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Stuart Scott, in His Own Words

It was with a heavy heart that I read Stuart Scott's memoir, Every Day I Fight. I didn't know the man, but as with anyone else who's watched ESPN regularly for the last twenty-odd years, I felt like I did. From his early days on ESPN2 with Suzy Kolber, Scott was fresh, smart, and fun to watch. And remember: Sports reporting that was fun was a new concept back in the early 1990s. (Everyday eBook)

Heather O’Reilly talks revenge on Japan, adjusting to bench role

“As a soccer player the World Cup holds a special important,” said Heather O’Reilly, who played all 120 minutes of the 2011 final but did not leave the bench in the 2012 gold-medal match. “That was such a heartbreaking final that we’re just thrilled to be back here and have another go at winning this thing. We’re obviously very proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2012 and to beat a very good Japan team in that final was an amazing accomplishment." (NBC Sports)

Anson Dorrance "Excited” to Watch Former Players in World Cup Final (audio)

Six former Tar Heels – Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen, Tobin Heath, Lori Chalupny, Meghan Klingenberg, and Ashlyn Harris – are preparing for the World Cup Final on Sunday. UNC Women’s Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance, who has led Carolina to 21 National Championships since taking over the new program in 1979, tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge that he is confident the United States – and all of those Tar Heels – will bring home the World Cup. (Chapelboro.com)

NBA champion Harrison Barnes celebrates the Fourth of July in Ames

The excitement in preparation for Ames’ Fourth of July parade was evident throughout downtown Saturday morning. A special addition to this year’s parade was the grand marshal Harrison Barnes, who coming off an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors, returned with trophy in hand to celebrate the Fourth of July with his hometown. (Ames Tribune)

Best Heels From Abroad

With today July 4th and the nation celebrating our birthday, it seemed like a good time to do something a bit different. Instead of posting something classicly red, white and blue, it seemed like a good time to go outside our borders and have fun listing the 10 best basketball players in UNC history not originally from the United States. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Where Should the Nuggets Send Ty Lawson?

Ty Lawson is great. His numbers are excellent (15.2 points, 9.6 assists last season) and his defense is pretty solid considering his size. He’s also only 27, and he’s signed through 2017 at about $12.5 million per year. He’s too fun a player to watch him waste away on another awful Nuggets team. (Grantland)

With Coverage Versatility, Tim Scott Hopes To Earn Roster Spot

As with any rookie free agent, Tim Scott’s best chance to make the Cowboys or their practice squad will be his drive and production on special teams, but his ability to play free safety as well as cover receivers in the slot is an appreciated skill. A four-year starter for the Tar Heels, Scott played in all 50 games with 45 starts from 2011-14. (Dallas Cowboys)

Photo: Deon Thompson's team wins Israeli league title

Deon Thompson is currently a player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. The team recently won its league title. This photo shows Thompson, draped in the American flag, celebrating his team's victory.

Mia Hamm to be part of delegation attending US-Japan World Cup final

Vice President Joe Biden, former US soccer stars Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones and others will be attending Sunday's Women's World Cup final as the US battles Japan, the White House announced....Hamm was part of the World Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1999, and is hoping to bring some good luck in order to end a 16-year drought. (CBS Sports)

England’s Lucy Bronze nominated for Women’s World Cup Golden Ball award

England’s Lucy Bronze has been nominated for the Golden Ball award at the Women’s World Cup. Bronze, who scored the winner against Canada in the quarter-final, will go up against Germany’s Celia Sasic, the tournament’s leading scorer, Japan’s Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama, France’s Amandine Henry and the Americans Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Julie Johnson for the tournament’s top individual honour. (The Guardian)

UNC seeks ad agency to freshen ESPN commercial

UNC-Chapel Hill is soliciting ad agencies to build a new television campaign to run on ESPN channels during football and basketball games. The “brand spot will be the primary paid advertising for the University for the year and so will need to clearly and compellingly share Carolina’s message,” according to a request for information put out by UNC. (Triangle Business Journal)

Danny Green's rise to two-way wing another cog to keep Spurs way intact

The assumption at the end of the season that it was only a matter of weeks before Danny Green would be cashing an eight-figure paycheck glosses over how close he came to being washed out of the league. He was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Cavaliers. Green then appeared in only 20 NBA games as a rookie and logged two contests with the Development League’s Erie BayHawks before being waived. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: One-on-one with Scott Cherry

Scott Cherry is now running his own program in the Triad as he enters his seventh season with High Point, a program that he's built into a mid-major power within the Big South. Time Warner Cable News' J.B. Ricks sat down with the former Tar Heel with the Panthers coach who is only four wins away from win 100. (TWC News)

Tar Heel NBA Free Agency Primer

The initial free agent signing period in early July has become one of the fastest-paced portions of the NBA calendar. Several former University of North Carolina players are on the move this offseason, and others are staying put with their current teams. Catch up on the latest with the latest edition of Tar Heels in the NBA, summer edition. (GoHeels.com)

Turner takes leading role on UNC's veteran offensive line

Landon Turner is the perfect leader for North Carolina's offensive line. He's a fifth-year senior wrapping up a tumultuous career marked by NCAA investigations, two coaching changes, an overhaul to a no-huddle offense, even a postseason ban that kept the Tar Heels out of the ACC championship game in 2012. He also balances a relentless on-field drive with an easygoing demeanor. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tobin Heath: Soccer Juggling Machine

One player you may not have been familiar with before this World Cup is midfielder Tobin Heath. The 27-year-old New Jersey-native has put in yeoman's work for the U.S. Women's National Team. You may remember her from banging into the advertising boards and toppling over opponents when trying to win headers in the semifinal with Germany. (Sports On Earth)

At 96, Literary Legend and UNC Alum Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Lawrence Ferlinghetti lives in a modest second-story walk-up in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Hanging on his walls are his doctorate from the Sorbonne, an unframed Paul Gaugin print and posters of celebrated poetry readings dating back to the days when he personified a hip, literate and rebellious San Francisco. Not that he's nostalgic. "Everything was better than it is when you're old," he says. (NPR)

Best Games Of 2014-15: No. 15-No. 11

13: No. 1 Carolina 2, No. 2 Connecticut 1 - Field Hockey, Sept. 28, 2014: Charlotte Craddock's game-winner in the 59th minute gave Carolina its second 1v2 win of the season as the top-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 2 UConn 2-1 in Newton, Massachusetts. The game was tied at 1 at halftime, but Craddock's unassisted goal past Nina Klein gave UNC the win over the reigning national champions. (GoHeels.com)

Summer Baseball Dispatches: Logan Warmoth

This summer has been a tremendous learning experience both on and off the field. From being coached by former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Larry Sheets, to having Tim Kurkjian of ESPN talk to us, to meeting my idol Cal Ripken Jr. Meeting Cal was definitely the highlight of the summer. I was born on the day (September 6, 1995) that Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played (2131). (GoHeels.com)

The ACC Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings

5) Quinshad Davis (North Carolina): I distinctly remember being in Gaffney (S.C.) and seeing this wide receiver when he was coming out of high school and absolutely loving his upside. Larry Feodra and the Tar Heels jumped on him late and nabbed him in signing day. Davis has had three very productive seasons, catching 150 passes for 1,976 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns. (Scout.com)

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