Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's Official: BIG Party at Gary Williams' House

Former Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow is now the big cheese at North Carolina State.

To read the full story in the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

(Photo by Chris Seward/Raleigh Neews & Observer)

Cocks Rock Tigers: Complete Game Three-Hitter Tops Clemson

South Carolina starter Michael Roth delivered a career-best performance, tossing a complete-game three-hitter en route to the Gamecocks' 5-1 win over Clemson on Friday night in the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 7:00 PM EDT in the Bracket Two finale, with the winner advancing to the championship finals beginning Monday.

Roth (2-1) dominated the Tiger bats to pick up his second win of the season. He held the Tigers hitless through two innings and then silenced Clemson until the eighth, when the Tigers mustered one hit in each of the final two innings.


To read more, click here.



(Photo: Michael Roth - Crystal LoGiudice / US Presswire)

(Everybody In The) World (Cares Except The U.S.) Cup Update: Knockout Round

U.S.A. v. Ghana – 2:30 pm. ESPN Radio/ABC TV.

(Photos: Landon Donovan of USA leaves a media interview at Irene Farm on June 24, 2010 in Irene south of Pretoria, South Africa. We have no idea what the woman or the rooster were doing. Photos by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Europe)

Picture(s) of the Day

WE CAN’T (H)EAR YOU. Brazilian supporters with a banner reading "we cannot hear the vuvuzela", in reference to the horns found everywhere during South Africa's World Cup, pose as spectators arrive outside Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban before the Group G 2010 World Cup football match between Brazil and Portugal on June 25, 2010. (Photo by Rajest Jantilal/AFP)
TRADITIONAL FARE. Kentish strawberries are seen for sale on Day Five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2010 in London, England. (June 24, 2010 - Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe)
GOAL LINE STAND? You know we love the ruggers with the pink unis. Who doesn’t? Here, Chris Lawrence of the Tigers scores a try in the corner during the round 16 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at WIN Jubilee Stadium on June 25, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac)
SPEAKING OF PINK. David Warner of Middlesex in action during the Friends Provident T20 match between Middlesex and Kent at Lords on June 24, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe)



Friday, June 25, 2010

Party At Gary Williams’ House?

N.C. State will hold a press conference today at 2 pm and the word on the street is that Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow will be named the new A.D. for the Wolfpack.

Yow's late sister, Kay, was the women's basketball coach at N.C. State for 34 years. A Hall of Fame coach for the Wolfpack, Kay Yow died of cancer last year after a long, public battle.

The Maryland Yow is allegedly not on the best of terms with iconic Men's Basketball coach and 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Champion Gary Williams.

To read more, click here and click here.

Georgia Tech’s Favors First Drafted From ACC

For the what seems like the millionth year in a row, the ACC has had one of its hoopster selected in the first round of the NBA Draft held last night in New York.

NBA Draft – First Round Selections

3rd - Derrick Favors, GT - NJ Nets

8th - Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest - LA Clippers

13th - Ed Davis, North Carolina - Toronto Raptors

23rd - Trevor Booker, Clemson - Minnesota Timberwolves (*traded to Washington)

28th - Greivis Vasquez, Maryland - Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Draft – Second-Round Selections

46th - Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech - Phoenix Suns

50th - Solomon Alibi, Florida State - Dallas Mavericks (*traded to Toronto)

57th - Ryan Reid, Florida State - Indiana Pacers

60th – Dwayne Collins, Miami – Pheonix Suns.

To read more, click here.


(Pictured Vasquez, Davis, Aminu and Favors)

(Everybody In The) World (Cares Except the U.S.) Cup Update: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Based on the photos, guess who won and who lost.

Italy? Or Slovakia?

Two World Cup traditional powers - France and Italy were knocked out of group play.

Nobody seems to upset about that unless they're French or Italian.

Ex-Hurricane QB Marve At Home in Indiana?

Robert Marve who couldn’t get situated with Randy Shannon and the Miami Hurricanes ultimately tossed in his sun block and transferred to Purdue. Turns out the Boilermakers were in need of a traditional quarterback…

To read more, click here.

Former Blue Devil Quits Villanova

Redshirt sophomore forward Taylor King has voluntarily withdrawn from the Villanova basketball program.

The school said in a statement Monday that King plans to remain at Villanova to complete his degree requirements.

King transferred to Villanova in the summer of 2008 after one year at Duke. A McDonald’s All-American at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., King sat out the 2008-09 season as a transfer student and then played in 32 games for the Wildcats in 2009-10, averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 19.0 minutes per game.

He recorded a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds in a 97-89 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 9.

Evidently, King has a rep for being a bit of a prima donna and egomaniac. In addition, he may be suffering from "Ralph Sampson Syndrome" - a condition that affects players taller than 6'9" who want to shoot threes and play point guard.

Jeez...Can You Help A Brother Out?

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitches to Brian Bannister of the Kansas City Royals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Strasburg gave up one run and struck out nine, but was saddled with the loss when his mates failed to score a single run.


