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Matt Harvey admits to unforeseen post-surgery struggles

Matt Harvey looks like an ace again — allowing one run or fewer for the third straight start, Saturday against the Reds — after enduring the worst stretch of his career, but the Mets’ star said he still doesn’t feel quite normal since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing all of last season. “I’m finding that it’s a lot [tougher] than I anticipated, and it was earlier in the season,” Harvey said. (New York Post)

After 45-Year Wait, James Taylor Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard Chart

After a 45-year wait, legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor has earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World. The album, which was released on June 16 through Concord Records, arrives atop the chart dated July 4 — more than 45 years after Taylor arrived on the list with Sweet Baby James (on the March 14, 1970 list). (Billboard.com)

Ty Lawson's career at a crossroads

What does Ty Lawson truly want? What does he desire for his future in the NBA, starting this coming season? "I just wanna win," the Nuggets point guard told me Friday, via text. "This is the first time I've ever had losing seasons in my life." Spoiled with early excesses of winning a college championship — and a Western Conference finals run as a rookie — the Lawson of late comes off to me as frustrated, flustered, stuck and, frankly, a little lost. (Denver Post)

Lucy Bronze does it again to book England's World Cup semi-final spot

Northumberland's Lucy Bronze was on the scoresheet again as England clinched a semi-final place at the women’s World Cup. Lucy, from Alnwick, notched with her head as the Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 in their quarter final clash Saturday. Lucy has played for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Everton, Liverpool and now the Manchester club. (Chronicle Live)

Darian Durant, Roughriders QB, out for season

Darian Durant who missed a key portion of last year's season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders was forced to leave the Blue Bombers-Roughriders game Saturday with an Achilles injury. Durant came up limping after a passing attempt in the second quarter. He seemed to favour his leg and knelt down before the Roughrider medical team came out onto the field. (CBC)

What's next for UNC athletic program?

North Carolina received the Notice of Allegations on May 20 and has 90 days to respond. That makes the deadline Aug. 18. The next step would be a hearing with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Likely happening at some point in the fall, the committee would hear arguments from both the investigators and the school and rule on what, if any, sanctions will be levied. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kevin Reddick hosting his second annual football camp in New Bern

Kevin Reddick wants to give youngsters hope. When he was their age, the former New Bern High football star had aspirations to play in the NFL. Now playing for the Carolina Panthers, Reddick enjoys encouraging the youth. Reddick, for the second straight summer, will host his “Kevin Reddick Defense and Combine Training Camp” for kids between the ages of 6-18. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Spurs’ Danny Green expected to be hot commodity

Danny Green spent his 28th birthday in quiet celebration with a handful of family members Monday in New York. At some point during the day, he was hit with an idea that seems to occur to most men of a certain age. “I’m not getting any younger, that’s for sure,” the Spurs shooting guard said by phone. That, more than anything, is what makes what comes next for Green so exciting. And also so nerve-wracking. (San Antonio Express-News)

Michael Russell back from injury with a bang

Assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades, Michael Russell made the most of his pro debut. In the Renegades’ season-opener at Aberdeen on June 19, Russell cracked a two-run home run on the second pitch he saw at Ripken Stadium. “People say it all the time, but you come back wanting to play so much,” Russell said. “It’s really cliché for people who are hurt, but it’s true.” (Times Herald-Record)

A Decade of Darian: Durant to begin 10th season with Saskatchewan Roughriders

Darian Durant's tenure has reached 10 years. The Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback is poised to begin his 10th regular season with the CFL team - and his seventh as the unrivalled starter. "It's amazing,' marvels Durant, who turns 33 on Aug. 19. "Time absolutely flies. I can remember 2006, when I first got here, like it was yesterday." (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Video: Remember When Retired Michael Jordan Came To Bulls Practice And Schooled A Trash-Talker?

