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Duke in the NBA: Curry, Dawkins and Jones look to make most out of training camp contracts

With training camp just getting underway for most NBA teams, we take a look at the statuses of the former Blue Devil standouts with a chance to make some noise this year, starting with the three players on temporary training camp contracts.

Seth Curry, Orlando Magic—After going undrafted in 2013, Curry signed with the Golden State Warriors last summer but was relegated to the D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors where he flourished. He averaged 19.7 points and 5.8 assists for the season, where he helped the Warriors to the D-League Finals. He made two NBA appearances last season with the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This summer, Curry played for the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic and after a strong summer showing was given the training camp invite to the Magic. Curry will look to stick with a Magic team that is deep at combo guard, with Victor Oladipo the incumbent starter and Elfrid Payton the drafted rookie. He will try to use his space-making and shot creation abilities to stick on the team... Read more

Duke in the MLB: Season review

With the regular season in the books, the Blue Zone takes an end-of-year spin around the big leagues to recap the seasons of Duke's MLB products, some of whom are postseason-bound:

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays: The 23-year-old impressed in his first season at the big-league level, compiling an 11-6 record and a 3.65 ERA. Stroman made 20 starts and racked up 130.2 innings for the Blue Jays after making his big-league debut May 4. He notched his first-career complete game Sept. 8 with a dominant performance against the Chicago Cubs, scattering three hits and picking up eight punchouts in an 8-0 win.

The right-hander used his sinker to devastating success in July, allowing one or fewer runs in four of his five starts and posting a season-low 1.71 ERA for the month. After a rough August, Stroman regained his form in September, winning three of his four starts and picking up his first career save Saturday... Read more

Cook, Jefferson named captains for Duke basketball

After losing seniors Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston to graduation and redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood to the NBA, Duke did not have a captain returning to the roster for the upcoming campaign.

The Blue Devils tapped senior Quinn Cook and junior Amile Jefferson to fill that void Tuesday through a team announcement.

"They're two veterans, returning starters. They know us, they know what we want to accomplish and their personalities just fit in so perfectly with the development of teamwork on our team. We're very excited about having them as captains," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a team release.

Cook, the team's floor general and lone senior, had an up-and-down junior campaign but finished last season on a personal high note, pouring in a season-high 23 points in Duke's NCAA tournament loss to Mercer. He has been looked to as a mentor for freshman point guard Tyus Jones, a role that will only increase with his new title of captain.

Jefferson enjoyed a breakout sophomore season thanks in part to bulking up in the offseason, averaging 6... Read more

Stock Watch: Boone, offense sliding after dismal performance; Cash on the rise

The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has just rung again, meaning it's time for another taking a look at who is rising and falling with their performances for Blue Devil sports teams. Each week The Blue Zone will look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock has taken a hit from the week in the world of Duke athletics.

Bull Market—Trending Up

  • Jeremy Cash: The second-team All-American was one of the few bright spots for Duke Saturday night, spearheading a strong defensive effort that kept the Blue Devils in the game after a slow start. Cash recorded 10 tackles and forced two fumbles despite battling through cramps for much of the second half, and was all over the field throughout the contest. The Miami native has been Duke's best player this season and if he keeps it up, his NFL draft stock will only keep rising also. Cash was named the co-Defensive Back of the Week in the ACC for his efforts... Read more

Duke community comes together to fund Powell's little brother cancer treatments

The Duke community prides itself on coming together in moments of distress and need, and Monday night brought another display of said community.

Junior running back Shaquille Powell’s younger brother Malachi Briggs was diagnosed with cancer Sept. 10. Two days later, Briggs underwent surgery but the tumor was deemed too large to remove and will require at least two months of treatment before doctors reevaluate it in November to decide whether or not it is safe to operate.

Tuesday night, the family created a fund on the popular website GoFundMe in hopes of offsetting the high costs of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In just six hours, the fund has collected $2,075 from 33 donors, a total that has been increasing by the minute. The post has a set goal of $20,000, an estimate of how much the treatments will run the family in out-of-pocket payments.

