Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

Tone-deaf second chance shows UNC has learned nothing — DeCock

The fact nobody stopped Larry Fedora from giving Tim Beckman another chance as part of his football staff – a profession from which he permanently disqualified himself when he mistreated injured players at Illinois – makes it clear there’s still no one minding the athletic store in Chapel Hill.

Luke DeCock

U.S. women roll to sixth straight gold medal

The U.S. women’s basketball team’s reign of complete and utter dominance of the sport continued Saturday with a 101-72 win over Spain, completing an Olympics in which they were barely challenged on their way to a sixth straight gold medal. Spain held a narrow lead late in the first quarter before the United States pulled away with ease, as it always does.

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Bom dia: The Bolt experience, in person this time — DeCock

What's amazing about Usain Bolt isn't just how fast he is, although that's pretty amazing, it's how comfortable he is being the fastest man in the world. That was so apparent Thursday night after he cruised to victory in the 200, as he bowed to the crowd, wrapped himself in a Brazilian flag and, as after the 100, took selfies with fans.

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Behind the scenes, Triangle helps put Olympics on air – DeCock

Getting the Olympics on television around the world is just as complicated an operation as it would seem. The IOC’s own broadcast division, Madrid-based Olympic Broadcast Services, hires broadcasters from around the world to produce what is known as the “world feed,” a generic broadcast of every single sport and event.

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Olympic atmosphere arrives, and so do the Americans – DeCock

This is what everyone had been waiting for all along. The atmosphere came not from deafening pop music played in a half-empty arena, but thousands of singing, dancing, flag-waving, whistling Argentines and the Brazilians who chanted “U-S-A” right back at them as they rooted against their neighbors. And they had plenty to cheer about, for the Americans finally showed up in Rio.

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Bom dia: Beach volleyball is a scene, man — DeCock

Everyone who had been there said beach volleyball is the signature venue of the Rio Olympics, a giant temporary stadium set up on Copacabana Beach with matches played under the lights only yards from the surf in front of a raucous crowd. Even though it's the closest venue to my hotel, and I've run past it nearly every day, I had yet to actually go inside.

Olympics

Top five Triangle Olympic performances

With less than a week to go in the Olympics, the Triangle’s individual Olympians have completed competition as well as most of the teams, with only men’s basketball left. Looking back, here are the top five performances.

Videos

Rio restaurant crowd watches Bolt take the gold

Watch as patrons at a Rio restaurant cheer on Usain Bolt as he takes the Olympic gold medal in the 100.
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Rio restaurant crowd watches Bolt take the gold 1:07

Rio restaurant crowd watches Bolt take the gold

Water pollution problems plague Rio 2:20

Water pollution problems plague Rio

Omar Bravo, Mexican soccer star, introduced as a member of the RailHawks 0:23

Omar Bravo, Mexican soccer star, introduced as a member of the RailHawks

NCSU air rifle shooter makes Olympic team 1:48

NCSU air rifle shooter makes Olympic team