The Daily Roundup: Free Throw Friday
Getting your mind right:
The Weekend Smoke from the StogieGuys.com - Stogie Reviews: Cuban Crafters Cameroon Toro
Many rooting against Duke in Lacrosse final four: "Extra year of eligibility leads to widespread scorn of Devils."
The Life of Kings: "Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun discusses his Lakers fandom and the ups and downs of rooting for Kobe Bryant, and explains why we need villains in sports."
Elite talent pool filling up again: "Basketball prospects ending drought in N.C. recruiting
Dave Telep instructed the top players in the state to look around them as they gathered in March for the start of his Carolina Challenge camp at Cary Academy."
N.C. 5 on the Rise
Pettigrew admits doping: "Olympic gold-medal sprinter Antonio Pettigrew on Thursday for the first time admitted taking performance-enhancing substances during a long track career in which he passed all drug tests."
Celtics lose homecourt, series lead: "The home cooking diet has been suspended. Now the Celtics have to produce where they have run on empty during this postseason - the road. Homecourt advantage - that precious..."
Speedway Motorsports purchases Kentucky Speedway :"Speedway Motorsports Inc. has agreed to purchase Kentucky Speedway, opening the door for the northern Kentucky track to perhaps one day host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event."
Fans' desires not important: "Mr. CFB says most fans want football playoff, but their voice is falling on deaf ears."
The conference headlines:
Andrew Jones, The ACC Insider - TOB Year Two: What To Expect
The ACC Baseball Tournament -
ACC Baseball Tournament Update
Wolfpack shows no mercy to Tigers : "After a sloppy loss in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the N.C. State baseball team came out firing on all cylinders Thursday night."
Miami rallies past Georgia Tech
ACC HOPES GOING, GOING, GONE : "Georgia Tech center fielder Jeff Rowland watched this Miami home run head over the wall in the sixth inning. Things would get worse for the Yellow Jackets in the ninth.e Hurricanesin over the Hurricanes."
For Watts, the call finally comes from Tar Heels : "Justin Watts and Johnny Dawkins first met at the YMCA. Duke's assistant coach would bring his two sons to the Y to work on their basketball games. Watts, who was a standout player at Jordan, was there doing the same."
Devils rare underdogs in the NCAA semis:"Sometimes it can be fun to do something you're not supposed to do. The previous three seasons, the Duke women's lacrosse team successfully stuck to the script, entering the NCAA Tournament as a favorite to reach the Final Four and doing just that."
Baseball: For Tigers, it’s all over but the mercy: "The only case Clemson has left to work is its suitcase. The eighth-seeded Tigers have one game remaining in the ACC tournament — and barring the unforeseen, their season as well."
Diamond united future recruits:"Clemson’s Kyle Parker might share the lead for home runs among ACC freshman. But one friend and future teammate is jokingly unconvinced Parker will be the best power hitter on the football team."
Coach Shannon sees familiar face in Middle East:"UM coach Randy Shannon is currently on a tour of the Middle East with four other..."
Allen Bailey to have surgery Wednesday:"The much-anticipated debut of Allen Bailey at defensive end may be on hold...."
From the Eye on the U Blog:
UM assistants on recruiting tour : "I still haven't gotten around to that interview with Derrick Crudup because the last 48 hours for me have…"
P.T. Willis on Seminoles: 'Guess they don't want an analyst'
Former FSU TE Brandon Warren enrolled at Tennessee
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