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Wednesday December 7th

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Night Stops UNC, Gophers

Hitting and runs came at a premium Thursday afternoon, but with senior ace Radara McHugh on the mound, the North Carolina softball team could feel comfortable. Minnesota challenged McHugh in a double-header at Finley Field, and McHugh was up to the challenge. In the first game, McHugh squared off with Gopher pitcher Piper Marten, and McHugh outdueled Marten to lead the Tar Heels to a 1-0 victory."I thought Radara McHugh pitched a great first game," UNC coach Donna Papa said.McHugh struck out seven in a dominating performance.

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Peppers, Forte Say No Thanks

Julius Peppers and Joseph Forte have a simple message for voters who elected them to Student Congress on Tuesday.Thanks, but no thanks.The two North Carolina men's basketball players cited other commitments Thursday afternoon as reasons why they would be unable to participate in student government."I would want to do it," said Forte, who found out Thursday morning while surfing the Internet that he had earned a seat in District 18.

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Sports\Briefs

Women's Swimming Takes Lead in ACCsCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The North Carolina women's swimming and diving team took the lead after one day of competition at the ACC Championships at Virginia on Thursday.The defending ACC champion Tar Heels, No. 8 in the nation, lead all teams with 247 points, followed by Virginia in second place with 210 points. Maryland is third with 153 points, while Florida State is fourth with 139 points.North Carolina finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay to Maryland in 1:31.74.

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Wrestling Drops Final Match of Season to State

The North Carolina wrestling team lost its regular season finale 19-16 to N.C. State on Thursday night at Carmichael Auditorium.The Tar Heels finish the regular season at 8-5, 4-1 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack is 10-7, 3-1. A 13-4 major decision by N.C.

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Pitchers Deliver UNC's 1st Shutout of Season

North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox trotted out his third freshman starter in as many games Wednesday afternoon.And left-hander Daniel Moore answered the call, turning in the best pitching performance of the young season for the Tar Heels.Moore put seven bagels on the scoreboard and picked up his first collegiate victory as UNC shut out William & Mary 8-0 at a damp Boshamer Stadium."It's a big relief, you come out after three other guys have gotten wins and the team's counting on you to give them a quality start," Moore said.

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Tar Heels Show No Love for CCU

There were no flowers or candy at Carmichael Auditorium on Wednesday night. But there was almost a Valentine's Day massacre.The North Carolina women's basketball team's date with Coastal Carolina ended with the heartbroken Chanticleers going home with a 72-54 loss and without a goodnight kiss.The game looked like CCU wouldn't have much of a chance at the start. The Chanticleers turned the ball over four times in their first five possessions of the contest in the face of UNC's swarming defense.

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Pursuit of Dream Leads Keldorf on Long Path Back Home

Chris Keldorf invested a lot of years in the pursuit of his dream.The path wasn't always a quick or smooth one, but it had its scenic stops along the way, including a renovated Kenan Stadium. The NFL possibilities for the former North Carolina quarterback seemed endless coming into his senior season in 1997.The 26-year-old Keldorf finally arrived as a professional last July. But standing on the sidelines inside the Hartford Civic Center wearing No. 15 for the New England Seawolves of the Arena Football League wasn't quite what Keldorf originally had in mind.

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Manshack Debuts With `W'

The North Carolina baseball team figured out how to alleviate some of the pressure from its freshman-dominated pitching staff Tuesday: bat around in the first inning.The Tar Heels scored six runs in the first, and Scott Manshack pitched six strong innings in his collegiate debut as UNC beat Coastal Carolina 9-4 at Boshamer Stadium."Having a six-run lead really helps out there," Manshack said. "(You) just have to go out there and do your job. All you got to do is throw strikes."For the most part, Manshack seemed completely under control on the mound.

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Paladins Squeak Past Tar Heels in Last Match

Winless in 29 matches against North Carolina in school history, Furman came to Chapel Hill on Monday night with a 2-0 record on the season and nothing to lose.Losing was the last thing on the Paladins' minds as they left the Cone-Kenfield Indoor Tennis Center after shocking the Tar Heels 4-3.With the match even at three points apiece and Furman senior Lee Nickell leading in the decisive third set against Tar Heel ace Marcio Petrone, it was obvious that the Paladins were not looking to leave Chapel Hill with anything but their first-ever series victory.Nickell led 1-0 in the third set

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Forte, Haywood Named Finalists for Naismith

The Associated PressATLANTA -- North Carolina's Joseph Forte and Brendan Haywood are among the finalists for the 2001 Naismith college basketball player of the year awards. The finalists, announced Monday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, were selected by a national advisory board of coaches, journalists and administrators. The winners will be announced in Atlanta April 7. The other finalists for the men's award include Charlie Bell and Jason Richardson of Michigan State, Jarron Collins and Casey Jacobson of Stanford, Troy Murphy of Notre Dame and Shane Battier and Jason Williams of Duke.

