Nov 28

North Carolina leads country in producing turkeys, sweet potatoes

× North Carolina leads country in producing turkeys, sweet potatoes CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There’s a satisfactory chance there was a little North Carolina in your Thanksgiving dinner. WCNC.com reported that North Carolina produced 1.2 billion pounds of turkey last year, making it number one in the country in pounds produced. When it comes to turkeys raised, North Carolina is second only to Minnesota. Butterball’s headquarters is in Garner, N.C., while Jennie-O is based in Willmar, Minn. Those two companies together produce approximately a third of all the turkeys sold in the country, according to the Washing Post. North Carolina has been the nation’s top producer of sweet potatoes since 1971, when it surpassed Louisiana, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. Sampson County is the number one county for turkey & sweet potato production in North Carolina, according to WCNC.

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Nov 28

No. 5 Carolina rolls past No. 22 UCLA, 78-56

<!– google_ad_section_start –> PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Marcus Paige scored 21 points & had five assists, Justin Jackson scored 12 points & No. 5 North Carolina had little trouble on the way to beating No. 22 UCLA 78-56 on Thursday night in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.<!– –>Isaiah Hicks & J.P. Tokoto each scored 10 points for the Tar Heels (4-1), who closed the first half on a 32-11 run & put the game absolutely away with a 15-0 second-half run.Paige had back-to-back 3-pointers to obtain that second run going, as North Carolina turned a nine-point edge into a 62-38 lead with 9:12 left.Norman Powell scored 15 points for UCLA (4-2), which dropped its second straight. Kevon Looney scored 11 points & Bryce Alford finished with 10 points for the Bruins.It was a matchup of storied programs. Between them, North Carolina & UCLA have 35 Final Four appearances & 16 national championships — though both saw their chances of returning from the Bahamas with a title vanish with losses in Thursday’s quarterfinals.A shot at fifth place will have to do for North Carolina, which will try to leave Atlantis with a 2-1 mark after it plays either No. 18 Florida or Alabama-Birmingham on Friday night. View gallery UNC’s Nate Britt (0) goes for a jump shot against UCLA’s Tony Parker (23) during their game  … Both teams led for exactly 9 minutes, 40 seconds in the first half, suggesting things were fairly even.It wasn’t even close.UCLA raced out to an 18-11 lead. After that, it was all Carolina. The Tar Heels outscored UCLA by 21 points in the final 13 minutes of the half, their reserves outscoring the Bruins’ bench 18-0. …

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Nov 28

Richardson, Moore help Tennessee beats Santa Clara

<!– google_ad_section_start –> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee received 18 points apiece from Josh Richardson & Armani Moore, & took control with impressive defensive play to start the second half en route to a 64-57 win over Santa Clara Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.Tennessee used a 14-0 run to open the second half to go up 41-30 with 11:55 left. Richardson gave the Volunteers their first lead, 32-30, since early in the game with 17 minutes remaining.Santa Clara didn’t obtain its first second-half points until Jared Brownridge made a layup with 10 1/2 minutes to play. Kai Healey hit a 3 in the final minute to cut the deficit to 59-55, yet Broncos could obtain no closer.”It was most significant to start the second half right,” Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall said. ”They dug in & defensed the right way.”Jabari McGhee added eight points & nine rebounds for Tennessee (2-1), which faced off-court distractions this week following the resignation of an assistant coach.Brandon Clark scored 21 points & Jared Brownridge added 12 for Santa Clara (2-3).Two members of Tyndall’s staff have resigned since a Nov. 6 announcement that the NCAA was conducting a review of Southern Mississippi, where Tyndall worked the last two seasons.Tennessee announced Monday that assistant coach Adam Howard was resigning ”effective immediately” for personal reasons. R.J. Rush, a special assistant to Tyndall, resigned on Nov. 10 & cited family reasons for his departure. Both Howard & Rush worked with Tyndall at Southern Mississippi.Tyndall has declined to comment on the departures of Howard & Rush.Clark had 10 points as Santa Clara took a 30-27 halftime lead. …

