UNC’s Caleb Peterson, Jonathan Smith out for the season
A streak of injury-related misfortunes on the North Carolina offensive line continued on Thursday when the school announced that Caleb Peterson, the starting left guard, would miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury.
The injury means that Peterson, a senior, has played his final college game. He entered the season as one of UNC’s most experienced offensive lineman, and before his injury forced him to miss UNC’s defeat against Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, Peterson had started 30 consecutive games.
He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas. UNC also announced on Thursday that Jonathan Smith, a freshman linebacker, would miss the rest of the season after he underwent surgery on his right foot on Thursday. Smith played in six games.
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Peterson’s impending season-ending injury represents more bad injury luck for the Tar Heels’ offensive line. Before preseason practice began, John Ferranto, who had been projected as the starter at right guard, suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle.
Peterson’s injury forced him to miss the past two games. And Jon Heck, the starting right tackle, left the Tar Heels’ victory at Miami last Saturday with what appeared to be a head injury. He is listed as questionable on the injury report but appears unlikely to play on Saturday at Virginia.
If Heck doesn’t start on Saturday, then left tackle Bentley Spain and center Lucas Crowley will be UNC’s only starting linemen who were expected to be in their positions entering the season. The Tar Heels’ offensive line depth has grown especially thin on the interior.
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons will face Fayetteville State on Saturday at the George Williams Athletic Complex in Raleigh.
A victory would keep the Falcons near the top of the Southern Division standings, as they are 1-1 in the division, 2-2 in the CIAA and 2-5 overall.
The Broncos are 2-0 in the division, 2-2 in the CIAA and 2-5 overall.
Duke: To celebrate the 75th anniversary of hosting the Rose Bowl, the Blue Devils will wear commemorative helmets in their game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 5 at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. In addition, team’s standard black jersey will sport an official Rose Bowl 75th Anniversary commemorative patch.
Duke: Duke graduate student Amile Jefferson was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award on Thursday as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award is in its third year recognizing the top power forward in Division I men’s college basketball.
Jefferson has played in 115 games in a Duke uniform, making 68 starts and helping the Blue Devils capture the 2015 NCAA title.
N.C. State: Former assistant coach Tom Asbury will consult with the men’s basketball coaching staff as a basketball analyst for the 2016-17 season. Coach Mark Gottfried announced the news on Thursday. Asbury holds 15 years of head coaching experience in college basketball.
Campbell: The Camels are set to appear on at least two Big South Conference TV broadcasts this season. In addition, the Camels could be chosen for any of four ESPNU “wildcard” games in January and February.
Duke: A golden goal by Florida State in the first overtime pushed the seventh-ranked Seminoles past fourth-ranked Blue Devils, 1-0, Thursday evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla., to hand them their first ACC loss of the season. The team moved to 11-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the ACC
Elon: With the conference tournament approaching, the Phoenix’s regular season comes to an end with a pivotal final weekend in Colonial Athletic Association play at College of Charleston on Friday at 7 p.m. and at UNCW on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Friday will be the 17th all-time meeting between the Phoenix and the Cougars. Elon won the most recent matchup 2-0 on Oct. 11, 2015.
Duke:The Blue Devils are looking for their first ACC home win and post consecutive wins for the first time since victories on Aug. 28 and Sept. 2 of this year. The team will host Notre Dame Friday at the Koskinen Stadium for Senior Night. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
Shaw: The Bears are undefeated in CIAA play going into this weekend with key wins over Winston-Salem State, St. Augustine’s, Chowan and Virginia State. After marking a program-high of 14 straight wins, the team will hit the road to continue conference play. The Bears head to Fayetteville State University on Saturday hoping to continue their streak. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will wrap up their six-match homestand this weekend with matches against Georgia Tech and Clemson.
The team will take on Georgia Tech at the LJVM Coliseum, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, while hosting Dig Pink Night, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen organization.
The team will go against Clemson at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Summit School.
