Archive - Dec 2011 - Sports Article
Two people familiar with the situation say Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach.
They say the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.
Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.
The Fred T. Foard boys basketball teamâ€™s resurgence continued Tuesday.
The Tigers scored 24 fourth quarter points, including eight each from Tre Robinson and Kasey Simms, carrying them past Bunker Hill at home, 54-43.
The victory improves Foard, which won three games last season, to 5-0.
The two teams were deadlocked for a majority of the contest. The Bears (0-4) held a 21-19 lead at the halftime break.
That all changed with 7:13 remaining in the game. A three-point play opportunity by Robinson gave the Tigers a lead they did not let go.
St. Stephens 70, Maiden 60
St. Stephens improved to 3-2 with a victory over Maiden in Hickory on Tuesday.
The Indians trailed 41-40 entering the fourth quarter, but scored 30 points in the final stanza to record the victory.
Kerigan Farley scored 24 points off of the bench for St. Stephens, while the Indians shot 21-for-23 from the free throw line.
Jason Gantt scored 17 points for Maiden (1-2), while Will Jenkins pitched in 10 points.
Maiden 31, St. Stephens 22
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) â€” Denver Holmes knocked down outside shots and provided Evansville with some scoring punch against fourth-ranked North Carolina. The problem was that no one else followed his lead.
While Holmes scored 14 points in the 97-48 loss to the Tar Heels on Tuesday night, no other player reached double figures for the Purple Aces. The rest of the team struggled to knock down shots, particularly from 3-point range, that could have helped negate North Carolina's big size advantage.
Trailing by two entering the fourth, Hickory powered its way to 24 points in the final quarter, lifting the Lady Red Tornadoes past Newton-Conover, 59-48.
It was about as even as it could get in the early going. Newton-Conover (2-1) and Hickory (4-0) both scored nine points in the first quarter and 16 points in the second quarter, leaving the game tied 25-25 at halftime.
A two-point cushion entering the fourth quarter gave the Lady Red Devils hope they could come away with the victory, but that all changed in the fourth.
Hickory hit 14 three-pointers Monday against Newton-Conover, which helped propel them to a dominant 87-43 victory over the visiting Red Devils.
Jalen Byrd helped his team right out of the gate, scoring 12 of Hickory's 25 points in the first quarter â€” two of which came from three-point territory. He finished with a game-high 14 points.
Also strong for Hickory was Raheim Connelly, who netted four three-pointers and scored 12 points in the game.
The Red Tornadoes led 48-18 at the halftime break.
CHARLOTTE â€” Kurt Busch and Penske Racing parted ways Monday after six bumpy seasons, a split that clouds the former champion's future in NASCAR as he embarks on a personal journey to reclaim his passion for racing.
Both the team and driver said ending the relationship was a "mutual agreement," but most believe Busch was fired in the fallout of yet another embarrassing incident. A fan caught Busch on video verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during last month's season finale, and Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube.
Sports schedule for Dec. 5-11
Monday, Dec. 5
Newton-Conover basketball at Hickory
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Bandys wrestling at Alexander
Bunker Hill basketball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden basketball at St. Stephens
North Lincoln/SouthLake Christian/Hibriten at Maiden wrestling
Northwestern 3A/4A meeting at Lenoir-Rhyne
CVCC men's basketball at Caldwell CCTI
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Bunker Hill wrestling vs. West Caldwell/Queens Grant at WC
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) - Temple vs. Wyoming, 2 p.m. on ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho) - Ohio vs. Utah St., 5:30 p.m. on ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) - San Diego St. vs. La.-Lafayette, 9 p.m. on ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.) - Florida International vs. Marshall, 8 p.m. on ESPN
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) - TCU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. ESPN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
The Tigers (10-3) clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year they won their only national championship. Clemson won't be playing for a national title this season, but the victory was still sweet considering they'd lost three of four games to close the regular season.
"We knocked down a lot of walls tonight," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.