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Monday December 5th

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Win Against Duke Alleviates UNC's Disappointment

That six-game losing streak seems like little more than a distant and unpleasant memory now. That's not to say the pain has been erased completely; going winless at home for the first time in 50 years was a bitter pill for the North Carolina football team to swallow. But after beating Duke in their season finale Saturday, the Tar Heels discovered something that's been lacking for most of the season: optimism.

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Flanagan Wins Cross Country Title at NCAAs

Junior Shalane Flanagan shattered a course record and made North Carolina history Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. Flanagan blazed the Gibson Course, setting a record time of 19 minutes, 36 seconds to win UNC's first ever individual national title in cross country. The Marblehead, Mass., native won her second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year award after winning the event. "It's very exciting," Flanagan said. "You pump up a national championship as one of those things that is so difficult to win, and this year it wasn't as hard as I expected it to be.

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Freshman Sharpshooter Excels in 1st Games as Tar Heel

North Carolina freshman Jessica Sell slowed her dribble, maneuvering around the backcourt with the ball, her East Tennessee State opponent waiting past halfcourt with a sense of fatigue. The seconds on the clock ticked down. Despite a gesture from assistant coach Andrew Calder indicating she should hold the ball, Jessica Sell could not resist. A slight smile crept across her face as she put up a shot from the backcourt.

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Men's, Women's Swimmers Take Nike Cup

On Thursday, it seemed that the North Carolina men's swimming and diving team expected to come in second to ninth-ranked Tennessee. Saturday, when UNC defeated the Volunteers, the earlier thought was a distant memory. While last year both the men's and women's team easily won the Nike Cup, this year the No. 15 men had to overcome Tennessee en route to a 757-713 victory during the weekend meet at Koury Natatorium. The women, ranked 11th, had an easier time, dominating the competition and defeating second-place Virginia Tech 979-573.5.

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2nd-Half Proficiency Propels UNC

North Carolina junior Catherine Reddick lifted her arms and ran excitedly toward Alyssa Ramsey, who greeted her teammate outside of Tennessee's goal box with outstretched arms. As the two embraced, Ramsey lifted Reddick and twirled her around before letting her go. Just seconds before, Reddick had notched the equalizing goal off a pass from Ramsey, who was on a fast break after getting a touch from forward Susan Bush.

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Seminoles Eliminate Tar Heels From ACCs

ATLANTA -- The first point scored in Saturday's ACC Tournament semifinal game between North Carolina and Florida State looked like a sure UNC kill. Outside hitter Laura Greene sent a hard spike down to an empty spot on the court. But one of the Seminoles dove, threw out an arm, got a fist under the ball and popped it up, making the dig. The ensuing rally led to FSU winning the point. It was all downhill from there for the Tar Heels.

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Scott, Tar Heels Stave Off Late Monarch Comeback

NORFOLK, Va. -- North Carolina backup shooting guard Melvin Scott knew the signs. He could feel the energy of the crowd rise, the flow of the game change. It was obvious. The Tar Heels were in trouble Sunday at Old Dominion. In the midst of a 10-2 Monarch run late in the second half, ODU and its home crowd had the momentum and an edge.

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5 Wrestlers Place at ESU Open

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- The North Carolina wrestling team opened the season at the East Stroudsburg Open on Saturday. The open tournament did not have team scores, but five Tar Heels placed in their weight classes at the event. UNC's Chris Rodrigues wrestled in the championship bout of the 125-pound division, but lost to Tom Nato, who wrestled unattached, 8-4. North Carolina's Evan Sola defeated Jeremy Walsh, also unattached, for a fifth-place finish at 133 pounds, while Jimmy O'Connor also finished fifth after defeating Delaware Val C's Jason Shivak, 8-3, at 165 pounds.

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Kneipper's Scoring Spree Wallops Winthrop

In the 70th minute of Friday's first round NCAA men's soccer tournament game between North Carolina and Winthrop, UNC forward Ryan Kneipper placed the ball at the edge of Winthrop's penalty area, stepped back and waited for the whistle to allow him to take the free kick. The whistle blew, and Kneipper's left-footed strike curled around the five-man wall and dipped under a diving Steve Winton to give the Tar Heels a 5-0 lead.

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Tar Heels Cruise to 2 Wins In Season-Opening Games

When asked about freshman guard La'Tangela Atkinson, the North Carolina women's basketball team offered a barrage of complimentary descriptions. Creator. Finesse. Infectious. Smart. Special. One word answers for a multi-sided player. Whichever side, Atkinson's high-paced game initiated No. 13 UNC's two dominating wins this weekend. On Friday, the Tar Heels downed Davidson 68-46, and Sunday they defeated East Tennessee State 106-40. And when all was said and done and UNC's coach Sylvia Hatchell was asked to describe, she answered: dynamic.