Duke: The Blue Devils are set to host a pair of ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium this weekend. The team will host Clemson at 6:30 p.m. Friday before taking on Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday.
N.C. State: Following a weekend on the road, the Wolfpack returns to Reynolds Coliseum to host Syracuse on Friday and Boston College on Sunday. Friday’s game is set to start at 6 p.m., and Sunday’s game will begin at 2 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early with the event expected to reach capacity.
N.C. State: For the second consecutive year, the Wolfpack’s home field has been selected as one of four host sites for the ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge, the league office said Thursday.
The annual challenge, which debuted last season, will feature eight schools from each conference, playing four games each at four campus sites Feb. 17-19.
Duke: Stellar doubles play by members of the team highlighted day one of the ITA Regional Championships in Chapel Hill. The second day begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the opening round of the main singles draw. The Blue Devil pairing of junior Rebecca Smaller and redshirt sophomore Christina Makarova won back-to-back matches to reach the round of 16. Freshman Meible Chi and senior Alyssa Smith posted an impressive 8-4 win, advancing to the round of 16. The team of senior Chalena Scholl and sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated UNC Ashville’s Hannah Francisco and Kylee Shipley, 8-6, in second round play. The tandem of junior Samantha Harris and sophomore Ellyse Hamlin also posted a win, defeating Wake Forest’s team of Sam Asch and Courtney Meredith, 8-5.
N.C. State: The team had a strong start to the ITA Carolinas Regional Tournament in Chapel Hill on Thursday, winning six of six matches. In round one, Tayla Stenta took on Michelle Castro of ECU, winning 6-4, 7-6 (5). Her win moved her to the finals, where she beat Alexa Abele of Davidson 7-6 (3), 6-1 to guarantee herself a match in the main draw. Amanda Rebol and Anna Rogers kicked off doubles plays for the Wolfpack and won the match, 8-6, to move into the second round. From there, the duo played Lisa Hofbauer and Celia Ruiz (ECU). ECU fell to N.C. State, 8-6. No. 50 Bianca Moldovan and Claudia Wiktorin took on Caitlin Cridland and Lauren Proctor (Winthrop) in the second round and defeated Winthrop 8-5.
The No. 1 seeded doubles pair of Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta (No. 24) had a bye during round one of doubles, but took on the strong duo of Ayan Broomfield and Constanza Gorches from Clemson in the second round. Clemson pulled away with a 0-6 lead but the Wolfpack team came back, winning seven games in a row to force the match into a tiebreaker. Frantova/Stenta won after a long fought match, 8-7 (10-8).
Wake Forest: Three doubles duos earned first-round byes as the Deacs opened the 2016 ITA Carolina Regionals on Thursday in Chapel Hill. In the first round, Samantha Asch and Courtney Meredith earned an 8-2 victory over Alex Koniaev and Suzanne Zenoni of Elon before falling 8-5 in the second round against Duke’s fifth-seeded duo of Ellyse Hamlin and Samantha Harris.
Duke: The Blue Devils head into the home stretch of the fall season and continue action this weekend at the N.C. State Invite. The Blue Devils have just two tournaments remaining after the trip to Raleigh and are breaking up the schedule to close out the fall.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack is set to open its 2016-17 regular season this weekend, as it will host Wisconsin Friday and Saturday inside the Casey Aquatic Center.
Friday’s portion of events is set to begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday is slated for a 10 a.m. start.
Duke: The Blue Devils head to Virginia this weekend to open the 2016-17 season against West Virginia, William & Mary and ACC opponent Virginia Tech. The action will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and resume Saturday at 11 a.m.
The co-ed team were slated to begin the 2016-17 campaign two weeks ago against Florida State and Minnesota, but were unable to make the trip to Tallahassee due to Hurricane Matthew.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons head to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for their final regular-season conference game against Boston College. The Deacs hope to pick up their first conference win of the season against the Eagles on Friday at 6 p.m. The team will then play Northeastern in Boston at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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