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Quinton Coples among Jets players with something to prove

Quinton Coples is at a crossroads in his Jets career. He’s a starter, but the Jets have alternatives at OLB/DE, so new coach Todd Bowles won’t have to play Coples all that much if he doesn’t want to. Coples has never quite put it all together but said recently that he thinks he’ll be rushing the quarterback more this year. That’s good for him because that’s what he does best. (New York Daily News)

Report: Jets work out former Bengals WR Greg Little

The Jets already made major upgrades to their receiving corps this offseason by trading for veteran Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall and drafting Ohio State's Devin Smith in the second round. They might not be done tweaking that position group just yet. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Jets worked out former Bengals and Browns receiver Greg Little on Monday. (247 Sports)

UNC QB Marquise Williams, WR Quinshad Davis cleared for fall practices

UNC’s dual-threat quarterback has been cleared to go for fall practices. UNC head coach Larry Fedora confirmed quarterback Marquise Williams and wide receiver Quinshad Davis have each been cleared by medical staff to participate in fall camp. That gives the Tar Heels two key players on the offense that is expected by some to have a strong season in the ACC Coastal Division. (NBC Sports)

National title in reach for North Carolina basketball

In one corner of the ACC, Roy Williams has his top four scorers returning and talented group of sophomores ready to take a big step forward. Just 11 miles down the road, in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Mike Krzyzewski just sent his top four scorers to the NBA. The Tobacco Road rivals each have distinctly different makeups heading into the 2015-16 season. (CBS Sports)

How heavy a favorite is North Carolina basketball?

How heavy an ACC favorite is North Carolina? Pretty heavy. The Tar Heels return nine of their top ten players from last year's team that won 26 games and lost to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 giving Roy Williams the same type of returning nucleus he had in both 2005 and 2009 when he led his alma mater to national titles. The biggest thing that North Carolina needs to improve this season? Closing out games. (CBS Sports)

Film Room: J.K. Britt

To prepare for the start of the 2015 season, Inside Carolina's staff convened to review and discuss spring film. In this segment, beat writer Greg Barnes and Xs and Os analyst Jason Staples discuss freshman safety J.K. Britt, who quickly surged up the depth chart. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part I

Larry Fedora: "As we brought this 2015 team back at the beginning of this year, the first thing we did was talk about the issues we felt like we had as a team. Every single guy on the team got to say what they thought the issues were, and then we addressed every one of those issues. We owned them and then we got rid of them, and said ‘Alright it’s time to move forward so let’s learn from them.’" (Inside Carolina)

Ravens reserve quarterback Bryn Renner has dealt with injuries, adversity in his career

Bryn Renner is reflective, doesn't complain about the bumpy road his career took and is thoroughly enjoying his experience so far with the Ravens. "I'm so happy to be here, and it's going great so far.. Everything I've been through made me stronger and better. It hasn't always been smooth or easy, but I wouldn't trade what's happened for anything. This is a great time in my life to be here." (Baltimore Sun)

Murder charges filed against UNC student in wrong-way I-85 crash

Three second-degree murder charges were filed Thursday against a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student accused of killing three people in a weekend crash on Interstate 85. Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, also was charged with three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. (WRAL.com)

Larry Fedora on ESPN's "Car Wash"

UNC head coach Larry Fedora will be at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn. on Monday for the network's "Car Wash" media event. All 14 ACC coaches will be making appearances on various ESPN TV and radio shows, podcasts, along with meetings with writers and reporters over the next two days. Fedora will live on ESPN's SportsCenter at 2:20 PM ET. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Sports Year in Review: No. 9-10

10. UNC Zaps Georgia Tech: UNC’s most impressive win of the 2014 football season was also its most thrilling. The Tar Heels battled Georgia Tech neck-and-neck for the duration of the mid-October contest. Though UNC took a 35-24 lead into the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech stormed back and eventually went ahead 43-42 with just more than three minutes on the clock. (Carolina Blue)

Steelers Long Snapper Greg Warren: 'I have to enjoy this'

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been holding their training camp at Saint Vincent College for 50 years. Long snapper Greg Warren is a rarity on the team being a part of that rich tradition for over a decade. Warren is in his 11th camp with the team this year. Only Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison, both in their 12th Steelers training camp, have been to more of them. (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Cleveland Cavaliers trade Brendan Haywood to Portland Trail Blazers

The Cavaliers finally reached a trade agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers to send center Brendan Haywood and wing Mike Miller to the Pacific Northwest. In return, Cleveland will get a $10.5 million trade exception and a $2.85 trade exception. They also sent out their 2019 second round pick and 2020 second round pick as part of the package. (Cleveland.com)

Defense may be key to Reggie Bullock sticking with Pistons

A lot of the focus on the Detroit Pistons' off-season has been all about how the acquisitions will fit offensively. But coach Stan Van Gundy has said that the team must improve defensively if the franchise is to snap the streak of missing the playoffs at six seasons. Enter Reggie Bullock, a swingman acquired from the Phoenix Suns in the trade that also landed Marcus Morris. (Detroit Free Press)

Extra Points: A Visit With Gene Chizik

Gene Chizik is six months into his new job as defensive coordinator for the Tar Heel football team, having been hired by head coach Larry Fedora in January after two seasons out of football. He’s been through Blue Dawn, spring practice, spring recruiting and the June camp season. Now on the cusp of the opening of training camp, Chizik ruminates on a variety of subjects with Lee Pace. (GoHeels.com)

Anson Dorrance delivers dynasty, dominance

There was no varsity women’s soccer program at UNC in 1970 when Anson Dorrance arrived to kick it around for the men’s team. Seven years later, while coaching the UNC men’s soccer team on a part-time basis, Dorrance, in law school there, was assigned additional school work from the director of athletics, Bill Cobey, who wanted him to start a varsity soccer program for women at the state’s flagship university. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels taking a risk with neutral-site opener, but rivals want in

Larry Fedora acknowledges there are inherent risks in opening the football season against an SEC opponent at a neutral site on national television. The North Carolina coach also feels the TV exposure and recruiting impact from playing South Carolina in Charlotte on Sept. 3 offers a potential reward that far outweighs those risks. (Charlotte Observer)

Chansky’s Notebook: Heeee’s back!

The Hornets are giving Tyler Hansbrough one last chance. Psycho T knew exactly what he was doing when he stayed at UNC all four years. A bruising power forward in college, Hansbrough figured he would be an undersized pro, and he opted to stick around and become the Tar Heels’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Good move. (Chapelboro.com)

Adam Warren comes through for Yankees in relief

Adam Warren was arguably the Yankees’ most consistent starter when Ivan Nova came back from Tommy John rehab in late June and he was asked to return to the bullpen role that he filled so well in 2013 and 2014. He had been a mixed bag until Saturday night. “There was a huge performance by Adam Warren,” Joe Girardi said. (New York Daily News)

One last go around for Marquise Williams

Any successful college football program usually has an established, solidified talent under center to reach its goals. This season in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Tar Heels are hoping and counting on senior Marquise Williams. Williams passed for an astonishing 3,068 yards last season. He also led the team in rushing yardage with 788 yards. (New Bern Sun Journal)

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