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Nov 27

Top 25 (and one): North Carolina takes tumble

The Top 25 (and one) updates every morning & moreover on Sunday nights. Here’s the latest version: (Click this link to view each team’s previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.) Kentucky (6-0) Duke (6-0) Arizona (6-0) Wisconsin (5-0) Wichita State (3-0) Gonzaga (5-0) Louisville (5-0) Villanova (5-0) Kansas (2-1) Texas (5-0) Virginia (5-0) San Diego State (5-1) VCU (4-1) Ohio State (4-0) Miami (6-0) Michigan State (3-1) Georgetown (4-0) Florida (2-2) Arkansas (4-0) Michigan (4-1) West Virginia (6-0) Maryland (5-0) Stanford (4-1) Butler (4-0) North Carolina (3-1) Providence (5-0) In: Butler Out: UCLA

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Nov 27

Georgia Tech, Georgia QBs direct potent offenses

Updated NOV 27, 2014 11:23a ET ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Tech-Georgia matchup of high-powered offenses places a spotlight on Justin Thomas & Hutson Mason. The first quarterback to blink may be the one to lose. Mason, a senior for No. 8 Georgia, has only a small edge in experience over Thomas, a sophomore. This will be the first time Thomas has been more than an observer for No. 16 Georgia Tech in the rivalry game. Mason took over as Georgia’s starter in last year’s win over the Yellow Jackets. Each team ranks among the nation’s top 15 in scoring. That puts pressure on the quarterbacks to avoid wasting any possession. Of course, scoring on every possession is always the goal. …

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Nov 27

South Carolina Aquarium Receives Largest Donation in Organization’s History

Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) November 27, 2014 The South Carolina Aquarium has received the largest donation in the organization’s history. The $3M gift from the Zucker family was made to the Aquarium’s newest fundraising initiative, the Watershed Fund. The Watershed Fund is designed to position the Aquarium for future growth in the areas of conservation & education while moreover providing an improved guest experience. The gift will be used toward transformational learning through the expansion of the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital, & education programs provided by the Aquarium. “We’ve only been able to take a limited number of visitors at a time into our Sea Turtle Hospital behind-the-scenes tour,” said Kevin Mills, president & CEO. “Now, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Zucker family, all of our guests & visiting school groups will be able to share in the very moving experience of seeing sea turtles in various stages of recovery. We will moreover be able to increase our patient capacity & continue to develop innovative new therapies & treatments that already have positioned us as one of the world’s foremost resources for sea turtle rehabilitation. We are thrilled that the Zucker family’s generous gift will allow us to expand our service to school children, & effectively reach 70 percent more students annually throughout South Carolina. We provide an indispensable & complementary resource to the formal classroom experience, & the Zucker family has been a long-time champion of science education in diverse environments.” The Zucker family has supported the Aquarium since before its opening; Jerry Zucker was a founding board member of the South Carolina Aquarium in 1992 & served as chairman of the board from 2006 to 2008, playing a pivotal role in retiring the Aquarium’s debt. …

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Nov 27

Vols get boost from players in Vandy’s backyard

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is trying to recapture its status as the state’s dominant football program by relying on players who grew up near Vanderbilt’s campus.The Volunteers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) have five part-time or full-time starters who went to high school within approximately an hour’s drive of Vanderbilt Stadium, a figure that increases to six if you add freshman kicker Aaron Medley. That group includes two of the Southeastern Conference’s most promising freshmen in defensive end Derek Barnett & running back Jalen Hurd.All of the Nashville-area Volunteers with at least six starts are freshmen or sophomores who signed with Tennessee after coach Butch Jones’ arrival, though sophomore linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin of Clarksville verbally committed when Derek Dooley was still running the program. They’re returning home Saturday & attempting to snap Vanderbilt’s two-game winning streak in this series.”You look at the mid-state in general, it’s one of the rising population bases in the country,” Jones said. ”There are tremendous high school coaches throughout the entire state of Tennessee. There are tremendous football players. We want players that understand what it means to represent the University of Tennessee, the magnitude, the relevance.”For comparison’s sake, Vanderbilt’s only two starters from the middle Tennessee area are senior center Joe Townsend & junior defensive tackle Caleb Azubike.Tennessee’s prevalence of Nashville-area underclassmen in prominent roles underscores the emphasis Jones places on this increasingly fertile recruiting territory.”At one point it was a nice area to go in & obtain one or two players out of, yet all of a sudden, it’s really been a battleground that’s significant particularly for Tennessee & Vanderbilt to have a firm control over,” said Barton Simmons, the Nashville-based national director of scouting for 247Sports. ”I think the talent level right now in middle Tennessee is unprecedented relative to its history.”Tennessee, which opens the 2015 season against UAB at Nashville’s LP Field, put a billboard up in Nashville last month that had a picture of the Vols’ Nashville-area freshmen with the statement ”The Mid-State Stars: Giving Their All For Tennessee.”That group includes Barnett, who is tied for sixth nationally with 18 1/2 tackles for loss. It moreover features Hurd, who has rushed for 756 yards. Freshman receiver Josh Malone has started six games. …

