Thursday, August 16, 2012

Terps' QB Out For Season


AP - Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown will miss the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, a severe blow to a team that now must rely on two untested freshmen to run the offense.
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Brown, a redshirt junior, tore his right ACL during a non-contract practice session Tuesday night.

''We were running a two-minute drill. He broke through the pocket, was running downfield and went to make a cut,'' coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday. ''It's a cut he's made a thousand times. It just so happens this time his knee didn't hold up.''

Brown took over as the starter last year for Danny O'Brien, who transferred after the 2011 season. Brown led the Terps with five rushing touchdowns and ran for 647 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was supposed to be a key component in Maryland's bid to bounce back from a 2-10 season. But now, in Edsall's second year at the school, the Terrapins must rely on true freshmen Perry Hillis and Caleb Rowe to play quarterback.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Last Word On The Olympics: North Carolina Kicks Iran’s Butt 19-14


By Laura Keeley/Raleigh News & Observer

If North Carolina were a country, it would have finished 13th in the medal standings.
The 19 total medals won in London by athletes with strong ties to the Tar Heel state would rank right behind Ukraine (20) and just ahead of Canada (18).

What’s more, the state’s haul of 10 gold medals would rank eighth in the world.
Individually, N.C. State’s Cullen Jones led the way with three medals – one gold, two silver – and fellow swimmers Ricky Berens and Nick Thoman came back with a pair apiece.

Naturally, all that hardware led to a bit of extra attention.

“Going through security took 20 minutes B/c they pulled all the medals out. #WiErD!!!” Jones tweeted. “Good thing I have extra time so i don’t miss my flight”

And now that the flame has officially been extinguished on the games of the XXX Olympiad have officially ended, there’s time to revisit some of the state’s most memorable performances:
N.C. STATE'S CULLEN JONES (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
GOLD
• Ricky Berens, swimming (Mens 4x200 freestyle relay)
• Charlie Houchin, swimming (Mens 4x200 freestyle relay)
• Davis Tarwater, swimming (Mens 4x200 freestyle relay)
• Cullen Jones, swimming (Mens 4x100 medley relay)
• Nick Thoman, swimming (Mens 4x100 medley relay)
• Lauren Perdue, swimming (Womens 4x200 freestyle relay)
• Tobin Heath, soccer
• Heather O’Reilly, soccer
• Caroline Lind, Rowing – Womens eight
• Chris Paul, basketball

With Team USA’s 107-100 victory over Spain, Chris Paul joined Michael Jordan as the state’s only men’s basketball players to win two gold medals. Paul also became the first Demon Deacon to win multiple medals.

As far as the Triangle schools go, N.C. State and UNC led the way, thanks to Jones’s three medals, including his gold in the 4x100 medley relay.
LAUREN PERDUE WITH LEBRON JAMES

The Tar Heels have long buoyed the women’s soccer national team, and this year’s version featured two UNC alumni (a third, Meghan Klingenberg, was also in London as an alternate). Tobin Heath started in the semifinal and final matchers Heather O’Reilly became the first Tar Heel soccer player to win three Olympic golds.

SILVER
• Rickey Berens, swimming (Mens 4x100 freestyle relay)
• Cullen Jones, swimming (Mens 4x100 freestyle relay)
• Cullen Jones, swimming (Mens 50 freestyle)
• Nick Thoman, swimming (Mens 100 meter backstroke)
• Megan Hodge, volleyball
• Abby Johnston, diving (synchronized three-meter diving)
• Manteo Mitchell, track (Mens 4x400 meter relay)

Mitchell finishing his part of the perliminary Mens 4x400 meter relay despite breaking his left leg in the middle of the race was named one of the top 10 moments of the London Olympics by the Associated Press. The Western Carolina alum who currently works at the school as a graduate assistant collected a silver medal when the U.S. was upset by the Bahamas, who broke the U.S.’s winning streak in that event dating back to 1984.

Johnston’s silver, meanwhile, was the first diving medal for the U.S. in 12 years and first ever in a synchronized event.
CAROLINE LIND (4thL) CELEBRATES WITH HER TEAMATES (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“It’s been a dry spell,” Johnston said of the diving team’s medal drought. “It wasn’t spoken, but there was a lot of, ‘we need to get a medal at this game.’ To be able to stand up there on the first day and do that was really special.”

