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How a Rotoworld slight may have fueled a Brendan Haywood season-finale breakout game

Before Sunday's loss to the Boston Celtics, Cavaliers coach David Blatt announced pregame that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, JR Smith and Kevin Love would sit the game out. A few moments later I tweeted out in jest that Blatt forgot to mention that Brendan Haywood would rest as well, since the big man hasn't played in a game - blowouts and all - since Feb. 26 and it was only a minute-long stint. (Cleveland.com)

A Tar Heel's Guide To The NBA Playoffs

Every first-round series except for one in the NBA Playoffs has at least one Tar Heel. Here's an easy guide to the UNC-related storylines in each series: (2) Cleveland vs. (7) Boston - Tar Heels to watch: Brendan Haywood (Cleveland), Tyler Zeller (Boston). (1) Golden State vs. (8) New Orleans - Tar Heels to watch: Harrison Barnes, James Michael McAdoo (GoHeels.com)

Video: Sam Perkins remembers moments at UNC with Michael Jordan

On SI Now, NCAA champion Sam Perkins revisits his college days with pictures from Sports Illustrated's photo vault and shares special memories of his time at UNC. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC alumnus becomes NASA telescope namesake

In the spring of 1928, James Webb had just finished his senior year at UNC, earning a degree in education, but Webb never became a teacher. Instead, he went on to become the second administrator of NASA, leading from behind the scenes and allowing others to get the glory. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Women's Lacrosse Downs Duke For ACC Regular Season Title

Second-ranked North Carolina got hat tricks from Aly Messinger and Sammy Jo Tracy and beat third-ranked Duke, 12-6, on Friday at Koskinen Stadium to capture the 2015 ACC regular season championship. Maggie Bill added two goals and two assists for the Tar Heels (13-2, 6-1 ACC), who grabbed the top seed in next weekend’s ACC Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. (GoHeels.com)

Hokies Power Past No. 18 UNC Baseball, 8-3

Alex Perez and Brendon Hayden homered in a five-run sixth as Virginia Tech beat No. 18 North Carolina 8-3 Friday at English Field. Kit Scheetz limited UNC to three runs over seven strong innings as the Hokies beat the Tar Heels for the first time since 2007. Landon Lassiter had three hits and drove in a run for the Tar Heels, who will send J.B. Bukauskas to the mound Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

#1 UNC Women's Tennis Completes Unbeaten Regular Season

The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team won 5-2 over Boston College on Friday afternoon to finish the regular season unbeaten at 26-0 and a perfect 14-0 record in the ACC. North Carolina will be the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. UNC has won four regular-season titles in the last six years under the tutelage of head coach Brian Kalbas. (GoHeels.com)

Yankees reliever Andrew Miller says time with Orioles was 'most fun I've ever had playing baseball'

When New York Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller took the mound in the eighth inning Monday with one on, one out and his club clinging to a one-run lead, he wasn't nostalgic. He wasn't considering that the guys in the batter's box were his teammates just a few short months ago. (Baltimore Sun)

Sylvester Williams excited to fulfill "high expectations"

Sylvester Williams is expecting a lot of pressure this coming season, and he's welcoming it with open arms. As the Broncos transition to a 3-4 defense with one tackle anchoring the center of the line, the former first-round pick could be the big man in the middle for the Broncos. (Denver Broncos)

No. 18 Tar Heels Back On The Road At Virginia Tech

North Carolina returns to Atlantic Coast Conference competition Friday at 5:30 p.m. when the Tar Heels visit Virginia Tech for the first of a three-game series at English Field. Carolina has won six of seven and is 23-14 on the year after a six-inning 1-0 win over High Point on Tuesday. The Tar Heels are currently tied for second in the ACC Coastal at 9-9 after taking two of three from NC State last weekend in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Early-entry ex-UNC star McAdoo in NBA playoffs

Even after being undrafted and spending most of his rookie year in the NBA D-League, former Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo said recently he was happy with his decision to go pro. Of course, it helps that he was speaking from the locker room at Golden State, the No. 1 seed in the West, which enters the playoffs at home today (3:30 p.m.) against the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Carolina Basketball 2014-2015 Season Highlights

From the Bahamas to Los Angeles and many places in between, the 2014-2015 Tar Heels shared in the highs and lows that only a college basketball season can bring. Relive the year's best highlights and great behind-the-scenes moments with the season highlight video. View Video...

