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Joel Berry Los Angeles Lakers Roster Profile

Joel Berry II may not have been able to compete at summer league, but his collegiate body of work earned him a spot at the Lakers’ training camp. Berry — who sat out the NBA summer league with an ankle injury — is coming off a First Team All-ACC season at North Carolina. The 23-year-old point guard was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Final Four. (Los Angeles Lakers)

Video: Meet Skye Bolt of the Midland RockHounds

Former North Carolina and current Midland RockHounds center fielder, Skye Bolt, is ranked No. 63 on the Best Minor League Player Names of 2018. We caught up with him to get to know the 24-year-old a little better and asked him as many questions has he could answer in one minute. Watch the video to meet Skye Bolt. (NewsWest9)

Kristine Lilly remembers her early soccer camp days

Before she won Olympic gold medals and World Cup championships, and years before she became an All-American and helped the University of North Carolina claim four straight national championships, and even before she led Wilton High School to three state titles, Kristine Lilly developed some of her skills on a soccer field at the Packer Soccer Camp. (The Hour)

UNC Football excited about addition of Javonte Williams

Larry Fedora thinks the Tar Heels are a much more experienced team than a year ago while also bringing in new stars. A player who may see action thanks to a new redshirt rule is freshman running back Javonte Williams. Williams caught the attention of the UNC staff in the state championship game and Fedora has nothing but good to say about him. (WWAY)

UNC hopes to find starter at QB before season opener

Larry Fedora didn’t have to wait long before he was pressed about which quarterback would start UNC's Sept. 1 season opener at California between junior Nathan Elliott and redshirt sophomore Chazz Surratt. The coach, entering his seventh season with Carolina, didn’t offer a timeline when a decision would be made and said he’ll take his time to evaluate their play. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

North Carolina Basketball: Are the Tar Heels quietly the best team in 2018-19?

The Tar Heels have perhaps the best returning player in the country in Luke Maye, who averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds during a breakout junior season. He will be a mainstay on preseason All-American teams and provide UNC with a reliable go-to player. Fellow returning starters Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson will also add more leadership and shooting. (Busting Brackets)

Detours behind him, Colin Moran manning third base for Pittsburgh Pirates

Colin Moran’s story hasn’t been one of going zero-to-60. But it has had extreme elements. His manager, Clint Hurdle, addressing the media before the Pirates took batting practice, was speaking in general terms when he said, “Sometimes the game just throws things at you to see how you handle them.” A lot has been thrown Moran’s way in a short time. (Lower Hudson Journal News)

Interesting Takes: Crawford & Ratliff-Williams

When Anthony Ratliff-Williams looks back on last season, does he evaluate UNC’s season recognizing the injuries as a major factor or does he disregard it and see 3-9 as 3-9? “There’s no excuse. When we put 11 on the field we didn’t execute as we should have. You don’t want to dwell on it, but we’re not going to forget about it, that’s why the chip’s on our shoulder.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Q&A: Ex-UNC star, Lakers scout Antawn Jamison on LeBron, Tar Heels and 1-and-done

Antawn Jamison, the 1998 National Player of the Year at North Carolina, retired from the NBA in 2014 after a 17-year NBA career, but he then joined the Los Angeles Lakers as a scout last October. As such, he’s been very attuned to the franchise’s offseason moves — none more significant than signing LeBron James to a four-year contract in free agency. (Charlotte Observer)

Quinshad Davis' Return to UNC

Former UNC receiver Quinshad Davis is back in Chapel Hill, along with Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer, two starting senior linebackers on the 2015 team. A graduate assistant coach for offense, the Gaffney, S.C. native will work with the wide receivers and help new receivers coach Luke Paschall. Davis went undrafted following his record-breaking career at Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

UNC WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams ready to live up to big expectations

North Carolina wide receiver and return specialist Anthony Ratliff-Williams describes his transition from high school quarterback to collegiate wideout and the Tar Heels' quarterback carousel in 2017 as a "mental strain." However, he became Larry Fedora's leading pass-catcher his sophomore season. Just imagine what he may be able to do as a junior. (WRAL Sports Fan)

A San Antonio fan’s farewell to Danny Green: Saying goodbye to a perfect Spur

With that, we say good bye to Danny Green. You will always be loved here in San Antonio for all you did both on and off the court. You are and always will be a Spur. You embraced the culture, the city, and the team like few others have. Good luck in Toronto and wherever else your career may take you, but no matter where you go you will always be welcome back. (Pounding the Rock)

Mitchell Trubisky Reflects On His Rookie Season and His Lessons Learned

Last April, when the Bears traded up to take Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 pick, the former UNC signal-caller became Chicago’s next franchise quarterback. After Mike Glennon stumbled to a 1-3 start, the Bears handed the keys to the rookie. In 12 games, Trubisky worked through growing pains with rhythm in the pocket, but showed ability to throw on the move. (Sports Illustrated)

Remembering Bert Bennett

Bert Bennett Jr.’s record as a political figure is difficult to match. He played an integral part in the election of governors Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt and led John F. Kennedy’s campaign in North Carolina. His influence in transforming the state into a model of the New South is revered to this day. He also amassed an impressive resume as a businessman. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Overlooked Free-Agent Safety Tre Boston Could Be a Game-Changer for NFL Teams

The fact that safety Tre Boston is still on the open market makes little sense. After three years in the Carolina Panthers secondary, Boston signed a one-year, $690,000 deal to play for the San Diego Chargers and made himself one of the NFL's better bargains. He set career highs in interceptions (5), tackles (56) and assists (23) while playing over 900 snaps. (Bleacher Report)

Cameron Johnson Progressing with Hip Rehab

After four years of playing through a hip injury, Cameron Johnson had surgery this offseason to correct this issue. On Apr. 18, Johnson underwent an arthroscopic procedure to fix the hip joint and restore range of motion. Now three months post-surgery, Johnson has not been cleared to resume live contact activities, although he’s set to return to Minneapolis for a checkup. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Tight End Carl Tucker Named To Mackey Watch List

The 2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List has been released and UNC junior Carl Tucker is among those under consideration. Given annually to the most outstanding college tight end, the Mackey Award winner will be announced December 5, 2018. Tucker has shown a knack for big plays, averaging more than 15 yards per catch for his career. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Turning Jeers to Cheers

Only winning will take the heat off Larry Fedora. Now that UNC and athletic director Bubba Cunningham has come out in support of Fedora, pressure remains on the North Carolina football coach — just as it was the day before his ill-advised statements about the college game being under attack. Fedora’s latest controversy may serve to keep him laser-focused. (Chapelboro.com)

College Football's Best Players by Jersey Number: 36, Cole Holcomb

No. 36: Cole Holcomb didn't hold any FBS offers during his senior season at New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School in 2014. That didn't matter to his coach, Lane Jenkins, who knew Holcomb -- a safety, linebacker and tight end for the Barracudas -- was better than the FCS offers he was receiving and found Holcomb a walk-on spot at North Carolina. (Hero Sports)

Good for Mitch Trubisky, who has fled the relentless nastiness of social media

Mitch Trubisky is only 23, but he is wise beyond his years. We know this because he revealed Thursday that he is done with social media. That means he’s done reading about how mediocre he is as a quarterback, and he's done listening to people say the Chicago Bears made a huge mistake by drafting him. ‘‘I’m going Zero Dark 10 on the social-media front,’’ he said. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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