IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’ve Moved!

I’m proud to announce that The Chronicle’s Sports Blog has undergone its first facelift. We think the new blog is slicker, sleeker and, more than anything, allows us to continue to bring you the best coverage of Duke Football, Duke Basketball and Duke Athletics in a variety of different media—that means more videos, more photos and more audio.

Given the change, please change your RSS feeds to: http://feeds.feedburner.com/chronicleblogs/sports. Bookmarks can be redirected to sports.chronicleblogs.com. The Sports Blog can still be found at dukechroniclesports.com.

Sorry for any inconvenience and, as always, thanks for reading. Consider this a small nuisance and, in return, you’ll get even better coverage of the teams you love. If you have any concerns or comments about the new site, please feel free to e-mail Ben Cohen at bzc2@duke.edu. Criticism is welcome.

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Live Blog: Duke vs Boston College Wednesday January 13th

Just got underway here in Cameron. Duke and BC all knotted up at four closing in on the first TV timeout.

Kyle Singler hit the floor hard in pursuit of a loose ball and the Blue Devil faithful erupted in support of its team’s star. Hopefully that will give Singler the boost he needs to get going tonight.

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Duke v. Virginia Tech: Live Blog

By Harrison Comfort

15:00 1st Quarter (0-0): It is a beautiful day. Virginia Tech wins the toss and is set to receive.

12:45 1st Quarter: (0-0): Duke forces a punt after Virginia Tech gains only 5 yards of offense after its first possession.

6:20 1st Quarter (0-0): Two straight offsides penalties by Virginia Tech. Thaddeus Lewis is very tricky.

2:48 1st Quarter (7-0 Duke): Thaddeus Lewis 48 yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon King. 9 plays 79 yard drive and the Blue Devils are on top.

0:49 1st Quarter (7-7): Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor 36 yard touchdown pass to Danny Coale. Extra Point good.

15:00 2nd Quarter (7-7): Score still tied. Blue Devils have the ball on their own 18 yard line facing a 2nd and 16. Shotgun formation is in effect. It does not prove effective as Duke has its first three and out.

10:41 2nd Quarter (10-7 Virginia Tech): 40 Yard field goal by Matt Waldron good. 10 straight points by the Hokies, the Blue Devils need a good drive to regain momentum.

9:32 2nd Quarter (10-7 Virginia Tech): Another three and out for Duke. They really need a big play.

6:14 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): VT touchdown on a 30 yard pass from Taylor to Jarrett Boykin. The Blue Devils really need some momentum before the game gets out of hand.

4:28 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): Desmond Scott is in the game and has gotten the ball three straight plays. A 5 yard run, a 24 yard reception and another 7 yard rush. In the midst of writing this post, Scott just broke a tackle and scampered for another 14 yards. We are all witnesses.

0:42 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): Thaddeus Lewis fumbles the ball on a 8 yard run up the middle but Duke recovers. 3rd and 1 on the Hokies’ 10 and Kurunwune just got stuffed running a trap.

0:07 2nd Quarter (17-10 VT): Snyderwine 29 yard field goal good capping off a 11 play 69 yard drive. Definitely a much needed score before halftime.

0:00 2nd Quarter (17-10 VT): It’s halftime and the band is performing. After this spectacular showing, some local high schools have performances of their own.

13:11 3rd Quarter (17-10 VT): Thaddeus Lewis completes a 74 yard pass to Conner Vernon. Austin Kelly laid on two Hokie defenders on Vernon’s run to the three yard line.

12:45 3rd Quarter (17-13 VT): Duke is unable to put the ball on the end zone from the three yard line. Snyderwine 22 yard field goal good. The Blue Devils need to take advantage of these opportunities in the red zone.

10:34 3rd Quarter (17-13 VT): VT just converted on a 3rd and 34. Prior to that play, the Blue Devils accepted a personal foul penalty rather than just declining it and leaving the Hokies with a 4th and 9. What were the Blue Devils thinking?

8:33 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): VT kicked a field goal, but Duke dodged a bullet after allowing the Hokies to convert on 3rd and 34. The Blue Devils are still just a touchdown and an extra point from tying the game.

