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My updates on Duke hoop and spring football

My updates on Duke hoop and spring football

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesDURHAM —North Carolina is riding a three-game win streak, while Duke has dropped three of its last five. Normally, that suggests the Tar Heels are seeking a top postseason seed and the Blue Devils racing the calendar to find their stride.But...

This Duke team has Coach K sounding giddy

This Duke team has Coach K sounding giddy

By Tom Shanahan | Special to the TimesDURHAM — Mike Krzyzewksi, Duke’s hall-of-fame basketball coach, sounded positively giddy Monday night, just three days before his 73rd birthday. And that’s a good thing not to be confused with a chuckling over a grandfatherly moment.Coach K...

Duke notebook on football and basketball

Duke notebook on football and basketball

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Wilson TimesDaniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft.Quentin Harris, a fifth-year senior who succeeded Jones, showed...

Tomlinson feels back home in San Francisco

Tomlinson feels back home in San Francisco

The NFL playoffs are in full swing, and Laken Tomlinson’s rebuilt career has him in the middle of it with the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers, while the Detroit Lions, the team that traded him away, are home with a 3-12-1 record. Tomlinson has started 47 straight games at...

Cutcliffe explains system ranking recruit stars

Cutcliffe explains system ranking recruit stars

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesDURHAM – Luca Diamont verbally committed to Duke 10 months ago while ranked a 4-star prospect. Then, between February and national letter-of-intent Wednesday, he dropped to a 3-star.What happened? It certainly wasn’t a disappointing...

Duke not accepting excuses for bowl eligibility

Duke not accepting excuses for bowl eligibility

DURHAM – A Duke football constant under coach David Cutcliffe has been his willingness to reveal what he tells his players. Many paranoid coaches, citing confidentiality, won’t share their words with media -- and thus not their fans. Well, this week there is plenty to wonder...

The season and ball bouncing the wrong way

The season and ball bouncing the wrong way

DURHAM – Sometimes a team suffers through one of those inexplicable seasons the bounces of an oblong ball exacerbates. Take Duke in 2019, for example. The Blue Devils (4-6, 3-4 ACC Coastal) suffered their fourth straight loss and fifth in the last six games, while Syracuse (4-6,...

Cutcliffe worries about ACC injury credibility

Cutcliffe worries about ACC injury credibility

DURHAM – Duke coach David Cutcliffe opened his weekly Tuesday media session announcing center Jack Wohlabaugh underwent ankle surgery earlier in the day. That’s news since Wohlabaugh is a second-year starting center.But it also was noteworthy Duke announced the injury four days...

Blue Devils expect to see green and feed off it

Blue Devils expect to see green and feed off it

DURHAM – Notre Dame football’s fan base “travels.” For Irish partisans, tickets – the metaphorical pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – are easier to find on the road than in South Bend.Meanwhile, Duke is one of those schools with available seats, although the Blue Devils have...

Duke football and UNC play elimination game

Duke football and UNC play elimination game

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — Duke football expected to contend for the ACC Coastal Division title, especially after opening conference play with an encouraging 45-10 win over Virginia Tech. But then came last week’s crushing 48-14 loss toVirginia.In between those...