Friday, October 29, 2010

ACC Football Saturday

October 30, 2010

CLEMSON (-7) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 12:00 PM., ACC Network (XM 190/SIRIUS212)

MIAMI (-15) @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

DUKE @ Navy (-13), (Midshipmen, 4,400 students, Annapolis, MD), Annapolis, Md., 3:30 PM, TV: CBSCS (XM 192/SIRIUS 215)

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,850 students, Williamsburg, VA) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-21.5), Chapel Hill, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

WAKE FOREST @ MARYLAND (-5.5), College Park, Md., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

(Editor's Note: Point spreads for recreational purposes only.)

Wolfpack Rallies to Defeat Florida State

Their stats were virtually identical – FSU’s Christian Ponder was 17 for 28 for 196 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, and 3 sacks (QB rating 131.3) while N.C. State’s Russell Wilson was 18 for 28 and 178 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and 3 sacks (QB rating of 122.3) – yet Wilson seemed much best and much more likely to lead his team to victory last night in Raleigh.

Ultimately, that’s exactly what he did as the Wolfpack knocked off the Noles’  when Wilson completed a fourth down pass for the game's winning score and Ponder fumbled away FSU's last chance.

Wilson also ran for three scores for the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-1 ACC), who trailed 21-7 at the break before ending a three-game losing streak to the Noles (6-2, 4-1). With the win, NC State surpassed its victory total for last season while earning a key victory in a matchup of Atlantic Division contenders.

Trailing 24-21, the Wolfpack drove to the FSU 1-yard line and appeared to have a winning score within easy reach. But the Seminoles stopped Wilson on a pair of sneaks, then stuffed James Washington's leap over the line on third down. N.C. State appeared ready to kick a field goal, but called timeout and sent the offense back out on the field.

This time, Wilson rolled to his right on a play-action fake, then found Bryan alone near the back of the end zone for the 28-24 lead.

Still, Ponder - who ran for a pair of scores and threw for one - nearly rallied the Seminoles, driving Florida State all the way to the NC State four yard line in the final minute. But on what looked like a play-action fake, Ponder fumbled when tailback Ty Jones appeared to bump him as he ran by. Oops.

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving pounced on the loose ball at the nine with 48 seconds left, sealing a dramatic victory.

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Buster Posey Picture of The Day

NO BUST HERE. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants celebrates scoring a run with teammate Juan Uribe in the eighth inning of Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Picture of the Day

THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE. Cody Ross slides into home safely and enthusiastically in the seventh inning before the tag of Matt Treanor  of the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won and lead the Series 2-0. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ACC Thursday Night Football

#16 FLORIDA STATE (-3.5) @ N.C. STATE, Raleigh, N.C., 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 141/143)(SIRIUS 121/122)

(Editor’s Note: Point spread for recreational purposes only.)

Washington Post: Hokie Hoops Focused On Big Dance

Yesterday was media day for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team.

The talk quickly turned to the Hokies pre-season #2 conference ranking and getting off the NCAA bubble which has burst out from under them the past two seasons.

According to the Wash Post, head coach Seth Greenberg “insisted that an NCAA Tournament berth would not define the success or failure of Virginia Tech during the 2010-11 season.”

"We can't control other people's perceptions," he said, emphasizing that the goal every year is to make the NCAA Tournament. "We can only do our job."

The Hokies six-member senior class has now won 65 games at Virginia Tech and could finish this season as the winningest class in school history. Coming off a record-setting 25-win season last year, the Hokies are ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches poll, and last week were rated behind only Duke in the ACC's preseason poll. Greenberg's rhetoric aside, there's only one logical step forward for this group.

"We're tired of playing in the NIT," said forward Jeff Allen. "NCAA Tournament, it's the big stage. We're seniors, that's the stage we need to be on."

That said, injuries are already a problem…

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Bad Golf Outfit of the Day

Look, we know October is breast cancer awareness month and we’re all in. That said, this is not a good look, bro.

