This week in Duke history: Men's lacrosse nearly comes back from false allegations to win national title

This week in Duke history: Men's lacrosse nearly comes back from false allegations to win national title

Ten years ago this week, one of the most inspiring stories in Duke sports history ended just short of a fairy tale.

After losing its season in the wake of an alleged—and later deemed false—rape incident involving a group of men's lacrosse players, Duke stormed to the national championship game. 

But they came up just short.

The Blue Devils lost to Johns Hopkins in the finals for the second time in three years May 28, 2007, and lost to the Blue Jays once again in the national semifinals a year later.  Read more »

Duke in the MLB: Toronto's Stroman succeeding on the mound and at the plate

Duke in the MLB: Toronto's Stroman succeeding on the mound and at the plate

Before Marcus Stroman became one of the Blue Jays’ top starting pitchers, he played second base for Duke.

Although he eventually became a full-time pitcher, he can still rake.

Following catcher Luke Maile's home run, the former Duke standout hit his first career big-league home run Thursday against the Braves, launching a 91 mile-per-hour fastball off Braves ace Julio Teheran into the right-field stands. Stroman’s opposite field shot made the duo the first American League battery to hit back-to-back homers in nearly 50 years.

The Medford, N.Y., native has earned just 10 at-bats in the big leagues thus far, but hasn’t missed the opportunity to make an impact—he scored the winning run in the 11th inning April 25 against the Cardinals after hitting a pinch-hit double. Read more »

No. 5 recruit and 5-star point guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke men's basketball

No. 5 recruit and 5-star point guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke men's basketball

After missing out on adding five-star wing Kevin Knox last Saturday, the Blue Devils will add to their already-impressive haul with yet another top 10 prospect.

Five-star guard Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the Class of 2017, committed to Duke Monday morning with a video created by The Players' Tribune.

The Wilmington, Del., native chose the Blue Devils ahead of Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall and Baylor and will be joining a loaded backcourt that features experience and lights-out shooting in senior Grayson Allen as well as freshman shooting guard Gary Trent Jr, the No. 8 prospect in the ESPN 100 who committed in November. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Odd NCAA rule prevents All-American from having all four years of eligibility

This week in Duke history: Odd NCAA rule prevents All-American from having all four years of eligibility

NCAA rules for many topics, and especially eligibility, can be quite confusing—and sometimes even nonsensical.

1985 Duke graduate and men's tennis player Chaim Arlosorov found that out the hard way.

At the age of 24, he played his freshman year at Duke in 1982, but earned just two other seasons of eligibility before a federal appeals court said his time as a collegiate athlete was up.

Arlosorov was from Israel and served in the military until age 21. After completing his duties, he played organized, amateur-level tennis in his home country in addition to playing in the Davis Cup for Israel. According to NCAA rules at the time, this organized tennis after playing in the military past the age of 20 counted as a year of eligibility. Read more »

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker commits to Duke men's basketball

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker commits to Duke men's basketball

After missing out on the Kevin Knox sweepstakes last Saturday evening when the five-star forward picked Kentucky, the Blue Devils received some much-needed good news a week later, adding a different small forward into the mix.

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker committed to Duke Saturday via Twitter following his official visit to Durham Wednesday and Thursday.

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Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers to conference finals, but Jones fined nearly all of his salary

Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers to conference finals, but Jones fined nearly all of his salary

Several ex-Blue Devils have made headlines in the NBA conference semifinals, but only Kyrie Irving made a significant impact on the court.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Despite a lackluster shooting effort, Irving still helped lead the Cavaliers to a sweep of the Toronto Raptors to vault the reigning NBA champions back into the Eastern Conference Finals.

The shots have not been falling quite as frequently for Irving thus far this postseason, shooting just 28.1 percent from 3-point range and 40 percent from the field, nearly 8 percent worse than his regular season average. Read more »

Guard Jordan Goldwire commits to Duke men's basketball

Guard Jordan Goldwire commits to Duke men's basketball

Duke is still waiting on decisions from its top targets for next year's class—five-stars Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba—but the Blue Devils are starting to fill out the rest of their roster after losing more than half their players.

Jordan Goldwire announced his commitment to Duke via Twitter Monday night. The 6-foot-1 guard flew under the radar in the recruiting world—he was not rated by ESPN or 247Sports. Goldwire was also considering Eastern Kentucky.

The addition of Goldwire will give the Blue Devils more backcourt depth off the bench after losing Matt Jones, Luke Kennard and possibly Frank Jackson from last year's team. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Irving's play uneven, but several early entrants high on draft boards

Duke in the NBA: Irving's play uneven, but several early entrants high on draft boards

Duke's former stars have struggled to make a consistent impact in the postseason thus far, but several 2016-17 Blue Devils have made waves on draft boards. 

 Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard, Harry Giles and Frank Jackson

The early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft have been released, with several Duke players finding themselves listed high on potential draft boards. 

Jayson Tatum is at the top of the list for the Blue Devils, No. 4 overall behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in DraftExpress' rankings. Following Tatum for Duke is Kennard at No. 20 and then Giles at No. 27.  Read more »

This week in Duke history: Duke coach leaves after God tells him to

This week in Duke history: Duke coach leaves after God tells him to

There have been quite a few unconventional reasons why head coaches at Duke have left their teams.

The reason for the 1984 gymnastics coach, however, may top the list. To boot, it was a prelude to the ending of his program just two weeks later.

On April 24, 1984, the Duke Athletic Council unanimously decided to terminate the women’s gymnastics program at Duke, instead creating the women’s indoor and outdoor track and cross country teams, which increased the number of women's sports at Duke to 10. Although they could not continue to play their sport, the gymnasts still received scholarships through graduation.

The decision caught many gymnasts off guard, according to a Chronicle article written that summer.  Read more »

Seth Curry stars with brother Stephen in 'Despicable Me' commercial

Seth Curry stars with brother Stephen in 'Despicable Me' commercial

If Stephen Curry and former Blue Devil Seth Curry had a sibling rivalry in basketball, Stephen would have the better of it so far as a two-time MVP and 2015 NBA champion.

But Seth has started to inch closer to his brother as a shooter, and the two put their talents to the test in a commercial that was released last week for the movie "Despicable Me 3" and has aired regularly in the NBA playoffs.

In the commercial, the Curry brothers sit in the office of a fictional Dr. Collins, a sibling therapist, and toss crumpled up tissues into the trash can while Dr. Collins waits to start their meeting. The commercial then cuts to twin brothers Gru and Dru from "Despicable Me" playfully fighting before returning to the therapist's office, where the Currys are still ignoring Dr. Collins and he groans that he has to see the Gasol brothers—All-Stars Marc and Pau—next.

Seth Curry had a breakout season last year with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 12.8 points per game and shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. His shooting percentages were slightly better than Stephen's, though Stephen was generally more closely guarded by opposing defenses. Read more »