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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Criticism is welcome.
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.
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.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to his team in the Blue Devils' first open practice Friday. They tip the season Saturday in the annual Blue-White scrimmage. Photo by Chase Olivieri/The Chronicle
Check out The Chronicle’s photo slideshow from Friday’s open practice by following this link.
Freshman Elliot Williams soars for a dunk in Duke's open practice Friday. Photo by Chase Olivieri/The Chronicle
Freshman wide receiver Johnny Williams, the team’s second-leading wideout, is doubtful for the Blue Devils’ Saturday matchup with Miami because of a dental abscess, the program released in its weekly injury report Thursday. Williams has hauled in 20 catches for 231 yards in five games, trailing only senior Eron Riley, who has 27 catches for 288 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 11 passes for 135 yards in Duke’s Sept. 6 24-20 loss to Northwestern.
Defensive end Wesley Oglesby and cornerback Leon Wright are both questionable with leg injuries.
Full injury report:
RB Re’quan Boyette (leg) — OUT
C Marcus Lind (shoulder) — OUT
WR Johnny Williams (dental abscess) — DOUBTFUL
DE Wesley Oglesby (leg) — QUESTIONABLE
CB Leon Wright (leg) — QUESTIONABLE
CB Lee Butler (shoulder) — WILL PLAY
WR Eron Riley (hand) — WILL PLAY
WR Austin Kelly (back) — WILL PLAY
When he’s not going by King, LeBron James has been dubbed The Chosen One—or at least, he has since Sports Illustrated pegged him with that title when the King-in-waiting was only a high school junior in 2002. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski coached James this summer as he guided Team USA to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.
One day, he told students at “Have a Coke with Coach Cut” Wednesday in the Great Hall, Krzyzewski was talking with James and the superstar had his shirt off, showing off the tattoo on his back that reads “The Chosen One.” Krzyzewski noticed the body ink and asked if he could get a tattoo of the same ilk.
“Coach, I really like you a lot, but no one would choose you,” Krzyzewski recalled James saying to the delight of the approximately 200 students in attendance.
—by Ben Cohen