Here, Rickie Fowler of the good old U.S. of A. hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during day one of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at The Mines Resort & Golf Club on October 28, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

(Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Video of the Day

By way of The Dagger:

“If Kendall Marshall wasn't fully aware before he arrived on campus how passionate North Carolina fans are, the Tar Heels freshman got a glimpse within his first month in Chapel Hill.

Marshall was apparently walking through the parking lot at the Dean Dome in early September when he encountered 4-year-old Julia and her father. At the urging of her dad, Julia begins rattling off the names of all the players on this season's North Carolina team, a feat an amazed Marshall captured via cell-phone camera and later posted to YouTube.”

Pictures of the Day – Game 1 World Series

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME. The San Francisco Giants play against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
BOAT DRINKS! Boaters and fans congregate in McCovey Cove outside of AT&T Park during Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
BUMMER. Ginger ales is gonna help this...Josh Hamilton looks on from the dugout against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
RESUME PADDING.  Adding to an already stellar rookie resume, former Seminole Buster Posey can now add "won World Series debut" to the list.  Here he celebrates with Edgar Renteria during Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FASHION STATEMENT. A not-to-terribly-svelt pajama wearing Bengie Molina of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double in the sixth inning in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EARLY HALLOWEEN. A fan celebrates after Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in San Francisco. The Giants won 11-7 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ACC Players of the Week

Andre Ellington
OFFENSIVE BACK - Andre Ellington, Clemson, RB, r-So., 5-10, 190, Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley) Ellington had a career-high 166 yards rushing in 20 attempts for two touchdowns, along with one scoring reception, to lead Clemson to a 27-13 win over Georgia Tech. He scored first on a 55-yard run in Clemson's first possession, and then on a 42-yard run in the second period. Ellington caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Kyle Parker for his third touchdown of the day. He also had 79 yards on kickoff returns to finish with 257 all-purpose running yards, also a career best.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Tyler Horn, Miami, OL, Jr., 6-4, 295, Memphis, Tenn. (University) Horn helped power the Miami offense to 33 points against a North Carolina unit that entered the game ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense. The `Canes center graded out at 97 percent and registered six pancake blocks against the Tar Heels. Miami racked up 442 yards of total offense in the game.

Allen Bailey
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Allen Bailey, Miami, DL, Sr., 6-4, 285, Sapelo, Ga. (McIntosh County Academy) Bailey had a career evening with a game-high 3.5 sacks for a total loss of 13 yards in the `Canes 33-10 win over North Carolina. Miami sacked UNC quarterback T.J. Yates five times, the most by an opposing defense versus the Tar Heels this season. He was also second on the team with six tackles in the game.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Antwine Perez, Maryland, DB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Westville Grove, N.J. (Woodrow Wilson/USC) Perez came up big defensively for Maryland in its 24-21 win over Boston College. The senior had a hand in all three BC turnovers, collecting two interceptions and recovering a fumble, as the Terps scored 14 points off those miscues. Perez helped the Terps take control of the game in the second quarter as the Eagles turned the ball over on three of their final four possessions of the half. Perez, who is tied for second in the ACC in passes defended (1.29 per game), also had four tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss.

Danny O'Brien
SPECIALIST - Terence Fells-Danzer, Virginia, FB, Jr., 6-1, 250, Culpeper, Va. (Culpeper) Fells-Danzer made up for a fumbled kickoff return to open the game in a big way in Virginia's 48-21 victory against Eastern Michigan. In the third quarter, after EMU had scored on a 53-yard run to close the score to 24-21, the Eagles decided to short kick to keep the ball away from the ACC's leading kickoff returner. The short kick came to Fells-Danzer, and he returned it 70 yards for a score that started a 24-0 run by the Cavaliers. It was the second-shortest kickoff return for a TD in Virginia history. Earlier in the game Fells-Danzer, who played linebacker his first two years at Virginia, recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career. Fells-Danzer has already been honored as the national kickoff returner of the week.

