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UNC-N.C. State baseball rivalry returns to the DBAP

Last year’s series between UNC and N.C. State featured an 18-inning marathon in the ACC Tournament and two meetings in the College World Series. But both programs have struggled this season. So when the teams meet Tuesday at a sold-out Durham Bulls Athletic Park for what could be their only 2014 matchup, the result will be important for a different reason. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels Honor Outstanding Performances At Rammy Awards

UNC Athletics celebrated a year's worth of outstanding performances on and off the field at the second-annual Rammy Awards Monday evening. Student-athletes from all 28 Carolina varsity squads joined with coaches, athletics staff, Rams Club members, the UNC Marching Tar Heels band, members of the spirit squads and other supporters to pack Memorial Hall for the two-hour show. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners manager remains confident in Kyle Seager despite bad early numbers

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon made it clear Wednesday that he has no concerns about Kyle Seager and his early-season struggles. Those feelings haven’t changed, but McClendon wanted to make sure Seager knew how he felt. So when the Mariners arrived at Globe Life Park on Monday, McClendon had a brief chat with Seager, who was hitting .121 (4 for 33). (Seattle Times)

This Week With Mike Fox

The Diamond Heels are 21-15 (9-9 ACC) after splitting mid-week games and then taking two of three from Wake Forest. Next up is NC State on Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Elon at home on Wednesday and then the team heads to Charlottesville to face the top-ranked Cavaliers. (Inside Carolina)

Sports Illustrated's early top 25 for 2014-15

5. North Carolina Losing James Michael McAdoo to the NBA will hurt, but the Tar Heels get Marcus Paige back and welcome an elite three-man freshman class headlined by Justin Jackson, a 6-7 forward from Houston. (Sports Illustrated)

Expectations set for Giovani Bernard

There's no question what kind of player Bernard proved himself to be last year, topping 1,200 total yards and eight touchdowns on just over 225 total touches. So when Lewis was asked what the expectations were for Bernard in 2014, he dropped some philosophy on rookies. (CBS Sports)

Packers’ Mike Daniels says Julius Peppers is still a freak at 34

In his prime, Julius Peppers was one of the most impressive physical specimens in football, a 290-pound defensive end who could run and jump like the basketball player he was at North Carolina. But at age 34, is Peppers still the same kind of player? (NBC Sports)

How One Woman’s Inflated Statistics and Embellished Recollections Made Her Famous

With her statistics disproven and her experience called into question, Mary Willingham has no more support for her invectives against UNC. She has spoken of significant numbers of UNC athletes who read below a high school level, saying, “I can still see their faces.” Sadly, the faces Willingham sees are the products of a mind compromised by regret, disposed toward melodrama, and desperate for attention. (Coaching the Mind)

Monday Baseball Report

At 9-9 in the ACC, UNC sits tied for 4th in the ACC Coastal Division and if the ACC Tournament started today, the Heels would be one of the ten participants. The biggest issues facing UNC now is the schedule. The Tar Heels will play nine of the final 12 ACC games against Virginia, FSU and Miami. Two of those series will be on the road with the Heels hosting FSU. (Tar Heel Blog)

200 people helped Merritt’s Store and Grill celebrate 85th anniversary

She was sitting at Merritt’s Store and Grill when Patricia Fields Neubert, a child at the time, realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Merritt’s was a popular hang out for the astronauts training at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and Fields Neubert said overhearing their lunchtime stories eventually inspired her to become a military pilot. (Daily Tar Heel)

Eric Ebron visiting Detroit Lions

North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron is visiting the Detroit Lions Monday, and he has a strong chance of being the Lions first-round pick this year. Ebron can’t block well and has inconsistent hands, but he has ridiculous athleticism and talent with terrific agility for his size. He’s a fast, explosive athlete who fits exactly what teams look for in a new-age tight end. (NFL Spin Zone)

P.J. Hairston Scouting Report and Video Breakdown

P.J. Hairston is one of the few prospects in this draft who looks ready to come in and play a role in the NBA right away. His thick, strong build (230 pounds) is a major reason why he was able to adjust to the D-League so quickly, averaging 27 points per-40 minutes, as his shooting ability and aggressive style of play are tailor made for the NBA. (Draft Express)

