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Avoiding the wackiness elsewhere in the division, Duke took care of business with a dominating 41-3 win over Kansas to move to 3-0.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s visit to Wake Forest High School’s football practice, to commend the way the school has embraced USA Football’s Heads Up safety initiative, was overshadowed by new questions surrounding his handling of the Ray Rice incident.

Embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, after attending a Wake Forest High School football practice on Wednesday, continued to explain his response to the Ray Rice incident even as new questions were raised about the way it was handled by the NFL.

The Pirates kick off a critical stretch of three games against ACC and SEC teams with a visit to South Carolina, recently humbled by Texas A&M.

Hurricanes players still don’t have a feel for new coach Bill Peters. That will change quickly when training camp begins in two weeks.

Shadrach Thornton’s second-half running helped jump-start the NC State offense in a 24-23 comeback win over Georgia Southern.

Ryan Switzer and DeVon Edwards were unknown at this time last season. By year’s end, everyone knew their name. Bo Hines and Elijah Hood have the best chance to make a similar impact as freshmen this season.

Dan Patrick claimed on his radio show Thursday that the Carolina Hurricanes are one of two NHL teams that might move to Las Vegas. That’s not likely, but it does illustrate how the perception of the team has changed as it has struggled on the ice and in the stands.

Twenty-three years after East Carolina went to the Peach Bowl, the format of the new College Football Playoff leaves the door open for a return by the Pirates.

Duke will be hard-pressed to match last season’s 10 wins and defend the ACC Coastal Division title, but it’s a statement of how far the Blue Devils have come that seven or eight wins would be considered regression.

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Luke has worked for The News & Observer since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
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