The Georgia Bulldogs will face the North Carolina Tar Heels to open the 2016 college football season Sept. 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Kick time has been set for 5:30 p.m., and the game will be nationally telecast on ESPN.
The Georgia-UNC rivalry has been on hiatus for more than 40 years, but the SEC and ACC powers will continue the series for the first time since 1971. This game marks the ninth straight year the college football season has opened on a national stage in Atlanta with two powerhouse programs in a bowl-style, blockbuster game.
Georgia and North Carolina have met 30 times since 1895, the last contest a 7-3 Georgia victory. Overall, the Bulldogs hold a 16-12-2 series advantage.
This will be the second appearance for both teams in the contest, college football’s longest-running current neutral-site game series.
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The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football’s newest rivalry-style icons. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.
North Carolina: A.J. Bogucki pitched five hitless innings of shutout relief, and Kyle Datres clubbed his third home run of the year as Tar Heels closed out their home schedule Monday night with an 8-1 victory over Notre Dame. Datres and Brian Miller both had three hits for North Carolina, which moved into a tie for ninth place in the ACC entering the season’s final weekend.
Campbell: The Camels’ Tuesday night matchup against the Pirates was canceled because of inclement weather. The game will not be rescheduled.
Track and Field
Saint Augustine’s: The men’s team is No. 1 in the final NCAA Division II outdoor track and field rankings of the regular season, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The women are third in the Division II national rankings for the second consecutive week.
▪ George Williams was named CIAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year on Monday night.
Duke: Incoming freshman Ella Stevens was tabbed the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year for the second straight season after her outstanding senior campaign at Grayson High. Stevens scored 25 goals and assisted on 11 others for a total of 61 points as a senior. Fellow signee Brooke Heinsohn was selected Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts in the fall.
Duke: The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) released the all-region squads with three Blue Devils earning accolades. Junior Sandy Choi, sophomore Leona Maguire and freshman Virginia Elena Carta received honors, after placing among the top 10 at the NCAA Baton Rouge (La.) Regional.
North Carolina: Elizabeth Mallett was named to the WGCA Stanford Regional all-region team. The all-region teams are based on the top-10 finishers and ties at each of the NCAA regional championships. Mallett tied for ninth at the Stanford (Calif.) Regional.
Campbell: Jesper Svensson shot a 1-under-par 71, and the Camels are in 13th place after the second round of the NCAA Kohler Regional.
Wake Forest: The team continued play at the NCAA Tucson Regional with the second round at The Gallery Golf Club. The Deacons shot a 7-over round of 295 and are in sixth place at 5-over through 36 holes.
Mount Olive: Matt Shields was selected to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association men’s lacrosse North/South Division I-II All-Star Game. The game will take place May 27 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.
Mount Olive: Hannah Knight and Claire Wigler were selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association North/South Division II All-Star Game. The game will take place June 4 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.
Wake Forest: Coach Tony Bresky announced the addition of Sean Hill and Vuk Budic for the 2016-17 season. A native of Berkeley, Calif., Hill has been ranked as high as No. 320 by the International Tennis Federation and has reached as high as No. 26 in TennisRecruiting.net’s Class of 2016 – he currently is ranked 29th. The site also lists Hill as a five-star recruit.
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