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Wednesday December 7th

Sports



Edwards' stellar play earns him award, start

As the ball deflected off the hands of North Carolina defensive end Melik Brown, it quickly became apparent the ball wasn't going to find its intended receiver. Linebacker Larry Edwards cut in front of N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon and snatched the ball out of the air with nothing but green ahead of him. A flying tackle by Wolfpack wide receiver Richard Washington at the 3-yard line saved a touchdown, but UNC quarterback Darian Durant found Jon Hamlett in the end zone on the very next play.

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Court pushes start date for Dorrance lawsuit to Nov. 1

The civil suit against North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance will commence Nov. 1 at the U.S. District Court in Greensboro. The trial originally was set to begin Oct. 4. Former UNC goalkeeper Melissa Jennings has sued Dorrance for invasion of privacy, claiming he used his position to intimidate players into sharing details of their personal lives, including their sexual activity. She also alleges that Dorrance reimbursed team members for alcohol they bought for her during her recruiting trip.

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Statement

An ocean of blue, elated and incredulous, oscillated on the Kenan Stadium turf. A sea of red stood stagnant in the stadium's southeastern corner, stunned and bewildered. But those waves of blue would have ebbed dejectedly out of the stadium if a controversial goal-line series hadn't preserved a 30-24 North Carolina victory Saturday, a game that might have turned the tide on the Tar Heels' season.

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Fullback carries UNC to win

Madison Hedgecock found himself in an unfamiliar position Saturday. Nearly a dozen tape recorders and microphones confronted the North Carolina senior when he took a seat in the Tar Heels' players lounge after the performance of his career. A defensive end or fullback since he arrived at UNC, Hedgecock has fully experienced life in the trenches, a life of working outside the spotlight while allowing the team's skill players to reap the rewards of personal glory.

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UNC golfers take tourney

After bogeying two holes in a row to put him back at even par, North Carolina golfer Martin Ureta could have self-destructed. It was a key moment for the heir apparent to the departed Dustin Bray, who had the most tournament wins in the history of the program. The team had struggled without Bray, posting 10th- and 15th-place finishes in its first two tournaments of the year. But Ureta settled down and turned his game around, finishing 8-under par for the tournament and leading the team to a 6-shot victory against nine teams, including No. 17 Georgia Southern.

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Aggressive teams collide in close contest

WINSTON-SALEM - With players on both teams shoving, checking and tripping, calling the match between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Wake Forest physical would be an understatement. "They probably looked at the tape from last week where we played a little bit more physical," said Coach Karen Shelton. "They probably made the adjustment to be more physical this week." Early in the game, as senior Kelsey Keeran was trying to get the ball down to the offensive end, Wake Forest defender Claire Laubach elbowed her out of the way and managed to steal the ball.

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Tar Heels fall to No. 25 FAMU

Until No. 25 Florida A&M scored its 17th point against the North Carolina volleyball team Sunday, it looked as though the match might be close. But the Rattlers stole the next four points from the Tar Heels and never looked back, as UNC lost the momentum it had gained from its victory against Virginia Tech on Friday and fell to FAMU in three games, 30-23, 30-25, 30-20 at Carmichael Auditorium. Florida A&M (10-2) took over the match with a nonchalant yet poised demeanor that eventually took away the Tar Heels' energy.

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Late Maryland goal breaks scoreless tie

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland senior midfielder Domenic Mediate broke a scoreless tie in the 75th minute to lead the No. 24 Terrapins to a 1-0 win against North Carolina on Sunday at Ludwig Field. After outshooting the Tar Heels (3-6-2, 1-2-0 in the ACC) 10-4 in the first half, the Terps (7-3-1, 1-2-1) continued to control possession in the second half and denied counter attacks from North Carolina.

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UNC's energetic play fuels raucous crowd

After Darian Durant found Jon Hamlett in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass that put North Carolina up by 11, the Tar Heel fans went nuts. Carolina blue pom-poms snapped back and forth, sending intangible waves pounding across Kenan Stadium, where they impacted viscerally on each stunned N.C. State fan. Ten minutes and 57 seconds later, those same Tar Heel fans were shocked, drained and heartbroken after a referee signaled that T.A. McLendon had just tied the game at 30 with a touchdown. But wait.

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Vengeful Deacs slip past Tar Heels

WINSTON-SALEM - Wake Forest senior Claire Laubach slowly approached the North Carolina bench after Sunday's game. "Hey, Fets!" she said, calling the attention of UNC senior Carey Fetting-Smith. "Good game." The two opponents, who have played together on national teams, had a casual and pleasant exchange, which contrasted the intense battle that came to a screeching halt a short while before.