BRONZE
• Nick McCrory, diving (synchronized 10-meter platform diving)
• Robyn Gayle, soccer (Canada)

Like Johnston, McCrory took a year off from Duke to train for the games. And one day after Johnson made U.S. diving history, McCrory added a bronze medal to the team’s haul.

“It was incredible, McCrory said of his moment on the podium. “It didn’t hit me for a couple of days. But just being up there and seeing the flag raised and everything, it was an amazing experience, one I’ll certainly never forget.”

2012-13 ACC Football According To Mike Huguenin

The order of finish:

Atlantic Division: 1. Florida State; 2. Clemson; 3. North Carolina State; 4. Wake Forest; 5. Boston College; 6. Maryland

Coastal Division: 1. Virginia Tech; 2. Georgia Tech; 3. North Carolina; 4. Miami; 5. Virginia; 6. Duke

THE PLAYERS
Best offensive player: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins was a five-star recruit who lived up the hype last season. He had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards (14.9 yards per catch) and 12 TDs. He also was effective on wide receiver sweeps and as a kick returner (25.0 yards per return, with a TD). Watkins had 17 touches that covered at least 30 yards and seven that covered at least 50 yards.

Best defensive player: North Carolina State CB David Amerson. Only the most ardent Wolfpack fan knew Amerson before the start of the 2011 season. Now, every college fan should know about him. Amerson had one of the best seasons in NCAA history in '11: He had 13 interceptions (one off the single-season record), more than 77 teams. He took two of those picks back for scores. Amerson also had 55 tackles and five pass breakups.

Offensive player on the spot: Florida State QB E.J. Manuel. If FSU is to break through and become nationally prominent again, Manuel needs to lead the way. Job One will be staying healthy. He has started 17 games but missed seven in the past two seasons. He is a good runner and possesses a strong arm. He threw for 2,666 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. But he has just 24 TDs and 18 picks in his career, and is looking for a strong senior campaign.

Defensive player on the spot: Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes. Though he is coming off a disappointing 2011 season, Rhodes remains a favorite of NFL scouts. He was a freshman All-America selection in 2010 but lost his starting job last season. He had 43 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups last season; he had four picks and 12 breakups in 2010. With fellow starting CB Greg Reid recently dismissed from the team, Rhodes needs to play to the level he attained in 2011 or the back end of FSU's defense could suffer.

Breakout offensive star: North Carolina WR Erik Highsmith. Highsmith, a senior, set career-highs with 51 catches and five TDs last fall. That's when he was the Heels' No. 2 option behind the since-departed Dwight Jones. Highsmith has to make the jump from complementary receiver to go-to guy. He should be a 70-catch, 10-TD guy this fall. One issue, though, is that no other returning UNC wide receiver caught more than 14 passes last season, so Highsmith will be the focal point of opposing defenses. He should thrive anyway.

Breakout defensive star: Virginia Tech FS Detrick Bonner. Bonner started four times at cornerback as a redshirt freshman last season, including in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan, and made the move to free safety this spring. He is physical and athletic (38-inch vertical jump) and has good instincts, and his coverage abilities from his time at corner should translate well to his new position.

Best offensive newcomer: Miami RB Randy "Duke" Johnson. UM needs playmakers, and Johnson, a touted true freshman who led Miami Norland to a state title last fall, should provide just that. He rushed for 1,957 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, and Lamar Miller's decision to enter the NFL draft after his sophomore season means the Hurricanes are looking for a new starting tailback. Miami's top returning rusher is Mike James, who ran for only 275 yards last season. Johnson has more speed and more big-play potential.

Best defensive newcomer: Miami CB LaDarius Gunter. Gunter is a junior college transfer who enrolled in January and went through spring practice, leading the Hurricanes with seven tackles in the spring game. He has excellent size (6 feet 2/196 pounds) for a corner and possesses both a physical nature and the tools to be a solid man-to-man defender. Also keep an eye on UM true freshman Tracy Howard, a five-star recruit who could end up starting opposite Gunter at corner.

