By Matt Oakes Sports Director, Columnist & Commentator // UNC 2013
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    Freshmen Frenzy Set To Shake Up Chapel Hill, Tar Heels

    June 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    In recent weeks, the Carolina basketball program has been marred by the disturbing allegations made by former player Rashad McCants. But before too long, attention will once again shift to happenings on the court and there will be a trio of talented fresh faces on the floor for the Tar Heels.

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    Pinehurst Opining: Closing Ceremonies

    June 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Well, it’s all over with. But what a memorable week of US Open golf at Pinehurst No. 2 course. Technically, the world’s eyes will still be on the North Carolina sandhills this weekend as the women take on the restored course. But my US Open journey, along with many others, ended Sunday. With that in […]

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    Summer Showdown: Trubisky-Williams QB Battle Rages On

    June 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Carolina football’s home opener against Liberty in Kenan Stadium is just 73 days away, but the storyline of the summer remains centered around who will get the start behind center?

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    UNC Field Hockey Members Take National Stage

    June 16, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Carolina women’s field hockey will again be taking center stage this week at the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Championship as a handful of Tar Heels will be in action in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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    Pinehurst Opining: A View From No. 6

    June 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Birds were chirping an angelic song as the morning sun began to peer through the thin cloud blanketing the region. The morning dew was kissed by the rays of sunlight that cast shadows through the towering Carolina pines and magnificent magnolias that surrounded the idyllic setting. Where was I? Friday at Pinehurst, I spent a […]

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    Pinehurst Opining: Phil Feels The Love

    June 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Something was brewing. The crowds were growing. The pace was quickening. The roars were rolling through the towering pines. Phil’s group was approaching. The atmosphere is just different with this guy. I navigated the full 18 with the legend Thursday. Watching him interact with his throngs of supporters Thursday was a real treat. He smiles, […]

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    Pinehurst Opining: Wild Wednesday

    June 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    The Wednesday before a major golf tournament is handled differently by each competitor. Some see it as a day of rest, relaxation and recharging – the calm before the storm. Others see it as their final chance to get comfortable and work on their games – last-minute cramming. So I didn’t know quite what to […]

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    Pinehurst Opining – Bubbalicious

    June 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    We’re two days away from the opening round of the US Open. Yes, it’s exciting for us media types and fans alike, but for the competitors in this year’s field, Thursday may not be a day to remember, at least on the scorecard. If Masters champion Bubba Watson’s comments at Tuesday’s press conference are to […]

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    Pinehurst Opining: Top U.S. Open Storylines

    June 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    The 114th US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 golf course begins this week. I’ll be with you all week with my daily column here. So, I thought this was as good a time as any to preview the top five biggest storylines and set the stage a bit heading into our national championship. 5) Amateur […]

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    ‘Thunder and Lightning’ Backfield Key To Carolina Football

    June 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    If there’s one clear strength to the Tar Heels in 2014, it’s in the backfield.

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