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Chapel Hill native excels in 1st season

After knocking his approach shot to within a few feet of the pin, Jonathan Jackson strolled down the 18th fairway toward the green at the UNC Finley Golf Course. But before he stepped onto the putting surface to finish off an all-but-certain par, the junior briefly stopped to chat with some friends stationed alongside the hole. In the world of collegiate golf, a couple of greenside supporters might seem like a lot to most players.

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Rattlers drain Tar Heel emotion

High emotions had been a crucial element to the North Carolina volleyball team's five-game winning streak coming into Sunday's match against No. 25 Florida A&M. But a FAMU team driven by international players sucked the energy out of the Tar Heels and routed UNC in three games.

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Minus Tarpley, UNC looks to regroup

It's not as if the North Carolina women's soccer team hasn't had to deal with injuries before. But it's not often that the nation's best returning player goes down with an injury that could potentially end her season. Such is the case for this year's team, as forward Lindsay Tarpley fractured her right fibula Sunday in a collision with the Virginia Tech goalkeeper and likely will miss six to eight weeks.

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Rigorous schedule lurks on Tar Heel horizon

North Carolina football has reached No. 1. Granted, the team's ascent occurred in the CBS Sportsline strength of schedule rating and not the top 25, but it could make UNC's 2-2 record a little less disheartening for Tar Heel fans. UNC's first four opponents have a combined two losses on the season -- both of which came at the hands of the Tar Heels. And the two teams that defeated UNC -- Virginia and Louisville -- have risen in the rankings to No. 12 and No. 22, respectively.

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Penalty corners crucial to UNC success

With its 4-0 win against Davidson on Tuesday, North Carolina again was an offensive powerhouse, having outscored opponents 38-5 throughout the season. The Tar Heels' dominance is largely due to their ability to capitalize on penalty corners, a key scoring opportunity in field hockey. "We have about six basic sets, and then you have options off those sets, so we have about 12 different choices," said Coach Karen Shelton.

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UNC dominates Davidson

The North Carolina field hockey team has found most of its game. The No.1 team has found the simple pass to move the ball down the field. Sophomore Rachel Dawson has found her powerful drag flick. The defense has found shots on goal and cleared them, shutting out eight teams this season. But Coach Karen Shelton said the Tar Heels (12-0, 2-0 in the ACC) have yet to find the corners of the goal - those sweet spots that goalkeepers have difficulty guarding.

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Don't flip out at football quirks

Saturday's football game wasn't pretty. When a team lets down its fans the way North Carolina did against Louisville, those fans might stumble through a murky haze of depression and resignation to second-tier status. It's time, therefore, to go Reader's Digest and say laughter is the best medicine. There are some quirky guys on the football team. How do I know? The magic of the media guide, my friend. It all started when I arrived early for the season opener and browsed through the media guide while gorging myself on barbecue and hot dogs.

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Tar Heels lack answers for their offensive woes

Mistakes uncharacteristic of the North Carolina football team haunted the offense against Louisville on Saturday. A pass picked off at the 13-yard line in the second quarter. A dropped pass at the 5 in the third. And a fumble at the 9 during the fourth. Failing to resemble the offense that had averaged 35.7 points per game, the Tar Heels repeatedly stalled in Cardinal territory.

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DeRoeck sparks UNC rally

The North Carolina volleyball team duked it out this weekend in two draining road matches against ACC foes Georgia Tech and Clemson. The Tar Heels posted a five-game win, 30-28, 28-30, 22-30, 30-14, 15-13, against Clemson on Saturday after they fell to the Yellow Jackets in three intense games, 34-32, 30-26, 30-26, the day before. "(The Ga. Tech match) felt a little like a heavyweight fight," said Coach Joe Sagula. "We were just slugging it out - pow, pow - back and forth." But UNC tired first, recording 20 fewer kills than its opponents.

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Teen stars rarer than they seem

At 14 I entered high school, terrified that my brother's senior friends would humiliate me in the hallways. At 14, Freddy Adu signed with D.C. United in the MLS. At 17, I proudly displayed my three-year track and field letterman award in my trophy case. At 17, Maria Sharapova placed a Wimbledon plate on her mantel. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I stepped on to North Carolina's campus, charged with graduating and preparing for adulthood.

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