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Former Tar Heel Boston matured, looking to improve in Panthers secondary

Tre Boston's week began with what he described as one of the top five most nervous moments of his entire life, and it had nothing to do with training camp in Spartanburg. On Monday, the former University of North Carolina Tar Heel took a knee, and proposed to his long-time girlfriend Cierra Perry, who is from Henderson, N.C. So, how'd he go about popping the question? (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC football looks to rise above mediocrity

UNC had the third-best scoring offense in the ACC with 33.2 points per game. UNC’s passing offense ranked second in the league. But the Tar Heels couldn’t really run the ball, and that defense of theirs literally wasn’t hitting on much. So fans are left to wonder if the Tar Heels who report to training camp Sunday will go into the first day of fall practices Monday getting ready for another six-win season. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC summer weight lifting videos

The UNC strength and conditioning department put together an extensive summer workout program to improve the size, strength, speed, endurance, and overall fitness of North Carolina's football players. Here are some videos and tweets of some UNC weight lifting landmarks. Its a great glimpse of the hard work the Tar Heel players put in with the hopes of huge payoffs come this Fall. (Carolina Blue)

What does Dustin Ackley provide Yankees? Here's Joe Girardi's take

The Yankees traded for Dustin Ackley Thursday afternoon, shipping two mid-level prospects to the Seattle Mariners in return. (The Yankees sent outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez to the M's.) It's kind of a surprising move, given that they Yankees already have a plethora of left-handed bats, but one that manager Joe Giardi seemed genuinely excited about when he spoke before Thursday's game in Texas. (NJ.com)

No One Scapegoating Hatchell

Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s contract extends three more years, to 2018. Three other UNC coaches, including women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy, received contract extensions earlier this summer, but Hatchell did not. Her supporters and other commentators have subsequently claimed UNC is denying her an extension because they are scapegoating her for the paper-class scandal. (Chapelboro.com)

J.P. Tokoto Plans To Sign Camp Deal With 76ers

J.P. Tokoto plans to sign a training camp deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, a league source tells RealGM. Tokoto and the 76ers are discussing terms, and the athletic forward has made clear he has no intention of signing overseas or in the D-League. Tokoto was the 58th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the 76ers out of North Carolina. (Real GM)

Former UNC women's basketball player Stephanie Mavunga announces transfer to Ohio State

The final domino fell on Friday in what’s been a summer of depletion for the North Carolina women’s basketball team. All-ACC forward Stephanie Mavunga, who was granted her release by UNC to purse a transfer on June 19, took to Twitter to announce she is transferring to Ohio State. She is the third Tar Heel to transfer this summer. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chizik returns to coaching to fix Tar Heels' woeful defense

Gene Chizik built one of the nation's top defenses as an Auburn assistant, worked as defensive coordinator during Texas' national-championship run then returned to the Tigers to win another title as head coach. That history explains why UNC is counting on Chizik to fix its woeful defense. Approaching three years after he was fired from Auburn, Chizik is back in coaching as the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator. (Associated Press)

How Julian's Brought Ivy-League Style to the South (With an Assist From Michael Jordan)

The Chapel Hill community long ago adopted a style characterized by neat dress with colors that pop. It is found everywhere: from game day togs to graduation robes to argyle sports jerseys. And one longtime Chapel Hill family is largely responsible: The Julians introduced preppy to the South. Preppy style, of course, was born in New England. And so was Maurice Julian, who moved from Boston to Chapel Hill when his brother attended law school at UNC. (Inc.)

Yankees' Dustin Ackley needed 'fresh start,' dad says

Dustin Ackley's father, John, knows baseball, having spent seven years as a catcher in the Red Sox organization. But, more importantly, he knows his son. And John Ackley believes the Yankees' newest utility player will benefit from what he called a "fresh start" in pinstripes. (NJ.com)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part V

You didn’t sign up for any of this (NCAA investigation)? How have you stayed sane knowing it’s stuff that happened before you got here? Larry Fedora: "What are you going to do? Think about it if you’re in my shoes are you going to lay around and cry about it? You really don’t have a lot of control over it. Again, it’s establishing a vision of where you want the program to go and being positive." (Inside Carolina)

Inside The Locker Room: Switzer's Steadfastness

This is the Switz I’ve come to know. The one to leave the facilities after everyone just to go on the ball machine more. The one who in between classes watches whatever film he can get his hands on. The one who will do an extra rep in the weight room because he knows his opponent won’t. When we go out in the fall, Ryan Switzer practices as if he was playing for the ACC Championship every time. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Chizik’s Challenge

Gene Chizik sounds good, but can he change a really bad Carolina defense? UNC’s new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is all positive in a recent interview with Lee Pace in Extra Points. He won a national championship at Auburn, then got fired, then took two years off, then came to Carolina. So far, so good in everything Chizik says about his Tar Heel experience. (Chapelboro.com)

Yankees' Dustin Ackley: What you must know about the new guy

It's expected that Ackley, 27, will play a jack-of-all-trades role. The Yankees have an obvious need at second base, but he hasn't played there much since 2013, when he played 53 games at the position. In 2012, however, he spent 142 games there as the Mariners tried to make him an infielder in a failed experiment. Ackley spent most of 2014 as a left fielder, where he's been for nearly all of 2015. (NJ.com)

Report: J.P. Tokoto won’t sign with Philadelphia

J.P. Tokoto entered the NBA draft knowing he wasn’t a first-round pick. He just wanted to turn pro. But, even after the 76ers drafted him with the No. 58 pick, he won’t necessarily get an NBA contract. John Finger of CSN Philly: "An NBA source said Tokoto likely will not sign this year and will opt to play overseas or in the D-League." If Tokoto sticks for the league minimum, that’s probably more than he’d make overseas. (NBC Sports)

UNC Alumni vs. Kentucky Alumni Basketball Game Set

Tickets for the 2015 Kentucky Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. ET. For the first time, a team of UK pros will face a team of UNC pros. The game will feature UK players either currently or formerly playing professionally against UNC players either currently or formerly playing professionally. (UK Athletics)

Summer Tar Heel Basketball Tidbits

With the start of the Fall 2015 semester at UNC only a few weeks away, it's a good time to take stock of some offseason news and notes on Tar Heel basketball. Carolina returns four of five starters from last year's Sweet 16 group. UNC also returns over 88 percent of its points (including its top four scorers), nearly 84 percent of its rebounds and nearly 75 percent of its assists from last season. (GoHeels.com)

ACC teams set to begin fall practice

It’s been a long offseason, but the end is near. ACC teams open up fall camp this week, with Georgia Tech kicking things off tomorrow and the other 13 teams following in quick succession. And just so you don’t miss anything, here’s a quick run-down of the first practice dates for each team: North Carolina: Monday, Aug. 3 (ESPN.com)

The ACC’s Top 15 Heisman Candidates for 2015

6. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: Last fall, Williams was one of only three Power 5 quarterbacks to pass for more than 3,000 yards and rush for north of 750 yards. He is also one of four returning FBS quarterbacks that threw for at least 20 touchdowns and ran for 10 or more. He has most all of his friends back on offense as well. (Athlon Sports)

Joel James, Paige Neuenfeldt Take Part In NCAA, ACC Leadership Meetings

Two Tar Heel student-athletes recently participated in leadership meetings at the conference and national levels. Paige Neuenfeldt, a rising senior on the UNC volleyball team, took part in the ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Council meeting July 10-11 in Charlotte. Joel James, a rising senior on the UNC basketball team, took part in the NCAA Division I SAAC Meeting July 15-17 in Indianapolis, Ind. (GoHeels.com)

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