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This UNC team may have come up with a way to give robots skin and muscle

A UNC-Chapel Hill professor may have a line on how to solve one of the problems scientists and engineers have to crack before they can build robots that look and move like living things. Chemist Sergei Sheiko and his team have figured how they can make silicone gels that perform, mechanically, a lot more like skin and muscle. They're now making kilograms of the stuff. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Have mechanical adjustments finally brought the old Matt Harvey back?

Shock waves were sent through the baseball world on May 4th when Matt Harvey was designated for assignment by the New York Mets, the team that drafted him and saw him reach super-stardom. What goes up must come down, and that was apparent in the downfall of one of baseball’s most popular pitchers when he went down with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. (Beyond the Box Score)

UNC Basketball's Top 100 Players: 51-60

60. Dick Grubar (1966-69, PG, Schenectady, N.Y.): Along with Ed Cota, Grubar is the only UNCpoint guard to lead the Tar Heels to three Final Fours. He was a big, physical point guard who was known for his outstanding perimeter defense and fierce competitiveness; 59. Joe Wolf (1983-87, PF/SF, Kohler, Wis.): Wolf exploded into a 1st-team All-ACC player as a senior. (Inside Carolina)

Nassir Little No. 2 Among Early 2019 NBA Lottery Projections

2. Nassir Little, North Carolina: Why he’ll go so high: A physical and athletic monster with shooting touch to the three point line, Little went from nice looking but somewhat undersized power forward prospect to a wing drawing Kawhi Leonard comparisons in just a year. He checks all the boxes of a modern NBA player and his upward trajectory has been tough to ignore. (Rivals.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Second Chances

Joel and Theo might be disheartened, but they shouldn’t be. When the two rounds of the 2018 NBA draft were over, neither Joel Berry nor Theo Pinson had heard their names called from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since most players selected in the second round do not get guaranteed contracts, Berry and Pinson may be better off having gone undrafted. (Chapelboro.com)

Danny Green expected to skip free agency; opt-in final year with Spurs

It's not an easy decision, but in the end, Danny Green has always bet on himself. NBA sources tell the Express-News Green will likely forgo free agency and exercise the final year of his contract with the Spurs, earning roughly $10 million for the 2018-19 season. Green, who will turn 31 Friday (June 22), averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 70 games last season. (San Antonio Express-News)

Los Angeles Lakers Sign Undrafted UNC Point Guard Joel Berry II

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers signed undrafted UNC point guard Joel Berry. Berry doesn’t necessarily have the measurables that teams look for in draft prospects, but he makes up for it with an impressive four-year college resume. Berry was the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2017, leading the Tar Heels to the National Championship. (Lakers Nation)

Theo Pinson to sign deal with Brooklyn Nets

Former University of North Carolina forward Theo Pinson didn’t hear his name called during the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night but that doesn’t mean his dream is over. According to Draft Express, Pinson has agreed to a two-way contract deal with the Brooklyn Nets as an undrafted free agent. The move comes just minutes after the draft concluded. (Keeping It Heel)

New UNC Master Plan Looks at Future School Space

As the nation’s oldest public university has nearly built out its main campus, UNC officials are planning for its future reach on university-owned properties throughout Chapel Hill. The university owns nearly 4,000 acres throughout the town, according to university documents. And while not all of that is developable, Chapel Hillians can expect to see projects and changes. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Baseball coach Mike Fox expects to have new contract signed soon

UNC baseball coach Mike Fox, returning Thursday with the Tar Heels from the College World Series, says he has a lot planned for the next few days. Among Fox's to-do items: put the final touches on a new contract. Fox, whose contract ends June 30, said he expects to reach an agreement soon with UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham and continue as coach. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Men's Golfer Joshua Martin Named All-American

The Golf Coaches Association of America named UNC junior Joshua Martin an honorable mention All-America. Martin is one of 10 ACC men's golfers to earn All-America honors this season. The Pinehurst, N.C., native tied for 14th at the NCAA Kissimmee Regional and shot a 69 in the second round of the NCAA Championship, UNC's low round of the championship. (GoHeels.com)

Unique Not Antique: Why UNC's Theo Pinson Has A Role In The Modern NBA

Dating back to the 2012 NBA Draft, North Carolina has had at least one player selected in six straight drafts. That year: Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller all went in the first 17 picks. For that streak to continue this year, though, the hopes (likely) rest on one dude: Theo Pinson. (ACC Sports Journal)

'Realistic' Harrison Barnes is focused on getting Mavs back to playoffs before anything else

Harrison Barnes' message to about 140 kids at Monday's visit to a Dallas Mavericks' Overnight Camp actually wasn't any different than the suggestion he has for the Mavericks and their fans. Barnes is two years into the Mavericks' rebuilding project of which he is a major piece. He's hoping for a little help with the No. 5 draft pick and maybe in free agency. (Dallas Morning News)

Julius Peppers and former Bears teammate to open office, restaurant complex on South Side of Chicago

A pair of former Chicago Bears are bringing excitement to the South Side, about a five-minute drive south of their former stomping grounds at Soldier Field. Israel Idonije and Julius Peppers plan to open a complex that would house restaurants, co-working office spaces, and rooftop pool inside a 115,000-square-foot five-story building. FBRK could open late next year. (Eater)

UNC Basketball's Top 100 Players: 61-70

70. Ademola Okulaja (1995-1999, SF/PF, Berlin, Germany) After losing Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, and Shammond Williams following the 1998 season, senior Okulaja stepped up in 1999 with an All-ACC season; 69. Jawad Williams (2001-05, PF, Cleveland, Ohio) His best game as a Tar Heel was saved for the biggest stage, in the ’05 Final Four vs. Michigan State. (Inside Carolina)

Former UNC Volleyball Player Malaika Underwood Named to USA Baseball Women’s National Team

Malaika Underwood, a 2003 graduate from North Carolina and a four-year standout on the Carolina volleyball team, was named to the 2018 USA Baseball Women's National Team that will compete at the Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, from August 22-31. During Underwood's junior season at UNC, she was named MVP of the ACC Volleyball Tournament. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Theo Pinson NBA Draft Tape

Theo Pinson was a do-everything player for the Tar Heels. Whether it was scoring, handing out assists, key defensive or hustle plays, Pinson left it all on the court. Pinson was an honorable mention All-ACC recipient in 2018 averaging 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists-per-game. Read More...

Where Are They Now? Former UNC Women's Lacrosse Player Carly Reed

Since her playing days came to a close in Chapel Hill, Carly Reed started her own company and has made her debut in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League. ILWomen recently caught up with Reed on what she's been up to on and off the field. Almost immediately after she graduated, Reed launched On The Line, a members-only lifestyle brand. (Inside Lacrosse)

Three UNC Women's Golfers Named to All-ACC Academic Team

Three members of the University of North Carolina women's golf team have earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic honors for 2017-18, the ACC announced Thursday. Bryana Nguyen, Brynn Walker and Kelly Whaley were selected for the All-ACC Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding academic and athletic performance. (GoHeels.com)

With UNC's College World Series run over, what's next for Mike Fox?

If North Carolina had won the College World Series, finally delivering Mike Fox his long-sought national title on the seventh try, some people close to him wondered if he might go out on top and retire. With the Tar Heels eliminated after Wednesday night's loss to Oregon State, what now? Fox's contract expires at the end of the month. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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