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Ben Griffin more than a natural talent for UNC men's golf

Cowan and Erika Griffin never forced their son to play golf. He messed around with other sports, playing everything from basketball to tennis, but golf had a way of roping him back in. “I think growing up with my dad playing a lot of golf inspired me,” Ben said. “I kind of wanted to be like my dad, I guess you could say.” In his first year with UNC, Ben exceeded expectations. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC sees record applications from international students

UNC has experienced the highest number of international applications ever, despite the executive orders out of the White House and perceived limited international student resources. In 2017, UNC received a record high of 4,345 applications from international students and admitted 695 of these. In 2016, UNC received 3,799 applications, admitting around 500. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tony Bradley’s NBA options provide a win-win for UNC

Collegiate underclassmen have until midnight on April 23 to declare for the NBA Draft. For reigning national champion North Carolina, that means all eyes will be on junior point guard Joel Berry and freshman center Tony Bradley over the coming days. Bradley, of course, already told reporters after the national title game that he would test the NBA waters. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC players wish Coach C.B. McGrath well at Wilmington

There was obviously a large contingency of Tar Heel graduates playing in Thursday night's Barnstorming game. The five players all played under new UNCW Head Coach C.B. McGrath during their time at Chapel Hill. Nate Britt said he and his teammates were able to visit Coach McGrath today before the game and wish him the best of luck. (WWAY)

Nowitzki’s early injury accelerated Harrison Barnes’ role with Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks viewed Harrison Barnes as a player who could potentially step in and carry the No. 1 go-to mantel when Dirk Nowitzki decides to retire. So when Nowitzki was injured in the season opener at Indiana that afforded the Mavericks the opportunity to show why they signed Barnes to a four-year, $94 million free agent contract last summer. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Theo Pinson 2016-17 season review

Theo Pinson was an integral part of UNC's 2017 National Championship team Without him, the Tar Heels would not have made it nearly as far. So let’s look at the ups and downs of Pinson’s season. Pinson has been described as a swiss army knife. Whatever the team needs he brings. Along with Justin Jackson, he formed a stellar defensive wing duo. (Keeping It Heel)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Basketball Awards, Spring Football, UNC Baseball

This week's Carolina Insider podcast includes a breakdown of the Carolina Basketball season-ending awards ceremony, held earlier this week at the Carolina Inn. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss the awards, the season and more in a basketball wrapup. Angell and Lucas also touch on spring football and the highly-ranked Tar Heel baseball team. (GoHeels.com)

Season in review: ACC

Best coach: Roy Williams, North Carolina - Williams gets the nod after steering the Tar Heels to their sixth national title. UNC hardly lost a step in 2016-17 despite losing Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, relying largely on junior and senior veterans in Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks to get back to the national title game and finish the job . (Sports Illustrated)

Marquise Williams: "My story is going to be great"

CarolinaBlue spoke with former UNC quarterback Marquise Williams to get an update on what is going on with his life. It has been over a year since he led the Tar Heels to an incredible 11-3 season. After spending last season on the practice squad for the Green Bay Packers, Williams is now living and and working out in Charlotte hoping to get another call from an NFL team. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: To Go, or Not to Go?

You think ol’ Roy has to worry about the White House question? Asked after his team won the national championship whether he would accept an invitation to be feted at the White House, Roy Williams was non-committal. The Tar Heels’ head coach said he didn’t know if they would even get invited. My guess is that Williams won’t have to worry about it. (Chapelboro.com)

Marquise Williams on Lucas Crowley, Caleb Peterson

Two former UNC offensive lineman are looking to make an NFL roster heading into the 2017 season. Both guard Caleb Peterson and center Lucas Crowley worked out during UNC's Pro Day and while both may not get drafted, they should get a chance as free agents. CarolinaBlue spoke extensively with former UNC quarterback Marquise Williams in preview of the 2017 NFL Draft. (Carolina Blue)

With Buster Posey back, Tim Federowicz designated for assignment

When the San Francisco Giants activated Buster Posey from the disabled list before Tuesday night’s game, they designated catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment and retained reliever Steven Okert. The Giants lack experienced catching depth and have to hope that Federowicz clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento. (San Francisco Gate)

UNC Softball Struggles With Control, Fall To Winthrop, 8-7

A season-high eight walks issued over the first three innings spotted Winthrop an early 4-0 lead, and UNC’s comeback fell short, as the Tar Heels dropped a midweek matchup with the Eagles, 8-7, on Wednesday. Brittany Pickett and Kendra Lynch both went deep for three-run home runs, but defensive miscues gave WU the one-run victory. With the loss, UNC falls to 35-12. (GoHeels.com)

Barnstorming Tour stops in Stokes

A dance-off between Duke’s Amile Jefferson, North Carolina’s Nate Britt and young fans of both schools delayed tip-off of the ACC Barnstorming Tour game at South Stokes High School on Wednesday night. Once the exhibition began, Britt tossed an off-the-backboard alley-oop to UNC’s Isaiah Hicks, whose windmill dunk caused the capacity crowd to erupt. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Video: A View From Behind the Bench at the NCAA Championship Game

A lifelong North Carolina basketball fan documents his day in Glendale, Arizona for UNC's national championship game against Gonzaga. From his arrival at the stadium to the cutting of the nets, get a behind-the-bench view of the Tar Heels' 6th NCAA championship win. View Video...

Video: UNC Basketball 2017 National Championship Season Recap

From the first day of practice to the last Monday night of the college basketball season, follow the Tar Heels each step of the way to the National Championship! View Video...

Video: UNC Football Players Go Crazy Over Their New Jordan Retro XIs

The North Carolina football team reacts quite enthusiastically to the news from coach Larry Fedora that they've all received the new Jordan Retro XI shoes. Read More...

UNC Women's Tennis Coach Brian Kalbas Sets Program Record With Win Over Duke

There is always plenty to play for when UNC and Duke matchup in women’s tennis. On Wednesday, the the third-ranked Tar Heels earned a come-from-behind 5-2 win over No. 15 Duke at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The victory allows UNC coach Brian Kalbas to become the program’s all-time wins leader with 352, passing Kitty Harrison who led the team from 1977-98. (GoHeels.com)

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