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Former UNC pitcher Kyle Snyder named pitching coach for Durham Bulls

Former UNC pitcher Kyle Snyder will serve as pitching coach for the Durham Bulls in 2015, the team announced Thursday. Snyder, 37, replaces Neil Allen, who was recently hired as the pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins. In his fourth season with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Snyder previously served as a Minor League pitching coordinator. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Carolina Rundown: December 11

The Zellers started against each other last night. Tyler finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors won their 14th in a row, and Harrison Barnes had 20 points and seven rebounds. Ty Lawson had 10 points and nine assists. Danny Green had 13 points. Marvin Williams had eight points and five rebounds. Brandan Wright scored five. (GoHeels.com)

Kyle Seager is a $100-million role model for how to succeed

Kyle Seager got the royal treatment on Wednesday, befitting a player who had just signed a $100 million contract. A crowd of Mariners employees crowded around the elevator, cheering when Seager, his wife Julie and 1-year-old son Crue emerged. (Seattle Times)

Yankees land lefty reliever and 2014 phenom Andrew Miller

The New York Yankees have won the Andrew Miller Sweepstakes. The YES Network originally reported that the team has signed the free agent left-handed reliever to a four-year deal totaling $36 million. Miller was lights-out for Boston and the playoff-bound Orioles in 2014. He yielded just 33 hits in 62 1/3 innings with 17 walks and 103 strikeouts. (CBS Sports)

Carolina Rundown: December 5

ACC bowls will be announced live on Sunday evening. 17 points and 10 rebounds for Harrison Barnes Thursday night. Bruce Carter blocked a punt for the Cowboys that led to a touchdown in Chicago last night. Ty Lawson could make the All-Star team for the first time, and he has a key three-game stretch coming up. Great double overtime road win for women's basketball at No. 18 Rutgers. (GoHeels.com)

After a Season of Pushing to Return, Mets’ Matt Harvey Details a Patient Plan for 2015

In what has become an almost biweekly occurrence since the fall of 2013, Matt Harvey updated reporters Wednesday about the progress of his recovery from Tommy John surgery and his expectations for a successful comeback in 2015. (New York Times)

Carolina Rundown: December 4

The Independence is becoming a popular forecast for the Tar Heels. Andrew Miller is poised to become the highest paid non-closer reliever in baseball history. Danny Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night. Kyle Seager is a $100 million role model for how to succeed. UNC women's basketball travels to Rutgers at 7 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners announce seven-year extension for Kyle Seager

The Seattle Mariners made it official Tuesday, announcing that third baseman Kyle Seager had signed a seven-year contract with an option for an eighth year. The sides reached an agreement early last week. The team does not give out monetary details of contracts. But a source confirmed that the total contract is worth $100 million with the potential to reach $120 million based on the option year. (Seattle Times)

Andrew Miller's stats are crazy good; soon he'll have a four-year deal to match

Free-agent left-hander Andrew Miller's market is moving so well that he is all but assured of a four-year deal at a record rate for a non-closing reliever, big-league executives said. Miller's case may not be quite as obvious and clear-cut as closer David Robertson, who seamlessly replaced the iconic Mariano Rivera in arguably the most pressure-packed job in baseball. But apparently it is a compelling one to major-league execs, who are persuaded to make him by far the highest paid non-closing reliever in history. (CBS Sports)

Carolina Rundown: December 1

Great Denver debut for Connor Barth, as he tied a franchise record and went 5-5 in his first game as a Bronco. A big win for women's basketball over Stanford. Marcus Paige will renew acquaintances with some AAU teammates on Wednesday. P.J. Hairston scored 15 off the bench for the Hornets on Saturday. The Bucks suddenly decided to play Kendall Marshall, and he had nine points and eight assists. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 28

Wednesday: Ty Lawson had 17 points and 12 assists. 16 points and five rebounds for Harrison Barnes. Wright had six points and seven rebounds. Reggie Bullock started and scored seven points. Danny Green had five rebounds. Vince Carter had five points, as did Wayne Ellington. P.J. Hairston hit a three-pointer. (GoHeels.com)

Who’s Responsible for Kyle Seager?

Kyle Seager will earn $100 million, and Kyle Seager *deserves* that mind-boggling sum. Despite a park/division that suppresses offense, the 3B has become a lynchpin of the Mariners’ offense. Seager is incredible, and yet underrated, as he wasn’t a first-rounder or hyped prospect. How did Kyle Seager get here? (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Carolina Rundown: November 26

12 points and eight rebounds for Harrison Barnes. Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists and also did this to Kirk Hinrich. The first edition of the SI power rankings includes plenty of good stats and info. Men's basketball faces Butler at noon on ESPN2. Volleyball hosts Duke at 2 p.m. The Broncos signed Connor Barth. (GoHeels.com)

My Carolina Experience: Mike Fox

In his 17th year as head coach of North Carolina baseball, you may know Mike Fox as one of the most successful, active coaches in the game. What you may not know is that although he has had a love for the game since he started playing at age four, Fox’s first love was actually basketball. He grew up watching the Tar Heels on television and that is what sparked his love for Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

Half-full, half-empty: Andrew Miller

We continue our half-full, half-empty series on MLB free agents with a look at Andrew Miller. He might actually be the most-sought-after free agent this offseason because every team would like to add a hard-throwing lefty reliever who held opponents to a .153 average in 2014. Reports last week indicated that at least 22 clubs had contacted Miller's agent. (ESPN.com)

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