(Photos by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Picture(s) of the Day

WONDER WALL? John Wall of Kentucky stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted with the first pick by the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York. How are those Oasis brothers getting along these days? (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ZIGTECH SLASH? Here, Wall shoots hoops during a press conference to unveil his new state-of-the-art Reebok basketball shoe ZigTech Slash at Arena Event Space on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for Reebok)
TINSEL TOWN TAR HEEL. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak talks to reporters at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in El Segundo, Calif., Wednesday, June 23, 2010.
FLYING. Michael Tinsley runs in the Mens 400 Meter Hurdles preliminaries during the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

ACC NCAA Baseball: Clemson Still In, FSU Out

CLEMSON 6, Oklahoma 4 – Tigers one win from CWS Finals after Wimbeldonesque multi-day game.

To read more, click here.

TCU 11, FLORIDA STATE 7 – Frog's grand salami eliminates Seminoles from tournament.

To read more, click here.

(Photo: Clemson third baseman John Hinson.)

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm… Last September, T.A.H. Worldwide Media Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. went off to Toronto to make two television commercials for her full-time employer Fauquier Health (that would be Faw-keer, or thereabouts). Good sports fan that she is, she mangaged to squeeze in most of a Blue Jays game...

The commercials were meant to be light and funny and to point out that patients receive individualized care. Mission accomplished. When a friend who works for an ad agency in the Big Apple and who recently ram-rodded a spot you enjoyed during the Super Bowl saw the cleverly done Fauquier Health spot, she quickly said, “I like them, but what up with the ‘f*** your health?’” We laughed. Ha, ha, “f*** your health,” now that’s funny!

We don’t notice the odd pronunciation of Fauquier – as in Fauquier County – as we’ve been hanging around these parts for some 45 years. Seems as the county – located just four counties and 50 miles from the capital of the free world – is named after one Lord Francis Fauquier (1703-1768) who served as governor of our great Commonwealth from 1758 until the day he croaked.

Fauquier was born in England, but, according to back channels, had great teeth (relatively speaking)) for his time. His father, Dr. John Francis Fauquier, was born in France, hence the faw-keerFauquier Hospital was recently renamed Fauquier Health, and the rest is history… Young A.T. can add “Executive producer of viral commercial seen on national television” to her already impressive resume! Nice, Young A.T., NICE!

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Picture of the Day

AND WE THOUGHT CRICKET WAS SLOW. John Isner of USA (L) poses after winning on the third day of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France (C) with Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. The match is the longest in Grand Slam history.

To read more, click here.

(Photo by Alastair Grant-Pool/Getty Images)

Picture of the Da(l)y

OH MY. Our favorite golfer, John Daly hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. We generally like Big John’s crazy pants, but this pair is a bit much…

(Getty Images)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

(Everbdoy In The) World (Cares Except The U.S.) Cup Update

Stoppage time:
U.S.: Landon Donovan scores a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody is really excited.

We're not sure why...

A few minutes later, U.S.A. wins 1-0.

First time our boys have won their "group" since 1930 as they advance to the Sweet Sixteen or whatever FIFA (whoever they are) calls it (Knockout Round)...

(Everybody In The) World (Cares Except The U.S.) Cup Update: T.A.H. Live Blogging

Whistle blows.
U.S. kicks ball.
(repeat)
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
U.S. scores.
Cheating ref calls offsides and nullifies goal.
Replays show refs are cheaters.
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
U.S. misses open shot.
U.S. kicks ball.
(repeat)
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
Halftime

Whistle blows.
U.S. kicks ball.
(repeat)
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
U.S. shot hits goal post.
U.S. misses rebound.

U.S. kicks ball.
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
U.S. kicks ball.
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)
U.S. kicks ball.
Algeria kicks ball.
(repeat)

More later.

Former Hokie De Jonge Fades to T33 in U.S. Open

Nobody expected former Virginia Tech Hokie Brendon de Jonge to win the U.S. Open after leading the first round with a 69 at Pebble Beach last Thursday.

De Jonge steadily slid backward shooting 73 on Friday and 77 on both Saturday and Sunday. He shot 296 (+6) to tie for 33rd earning $44,472.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Clemson Winning CWS Game Against Sooners

The Oklahoma-Clemson game at the College World Series was suspended because of weather Tuesday night with Clemson leading 6-1 going to the top of the sixth inning.

The winners' bracket game will be resumed at 4:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

To read more, click here.

(Photo: Clemson starting pitcher Scott Weismann delivers against Oklahoma in the first inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 22, 2010. AP Photo)

(Everybody In The) World (Cares Except The U.S.) Cup Update: Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…

Mr. Moritz to young nineteen-year-old Fabian Moritz: Ummm, maybe you should go to college or get a job…

Wait, this will be a job if it continues to catch on!

Here, Moritz poses behind a stadium he constructed with Lego bricks, at his home in Laatzen near by Hanover, northern Germany on June 21, 2010.

Moritz re-enacts World Championship football matches with Lego figures and creates films in stop motion, which have become a Internet sensation and landed him a lot of attention. This involves taking an individual photo for every frame of the video, and moving the Lego pieces by hand in between. One goal can require up to 80 photos.

