Former Blue Devil Luke Kennard is dating reality TV star Savannah Chrisley

Former Blue Devil Luke Kennard is dating reality TV star Savannah Chrisley

When Luke Kennard heard his name called as the No. 12 pick in the NBA Draft, reality TV fans may have recognized one familiar face sharing the moment with him and his family.

Savannah Chrisley, a star on the USA Network show "Chrisley Knows Best," confirmed that she is in a relationship with Kennard on Instagram Thursday night.

Krzyzewski to ring opening bell at Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday in honor of Emily K Center

Krzyzewski to ring opening bell at Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday in honor of Emily K Center

Before the NBA Draft begins Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski is making the most of his trip to New York.

Krzyzewski will ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell at the stock exchange in honor of the Emily K Center and all first-generation college students at 9:15 a.m. The event will be streamed live on Nasdaq's Facebook page.

The Emily K Center, named after Krzyzewski's mother, was founded by the head coach in 2006 and helps low-income students in Durham get to college. Every graduating high school senior that went through the "Scholars to College" program last year will attend college, with one going to Pennsylvania and becoming the first student in the program ever to attend an Ivy League school.

This week in Duke history: Olympic torch travels to Durham

This week in Duke history: Olympic torch travels to Durham

It was a day of remarkable pride for city, country—and university.

On June 23, 1996, Duke track and field head coach Al Buehler reunited with former N.C. Central head coach LeRoy Walker to light the Olympic cauldron twice in Durham on its way to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics the following month. Buehler stood for more than a minute with the torch in front of the Duke Chapel, greeted by more than a thousand onlookers and "with the chapel bells playing the Olympics' theme song," according to The Chronicle.

The torch came to Durham at the request of Walker, who was then president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and had been the Eagles' head coach for 28 years from 1945 to 1974. He and Buehler developed a relationship during Buehler’s 60 years at Duke, as the Blue Devil coach let N.C. Central's all-black team practice at Duke’s track in the midst of racial segregation in the United States.

Buehler's accomplishments, in fact, are quite many. He drove Tommie Smith and John Carlos back from the Olympic Village to the airport at the 1968 Games after they were kicked out of the residential area following their historic Black Power salute for their respective first- and third-place finishes in the 200-meter dash. Read more »

The Chronicle's 2017 NBA Mock Draft

The Chronicle's 2017 NBA Mock Draft

With Thursday night's 2017 NBA Draft approaching, four of The Chronicle’s editors in the sports department share their thoughts on landing spots for the top four Blue Devil prospects in this year’s draft class, as well as their predictions on how the lottery selections will shake out later this week in Brooklyn.

Hank Tucker

V.113 Sports Editor and V.112 Blue Zone Editor

Duke’s Picks: Read more »

Duke baseball's Bellinger, Ziemba and Herron selected on third day of MLB Draft

Duke baseball's Bellinger, Ziemba and Herron selected on third day of MLB Draft

Although they failed to repeat the program’s thrilling run of 2016, three Blue Devils nevertheless found some reward for their work this season, as they heard their names called Wednesday on Day 3 of the 2017 MLB Draft. 

Junior first baseman Justin Bellinger, redshirt junior pitcher James Ziemba and sophomore outfielder Jimmy Herron were selected at Nos. 647, 655 and 932 overall, respectively. Bellinger went to the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round—becoming the first Duke player to be drafted in 2017— just eight spots ahead of Ziemba, who was picked by the Los Angeles Angels. 

In the 31st round, Herron became the program’s first outfielder selected since 2009, going to the New York Yankees. 

All three still have the option to return to school next year if they do not agree to terms with the teams that drafted them. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Irving can't carry Cavaliers to title, Jones fined all but $127 of his salary

Duke in the NBA: Irving can't carry Cavaliers to title, Jones fined all but $127 of his salary

Kyrie Irving helped carry the Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals, but couldn't get them over the hump for a second consecutive title.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

After taking the Cavaliers all the way back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA championship last season, the magic ran out for Irving and Cleveland.

Despite nearly 30 points a game from Irving alongside LeBron James, the Cavaliers were overwhelmed by the Golden State Warriors, capturing their second title in three seasons with a 129-120 Game 5 win Monday. Read more »

Duke men's basketball reveals jersey numbers for incoming freshmen

Duke men's basketball reveals jersey numbers for incoming freshmen

Duke's incoming freshmen had plenty of available jersey numbers to pick from with only seven players returning next season, and the team revealed their decisions on Twitter Tuesday night.

Trevon Duval will wear No. 1, Gary Trent Jr. will wear No. 2, Jordan Tucker will wear No. 5, Jordan Goldwire will wear No. 14, Alex O'Connell will wear No. 15 and Wendell Carter will wear No. 34.

Goldwire's No. 14 is the only new number that was not worn by a departing Blue Devil from last year's team. Brandon Ingram was the last No. 14 at Duke in 2015-16. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers back to finals, Ingram in rebuilding Lakers' future

Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers back to finals, Ingram in rebuilding Lakers' future

The Blue Devils have the most NBA players in the league, but Kyrie Irving is the only big name left for Duke in the Finals—and he delivered.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Plagued by a toe injury at Duke, Irving never had the chance to come through when it mattered the most—but he certainly has taken advantage of his opportunities the last two years.

After helping propel the Cavaliers all the way back to win a championship from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State in the NBA Finals last season, Irving once again stepped up big for Cleveland, taking them back to face the Warriors for the third year in a row. Read more »

Chron Chat: Looking ahead to Duke men's basketball's 2017-18 season

Chron Chat: Looking ahead to Duke men's basketball's 2017-18 season

It has been a busy offseason for Duke, with guard Frank Jackson unexpectedly becoming one of four Blue Devils to leave early for the NBA Draft, Kevin Knox spurning Duke for Kentucky and five-star point guard Trevon Duval putting the finishing touches on a six-player recruiting class coming to Durham next year. The Chronicle's Mitchell Gladstone, Sameer Pandhare and Hank Tucker break down how all the moving pieces will impact head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team:

0:42—What may have made Frank Jackson decide to leave after just one year and how his absence will affect the Blue Devils.

3:40—Breaking down potential NBA landing spots for Duke's four players that entered the draft.

6:37—Whether freshman Jordan Tucker or sophomores Javin DeLaurier and Jack White can be the answer to fill the Blue Devils' void on the wing after failing to land Kevin Knox. Read more »

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 »