ROOKIE - Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, Fr., 6-3, 215, Kernersville, N.C. (East Forsyth) Starting the fourth game of his collegiate career, O'Brien had an efficient and error-free performance in directing the Terps to their first road win in 11 tries. He completed a career-high 26 passes on 39 attempts (66.7 percent) for 179 yards against BC which ranked third in the ACC in total defense. He also matched a career high with three TD passes, but did not toss an interception. Most importantly, he led the Terps to scores when given the opportunity. Maryland was 3-for-3 (all TDs) in red-zone opportunities and converted two of BC's three turnovers into touchdowns. O'Brien ranks fifth nationally among FBS freshmen in passing efficiency (127.9).

Adios Moose and Squirrel

Rocky and Bullwinkle creator Alexander Anderson Jr has died at the age of 90.

The animation artist spent his last days at an assisted living facility in Pebble Beach, California where he had been living with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born back in September 1920 in Berkeley, Calif. and attended the California School for Fine Arts in San Francisco and University of California at Berkeley and during the war he worked as a Navy spy.

Anderson honed his animation chops at Terrytoons, the New York studio that created "Mighty Mouse," "Heckel and Jeckel," "Tom Terrific" and "Deputy Dawg," working with his uncle Paul Terry.

In 1948, Anderson joined forces with childhood friend Jay Ward creating such landmark television cartoons as "Crusader Rabbit," "Dudley Do-Right," and the zany Cold War characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, his sidekick Bullwinkle the Moose, and crafty Russian spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

His main achievement is definitely Rocky and Bullwinkle, which remains one of the most recognized cartoon series in the world, and came to life following a dream that Anderson had in which he was playing poker with a moose.

ACC Lots O' Links

Paul Johnson
From Heather Dinich at ESPN's ACC blog.

Whoever would have thought the biggest problem with Paul Johnson's offense would be the lack of a big-play wide receiver?

It would also help if the Jackets could win the battle up front.

Maryland makes the stops when it counts -- on fourth down and in the red zone.

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins gives quarterback Kyle Parker some margin for error when he throws.

NC State kicker Josh Czajkowski has a pregame routine he always sticks to. Some might say he's even a little superstitious.

Virginia sophomore tight end Paul Freedman has learned how to score -- and celebrate it.

Good news, bad news for the Canes. Good news? Seantrel Henderson has been as good as advertised. Bad news? He has to be, because Orlando Franklin is hurt.

It was a long process, but UNC cornerback Kendric Burney has finally been cleared to play.

Thursday night's game looms large for the Atlantic Division standings.

Mike London's academic requirement didn't end when the season started -- just ask the three players who were benched this past weekend.

Virginia Tech's defense has been preparing for Georgia Tech since the offseason.

Can Virginia snap its nine-game losing streak in ACC games? Not if the Canes have anything to say about it.

There are two ways of looking at Maryland's season. I say combine 'em both for the most accurate picture.

BC is in danger of its first losing season since 1998, and there isn't much coach Frank Spaziani can do about it.

Ryan Williams
Clemson running back Andre Ellington will face one of the nation's best run defenses at Boston College, but can the Eagles keep it up without some of their injured starters?

Is there an upset brewing this weekend in Chapel Hill? The ingredients are certainly there for William & Mary to knock off the Tar Heels -- including former UNC quarterback Mike Paulus.

NC State is rested and ready for the Noles, and it's been a while since a game like this meant so much to the Pack's chances at winning the division.

Playing Thursday night games in the state of North Carolina has become routine for the Seminoles.

Miami fans should be thanking Vaughn Telemaque -- not only for his streak of takeaways, but also for his much-needed leadership.

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was recovering from more than just a hamstring strain -- it was a minor tear.

Who is Gerald Posey?

You may know his as “Buster” Posey, the former FSU Seminole star who has made a name for himself during his rookie season with World Series-bound San Francisco Giants.

