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NBA Draft: Los Angeles Clippers Take Brice Johnson 25th Overall

Lob City has a new neighbor moving in. In the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft the Los Angeles Clippers used the 25th overall pick to select former UNC forward Brice Johnson. The Clippers have been referred to as “Lob City” in recent years because of their knack for highlight alley-oops involving point guard Chris Paul and big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. At 6-foot-10 with explosive athleticism, Johnson made it his duty as a Tar Heel to get the Dean Dome crowd on its feet with alley-oop slams of his own–often finishing each one with a loud...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Call Jacob Stallings Up to the Majors

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave the UNC baseball program yet another major leaguer this past weekend, when they called up former Tar Heel catcher Jacob Stallings to start behind the plate on Sunday. He became the second UNC player to make a big league debut in 2016, after Colin Moran was brought up by the Houston Astros back in May. Ten different former UNC players–including Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss–have made appearances in the majors this season. Although Stallings went 0-for-4 against the NL Central division-leading Chicago Cubs in his first game, his collegiate head coach, Mike Fox, has long praised...

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NBA Draft Preview: Brice Johnson & Marcus Paige

Thursday night, the NBA Draft will mark the start of a new beginning for 60 aspiring professional basketball players. While a couple of them have a strong shot to become All-Stars in the near future, many more are better suited to filling a role for their team–such is life when only 15 players can be on a roster and established stars can rule over the league for a decade at a time. During his 13-year tenure as head coach at UNC, the most tired criticism Roy Williams has received is that he doesn’t produce many All-Stars. In a way,...

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MLB Draft Closes with Six Tar Heels Chosen

The three-day, 40-round marathon that is the MLB Draft finally came to an end Saturday evening–with three more Tar Heels finding out their next destinations. Junior relievers Zach Rice and Spencer Trayner–as well as sophomore infielder Ryder Ryan–joined teammates Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and AJ Bogucki in receiving the opportunity to enter the professional ranks. A 6-foot-2 lefty with a deceptive delivery, Rice was selected in the 18th round (529th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. The Suffolk, Virginia native made 64 career appearances in relief–including 34 in his freshman season–but saw his playing time decrease each year as he...

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Wilson, Trio of Tar Heels Selected on MLB Draft’s Second Day

After years of tireless work and practice, lifelong dreams became reality for four local baseball stars Friday during the second day of the MLB Draft. The first to hear his name called was UNC junior right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen–the Tar Heels unquestioned ace since becoming the Friday starter at the beginning of 2015. He’ll be joining the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization after the team chose him with the final pick of the third round (106th overall). Despite a fastball that typically tops out around 91 mph, Gallen used his pinpoint accuracy to help post a 2.73 ERA with 169...

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Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament Raises $93,000

The UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill played host Thursday morning to the 28th annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament In all, $93,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. A wide variety of local residents and donors joined together with sports figures such as UNC head football coach Larry Fedora and head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi to celebrate a worthy cause. Founded by the legendary voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley, the tournament has raised over $3.6 million for the charity since its inception in 1988. The...

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Bengals Sign Gio Bernard to Three-Year Extension

Former UNC running back Giovani Bernard–perhaps best known in Chapel Hill for his game-winning punt return against NC State in 2012–has quietly put together three straight seasons with over 1,000 total yards for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Not wanting to lose out on that production, the Bengals went ahead and inked Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million extension on Wednesday which runs through 2019. His contract was previously set to expire following the 2016 season. Drafted 37th overall by Cincinnati in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 5-foot-9 Bernard has shown flashes of brilliance at the professional level. He has...

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UNC Releases 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Although it was announced two weeks ago that UNC would play at Indiana during the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the rest of the Tar Heels’ non-conference schedule was released Wednesday afternoon. There are five games scheduled with teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year, as well as three that played in the NIT. Following an exhibition with UNC-Pembroke at home on Nov. 4, UNC begins its regular season against Tulane in New Orleans on Nov. 11–the first of three games during a five-day span. Without a doubt, though, the highlight of the schedule is a matchup on Dec. 17...

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UNC Ranked Fourth in Home Men’s Basketball Attendance for 2015-16

Say what you want about the noise level–or lack of it–inside the Dean Smith Center on game day. People still continue to fill it up. The NCAA released its official attendance numbers from the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, with UNC coming in fourth at an average of 18,326 fans per home game. When all games are included however–home, road and neutral site–no team was a more powerful draw than the Tar Heels. In all, UNC had a combined attendance of 781,614–beating out second place Kentucky (694,871) by a significant margin. Only Kentucky, Syracuse and Louisville drew larger crowds to...

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LA Rams Ink Cam Thomas to Deal, Now Have Three UNC D-Linemen

There’s a reunion going on in Hollywood–just not the type you might expect. After the Los Angeles Rams signed former UNC defensive tackle Cam Thomas on Monday, the team now has three members of the vaunted 2009 Tar Heel defensive line. Robert Quinn has become a star with the Rams–tallying 50 sacks in his first five seasons since being taken 14th overall by the team in the 2011 NFL Draft. Quinton Coples, the New York Jets’ first-round pick in 2012, also agreed to a deal with Los Angeles earlier this offseason. Now there’s just one question left to ask:...

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