Azura Stevens captures FIBA U19 gold medal as Team USA tops Russia

Jesús Hidalgo / The Chronicle

When Azura Stevens steps back on campus in August, she will have one more accolade to add to an already impressive list: gold medalist.

The Blue Devil sophomore started Sunday's gold medal game at the FIBA U19 World Championship, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds to help the Americans outlast Russia 78-70 in Chekhov, Russia. The 6-foot-6 forward finished 7-of-13 from the floor—including 2-of-3 from behind the arc—to help Team USA capture its sixth consecutive gold medal.

Playing on its home soil, Russia led 21-19 after the first quarter—a margin that could have been much larger if not for the play of Stevens. The forward kept the Americans close by racking up 10 of her 18 points during the period. The Russians led by as many as eight early in the second quarter before the United States mounted a comeback. South Carolina sophomore A'ja Wilson led the charge, finishing with a record 30 points and eight rebounds to fuel the Americans. The versatile Wilson was named the tournament's most valuable player... Read more

Stevens, United States beat Salvadores, Spain to reach FIBA U19 gold medal game

Emma Loewe / The Chronicle

For the second time in a week, future Duke teammates Azura Stevens and Angela Salvadores met on opposite sides of the floor, on the other side of the world—this time with a trip to the gold medal game on the line.

Once again, the United States came out on top.

Stevens posted 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks as the Americans established a double-digit lead in the second quarter before pulling away late to defeat Salvadores' Spanish squad 80-65 in the semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chekhov, Russia. The United States will take on the host nation, Russia, Sunday at 1:15 p.m. for the gold medal.

Salvadores stuffed the stat sheet once again for Spain, continuing to show why she was ranked fifth in the Class of 2015 by ESPN and named the 2014 FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 floor general finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but went just 7-of-23 from the floor. After a rough time handling the ball Read more

Cash, Skura named to Preseason All-ACC team by media

Khloe Kim / The Chronicle

With fall camp just over a week away, two of Duke football's most accomplished seniors were recognized by the media.

Both safety Jeremy Cash and center Matt Skura received the most votes amongst the 163 media members at their respective positions and were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team. The Blue Devils were one of only four teams to have both an offensive and defensive member named to the team.

Cash, who has been one of the most dynamic players in the Blue Devil secondary during the last two seasons, receives his second straight Preseason All-ACC selection. His selection to the team comes as no surprise as he received All-America honors in 2013 and 2014. The Miami native stuffed the stat sheet last season, with 111 tackles, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions.

Cash is on the watch list for the Bednarik Award—awarded annually to the top player in college football—and the Jim Thorpe Award—given to the top defensive back... Read more

Ingram shows off hops as he soars above backboard

As usual, there will be no shortage of storylines around the Blue Devils this season as they look to repeat as champions after once again reeling in the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

But none may be more exciting than the tantalizing potential of five-star recruit Brandon Ingram.

The 6-foot-8 forward flashed a bit of jaw-dropping athleticism when he jumped above the backboard during practice Wednesday. As Ingram took flight, his freshmen spectators could do nothing but look on in awe.

It's safe to say that Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff will look to do everything possible to take advantage of their freshman's athletic abilities this season.

Chron Chat: Fall Camp Preview

With fall camp on the horizon, the Chronicle's football beat writers take a look at the big questions facing the Blue Devils this summer.

With little more than a month until kickoff of the college football season, numerous positions remain unsettled on the Blue Devils' roster. What do you think will be the most intriguing position battle to watch during fall camp?

Brian Mazur: Although Duke has released a preliminary depth chart, a position that is still up for grabs is wide receiver. With the departure of Jamison Crowder, there is no longer a go-to guy in the receiving corps and it is going to be interesting to watch which players become the top pass catchers this season. The position is especially intriguing because veterans like Max McCaffrey and Johnell Barnes have become solid players, but have not yet shown the talent and firepower to replace players like Crowder and Issac Blakeney. On the other hand, redshirt freshmen Chris Taylor and Trevon Lee and true freshman T.J... Read more

Stevens, Salvadores lead their teams in U19 World Championships

It may be a long way from Cameron Indoor Stadium, but right now two Blue Devils are playing at a level that should inspire confidence in Duke's chances when the college basketball season rolls around in November.

Sophomore Azura Stevens and freshman Angela Salvadores helped send their respective teams safely through preliminary play at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chekhov, Russia. The Round of 16 will begin Wednesday, with Stevens and the United States taking on Argentina and Salvadores and Spain squaring off against the Netherlands.

In the round robin phase of the tournament, the United States cruised to a 3-0 record as it looks to defend its gold medal. Stevens nearly posted a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds in Team USA's 104-41 rout of Egypt to clinch the top spot in Group B. The 6-foot-6 forward also chipped in two blocks on the defensive end as the United States tied its own single-game record with nine blocks.

During the opening stage, Stevens has averaged 9.7 points and 4... Read more

Report: Seth Curry agrees to contract with Sacramento Kings

It took him a few years to prove himself in the D-League, but Seth Curry now has an NBA contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday evening that the former Duke sharp-shooter has agreed to join the Sacramento Kings on a two-year, $2 million deal.

Curry took the summer league by storm playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, winning the Las Vegas Summer League scoring title and doing more than just filling up the basket from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 22... Read more

Duke football picked to finish fourth in Coastal Division by ACC media poll

Khloe Kim / The Chronicle

Heading into the year seeking a fourth straight bowl appearance, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and his squad find themselves in the middle of the pack in the ACC—at least in the media's eyes.

The Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division by a media poll at the 2015 ACC Kickoff event in Pinehurst, N.C. Duke received four first-place votes—the same number as North Carolina—and accumulated 615 total points in the poll, trailing preseason third-place choice Miami by 17.

Georgia Tech received 96 of the 158 first-place votes in the Coastal, followed by Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels were picked to finish right behind the Blue Devils in fifth, followed by Pittsburgh and Virginia.

In the Atlantic Division, Clemson was the media's pick to earn a trip to Charlotte, N.C., for the ACC Championship in December. The Tigers received 101 first-place votes, earning them a leg-up on second-place Florida State, which has won the last three ACC championships. Louisville, N.C... Read more

Maryland football coach draws criticism after tweeting Krzyzewski quote

For most individuals, spreading the wisdom of a 1,018-game winner and five-time national championship winning head coach makes a lot of sense.

But for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, it has become something of a nightmare.

The Terrapin head coach drew the ire of Maryland fans after tweeting a quote from Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski Sunday.

Although Edsall has made a habit of tweeting motivational quotes—with lines from president Abraham Lincoln, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and author Henry David Thoreau covering his page, among others—his decision to choose Krzyzewski's statement quickly backfired. As always, Twitter provided its share of laughs as fans chided Edsall for his comment.

Duke in the Summer League: Week 3

As summer league action comes to end, some former Blue Devils are beginning to prepare for the regular season while others are waiting patiently for an offer from an NBA team.

Justise Winslow, Miami Heat: Winslow did not have as strong a finish to his summer league campaign as he hoped for. Before a sprained ankle kept him out of the Heat’s final two games, the No. 10 pick in this year’s draft scored a combined eight points on 2-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes against the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics.

Despite his recent struggles, Winslow’s summer league play demonstrated his high ceiling and elite skill set. The Houston native proved that he can defend multiple positions on the floor and attack the basket with both patience and aggression. The biggest key for Winslow in his rookie season may be staying healthy as injury problems have plagued the forward at Duke and in the Summer League.

Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers: Okafor’s strengths and weaknesses were on display in his lone game this week against the New York Knicks... Read more