Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

Instead of home cooking, Tar Heels in HB2 exile – DeCock

The Tar Heels are back in the College Cup for the first time since 2012, an abnormal drought for the sport’s most powerful program, but instead of playing in a semifinal Friday night at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park, they’re in San Jose, Calif., thanks to House Bill 2.

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Injury-riddled Duke not alone playing shorthanded – DeCock

It’s just so hard to tell what the Blue Devils actually are when Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden have yet to play a game and Grayson Allen and Chase Jeter had to battle through injuries over the weekend in wins over Penn State and Rhode Island, leading to some unexpected playing time for Javin DeLaurier and Antonio Vrankovic.

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NC Central makes statement, history with win over A&T – DeCock

After a third straight win over the Aggies, the Eagles are undisputed, undefeated MEAC champions, and unlike the past two years, that title won’t be shared with anyone else. There are no quirky tiebreakers this year: No. 20 N.C. Central is headed to Atlanta for the Celebration Bowl after Saturday’s 42-21 win over No. 9 N.C. A&T, a margin flattered by an Aggies touchdown in the final seconds but as authoritative a win as the Eagles have had in this series in these players’ lifetimes.

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Canes making opponents pay for backup plan – DeCock

It’s not even Thanksgiving and the Carolina Hurricanes are already avoiding their opponents’ No. 1 goalies. That sounds like a good thing, and it can be. But it’s also a statement of what the rest of the NHL thinks of the Hurricanes, which is not enough to make sure their best goalie is in net.

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ACC needs to do something about Boston College – DeCock

In the week following Boston College’s stunning upset of N.C. State – the Eagles’ first ACC win in football or men’s basketball since the 2015 ACC tournament – normality was quickly restored when Boston College lost by a mere 45 to Louisville, which dropped the Eagles to 1-5 in the ACC.

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Duke sends seniors out with Victory Bell – DeCock

North Carolina’s final chance came to naught when Mitch Trubisky – unstoppable early in the game – threw his second interception of the night on a play when the Tar Heels were caught holding anyway, allowing Duke to run out the clock on a momentous 28-27 win – the Blue Devils’ first in this series since 2013 but third in the past five years.

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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