Powell's teammates took to social media to help spread the word Monday night... Read more

Around the ACC: Week 5

Brianna Siracuse / The Chronicle

With the beginning of conference games in the ACC, Florida State remains in control of the much better Atlantic Division. By contrast, control in the Coastal Division is still up for grabs, as it could be throughout the season.

Miami 22, Duke 10

The Blue Devils' (4-1, 0-1 in the ACC) offense struggled to get going and the defense was unable to contain All-ACC running back Duke Johnson in a 22-10 loss on the road to the Hurricanes (3-2, 1-1). Johnson’s 25 carries for 155 yards set the pace for the Hurricanes, who never trailed in the game. Trailing only 9-7 at halftime, Duke was presented with many opportunities to get back in the game in the 2nd half. However, inopportune turnovers by redshirt senior quarterback Boone and the offense, as well as a big defensive mishap on fourth-and-17, thwarted the Blue Devils' comeback effort.

No. 1 Florida State 56, N.C. State 41

Trailing 24-7 in the first quarter, the top-ranked Seminoles appeared in danger of yet another upset at the hands of the Wolfpack... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 5

Duke handed first loss at Miami

After an undefeated nonconference schedule and a 48-30 win against the Hurricanes in last year's matchup, the Blue Devils could not convert their momentum into a win in their first ACC matchup of the year. Miami's defense had a great performance, only allowing 83 rushing yards for the entire game. Although there were brief flashes of brilliance on the Duke side, the Blue Devils were unable to consistently rise to the challenge and scrapped any hope of breaking the top 25 this week. Duke will play another road contest with an eye on redemption during a visit to Georgia Tech Oct. 11.

Florida State feels consequence of slow start against N.C. State

With Jameis Winston back at the helm of the Seminole offense after his suspension, Florida State was ready to come back in a strong way after a mediocre performance against Clemson last week. But that was not the case at the start of the game, when the Seminoles found themselves trailing 24-7... Read more

Making The Grade: Duke football vs. Miami

Plagued by turnovers and offensive errors, the Blue Devils struggled to keep pace with an energized Miami team. Duke never led in their loss to the Hurricanes 22-10 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday and will have to improve its offensive efficiency during the upcoming bye week if it wants to compete again for the Coastal Division crown.

Offense: D

Pass: Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone struggled mightily from the pocket Saturday and was under heavy duress for much of the game, completing only 22 of his 51 passing attempts. Boone’s inability to connect with receivers led to a paltry 179 passing yards—his third straight game with less than 200 yards through the air—and frequent mishaps led to two Miami interceptions.

The untimely turnovers and abysmal 2-of-16 third down conversion rate sapped momentum from an already anemic offense, keeping Duke off the scoreboard and eventually sealing the team’s fate... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Miami

The Blue Devils struggled mightily on offense in their first conference test of the season Saturday night in a 22-10 loss on the road to Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The loss was Duke's first of the season and dropped the Blue Devils to 4-1 (0-1 in the ACC) on the year.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Improve run defense: One of the Blue Devils' biggest weaknesses throughout the first four weeks of the season came back to bite them in a big way. The Hurricanes, led by All-ACC running back Duke Johnson and freshman Joe Yearby shredded Duke on the ground, with each running back averaging more than six yards per carry. The impact of Duke’s young linebackers—true freshman Zavier Carmichael and redshirt freshman Chris Holmes—was hardly noticeable as the two recorded one tackle and three tackles, respectively... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Miami

The Blue Devils finished the first half trailing Miami 9-7 after allowing the Hurricanes to get off to a hot start with back-to-back scoring drives. Quarterback Anthony Boone had trouble finding open receivers in a scrappy Miami secondary, and the redshirt senior started the game 2-for-7 for -2 yards through the air. He had an opportunity to make a big play midway through the first quarter, but overthrew a wide open Jamison Crowder.

Early in the second quarter a 29-yard pass from Boone to wide receiver Johnell Barnes that was originally ruled incomplete, but reversed upon further review, set up a Shaquille Powell 7-yard run to make the score 9-7. Duke forced the Hurricanes into another three-and-out on the ensuing drive but could not capitalize on the momentum.

The punishing Hurricane ground game continued pound into the Blue Devil defense, anchoring a eight-play, 49-yard drive that appeared to have led to a 35-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett, but the pass was ruled incomplete... Read more