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Harlem Globetrotter Orlando 'El Gato' Melendez inspires students

"Find what you love and do it well," said Orlando Melendez, 37, who earned his nickname, "El Gato", as a kid when cats followed him to his native Puerto Rican court. "Think, 'What am I doing now that will get me there?'" St. Anthony's was the first of several schools Melendez will visit before the Globetrotters perform at Ford Arena as part of an educational and anti-bullying initiative. (Beaumont Enterprise)

The Scout's Take: UNC's Berry has giant work ethic

Listen to anyone who talks about basketball players for a living, and it won’t be long before the inevitable buzzwords find their way into the conversation: “Wingspan.” “Length.” “Great size for his position.” Those are not the first phrases that leap to mind to describe North Carolina’s latest great point guard, Joel Berry II. (Durham Herald-Sun)

2017 UNC Football: Wide Receivers

Let this settle in for a second: The Tar Heels lost to graduation three receivers whose combined career totals are 448 receptions, 6,340 yards and 53 touchdowns. That’s what left the program when Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins played their last games. And what’s returning isn’t exactly looking like a potential replica of that trio. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Local artists design colorful crosswalks to improve safety in town

New colorful crosswalks designed by local artists are coming to five locations in Chapel Hill — hoping to increase pedestrian visibility. The town has already implemented flashing lights to grab drivers’ attention on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street, but the team was looking for other innovative ways to attract attention to pedestrians crossing the road. (Daily Tar Heel)

Audio: Roy Williams interview on the David Glenn Show

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams joined the David Glenn show on Wednesday to discuss career win No. 800, how he ended up on a golf course with members of the '92 Dream Team, this year's Tar Heels team, and some of the people who have had a major influence on his life. (Hipcast)

Julius Peppers turns 37 but not looking ahead

Julius Peppers turned 37 years old Wednesday. Rather than reflect on his career and where he might be after this season, Peppers only wanted to think about the NFC championship game. Peppers is in the final year of his contract with the Packers but hasn't said whether he'll play next season. Winning a Super Bowl might be the perfect way to go out. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Shades of Dirk in Harrison Barnes? It could go a long way for him

The weird thing about Harrison Barnes is that he’s apparently an extreme gym rat. That’s not weird in and of itself, of course, but when a guy has been as Harrison Barnes has been in his life, and seems, given those expectations, to be pointed towards a disappointing career, it’s reasonable to think that there’s something wrong with his preparation and drive. (WFAA)

Star production, interior dominance have the Heels rolling

After five straight ACC wins, including two on the road, North Carolina is rolling. They are clicking on offense and getting more production from their big men to compliment what UNC's two junior stars have been doing throughout the season. Led by the offensive firepower of point guard Joel Berry and small forward Justin Jackson, Carolina has scored 89, 107, 93, 96, and 85 in their five ACC wins. (Carolina Blue)

Dax McCarty moves on, and this Tar Heel has a moment

Once a surprise arrival in New York, Dax McCarty becomes the first casualty of the plan forward for RBNY. It's a moment for the MLS community and a shocked group of Red Bull faithful: the captain exits as New York's all-time leader in starts and minutes, ranking fifth with 27 assists. He logged 17 postseason appearances, and twice hoisted the Supporters' Shield. (MLS Soccer)

Dre Bly Named To Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2017 on Wednesday. The Class of 2017 features: Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. The Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Portsmouth, Virginia. (GoHeels.com)

What 800 wins mean for Roy Williams

At this point in his career, Roy Williams isn’t seeking validation. In his 28-plus seasons as a head coach, Williams has notched nearly every benchmark imaginable. That includes two national titles, eight Final Fours and seven ACC regular-season championships. He has already been in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for 10 years. (FanRag Sports)

50 years ago, Roy Williams did something weird at Duke and decided on UNC

Roy Williams: "The first time I set foot on the UNC campus came in 1967 during the fall of my senior year. I was on our high school square-dance team. I know it sounds comical, but it’s true. We came to Durham for a performance at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Yes, I square-danced at Duke. It was the Duke Folk Festival. Joan Baez and Janis Joplin were there, too." (Charlotte Observer)

Four Tar Heels On 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup Team

US Lacrosse and U.S. women’s senior team coach Ricky Fried on Wednesday announced the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup, July 12-22 in Guildford, England. Four UNC players made the squad: Marie McCool, Laura Zimmerman, Kristen Carr, and Jennifer Russell. (GoHeels.com)

Kenny Williams on how Roy Williams helped him as a freshman

After Monday's win over Syracuse, Kenny spoke about how Coach Roy Williams helped him get through the tough times he had as a freshman. "Coach was huge all year. Last year I hit my low confidence-wise in basketball. I was going into his office as much as I could to talk to him. He continue to tell me that he believed in me. I think that was huge for me." (Carolina Blue)

Williams Is More Than Worthy Of 800 Wins

‘Ol Roy can coach, and anyone who differs isn’t interested in facts. Roy Williams picked up the 800th victory of his amazing 29-year career after North Carolina defeated Syracuse, 85-68, on Monday night because the man can flat out coach. He joined a very select group of eight other coaches with 800 or more victories in their careers. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

An ode to the 2016-17 ACC -- college basketball's glorious, unpredictable mess

There's no such thing as a safe bet in this edition of the ACC, but if you were forced to make a regular-season title prediction, don't the Tar Heels feel kind of safe-ish? There's something beautiful and hilarious about the overwhelming preseason national title favorite (Duke) sharing the same three-week conference checkpoint as middle-of-the-pack Virginia Tech. (ESPN.com)

Four Corners: Win No. 800

After four wins in nine days over NC State, Wake Forest, Florida State and Syracuse, North Carolina now gets a bit of a respite with just one game in the next nine days (Saturday at Boston College). The break in the schedule allows time to reflect on recent accomplishments, rest and get acclimated to the start of new class schedules in the spring semester. (GoHeels.com)

What does staff turnover mean for UNC’s defense?

UNC’s defense ascended the ladder last two seasons, but there is room for growth, and a lot of work needs to be done. Now, Gene Chizik and Larry Fedora will have to push closer to that pie in the sky with a reshuffled staff. With new UNC defensive backs coach Terry Joseph coaching the DBs, Texas A&M finished 44th nationally in yards allowed per pass in 2016. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC Basketball: Dean Dome opens on this date in 1986

Can you believe that the Dean E. Smith Center officially opened its doors on this date 31 years ago? Yep, the Dean Dome hosted its first UNC basketball game on Jan. 18 1986 and it was a good one. The No. 1 ranked Tar Heels hosted their rivals down the road as the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils helped usher in a stadium that has seen some historic moments. (Keeping It Heel)

Joel Berry in-depth on Coach Williams' impact and reputation

Roy Williams notched his 800th career win on Monday night. He is the ninth Division I college basketball coach to reach the number, the fastest in terms of seasons (29) and the second fastest in terms of games (1,1012). After the game UNC junior point guard talked in depth about his head coach, what 800 wins means, how Roy has impact him, and Coach Williams' reputation. (Carolina Blue)

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