N.C. State’s Yurtseven, Duke’s Bolden and UNC’s Meeks named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday the 20 watch list members for the 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. N.C. State freshman center Omer Yurtseven, Duke freshman Marques Bolden and UNC senior Kennedy Meeks are on the list.
The annual honor recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee made up of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list.
The list will be narrowed to 10 in mid-February, and then five finalists will be selected in March to be presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the selection committee. The winner of the award will be presented at the 3rd annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.
Duke/UNC: Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina square off for the second time this season at 1 p.m. Saturday. The 87th edition of the Duke-UNC rivalry on the field hockey turf features two of the top-four teams. With a victory Saturday, the Blue Devils can claim the ACC regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming ACC Tournament.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons fell to Boston College 3-2 in its final regular-season conference game Friday in Newton, Mass. The team returns to action Sunday at Northeastern. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
N.C. State: Wolfpack baseball nears the conclusion of fall practice. This weekend it gets a final test in exhibitions with Campbell at 2 p.m. Saturday and Elon at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games are free at Doak Field at Dail Park. Parking is available in the West Deck. Gates open one hour prior to first pitch.
Duke: The team continued its winning ways Friday in Chapel Hill during day two of the ITA Regional Championships as five singles players reached the round of 16 and three doubles pairs advanced to the quarterfinal round. The third day of play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with singles action.
N.C. State: After a strong start to the ITA Carolina Regional, the team finished day two with eight more wins. In singles competition, four of seven players will continue on in the main draw, while two doubles tandems moved on to the quarterfinals.
Duke: A trip to the Red Draw doubles finals and three singles victories highlighted the Blue Devil’s opening day at the Wolfpack Invite, hosted by N.C. State. Senior TJ Pura and sophomore Jason Lapidus went 2-0 in doubles play to reach Saturday’s championship while all three Blue Devils participating in singles won their matches.
Mount Olive: Danielle Heymach and Karina Ordonez for the women and Adam Craig, Jonathan Dahlke, Pol Ferrer and Jacob Urys for the men landed on the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference Teams, the conference office said Friday.
The women’s team also defended its title as the Trojans won their second consecutive Conference Carolinas Women’s Cross Country Championship at the Frank Liske Park in Concord. Leah Hanle won the individual Conference Championship as well as Freshman of the year and Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year. As for the mens, the team defended its title as the Trojans won their fifth consecutive Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Championship at the Frank Liske Park in Concord. Friday afternoon. Pol Domenech won the individual Conference Championship and was named Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year.
Wake Forest: The team opened play Friday at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, its third event of the fall season. The Demon Deacons are tied for 13th place after shooting an opening round 299 (11-over) while playing the club’s Creekside Course. They will play the club’s Lakeside Course on Saturday during the second round.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will welcome the Boston College Eagles to Spry Stadium for the final regular season home game of 2016 on Saturday night. First kick is set for 7 p.m. With the end of the regular season in sight, two wins would clinch the ACC Atlantic title. Thursday night, the team claimed a back-and-forth affair over Syracuse in double overtime, 3-2, at Spry Stadium.
East Carolina: The team dropped an American Athletic Conference road match at USF, 2-1, on Thursday evening at Corbett Stadium. Freshman Marianna Shurina scored her first collegiate goal and senior striker Lana Spitler led all players with eight total shots, while goalkeeper Caroline Jeffers made five saves.
UNC: A pair of goals early in the second half broke open the game as the No. 18 Tar Heels defeated Pittsburgh 3-0 in a heavy rainstorm Thursday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The team will continue its Northeastern road trip when it plays at Syracuse Sunday at 1 p.m.
N.C. State: Facing its third consecutive top-10 opponent, the Wolfpack dropped a tough 3-1 match at No. 8 Virginia. The Pack moves to 9-6-1 (3-4-1 ACC). The team faces a quick turnaround with a trip to No. 17 Clemson. It will face its fourth-straight top-25 opponent Sunday at 1 p.m. in Clemson, S.C.
Elon: In a matchup between two of the top three teams in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, the team welcomes Delaware to Rudd Field on Saturday night. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.
N.C. State: After two shutouts, including one conference win and one road victory over a ranked opponent, the team prepares to host its final home match of the regular season on Sunday afternoon. The Wolfpack will welcome No. 13/7 Louisville to Dail Soccer Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Swimming and Diving
UNC: The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams trail by small margins against the University of Tennessee after the opening day Friday of a two-day dual meet at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Tennessee women lead 96-90 after the first day while there is a similar score on the men’s side with UT ahead of the Heels 99-87.
Duke: A number of individual performances highlighted the teams’ first day of competition in a season-opening, two-day quad meet hosted by Virginia Tech. Through one day of action, the Blue Devil men and women lead both West Virginia and William & Mary but trail the Hokies. The Virginia Tech women hold a narrow 86-81 advantage heading into day two, while the Hokie men lead the Blue Devils by a 96.5-70.5 margin.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack opened its 2016-17 season in dominating fashion, winning 17 of the 20 events contested on the first day of its two-day dual meet at home with Wisconsin on Friday evening inside the Casey Aquatic Center.
Duke: After traveling to Baltimore for a pair of fall tournaments last weekend, the team will host action at the West Campus Athletic Fields on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Devils kick off the weekend with a scrimmage against Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the team will face Jacksonville at 9 a.m., Davidson at 11 a.m. and Richmond at 2 p.m. on the grass practice field.
Campbell: The Camels return to action, hosting Stetson for homecoming Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Barker-Lane Stadium. Coming off a bye week, the team has not seen game action since Oct. 1. The Oct. 8 game at Jacksonville was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.
Raleigh Sports Club: Jerry Mack, head football coach at North Carolina Central University, will be guest speaker Wednesday. Meetings are in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road. Doors open at 10:50 a.m. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is noon to 1 p.m. Attendance is $15 for members and $25 for guests.
Duke: The team swept its sixth opponent of the season, defeating Clemson in straight sets (25-10, 25-21, 25-19) Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devil’s defense was stifling yet again as Duke (14-5, 8-1 ACC) limited Clemson (6-15, 1-8 ACC) to a .071 hitting percentage. One of the ACC’s top defensive teams, the Blue Devils have now held 12 of its 19 opponents to a hitting percentage under .200.
UNC: The eighth-ranked Tar Heels captured its ninth-straight victory on Friday night, soaring past Boston College in straight sets (25-19, 25-10, 25-14). The team out-hit the Eagles .323 to -.010 in the match, led by a stellar offensive performance by opposite hitter Taylor Treacy. With the win, Carolina improves to 17-2 on the season and matches its best start to ACC play in school history at a flawless 9-0.
Elon: The team begins the second half of its conference season this weekend when the Phoenix (15-9, 2-6) travels to Virginia to face James Madison (12-10, 4-5) and William & Mary (8-13, 2-6). The maroon and gold plays in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m., before a match against the Tribe on Monday at 7 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va.
Duke: Led by alumnae Alana Beard and Chelsea Gray, the Los Angeles Sparks registered a 77-76 victory Thursday night over the Minnesota Lynx to win the third WNBA Championship in team history. With the win, a Blue Devil alum has been a part of the last three WNBA Championship teams.
St. Augustine’s: This past weekend, the team was in a helping mood. The Lady Falcons opened the first official day of the season by volunteering at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk. The scholar-athletes assisted with event parking and cheered on about 4,000 walkers.
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