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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)

Tar Heels Knock Off No. 1 Virginia, 4-2

Michael Russell hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Carolina its first lead of the series, and Zac Gallen and Reilly Hovis made it hold up as the Tar Heels beat No. 1 Virginia 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Gallen rebounded from a rocky start to go 5.1 innings before Hovis retired the final 11 Cavalier hitters to give UNC its first win over a top-ranked team since a sweep of Virginia in 2011. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Michael Jordan scores 63 vs. Celtics - April 20, 1986

28 years ago on April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan, scored 63 points against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was the most points ever scored in a playoff game against the Celtics. View Video...

WCHL: Tennessee A Done Deal For DeShields

Sources close to WCHL confirm that Diamond DeShields is going to Tennessee. Speculation has pointed to DeShields going with her friend from Georiga, Te’a Cooper, who is leaning toward being a Volunteer. Cooper decommitted from UNC at the start of this season. (Chapelboro.com)

Robert Quinn's got it covered

In the fourth-year defensive end out of North Carolina, the Rams have one of the best young pass-rushers in the game. Still only 23 years old, Quinn is coming off the best season for a pass-rusher in franchise history. With 19 sacks, Quinn ranked second by half a sack to Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis for the inaugural Deacon Jones Award, given to the league's sacks leader. (ESPN.com)

Who’s leaving, who’s staying in ACC basketball?

Now that the biggest dominoes have finally fallen, here is the season scorecard of ACC comings and goings since the end of the college basketball season. NBA Draft: James Michael McAdoo, junior, UNC; Staying: Marcus Paige, sophomore, UNC. (Wilmington Star News)

Lynch, Williams, Scott, Daugherty participate in Big Three Legends Game

The nine players representing UNC, Duke, and N.C. State who participated in the Big Three Legends Game at The Cage on the grounds of the American Tobacco Campus have played in bigger games and in front of audiences of tens of thousands. However, none of those games were for a cause as important as the one they played for on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Darian Durant puts team first

Darian Durant has once again transmitted the emphatic message that team objectives are paramount - a deft balancing act, when you consider the individual rewards. The Saskatchewan Roughriders' starting quarterback stands to earn slightly more than $400,000 during the 2014 CFL season after signing a contract extension that was announced Wednesday. (Regina Leader-Post)

Audio: Hubert Davis Interview

This weekend's guest interview is with former NBA player and college basketball analyst for ESPN, Hubert Davis. Davis discusses his transition to coaching basketball for his Alma Mater, the University of North Carolina, and how his faith has an impact on his players. Also, Hubert reveals the favor Roy Williams asked of him that brought him to tears. (UnpackinIt.com)

No. 1 Virginia Tops Carolina, 3-1

Benton Moss allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings of work but Virginia made the most of them as the top-ranked Cavaliers beat North Carolina 3-1 Saturday at Davenport Field. Kenny Towns' two-run homer in the third was the difference as Virginia clinched the series win. All nine UNC starters had hits but the Tar Heels left nine men on base, including seven in the first three innings. (GoHeels.com)

Kendall Marshall: From The D-League to the Lakers

At every stop in his young career, Kendall Marshall faced minor setbacks and like a cat, he landed on his feet. Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, Marshall didn’t get a lions share of minutes. In his rookie year, he found himself splitting time between the Suns and Bakersfield Jam (The Source)

Eight-time All-Star Vince Carter adjusts to sixth-man role with Mavs

There is a generation of fans young enough not to remember Vince Carter as one of the NBA’s most exciting players. His dunk over French 7-footer Frederic Weis during the 2000 Summer Olympics has millions of YouTube views. (Sacramento Bee)

The 25 Most Successful College Basketball Programs Of The 64-Team Era

2. North Carolina – Since 1985, North Carolina has won three national championships, reached nine Final Fours, 15 Elite Eights and 19 Sweet 16s. Most impressive, potentially, is a streak of nine consecutive Sweet 16 appearances from 1985-’93 (and the streak is actually from 1981-’93, but we’re only counting data since 1985). (College Spun)

Tar Heels Fall To No. 1 Virginia, 3-2

Brandon Downes drove in three runs and Nathan Kirby outdueled Trent Thornton as No. 1 Virginia topped North Carolina 3-2 Friday night at Davenport Field. Landon Lassiter and Michael Russell had two hits each for the Tar Heels, who rallied to tie it in the sixth before Virginia scored the game-winner in the bottom half of the frame. (GoHeels.com)

DeShields Following Friend To Tennessee?