Player Review: Kennedy Meeks

The leaner, meaner Kennedy Meeks was a favorite topic of conversation on pretty much every UNC basketball broadcast well into January and the result was a fairly stellar start to the season. But as strong as his first third of the season was, the final two-thirds of the season was marked by inconsistency and illness. Despite his weight loss, Meeks seemed to hit a wall for the final 10 games of the year. (Tar Heel Blog)

Virginia Tech baseball faces off against UNC in three-game weekend series

Virginia Tech baseball is back in Blacksburg this weekend after being swept last weekend by the University of Miami. This time, the Hokies will face off against the University of North Carolina in a three-game series at English Field. The NCAA RPI rankings have the Tar Heels listed as the 16th-best team in the country, however, the USA Today coach’s poll doesn’t have them ranked. (Collegiate Times)

Six-week gauntlet ends for Hokies with series versus UNC

Tech’s schedule the last six weeks, (includes UNC series), has featured the last 13 ACC Baseball Championship teams. In its ACC history, only the 2010 squad had more wins (when playing all six of those teams in an ACC season) with seven than the Hokies have this year (6). The 2013 squad had six wins but did not play Clemson. (Hokie Sports)

Video: UNC's new uniforms - The Interlocking NC

Its hard to think of the University of North Carolina without envisioning the famous interlocking N.C. symbol. The two are intertwined in the athletics and the identity of the school. There is no symbol much more recognizable in any level of sport. In video No. 5 of the #OURBLUE series by UNC and Nike, designers discuss the importance of the interlocking N.C. to UNC and its place in college sports. (Carolina Blue)

Can Gene Chizik Save the North Carolina Defense?

For now, public shaming will need to be part of the rebuilding process of the UNC defense. Even in spring, there’s plenty of it to go around. Gene Chizik is in Chapel Hill to fix one of the worst defenses in school history, a unit that has kept Carolina hovering around .500 the last two seasons. Many coaches spend spring practice preaching physicality. The new defensive coordinator for the Tar Heels is making it part of his central platform. (Athlon Sports)

UNC self-reported more than 90 NCAA violations over 32 months

Marielle vanGelder finds herself laughing at the ridiculous nature of her school’s self-reported NCAA violations. Whether it’s searching a prospect’s name on Twitter and accidentally posting it, hitting reply all to an email instead of forwarding it, or misusing the direct message feature, UNC’s Associate AD for Compliance has seen plenty of comedic fodder cross her desk. UNC self-reported 91 violations spanning from Jan. 1, 2012 to Aug. 13, 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

ACC Race Heats Up As UNC Baseball Visits Virginia Tech

As one of five teams tied at 9-9 in the ACC, the UNC baseball team hopes to distance itself from the crowd this weekend, heading to Virginia Tech to face the Hokies in an important three-game conference series. Overall, the Tar Heels are 23-14 this season, while Virginia Tech is 18-20, with a 7-11 mark in league play. (Chapelboro.com)

Former Tar Heel great Phil Ford reflects on Dean Smith

Former UNC basketball great Phil Ford continues to heed the words of the late coach Dean Smith. And that’s why the three-time All-American and Olympic gold medalist didn’t mind saying that he had dinner “compliments of Coach Dean Smith” after the hall of fame coach posthumously sent $200 checks to all his former lettermen. “It was an incredible gesture,” Ford said Wednesday before coaching the ACC Barnstorming Tour team at East Duplin High School. (Jacksonville Daily News)

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