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Raleigh, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Aaron:

Smith, Holmgren, Banchero top list of forwards in NBA draft

Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, Auburn's Jabari Smith and Duke's Paolo Banchero are set to make it a forward-heavy start to the NBA draft → Read More

Smith, Holmgren, Banchero top list of forwards in NBA draft

Forwards are expected to dominate Thursday's NBA draft, starting with the trio of... → Read More

Coach K enjoying family, ‘at peace’ with coaching retirement

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski is savoring the first taste of life after a Hall of Fame coaching career at Duke. The 75-year-old has spent time with family, travel and a new puppy in the two months since his coaching retirement. The magnitude of that change hit home during his granddaughter’s recent high school […] → Read More

Rangers whip Hurricanes 6-2, off to Eastern final

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Kreider scored twice, Igor Shesterkin was strong in net again and the New York Rangers ended Carolina's perfect postseason run at home, beating the Hurricanes 6-2 in the decisive Game 7 of their second-round playoff series Monday night. → Read More

Rangers oust Hurricanes 6-2 in Game 7, reach Eastern finals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nothing is fazing these New York Rangers, not multi-game series deficit nor playing in a building where no road team has won in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Instead, this resilient bunch is carrying an ever-growing confidence straight into the Eastern Conference finals, thanks to another Game 7 win and the latest […] → Read More

Hurricanes lose Game 7 to Rangers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes lost goaltender Antti Raanta and rookie forward Seth Jarvis to injuries in Game 7 of the team's second round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Monday night. Raanta went down with 4:23 left in the second period with New York leading 2-0. → Read More

Hurricanes, Rangers face Game 7 for trip to conference final

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have the home-ice advantage with the flawless record when playing in front of their rowdy home crowd. The New York Rangers have the resilience proven with a perfect mark in elimination games. They’re both leaning on those experiences in another Game 7 on Monday night, the second winner-take-all […] → Read More

Hurricanes win Game 5, push Rangers to brink of elimination

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes controlled long stretches of play, stayed aggressive and even got a breakthrough in a two-month struggle on the power play.It was enough to secure another home playoff victory. → Read More

Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brendan Smith had gone nine years since last finding the back of the net in the Stanley Cup playoffs.And Antti Raanta, well, he never had a postseason game like this. → Read More

Cole’s OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho extended the game. Ian Cole ended it. And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs despite being completely outplayed most of the night. Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Wednesday […] → Read More

Blue Devils’ Griffin becomes 5th Duke player to bolt for NBA

Duke freshman A.J. Griffin is heading to the NBA. He becomes the fifth Blue Devils player in the past week to declare early for the draft. → Read More

Tar Heels, Jayhawks enter NCAA title tilt with common roots

The story of college basketball can be traced largely from the base of Mount Oread on the campus of Kansas, where the inventor of the game was also the school's first coach, and across the heartland and down Tobacco Road to North Carolina, where so much of its history has been made. → Read More

UNC gets best of Duke in epic 3rd meeting at Final Four

Caleb Love and North Carolina proved they could play their outside-shooting finesse style better than Duke could play bully ball → Read More

NBA prospects get another college incentive with paid deals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NBA prospect Dyson Daniels will be tuned in for this weekend’s... → Read More

Top-seeded NC State women beat Kansas State, reach Sweet 16

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wes Moore admitted being a bit nervous for how North Carolina State might manage the emotions of playing for the final time on its home court. Instead, the top-seeded Wolfpack used the moment to offer one last impressive show to the fans on the way to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. […] → Read More

Michigan State fades late, falls to Duke

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski’s emotions began to flow with a few seconds left on the clock, when it was finally certain Duke would extend his last NCAA Tournament run. → Read More

Coach K’s last ride continues as Duke closes out Spartans

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Duke survived some tense moments in the closing minutes against Michigan State and extended Mike Krzyzewski’s final NCAA Tournament run, beating Tom Izzo’s Spartans 85-76 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame coaches’ bittersweet final tussle. Star freshman Paolo Banchero scored 19 points and muscled in the go-ahead drive through contact […] → Read More

Michigan State survives, edges Davidson; gets Duke next

Joey Hauser hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points, and Michigan State withstood a desperation charge by Davidson in the final minute for a 74-73 victory on Friday night in the NCAA… → Read More

Michigan State survives, edges Davidson 74-73 in NCAAs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Michigan State was tough enough to take back the lead in a critical moment, then fortunate enough to withstand Davidson’s desperation final charge. “I thought it was a little bit of a roller-coaster,” Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo said. The Spartans survived regardless, getting a career-high 27 points from Joey […] → Read More

Gonzaga remains atop AP Top 25; Tennessee cracks top 10

Gonzaga, Arizona and reigning national champion Baylor remained atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday while Tennessee cracked the top 10 for the first time this year and North Carolina returned to the Top 25 for the first time since November. Mark Few’s Bulldogs claimed 52 of 61 first-place votes to hold the […] → Read More