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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...

Duke finds three point range and magic margin

Duke finds three point range and magic margin

DURHAM – The 30-point Blue Devils are back, ending their two-game losing streak with their fourth 30-point romp in their last five victories. Eighth-ranked Duke (16-3, 6-2 ACC) won 89-59 over Miami (10-8, 2-6 ACC) on Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium 19 days after a...

Louisville rebuild takes big step at Cameron

Louisville rebuild takes big step at Cameron

DURHAM – The scandal-ridden and rag-tag Louisville basketball program that Chris Mack took over just two years ago has the gait of a legitimate national title contender, after all. Louisville’s climb to the No. 1 national ranking by the fifth week of the season with a 9-0 start...

Clemson makes Coach K case for rotations

Clemson makes Coach K case for rotations

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesWell, what did we learn from Duke’s surprising loss at Clemson?Perhaps the most revealing information was Duke’s 10-man rotation has been more than “coachspeak” from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski. The irony is Coach K has been doubted he...

Duke is less Miami and more Golden State

Duke is less Miami and more Golden State

DURHAM – Duke basketball this year is less Miami Heat circa LaBron James with stacked talent and more Golden State Warriors pre-Kevin Durant. The Blue Devils are a younger Steph Curry version of the Warriors with meshed teamwork, and that makes them more intriguing to watch as...

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...

Spartans and Blue Devils streak back to the top

Spartans and Blue Devils streak back to the top

By Tom Shanahan Michigan State and Duke – respectively the preseason Nos. 1 and 4-ranked teams -- again appear Final Four worthy. Their lineup rotations that endured early season hiccups are coming into sharper focus with conference play fully underway. If so, the NCAA, come...

Blue Devils climb toward NCAA title potential

Blue Devils climb toward NCAA title potential

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesEight straight wins, seven by double figures, five of them by 20-plus points and two those in ACC games by 39 (Boston College) and 33 (Miami). Duke looks again like not only a Final Four team but one that can win it all. With no other...

Mr Robinson teaching Carey the neighborhood

Mr Robinson teaching Carey the neighborhood

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the Times DURHAM – Vernon Carey’s strong inside play has progressed earlier than expected, especially for a freshman known for using his perimeter skills in high school. To understand a key to his rapid development, consider who takes the court late...

Duke is doubling up with Jones and Goldwire

Duke is doubling up with Jones and Goldwire

DURHAM – Duke looked impressive winning two games without Tre Jones and Jordan Goldwire starting in his place, but, wow, did the Blue Devils show talent, balance and depth with Jones returning to the lineup and Goldwire back to coming off the bench. The No. 2-ranked Blue Devils...