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How Brendan Haywood handled the trade deadline with humor

Before entering the extended All-Star break, Brendan Haywood humorously suggested he would spend the day of the trade deadline in his North Carolina bed with the covers over his face. From time to time he would peek out to get a glimpse of the latest news on the TV screen. He would be checking to see if he was being shipped out. "No joke," Haywood said with a big chuckle. (Cleveland.com)

Matt Harvey: 'I couldn't feel better'

At 6-foot-6, top prospect Noah Syndergaard is not often the undercard. Yet that's exactly what Syndergaard found himself on a gray Friday morning at Mets camp. Matt Harvey attracted a sizable crowd as he warmed up on a side mound for his first time facing batters since Tommy John surgery. (ESPN.com)

Three generations, one shade of blue

On Feb. 8, 1960 – exactly a week after four black students from North Carolina A&T State University led a sit-in at the lunch counter of a Woolworth store in Greensboro – about 20 men and women conducted a similar protest in downtown Durham. Among them was Edith Hubbard, who was a senior at Merrick-Moore High School in Durham. (UNC.edu)

Tar Heels Drop Series Finale To URI, 6-3

Lou Distasio tossed six shutout innings and Rhode Island salvaged the final game of the series for its first win of the year, 6-3 over No. 11 North Carolina at Francis Marion's Sparrow Stadium. Zac Gallen had a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in six, but took the hard-luck loss in his first start of 2015. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels close out close game against Miami

With five minutes and 15 seconds left against Miami Saturday, the Tar Heels led by just three points. It’s a position similar to the ones UNC had been in against Louisville, Duke and N.C. State among others. A position, against those schools, that marked the last positive moment of the game. Saturday was a different story. Saturday, No. 15 UNC closed out a game, defeating Miami 73-64. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Miami Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke about his team's improved play in late-game situations as the Tar Heels beat the Miami Hurricanes 73-64 in Miami. View Video...

UNC-Miami: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "Our locker room now is a lot happier place than it was on a Tuesday night. I was really pleased with our guys. We had some mistakes, particularly late in the first half and some of them got a little bit of a negative look on their faces. But they paid attention at half time with what we talked about. In the second half I thought we were pretty doggone good." (Inside Carolina)

UNC QB Marquise Williams to miss spring practice

No spring ball for North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams; he’s got a hip injury. The Tar Heels begin spring practices Sunday at Navy Field. UNC’s spring drills will culminate during an open scrimmage at Rocky River High School in Charlotte at 1 p.m. April 11. UNC normally plays its spring football games in Kenan Stadium, but the field has been ripped apart to replace an old stormwater drainpipe. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels running game should see drastic improvement

There is little reason why North Carolina should not be able to run the football with more success in 2015. The Heels need to improve their run game, which finished ranked No. 81 in FBS last season. Having a great running attack to compliment an already potent passing offense protects against UNC's defense tiring out and keeps opposing offensive attacks off the field. (Carolina Blue)

Brice Johnson slams Miami as Heels snap 4-game skid vs. Canes

The last of Brice Johnson's five dunks was the most emphatic, and when he landed with his arms outstretched he froze the pose, as if seeking style points. No. 15 North Carolina showed some flair that had been lacking of late, and took advantage of the 6-foot-9 Johnson's dominating inside game to beat Miami 73-64 on Saturday. Johnson had 22 points, shot 11 for 15 and grabbed 11 rebounds. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Brice Johnson Rebounds

Brice Johnson responded to his worst showing of the ACC slate with arguably his best performance of the season in No. 15 North Carolina’s 73-64 win over Miami on Saturday. Johnson scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the Tar Heels pulled away in the final 11:33 after the Hurricanes took the lead at 48-47. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Miami: Inside The Game

North Carolina needed a bounce back and no player needed a good showing more than forward Brice Johnson. Johnson finished with only four points at home against North Carolina State Tuesday night, but rose to the occasion at Miami. Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 73-64 conference win over the Hurricanes. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Llamas on the Loose, as Called by Jones Angell

So yesterday, two llamas got loose in Sun City, Arizona, and proceeded to become the suspects in the greatest police chase since O.J. Simpson. It was a fantastic affair, and it (rightfully) blew social media up....While Angell’s call of Giovani Bernard sending N.C. State alpacking was great, llama have to say that this call is even better. (Tar Heel Depot)

Lucas: From Energy To Execution

Like his teammates, Joel Berry II had survived virtually everything possible from Miami. He’d weathered the Hurricanes erasing an eight-point second-half Tar Heel lead. He’d even ignored the occasional late-game shakes that have plagued the Tar Heels at times this year, directing a UNC offense that went the final 5:54 without a turnover on the way to holding on for a key 73-64 road win. (GoHeels.com)

Theo Pinson Eyeing Return vs. Georgia Tech

Theo Pinson dressed out but did not play in No. 15 North Carolina’s 73-64 win over Miami on Saturday. The freshman wing is hoping to return to the lineup at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. “The goal right now is the Georgia Tech game.” Pinson told reporters following the game. “We’re going to progress things to see how I take things at practice, so hopefully I’m out there Tuesday night.” (Inside Carolina)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 73, Miami 64

In the second half, the Tar Heels shot 14-of-27 from the floor on 11 assists, controlled the backboards to the tune of 23-12 and hit 11-of-13 free throws line. UNC held Miami without a point from the 5:15 mark until 1:23 left extending the Tar Heel lead from three to 11 in that span. Needless to say that's winning basketball and a much-needed shot in the arm for a team that had struggled in tough games such as this. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC-Miami Game Highlights

Brice Johnson's double-double (22 points & 11 rebounds) leads the Tar Heels to a 73-64 road win over Miami in Coral Gables on February 28th, 2015. View Video...

Brice Johnson leads No. 15 North Carolina past Miami 73-64

Brice Johnson had five dunks and 22 points to help No. 15 North Carolina end a streak of four consecutive losses against Miami with a 73-64 victory Saturday. The 6-foot-9 Johnson repeatedly outmaneuvered the Hurricanes inside and shot 11 for 15. He also had 11 rebounds. North Carolina (20-9, 10-6 ACC) reached 20 victories for the 11th time in 12 years under coach Roy Williams. (ESPN.com)

Video: J.P. Tokoto Steals & Slams Twice vs. Miami

J.P. Tokoto comes up with a pair of steals that he turns into two-handed dunks on the fast break against Miami on February 28th, 2015 in Coral Gables. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Miami

What a finish for Brice Johnson, who was all over the floor on both ends in the second half of Carolina's road win. Johnson's best possession might have come when the Tar Heels didn't even score, as he battled for multiple offensive rebounds and eventually ended up on the floor to secure a loose ball with five minutes remaining. The UNC junior finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

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