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Smiley returns at good time for Heels

Sam Smiley started out working with the third defensive rotation at strong safety upon his return to practice, but by the time the Spring Game rolled around earlier this month, he was getting reps in practice with the second team, and even spelling the first-team guys at times. "It feels good to be back out there with the boys," said Smiley. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels In The NBA Update

Throughout his NBA career Vince Carter was the star of the team he played for, but with this year's Dallas Mavericks team the former Tar Heel had to get used to coming off the bench. Carter performed well in his new role by averaging just under 12 points a game. Dallas will need Carter to be a huge contributor if they are to pull of the upset of the top seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Visit East Carolina Tuesday

North Carolina will conclude a four-game road trip when the Tar Heels visit in-state rival East Carolina Tuesday at 6 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. UNC is 23-17 after beating No. 1 Virginia 4-2 on Sunday, while East Carolina is 24-17 after a Monday night loss to Old Dominion. Sophomore Taylore Cherry will start on the mound for UNC opposite ECU's Reid Love. (GoHeels.com)

Video: North Carolina ACC Basketball Matchups

The ACC Digital Network announces North Carolina's conference basketball opponents for each of the next two seasons. What does the future hold for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels? Host Jeff Fischel has the details. View Video...

Lucas: ACC Schedule Reactions

Forget everything you knew about the ACC basketball schedule. As the conference grew in membership and also added two additional league games, the schedules for the previous two years had to be juggled. This year's slate, however, is the first year of a 12-year schedule rotation that will feature two permanent partners along with a mix of one-time home and road foes and two additional home-and-home series. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Releases Men’s Basketball Conference Matchups for 2014-15 and 2015-16

The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the 18-game conference matchups for each of its 15 men’s basketball teams for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not yet been determined. (The ACC)

Kareem Martin visits Minnesota Vikings

Mike Zimmer speaks in glowing terms about Michael Johnson, his former defensive end in Cincinnati. Now, Zimmer’s Vikings are looking at a guy who reminds some of Johnson. A source close to the situation said North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin visited Minnesota last week. Martin is considered most likely to be picked in the second or third round of the May 8-10 NFL draft. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

For Korey Dunbar, there’s more to life than baseball

Korey Dunbar is a person first, baseball player second. “Like I said, I don’t want baseball to reflect who I am,” he said. “And it doesn’t.” That same gentle smile. “Obviously, it’s a game that I love and it’s a game that I want to take as far as I can in my career. If it works out? Awesome. And if doesn’t? Be a teacher,” he said. “And be the happiest teacher in the world.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Wade Moody gets warm reception in ACC Barnstorming homecoming

Wade Moody most likely never got a warm reception at East Surry during his high school playing days. He sure did Thursday night. Moody, who played basketball at county rival Mount Airy, was in Pilot Mountain for the ACC Barnstorming Tour. The senior guard at North Carolina was a member of the team of ACC All-Stars that took on the Surry County All-Stars. (Mount Airy News)

Tar Heels Travel To Pirate Country For Tuesday Tilt

The North Carolina baseball team, 23-17 overall, will be looking to build off a victory over top-ranked Virginia with a solid performance at Lewis Field Tuesday evening in Greenville when the Tar Heels take on the East Carolina Pirates, who come into the contest with a 24-17 record. ECU boasts a pair of victories over ACC foes including a 7-0 shutout against N.C. State. (Chapelboro.com)

Giovani Bernard's Humble Roots

Long before Giovani Bernard was one of the NFL's most dynamic young playmakers, before his brother was a star at Oregon State, before his mother died and his family lost everything, his father boarded a boat in Haiti. After three days spent staring at nothing but the sky, Yvens Bernard landed on the shores of South Florida, and in his first week there, he met Josette Liberius. (NFL.com)

Kenan Memorial Stadium to get upgraded cell service

Football fans won’t have to worry about dropped calls at Kenan Memorial Stadium when games resume next fall. Construction will begin Monday to improve cell capacity at the stadium and upgrades are also being discussed for the Dean Smith Center. (Daily Tar Heel)

University Square businesses brace for redevelopment

The demolition of University Square, which has been home to several local businesses like Time-Out, is set to start as early as October of this year. Plans for the redevelopment started in 2009, shortly after University Square was purchased by Chapel Hill Foundation Real Estate Holdings, the University’s nonprofit real estate arm. (Daily Tar Heel)

