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ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that former Duke and current Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler has been notified by the NFL that he is facing a suspension due to a violation of the league's Performance Enhancing Drugs policy. Although Fowler's lawyer has emphatically stated that his client has never failed a drug or steroid test, the NFL said in a letter to Fowler that it "had 'credible information' Fowler 'purchased, used or supplied' performance enhancing drugs."
Despite the lure of having David Cutcliffe, well-known for his quarterback grooming abilities, as his college head coach, Kernersville, N.C. native Danny O'Brien recently gave a verbal commitment to Maryland. The pro-style quarterback had been considering Duke and East Carolina along with the Terrapins. In Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen's still-early, three-person 2009 recruiting class, O'Brien is already the second quarterback.
Although no other players on Duke's roster had their names called after Nate Freiman was tabbed in the 28th round of the MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, a pick a few rounds earlier could have future implications for the Duke baseball program.
Audio from John Danowski
With time beginning to work against the Blue Devils, Matt Danowski scored a much-needed goal with 8:51 to go in regulation. His shot from 10 yards out was slowed down by Gvozden, but it trickled into the net to pull Duke within one at 7-6.
The low-scoring play of the first quarter continued into the second period, with Duke controlling time of possession early but unable to get one past Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden. But with just over five minutes in, Blue Jay Brian Christopher found the back of the net, streaking down the right side and firing one past Dan Loftus. That goal tied the score at two, as the Blue Devils -- aside from Zack Greer's goal -- have struggled to get out in the fast-paced transition game that has allowed its offense to be so successful this year.
The Blue Jays scored an easy goal from right in front of the net to go up 5-2, and the Blue Devil faithful were getting restless.
The first goal of the game didn't come until the 6:55 mark, but it was only a matter of time.
Wow. If the first game of the NCAA semifinals is any indication of how good the Blue Devils-Blue Jays matchup will be, then we're in for one hell of a day.
During a brief layover in Philadelphia before hopping a plane to Boston for this weekend's Final Four, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye on a TV in a nearby bar.
Despite a recent lack of widespread success on the diamond, Duke Baseball has a long track record of producing drafteable MLB Prospects. Last year, three Blue Devils were drafted, with center fielder Jimmy Gallagher leading the pack as a 7th round (239th overall) selection of the Chicago White Sox. The 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, however, might see a Duke draftee have his name called in a much higher round.
It's only fitting that it turned out this way.
10 minutes to go before the opening faceoff of the ACC tournament championship here in Klockner Stadium. The crowd is virtually all orange and blue, and the speakers are blasting every pump-up song you've ever heard. There are some ominous clouds on the horizon, and there were reports of isolated t-storms starting up around 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the surface, the dichotomies between the programs of Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Huggins couldn't be sharper. Coach K's Duke programs have been consistently cited as the paragon of combining academic and athletic excellence, with the national title banners to prove that the two seemingly disparate elements of books and basketball can be combined successfully. Huggins, meanwhile, has carried a reputation of recruiting kids with dubious academic and personal issues in an all-out effort to win, all while burning bridges and jumping from school to school in the process.
The Chronicle will be live-blogging the Duke-Pitt game tonight from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Stay tuned!