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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 John Bunting, Dec. 1

David Glenn caught up with former UNC football coach John Bunting on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Among the topics they discussed: what Bunting makes of former coaches going from broadcasting back to coaching; whether broadcasting can keep you close enough to the game; how the UNC football job compares to higher ranked programs; and how Bunting would improve the UNC football job. (ACC Sports Journal)

Julius Peppers wins NFC honor for second straight November

For the second straight year and third time in his career, Julius Peppers has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. The Chicago Bears defensive end won the award last November and while playing for the Carolina Panthers in November 2004, and also was honored for his play in October of 2006 with the Panthers. (Chicago Tribune)

Browns rookie wide receiver Greg Little eager to move past drops in Sunday’s loss

Browns rookie wide receiver Greg Little took the football he caught for his first NFL touchdown home as a souvenir from Cincinnati and placed it on a nightstand. That one he didn’t drop. On Sunday, Little dropped four passes, including one in the final minute that would have given Cleveland a first down, and cost the Browns in their 23-20 loss to the Bengals. (Associated Press)

Quarterback question: Who is T.J. Yates?

First, it was starting quarterback Matt Schaub, then backup Matt Leinart went out due to injury for the Houston Texans. Next up was third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. Many Texans fans said they hadn’t even heard of Yates prior to Sunday’s game in Jacksonville. (KHOU.com)

Meet Andre Johnson’s new quarterback, T.J. Yates

Matt Schaub is done for the year, placed on injured reserve due to ligament damage in his right foot. Matt Leinart was Schaub's backup, but he apparently suffered a season-ending injury on Sunday. So, T.J. Yates it is. Brett Favre isn't walking through that door (although Sage Rosenfels might, if he's healthy enough). Let's get to know the rookie before he breaks, too. (Yahoo! Sports)

Lawrence Taylor faces civil suit from teen girl

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is being sued by the teenage girl he admitted having sex with in the case that led to his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges earlier this year. Cristina Fierro filed suit in federal court in New York on Monday. She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial. (Washington Post)

Texans better off with Yates, not Leinart

When rookie T.J. Yates came into the game, my first reaction was -- now that is a NFL passer. Yates came off the bench with little or no practice time and led the team down the field for a field goal to close out the half. The game did not look too big for Yates, nor did he look nervous under center. He looked like a player with excellent talent who, after a week of getting all the coaching, could execute the game plan as well, if not better, than Leinart. (NFL.com)

Greg Little scores first career NFL touchdown

Cleveland Browns quarterback threw his second touchdown pass of the day in the second quarter of the Battle of Ohio. McCoy connected on a two-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Greg Little. The touchdown put the Browns on top, and they now lead 17-10 following a Cincinnati Bengals field goal. (SB Nation)

Texans must now rally behind rookie QB T.J. Yates

“[T.J. Yates] just plays the game fast,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s shown me all of the characteristics you want to see in this league. He can move. He has a good arm. But the bottom line is this is the first reps the kid’s gotten. He can only get better and I know the team will do everything they can to rally behind him.” Especially now that it’s not unexpected. (Houston Chronicle)

Leinart out, rookie Yates replaces him

After throwing his first touchdown pass since 2008 -- a little floater to Joel Dreesen that the tight end finished off nicely -- Leinart is out for the day after he got his shoulder driven into the ground following an incomplete pass. Without Matt Schaub in the lineup after a season-ending injury, the Texans have turned to T.J. Yates, a rookie fifth-round pick. (CBS Sports)

Browns receiver Greg Little learns hard lessons

The North Carolina football jersey bearing the No. 8 hangs in the locker of Greg Little at the Browns' practice facility. Given the dubious ending to his Tar Heels' career, the presence of the game-worn garment is open to interpretation: A show of school pride or an airing of dirty laundry? A year removed from a suspension that cost the rookie receiver his senior season for accepting improper benefits, Little doesn't hide from his past. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Kendric Burney signed to Rams practice squad

Cornerback Kendric Burney, who worked out for the St. Louis Rams last week, has been added to the practice squad, filling the spot created Saturday when offensive tackle Kevin Hughes was promoted to the active roster. Burney is a rookie free agent from North Carolina who spent training camp this summer with the Carolina Panthers. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Letterman's Roundtable, November 24

Deems May: "This has been Duke’s bowl game each and every year. When you know it’s your last game, the players play for the seniors and the coaching staff and seem to find a little extra spark that sometimes is missing in regular season games. Duke is a much improved team and has played good teams close this year. I hope we end the regular season on a good note." (Inside Carolina)

Michael McAdoo lawsuit stopped

The lawsuit filed by former North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo against the university and the NCAA was officially dismissed n Wednesday, nine days after judge Orlando Hudson announced in a Durham court his intention to dismiss it. Noah Huffstetler, the Raleigh-based lawyer who represents McAdoo, said on Wednesday that he plans to file an appeal within the next week. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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