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Dustin Ackley's Number To Be Retired Jan. 26

Former Carolina great and 2009 Rivals.com National Player of the Year Dustin Ackley will have his No. 13 retired in a ceremony during the UNC-Virginia Tech basketball game on Jan. 26 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Ackley is set to become the fourth player in program history to receive this unique honor, joining Dave Lemonds, B.J. Surhoff and Andrew Miller. (GoHeels.com)

Five Tar Heels land on Baseball America’s top 100 college draft list

We’re just over a month away from the start of North Carolina baseball season, and evaluators are taking stock of the college players eligible to turn professional. Baseball America has released its list of the top 100 college players who are eligible for the MLB Draft in June, and it just so happens that the Tar Heels have five players on the list, tied for the most. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bukauskas, Miller Named To Perfect Game A-A Teams

North Carolina juniors J.B. Bukauskas and Brian Miller were named Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-Americans, the website announced Monday. Bukauskas, a right-handed pitcher from Ashburn, Virginia, was a first-team selection, while Miller, an outfielder from Raleigh, North Carolina, was named to the second team. (GoHeels.com)

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey: 'I'm right where I want to be' in offseason

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey had a stellar return from Tommy John surgery in 2015, finishing with a 2.71 ERA, which ranked sixth in the National League. Now, Harvey is entering his first season back from another serious procedure. Harvey underwent season-ending surgery on July 18 in St. Louis to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome. (ESPN.com)

UNC athletes lend a helping hand during the holiday season

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a great reputation on the field, but they have been working to make a similar impact off it this winter. UNC freshman Tomon Fox, Mikey Bart, Jason Strowbridge and other members of the UNC football team helped the local Ronald McDonald House yesterday. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Ranked 15th in Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

Just a day after North Carolina starting pitcher J.B. Bukauskas was named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball–a widely respected newspaper covering the game–the Tar Heels received more great news on Tuesday when they found themselves at No. 15 in the first preseason poll for 2017. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: UNC-Kentucky & Andrew Miller

Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas break down the thrilling basketball game against Kentucky in Las Vegas and visit with American League Championship Series MVP (and former Tar Heel star) Andrew Miller in the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas (GoHeels.com)

J.B. Bukauskas Named Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American

UNC junior right-hander J.B. Bukauskas was named to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-America second team. Bukauskas returns for his third season in Chapel Hill after going 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 78.1 innings last spring. Bukauskas followed up his sophomore season at UNC with a spectacular summer with the USA Collegiate National Team. (GoHeels.com)

Miller Time - Deadline acquisition of Andrew Miller changed the Indians

A sixth overall pick in 2006 out of North Carolina, Miller began his professional career with the Detroit Tigers as a highly touted starter. His inability to throw strikes and go deep into ballgames led fans to label him in the worst way possible: a bust. (Indians Baseball Insider)

Tim Federowicz signs minor league deal with San Francisco Giants

Former UNC catcher Tim Federowicz agreed to join the San Francisco Giants on a minor league deal Tuesday. The 29-year-old backstop has mashed Triple-A pitching over the years but has a career .194 batting line in the big leagues. With Buster Posey behind the dish in San Francisco, Federowicz will likely have to settle for an organizational depth role. (CBS Sports)

Walt Weiss To Headline 2017 First Pitch Dinner

For the ninth consecutive year, supporters of the UNC baseball program will have the opportunity to kick off the upcoming season with a memorable evening at the Diamond Heels' First Pitch Dinner, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2017. This year's event will feature 14-year MLB veteran and 1988 AL Rookie of the Year Walt Weiss as the featured speaker. (GoHeels.com)

Mets ace Matt Harvey visits slain NYPD officer’s widow, precinct

Mets ace Matt Harvey honored slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Wednesday by making a visit to the cop’s Bronx station house, where he greeted Tuozzolo’s widow and gifted her small, signed jerseys for the couple’s two young boys. The pitcher dubbed the “Dark Knight” met with dozens of officers at the 43rd Precinct and offered condolences to Tuozzolo’s grieving wife, Lisa. (New York Post)

Scott Boras pleased with Matt Harvey's rehab progress

Matt Harvey's comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery is proceeding as planned and he expects to be ready by the start of the New York Mets' spring training camp in February, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday. (ESPN.com)

Dustin Ackley Released by Yankees

Dustin Ackley was released by the Yankees on Friday, Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports. The former No. 2 overall pick will be looking for a new team after losing most of his 2016 to a torn labrum that required surgery. Ackley hasn't posted an above average OPS since his rookie year in 2011 while also moving into a corner role on defense. (CBS Sports)

Matt Harvey looks good, ready for 2017

Mets RHP Matt Harvey is in good shape and ready for 2017, Terry Collins said before Thursday's ALS Association event in Manhattan. "He looks great. He's in tremendous shape," Collins declared, according to the Daily News. "That's what you'd expect from him. I know when he shows up in January, he's gonna be raring to go." (SNY.tv)

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