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Faulk, Hurricanes beat Leafs to snap skid

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and the Eastern Conference-worst Carolina Hurricanes broke a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the previously surging Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The Hurricanes (9-19-3), who entered with the NHL's worst record, had scored only one goal in each game of their skid. Their offensive outburst snapped the Maple...
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College: Confidence-pool picks for the bowls from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4

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Rivera: Panthers' Newton on track to start Sunday, if physically ready

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If Carolina lined up against the Cleveland Browns on this day, backup quarterback Derek Anderson would most likely be the Panthers' starter. But the game isn't scheduled for Thursday; and for that reason alone, all signs point to Cam Newton starting on Sunday. For the second straight day, Newton and Anderson split reps with the first- and second-team offenses in...
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Belk Bowl breakdown: No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 20 Louisville

BELK BOWL: NO. 20 LOUISVILLE (9-3) VS. NO. 15 GEORGIA (9-3) TUESDAY DEC. 30, 6:30 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP Louisville's DeVante Parker has been incredibly productive no matter who his quarterback is, and he alone has turned Louisville's passing offense from pedestrian into dangerous. But Louisville's pass attack is still far from a finished product, as the Notre Dame game showed (8...
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Orange Bowl Breakdown: No. 8 Mississippi State vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech

ORANGE BOWL: NO. 10 GEORGIA TECH (10-3) VS. NO. 8 MISSISSIPPI STATE (10-2) WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 8:00 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP Battle of up-and-down defenses. Really, both offenses have more than proven themselves throughout the course of the season against elite competition. But both defenses certainly haven't. Mississippi State's has gotten by on bending but not breaking, leading the...
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Fantasy Fox: QB/RB/WR/TE rankings for championship Week 16

Here are the initial rankings for fantasy Week 16 -- universally known as Championship Week -- involving quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (standard-scoring leagues). Some of the rankings have been modified to support new developments from the NFL's official injury list. But as stated many times in this blog, I am not one to overreact to a star player listed...
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Court Vision: NC State bounces back with win over Tennessee

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State (9-2) got Part 1 of its brutal four-game stretch against tough non-conference opponents out of the way by finishing off Tennessee (4-4) at home, 83-72. As with most things with the Wolfpack, while it wasn't always easy, their guards came through when they needed them most.   Three-Point Take 1. NC State hasn't always been able to shake off opponents late...
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Court Vision: Charlotte blows another big lead; Stephenson talks trade rumors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lance Stephenson tells FoxSportsCarolinas.com he's happy with Hornets as the team lost its fourth straight 111-106 to the Suns.  Three-Point Take 1. Stephenson Aware of Trade Rumors  When Lance Stephenson signed his three-year, $27-million contract as a free agent this summer, it was just assumed that he was one of the missing pieces to help push Charlotte into...
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Military Bowl breakdown: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

MILITARY BOWL: VIRGINIA TECH (6-6) VS. CINCINNATI (9-3) SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 1:00 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP Virginia Tech's offense has not been able to move the ball consistently or effectively against almost any opponent. But there's good news for the Hokies in that they'll be facing Cincinnati's 102nd-ranked defense. The only other team with a worse defense that Virginia Tech has faced...
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Hyundai Sun Bowl breakdown: No. 15 Arizona State vs. Duke

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL: DUKE (9-3) VS. NO. 15 ARIZONA STATE (9-3) SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2:00 P.M., CBS KEY MATCHUP Duke's defense has been very bend-but-don't-break all season long, and for the most part, it's been successful at the not breaking part. But they've faced only three other teams all season that average more yards per play than Arizona State (5.91). Duke did go 2-1 against those...
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Quick Lane Bowl breakdown: North Carolina vs. Rutgers

QUICK LANE BOWL: NORTH CAROLINA (6-6) VS. RUTGERS (7-5) FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 4:30 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP UNC's much-maligned defense has been historically bad, and as a result, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the Tar Heels parted ways. But this group has a chance to redeem itself against a Rutgers offense that has been up and down in its own right, averaging anywhere from 2.48...
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Pinstripe Bowl breakdown: Penn State vs. Boston College

PINSTRIPE BOWL Teams: Penn State vs. Boston College Date: Dec. 27 Time: 4:30 p.m. EST Venue: Yankee Stadium KEY MATCHUP Penn State rushing defense vs. BC rushing attack Penn State (top-ranked rush defense -- 84.8 yards allowed per outing) was one of only seven vaunted programs to keep opponents under the triple-digit, typically easy-to-attain threshold of 100 rushing yards per...
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'Canes losing streak continues against Habs