“Look around you! What do you see? Look! Look!” Michael Jordan, schooling second-year wing Corey Benjamin in 1999, was surely alluding to the six championship banners that adorned the Chicago Bulls’ practice facility. Why? The team’s 1998 first-round pick supposedly “talked a little trash” to the recently-retired legend, prompting Jordan to eviscerate him in a game of 1-on-1. (Uproxx)

Inside the NBA Draft: Cody Zeller on "Big-Timing" Michael Jordan

In the two years since I joined the Bobcats, a lot of people have asked me what it’s like interacting with Michael Jordan. It’s been great. The players all see him in the halls or in the training room or at practice (sometimes he likes to sit on the bench and talk to the refs). But I still think of that draft night phone call. Until now I’ve never really told anyone — because you never want to be known for big-timing His Airness. (The Players' Tribune)

J.P. Tokoto: The Basketball Player That Almost Never Was

When J.P. Tokoto was selected by the 76ers with the 58th overall pick, half the cheers in the Barclays Center were coming from his family. The former UNC guard was in the stands for the 2015 NBA draft, and walked up to the podium to meet deputy commissioner Mark Tatum once he heard his name called. But Thursday's festivities, a culmination of several years of hard work, may have never come to fruition for the 21-year-old if he opted to play another sport. (Liberty Ballers)

Alex White Back Home in South with Gwinnett Braves

Alex White's comeback from Tommy John surgery hasn't gone as planned, but the North Carolina native, back home in the south, is finally feeling a little more like his old self. White allowed one hit over seven innings in his third start for the Braves and Jose Peraza lined a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth as Triple-A Gwinnett blanked Pawtucket, 1-0, on Friday night at McCoy Stadium. (MILB.com)

Fund Established to Honor Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

A fund has been established to continue the service work and honor the memory of two UNC dental students who were killed earlier this year. UNC and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina have established a new memorial award honoring the late Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. Barakat, his wife Yusor, and her younger sister Razan were all shot and killed in February of this year in the Finley Forest Condos. (Chapelboro.com)

Gamble paying off for Tokoto

Thursday night, the Philadelphia 76ers thought enough of J.P. Tokoto to acquire him with the 58th pick of the NBA draft. That was a second-round selection, which means Tokoto doesn’t automatically get a guaranteed contract. But Danny Green got a similar deal when he left UNC in 2009, and things turned out OK for him. So far, so good for Tokoto. (Durham Herald-Sun)

William B. Aycock led UNC through turbulent times

Former Chancellor William Brantley Aycock, who died Saturday at age 99, guided UNC through a tumultuous period in history. Aycock was chancellor from 1957 to 1964. During this time the University saw an increase of 500 students each year due to the baby boom. Aycock created expansion projects to accommodate the growing student body despite facing budget cuts from the North Carolina legislature. (Daily Tar Heel)

Questions abound for the North Carolina women’s basketball team

The North Carolina women’s basketball program might have lost two of its top contributors from the 2014-15 season. On June 19, Allisha Gray, who led the Tar Heels with 15.8 points per game during her sophomore campaign, announced that she was transferring to South Carolina. Mere hours after Gray said she would be a Gamecock, Stephanie Mavunga, the Tar Heels’ All-ACC center, was given a release to speak to other programs about transferring. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Ty Lawson smokes a hookah while watching draft, says ‘I’m going to Sacramento’

As the Denver Nuggets mulled their first-round decision on draft night Thursday, point guard Ty Lawson offered a few ideas of his own. A stream of Lawson and friends watching the draft and smoking a hookah was posted on Twitter. In the clip, Lawson tells a friend before the Nuggets’ first-round selection of Emmanuel Mudiay: “They’re probably gonna get Mudiay, then I’m gonna get a bunch of tweets about, ‘Yo, Ty, you’re getting traded.'” (Denver Post)

UNC Golfer Ben Griffin Earns All-America Honors

UNC freshmen Ben Griffin has earned honorable mention All-America honors on the 2015 Division I PING All-America team as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Chapel Hill native is Carolina’s first men’s golfer to earn All-America honors since Kevin O’Connell in 2008. He is one of nine freshmen to make one of the PING All-America teams this season. (GoHeels.com)

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