Laura Keeley,

Laura Keeley

Durham, NC, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Jordan Staal worked for his lucky break in overtime

Jordan Staal may have won Game 1 for the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday with a fluky bad-angle shot in overtime but he worked hard for that break in the 1-0 win over the New York Islanders. → Read More

Allen has 32 points as Duke defeats Georgetown 86-84

Once again, the Blue Devils faced significant game pressure in the second half of a game against a quality opponent. And once again, Duke pulled out the win, this time an 86-84 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas. → Read More

Duke starting to answer early questions

Four games into the year, Duke’s rotation is starting to take shape. → Read More

Allen’s 30 lead Duke to 79-71 win over VCU

For the first time this year, Duke found itself in a close game, down at halftime and having an opportunity to either put away a less-talented foe or crumble under the game pressure. And the Blue Devils responded, getting hot from 3-point range in their 79-71 win over VCU. → Read More

Marshall Plumlee bright spot for Duke in loss to Kentucky

Through the first four minutes of Duke’s 74-63 loss to Kentucky, Marshall Plumlee battled the Wildcats to a 9-9 tie. → Read More

Mike Krzyzewski’s praise of Kentucky also shows what Duke is missing

After Kentucky beat Duke 74-63 Tuesday night, Mike Krzyzewski graciously praised the Wildcats’ two most effective players, sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis and freshman Jamal Murray. How he chose to praise them, though, was noteworthy. Krzyzewski chose to highlight the qualities they have that his Blue Devils currently lack. → Read More

Duke dismisses three from football team

Duke, riding a three-game losing streak on the field, announced the dismissal of three players Tuesday. Starting wide receiver Johnell Barnes, a junior, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terrance Alls and redshirt sophomore Chris Holmes are no longer part of the team. → Read More

Kentucky overpowers Duke 74-63

The Blue Devils knew their first major test of the year would come in Chicago against Kentucky. The results? Duke has a long way to go. → Read More

Upperclassmen continue to lead the way for Duke

Mike Krzyzewski said at ACC media day last month that Duke’s upperclassmen were its best players, as they are the ones ready to play. → Read More

Pitt hands Duke third consecutive loss, 31-13

Duke’s defense continued its implosion against competent offensive teams as untimely mistakes ultimately sent the Blue Devils to their third straight loss. This latest one came in 31-13 fashion to Pittsburgh. → Read More

Duke’s Jones, Allen set career highs for points in win over Bryant

Matt Jones set a new career high for points—in the first half alone—as Duke easily beat Bryant 113-75. Jones had 19 after one half of play, thanks to a 5-for-6 mark from 3-point range. → Read More

Duke's defense struggles yet again in 31-13 loss to Pitt

Senior captain Jeremy Cash doesn’t think Duke’s defense has lost its edge after Pittsburgh handed the Blue Devils their third straight loss, 31-13. Maybe people are tired or not focused, the safety said, but, still, in his mind, they haven’t lost their edge. → Read More

Fun, relaxed Grayson Allen is at his best as Duke drills Siena

In games that counted, Grayson Allen continued to build off of last year’s national championship game, scoring 26 points as Duke beat Siena 92-74. → Read More

Allen’s 26 pace Duke to 92-74 win over Siena in season opener

Grayson Allen had the look of Duke’s alpha male, rising above everyone on offense in the Blue Devils’ 92-74 win over Siena at Cameron Indoor Stadium. → Read More

Young Duke team must balance playing hard with playing smart

Marshall Plumlee was still dripping sweat when he came to meet the media Monday, fresh from Duke’s first practice of the week. Judging by the look of him, there was no shortage of effort expounded. → Read More

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is questionable for Pitt game

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is questionable for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh with an upper body injury, said head coach David Cutcliffe in a surprise announcement Thursday. → Read More

Duke’s Derryck Thornton starting college basketball career in his own time

After cutting his high school career a year short to get to Duke early, freshman Derryck Thornton now is in no rush to leave the Blue Devils. → Read More

Duke football team not at a loss for motivation

This is relatively unfamiliar territory for the current version of Duke football. → Read More

No fancy explanations necessary as UNC whips Duke

When asked why the Tar Heels was able to so successfully air raid the Duke defense in their 66-31 win Saturday, cornerback Breon Borders kept it simple. → Read More

Top 2016 basketball recruit Harry Giles picks Duke

The No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2016, Five-star power forward Harry Giles, committed to Duke Friday. His decision continues the Mike Krzyzewski and his staff’s incredible recent recruiting run. → Read More