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January 16, 2018

Duke was the ACC’s preseason favorite and North Carolina the defending national champion.

The conference leader and highest-ranked team so far: Virginia.

Picked to finish sixth in the ACC preseason poll, the Cavaliers (15-1, 4-0) have been the conference’s most consistent team so far…

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January 16, 2018

All it took was one bad day at the Australian Open to unravel all those good feelings about American tennis generated by so much success at the U.S. Open only a handful of months ago.

Maybe, though, that should not be the takeaway from Day 1 in Melbourne.

Maybe neither the shock over opening-round…

APTOPIX Australian Open Tennis

January 15, 2018

Seventh Woods, the heavily recruited sophomore whose high profile dates back to his high school career in Columbia, S.C., hasn’t played in a game for North Carolina since late-November, and only has seven brief appearances this season, totalling 76 minutes.

It’s been an injury-plagued…

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January 15, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia’s lead was still 11, but N.C. State was trying to rally and a sense of unease was growing at John Paul Jones Arena. There were eight minutes to play, and the Wolfpack were on an 11-2 run.

For Devon Hall, that meant time to do something.

He got the ball on…

NC State Virginia Basketball

January 15, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — There wasn’t much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle.

Miracle answered.

Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give…

Saints Vikings Football

January 15, 2018

The Big 12 can stake a claim as the nation’s best conference. It has the top RPI rating, five teams ranked in the AP Top 25 and eight teams in the top 50 of the KenPom.com rankings.

The only problem: The teams have been beating up on each other since conference play started.

Big 12 teams have…

West Virginia Texas Tech Basketball

January 15, 2018

RALEIGH — The Calgary Flames are going so well, they are rolling to easy victories even without their top scorer.

Dougie Hamilton scored twice, Mike Smith made 38 saves and the Flames ran their winning streak to seven straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.…

Flames Hurricanes Hockey

January 14, 2018

DURHAM — On one particular play on Saturday afternoon against Wake Forest, Marvin Bagley III was not going to be stopped.

During a still-close interval halfway through the first half, Bagley III signaled for, and got the ball, with good position under the basket.

And with a point…

Wake Forest Duke Basketball

January 14, 2018

DURHAM — During the last few minutes of the fourth quarter on Saturday, when Duke already had its game against Wake Forest wrapped up, a certain walk-on got a call from Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning.

And with that, Aaron Spivey made his Cameron Indoor Stadium debut.

“When he…

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January 14, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints.

“I prepare for every game as if it’s that magnitude,…

Saints Vikings Football
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