THE COACHES 
Coach on the hottest seat: Boston College's Frank Spaziani. In his three seasons, BCS has gone from eight wins in 2009 to seven in 2010 to four last season. The Eagles have had pitiful offenses under Spaziani, and the passing attack has been an embarrassment. The Eagles have continued to have good defenses, but when you can't score, you don't win. The offense looks iffy again this season.

Best coaching staff: Virginia Tech. Coach Frank Beamer has done a masterful job of making the Hokies into a national power, and staff continuity has helped the Hokies rank eighth in the nation in winning percentage this century. Virginia Tech annually contends for the league title using the same basic plan: strong rushing attack, tough defense, good special teams.

Best offensive coordinator: Clemson's Chad Morris. He worked his magic with the Tigers last season, helping them lead the league in pass offense and rank second in total offense and scoring offense. His version of the spread appeals to recruits. This will be just his third season as a college assistant; he was successful high school coach in Texas when he was named Tulsa's OC in 2010, and moved on to Clemson after that season.

Best defensive coordinator: Virginia Tech's Bud Foster. He is entering his 18th season as the Hokies' coordinator. His defenses annually rank among the nation's best, especially against the run. Tech has ranked outside the top 12 nationally in total defense only once in the past eight seasons.

(Editor’s Note: Who the f*** is Mike Hugguenin? Here are the predictions from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association…)

Yahoo! Sports’ Take On ACC Schedules


THE SCHEDULES:
Game of the year: Clemson at Florida State, Sept. 22. This should determine who wins the Atlantic Division championship. Clemson should have the best offense in the league; FSU will have the best defense. Clemson has won four of the past six and six of the past nine in the series.
Toughest schedule: Duke. There are three easy non-conference games at home. But that's it for the good news. The other non-conference matchup is at Stanford. The Blue Devils go on the road to face Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. And each of the conference home games is difficult: Clemson, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia. Have fun, David Cutcliffe.
Easiest schedule: North Carolina. There is a tough non-conference test against Big East preseason favorite Louisville. But the other non-conference games aren't tough. The Heels don't play Clemson and Florida State, the best teams in the league. The toughest Coastal Division games are at home (Miami and Virginia Tech). In addition, the Heels end the season with three of their final four games at home.
The 10 best conference games:
10. Florida State at Miami, Oct. 20
9. North Carolina State at North Carolina, Oct. 27
8. Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Oct. 6
7. North Carolina State at Clemson, Nov. 17
6. Georgia Tech at Clemson, Oct. 6
5. Florida State at North Carolina State, Oct. 6
4. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, Sept. 3
3. Virginia Tech at Clemson, Oct. 20
2. Florida State at Virginia Tech, Nov. 8
1. Clemson at Florida State, Sept. 22

The 10 best non-conference games:
10. Penn State at Virginia, Sept. 8
9. Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, Sept. 15
8. Florida State at USF, Sept. 29
7. Miami vs. Notre Dame in Chicago, Oct. 6
6. BYU at Georgia Tech, Oct. 27
5. Georgia Tech at Georgia, Nov. 24
4. Auburn vs. Clemson in Atlanta, Sept. 1
3. North Carolina State vs. Tennessee in Atlanta, Aug. 31
2. Florida at Florida State, Nov. 24
1. South Carolina at Clemson, Nov. 24

Pre-Season All ACC Football Team


FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
RB Gio Bernard, North Carolina
RB Andre Ellington, Clemson
WR Erik Highsmith, North Carolina
WR Conner Vernon, Duke
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
T Oday Aboushi, Virginia
T James Hurst, North Carolina
G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
C Dalton Freeman, Clemson
Defense
E Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
T Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
E Bjoern Werner, Florida State
LB Christian Jones, Florida State
LB Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
CB David Amerson, NC State
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
FS Brandon Bishop, North Carolina State
SS Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Special teams
K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
P Dalton Botts, Miami
KR T.J. Thorpe, North Carolina
PR Jamison Crowder, Duke

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
RB Perry Jones, Virginia
RB Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech
WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
T R.J. Mattes, North Carolina State
T Morgan Moses, Virginia
G Zach Allen, North Carolina State
G Will Jackson, Georgia Tech
C Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech
Defense
E James Gayle, Virginia Tech
T Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College
E Joe Vellano, Maryland
LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
LB Steve Greer, Virginia
LB Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland
LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
CB Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
FS Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech
SS Earl Wolff, North Carolina State
Special teams
K Casey Barth, North Carolina
P Alex Wulfeck, Wake Forest
KR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
PR Bobby Swigert, Boston College

