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Looking back

(04/30/12 4:00am)

I’m writing my final words in The Chronicle in a hotel outside Richmond, Va., on the cusp of the real world and a career in journalism. As I drove down the long, tree-lined stretches of I-85 that connect Durham to Virginia’s capital, I racked my brain to try and come up with a suitable idea for a senior column, but my mind wandered instead to impending deadlines. I’m in town to cover a NASCAR race for an online publication, and I’m expected to submit 800 words by midnight, and another thousand or so the next day. Deadlines, of course, must be met, so my brainstorming session was cut short.


(11/28/11 10:00am)

Head coach Robbie Church was calm in the locker room at halftime of Duke’s quarterfinal matchup against Long Beach State. His Blue Devils had played uninspired soccer in the first 45 minutes in front of a raucous home crowd and needed to score in order to reach what would be their second NCAA semifinal in program history, and first since 1992.


(03/25/11 8:00am)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The tide had turned. The lower-seeded but surging Wildcats, who had been outplayed in the first half and only had a fighting chance thanks to the masterful performance of sophomore Derrick Williams, were on the cusp of putting away the defending national champion and one-seeded Blue Devils.