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Coach K still shuffling his starting lineups

Coach K still shuffling his starting lineups

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — Duke’s third starting lineup three games into the basketball season resulted in Tuesday’s 105-57 romp over Central Arkansas, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski cautioned not to read too much into the shuffling.This time the change was...

Revolving door atop of rankings starts season

Revolving door atop of rankings starts season

DURHAM – Get ready for revolving door of college basketball teams occupying the No. 1 chair in national rankings. Unless, that is, Duke’s pressure defense has something to say about the upcoming weeks. The No. 2-ranked Blue Devils are poised to become the third No. 1 team in...

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...

Coach K with a new formidable trio up front

Coach K with a new formidable trio up front

DURHAM – Duke basketball again confronts teams with a formidable trio, although it’s not comprised of one-and-done NBA draft picks like a year ago. This trio doesn’t require a hot shooting hand or drives to the basket to have a big night.Its defensive hands create a road block to...

Duke balance displayed in New York warmup

Duke balance displayed in New York warmup

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — If there are three teams in the nation better than Duke, they would be hard pressed to look better than the Blue Devils in their second exhibition game, routing Fort Valley State 126-57 Wednesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Fourth-ranked...

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...

Cavs reach into North Carolina for two bigs

Cavs reach into North Carolina for two bigs

CHARLOTTE – Virginia, always on the lookout for the “hidden gems” coach Tony Bennett seeks to develop as a means to challenge the 5- and 4-star Duke and North Carolina recruits, has a possible Twin Tower pairing from North Carolina high schools. Jay Huff is a 7-foot-1,...

Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — “Be quick but don’t hurry.”Duke football coach David Cutcliffe invoked a popular teaching phrase from John Wooden, the late and iconic UCLA basketball coach, to describe improvement he expects to see from quarterback Quentin Harris the...

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

DURHAM -- Duke made Georgia Tech fans suffer for more reasons than the final score, the Blue Devils’ 41-23 victory Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. They forced them to endure watching Duke’s triple-option package convert plays, especially on fourth down to keep early...