Three Ex-ACC Players Earn Gold In Women’s Soccer


WEMBLEY, England (AP/Edited) – The U.S. women ‘s soccer team won their third straight Olympic gold medal beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year's World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in their history.
TOBIN HEATH (Ben Curtis/AP Photo)
Before 80,203 fans at Wembley Stadium, a record for a women's soccer game at the Olympics, the teams put on a back-and-forth, don't-turn-your-head soccer showcase, proving again that these are the two premier teams in the world. Women's soccer is still in its formative stages in Britain, but the match proved more than worthy for the hallowed grounds of the beautiful game.

The winning team included three players representing the ACC: Becky Sauerburnn from Virginia and Tobin Hath and Heather O’Reilly from the University of North Carolina.

Coach K, Chris Paul Represent ACC In Gold Medal Men’s Hoop’s Game


In a game that featured 16 lead changes and six tied scores, 30 points from Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) led a balanced attack that helped the U.S Olympic Men's Basketball Team (8-0) fight off Spain (5-3) for a 107-100 win to capture the Olympic gold medal.
CHRIS PAUL (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal game, which also saw the USA defeat Spain, Durant grabbed nine rebounds and shot 5-of-13 from 3-point to set a U.S. Olympic single-game record for 3-pointers attempted. He also drew nine Spanish fouls to finish 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

"First off I would like to congratulate the great team from Spain for their magnificent performance," said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I would also like to congratulate Russia on the bronze medal. The tournament was spectacular and Great Britain was an amazing host for this tournament. We know that we won a great basketball game today. They were really good and I thought we were really good. And we had to be in order to win.
COACH K (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
"Foul trouble hurt us, there size hurt us," Krzyzewski continued. "Our guys have come through all the time. Two of the guys who came through are sitting right here (Kevin Durant and Chris Paul). We got some defensive stops and hit some big shots. I really thought that an unsung hero of this game was Kevin Love, how he had to battle inside defensively because we had a big height disadvantage in there. He helped make a couple of stops for us down the stretch that were just huge. We are proud of the gold medal, very appreciative of the support we got here. It's a heck of a thing. I love the way my guys responded today."

ACC In The Olympics

August 10, 2012
Athletics
  • Georgia Tech's Chaunte Howard Lowe (USA) finished 6th in the Women's High Jump Finals.
Diving
  • Duke's Nick McCrory (USA) totals 505.40 points, finishing the day in 9th place in the 10m Platform Diving Finals.

