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Ed Davis Excited for Fresh Start on Lakers

Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers finalized what may go down as one of the best signings of the 2014 offseason. The Lakers inked Ed Davis to a two-year contract worth $2 million, with a player option in year two, which is already being regarded as one of the summer’s biggest free agency steals. Davis is just 25 years old and has been productive when given minutes throughout the course of his four-year NBA career. (BasketballInsiders.com)

Ryan Switzer Named Preseason All-ACC

Sophomore punt returner/wide receiver Ryan Switzer was named to the preseason All-ACC as a specialist. He was the only Tar Heel named to the team which included Florida State getting nine players selected. One of the interesting things to watch this season with Switzer is how much his presence impacts what other teams do when punting to UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

Jamie Cherry, UNC’s only incoming women's hoops freshman, ready to step in

North Carolina incoming freshman Jamie Cherry burnished her reputation as a scorer with a game-high 24 points in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game in Greensboro Coliseum on Monday. But she plans to change her mindset when she plays for the Tar Heels this season. “I’m just trying to be a point guard,” Cherry said. “If it comes to scoring and the (opposing) team plays me like they want me to shoot or whatever, then I’ll have to step up.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Marvin Williams will be good influence on young Hornets

Marvin Williams is a player you want on your team and in your locker room. Williams is classy. Williams, who nine seasons ago helped lead UNC to the NCAA basketball championship, left UNC after his freshman year and has taken classes in Chapel Hill nine straight summers. His news conference Monday was pushed back because he had been in class. He’s two days from a degree. (Charlotte Observer)

Jimmy Braddock would still make Dean Smith proud

Jimmy Braddock remains one of the five best basketball players ever produced in the Scenic City some 35 years after he graduated from Baylor School in 1979 and went on to win a national championship at UNC in 1982. But his only direct association with basketball these days is his Jimmy Braddock Camp at Grace, which just wrapped up its 19th summer teaching kids the proper way to shoot, pass and dribble. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Tar Heels’ Williams ready to lead offense

Marquise Williams is ready to run the offense from the start this fall. “You can’t be in a playful manner. You have to take everything serious. When you are at practice, it has to be like a game,” Williams said. Williams, now a junior, admitted he wasn’t much of a practice player in high school at Mallard Creek. It took him until he got to Chapel Hill for him to realize what he needs to do to be a leader. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Defensive Warrior Otis Embracing Tar Heel ‘Family’

UNC senior bandit Norkeithus Otis senses a different aura around the family-oriented Tar Heel locker room heading into the 2014 campaign. The 2014 Bednarik Watch List and all-conference candidate says there’s just something different about the run-in to the fall this year. “You can just see the focus on everybody. Everybody’s ready to get after it,” Otis says. (Chapelboro.com)

Harrison Barnes Named to 2014 USA Men’s Select Team

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is among the 13 players named to the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team that will practice with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 28-31. The training camp is the first step for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team in its preparation for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. (NBA.com)

Roy Williams Golfs for Charity

Every year, before the start of the Nike Peach Jam, a handful of coaches come together to golf for a cause. The Nations of Coaches Celebrity Golf Classic tournament, which is in its third year, featured names such as UNC’s Roy Williams, Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Clemson’s Brad Brownell, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and more. (North Augusta Star)

Elijah Hood already impressing Fedora, teammates

Elijah Hood has yet to play in his first college game but already he is doing things at North Carolina that people around him have never seen. Some of those things involve physical feats and others are more mental. First, the physical. Hood, a former standout at Charlotte Catholic High where he became one of the most sought prospects in the nation, recently squatted 605 pounds. (Charlotte Observer)

Fedora looks ahead with confidence

2013 was one of those seasons Larry Fedora didn't want to be over. UNC was gaining confidence as the coaching staff saw its team "grow leaps and bounds every week," leading to the season finale 39-17 Belk Bowl win against Cincinnati. Fedora is excited now though, and looking to carry that momentum into 2014 as he coaches the least veteran roster of his career. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heel Countdown: Virginia Tech Hokies

We break down what might be the most important four game stretch for the Tar Heels, starting with a home date in Kenan Stadium against Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech is coming off an 8-5 season and 5-3 conference record, with one of those wins coming against the Tar Heels in Blacksburg---a 27-17 triumph last October in Lane Stadium. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Dustin Ackley robs homer with leaping grab, joins 'catch of the year' discussion

You'll excuse Dustin Ackley if he's not as graceful as some of the outfielders who often get associated with great leaping catches. Ackley, the Seattle Mariners left fielder these days, was a second baseman until mid 2013. But his impressive leaping grab Monday night to steal a home run from Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets, proved that Ackley is a real outfielder now. (Yahoo! Sports)

Video: One-on-one with Kenny Smith

Former UNC point guard and current NBA television analyst Kenny Smith talks returning to Chapel Hill, Carolina point guards, and gets a surprise gift in this 1-on-1. View Video...

Video: UNC Football Summer Workouts - 2014

The Tar Heel football team has worked hard this summer preparing for the 2014 season. Are you ready? View Video...

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