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Orner's Kick Guarantees Relief, Joy

DURHAM -- Being tackled at the end of the game was probably not what North Carolina place kicker Dan Orner expected, especially by his own teammates or a giant, inflatable Duke football helmet. But that's exactly what happened when he took off down the field after kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired in Saturday's game. "I think I thought of it earlier in the year when we were watching tape against Duke," Orner said. "I saw the helmet, I said, 'Man, that would be kind of cool if I kick the game winner and I ran out through the helmet.'"

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Daugherty Stays on Court With Mic in Hand

At the tender age of 16, a boy from the backwoods of Black Mountain enrolled in school at North Carolina. He couldn't wait to get out of the small town he grew up in and suit up in the famous powder-blue uniform to take to the court in Carmichael Gymnasium for UNC's 1982-83 basketball season. The bright-eyed freshman had no intentions to return to his hometown. But now, after four successful years as a Tar Heel, eight seasons in the NBA and stints living on the beach and in Atlanta, Brad Daugherty relishes settling his family where he grew up.

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UNC Edges Duke for Treasured ACC Win

DURHAM -- It seemed somehow appropriate that, in the end, a kicker was the fastest player on the field, and the coach of a 3-9 football team happily received a Gatorade shower. After all, everything has been a little backwards for North Carolina this season.

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Last Chance for UNC, Duke To Salvage Dismal Seasons

Game and time: North Carolina at Duke. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Wallace Wade Stadium. TV/Radio: Jefferson Pilot will televise the game. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: North Carolina is 2-9, 0-7 in the ACC. Duke is 2-9, 0-7. Series: North Carolina leads, 50-34-4. Personnel update: North Carolina -- DE Will Chapman (wrist), DT Eric Davis (knee) and CB Michael Waddell (leg) are out; QB Darian Durant (thumb) is questionable.

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Testo Battles Injuries, Arrest to Lead Tar Heels

Last week's ACC Men's Soccer Championship was to be North Carolina senior David Testo's last. The UNC forward had overcome a slew of injuries and moved beyond the black cloud that was his arrest on an assault charge in September. But he was sick. He had barely slept a wink, and at 5 a.m. on Nov. 14, he rolled out of bed, unable to swallow and having trouble breathing. He went and saw the team trainers, and they decided he needed to see a doctor. So, they went back to Chapel Hill. He took some medicine, but as Testo said, "no medicine is going to kick in that fast."

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Personal-Best Times Fall In 1st Day of Nike Cup

If the Nike Cup is the final exam of the first semester, as North Carolina swimming and diving coach Frank Comfort said, then the Tar Heels aced the first section. After day one of the three-day meet, the No. 11 UNC women's swimming and diving team (4-1) was victorious in three of the evening's six events, while the men (3-2) placed first only in the one-meter dive. Due to a computer glitch discovered late Thursday, official team scores were not available at press time. The competition resumes today with preliminaries at 10 a.m., and the finals for those events begin at 6 p.m.

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DTH Picks of the Week

Today, Paul Doran, sports editor of Duke's student so-called newspaper, The Chronicle, gives the Picks Crew his two cents about a sport foreign to most Blue Devils. It's rivalry weekend in college football, and for once, the UNC-Duke game will actually be one to watch -- on television, that is, because who wants to go to dumpy Durham? Unless James "Pseudo Gothic" Giza does some serious choking this weekend -- like Jason Williams did in the NCAA semifinal last year against Indiana -- he will run away with this year's Supreme DTH Picker title.

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Seniors Strive for 4th Straight ACC Title

The four seniors on the North Carolina women's volleyball team have never lost at the ACC Tournament. And they don't plan on changing that this year. "Really, we're not thinking about whether we're going to lose it, we're just getting ready to win it -- that's all," said senior outside hitter Malaika Underwood. The leadership the four seniors -- Underwood, last year's tournament MVP, as well as Laura Greene, Holly Strauss and Eve Rackham -- supply the Tar Heels will be one of the biggest advantages UNC (28-2, 15-1 in the ACC) will have in the tourney.

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Late-Game Spurt Powers UNC Win

Click here to see a photo gallery of shots from the UNC victory As his young team started to make its slow crawl back into contention Wednesday night, North Carolina men's basketball coach Matt Doherty invoked the past to inspire the present. One part of the coach's motivational words, in particular, sank in with his young team.

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