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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Taylor Virden, a McDonogh graduate from Ellicott City who is a member of the women's lacrosse team at Duke, is at the center of a race-related controversy at the university that was exposed Monday. The athletic website for Duke showed members of the team dressed up as characters from “The Little Rascals” for Halloween, and Virden was dressed as Buckwheat and wore blackface, which as you know, is highly offensive. According to Deadspin , the photo was removed Monday morning, presumably after the university received complaints.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
Fifth-seeded Denver had faithfully stuck to a goalie rotation, but it was a change in the cage that helped top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke emerge with a 15-12 win in an NCAA tournament semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday. After sophomore Luke Aaron allowed a goal to sophomore attackman Wesley Berg that allowed the Pioneers to close the gap to 11-10 just 74 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils countered by pulling Aaron for junior Kyle Turri.
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By BILL ORDINE | February 22, 2008
The sorry saga of the falsely accused Duke lacrosse players refuses to go away. Yesterday, more than three dozen players and some of their family members filed a federal lawsuit holding the university, the city of Durham, N.C., and some officials responsible for emotional duress suffered during the whirlwind days and months of the case. Cutting through the legalese, what the players -- none of whom were charged in the dismissed sex assault case -- are saying, especially as it applies to Duke, is that instead of supporting them, the university sat back while they were under general harassment.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Reigning national champion Duke owns a slight 4-3 edge in its series with Denver, but this is the first time the teams will meet in the NCAA tournament. The Pioneers are making their third Final Four appearance in four years, while the Blue Devils earned a spot in the national semifinals for the eighth consecutive season and 10th time in program history. Fifth-seeded Denver (16-2) is the hottest team in the postseason, having won 13 consecutive games since a 12-10 loss to Penn on March 1. But the team is seeking its first trip to the NCAA title game.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun reporter | January 20, 2007
For months, Duke lacrosse families have directed their anger largely at the prosecutor who brought what they consider a baseless sexual assault case against three players. But District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, who recused himself from the case last week, isn't the only object of their rage. Parents of team members say the university abandoned the 46 players, buckling under pressure by faculty and demonstrators to take action against the team when an African-American stripper's rape allegation surfaced last March.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | June 23, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -- Lawyers for three former Duke lacrosse players asked a judge yesterday to find Mike Nifong, the former district attorney, in criminal contempt of court. A finding of contempt could land Nifong in jail. The motion was filed with Durham Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III, who has been assigned to the lacrosse case. The lawyers said that Nifong had engaged in a pattern of official misconduct that violated at least a dozen laws, rules and court orders designed to protect due process and the pursuit of truth.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun reporter | June 19, 2007
For months, members of Duke's men's 2006 lacrosse team and their families quietly seethed at university administrators and faculty members who they believed abandoned them when three players were falsely accused of rape. Yesterday, the three men who were accused - they were declared innocent by the North Carolina attorney general in April - reached financial settlements that will eliminate the possibility of lawsuits by the former players against Duke. Neither Duke nor former teammates David Evans, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty would disclose details of the settlements, but a Duke official said there was "a financial component."
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By DAVID STEELE | April 17, 2006
Kobe Bryant is back in the news this week, mostly because of what he has done on the court, with the NBA playoffs approaching and the votes for Most Valuable Player due this week. But his re-emergence coincides with widespread reminders of why he became a topic of national discussion off the court. Bryant was the central figure in a big sports celebrity sexual assault case not that unlike the one currently careening out of control at Duke, one that reportedly could go before a grand jury today.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
The start was memorable - for all the wrong reasons - but the ending figures to be a lasting memory for the Duke men's lacrosse team. The seventh-seeded Blue Devils roared back from a 5-0 deficit and scored 11 of the second half's 15 goals to knock off top-seeded Syracuse, 16-10, in the NCAA tournament final Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. An announced attendance of 28,224 - the smallest crowd to watch a title game since 2002 - saw the Blue Devils (16-5) improve to 2-1 in championship finals and prevent the vaunted Orange from extending their Division I-leading total of national crowns to 11. (The NCAA does not recognize the 1990 title won by Syracuse after the team was cited for using an ineligible player.)
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By THOMAS SOWELL | May 18, 2006
The worst thing said in the case involving rape charges against Duke University students did not come from the prosecutor or the defense attorneys, or even from any of the accusers or the accused. It was said by a student at North Carolina Central University, a black institution attended by the stripper who made rape charges against Duke lacrosse players. According to Newsweek, the young man at NCCU said that he wanted to see the Duke students prosecuted, "whether it happened or not. It would be justice for things that happened in the past."
