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Extra Point: Duke football vs Pittsburgh

(11/15/15 9:06am)

On Senior Day at Wallace Wade Stadium, the Blue Devils continued their recent plunge by dropping their third straight game—this one a 31-13 decision against Pittsburgh. Redshirt sophomore Parker Boehme started at quarterback for the injured Thomas Sirk, but the team never got going in the second half as the Panthers scored three touchdowns after the break to pull away with an easy win:

XFactor: Duke basketball vs Siena

(11/13/15 8:03am)

After a long offseason, the Blue Devils are finally ready to return to the hardwood for games that count and begin their title defense. The team that takes the floor Friday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Siena will look vastly different than the one that cut down the nets after defeating Wisconsin in April. Before each game, the Chronicle takes a look at one player from each team who could be the difference in Duke's upcoming contest: 

Data digging: The all-important first quarter

(10/28/15 7:06am)

The Blue Devils capped what might very well be a season-defining win Saturday with a gritty two-yard plunge from quarterback Thomas Sirk to beat Virginia Tech in quadruple overtime. The play before that, Sirk had lofted a perfect ball in between the cornerback and the safety that fell right into the hands of tight end Erich Schneider for a 25-yard game-tying score.

Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks discusses career path since earning Ph.D. at Duke

(10/16/15 2:34pm)

David Sparks, director of basketball analytics for the Boston Celtics, graduated from Duke with a Ph.D. in political science in 2012, and earned his undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Sparks is scheduled to give a talk sponsored by the political science department detailing the progression of statistical modeling in basketball analytics Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Gross Hall 111. Ahead of Sparks' talk, The Chronicle's Brian Pollack sat down with Sparks to discuss his career path, time at Duke and thoughts on analytics in sports: