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Meghan Klingenberg, StreetfighterHer sophomore year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Meghan Klingenberg competed in a campus gladiator competition that culminated in a sumo joust: competitors donned big blow-up fat suits and went at each other with giant foam clubs. “Kling insisted that I come watch,” says Anson Dorrance, long-time coach of the famed UNC women’s soccer team. (U.S. Soccer)
Meghan Klingenberg Just Doing Her JobMeghan Klingenberg positioned herself perfectly and elevated to meet the shot with a game-saving header that saw the ball come inches from crossing the line only to then carom off the crossbar and out of danger. Klingenberg refused to accept any praise: “I was just doing my job,” she said, when asked about her game-changing heroics afterward. (US Soccer)
Former Tar Heel Meghan Klingenberg keeps USA alive vs. Sweden with incredible goal-line saveThe biggest save of Friday's USA-Sweden Women's World Cup game belonged not to American goalkeeper Hope Solo but to defender Meghan Klingenberg, who made a tremendous goal-line save by heading a shot off the crossbar to deny Caroline Seger a goal in the 77th minute. (NJ.com)
Women’s World Cup: USA a contender, with six Tar Heels on rosterAfter a year of qualifying, two head coaching changes, a round of roster second-guessing, a lawsuit over venues and some injury concerns, the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its pursuit of a third World Cup championship. At least one former area player, UNC alum Meghan Klingenberg, will be in the starting lineup for the U.S. in its opening match at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Charlotte Observer)
Tar Heel IX Begin World Cup Journey SaturdayNine current and former UNC women's soccer players will be competing for the ultimate prize in international football beginning Saturday when the 2015 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Canada. Tar Heel players will be representing four countries - the United States, Canada, New Zealand and England. UNC's nine representatives in the World Cup are the most of any U.S. university. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress RatesSeventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher. (GoHeels.com)
Maggie Bill pursues two sports at UNCMaggie Bill is followed by a choice she refuses to make — and one she simply doesn’t know the answer to. For her, there’s nothing unusual about her life as a dual-sport athlete at North Carolina and therefore no reason to dwell on herself and her accomplishments. And she sees no reason to make a decision anytime soon. Because when it comes to lacrosse and soccer, Bill can’t choose one over the other. She simply devotes herself to whichever sport is in season. It’s what she has always done. (Daily Tar Heel)
Mia Hamm: The most powerful woman in soccer?She's one of the most powerful women in football after cracking one of sports' most notorious glass ceilings, but even Mia Hamm is not immune from the demands of domestic drudgery. "Sorry for all of the noise," she says as the clatter of workmen and screaming kids crackles down the phone line. "The people who were supposed to be here 30 minutes ago to fix our carpets have just shown up!" (CNN)
Sandlot Soccer Action at North Carolina Draws Elite TalentIt was 11:19 a.m. on a gray Wednesday in April, and Anson Dorrance, the UNC women’s soccer coach, who has won 21 national titles, had yet to arrive to Noon Ball — a thrice-weekly soccer scrimmage of Tar Heels coaches, former players and skilled locals that actually begins 45 minutes before noon to account for the daily practice of the men’s soccer team, at 2:30 p.m. (New York Times)
UNC Soccer Programs Help Stop World HungerThe University of North Carolina men's and women's soccer teams recently teamed up with Stop Hunger Now to help fight worldwide hunger. The two programs came together and packaged meals that were sent to Nicaragua as part of a total of 285,000 meals sent out to those in need, and support the organization's vision of "a world without hunger." (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Coaches "Shake It Off"UNC Coaches made a music video to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off". The video originally aired at the 2015 Rammys on April 20, 2015.
Video: UNC Athletes Dance to "Uptown Funk"Watch Tar Heel athletes dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. This video premiered at the 2015 Rammys on Monday night.
Tar Heels Celebrate At RammysThe North Carolina Department of Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year Monday evening at the third-annual Rammy Awards. A full slate of awards recognized outstanding academics, athletics and service. The evening also included student-athlete musical performances, videos and the introduction of UNC’s refreshed logo and other marks. (GoHeels.com)
Six Tar Heels Named To 2015 World Cup TeamWith 55 days until the USA's opening match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the United States on women's soccer's grandest stage Tuesday. Six former University of North Carolina Tar Heels have been named to the team - the most from any university program. (GoHeels.com)
ESPN.com Top 20 Athletes 1995-2015ESPN.com celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. We'll be highlighting some of the top teams, athletes and moments that characterized greatness in sports from 1995 to 2015. Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods -- which athletes defined the pinnacle of sports over the past two decades? Our staff chose the following athletes as the best of the best. (ESPN.com)