The Leesburg, Georgia native arrives in the Fall Classic by way of Florida State. A three-year starter for the Noles, in 2008, as a junior, he hit .463 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs, won the Johnny Bench Award and was named the 2008 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. In that same year he also won the Dick Howser Trophy, and the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best player in amateur baseball.

Posey was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 draft and promptly signed a $6.2 million bonus – the largest up-front bonus in MLB draft history at the time. He was invited to the Giants Spring Training in 2009. Following 2009 Spring Training, Posey was assigned to the San Francisco Giants Class A Affiliate San Jose Giants.

In July of 2009, Posey was promoted to the Giants' Triple A team, the Fresno Grizzlies, and in May he was called up to the Bigs.

Once there, Posey lived up to the hype being named the NL Player of the Month less than two months later. The 23-year-old catcher ended the regular season with a .305 batting average and is the leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year.

In Game 4 of the NLCS vs. Philadelphia, Posey turned in his most complete performance— one that went down in the history books. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, becoming the first Giants rookie to ever have four hits in a playoff game, not to mention he became just the fourth catcher in MLB history to record four hits and two RBI in the postseason — as well as the 13th player in major-league history to have four hits in a playoff game for players 23-and-younger.

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Tar Heels’ Burney Finally Cleared To Play

North Carolina's Kendric Burney has been cleared to play and will make his 2010 debut Saturday against William & Mary.

The senior cornerback has missed the first seven games after being suspended six games for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules and then held out last week against Miami while UNC officials worked with the Suits In Kansas to determine his status.

Burney has nine career interceptions and is in his fourth season as a starter. Prior to this season, he had started all 38 games in his career and was predicted to be taken early in the NFL draft.

Burney’s return is much needed as the Heels secondary has been plagued by injuries which have further exasperated the suspensions. Safety Da’Norris Searcy suffered a mild concussion last Saturday against Miami, cornerback Mywan Jackson left the game with a groin injury, and freshman corner Tre Boston injured his ankle.

Pictures of the Day

SO FAR, NOT SO GOOD. The Great LeBron, Dwayne and Chris experiment got off to a thumbs down start last night in Boston.  Here James reacts during the fourth quarter of the Celtics opening night 88-80 victory at the TD Banknorth Garden on October 26, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  James had 31 points, 4 rebounds and three assists, Wade scored 13 with six assist and Bosh had 8 points and 8 rebounds. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED. Boaters and fans congregate in McCovey Cove outside of AT&T Park prior to Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOME SWEET (AWAY FROM) HOME. Furnishings and items are in the den of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, part of a new exhibit titled, "John Wooden - The Den," seen in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on the campus in Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. The Wooden famiy loaned the contents of his den, featuring everything from numerous awards and medals to arts and crafts given to him by his grandchildren, to the school's athletic department. The exhibit is an near-exact replica of the Encino condominium den where he spent a majority of his post-UCLA years after retiring in 1975. Decorated by his wife, Nell, the room served as Wooden's place of work for more than 30 years.

Monday, October 25, 2010

ACC Football: Stuff You Probably Already Know

VIRGINIA TECH 44, DUKE 7 – Early Duke turnovers and a failed fourth down conversion open the doors and the Hokies come crashing through. Tyrod Taylor threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and No. 23 Virginia Tech rolled.

MARYLAND 24, BOSTON COLLEGE 21 – Terps continue to make the most of what they have as the Fridge fights for his job. Maryland safety Antwine Perez had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and Danny O'Brien threw for three touchdowns.

CLEMSON 27, GEORGIA TECH 13 – In the course of every season, some teams improve dramatically and others stumble and fall. You know which is which. The Tigers’ Andre Ellington rushed for a career-high 166 yards and two long touchdowns as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech.

VIRGINIA 48, Eastern Michigan 21 – Marc Verica threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and punter Jimmy Howell also had a passing score.

