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Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron seeks bigger role on offense

Eric Ebron had the biggest game of his life — eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown — three years ago as a junior at North Carolina. Ebron’s Tar Heels lost to Miami that day, but he gave his new position coach, then Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, a glimpse of what he could be as a player. (Detroit Free Press)

Clippers Draft 2016: Who is Brice Johnson?

So what exactly are the Clippers getting? Johnson earned first-team AP All-America honors in college basketball's toughest conference while scoring 17.4 points-per-game and grabbing 10.4 rebounds-per-game. Offensively, its easy to see how Johnson fits with the Clippers, at 6-foot-9, Johnson is a fluid athlete that is very cerebral of his abilities or lack of ability, and rarely forces actions and lets the game come to him. (Clips Nation)

Southern Season Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Southern Season, the Chapel Hill-based chain of speciality food and gift stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to the Triangle Business Journal. The news comes on the heels of the closure of Southern Season’s store in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)

Mike McCarthy: Julius Peppers is 'ageless'

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is well aware that outside linebacker Julius Peppers is 36 years old, but it just doesn't seem that way. "Julius Peppers is ageless," McCarthy told Packersnews.com this week. Peppers knows that doesn't come by accident, though. Amid a story detailing his lengthy career, he shared a few secrets to his success. (NFL.com)

QBs and matchups make UNC-Georgia most compelling Week 1 game

Offensively for UNC, there is a new quarterback but Mitch Trubisky is billed as a player of the year candidate. The offense is loaded around Trubisky, who was stellar in a reserve role. The Dawgs are experienced in the secondary and were a highly rated group last season, but opposing SEC quarterbacks were a forgiving bunch, collectively. (ESPN.com)

Marcus Paige one step closer to living his dream after NBA draft

Marcus Paige returned to Linn-Mar High School to speak with a bunch of wide-eyed youth basketball campers Wednesday. That’s just the kind of thing a young man like Paige does. He’s classy, humble, never forgets his roots. “He talked to them all,” Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson said. “And the one thing he told them was to always chase their dreams.” (The Gazette)

Twelve Tar Heels On U.S. National Women's Lacrosse Team Tryout List

US Lacrosse has named 12 current and former UNC players who have been selected to try out for the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team: Maggie Auslander (UNC '17), Maggie Bill ('18), Kara Cannizzaro ('13), Kristen Carr ('10), Ela Hazar ('18), Marie McCool ('18), Carly Reed ('17), Jen Russell ('10), Sloane Serpe ('14), Courtney Waite '15), Caylee Waters ('17) and Laura Zimmerman ('12). (GoHeels.com)

Sources: Harrison Barnes Named to U.S. Olympic Basketball Team

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been selected as a member of the final 12-man Team USA basketball roster for the Rio Olympic Games this summer, league sources told The Vertical. Barnes, 24, a restricted free agent,will join Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the Team USA roster. (Yahoo! Sports)

Brice Johnson's role with the Los Angeles Clippers

Brice Johnson was drafted with the No. 25 pick in the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He now gets to focus on the transition to the pro game and fitting in with his new team. Johnson joins a team that scored 67 percent of its points within three feet of the basket last season. He adds needed depth to a Clippers front court featuring NBA superstar Blake Griffin. (Carolina Blue)

UNC diver Elissa Dawson reaches Olympic Trial finals

After competing over the last week, one of UNC's three divers has reached the finals for the US Olympic Trials. Elissa Dawson, a rising junior from Durham, North Carolina is currently ranked seventh in the women's solo 3-meter springboard competition.The event will be covered by NBC Sports beginning Sunday at 4:50 PM Eastern Time. (Tar Heel Blog)

Harrison Barnes reflects on painful Finals, his future

Before he looks too far ahead, Ames native Harrison Barnes is looking back on a season that was full of ups and downs. Barnes heads into what should be a busy and profitable offseason as a restricted free agent after his fourth season in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. (Des Moines Register)

Darian Durant’s health key to Saskatchewan Roughriders resurgence in 2016

The last two years have taught Darian Durant to take nothing for granted. The veteran quarterback enters his 10th CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who’ll open the campaign June 30 hosting the Toronto Argonauts. But the 2016 season is an important one for Durant after suffering season-ending injuries the last two years. (Canadian Press)

Matt Harvey: 'It's been a struggle mechanically pretty much all year'

Matt Harvey expressed satisfaction with limiting the damage against him Thursday. Still, the Dark Knight felt like he fell back into a mechanical rut in the New York Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Harvey allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings in a no-decision. (ESPN.com)

UNC' s Luke Walsh lives his lacrosse dream to the max

Luke Walsh set the freshman lacrosse scoring record for Division III Denison University of Ohio two years ago....The Buffalo native and Nichols School graduate was on a path to a great Division III career. But he walked away from Denison after the season ended to transfer to the University of North Carolina, even though he had no scholarship offer and hadn’t even been offered a tryout on the Tar Heels team. (Buffalo News)

NFL will interview Julius Peppers, other players tied to Al-Jazeera America report on PEDs

Adolpho Birch, the NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, wrote in a strongly worded letter to NFL Players Association counsel Heather McPhee – obtained Friday by USA TODAY Sports – that Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison all will be scheduled for interviews the day their respective camps open. (USA Today)

Sylvia Hatchell talks her new book and NCAA women’s basketball at UNC

For anyone who is not sure, North Carolina Tar Heels women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell is back and working at the energetic pace she has been throughout her career. She’s a fighter and one who is cancer-free. “If I’m not a 100 percent, I’m close to it,” Hatchell said to me last week during a one-on-one phone interview. (Triangle Sports Network)

Clippers think Brice Johnson might fit into rotation

The NBA draft began to turn topsy-turvy after the top two picks Thursday, leaving the Clippers in good position to find a quality player who might just be able to step in and play right away. That turned out to be the case when Brice Johnson remained available late into the first round, allowing the Clippers to take the power forward from North Carolina with the 25th pick. (Los Angeles Times)

Chansky’s Notebook: Worth The Wait

Brice Johnson had to wait out the foreign legion. It all wound up well for Carolina’s Brice Johnson, who was selected – finally – as the 25th pick in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Johnson gets to play with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, coached by Doc Rivers and maybe even live with Brandon Ingram, who was the No. 2 pick by the Lakers, who share the Staples Center with the Clippers. (Chapelboro.com)

Draft Perspective: NBA Fits For Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige

Brice Johnson didn’t even know he was on the Clippers’ radar when they were selecting at 25, and now he is an integral part of their future. In Los Angeles, he’ll join a talented frontcourt in center DeAndre Jordan and power forward Blake Griffin. Unlike Johnson and the Clippers, Mrcus Paige did work out for the Jazz during the pre-Draft process. (GoHeels.com)

UNC AD: School will respond to NCAA charges by July deadline

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham is hopeful the school is finally near the end of its long-running academic scandal. The school is a month away from its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA's latest Notice of Allegations (NOA), which outlined five serious charges. "I think we have positive momentum going," Cunningham said. (Associated Press)


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