Aug. 8, 2012
Athletics
  • Miami's Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) finished 6th in the 200m Finals with a time of 22.57.
  • Florida State's Gonzalo Barroilhet (Chile) competed in the Men's Decathlon 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 400m, finishing the day in 23rd place with 3962 points. Barroilhet competes in the final five events on Thursday, August 9th.
  • Miami's T'Erea Brown (USA) finished 6th in the 400m hurdles Finals with a time of 55.07.
  • Florida State's Hannah England (England) ran a time of 4:06.35 in the Women's 1500m Semifinals, but will not advance to the Finals.
  • Florida State's Maurice Mitchell (USA) ran a time of 20.56 in the Men's 200m Semifinals, but will not advance to the Finals.
  • Duke's Shannon Rowury (USA) ran a time of 4:05.47 in the Women's 1500m Semifinals, automatically qualifying for the Finals on Friday, August 10th.
  • North Carolina's Alice Schmidt (USA) ran a time of 2:01:65 in the Women's 800m Preliminaries. Her time qualified her to advance to the Semifinals on Thursday, August 9th.
Basketball
  • Wake Forest's Chris Paul (USA) had 7 points, 3 assists and 5 steals in 119-86 win over Australia. USA advances to the Semifinals.
  • Maryland's Sarnas Jasikevicius (Lithuania) had 3 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds in 83-74 loss to Russia.
  • Duke's Martynas Pocius (Lithuania) had 5 points, and 3 assists in 83-74 loss to Russia.
  • Wake Forest's Darius Songaila (Lithuania) had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in 83-74 loss to Russia.
Diving
  • Miami's Brittany Viola (USA) finished 14th in the 10m Platform Preliminaries and will compete in the Semifinals Thursday, August 9th.
Field Hockey
  • North Carolina's Illse Davids (South Africa) played 53 minutes in 2-1 loss to Japan.
Aug. 7, 2012
Track and Field
  • Florida State's Barbara Parker (Great Britain) ran a personal best time of 15:12:81, getting ninth place in Round 1 of the women's 5000m. She will not advance to the finals.
  • Florida State's Maurice Mitchell (USA) ran a time of 20.54s, getting first place in heat 3 of Round 1 of the men's 200m. He will run in the semifinals tomorrow, August 8.
  • Miami's Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) ran a time of 22.49s, getting second place in heat 2 of the women's 200m semifinals. She will compete in the final, tomorrow, August 8.
  • North Carolina's Ola Sesay (Sierra Leone) jumped 6.22m, getting 12th place in group A in the women's long jump qualification. She will not advance to the final.
  • North Carolina's Vikas Gowda (India) threw 64.79m, getting eighth place in the men's discus throw final.
  • NC State transfer Jesse Williams (USA) jumped the height of 2.25m, getting ninth place in the men's high jump final.
Triathlon
  • Wake Forest's Hunter Kemper (USA) achieved a time of 1:48.46 in the men's triathlon, getting 14th place.
Aug. 6, 2012
BASKETBALL
  • Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu (Nigeria) had 2 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in a 79-73 loss to France.
  • Georgia Tech's Alade Aminu (Nigeria) had 9 points and 7 rebounds in a 79-73 loss to France.
  • Duke's Eric Boateng (Great Britain) had 10 points, 1 assist and 6 rebounds in a 90-58 win over China.
  • Duke's Luol Deng (Great Britain) had 6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in a 90-58 win over China.
  • Maryland's Ekene Ibekwe (Nigeria) played 1:38 in a 79-73 loss to France.
  • Maryland's Sarunas Jasikevicius (Lithuania) had 13 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds in a 76-63 win over Tunisia. Lithuania has now qualified for the quarterfinals.
  • Wake Forest's Chris Paul (USA) had 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 126-97 win over Argentina.
  • Duke's Martynas Pocius (Lithuania) played 9 minutes with 1 assist and 1 rebound in a 76-63 win over Tunisia.
  • Wake Forest's Darius Songaila (Lithuania) had 13 points, 1 assist, and 2 rebounds in a 76-63 win over Tunisia.
FIELD HOCKEY
  • Wake Forest's Lauren Crandall (USA) played 57 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • North Carolina's Illse Davids (South Africa) played 32 minutes and had one shot in a 7-0 win over the United States.
  • North Carolina's Rachel Dawson (USA) played 48 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • North Carolina's Katelyn Falgowski (USA) played 51 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Wake Forest's Michelle Kasold (USA) played 35 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Wake Forest's Claire Laubach (USA) played 56 minutes and had 2 shots in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Maryland's Katie O'Donnell (USA) played 50 minutes and had 1 shot in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Virginia's Paige Selenski (USA) played 34 minutes and had 1 shot in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Maryland's Keli Smith-Puzo (USA) played 44 minutes, earning one Green Card, in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • North Carolina's Amy Tran Swensen (USA) played 70 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
  • Virginia's Michelle Vittese (USA) played 40 minutes in a 7-0 loss to South Africa.
SOCCER
  • Boston College's Laura Georges (France) started and played 90 minutes with 1 shot in 2-1 loss to Japan.
  • North Carolina's Tobin Heath (USA) started and played 120 minutes in 4-3 win over Canada.
  • North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly (USA) played 19 minutes and had the game winning assist in 4-3 win over Canada.
  • Virginia's Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) played 10 minutes in 4-3 win over Canada.

Things That Make You Go…


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Actor Charlie Sheen throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to MLB game action between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox August 14, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Brad White/Getty Images North America)

Picture Of The Day

We say our official goodbye to the 2012 London Olympics with our favorite photo from the event.  Here, the full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

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