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Poll: Dean Smith ranks highly among most popular North Carolinians

Although well known as a liberal Dean Smith gets good marks from Democrat (64/7), Republicans (58/12), and independents (49/8) alike. Smith does better than anyone else in the Triangle, coming down at 72/6. (Public Policy Polling)

Antawn Jamison reports to Cavs, believes he’ll stay

Although Antawn Jamison insists he has a few years left in his legs and will continue playing after this year, no one knows where he will be. He is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $15 million, making his expiring contract appealing to teams looking to clear cap space. But Jamison begins his 14th year in the league believing he’ll end the season in the same place he is starting. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Tyler Hansbrough embracing possibility of Pacers adding another power forward

Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough knows the front office is looking to add a player at his position before the season starts. Hansbrough, who may move to the bench this season, is fine with that. He’s actually embracing it with open arms. “That’s what I’m about, winning,” he said at Conseco Fieldhouse today. “So whoever they feel like can help us win ball games is who I want on the team." (Indianapolis Star)

Catching Up With: Lennie Rosenbluth

When Tar Heels legend Lennie Rosenbluth isn’t whispering it to his wife in the Smith Center stands, he’s usually muttering it under his breath. “I’m not criticizing -- these players are great, and they play differently than we used to play,’’ said Rosenbluth, the former National Player of the Year who led the 1957 UNC team to a 32-0 record. “But today, I don’t think they know what the backboard, and the square in the middle, is for." (ESPN.com)

Rashad McCants works out at Lakers facility

Lakers guards Derek Fisher, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris practiced, while players such as Leon Powe, Marcus Banks and Rashad McCants arrived hoping they can provide some favorable impressions on the Lakers' front office. McCants said he's maintained contact with General Manager Mitch Kupchak because of their North Carolina connections and the Lakers' apparent interest in him in past seasons. (Los Angeles Times)

Rick Fox Honored By Indiana Hall Of Fame

Former North Carolina and NBA star Rick Fox is among eighteen men named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2012 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago. The team includes nine members of the 1987 Indiana All-Star squad. Nine other all-state players are included to recognize the top of Indiana's high school class of 1987. (Tar Heel Blue)

For Ty Lawson, the lockout has been worth the weight

Ty Lawson used the lockout wisely, expanding his horizons and trimming his waistline. After arriving back in the United States from a Fall stint playing for Zalgiris in Kaunas, Lithuania, the 5-foot-11 Lawson showed off the spring in his 185-pound frame -- the lowest his weight has been since high school -- with a vicious dunk in one-on-one drills over 6-9 Pops Mensah-Bonsu at Verizon Center last week. (Washington Examiner)

ESPN3 to Carry National Football Foundation Events, Woody Durham to Receive Award

2011 NFF Major Award Winners: Robert M. Gates, the Gold Medal; Dr. Archie Roberts, Distinguished American Award; Verne Lundquist and Brent Musburger, co-recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award; Ted Ruta, Outstanding Football Official Award; and Woody Durham, Chris Schenkel Award. (Box Score News)

Sources: Suns to waive Vince Carter

Vince Carter isn't a free agent yet, but sources close to the situation say the eight-time All-Star will be thrust onto the open market shortly after the end of the lockout. Based on an amendment in his contract obtained by ESPN.com, Carter must be waived by the Phoenix Suns within 72 hours of the official start of free agency or his $18 million salary for the 2011-12 season becomes fully guaranteed. (ESPN.com)

Lucas: 'Twan Time

Wednesday night, the Tar Heels got a visitor. At 8:49, Antawn Jamison walked into the locker room. If you and I see Antawn Jamison, we stop and gawk. After all, he is Antawn Jamison, the national player of the year, dominator of Duke, a two-time NBA All-Star. In the Carolina locker room, though, he is just `Twan. And on this night, he had something to say. (Inside Carolina)

Familiar voice comes home for Mebane parade

Woody Durham, “The Voice of the Tar Heels” is humbled to be selected as the Grand Marshal for Friday’s Mebane Christmas Parade. Most people automatically associate Durham with Chapel Hill, but he was born in Mebane and lived there until he was 10 years old. “There’s a parking lot there now where our house used to stand,” he said in that deep, soothing voice so familiar among Tar Heels fans. (Burlington Times News)

David Glenn Chats With Eric Montross, Nov. 30

David Glenn caught up with former UNC center and current Tar Heel Sports Network color analyst Eric Montross on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Among the topics they discussed: the biggest areas of concern for UNC after its loss to UNLV; the need for UNC’s big men to play tougher; how a loss turns players into a “captive audience” for the coach; and what challenges Wisconsin presents the Tar Heels. (ACC Sports Journal)

Michael Jordan stops by WFNZ charity event

For the first time in our 9 year history of our annual Street Turkey’s event, Charlotte’s very own and Bobcat Owner Michael Jordan came to the WFNZ Dog House and with the help of his right hand man, Fred Whitfield, donated 200 turkey’s to feed Charlotte’s needy! (WFNZ)

Jackie Manuel ready to dust off title ring

Jackie Manuel hasn’t worn his national title ring since 2005, the year he helped North Carolina win the NCAA championship. “But I’ve seen the coaches with theirs during games, so I might have to think about getting mine back out,’’ he said, laughing. After all, he is now a coach, too. Manuel was named UNC’s assistant strength and conditioning coordinator last week. (ESPN.com)

Highlighting James Worthy's memorable moments at North Carolina

This Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., former Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy will be among those being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Below is a look at some of his memorable moments during his storied three-year career at North Carolina (1979-1982). (Los Angeles Times)

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