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Come Monday, Duke's Casey Carroll hopes to play the game he loves while saluting the sacrifices he and others have made for their country. When better than Memorial Day for a former Army Ranger to end his college lacrosse career in the NCAA championship game? "That [scenario] would be great for so many reasons - but, of course, it's one game at a time," said Carroll, 29, a starting defenseman for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who play No. 5 Denver in the Division I semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Fifth-seeded Denver has made no secret about its season-long philosophy of rotating goalkeepers Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus. Top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke may adopt a similar approach in Saturday's NCAA tournament semifinal against the Pioneers at M&T Bank Stadium. Sophomore Luke Aaron (9.82 goals-against average; .518 save percentage) is slated to make his 17th start of the season, but he looked shaky in the second half of Sunday's 19-11 rout of Johns Hopkins and was pulled in the third quarter in favor of junior Kyle Turri (8.63 goals-against average; .453 save percentage)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Coach John Danowski said top-seeded Duke is preparing to meet fifth-seeded Denver in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore without starting attackman Josh Dionne, who injured his right knee in Sunday's 19-11 victory over Johns Hopkins. “He had an MRI last night at 9 o'clock,” Danowski said Tuesday morning during a conference call. “We don't know the results of that MRI yet, but we're planning to move ahead with Josh.” Dionne, who recorded 49 goals and seven assists this spring, would be replaced in the starting lineup by junior Kyle Keenan, a member of the second midfield who has posted 19 goals and nine assists.
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From Sun staff reports | March 24, 2014
Midfielder Deemer Class (Loyola High) scored six times, and three other Blue Devils had four or more goals as No. 4 Duke rushed past the visiting No. 9 Orange, 21-7. After Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) went up, 2-1, in the first quarter, the Blue Devils (8-2, 2-1) started a 10-0 run that included hat tricks by Class and midfielder Myles Jones, who finished with five goals. The Orange, led by attackman Randy Staats' two goals, didn't score again until 7:16 remained in the half, and Duke answered each Syracuse goal with one or more of its own. Women No. 3 Syracuse 11, No. 8 Northwestern 7: After a tight first half, host Syracuse (9-1)
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From Sun staff reports | March 15, 2014
Jordan Wolf's goal at the 2:34 mark of the first overtime period lifted host No. 6 Duke to a 9-8 win over No. 7 North Carolina on Saturday at Koskinen Stadium. "Christian Walsh came down and made a nice move," Wolf said. "We've been playing together for a long time and have great chemistry, and I knew he was going to throw it to me and set a pick. I attacked the ball, got to five-on-five, inside roll and stuck it, fortunately. " The Blue Devils improved to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Tar Heels fell to 5-2, 0-2. "I just thought it was everything that is good about our sport," coach John Danowski said.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Reigning national champion Duke made a break from tradition - in a positive way. Sunday's 14-6 victory over Stony Brook guaranteed that the top-ranked Blue Devils will finish February with a 4-0 record. It's the first time since 2008 that the program did not suffer a loss in the first month of the season. But if coach John Danowski is supposed to be doing cartwheels over the achievement, he sounded remarkably composed from his campus office on Tuesday morning. “It's February, and it's February lacrosse,” Danowski said by phone as he prepares Duke for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with No. 3 Maryland at Byrd Stadium on Saturday at noon.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER | April 29, 2006
Maryland coach Dave Cottle looks at his 2007 men's lacrosse schedule and sees potentially glaring holes. Virginia coach Dom Starsia wonders what will become of the Atlantic Coast Conference and its annual tournament. And, as current players and incoming recruits decide whether to stick with Duke, one of the nation's top men's lacrosse programs could be on the verge of some convulsions. While Duke figures out what to do with the men's team, as rape charges against two players stemming from an alleged incident involving a stripper at a team party on March 13 hang over the school and the city of Durham, N.C., a state of limbo hovers over the game.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | February 8, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -- Seventeen North Carolina Central University undergraduates in a communications class were asked to think like a jury: Raise your hand if you believe the accuser in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case fabricated her story. The students in the cramped cinderblock classroom looked at each other and at the reporter posing the issue. Not a single hand was raised. Students at the historically black state university, where the accuser is enrolled, mostly support the 28-year-old student, mother and exotic dancer whose allegations against three former Duke lacrosse players have been widely discredited in court and the media.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
The start was memorable - for all the wrong reasons - but the ending figures to be a lasting memory for the Duke men's lacrosse team. The seventh-seeded Blue Devils roared back from a 5-0 deficit and scored 11 of the second half's 15 goals to knock off top-seeded Syracuse, 16-10, in the NCAA tournament final Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. An announced attendance of 28,224 - the smallest crowd to watch a title game since 2002 - saw the Blue Devils (16-5) improve to 2-1 in championship finals and prevent the vaunted Orange from extending their Division I-leading total of national crowns to 11. (The NCAA does not recognize the 1990 title won by Syracuse after the team was cited for using an ineligible player.)
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