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Tigers, Tar Heels expect to bring the offense

While Clemson looks to have the best defensive unit UNC will have faced so far when the teams play Saturday, the Tigers also have an advantage many other teams do not possess. The Tar Heels desire to run as many plays as possible mirrors Clemson’s up-tempo approach, allowing the Tigers’ defense a lot of previous work against such an attack. (Gaston Gazette)

Michael Jordan is the US's biggest cheerleader at the Ryder Cup

Every two years, when the Ryder Cup rolls around, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan finds his way into the middle of the action, cheering on the United States and, every so often, doing his part to sway the action. Here's Jordan early Friday morning, greeting Rickie Fowler just before Fowler's tee time: (Yahoo! Sports)

ACC viewer's guide: Week 5

UNC at Clemson, 7 pm, ESPNU: The Tigers might be getting the perfect medicine following a heartbreaking overtime defeat at Florida State. They have a talented offense, led by Deshaun Watson, who will be making his first career start. The Tar Heels have given little indication through three games they are ready for the challenge that awaits them in Death Valley. (ESPN.com)

Ravens tackle James Hurst has excelled when pressed into duty

At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday. (Baltimore Sun)

Who Is James Hurst?

When the Ravens take on the Carolina Panthers Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, undrafted rookie James Hurst is expected to get the start at left tackle in place of the injured Eugene Monroe. The fact that Hurst is slated to make his first NFL start is surprising to many considering he went undrafted five months ago and was one of the most unexpected players to end up on the 53-man roster. (Baltimore Ravens)

Chase Rice On NFL Dreams And NASCAR Victories With Jimmie Johnson

Among those voracious gridiron faithful includes country star Chase Rice, who was on the verge of being an NFL player after making a name for himself as a standout linebacker for the North Carolina Tar Heels between the years 2005-2008. “I played under Butch Davis, John Bunting and Chuck Pagano, who’s now the head coach of the (Indianapolis) Colts, so I still stay in touch with all those guys,” Rice explained during an exclusive interview with Radio.com. (CBS Pittsburgh)

Preview & Prediction: UNC at Clemson

A win against Clemson wasn't something people expected to start the season, and while moral victories are generally worthless, UNC showing signs of turning the caliber of play around would be nice. Larry Fedora's teams have shown great resiliency such as bouncing back from a 1-5 start last season. This game is an opportunity to show some of that now. Prediction: Clemson 43 UNC 21 (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 3 UNC Men's Soccer Drops 2-0 Match at No. 1 Notre Dame

Third-ranked North Carolina dropped a 2-0 men's soccer match to No. 1 Notre Dame Friday night from Alumni Stadium. UNC held a 12-7 shot advantage in the match, and a 9-2 lead in corner kicks. In the 80th minute, UNC was awarded a penalty kick, but the shot sailed high and the Tar Heels remained down 2-0. UNC finishes up its long road stretch at UNC Wilmington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina research-award total climbs, totals almost $800 million

Faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from a total of $777.8 million in fiscal 2013. “Carolina’s research excellence continues to drive significant economic growth and job creation in North Carolina, and those stellar results allow major funding partners to continue to make investments in our faculty,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. (UNC.edu)

Q&A with UNC and Clemson Insiders

Defensive end #3 Vic Beasley is a name Tar Heel fans will know by the end of the game Saturday. The Heels won't have an answer to block Beasley Saturday. It will be a challenge to keep him out of the backfield. (Carolina Blue)

Breakin’ It Down: Clemson

North Carolina will travel to Death Valley Saturday looking for their first win on the road at Clemson since 2001. Clemson leads the all-time series 35-19-1, and drubbed UNC 59-38 in the last meeting in 2011. Clemson can ill afford another conference loss, while UNC is in need of a quick turnaround after a demoralizing defeat last weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC prepped for a tangle with the Tigers

Following the loss at ECU, it appeared the most glaring UNC deficiency was on the defensive side of the ball. After all, it’s hard to ignore 789 yards and 70 points. But repairing the defense ahead of Saturday’s date with Clemson wasn’t coach Larry Fedora’s immediate concern. Instead, he began to intensely study the Tigers’ defense, and with good reason. (Carolina Blue)

Lots to fix for Clemson, but Tar Heel morale ‘high’

UNC’s 70-41 loss to East Carolina last Saturday, in which the Pirates set records for points, yards (789) and first downs (39) by a Tar Heel opponent, had many people wondering the last time they had seen such defensive futility. Now the question is how the Tar Heels (2-1) will recover heading into their ACC opener Saturday at Clemson (7:02 p.m., ESPNU) (Durham Herald-Sun)

Defensive debacle doesn't have to sink UNC

Are the Tar Heels still legitimate contenders for the Coastal Division? It’s tougher to make that case today, but we’ll certainly know a lot more after Saturday’s game at Clemson. But regardless, a bowl game and a decent season are certainly within reach as long as the memory of ECU doesn’t linger too long. (ESPN.com)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Clemson

North Carolina hasn’t won its ACC opener on the road since 2000 and will have to elevate its play to break that streak against Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday (7pm, ESPNU). The Tigers (1-2) are 14.5-point favorites over the Tar Heels (2-1). Clemson leads the all-time series, 35-19-1, and has won the last three meetings at Memorial Stadium by an average of 24.7 points. (Inside Carolina)

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