Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

Battle lines between UNC, NCAA never drawn more sharply – DeCock

North Carolina’s response to the NCAA’s third Notice of Allegations, released May 25, 2017, makes it clear that the university intends to fight the NCAA’s jurisdiction on every front. That’s the tone UNC took with its response to the second notice, back in August, and its resolve has only sharpened in this one.

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With Berry and Allen back, UNC and Duke in same position again – DeCock

Once again, Duke and North Carolina will be in the national-title chase, thanks in large part to the decisions over the past two weeks by Grayson Allen and Joel Berry to return in search of a second ring for each. And once again, both teams will face the same questions: Can Duke find a way to fit its veterans around a talented core of one-and-done freshmen?

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One award missing from Bickell’s farewell to NHL – DeCock

From his players surprising Bryan Bickell and his wife at Saturday’s morning’s Walk MS, wearing BickellBrave T-shirts, to their decision to give Bickell the team’s revered Steve Chiasson Award, awarded in memory of the defenseman who died in 1999, it turned out to be a fitting farewell for Bickell. This was the final home game of his NHL career, with the announcement Saturday that he would retire after the season, his ordeal far trumping the 10 actual games he has played for the team.

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David Gove a quiet but memorable presence behind 2006 scenes – DeCock

Carolina Hurricanes fans may not immediately connect David Gove’s name to the Stanley Cup season when they hear the news that a former fringe NHL player died in Pittsburgh on Thursday. But Gove was an essential, if anonymous, part of that playoff run. According to media reports, Gove, 38, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in Pittsburgh, leaving behind a wife and son.

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Hurricanes’ magic March, while fun, still fool’s gold – DeCock

As well as they played in March – and in one stretch, they played as well as any team in franchise history, recording points in a record 13 games in a row (9-0-4) – the Canes’ chance to make the playoffs came and went in January, when they had a chance to move into the eighth spot and didn’t. They instead lost five straight. Everything since has been exhibition.

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For the Tar Heels, mission accomplished – DeCock

This group, this uncommon group of veteran players in an era of one-and-dones and transfers, took its place in not only North Carolina history but basketball history, losing the title game one year – in the most heartbreaking fashion imaginable – only to come back a year later and finish the job.

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Mike Krzyzewski on setbacks: 'That's OK...that's life'

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski talks about doing what he loves and dealing with setbacks along the way during an exclusive interview with The News & Observer in December.
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Mike Krzyzewski on setbacks: 'That's OK...that's life'

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Krzyzewski on when to retire: 'I'll know'

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