Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

DeCock: St. Aug’s Williams sends four more to Rio

Two of St. Augustine’s coach George Williams’ best runners didn’t qualify for Rio, but four are going

Raleigh’s Burkheart Ellis Jr. (Barbados) joined by hurdlers Tia-Adana Belle (Barbados), Roxroy Cato (Jamaica) and Jeffery Gibson (Bahamas)

Rio will be Williams’ eighth Summer Olympics; he has coached 40 Olympians since arriving at St. Aug’s in 1976

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As Duke’s Olympic basketball adventure ends, benefits linger – DeCock

The spillover effect of Mike Krzyzewski’s participation with Team USA to the other members of Duke’s staff has been one of the unexpected benefits of the head coach’s Olympic tenure. Krzyzewski brought Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski with him to Beijing and London, and Jeff Capel is coming to Rio. Video coordinator Kevin Cullen, meanwhile, has been a part of the staff for all three Olympics.

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Krzyzewski learned to alter approach with Olympic pros – DeCock

So much has been discussed and written and dissected about how coaching the Olympians, and his increased exposure to the international and NBA game, has changed the way Mike Krzyzewski coaches (and recruits) at Duke. Less has been said about how Krzyzewski has successfully adapted his approach to the professionals he coaches for a brief period every two years – a group of elite NBA players who did not play at Duke, other than Kyrie Irving, and in many cases never considered playing there.

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Durant on Ingram: ‘Like I’m looking in the mirror’ — DeCock

With the opportunity to look at Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant side by side, a comparison that seemed plausible watching Ingram compete against collegians almost seems laughable. Then again, who better to assess the similarities than Durant? When he looks at Ingram, the Kinston native who starred at Duke last season, he sees a lot of himself.

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Friends and rivals, Irving and Barnes finally teammates – DeCock

The inextricable careers of Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving are once again intertwined on the U.S. Olympic team. As sought-after recruits, they became friends before choosing opposite sides of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, yet never met on the court in college, nor did either make it to the Final Four. The NBA has been kinder to both: Two years ago, Barnes beat Irving for the NBA title. Earlier this summer, Irving beat Barnes for the title.

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ACC closing in on network deal with ESPN – DeCock

After six years of deliberation and discussion, the ACC is close to an updated television deal with ESPN that will include the long-awaited ACC cable channel as well as innovative “over-the-top” components, content delivered directly to viewers via the Internet, known as OTT.

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Sellout, signing make for pivotal week for RailHawks – DeCock

This was already going to be a big day for the Carolina RailHawks before the name “Omar Bravo” crossed anyone’s minds. The Triangle’s first-ever visit from an English Premiership team on Tuesday, one that doesn’t figure to be the last, was no trifling matter. By the time team president Curt Johnson started dropping hints on Twitter late Monday night of a marquee signing, West Ham’s visit had been forced to share the Triangle soccer spotlight.

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In NC baseball history, no bigger game than this — DeCock

Nothing will compare to an actual, for-real, counts-in-the-standings Major League Baseball game played within the borders, and in a temporary stadium constructed at Ft. Bragg, no less. What happens there on Sunday between the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins will trump everything that came before it and, presumably, after it for a very long time.

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Canes’ moves include officially moving on from Eric Staal — DeCock

It was a day as notable for who the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t sign as who they did. While the Hurricanes added depth forwards Lee Stempniak and Viktor Stalberg as free agents and sat out a high-dollar market that was even more frenzied than usual, the Eric Staal chapter of Hurricanes history officially closed when he signed with the Minnesota Wild.

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DeCock: Opportunities, not wins, were Pat Summitt’s greatest achievement

Few people dominate the landscape of a sport so as to become synonymous with it, inseparable from it even after they’ve left the scene as an athlete or coach. To lose three of them in the space of a month is unfathomable. First it was Gordie Howe. Then Muhammad Ali. And Tuesday morning, Pat Summitt at only 64, taken so quickly by Alzheimer’s disease, only four years after it forced her to retire as the winningest college basketball coach.

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Quiet weekend for Canes at mostly quiet draft

The weekend ended without a goalie trade, leaving Cam Ward and Eddie Lack in place as the Hurricanes’ tandem. It ended without the Hurricanes picking up Pavel Datsyuk’s contract, the Detroit Red Wings instead dumping the departed forward’s salary-cap hit on the Arizona Coyotes and their 27-year-old general manager for far less than many thought it would cost. And it ended without the Hurricanes making a deal of any kind, instead proceeding through an entirely ordinary weekend.

Videos

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

Carolina Railhawks acquire Mexican soccer star Omar Bravo in a big week for the franchise.
Ben Pope bpope@newsobserver.com
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

John Carlos on athletes' activism 1:45

John Carlos on athletes' activism

Roy Williams compares team to 2005 and 2009 championship teams 0:56

Roy Williams compares team to 2005 and 2009 championship teams