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Charlotte Hornets Training Camp In Chapel Hill Opens Tuesday

The Charlotte Hornets will hold training camp and host the Boston Celtics in a preseason game this week at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Michael Jordan owns the Hornets, Marvin Williams is a member of the Charlotte roster. Mitch Kupchak is the new Hornets general manager, Jackson Simmons is the team's assistant video coordinator and Buzz Peterson is assistant GM. (GoHeels.com)

NBC Sports College Basketball Preseason Top 25

9. North Carolina: Where you rank UNC in the preseason is going to depend on how good you think their freshmen — Coby White and Nassir Little — are going to be and what kind of development you expect out of Brandon Huffman, Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks. Will there be a returning player in college basketball this season that is better than Luke Maye? (NBC Sports)

Antonio Williams Back Where He Belongs

North Carolina began recruiting Antonio Williams in eighth grade. He verbally committed to the Tar Heels as a high school sophomore. But when the New London, North Carolina, native's football aspirations ultimately led him to Ohio State, it seemed as if he'd never find himself in the position he was in Saturday. Yet there he stood, behind Nathan Elliott in the pistol formation. (GoHeels.com)

Josh Peck Claims Tennis Title To Open Fall

North Carolina junior Josh Peck won the singles title at the Gamecock Fall Invitational Sunday in Columbia, S.C, beating top-seeded Adam Walton from Tennessee. The championship came in the first tournament of the fall for the UNC men's tennis team. "Josh had a great tournament," UNC coach Sam Paul said. "He worked hard all summer and it's great to see that pay off." (GoHeels.com)

Group of Suspended UNC Players Returning vs. Miami

The North Carolina Tar Heels will be getting a handful of key players back that will boost the talent and depth of the roster that they can now field. UNC had to suspend 13 players—nine players for a total of four games—at the start of the season because they sold special edition Air Jordan 3 sneakers that were only issued to the UNC football team—a violation of NCAA rules. (Inside Carolina)

Podcast: Post UNC-Pitt - The Good, the Bad, and the Dots

Inside Carolina's Jason Staples and Buck Sanders join host Tommy Ashley to break down the good and the bad of North Carolina football's 38-35 ACC Coastal Division win over Pittsburgh on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (Audioboom)

Alexa Graham, Sophia Patel Claim Tennis Titles at Furman Fall Classic

The UNC women’s tennis team wrapped up play in the Furman Fall Classic on Sunday as both junior Alexa Graham and freshman Sophia Patel claimed titles in their singles brackets. There were nine different brackets filled with eight players apiece. Graham won Flight One with a come-from-behind victory in three sets in the finals over South Carolina’s Ingrid Martins. (Chapelboro.com)

Author, UNC grad tackles one of the greatest baseball teams you’ve never heard of

When Anne Keene, the Austin author of “The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II,” was growing up, she knew that her father both loved and hated the game of baseball. She knew he adored it, loved the old players, told stories about them to the point that it became something of a family joke. (Austin American-Statesman)

Extra Points: Pitt Stop

The heat. The tragedy-induced layoff. The first-half hiccup. The Nathan Elliott of Pitt games of yore. Over and over Saturday in Kenan Stadium, stories and scripts from yesterday kept coming full circle in the Tar Heels' 38-35 victory. Saturday happened to be the 39th anniversary of No. 13-ranked Pitt with coach Jackie Sherrill and defensive end Hugh Green coming to Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

UNC’s Snapshot of Potential

In the midst of another game filled with myriad mistakes, UNC put together a nearly flawless third quarter that turned a possible loss into victory and offered a glimpse of winning football that has proven elusive for Larry Fedora’s program since 2016. While UNC has held to 23 rushing yards in the third quarter, Nathan Elliott completed 7-of-10 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. (Inside Carolina)

No. 5 UNC Women's Soccer Prevails In Defensive Battle At Clemson

The fifth-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team remained unbeaten in the ACC, defeating Clemson 1-0 Sunday at Historic Riggs Field (Highlights). Both teams entered undefeated in the ACC and the Tar Heels prevailed on a first half goal by Rachel Jones to improve to 8-2-1 and 3-0 in the ACC. UNC had an 11-6 edge in total shots and a 3-2 margin in shots on goal. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Volleyball Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker to Louisville

North Carolina battled point-for-point with reigning ACC Champion Louisville but fell short in five sets Sunday at Carmichael Arena. The Tar Heels and Cardinals traded sets and battled through 29 tie scores before Louisville came out on top, 3-2. Despite the loss, several Tar Heels had record performances on the court. Ava Bell hit 20 kills on an errorless 35 attempts. (GoHeels.com)

Antonio Williams leads strong running back trio in UNC's 38-35 win over Pittsburgh

Minutes before the North Carolina football team ran out of the tunnel and onto the field at Kenan Stadium to play for the first time this season, Antonio Williams was deep in his own head. The junior running back thought. He thought about his journey from Columbus to Chapel Hill. He thought about those that doubted him. Williams certainly proved himself Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Penalty Spurs UNC Eruption vs. Pittsburgh

When Pittsburgh jumped offsides midway through the third quarter Saturday, it didn’t seem like one of the biggest plays of the game at North Carolina. But it was. The penalty and much more manageable third down opportunity gave UNC life, and the Tar Heels made the most of it. “That might have been one of the biggest plays of the game,” UNC QB Nathan Elliott said. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Still With Major Flaws

Carolina picked up a win Saturday against Pittsburgh but this is still a team that has major flaws heading into much tougher games. UNC’s offense is just too predictable and that starts at the quarterback position. On defense, the line did a good job creating pressure and occupying blocks but the linebackers and safeties were often either out of position or missed tackles. (Inside Carolina)

One to build on

What’s the locker room like after a football team wins their home opener, conference opener, first game of the season, and second win over a Power-5 team in fifteen tries? “Lot of jumping around, yelling, dancing,” junior tailback Antonio Williams said. “The atmosphere afterwards was absolutely amazing.” Linebacker Cole Holcomb put it more succinctly. “It was pretty lit.” (Argyle Report)

UNC Wilmington opening basketball practice at UNC due to Hurricane Florence

UNC Wilmington will open preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to effects of Hurricane Florence. The Seahawks men’s program will have a brief workout Monday in Chapel Hill before the first official practice Tuesday in the Smith Center's practice gym. The men’s program is coached by C.B. McGrath, who was an assistant under UNC coach Roy Williams for 14 seasons. (Associated Press)

Tar Heels lend helping hand to Robeson County

While head coach Larry Fedora and the North Carolina football team were preparing for their home opener at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, the program's equipment truck was rolling toward Lumberton. The 18-wheel, 53-foot truck arrived around 11 a.m. Saturday with more than 40,000 pounds of donations to support those affected by Hurricane Florence. (Fayetteville Observer)

What you don't know about the Bengals' belief in RB Giovani Bernard

The Bengals are 9-1-1 the last 11 games Giovani Bernard has carried at least 15 times. He's averaged at least five yards per carry in all but one of the last six of those. One more season as efficient as last year will historically put him in the top 10 of all time. His respect level inside Paul Brown Stadium is close to unparalleled. “He’s a warrior,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. (Cincinnati.com)

Bengals believe Giovani Bernard is more than just a scatback

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard almost seemed to be holding back laughter when discussing his expanded role in the offense with reporters Wednesday. Bernard looked amused as he answered questions about getting 20 touches a game with Joe Mixon out. The questions seemed to imply that the 5-foot-9, 205-pound Bernard might break if he reached that threshold. (ESPN.com)

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