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Analysis: ACC releases basketball schedule

The Tar Heels baby bigs will face a stern test in both matchups vs the Wolfpack. Luke Maye can board, but there's some questions that'll need answering in both games. Still - with dudes who've been through it like Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, that championship confidence will shine through. Plus - you know Roy's going to want to show Kevin Keatts who's boss. (ABC 11)

UNC’s Brandon Fritts, Carl Tucker look to help acclimate new QB

As Brandon Harris potentially steps in as UNC’s quarterback this summer, the coaching staff wants to see tight ends Brandon Fritts and Carl Tucker step up. Fritts and Tucker combine playmaking ability with game experience. With UNC’s passing game decimated due to graduations and early NFL departures, Harris and the Tar Heels need Fritts and Tucker to be more involved. (ACC Sports Journal)

ACC Releases Conference Basketball Matchups for the 2017-18 Season

The ACC has announced the 18 conference matchups for each of its 15 men’s basketball teams for the 2017-18 season. The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for the upcoming season. Specific dates and times for each game will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. (The ACC)

Meet The Heels Set For August 5

The UNC football team's annual "Meet The Heels" day is set for Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m. on The Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street due to ongoing construction on campus. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. with the public unveiling of the new Jordan Brand Carolina Football uniforms. The autograph session featuring UNC players and coach Larry Fedora will run from 4:30-6 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

A look at summer basketball camp at UNC

If you don’t think that summer basketball camps matters to the school and the athletes, then perhaps you have forgotten that Justin Jackson attended Roy Williams’ camp. To get a look at what Antawn Jamison’s All-Star Camp means to the players that attend it, I caught up with 12-year-old Tommy and 10-year-old Tyler who recently returned home from a fantastic two days. (Tar Heel Blog)

Why North Carolina should embrace low preseason ranking

Not once has UNC’s final spot in the ACC football standings reflected where it was projected to land in the preseason. In fact, UNC’s two first-place finishes came during years in which it was predicted to finish third (2012) and fifth (2015). So it’s difficult to imagine that Larry Fedora will lose any sleep over his squad landing at No. 5 in the 2017 preseason standings. (FanRag Sports)

Picking ACC dark horses: The state of North Carolina can shake things up this year

The media has UNC football pegged to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in 2017. I can understand the reasoning. The biggest thing is that the Heels lose Mitch Trubisky, who went No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft. The other concerns about these argyle-sporting warriors stem from the team's overall youth. But those young players might be more talented than you think. (CBS Sports)

Remember Stuart Scott With His Amazing ESPYs Speech

Stuart Scott delivered one of the most emotional speeches in ESPYs history when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award in 2014. The late ESPN host’s cancer relapsed shortly after, and he passed away just six months later. July 19, 2017 would have been Scott’s 52nd birthday. Scott never sought to have the diagnosis run his life, wanting to live life as best he could. (Daily Caller)

Most Heated Cowboys Camp Battle: Ryan Switzer v. Lucky Whitehead

The NFL is only weeks away from rapidly understanding why Ryan Switzer is so dangerous. On the heels of the Dallas Cowboys selecting the University of North Carolina star in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, mostly for his dynamic return ability, incumbent special teams ace Lucky Whitehead will soon receive the same crash course as he fights for his job in training camp. (247 Sports)

UNC DT Marlon Dunlap Exits Program

Sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Dunlap has decided to leave the North Carolina football program, a UNC official confirmed on Thursday. Dunlap, a former three-star recruit who played high school ball at West Charlotte, played in seven games as a true freshman in 2016, totaling four tackles and 0.5 sacks. Dunlap had solidified his role as a third-string option. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Expectations Too Low?

North Carolina must prove it’s better than fifth in the Coastal Division. Were you surprised at the drop in 2017 expectations for UNC’s football team, two years removed from the ACC championship game and last season possessing one of the most explosive offenses in the nation? On paper, the prediction looks about right to me. (Chapelboro.com)

New defensive coordinator John Papuchis can make mark while keeping most the same

Now, with Gene Chizik having resigned to spend more time with his family, the Tar Heels are once again tasked with breaking in a new defensive coordinator. This time, it’s John Papuchis, who was UNC’s linebackers coach the past two seasons after serving as defensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2012 to 2014. The change is one of many in Chapel Hill this season. (Daily Tar Heel)

Matt Harvey is letting Mets’ medical staff off the hook

Matt Harvey doesn’t want you to blame the Mets medical staff for his latest stint on the disabled list. The once formidable right-hander believes if he was smarter about informing the team of the significance of his latest injury, his time away from the mound would’ve been much shorter. “It’s my fault for [staying out there]. I should’ve said a lot more earlier,” Harvey said. (New York Post)

History says Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky will start games as a rookie

History suggests that it’s only a matter of time before Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick in this year's draft, cracks the starting lineup. The Bears have repeatedly stated that veteran Mike Glennon, is the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback on the roster. “There is no quarterback controversy,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said on draft night. (ESPN.com)

Vince Carter Ready to Mentor Young Kings

The week Vince Carter signed with the Kings he also jumped head first into his new role with the team - helping on the bench during the squad’s second Summer League game. “It’s funny, as soon as I was announced, Justin Jackson texted me immediately and said, ‘Hey I’m ready to learn, let’s get to work,’” said Carter when asked about the team’s trajectory. (NBA.com)

The Michael Jordan stat you never knew

This space was meant for a column about the 25th anniversary of the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team. But I stumbled across a statistic I never knew about Michael Jordan, and it blew my mind so much that I sent the Dream Team to the bench. Jordan shot 83.5 percent from the foul line in his 15-year NBA career. Only twice in his career did his percentage dip below 80. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Roy Williams on UNC coaching legend Anson Dorrance

Coach Williams is from North Carolina, went to UNC, and now has led the Tar Heels to three National Titles. Still, he raves about the UNC sports culture and the other successful programs making noise in Chapel Hill. Williams went in-depth on Anson Dorrance, UNC's women's soccer coach. Dorrance has coached the Tar Heels since 1979. He has won 21 National Championships. (Carolina Blue)

Trio of former Tar Heels help USMNT to first place in Gold Cup group

The UNC men’s soccer had put a fair number of players into MLS and the world of soccer in general. Several of those player have found their way onto the US Men’s National Team. Said US team is currently taking part in the Gold Cup, the championship tournament of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. (Tar Heel Blog)

New first-of-its-kind Target store to open in Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill students won't have to go far to shop at a Target store. The company held a ribbon cutting for its first small-format store at 123 Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. The new 22,000 square-foot store is located in the Carolina Square development. It employs about 50 people. The official grand opening is set for Saturday at 8 a.m. (ABC 11)

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