(Photo by Fabian Bimmer/AFP/Getty Images)

UNC's Yates Tops Rivals.com List

Unfortunately, it’s the “Bounce Back” list. As in "needs to bounce back..."

Yates, according to the college football gurus, along with Maryland’s RB Da’rel Scott and FSU’s DE Markus White, need to rebound from sub-par seasons last year if their squads are going to improve their lot in the ACC come September.

To read more, click here.

Longtime ACC Official Barakat Dies

Retired Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner Fred Barakat died Monday. He was 71.

In a statement, ACC commissioner John Swofford remembered Barakat as someone who “served college athletics well throughout his career, and was a significant and impactful influence especially within the basketball community.”

Various reports say Barakat died of a heart attack.
Barakat, a 1961 graduate of Assumption College, joined the ACC in 1981 as the coordinator of basketball officials and held numerous duties, including manager of the men’s basketball tournament. He retired in 2007 as associate commissioner of men’s basketball operations.
He spent 11 years as head coach at Fairfield before joining the ACC, compiling a 160-128 record and leading the Stags to three NITs.

To read more in the Greensboro News-Record, click here.

Picture(s) of the Day

DAY AT THE BEACH. A man carves letters reading the Moses Mabhida Stadium at a beach in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. South Korean World Cup soccer team will play their group B match against Nigeria at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. (Photo by Lee Jin-Man, AP Photo)
VERY BERRY BEAR. A bear cub enjoys some wild raspberry's on Virginia's Skyline Drive yesterday. (Photo by Edward Payne/My Neck Of The Woods Photos)

Monday, June 21, 2010

ACC In The CWS - Clemson, FSU Win

CLEMSON 6, Arizona State 3 – Clemson became the first team to beat Arizona State ace Seth Blair with a 6-3 victory over the top-seeded Sun Devils in the College World Series on Monday.

The Tigers tagged Blair (12-1) for five runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings to advance to a winner's bracket game against Oklahoma on Tuesday.

The Sun Devils (53-8) meet South Carolina in an elimination game, also Tuesday.

Casey Harman pitched six strong innings for the Tigers, who continued their postseason surge. Clemson (44-23) came into the CWS averaging 11 runs and 15 hits in its last five games, and pounded 14 singles off Blair and three relievers. Every Clemson starter had at least one hit.
The game was scheduled for Sunday night, but rain forced it to be postponed until Monday.

To read more, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 8, Florida 5 – Left Filder/Pitcher Mike McGee hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the third inning, laid down a squeeze bunt in the fourth and moved in from left field to pick up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth.

“Pitching, it’s great to end the game and get the save. I like to be in control,” McGee said. “But hitting the home run is the best feeling there is.”

The Seminoles (48-19) will play Wednesday night against the loser of Monday night’s TCU-UCLA game. The Gators (47-17) lost for the fourth time in five meetings this season with their Sunshine State rival.

To read more, click here.

(Photos: Clemson coach Jack Leggett and Arizona State coach Tim Esmay, and Florida's Tyler Thompson (18) runs from Florida State's Stephen Cardullo in a rundown between first and second bases during the eighth inning.)

Pictures of the Day

IRISH FATHER’S DAY. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell poses with his father Ken and the US Open Trophy after winning the 110th U.S. Open at the US Open golf championship in Pebble Beach, California on June 20, 2010. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
NICE PANTS. Japan's Ryo Ishikawa putts on the 2nd hole during the final round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links at the US Open golf championship in Pebble Beach, California on June 20, 2010.
Nice, Ryo, NICE!
(Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

KOBE LOVE. Fans display their signage for the Los Angeles Lakers during their victory parade for the the NBA basketball champion team on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 87-79 in 7 games for the franchise's 16 NBA title. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
BALL ONE? South African captain Graeme Smith watches a ball from West Indies all-rounder Sulieman Benn pass by on day four of the second test at the Warner Park ground in the St Kitts capital of Basseterre on June 21, 2010. South Africa's grip on the second Test against West Indies was weakened on Sunday after Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash hit hundreds. Chanderpaul was undefeated on the top score so far of 151, and Nash made 114, as West Indies reached 424 for four, replying to the South Africans' first innings total of 543 for six declared, at the close on the third day.
You got that, right?
(Photo by Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

ACC In The CWS

Saturday, June 19
TCU 8, FLORIDA STATE 1

Sunday, June 20
CLEMSON vs. Arizona State, Omaha, Neb., 7:00 PM, ESPN2

Monday, June 21
Florida vs. FLORIDA STATE, Omaha, Neb., 4:30 PM, ESPN2

To read more, click here.

Pictures of the Day

DOWN, BUT CERTAINLY NOT OUT. Tiger Woods celebrates his second shot on the 18th hole with his caddie Steve Williams during the third round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links at the US Open golf championship in Pebble Beach, California on June 19, 2010.

Tiger shot 66 to get back in the hunt.

(Photo by Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images)
O’CUP FULL OF CASH. Paddy O’Prado, who finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby, won the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup Gr. III yesterday at Colonial Downs in New Kent, VA.

(Photo by Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)


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