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Four questions with OKC Blue dunk machine J.P. Tokoto

Oklahoma City Blue guard J.P. Tokoto has established a reputation for beiing a high flyer. The 22-year-old rookie out of North Carolina has a 43-inch vertical and a growing highlight reel of jaw-dropping dunks. This weekend, Tokoto will compete in the D-League All-Star Game Dunk Contest in Toronto. (NewsOK.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Dumb Basketball in Boston

Even Ol’ Roy could hardly bear to watch. Carolina’s basketball season has been getting wacky lately, but Tuesday night at Boston College takes the cake. It got so frustrating that Roy Williams gave himself the tired signal and watched the rest of the game from the locker room. (Chapelboro.com)

Tony Gonzalez: Time for Lions' Eric Ebron to make good

Tony Gonzalez doesn't know Eric Ebron, but watching the Detroit Lions tight end from afar, he can tell that there's something amiss. "I don’t know what goes on in that building, but usually when I see guys that are that talented and they’re not performing, that tells me something else is going on," Gonzalez, a 14-time Pro Bowl tight end and current CBS analyst, said. (Detroit Free Press)

Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta excited to flip sides in AL West

Having played the past four seasons with the American League West-rival Angels, Chris Iannetta is plenty familiar with the Mariners. And as he toured Safeco Field and took part in the weekend's FanFest, the veteran catcher wasted no time acclimating himself to his new home. "It's going to be exciting," the 32-year-old said durig a break from his autograph and fan-interview sessions. (MLB.com)

North Carolina's NCAA academic case stuck in holding pattern

UNC's long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo. The NCAA is reviewing information reported by the university in August and could amend the Notice of Allegations (NOA) used to specify violations. Until then, the case — an offshoot of a review launched nearly six years ago — can't advance toward resolution. (Associated Press)

Brice Johnson makes late-season Wooden Award list

UNC’s Brice Johnson and Duke’s Grayson Allen head a list of four ACC players earning spots on the late season top 20 list of candidates for the Wooden Award. Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Louisville’s Damion Lee also made the list, but N.C. State point guard Cat Barber is still missing for consideration as national college basketball Player of the Year. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Vince Carter's Ultimate Toronto Raptors Mixtape

The NBA has put together quite an impressive highlight reel of former Tar Heel Vince Carter, arguably the greatest dunker of all time, during his days with the Toronto Raptors. View Video...

UNC spokesman: Roy Williams expected back at next practice

Roy Williams is expected to be at UNC's next practice and game following a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College. Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that the Tar Heels had a scheduled day off and would return to practice Thursday. "We expect him to be back at practice (Thursday) and coach on Sunday." (Associated Press)

Elijah Hood, Nick Weiler Earn Academic All-ACC Honors

North Carolina tailback Elijah Hood and place-kicker Nick Weiler have been named to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, the league announced Wednesday. Hood, an information sciences major from Charlotte, N.C., is one of seven players named to the Academic All-ACC team who also earned first-team All-ACC honors. (GoHeels.com)

How Andrew Miller is handling no longer being Yankees' closer

Andrew Miller is ready to hand the title “Yankees closer” to Aroldis Chapman for a more undefined bullpen role. But the switch won’t mean uncharted territory for the veteran lefty. “It wasn’t that long go that I did long-guy one day and I’d get an out in a tie game in the eighth inning the next day,” Miller said Tuesday at the annual Thurman Munson dinner. (New York Post)

Ridiculous Poll: Roy Williams or Steve Robinson?

Last night Roy Williams left UNC's game at Boston College early in the second half with a bout of vertigo. Assistant coach Steve Robinson stepped into the fray and led UNC to a comeback win against a historically bad Boston College team. So with this being an election year and everything being polled I thought, "Why not? (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Roy Williams' First Comments After Vertigo-Induced Collapse

Roy Williams explains how vertigo was the reason he collapsed during last night's UNC-Boston College game. The Tar Heels coach says it's something he's dealt with for a long time. He insists he's doing okay, and says it's the first time he's had to leave a game because of his vertigo. View Video...

Four Tar Heels Earn ACC Weaver-James Corrigan Recognition

Four UNC student-athletes were among 52 from around the ACC announced Wednesday as recipients of Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships and awards. Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Emma Nunn, Marcus Paige and Houston Summers were recognized for outstanding academic and athletic performance during their careers in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Legacy of “Our Three Winners” Lives on One Year Later

Wednesday is a sad anniversary in Chapel Hill. On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Chapel Hill Police responded to a report of a triple shooting at the Finley Forest Condominiums in Chapel Hill. Police found 23-year-old Deah Barakat, of Chapel Hill, his wife 21-year-old Yusor Abu-Salha, of Chapel Hill, and her sister 19-year-old Razan Abu-Salha, of Raleigh, dead at the scene from gunshot wounds. (Chapelboro.com)

OKC Thunder: Meet OKC's other All-Star Weekend participant, J.P. Tokoto

On a sleepy Saturday morning, most of the Oklahoma City Blue's players have cleared off the court. J.P. Tokoto remains. The 22-year-old is dripping sweat off his slender 6-foot-6½-inch frame (says Tokoto: “my hair is 6-7”). He practices offensive moves around the paint with an assistant, flipping in a few shots from close range. It's standard post-practice work … until Tokoto takes one step and launches into that 43-inch vertical. (NewsOK.com)

UNC men's basketball defies adversity in chaotic win over Boston College

This wasn’t supposed to happen – not like this. The No. 9 North Carolina men’s basketball team was supposed to toy with the lowly Boston College Eagles, not trail them. Coach Roy Williams’ lineup shuffle was supposed to send his team a message, not send it into mayhem. And Williams’ health scare in the second half was supposed to inhibit the Tar Heels, not inspire them. (Daily Tar Heel)

Why Chapel Hill Has a Scene-Stealing Food Scene

Our food scene is a profession, an obsession, a conversation starter at a cocktail party. It begins and ends with the relationships our chefs have with farmers. Here, chefs have their favorite farmer on speed dial. The farmer – more rock star than invisible supplier – brings a boxed- up surprise to a chef’s kitchen door, and the contents inspire an outside-of-the-box nightly special. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Health Scare Sparks UNC

Not a mass starting lineup change, nor a visit to ACC cellar dweller Boston College, could shake No. 9 North Carolina out of its midseason doldrums on Tuesday. It took a health scare by Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams to rally the Tar Heels past the Eagles, 68-65. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Coach Rob

You might not know Steve Robinson. Since returning to Chapel Hill with Roy Williams for the 2003-04 season, he has had an even lower profile than Bill Guthridge had as Dean Smith’s right-hand man. Robinson is always the coolest guy on the bus, always in control. And now, in a game the Tar Heels could not afford to lose, he was completely in control. (GoHeels.com)

UNC 68, BC 65: Oh Hey Justin Jackson

Much like Saturday night when Marcus Paige finally shed his shooting slump, Justin Jackson figured out how to discard his in impressive fashion. Jackson displayed the full array of his offensive capabilities hitting 8-10 shots and hitting multiple threes for the first time since November 24th versus Kansas State. That game was also the last time Jackson topped 20 points. (Tar Heel Blog)

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