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Wednesday December 7th

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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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Felton Finishes Strong After First-Half Funk

With just under 17 minutes to play in North Carolina's 71-67 win against Rutgers on Wednesday, Raymond Felton stopped at half court and twice slapped the Smith Center floor with both hands while a newly energized crowd roared. The Tar Heel point guard had just knotted the game at 40 with a nifty backdoor pass to center Sean May, who converted the easy layup. While this was hardly a decisive play in the contest, it did mark a distinct change from the first half, when an almost complacent Felton committed five turnovers and scored just two points.

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No. 12 Volleyball Garners Multiple ACC Accolades

No. 12 North Carolina earned Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and three all-ACC selections this week as the ACC released its postseason honors in preparation for the ACC Tournament, which begins today in Atlanta. Senior outside hitter Laura Greene was named ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC first team, and Coach Joe Sagula earned Coach of the Year honors. Along with Greene, senior setter Eve Rackham was named to the first team and sophomore outside hitter Molly Pyles was named to the second team. The awards are voted on by the league's nine head coaches.

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Dorrance Lawsuit Moves Forward

A U.S. federal court judge has validated a sexual harassment case against North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance and several other UNC officials that was inexplicably tied up in court chambers for nearly four years. The court order issued by U.S. Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. on Nov. 13 denied in part the state attorney general's motion for dismissal. The decision was made in U.S. District Court in Greensboro.

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Saturday's Swim Meet Prepares Team for Nike Cup

North Carolina's meet against Johns Hopkins on Saturday was essentially a tune-up for the Nike Cup. The Tar Heels' 15th ranked women's team and 11th ranked men's team won 195-84 and 187-97, respectively, but the meet appeared to be more of a practice for North Carolina. The Division III Blue Jays failed to place in the top two in any event aside from one, when UNC was disqualified. Almost every Tar Heel toward the end of the meet swam in exhibition, meaning that the individual finishes did not officially count towards the final score.

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Women's Soccer Shows Depth

The North Carolina women's soccer team is showing its depth. The Tar Heels, whose roster sports starters with U.S. National Team experience, have seen their bench step up in their five post season games. "I'm very pleased with our depth," said UNC coach Anson Dorrance. "Our entire roster has been contributing in all kinds of very real ways." Since postseason play began, the Tar Heels have gotten goals from Leea Murphy, Jane Smith and Sophie Gervais, three players who this season have seen action in a combined 26 games.

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Press Is on for UNC Against Rutgers

No matter what happens in tonight's game at the Smith Center between North Carolina and Rutgers, don't blame Scarlet Knights' coach Gary Waters for showing his team's hand too early. In Rutgers' 60-36 home win Monday against Columbia, there was little reason for Waters to pull out its entire offensive and defensive arsenal. "There's one positive," Waters told The (Newark) Star-Ledger on Tuesday. "I literally only did a few things, so Carolina couldn't see all the stuff we have. So that's good. So when we go down there, whatever we want to throw at them, we can."

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UNC Runner Wins Third NCAA Title

GREENVILLE -- Shalane Flanagan won her third consecutive regional championship with a time of 19:17.0 at the NCAA District III Championship on Saturday at the Lake Kristi course. Flanagan became the first UNC runner to win three straight NCAA regional titles, and earned an automatic invitation to the NCAA Championship on Nov. 25 in Terre Haute, Ind. The ACC swept the top five places in the women's race with Wake Forest (76) and N.C. State (83) gaining automatic bids to the NCAA Championship. The next three were Virginia (93), Duke (98) and North Carolina (114).

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Stephen Mohr Balances Swimming & Academics

If you hear "Good job, Johnny 5" while strolling through Koury Natatorium, don't expect to see the loveable little robot from the "Short Circuit" movies. He might not be a robot, but North Carolina senior swimmer Stephen Mohr has coordinated academics and athletics with an almost mechanical consistency during his past four years at UNC. "They called him Johnny 5 because he came in freshman year with 63 hours," said teammate Reid Owen. "He was so smart it seemed like he could do anything, just like Johnny 5."

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Durant Eyes Possible Return Against Duke

North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant was supposed to miss the rest of the season, but UNC coach John Bunting said Durant could return for Saturday's season finale at Duke. "Lo and behold, he's been re-examined and there has been discussion about there being a possibility that he could play this week," Bunting said at his weekly press conference. "He threw some passes yesterday with our trainers. ... We will, once again, try and get him to throw some passes today to see how he feels, see how that is."

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Freshmen Impress With Record-Setting Debut

Matt Doherty admitted he was especially anxious before the game. Fortunately for the North Carolina men's basketball team, three freshmen weren't worried in the least. For the first time in school history, three freshmen started for UNC in its season opener. But Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants certainly didn't give the impression of inexperienced players against Penn State at the Smith Center.

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UNC Exudes Confidence In Season-Opening Win

Perhaps the start of it all came before they hit the court, a bit before they even got on the floor. On the first day of practice, former North Carolina men's basketball player Jason Capel returned to Chapel Hill to talk to the Tar Heels. His message? Bring back the tradition. "That struck home with me," said freshman Sean May. "I felt that." Apparently so did May's teammates. Monday night, the Tar Heels breathed life into a new chapter of UNC hoops lore and gave another generation of fans hope for an exciting, and maybe successful, season.

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Perruquet Earns ACC Accolade

North Carolina's Jessi Perruquet was selected ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Perruquet, a junior from Danville, Pa., led UNC to decisive wins over Duke and Johns Hopkins last week. Against Johns Hopkins, Perruquet won two events, the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Her 23.33 in the 50 free ranks her third in the conference so far this year and her 4:51.56 in the 500-yard free ranks her second in the ACC this season in that event. Men's Soccer Nabs At-Large NCAA Bid

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