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Nov 27

Wiltjer leads No. 10 Gonzaga past Georgia

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Wiltjer found a lot more room than he expected down low at Madison Square Garden.Wiltjer scored a career-high 32 points & No. 10 Gonzaga beat Georgia 88-76 on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.”They were playing one-on-one coverage in the post & Kevin (Pangos) did a tremendous job of feeding us down there,” Wiltjer said. ”Not a lot of my 3s went down, yet Kevin was finding me on those pocket passes on open side ball screens. They were having a tough time guarding us down low so we just tried to keep going at it & that’s where we received effortless points.”Wiltjer scored 16 of his 32 points in the first half to assist Gonzaga take a 46-33 lead.”Their team was getting nearly 29 points a game from the 3-point line & so we decided we were going to eliminate the 3-point line & then let their post players play one-on-one,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. ”He finished a lot of those plays. He’s just too satisfactory to play one-on-one.”Georgia’s Nemanja Djurisic had the difficult task of guarding Wiltjer on his career night.”It was complex because we were long on the post most of the times,” Djurisic said. ”We tried to matchup & we tried to do different things, yet often times he found a way to score either on us or the small guys when we switched. He’s a tremendous player. We all knew that.”Pangos added 22 points, six assists & three steals for Gonzaga (5-0). He moreover had his first turnover of the season through five games.The Bulldogs will play St. …

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Nov 27

Clemson, South Carolina Football Game Officially Named "The Palmetto Bowl"

On Saturday, Clemson University & the University of South Carolina are set to meet on the football field for the 112th time, dating back to their first gridiron encounter in 1896. One of the most storied & historic rivalries in all of college football, the annual game between the state’s largest public institutions has never had an official name. The athletic departments of both schools announced this week the official adoption of The Palmetto Bowl™ as the name of the game moving forward, & a trophy & logo will be developed & unveiled prior to the 2015 game. “This is one of the premier games every year in college football, & it’s a tremendous opportunity for our institutions to increase exposure to the State of South Carolina & all the tremendous people here,” Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “To name this game The Palmetto Bowl hopefully adds to the identity of this tremendous rivalry.” “From ‘Big Thursday’ to ‘The Palmetto Bowl,’ there is so much history & tradition to showcase approximately this rivalry,” said South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner. “The Palmetto Bowl gives this rivalry an identity that highlights the State of South Carolina & the accomplishments of these outstanding institutions.” The Tigers & Gamecocks kick off at 12 noon Saturday, in a contest set for broadcast on ESPN.

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Nov 27

Balanced South Carolina beats UNC-Asheville 89-75

<!– google_ad_section_start –> COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — All five starters scored 12 points or better as South Carolina broke a two-game losing streak with an 89-75 win over UNC-Asheville on Wednesday night.Led by Laimonas Chatkevicius’ 17 points & 13 rebounds – his first career double-double – the Gamecocks (3-3) overcame a Bulldogs team that ran the floor like a track meet & launched quick shot after quick shot.”After two losses, the whole team was just trying to go out there & do their best,” Chatkevicius said. ”Just happened to be me being in the right spot.”UNC-Asheville (2-3) saw very few go in, hitting just 23 of 63 (36.5 percent). And with South Carolina limiting second chances with 10 blocked shots & 29 defensive rebounds, the Gamecocks began to pull away.”As crazy as this sounds, defensively, I thought we were pretty good,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. ”When you’re playing a special player, it makes it harder. (Andrew) Rowsey’s special. I thought he’d donate in. That kid’s a fighter.”South Carolina’s three-guard attack finally woke from its slumber, getting 12 points each from Sindarius Thornwell, Ty Johnson & Duane Notice. Demetrius Henry added 15 points.The Bulldogs were led by Rowsey, who sank six 3-pointers among his 30 points. UNC-Asheville launched 29 3-pointers & hit 15. …

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