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NBA Summer League Update: Pinson Fills Stat Sheet, Jackson Continues to Lead Kings in Scoring

Wednesday night’s NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas featured yet another standout scoring performance from Justin Jackson of the Sacramento Kings, while Theo Pinson continues to assert himself as an all-around force for the Brooklyn Nets. In addition, Jackson and Pinson’s former Tar Heel teammates Kennedy Meeks and JP Tokoto also saw playing time for the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, respectively. The Kings fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-84, but Jackson led the team with 20 points–his fifth game with at least 20 points in his last six outings this summer. His shooting did drop off...

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Former UNC Starter Zac Gallen Named One of the Top 10 Performers in Triple-A All-Star Game by MLB.com

The Triple-A Minor League Baseball All-Star Game saw the Pacific Coast League defeat the International League 12-7 on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio. Following the game, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com published a list of the game’s top 10 perfomers–with former UNC standout Zac Gallen earning the No. 10 spot. Gallen, who pitches for the New Orleans Baby Cakes as part of the Miami Marlins organization, needed just seven pitches to pitch a perfect sixth inning for the Pacific Coast League. This relief stint helped stomp out a rally from the International League, keeping his team ahead on the scoreboard...

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UNC to Face Auburn in Atlanta as Part of 2020 Chick-Fil-A College Football Kickoff

A deal was announced Thursday that will pit UNC against Auburn in the 2020 Chick-Fil-A College Football Kickoff event–which will feature three games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta between Sept. 5 and Sept. 12. The Tar Heels and Tigers will play on Sept. 12 in a game that will be the first meeting between the two schools since UNC defeated Auburn 16-10 in the 2001 Peach Bowl. West Virginia will take on Florida State on Sept. 5 to begin the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff, while Georgia and Virginia are scheduled to play on Sept. 7. .@TarHeelFootball & @AuburnFootball will meet on...

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UNC Stars Marie McCool, Jamie Ortega Earn Individual Honors From Inside Lacrosse Magazine

UNC women’s lacrosse standouts Marie McCool and Jamie Ortega each picked up yet another individual award on Thursday for their performance during the Tar Heels’ 2018 season, as Inside Lacrosse named McCool its National Midfielder of the Year and Ortega its National Rookie of the Year. McCool scored 61 goals and dished out 23 assists in her senior season, and was one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award–which is given annually to the nation’s top player. In addition, McCool became the first Tar Heel to be named ACC Midfielder of the Year two times while also earning First Team All-American...

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Jill Shippee Advances to Hammer Throw Final at IAAF World U20 Championships

Representing the United States in the women’s hammer throw at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Thursday, rising UNC sophomore Jillian Shippee advanced to the finals of the event with a first-round throw of 58.34 meters. Shippee’s throw was good enough for 13th place in the overall standings, which should have left her out of the finals since only the top 12 competitors are eligible to advance. It’s also possible to make the finals by having a throw of over 62 meters, but the decision was made to add Shippee as a 13th finalist when officials...

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UNC Sophomore Leah Church to Represent Team USA at FISU America Games

It was announced earlier this week that rising sophomore Leah Church–a guard on the UNC women’s basketball team under head coach Sylvia Hatchell–will spend her summer representing Team USA at the Federation of International Students of Universities (FISU) America Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The FISU America Games is a 13-sport tournament featuring collegiate athletes from up to 25 nations, all competing from July 20-29. Although Church has been working on her skills as a point guard at Hatchell’s request, she was primarily selected to Team USA thanks to her outstanding ability to knock down long-distance jumpshots. A native of Purlear,...

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Four Former Tar Heels Competing in Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Thursday morning marked the start of the first ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open golf tournament at the Chicago Golf Club, with a field including four former Tar Heels. Suzy Whaley (Class of ’89), Donna Andrews (’89), Cathy Johnston-Forbes (’84) and Sally Austin (’73) are each taking part in the historic event, as they all have eyes on becoming the inaugural winner. “It’s pretty special and exciting to know this is the inaugural event and that we’re going to be a part of it,” Austin, a former head coach, player and founding member of the UNC women’s golf program, said....

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Marcus Paige Signs With Serbian Club Partizan Belgrade

Marcus Paige is heading to Serbia. The former UNC star point guard agreed Wednesday to sign a two-year contract with Partizan Belgrade of the Serbian League, after spending last season on a two-way contract with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. Playing mostly for the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G-League during the 2017-18 campaign, Paige averaged 15.2 points, three rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. In five games for the Hornets last year, the Iowa native contributed 2.4 points per game in limited minutes off the bench. Now, though, he’ll take his talents to the capital of Serbia–looking to earn...

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Four Tar Heels Named to Inside Lacrosse Women’s All-Rookie Team

Inside Lacrosse Magazine released its annual All-Rookie team earlier this week, placing four Tar Heels among the group–more than any other school in the nation. The four fantastic freshmen–Jamie Ortega, Taylor Moreno, Kayla Wood and Emma Trenchard–helped UNC to its seventh NCAA Final Four in the last 10 years. Ortega was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after scoring a team-high 70 goals, while Moreno, the goalkeeper, earned ACC Tournament MVP honors with an outstanding performance keeping opponents out of the net. In front of Moreno, Wood and Trenchard combined to make 41 starts on defense. Trenchard picked...

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UNC Football’s Annual “Meet the Heels” Event Set for Aug. 4

The UNC football team announced Tuesday that the program’s annual “Meet the Heels” event–which offers fans the chance to gather in fun activities and receive autographs from head coach Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels–will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 3-6 p.m. Admission to the event at Kenan Stadium is free to the public and will feature interactive games, inflatables for kids and free UNC football posters as well. The university will release more details on concessions, parking and other activities in the weeks leading up to the “Meet the Heels” event.     Photo...

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