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Former Tar Heel Jessica Breland Named WNBA Player of the Week

The WNBA announced Tuesday that Atlanta Dream forward–and former UNC standout–Jessica Breland has been named the league’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week. It’s the first time in her seven-year pro career that Breland has earned the honor. With Breland averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.67 blocks per game, the Dream posted a 3-0 record this past week to extend their overall winning streak to four games. The 6-foot-3 forward posted perhaps the best game of her career to start the week when she tallied 23 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high seven assists and a season-high-tying four blocks in...

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UNC Releases 2018-19 Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Monday marked the release of the 2018-19 non-conference schedule for the UNC women’s basketball team, with the Tar Heels scheduled to play five of their 14 out-of-league games against opponents from Power Five conferences and three games against teams who made last year’s NCAA Tournament. An exhibition game on Nov. 1 at home against Carson-Newman begins the year for head coach Sylvia Hatchell and company, with a road game at Elon on Nov. 6 representing the official season opener. The home opener at Carmichael Arena is set for Nov. 9 against Kent State, while VCU is scheduled to make...

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Detroit Pistons Exercise Team Option to Keep Former UNC Guard Reggie Bullock

Former UNC guard Reggie Bullock will remain with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA next season after having his team option picked up by the team on Sunday. Bullock will make $2.5 million in this, the final year of a contract signed prior to last season. After joining the Pistons’ starting lineup in December of last year, the 27-year-old posted a career-best season–averaging personal all-time highs of 11.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.5 percent from behind the three-point line.         Photo via Associated...

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Charlotte Hornets to Hold Training Camp, Play Preseason Game at Dean Smith Center

The NBA is coming to Chapel Hill. News was announced Monday that the Charlotte Hornets–owned by a legendary Tar Heel you may have heard of named Michael Jordan–will hold training camp and play a preseason game against the Boston Celtics at the Dean E. Smith Center. The team will practice in the building from Tuesday, Sep. 25 through Thursday, Sep. 27 before facing the Celtics on Friday, Sep. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It marks the first time the Hornets have played a preseason game in the Triangle since playing at Raleigh’s PNC Arena back in 2012, and their first...

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Marie McCool Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

UNC standout women’s lacrosse midfielder Marie McCool was nominated Monday by the university as its candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor. The 2018 IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse National Midfielder of the Year spent her career in Chapel Hill putting together a list of accomplishments that ranks among the best in program history. Adding the NCAA Woman of the Year–which recognizes the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athlete–would be the latest in a long line of McCool’s achievements. Throughout her career, McCool has won the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year, the...

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Pair of Tar Heel Men’s Golfers Pick Up Tournament Victories Over the Weekend

It was a productive weekend on the course for the UNC men’s golf program, which saw a pair of former Tar Heel teammates each pick up tournament victories. Recent graduate Ben Griffin–who now plays on the PGA’s MacKenzie Tour in Canada–took home the title at the Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Griffin birdied the final three holes of the event to win by one stroke, while finishing the tournament with a fantastic score of 22-under-par. In addition, rising UNC senior Joshua Martin claimed the trophy at the Carolinas Amateur in his hometown of Pinehurst, North Carolina. A...

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Kenny Selmon Claims 400-Meter World Title in London

He may not be wearing the Tar Heel uniform anymore, but recent UNC graduate Kenny Selmon is still leaving opponents in the dust. On Sunday–while competing for Team USA at the 2018 Athletics World Cup in London–Selmon brought home the 400-meter hurdles world championship with a time of 48.97 seconds. The run was good enough to defeat second place Patryk Dobek of Poland by 0.05 seconds, while top-ranked Annsert Whyte of Jamaica finished in fifth. It was also Selmon’s first appearance on the track since claiming the national championship in the same event at the USA Track & Field...

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Orange High School Hires Jason Knapp as New Head Baseball Coach

Orange High School announced earlier this week that it has hired Jason Knapp as its new head baseball coach following the retirement of legendary coach Dean Dease–who had been with the program since 1985 and served as head coach for 31 seasons. Knapp arrives in Hillsborough after a successful 11-year stint as the head coach at Walter Williams High School in Burlington. He’ll be taking over an Orange program which won nine regular season league titles and one conference tournament title during Dease’s lengthy tenure. In addition, the Panthers also won the 2008 2A state championship under Dease.  ...

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Jalek Felton Signs to Play Professionally in Slovenia

Embattled former UNC guard Jalek Felton–who was suspended by the university midway through his freshman year this past season–has chosen to begin his professional career overseas. The Tar Heels’ top incoming recruit prior to last season, Felton agreed to sign a contract with Petrol Olimpija in Slovenia–a deal the team announced this past Friday. After Felton’s suspension for an unspecified incident, he chose later on to withdraw from the school and pursue other college choices. Although his lawyer, Kerry Sutton, has declined to talk about details of Felton’s case, she told the Associated Press that her client “needed to get...

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Wayne Ellington Agrees to Re-Sign With Miami Heat on One-Year Deal

The Miami Heat and former UNC guard Wayne Ellington agreed late Thursday night to a deal that will keep Ellington with the Heat for at least one more season. It’s a contract worth $6.27 million next season that brings the Heat over the luxury tax threshold with a team salary currently sitting at $127 million. Bringing back Ellington was a key focus for the team this offseason, however, as the 30-year-old averaged a career-high 11.2 points per game in 2017-18–while also hitting a career-high 227 three-pointers.       Photo via Getty...

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