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Duke visited President Barack Obama at the White House in September to celebrate the 2015 national title—one of outgoing sports editor Ryan Hoerger’s favorite memories.

'Literally amazing'

They say college is where you create the best memories of your life. For the most part, all of mine revolve around the work I did for The Chronicle.

Women’s soccer beat writer Jesús Hidalgo followed the Blue Devils on a season of redemption that ended with a 1-0 loss to Penn State in the national championship game.

FC Barcelona and Duke: My fútbol passions

When my father took me to a soccer stadium for the first time in Lima, I was just two or three years old. Although I did not become a soccer player, my very first childhood memories are associated with a green pitch, 22 guys kicking a white and black ball and a referee. My father never imagined the way the beautiful game would shape my life.

Duke beat Syracuse on  a golden goal in March, but beat writer Seth Johnson gets no overtime.

When time runs out

The final buzzer is sounding. The game is over. It is time to pack up and go home. Unlike in the sports that I have had the privilege of covering for The Chronicle, there is no overtime in life.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to their first bowl victory since 1961 in December. Cassie Calvert gained valuable experience from working on Cutcliffe’s weekly show.

Appreciating the Duke bubble

If you had told me when I stepped on East Campus as a freshman that I would be pursuing sports media and journalism after graduation, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Sometimes life throws you curves.

Marcus Paige and his teammates were stunned by Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the national championship.

It was all but over

With 4:42 remaining, it was all but over. Villanova had pulled ahead by 10 points and North Carolina seemed to be spiraling out of control, unable to buy a bucket or catch a break.

Center Marshall Plumlee’s Blue Devil career came to an end in the Sweet 16 last week, but he and his brothers provided several memorable moments in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

'It's all over but the crying'

With Thursday's 82-68 loss to Oregon, my time watching the Blue Devils as a Duke student came to an end. But as the final buzzer faded and the sadness maintained, the tears never came.

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram and Louisiana State rookie Ben Simmons are required to go to at least one year of school before being eligible to make the move to the NBA.

New rules for school

When the 15 finalists for the Wooden Award—the annual prize for the most outstanding college basketball player—were announced Saturday, there was one notable name missing from the list.

Duke will play 36 games per year at the DBAP starting in 2016, and has historically hit more home runs there than at the cavernous Jack Coombs Stadium.

Digging into the DBAP

It’s that time of year again—baseball season. Yes, college basketball is entering the stretch run of conference play and a top-10 team loses seemingly every day to create an interesting continuum of parity as March Madness approaches.

Sophomore Grayson Allen and the Blue Devils took on the role of gritty underdog during a tough four-game ACC stretch.

Great expectations, better reality

Last week, someone upstairs decided it’d be fun to delete all the words between “Duke” and “underdog” except “is the”, and for the first time in this columnist’s memory, the Blue Devils played the role of the punchy, undermanned upstart as though they’d completely forgotten about last year’s success.

Marcus Paige and No. 2 North Carolina were the only top-8 team to survive last week unscathed in what has become a season of nightly upsets in college basketball.

Embrace the parity

Chaotic. Unpredictable. Carnage. These words are not being used to recount the end result of gladiators strapping on armor and ripping one another to shreds for the amusement of the Roman populus—they are descriptions of the 2015-16 college basketball season. But let me add another word to the mix: beautiful.