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Ben Griffin Shoots a 67 in First Round of ACC Men’s Golf Championship

Round One of the ACC Men’s Golf Championship came to a conclusion on Friday, with UNC senior Ben Griffin leading the way for the Tar Heels after firing a 5-under-par 67 at the Old North State Club. Griffin recorded birdies on three of the first six holes he played, while also picking up birdies on both the 17th and 18th holes to close out the round. It was Griffin’s team-high 10th round in the 60’s this season, and it matched his career-best score for any round in the ACC Championship. As a team, UNC sits at 5-under-par–good enough for...

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UNC Men’s Tennis Earns Road Victory at No. 11 Florida State

The seventh-ranked UNC men’s tennis picked up one of its signature victories so far this season on Friday, defeating the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee by a score of 4-1. It snapped a 14-match home win streak for the Seminoles (25-3, 9-2 ACC), which entered the day tied with UNC (19-4, 10-1 ACC) in the conference standings. The Tar Heels took the doubles point with relative ease, but then Florida State tied things up with the opening singles victory–a 6-2, 6-2 win by Alex Knaff over Blaine Boyden, the first loss Boyden has suffered all spring in...

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No. 4 Duke Topples No. 1 UNC in Battle for ACC Women’s Tennis Supremacy

In a battle for positioning atop the ACC women’s tennis standings Friday night in Durham, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils rallied for a 5-2 victory over the No. 1 Tar Heels to move into sole possession of first place. After UNC (22-3, 11-2 ACC) outlasted Duke (20-2, 12-1 ACC) to win the doubles point–a point that required a tight 7-6 victory from the top-ranked doubles pairing of Alexa Graham and Jessie Aney–the Blue Devils reeled off wins in five of the six singles matches to take the match. A trio of victories in straight sets helped Duke jump out...

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Tar Heels Homer Three Times in Series-Opening Victory Over Georgia Tech

A trio of home runs helped carry the No. 15 UNC baseball team to a 9-3 series-opening victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday evening at Boshamer Stadium. Kyle Datres, Cody Roberts and Ike Freeman each recorded a round-tripper for the Tar Heels (25-13, 13-6 ACC), who scored five runs in the second inning to take control of the game early on. Following a two-run single from Michael Busch, Datres promptly sent a three-run blast over the wall in left field to give the home side a 5-1 lead. Georgia Tech (22-17) got a run back in...

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Ron Miller Retires After 51 Years as UNC Fencing Head Coach

After 51 years at the helm of the UNC fencing team, head coach Ron Miller is finally calling it a career. Miller coached the first season of Tar Heel fencing back in 1967-68, and has been the face of the program ever since–mentoring numerous student-athletes during that time. “Ron’s dedication to Carolina and the sport of fencing is just incredible,” UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said, in a statement released by the university. “The fact he’s been here for more than half a century is amazing on its own, but it’s even more impressive when you know the impact he’s...

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UNC Shortstop Ike Freeman Named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

UNC sophomore shortstop Ike Freeman was among 53 players named Friday to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, an honor recognizing the nation’s top player at the position in college baseball. A fantastic player both with the bat and the glove, Freeman is hitting .308 this season with .400 on-base percentage. He has also driven in 22 runs and scored 27 more himself through UNC’s first 36 games. The award will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. For the full list of 53 watch list candidates, click here.     Photo via UNC...

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UNC Commit Nassir Little Listed at No. 2 Overall in Final 247Sports Rankings

Incoming UNC hoops recruit Nassir Little moved up to No. 2 overall in the Final 247Sports Rankings for the Class of 2018–which were released on Thursday. Little–the explosive, 6-foot-7-inch wing who took home at least a share of MVP honors in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic–now becomes the highest-ranked Tar Heel commit since Harrison Barnes was the top overall recruit in 2010. The Florida native was impressive in both all-star games against the nation’s other top high school players, as he became the first player since LeBron James to earn MVP honors in both...

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New York Knicks Interested in Jerry Stackhouse, Kenny Smith Among Others for Vacant Head Coach Position

As the NBA playoffs begin to heat up, one of the league’s marquee franchises is on the outside looking in, searching for a new head coach to bring it back to the promise land. The New York Knicks fired former coach Jeff Hornacek last week following a 29-53 season that saw superstar forward Kristaps Porzingis miss a majority of the season following a knee injury. Now, though, the Knicks have whittled down a short list of potential candidates that includes a pair of former UNC greats–Jerry Stackhouse and Kenny Smith. Other candidates include former NBA head coaches such as...

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Two UNC Wrestlers Earn ACC All-Academic Honors

The ACC released its 2018 All-Academic Wrestling team on Thursday, with a pair of Tar Heels making the cut. Senior 174-pounder Ethan Ramos and freshman 133-pounder Zach Sherman each received the honor, which takes into account performance both on and off the mat. Student-athletes must have earned a 3.0 grade point average in their most recent semester–as well as over their entire collegiate careers–in order to be eligible. Ramos–a two-time ACC champion–is an Exercise and Sport Science major. Sherman, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament in his first year on campus, has yet to declare a major. For the...

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Cameron Johnson Undergoes Arthroscopic Hip Surgery, Will Return to UNC for 2018-19 Season

UNC guard Cameron Johnson underwent an arthroscopic hip procedure on Monday in Minnesota, the university announced in a release on Thursday. Johnson–a 6-foot-7-inch graduate transfer from Pittsburgh–still has one year of eligibility remaining at the college level. Before this news, there was speculation wondering whether he would return to Chapel Hill or try to pursue a professional career having already graduated college before arriving at UNC. Now, though, it appears as if he will, indeed, return to the Tar Heels as the university said in its release that Johnson is expected to make a full recovery in time for...

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