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Who is Allie Long?

Get to know Northport native Allie Long, who will be competing in the Rio Olympics as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team....Long earned a scholarship to Penn State, where she had 10 goals and 10 assists in two seasons before transferring to North Carolina. She was part of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in her senior season. (Newsday)

From Fetzer To Finley: The Dual Trophies Moment

As things began to calm down in the aftermath of North Carolina men's lacrosse national championship victory, UNC captain Mark Rizzo carried the trophy into the stands where Molly Hendrick of the UNC women’s team waited with their trophy. Athletic department photographer Jeff Camarati seized the image for posterity and it accompanies this article. (GoHeels.com)

What UNC’s Isaiah Hicks needs to do to live up to his senior year expectations

After a mini-breakout junior season, Isaiah Hicks heads into his senior year at UNC with some lofty expectations. The ACC’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Hicks has slowly turned himself into one of Carolina’s most efficient offensive players. (Tar Heel Blog)

Ideally, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would like to know starting QB before UNC game

Kirby Smart would love to know who he’ll start at quarterback when the week of the season opener against North Carolina rolls around. Given the situation Georgia is in, too many variables exist for Smart to know for certain if his coaching staff will be able to make that determination by the end of August. (Macon Telegraph)

Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg among U.S. Women's National Team players featured in animated shorts

The U.S. Women's National Team is getting animated. U.S. Soccer recently released a series of animated video shorts featuring the 18 players on the 2016 Olympic roster. Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long are all featured in the "WNT Animated" series. (OregonLive.com)

Run defense still the biggest question mark for UNC

Despite UNC’s 11-win season, its troubles stopping the run weren’t limited to the bowl game. It was the ninth time the team had given up at least 200 yards last fall and the fourth it had allowed at least 300. The Heels will enter this season as the favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, but that doesn’t mean concerns against the run have disappeared. (Today's U)

Kennedy Meeks Appears to be in Great Shape

Tar Heel forward Kennedy Meeks is putting in the work this offseason as he prepares for his senior year at North Carolina. In a photo posted to his Instagram account on Friday, Meeks looks as fit and slimmed down as ever following a "crazy workout." (Instagram)

New Patriots Lineman Jonathan Cooper Carted Off With Foot Injury

Patriots offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was carted off the field Saturday during the first day of padded training camp practices. Cooper was playing with the first offensive unit when he appeared to injure his right foot. After being looked at by trainers, Cooper was placed onto a cart and brought into Gillette Stadium. The extent of his injury is not yet known. (CBS Boston)

Harrison Barnes meets soccer stars from FC Bayern

Soccer's appeal in America is bleeding into basketball territory. Harrison Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins kicked a soccer ball around with a few stars from soccer club FC Bayern in a Vine video posted by USA Basketball. (San Jose Mercury News)

UNC Women's Basketball Gets Late Start To Europe, Enjoys Visit To London

After suffering through a 24-hour delay in getting their much anticipated trip underway to the British Isles, the North Carolina women’s basketball team enjoyed a bonus of sorts by spending most of Saturday in London, England. The team was scheduled to arrive in Scotland on Friday morning, but storms in the New York area resulted in extended flight delays (GoHeels.com)

Panthers’ Tre Boston ready to flourish in 3rd NFL season

Tre Boston found early success with the Carolina Panthers. A fourth-round draft pick out of UNC, Boston won the starting safety position halfway through his rookie season. He then lost his job last year, only to regain it again. He’s set to start again this season. Boston was a three-year starter in Chapel Hill. His up and down career in Charlotte has seemed to level out. (WNCN)

Packers' apparent plan for Julius Peppers? Less is more

Julius Peppers doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play football, but the Green Bay Packers veteran outside linebacker can promise you this: He will not make any this-is-my-last-year pronouncements before the 2016 season and go on a farewell tour. “People handle it in different ways,” the 36-year-old Peppers said this week as he began his 15th training camp. (ESPN.com)

Gio Bernard surprises local mom, kids with new supply of clothes

Natalie Ingram allowed her 9-year-old son, Nate, to skip football practice on Monday evening, but she thinks his coach will understand. You see, he was meeting Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. The two even tossed the pigskin around a bit. "It was great," Ingram said. "It was a once in a lifetime experience for my kids." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Pictures Worth Thousands of Words When it Comes to Kenan

I delivered a short talk about my upcoming book on Kenan Stadium to a group of Tar Heel football aficionados in early June and showed them several of the noteworthy photographs....The gasps were audible around the room as I clicked the shots that Boone photographer Jordan Nelson captured with a camera mounted on a drone surrounding the stadium as the Tar Heels played Miami back in mid-November. (Kenan Journal)

Des Lawrence: Clemson gave the Tar Heels confidence to play with anyone

Despite the pejorative labels given to the Coastal Division, North Carolina senior cornerback Des Lawrence says the Tar Heels, the preseason No. 22 at Today’s U, are confident they can play with Clemson, Florida State, and even the defending national champion Alabama Death Star. Lawrence made reference to the Tar Heels’ confidence more than once at the ACC Kickoff last week. (Today's U)

Slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth's family seeks clarity in unsolved murder

Nearly four years after a UNC student was found beaten to death inside her Chapel Hill apartment, Faith Hedgepeth's cousin is trying to find clarity in her unsolved murder. Alyssa Mozingo recently published online a detailed timeline of events leading up to when Hedgepeth's roommate discovered her body the morning of Sept. 7, 2012. (ABC 11)

My Carolina Experience: Courtney Bumpers

Because of Courtney Bumpers’ goals for collegiate gymnastics she had offers from schools that were very prestigious but not as competitive as she would have liked, and others that were very competitive but not as academically challenging as she would have liked. Carolina had the best of both worlds, and all of it clicked. (GoHeels.com)

Theo Pinson is UNC Basketball’s X-Factor

Theo Pinson averaged 4.5 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game in 18.7 minutes per game while coming off the bench for North Carolina this past season. With the departure of Marcus Paige, the former North Carolina Mr. Basketball will be inserted into the starting lineup. (Tar Heel Blog)

Fedora on Trubisky: "He knew his time was coming"

Everyone knew Mitch Trubisky would be UNC's starting quarterback heading into the 2016 season. When Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora named redshirt junior the starter following spring practice it just made things official. As the first quarterback that Fedora and his staff recruited, Trubisky knew his time would come. He was Fedora's "guy." (Carolina Blue)

Ryan Switzer talks about what makes him a great punt returner

Ryan Switzer has seven punt-return touchdowns in his Tar Heel career, five of them in his freshman season, and needs just one more to tie the NCAA record for career punt-return touchdowns. But his teammates' unique attitudes have made a huge difference. "I’ve been fortunate enough to have ten guys in front of me who really enjoy blocking," Switzer said. (Carolina Blue)


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