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For diehard fans of any sport, the time leading up to the start of a season is often filled with optimism.
The shock of losing starting third-team all-ACC tight end Braxton Deaver to a season-ending knee injury earlier this week came down hard on Duke's football team.
The Brooklyn Nets big man filled in for an injured Brook Lopez and picked up some of the slack for a declining Kevin Garnett , eventually starting 22 games and averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in just 18.2 minutes per contest.
The Nets' backup center may only be going into his second NBA season, but if he can muster another solid performance for the U.S. Men's National Team on Wednesday versus the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden, all indications point to Plumlee garnering a coveted slot on the U.S.' 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup next month.
ESPN reports that Thursday could be the day that they make the final cuts to get the roster down to 12. More interesting than that, however, are two names who ESPN reports are considered "core players" and who could wind up on the chopping block.
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Duke managed to win the ACC Coastal a season ago. Will they be able to do it again? - Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Over the next few days, I will be breaking down each division, and then the conference in one of our final series in the 100 Days to Kickoff.
Addressing the crowd in Christl Arena just before Monday's USA Basketball open practice began, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "I take West Point everywhere I go."
Just when you thought it was safe to believe Duke could win the Coastal Division again, the football gods have conspired against the Blue Devils.
Duke tight end Braxton Deaver is taken down by Texas A&M defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. in the fourth quarter.
Deaver was injured during practice Monday morning, and an MRI confirmed the injury.
Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder set an ACC record with 108 receptions last season.
One of the first changes for Duke's defense in the aftermath of a season-ending injury to standout linebacker Kelby Brown was to move the leading tackler in the Atlantic Coast Conference from a year ago into his position.
Fresno State could use more zone read plays that might require its quarterbacks to run more for the 2014 season compared to past years under ex-Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr.
On a day when more than 3,000 people came to Duke's annual Meet the Blue Devils Day – compared to 1,700 last year – one player signed longer than all the rest.
Updated: Thu Aug 21, 2014 02:51 am
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