Nearly 24 hours after news broke that Diamond DeShields is leaving Carolina, only speculation of where can be drawn at this point. The National Freshman of the Year has not yet spoken out about where she’s going to play next year. WCHL tried to reach DeShields again Friday, but her phone was turned off and her voicemail was full. (Chapelboro.com)

Ty Lawson Had A Real Good Time At The Avs Game

The Avalanche's Game 1 win over Minnesota was about as exciting as playoff hockey gets, and nobody in the building was immune to getting caught up in the moment. That includes Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. (Deadspin)

Why ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Refuses to Let Cancer Win

Stuart Scott is an ESPN original and the man GQ Magazine once said put the hip-hop in sportscasting. When the "Sportscenter" anchor is not at ESPN's studios, he can be found once or twice a month practicing mixed-martial arts wearing sunglasses, for a very specific reason. (Yahoo!)

Tar Heels Set To Visit No. 1 Virginia

North Carolina faces a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in 2014 when the Tar Heels visit No. 1 Virginia starting Friday night at 6 at Davenport Field. Carolina is 22-15 and 9-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference after taking two of three from Wake Forest last weekend and rallying for three runs in the ninth on Wednesday to beat Elon. (GoHeels.com)

After epic 2013 series, UVa and UNC renew baseball rivalry tonight

Through two games and 10 1/3 innings, the 2013 Virginia-North Carolina baseball series came better than advertised. In front of sellout crowds at Boshamer Stadium, a pair of top 10 teams produced all the fireworks imaginable for a regular season finale. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

3 questions with UNC assistant Vic Koenning

"In the middle of last season the guys flipped a switch and started practicing better. This spring was a continuation of that. And now we’re starting to get some numbers where we’re not just one-deep. We still have a ways to go; we’re not three-deep, but that’s a goal we’re reaching for. When the freshmen come in, we can maybe get a little bit closer to that." (CoachingSearch.com)

Tar Heels In NBA Playoffs Compilation

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks: This might be the marquee Tar Heel series of the first round. The Spurs will start Danny Green, who has dropped in a career-high 33 points already this month. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have had a very productive year from Vince Carter, and Brandan Wright is one of their top reserves. Wayne Ellington is also on the Dallas bench. (GoHeels.com)

Weekend Preview: April 18-20

UNC Baseball: Three-game series at Virginia (Friday at 6, Saturday at 1, Sunday at 1) The Tar Heels have won two of three games in each of their last two ACC weekend series, but the job gets tougher this weekend at Virginia, which is 14-4 in conference play and ranked No. 1 in the nation in most of the national polls. Saturday afternoon's game will be televised by RSN. (GoHeels.com)

"Mary Willingham's Credibility Is Collapsing”

Bradley Bethel is the author of Coaching the Mind: Putting the Student in Student-Athlete. He is listed as a learning specialist under student-athlete services of the staff directory section on GoHeels.com. In a series of entries of Bethel’s blog, he writes lengthy essays about the ongoing conversation about the academic scandal at UNC. (Chapelboro.com)

Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and That Unforgettable Series From 1986

The Michael Jordan Era was about to dawn. His time, individually, arrived in this series. It took a superior team -- perhaps the best in league history -- to overcome him. Jordan sent notice in Game 1 against the Celtics, scoring 49 points in a 123-104 defeat. His Game 2 performance would render his brilliant Game 1 a mere footnote. (Boston Globe)

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