MIAMI 33, NORTH CAROLINA 10 – The Tar Heels failed to take advantage of several early scoring opportunities and the Canes made them pay. Jacory Harris threw three touchdown passes, Damien Berry ran for his fourth straight game of 100-plus yards and the 25th-ranked Hurricanes scored 30 straight points.

ACC In The Polls

AP Top 25: Week 9

Another upset at the top as previous #1 Oklahoma loses to Missouri.

1. Oregon (44), 2. Boise St. (11), 3. Auburn (3), 4. TCU (2), 5. Michigan St., 6. Alabama, 7. Missouri, 8. Utah, 9. Wisconsin, 10. Ohio St., 11. Oklahoma, 12. LSU, 13. Stanford 6-1, 14. Nebraska, 15. Arizona,


17. South Carolina, 18. Iowa, 19. Arkansas, 20. Oklahoma St.,


22. MIAMI (FL)

23. Mississippi St., 24. USC

Others Receiving Votes:

Nevada 32, Hawaii 19, Michigan 9, West Virginia 8, Syracuse 8, San Diego St. 7, East Carolina 7, Oregon St. 5, Navy 5, Northwestern 4, Florida 2, N.C. STATE 1, Northern Illinois 1, MARYLAND 1

Meanwhile over in the BCS (Bullies Carrying on Stupidly), Auburn blew by Oregon and Boise State into first place in the BCS standings Sunday. The unbeaten Tigers (8-0) vaulted from fourth to the top spot, putting the Southeastern Conference in line for a fifth straight appearance in the national title game.

Oregon (7-0) remained second, which works just fine for the Ducks because if they win out they will likely play in the BCS title game in January.

Boise State (6-0) was still stuck in third place.

Former Wahoo Swimmer Dies in U.A.E. Open Water Race

Fran Crippen, a star swimmer at Virginia who returned to world-class competition last year to chase his dream of being an Olympian, died during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

Crippen, 26, reportedly was struggling late in the 10-kilometer race, held in 100-degree weather, and told a team coach he wasn't feeling well. When he failed to finish, other competitors dove back in to look for him, along with divers. His body was found about two hours later.

Maddy Crippen, Fran’s sister, said her brother had voiced concerns about safety.

"My goal is to talk to everyone who was there and to hear exactly who was there and what safety measures were there," Maddy Crippen said of her brother in an appearance on "Good Morning, America."

Although the findings of an autopsy have not been released, preliminary reports indicate Fran Crippen, 26, died of a heart attack near the end of the 10-kilometer race off the shore of the United Arab Emirates.

Crippen, a two-time ACC Swimmer of the Year and a 12-time All-American as a Cavalier, got into the open water circuit after he graduated in 2006. The 10K open water event was first featured in the Olympics last summer in Beijing, and Crippen was hoping to qualify for the 2014 games.

Duke Routs Sisters of the Poor In Opening Exhibition Game

Duke freshman Preston Contnoir, photo by Travis Long/RN&O.
 Kyle Singler scored 31 points to help Duke rout Saint Augustine’s 141-68 on Saturday night in an exhibition game.

Andre Dawkins added 20 points off the bench for the Blue Devils, who had seven players score in double figures in their first game since winning the NCAA championship in April. Freshman Kyrie Irving started at point guard and had 17 points for Duke.

Duke scored the first 16 points of the game and led 30-1 by the time the Falcons made their first field goal eight minutes into the first half. The Blue Devils closed the first half on a 12-2 run en route to a 73-25 lead at the break.

Chris Johnson, Jon Kindred and Keith McAllister scored 11 points apiece to lead Saint Augustine’s.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was honored before the game for leading the U.S. national team to the gold medal at this summer’s world championships in Turkey.

Pictures of the Day

Toni L. Sandys-The Washington Post
PICK SIX. Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins points to the end zone as teammate DeAngelo Hall takes an interception in for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14 thanks to four interceptions by the former Hokie.  The four picks ties the NFL record. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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