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Tennis Match Delayed Until Early Evening

The North Carolina men's tennis match against Furman has been moved to 6 p.m. today. The match will be held at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.Both the Tar Heels and the Paladins boast undefeated records. UNC squashed its first two opponents with a 7-0 score against Davidson and a 6-1 decision versus Campbell. The Tar Heels have yet to lose in doubles play. Today UNC looks to continue its nonconference winning streak against the Paladins.Furman has been unsuccessful in knocking off the Tar Heels in any of their 29 prior meetings.

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Peppers Makes Most of 1st Start

During warmups before North Carolina's game against Maryland, Kris Lang wasn't feeling quite 100 percent. The day after UNC defeated Wake Forest, Lang woke up with a sharp pain in his right ankle.The pain in his ankle continued to bother him throughout the week, so when UNC coach Matt Doherty asked him how he felt about playing, Lang had a simple answer.Start Julius Peppers."I went to him after I told Coach I wanted Julius to start in my place," Lang said. "I told him 'I believe in you, man.

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Tar Heels Adjust To Young Pitchers

The guys on the mound for the North Carolina baseball team might be wide-eyed, fresh faced youngsters, but given the lack of veteran arms on the pitching staff, the whole lot of them will be growing up quickly.The Tar Heels lost eight of last year's 12 pitchers who saw time on the mound, and the four holdovers from the 2000 squad -- Joey Popovich, Jason King, Scott Autrey and Matt Tanner -- only accounted for 15.8 percent of UNC's innings pitched last season.Those four also contributed just eight of the Tar Heels' 46 victories, seven of which were Autrey's, and had a combined 5.02 ERA, 0

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UNC Sweeps Phoenix, Mountaineers

The North Carolina softball team has had enough with 1-0 games.During the weekend, UNC got back to final scores more to its liking. The Tar Heels, after a season-opening split to South Carolina in which they could muster only one run, blew through a weekend four-game sweep against Elon and Appalachian State at Finley Field.UNC's Michael Parrott took the mound Sunday in the second game against the Mountaineers. The righty mixed speeds on her deliveries and struck out 13 in the Tar Heels' 6-1 victory.

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UNC Sweeps Phoenix, Mountaineers

The North Carolina softball team has had enough with 1-0 games.During the weekend, UNC got back to final scores more to its liking. The Tar Heels, after a season-opening split to South Carolina in which they could muster only one run, blew through a weekend four-game sweep against Elon and Appalachian State at Finley Field.UNC's Michael Parrott took the mound Sunday in the second game against the Mountaineers. The righty mixed speeds on her deliveries and struck out 13 in the Tar Heels' 6-1 victory.

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Fever Needs To Make Over Its Attitude

Student elections generally mean a couple things: annoying mass e-mails, fliers littering campus and unbelievable campaign promises that no one could possibly deliver.This year, there is actually one promise that caught my eye: Carolina Athletic Association presidential candidate Michael Songer's plan to take away Carolina Fever's seats at basketball games.The reason that promise interested me while I scanned the various platforms during class is because I have a long-standing dislike for Carolina Fever.

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Poor 3-Point Shooting Costs Tar Heels in Loss

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Sylvia Hatchell had a dilemma on her hands.Her North Carolina team trailed Virginia 76-73 with 9.8 seconds left Sunday, and she needed a 3-pointer from someone.The Tar Heels were just 1-for-16 behind the arc to that point. So Hatchell did what any coach might have done --she drew up the final play for the player who had made a 3 earlier in the game.But forward LaQuanda Barksdale never got the ball.

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Football to Kick Off Against Oklahoma

When North Carolina hired John Bunting, he said he wanted to play the best.He's already gotten his wish.North Carolina officially announced Saturday that Bunting's first game as UNC's football coach will be against defending-national champion Oklahoma on Aug. 25.The game, slated for a 7:45 p.m. EST kickoff will be played in Norman, Okla."I think it's a great opportunity for us to start our season off," defensive end Julius Peppers said Saturday. Bunting traveled to Miami to watch Oklahoma and Florida State in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

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Capel Redefines Role to Spark UNC

Jason Capel doesn't push for his name to appear in headlines. Self-promotion isn't his forte, nor does he want it to be.Capel doesn't take well to a label that has been placed on him since he arrived at North Carolina, though.That of a role player.Capel did everything in his power to rip that tag off Saturday, scoring a career-high 27 points in No. 1 UNC's 96-82 win against 13th-ranked Maryland at the Smith Center."I guess I do it all," Capel said. "I don't consider myself a role player ...

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Baseball Warms Up Season With Sweep of Dukes

North Carolina's bats didn't cool off Sunday like the weather did.The Tar Heels opened the 2001 season by sweeping a two-game weekend series from James Madison at Boshamer Stadium.UNC followed up Saturday's lopsided 23-9 opening-day win with a dramatic ninth inning rally Sunday.Trailing JMU 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Russ Adams drove home the game-winning run with a bases-clearing walk-off triple as North Carolina escaped with a 7-6 victory.Freshman first baseman Jeremy Cleveland greeted JMU's closer Brent Metheny by belting a lead-off double to start the ninth, and

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