Spring Football Game Offers No Resolution To UNC QB Battle

Redshirt freshman quarterback Mitch Trubisky has a deep desire to help the Tar Heels live up to high expectations in 2014. The Blue team on Saturday consisted primarily of the projected starters this fall, but quarterback Marquise Williams split the signal caller duties with Trubisky. Both men staked their claim for the starting job. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC spring games recap

Quarterbacks took center stage in Chapel Hill, with neither incumbent Marquise Williams nor challenger Mitch Trubisky offering much in way of clarity. Williams completed 22 of 32 passes for 135 yards and an interception. Trubisky went 20-for-32 for 183 yards and an interception. Larry Fedora isn't offering any public hints about who his guy will likely be come this fall. (ESPN.com)

Extra Points: Offensive Transition

Keith Heckendorf had spent the last three years in an offensive coaching support role under Tar Heel coordinators John Shoop and then Blake Anderson and now had moved with Anderson to Arkansas State-but already he was being poached. Chris Kapilovic, the offensive line coach on Larry Fedora's staff, made the inquiry: "Would you be interested in coming back to Carolina and coaching quarterbacks?" (GoHeels.com)

The storm is coming for UNC's Skye Bolt

North Carolina has been waiting for the storm to come. Junior shortstop Michael Russell has been anticipating it all year long. And — finally — this weekend against Wake Forest, Skye Bolt brought the thunder. Russell has been one of the few veterans anchoring a young North Carolina lineup this season, Bolt has dealt with sophomore struggles. That could be changing. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mia Hamm returns to UNC for lecture on excellence

The lights came back on and the masked figures left the room. With the century-old ritual for new member selection to The Order of the Golden Fleece completed, two-time World Cup champion, philanthropist and UNC alumna Mia Hamm took the stage to present the 2014 Frank Porter Graham Lecture on Excellence. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan aims to win Boston Marathon

Boston-area native Shalane Flanagan took the Boston Marathon bombings personally, giving the runner even more motivation to win the race this year. Anderson Cooper reports for "60 Minutes". (CBS News)

Brewers recall Rob Wooten from Class AAA Nashville

Last man out, first man back. After being the final cut from the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen in spring training – a moment he termed as devastating at the time – Rob Wooten returned to the team Sunday morning. He was recalled from Class AAA Nashville and takes the roster spot of Brandon Kintzler, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Carolina Falls In Series Finale To Wake

Wake Forest raced out to a 5-1 lead and held on late to salvage the finale of a three-game series with a 6-5 win over No. 29 North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Skye Bolt and Michael Russell combined for seven hits for the Tar Heels, while Grant Shambley had three hits and Will Craig hit a two-run homer in the second to lead Wake Forest. (GoHeels.com)

Breaking Down the Independent Review of Mary Willingham's Data

UNC has released the findings from a review of Mary Willingham's data and claim regarding student-athlete reading levels at the school. The review, which was conducted by three experts in the field independent of each other concluded the data did not support the claims Willingham has made and the media has parroted since January. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels finish spring practice on strong note

North Carolina's Spring Game had a little bit of everything to offer those who made the trip to Kenan Stadium on a gorgeous spring Saturday. There were trick plays, long pass plays from the quarterbacks to the wide receivers, a couple long runs, several sacks, three interceptions, and multiple UNC players getting a chance to show the coaches what they could do in a game-like setting. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Shalane Flanagan Has Extra Incentive To Push For Historic Boston Marathon Win

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan knows she has a great shot at becoming the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. But she also wants to win to answer last year’s tragic bombings, which she called “a personal attack on my city.” (CBS Boston)

Rob Wooten called up by Brewers

After their game Saturday night against Pittsburgh, the Brewers placed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday with a slight strain of his rotator cuff in the back of his pitching shoulder. To replace Kintzler, the Brewers recalled reliever Rob Wooten from Class AAA Nashville. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Tar Heels have options at running back

T.J. Logan finished the game with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Khris Francis carried 18 times for 87 yards. Charles Brunson had 52 yards on 15 carries. Northwest Guilford alumnus Reid Baxter had 17 yards on three carries. But perhaps the runner drawing the most interest Saturday was the back with the worst day — freshman Elijah Hood. (Greensboro News & Record)

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