several ways on a volleyball court. This past weekend, the North Carolina volleyball team discovered one manner in which it lacks that instinct - closing out games. The Tar Heels faced Florida State on Friday, falling in four games 30-27, 30-25, 27-30, 30-28. Following the Seminole match, Miami defeated North Carolina 26-30, 30-27, 30-25, 30-28 on Sunday. Against FSU, the team's inability to finish reared its head in all three games that it lost.

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Tar Heels squeak by UVa.

With North Carolina clinging to a one-goal lead, UNC senior Anne Morrell was shoved to the ground in the box by a Virginia defender. Despite protests from the fans, the referee didn't blow his whistle. Yet, No. 2 North Carolina toughed it out and emerged with a 2-1 victory against No. 4 UVa. at Fetzer Field on Sunday. The Tar Heels win was no easy accomplishment because UVa. challenged UNC both offensively and defensively the entire game.

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Ute offense steamrolls UNC

SALT LAKE CITY - Five minutes and 54 seconds. That's the total time it took Utah's offense to score on its four first-half touchdown drives - three of which covered more than 80 yards of Rice-Eccles Stadium field turf. It was a sequence of events that could have been recorded from a video game, a textbook execution of Coach Urban Meyer's unique option schemes. And for a North Carolina defense that ranked 112th nationally entering Saturday's contest, Meyer's offensive juggernaut was simply too much to handle.

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Tar Heels show comedic flair

You might have expected Roy Williams to boogie in the middle of the court. You might have expected the bald Dick Vitale wig and the Duke jokes. You even might have expected David Noel in drag once again. But you never could have expected Melvin Scott pirouetting in pink knee socks, fluttering his eyelashes for the Smith Center crowd. The ballet number, featuring seniors Scott, C.J. Hooker, Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams, capped an evening of creative skits and wild costumes - but questionable dance moves - during "Late Night with Roy" festivities Friday.

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Salt in the wound: Utes overpower UNC

SALT LAKE CITY - The game's first play from scrimmage served as enough of an omen. North Carolina starting tailback Jacque Lewis suffered a back contusion after a 6-yard gain, becoming one of seven UNC players injured in the first half. The injuries served as the salt in the wounds, as No. 11 Utah's option-laden offense further pained the Tar Heels for a UNC-record 669 yards in a 46-16 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,319 at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night.

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New York fans worth emulating

Hideki Matsui had just slammed a line drive off the right-field wall for a bases-clearing double, and the 55,000-plus fans crammed into Yankee Stadium had the House that Ruth Built rocking. Literally. New York was pounding Curt Schilling - the man Boston had acquired in the offseason for the sole purpose of beating the Yankees in October and who had vowed that he was going to make 55,000 people shut up. After Matsui's double ran the score to 5-0 in just the third inning, the stands in the upper deck started shaking up and down under the raucous crowd.

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Randolph works her way back after injury

North Carolina midfielder Kasey White fed a perfect cross on the ground to the far post, and all fellow midfielder Sara Randolph had to do was run onto the ball and chip it into the empty net. But it was a run that Randolph might not have been able to complete just a month and a half ago. The senior underwent surgery in April on her right patella to realign her knee cap, fixing a chronic injury that had plagued Randolph since late in her sophomore year. Randolph couldn't run until June. She didn't start regaining full mobility and making cuts until July.

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Runners place 3rd in Pre-National Meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The No. 8 North Carolina women's cross country team turned in a strong performance Saturday at the NCAA Pre-National Meet at Indiana State University, finishing third out of 37 teams in the 6K Blue Race. Tar Heels Carol Henry and Erin Donohue led the way, finishing second and fifth, respectively, in the race, which featured nine teams ranked in the top 25. UNC's Meghan Owen placed 30th with a time of 21 minutes 24.4 seconds.

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Players' careers are tenuous

The day after announcing indefinite suspensions of three football players, North Carolina coach John Bunting did not deny that the suspended players' football careers at UNC might be over. "That remains to be seen," Bunting said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. Wide receiver Adarius Bowman, linebacker Fred Sparkman and defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas received citations for simple possession of marijuana late Sunday evening, according to University police reports.

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Ute offense to pose challenge

Game and Time: North Carolina at No. 11 Utah. Kickoff is at 10:07 p.m. EDT. Site: Rice-Eccles Stadium. TV/Radio: The game will be televised on KJZZ in Utah and could be picked up by ESPN Game Plan pay-per-view. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL-AM, 1360. 2004 records: North Carolina is 3-3, 2-2 in the ACC. Utah is 5-0, 2-0 in the Mountain West. Series: This is the first career meeting between the two schools.

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Referees do not decide outcomes

The goal-line discussion took less than a minute, but its repercussions could resound for months. Head linesman Mike Owens had both hands in the air, prompting a wild celebration from those wearing red along Kenan Stadium's north sideline Saturday. But line judge Rick Page simultaneously was sprinting from the opposite sideline, pointing at the spot on the grass where he'd seen the knee of N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon hit the ground.

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Tar Heel players cited for drug use

Three North Carolina football players were suspended indefinitely from the team Monday after University police cited them for simple possession of marijuana. Wide receiver Adarius Bowman, linebacker Fred Sparkman and defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas will not participate in any team activities until further notice. The citations are under investigation by University police.

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