4:45 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): Matt Daniels forces a fumble after a VT completion. He is everywhere. Duke recovers. LETS GO!

0:44 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): Duke converts on a 3rd and 24 after a personal foul penalty on the Hokies. The Blue Devils need to get on the board here.

14:30 4th Quarter (20-13 VT): Duke has the ball on the Hokies’ 33 yard line. It’s 4th and 4 and the Blue Devils covert a fake punk. 1st down Duke.

13:51 4th Quarter (20-16 VT): Synderwine hits a career-long 47 yard field goal. More than enough distance and right through the uprights.

9:37 4th Quarter (27-16 VT): Hokies’ running back Josh Oglesby scores a touchdown on a 12 yard run. He was untouched.

7:08 4th Quarter (27-19 VT): Duke is unable to score a touchdown after another trip inside the Hokies’ 20 yard line. Snyderwine his 4th field goal of the game for 43 yards.

2:28 4th Quarter (34-19 VT): Another VT TD. The Cameron Crazies are fleeing Wallace Wade Stadium.

0:25 4th Quarter (34-26 VT):  Austin Kelly TD reception on a slant. Pass from Thaddeus Lewis. The on-side kick squad will be coming on soon.

0:25 4th Quarter (34-26 VT): VT recovers onside kick.

0:00 Final (34-26 VT): VT wins. Game over.

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Tauiliili Heads Home In NFL Draft Quest

Duke linebacker Mike Tauiliili is turning heads in his hometown as he participates in practices at the training facility for the NFL’s Houston Texans in preparation for this weekend’s East-West Shrine Game. The Walter Camp All-American is looking to become the first Duke football player selected in the NFL Draft since tackle Drew Stojny was selected in the 7th Round by the New York Giants in 2004, and a successful week of practices in front of numerous NFL scouts could give Tauiliili’s draft stock a critical boost.

Sporting News Today’s Russ Lande has a scouting report from Houston on how Tauiliili has graded out so far:

He shows quick feet, explosiveness and the ability to change directions easily. He looks good in space and should test well in personal workouts. He does not look instinctive and is often late in finding the ball.

Additionally, HoustonTexans.com has an article on the Shrine Bowl experience so far of Tauiliili and other local Houston area players. In the article, Tauiliili discusses his excitement about playing in front of family and friends as well as how he hopes to prove through the pre-draft process that his relatively small 5-foot-11 height should not be considered by NFL teams as a disadvantage.

Although there are still three-plus months to go before the draft and the all important evaluation phase of combines and team pro days is still to come, in what round do you think Tauiliili will be drafted?

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Gameday: Duquesne

THE CONTENTS: No. 7 Duke battles Duquesne at 3 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium today. You can see the game on ESPN with Bob Picozzi and Jimmy Dykes and hear it on 620 AM.

THE EXPOSITION: Duke (6-0) got a much-needed break after playing four games in eight days. The Blue Devils are coming off their 78-58 victory over Montana.

Duquesne (4-0) hasn’t exactly played top-flight competition yet. The Dukes have defeated High Point, Saint Francis (PA), Furman, and South Carolina Upstate. Duquesne was picked to finish 12th in the 14-team Atlantic-10 (that’s a lot of numbers). For context, Rhode Island was picked to finish ninth. It is the first Dukes game to be televised nationally since 1995.

Duke is 4-1 all-time against Duquesne, including a 3-0 mark in Durham.

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Tangled Up In Blue-White

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturdays Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Check out a photo slideshow of Saturday’s Blue-White scrimmage by following this link.

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Tipsy

Miamis Aldarius Johnson tips the ball over Dukes Lee Butler for a touchdown in the second half of Miamis 49-31 win over Duke Saturday. Photo by Simeon Law/The Chronicle

Miami's Laron Byrd tips the ball over Duke's Lee Butler for a touchdown in the second half of Miami's 49-31 win over Duke Saturday. Photo by Simeon Law/The Chronicle

Check out a slideshow of The Chronicle’s best photos from Saturday’s game by following this link.

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