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Not many people can say their most memorable sports experience occurred while sitting on the concrete floor of a field house restroom. The toilets at Koskinen Stadium, however, were exactly where I found myself on a stormy late-September night, when I leaned back against a clammy cinderblock wall, crossed my legs in front of me and began talking about cancer.
After its celebrated victory over No. 3 North Carolina Wednesday, Duke could have stumbled into its next game with a hangover.
Lindsey Harding walked onto the hardwood at Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday, not in hightops, but in heels.
NEW YORK - Heads drooping and eyes downcast, the Blue Devils packed their bags in a somber locker room Thursday evening at Madison Square Garden. They would be back in Durham Friday morning, then packing their bags again and scattering across the country.
For the past four years, Nolan Smith may as well have been playing for a college program.
Two five-gallon glass tanks rest in a closet under a hanging pair of black business suits and a collection of brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. Six-packs are stacked haphazardly around the closet door, dirty clothes are strewn over the floor and a road bike hangs on the opposite wall. The concealed space tucked away in the third-floor apartment on Watts Street would have been ideal for hiding alcohol during the Roaring 20s-a time when jazz music mingled with much-despised laws against manufacturing or distributing beer. But unless you live on East Campus, prohibition went out of fashion in the 1930s. And beer brew chefs Ben Haynes and Steve Worrell are certainly not running an Al Capone operation out of their two-bedroom apartment.
At 5-foot-10 with glossy black hair, dark eyes and a spunky Bombay accent that could charm just about anybody, Sarah Sham is the kind of girl that commands the spotlight.
Florida State's No. 1 ranking and near-perfect record is not about to intimidate Duke.
RALEIGH - Any pre-game anxiety Abby Waner may have had going into Sunday night's matchup certainly didn't show on the court.
After Duke lost to N.C. State in the ACC Tournament semifinals Saturday, head coach Gail Goestenkors wrote two phrases on the team's whiteboard.
Entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a 26-3 record and the leadership of three experienced seniors-including National Player of the Year candidate Monique Currie-Duke was burdened with the pressure of winning the program's first national championship.
It was the perfect end to a perfect regular season.
CLEMSON, S.C. - In the end, there was no question about the winner this time around.
Age: 27 | Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
RALEIGH - It was one of those feel-good moments.
Duke was sinking three-pointers from all over the floor Saturday, and they weren't coming from just one guy-J.J. Redick was nowhere to be found.
Every university tries to put its best face forward-sometimes, however, national media scrutiny gets in the way of even the best public relations campaigns.
Although undergraduates traveled to 49 states this fall as student spokespersons for Discover Duke evening programs, they're not the only ones putting themselves out there for Duke.
Riding high from Friday night's 3-1 win against host Tennessee, No. 25 Duke was ready to take on No. 17 San Diego Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
For 12 minutes in the first half, unranked Georgia Southern was beating No. 10 Duke at home.