MONTREAL -- Alex Galchenyuk scored a career-best three goals, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night for their third straight win. Brandon Prust added a goal, and Carey Price stopped 25 shots for the Canadiens (20-10-2). Victor Rask was the only goal scorer for Carolina (8-19-3), which has lost six in a row. Cam Ward made 25 saves. The Hurricanes...
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'15 Star-Driven Fun Facts' to ponder for NFL Week 16

FOX Sports South takes a whimsical and diverse look at 15 star-driven factoids for NFL Week 16 -- a piece that might help shape fantasy-league decisions and/or inspire more real-world and barstool debates, among friends and kind strangers: 1. Arian Foster's seven-game streak of at least one touchdown may be over, but there's still plenty of reasons to celebrate his standing as an...
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Predicting, seeding the 6-team field for the NFC playoffs, Version 3.0

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No. 2 Duke shakes off sluggish performance for unsatisfying win

DURHAM, N.C. -- For No. 2 Duke (9-0), just like for No. 1 Kentucky and all of the top teams in college basketball, their opponent is a pretty formidable one, and especially this time of year. It's themselves. Even Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose military background has always seeped down to his team in terms of their discipline and grit, has to fight it. Duke's last game was...
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LeBron, Cavs roll past Hornets

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points with 13 assists, Kevin Love added 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 97-88 on Monday night. The Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead, but the Hornets regrouped and got within two points early in the third quarter before the Cavaliers pulled away. Charlotte trailed 59-57, but Cleveland regained...
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ACC Roundup: Louisville, Notre Dame highlight slow week

While three ACC teams didn't play at all this week and only three played more than once, the ACC had a relatively busy (and not too terrible) week where we saw the theory espoused by coaches that this time of year is a dangerous one proven with losses to Wofford (by NC State) and closer than normal calls for some other teams (like Louisville against UNC-Wilmington). One thing that...
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Wolfpack fall to Wofford as buzzer-beater just a tick late

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Back when the first men's basketball game was played at Reynolds Coliseum, NC State was on the verge of becoming the dominant program in the state, which it would be until the late 1950s. Head coach Everett Case helped essentially jumpstart the ACC and particularly Tobacco Road basketball as we know them today. It was Case who encouraged them to add a few thousand...
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Four Downs: Panthers beat Bucs, reclaim top spot in NFC South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fighting for their playoff lives, the Carolina Panthers trotted out a backup quarterback to take the field against Tampa Bay. Derek Anderson did just fine and made no major errors and guided the Panthers to the 19-17 win Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Here are four observations from the game: 1. DEREK ANDERSON MANAGES GAME TO GET WIN Numerous Carolina fans...
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Fantasy: Final Sunday/Monday rankings for playoff Week 15

Here are four revised Sunday/Monday countdowns for fantasy Week 15 -- involving quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (standard-scoring leagues). Some of the rankings have been modified to support new developments from the NFL's official injury list. But as stated many times in this blog, I am not one to overreact to a star player listed as "questionable" prior...
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Court Vision: Hornets routed by Nets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brooklyn blisters the nets and crushes Charlotte 114-87 Saturday night.  Three-Point Take 1. Hornets Having Big Issues With the 3 When Charlotte signed Marvin Williams and Lance Stephenson during the offseason, as well as drafting P.J. Hairston, it was supposed to cure the outside shooting ills of the Hornets.  It hasn't. Much in the same fashion as last season...
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Flyers hand Hurricanes fifth straight loss

PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers found an easy way to get out of a recent funk -- shoot the puck. Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist and four other Flyers scored in Philadelphia's 5-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. "I don't think a lot of guys were shooting the puck," Simmonds said. "Everyone is starting to shoot the puck now. And when you get shots on net, you're going...
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Retired NFL QBs who could help the playoff-bound Cards in a pinch

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No Trevor Lacey, no problem for confident Wolfpack

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said after the Wolfpack's narrow win against Boise State on November 28 that nothing would be easy the rest of the way. He was somewhat right -- all of NC State's upcoming opponents were either ACC opponents or non-conference teams that had good starts to the season. Friday night's opponent, Charleston Southern (5-3), already had...
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