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Duke plans on Sirk starting opener

Duke plans on Sirk starting opener

CARY, N.C. — Duke Coach David Cutcliffe confirmed Monday that quarterback Thomas Sirk’s rehab is far enough ahead of schedule the Blue Devils are planning as if he will start the season opener.Last week Duke turned a routine media release into surprising news when Sirk was...

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 legislation rose to another level once politics intersected with Duke’s basketball schedule.The University of Albany’s Nov. 12 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium has been canceled. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Tim Duncan’s quiet and dignified NBA retirement the San Antonio Spurs announced Monday made me think of Harry Giles. He’s Duke’s incoming freshman big man with an understated personality.I’m referring to temperament – not leaping ahead to comparing skills of a kid to a legend...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...

Voice of famed Laettner shot taking farewell tour

Voice of famed Laettner shot taking farewell tour

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke football/basketball play-by-play man Bob Harris arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday with a lifetime of stories to tell around the announcement that this season will be his 41st and final one behind the microphone.One in particular was about a...

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

The list of returning ACC starting quarterbacks clearly starts with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He should have won the Heisman Trophy despite finishing third in the voting.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is back for his sophomore season after taking over the starting role with signs he...

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

A year ago Duke’s thin roster needed Amile Jefferson as a vital piece. Jefferson and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee were the only reliable post players in a three-wing offense.The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder responded quickly — averaging a double-double, 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds – but...

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

One way Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski adapted to college basketball’s one-and-done culture was to bring incoming freshmen to his Durham campus over the summer to bond with returning players.That was especially important in 2014, when Coach K guided USA Basketball to the FIBA World...

Football needs DeVon Edwards more than basketball

Football needs DeVon Edwards more than basketball

Duke defensive back/kick returner DeVon Edwards has added preseason 2016 All-American honors to past post-season awards. He was named a fourth-team All-American kick returner this week by Athlon Sports.The senior is only a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, but that’s what makes him special...

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Look for Markell Johnson’s reclassification gamble to land somewhere between Jamal Murray and Derryck Thornton.The North Carolina State-bound point guard is the latest example of a high-profile basketball recruit entering college early. Johnson, a four-star point guard as a...