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Can Adam Warren go the distance?

Among the many differences between Adam Warren and Secretariat -- the athlete New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared Warren to on Wednesday to characterize his lead in the fifth-starter competition -- there is one of paramount importance to Yankees fans. (ESPN.com)

Detroit Tigers release reliever Luke Putkonen

Luke Putkonen entered camp with a chance to crack the Detroit Tigers' opening day roster. Now, he's out of a job. Putkonen has been released, the Tigers confirmed early Saturday. The move was made nearly two months after the 28-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Putkonen was extended an invitation to big league camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. (MLive.com)

No, Dean Smith's gift is not an NCAA violation

A report from Forbes published on Saturday questioned whether the NCAA might find Dean Smith's legacy gift to former players a violation. Wait, what? That's simply not the case, the NCAA confirmed to Sporting News on Saturday. Smith's gift to his former players is not an NCAA violation in any way. Sometimes, a good deed is simply a good deed. The NCAA got this one right. Carry on. (Sporting News)

Proof Michael Jordan has talked trash to everyone, including 'Space Jam' extras

It might come as a surprise to you, but the psyche of the greatest basketball player to ever set foot on a court is slightly different. Michael Jordan’s ability was rivaled only by his trash talking. Reggie Miller recently shared that after he was dominated by Jordan as rookie, MJ requested he refer to him as “Black Jesus.” (USA Today)

No. 10 Miami Outlasts No. 18 UNC, 4-3

Zack Collins' two-out home run in the 11th was the deciding run as No. 10 Miami scored a wild 4-3 win over No. 18 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina rallied to tie it in the ninth and the 10th against UM closer Bryan Garcia but left two on in the 11th against Cooper Hammond (3-1) to drop its second one-run game of the series. (GoHeels.com)

Kenny Smith on special relationship with Dean Smith (video)

Kenny Smith talks about the special relationship legendary coach Dean Smith had with his student-athletes. (CBS Sports)

Kuester, Shaver touched by gesture from Dean Smith

John Kuester and his wife, Tricia, stopped at their mailbox Thursday afternoon in Cary, N.C. That’s when they saw what Kuester called "something very special to remember (legendary UNC coach Dean Smith) by." Smith died Feb. 7 at age 83. In his will he directed that his trust give $200 to every letterman who played for him during his 36 seasons with the Tar Heels. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

UNC-Wisconsin Postgame Notes

Carolina’s season ends at 26-12 overall and 8-3 on neutral courts. UNC is 112-44 in 156 NCAA Tournament games. The 112 wins are second-most all-time behind Kentucky. Carolina lost for the first time in the Sweet 16 since 1992. UNC had won its previous 11 Sweet 16 games. UNC played 22 of its 37 games in 2014-15 against NCAA Tournament teams and went 11-11 in those 22 games. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey impresses again, looks ready for first start

The potential for distraction was all around Matt Harvey Friday morning before his start against the Cardinals. It was his 26th birthday. There was cake. It rained and the game was delayed for 26 minutes at the start. But Harvey again passed a spring training test with no issues. The Mets' -- ahem -- No. 3 starter allowed one run in 41/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis at Roger Dean Stadium. (Newsday)

George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. (USA Today)

Matt Doherty, Richard Vinroot: Dean Smith was a better man than coach

Shaking my head saying even after the man has passed away," said former player Matt Doherty. "He's still reaching out to his former players." Less than two months after he passed away, another story of Dean Smith's generosity surfaced. "Overwhelmed," said former player Richard Vinroot. "Why would he do that for us? We owe him, not the other way around." (WCNC)

Serge Zwikker “Teared Up” After Receiving $200 Check From Dean Smith

Former center Serge Zwikker, who played for the Tar Heels from 1993-1997, reportedly had a strong reaction to the gesture. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Zwikker “teared up” after receiving the letter and claimed he’d never cash it. (College Spun)

No. 10 Miami Rallies To Top No. 18 UNC, 4-3

No. 10 Miami scored three times in the ninth to grab a 4-3 win over No. 18 North Carolina Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. UM's Willie Abreu tied it with a two-run single ahead of Johnny Ruiz's game-winning RBI off Trent Thornton. Zac Gallen allowed just one run in seven innings for the Tar Heels. Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige

UNC point guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. “That could change in five minutes, because I'm a 21-year-old kid,” Paige quipped after Wisconsin beat UNC 79-72 in STAPLES Center on Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Dave Colescott 'blown away' by Dean Smith letter

Dave Colescott nearly threw the letter away thinking it was junk mail. But Colescott, a former player at North Carolina who played for the late Dean Smith, opened the letter and it brought tears to his eyes. “On the return part of the envelope it said ‘Dean E. Smith Estate,’ so I was skeptical,” said Colescott, 57, who lives in Winston-Salem. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Dean Smith’s Legacy Reaches Central Iowa

Steve Krafcisin played one season at North Carolina before transferring closer to home at Iowa. The emotions of opening a letter from the late, Dean Smith showed just how much that one year meant to him. The letter is one of 180 $200 checks that Smith posthumously sent to his UNC letter winners. Krafcisin is one of only two players to play in two Final Fours for two different teams. (WHOTV.com)

South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in Women's NCAAs

Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past UNC in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Region final. (WRAL Sports Fan)

A New Start for Sylvia Hatchell, a Veteran Tar Heel

In this season of many returns — to health, to basketball, to the N.C.A.A. tournament — Sylvia Hatchell has embraced a saying. “I tell people, ‘This is my 40th year,’ but in a lot of ways, it feels like my first,” Hatchell, the 63-year-old coach of the North Carolina women’s basketball team for the past 29 years, said of her coaching career after her fourth-seeded Tar Heels survived No. 13 Liberty, 71-65, in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament on Saturday at Carmichael Arena. (New York Times)

In women’s basketball, battle of Carolinas bigger than one game

She won two national championships at Francis Marion, she married a man from Florence, and she’s a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. High school coaches from the Palmetto State will comprise much of her camp staff this summer. Sylvia Hatchell may be in her 29th season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at North Carolina, but her ties south of the border remain strong. (Charleston Post and Courier)

Shakeel Rashad talks linebackers, defense

CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad after practice this week about the new defense and defensive coaching staff: "I've loved it so far. That's not to say I disliked the coaches last year but the new coaches, new defense, new position for me, I've loved everything about it." Where are you in the defense? "Outside linebacker. In some of the stuff I'm with the ones and then in our nickel package I'm a two." (Carolina Blue)

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Today In UNC History
March 29, 1982
Final Four MVP James Worthy scores a game-high 28 points and Michael Jordan hits the game-winning shot from the left wing with 17 seconds to play as Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62, in one of the Final Four’s greatest championship games ever played. Worthy makes 13 of 17 shots from the floor and has three steals, including one at the end of the game that seals the victory. Jordan scores 16, and the win gives Dean Smith his first of two NCAA championships.

March 29, 2008
Tyler Hansbrough has 28 points and 13 rebounds and is named East Regional MVP as UNC beats Louisville to reach its 17th NCAA Final Four.

March 29, 2009
Ty Lawson, the 2009 Bob Cousy Award winner, scores 21 points and earns South Regional MVP honors as No. 1 seed UNC beats No. 2 seed Oklahoma, 72-60, in Memphis, Tenn., to send the Tar Heels to their record 18th Final Four.

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