Shalane Flanagan’s Best Not Enough To Win Boston Marathon

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan desperately wanted to win the 2014 Boston Marathon. For the first 17 miles she was in position to do so, but despite running a personal best Monday, it wasn’t enough to win. Flanagan dropped to the back of the leader pack in the Newton hills and ending up finishing in seventh place with a time of 2:22:02. She was the top American woman finisher. (CBS Boston)

This Week With Mike Fox

Inside Carolina caught up with head coach Mike Fox after the Diamond Heels (23-17, 10-11 ACC) took one of three games from top-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville. With less than a month to go In the regular season, UNC heads to East Carolina on Tuesday before hosting Liberty on Wednesday and then a weekend series against Virginia Tech. (Inside Carolina)

UNC academic advisor Mary Willingham stepping down

Mary Willingham, an academic adviser at UNC, says she will leave the university after finishing her classes this semester. Willingham was the subject of national media attention after she questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the school. A school spokeswoman said Willingham had a private meeting with UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt on Monday. (WRAL.com)

North Carolina season wrap

The progress Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks showed at times this season provides some promise. Marcus Paige will be back, which means the Tar Heels won't have to ask as much of their freshmen. This could be the ACC's preseason favorites next fall. If nothing else, UNC should have a decent idea what its roster will look like well before the season starts. That's a luxury it didn't enjoy this year. (Syracuse.com)

Monday Baseball Report

UNC's postseason possibilities continue to be somewhat precarious though there has been some improvement in the RPI situation. For the ACC Tournament, the Heels are currently 8th overall and would make the ten team event. On the RPI front, UNC has jumped from languishing in the mid-80s to 47th. The nature of UNC's schedule down the stretch is going to help the RPI. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC drops series, but gains confidence at UVa.

UNC defeated Virginia, 4-2 on Sunday, fending off the country’s No. 1 team, thanks to a two-run home run from junior shortstop Michael Russell in the fifth that broke a 1-1 tie. It was the first lead for UNC in a tightly contested series, and the Tar Heels didn’t relinquish it. “We just need to go out there and have fun and play the game,” said freshman second baseman Wood Myers after the win. (Daily Tar Heel)

In Harrison Barnes, Warriors may have modest superhero

When the Warriors call Harrison Barnes Black Falcon, it's in fun, not reverence. Really, a better fit for Barnes would be the Mystery Falcon, because you never know when he'll show up to save the day. It's a superhero nickname, and based on Barnes' playoff performance last season and in Saturday's Game 1 win over the Clippers, he has a mysterious ability to raise his game when the heat is on. (San Francisco Gate)

Young Tar Heels thriving on track

Fresh off a medal-rich performance at the ACC Track and Field Championships on Saturday, fleet-footed UNC freshman Ceo Ways already was looking ahead to the Penn Relays this weekend. But Ways, who also had silver medal performances in the 400-meter and 200-meter individual sprints, and UNC head coach Harlis Meaders have even bigger plans for the talent-loaded team. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Kyle Seager showing signs of turning it around

Through the first 15 games of the season, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has struggled at the plate, going hitless in eight of his appearances for a team-low .170 batting average. Of late, the 26-year-old's results during the current road trip indicate progress. He collected his second multi-hit game of the trip -- and season -- on Friday. (Seattle Mariners)

My Job Is to Educate, Not to Cheer

When you see me on the sideline or in the stands cheering for my students, understand that I am indeed cheering for students. After the applause subsides and the stadium empties, those students still have papers to write and course materials to study, and my colleagues and I will be there on Monday morning to provide the support those students need to experience a real education. (Coaching the Mind)

Shalane Flanagan hopes knowledge is power

Shalane Flanagan has entered a new phase in her relationship with the Boston Marathon course. In fact, Flanagan is happy to admit they’ve been seeing a lot more of each other lately. The 32-year-old American hopeful from Marblehead will make her second start on the torturous 26.2-mile track in Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon. (Boston Herald)

Struggling Harrison Barnes steps up for Warriors on big stage

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson always jokes that Harrison Barnes gets amped only for games against the league's premier players or on the NBA's biggest stages. Fortunately for the Warriors, they're playing under the bright lights of a first-round series against the Clippers, and Barnes might have proved that there's a little truth to every joke by starring in a game-changing sequence of Saturday's 109-105 Game 1 victory. (SFGate)

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