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No. 2 UNC Women's Tennis Blanks Duke At NCAAs

The latest chapter in the North Carolina and Duke rivalry in women's tennis wound up a 4-0 shutout victory for the second-seeded Tar Heels in the NCAA Round of 16 on Friday. UNC (33-2) took the doubles point and later received singles wins from Haley Carter, Sara Daavettila, and Jessie Aney. UNC will face seventh seed Stanford on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

A special visit from Nate Britt to paralyzed UNC fan

This is a memorable week for Amanda Bissette Batchelor. Not only is Batchelor getting prepared for Saturday’s fourth annual Amanda’s Race 5K, but she is also getting over the pleasant surprise visit from former Tar Heel guard Nate Britt, a recent graduate of UNC. “God, my family and friends, and Carolina basketball have gotten me through the hardest times in my life,” she told Britt. (Wilson Times)

Ex-UNC star Eric Montross wants NBA to adopt MLB’s draft system

Eric Montross, an eight-year NBA veteran out of UNC who still closely follows the college game as the Tar Heels’ radio analyst, says it’s time for the NBA to adopt the system similar to Major League Baseball. “The NBA could change it all. It should be like baseball. If you come to campus, you stay three years. You develop your game and you develop personally.” (FanRag Sports)

Turner's Take: Facilities Transformation Beginning

The new indoor practice facility will provide the football team with a 120-yard synthetic turf field that head coach Larry Fedora plans to use throughout the year regardless of the weather. This will allow other sports to continue to train simultaneously in Eddie Smith. A pair of outdoor 120-yard practice fields will be built adjacent to the indoor facility and Ridge Road.” (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Receives The Winged Foot Award

On Tuesday, May 16th, the NYAC honored Coach Roy Williams (UNC) and Coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) with the prestigious Winged Foot Award. The New York Athletic Club’s Winged Foot Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to the winning coaches of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. (New York Athletic Club)

Tar Heel Blog Podcast: Turner Walston Special

On this week’s show, Turner Walston returns to talk about the recent success of UNC’s spring athletic teams. We will discuss the student-athletes and coaches who have been keys to the Tar Heels’ success. Also, we will look ahead to the upcoming games/matches for a number of the teams who are competing in their respective end-of-season tournaments. (Tar Heel Blog)

How a visit to Chapel Hill solidified the Bears' conviction in Mitch Trubisky

Admittedly, it was a small task. But in the pre-draft process, every minute detail counts. So on March 16, Bears general manager Ryan Pace found himself curious to see how Mitch Trubisky would handle a routine assignment. A quintet of key Bears talent evaluators was headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., to visit Trubisky, the promising University of North Carolina quarterback. (Chicago Tribune)

Pittsburgh Steelers release 12-year veteran Greg Warren

The Steelers released one of their longest-tenured players Thursday when they waived long snapper Greg Warren, with the designation of failed physical. Warren, who was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina in 2005, was a part of three Super Bowls teams, including playing on the Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII championship teams. (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Hugh Morton's golf outing endures

Hugh Morton, who died in 2006, is remembered for many things. He was the owner of Grandfather Mountain. He was a major force in the North Carolina Tourism Industry. He was a leading environmentalist, who helped lead the campaign against acid rain in the 80’s and 90’s. And of course he was a photographer extraodinaire. But “The Outing,” his outing, was a creation Morton held dear. (WRAL Sports Fan)

With Win Over Cal, UNC Men's Tennis Earns Fourth Elite 8 Spot In A Row

North Carolina earned a spot in the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row Thursday, beating No. 8 California 4-1 at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Tar Heels will face top-seeded Wake Forest Saturday in the Elite 8. Match time in Athens is 4 p.m. With the third-round win, UNC improved to 27-4 on the season. (GoHeels.com)

10 programs anxiously waiting on NBA Draft Deadline

Roy Williams has always believed in playing two big men at the same time and that philosophy could be compromised next season if Tony Bradley opts to stay in the NBA Draft. If Bradley doesn’t return to Chapel Hill for his sophomore season, then UNC's only true post players will be Luke Maye and freshmen Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley. (FanRag Sports)

No. 3 UNC Baseball Drops Opener To Duke, 8-4

No. 3 North Carolina had a season-low three hits in an 8-4 loss to Duke Thursday night at Boshamer Stadium. Three Blue Devil relievers worked 5.2 scoreless innings and kept the visitors in the lead after Duke scored three times in the fifth following UNC's four-run fourth. J.B. Bukauskas will take the mound for UNC in Friday's 6:30 p.m. start. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina’s Tony Bradley Works Out for Knicks, Lakers Up Next

UNC freshman forward Tony Bradley worked out for the Knicks on Wednesday. Bradley will also workout with the Lakers (5/19), Spurs (5/21), Bucks (5/23) and Thunder (5/24). Bradley, who is testing the NBA Draft waters without an agent, met at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago with Portland, Oklahoma City, Boston, Milwaukee, Detroit, the Knicks and the Nets. (Zag's Blog)

Cardinals’ T.J. Logan a late-round rookie who will exceed expectations

The Cardinals selected North Carolina running back T.J. Logan in the fifth round in large part to help with their special teams, which last season struggled in the return game. In 2016, the Cardinals averaged 21.8 yards per return. That number ranked 16th in the NFL, while Arizona’s 544 total return yards on 25 attempts ranked 24th. That’s where Logan comes in. (Arizona Sports)

Miami Heat's Wayne Ellington headed to Sportscaster U.

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington has accepted an invitation to participate in the National Basketball Players Association's Sportscaster U. program at Syracuse University. The program is part of an effort to help players eventually segue into broadcasting careers. Ellington is scheduled to attend the sessions from June 2 to June 5. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

UNC Women's Lacrosse Hosts Navy For Final Four Trip

ACC champion North Carolina (17-2), the defending NCAA champion, will play for its seventh NCAA final four berth in the last nine years when it hosts unseeded Navy (17-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fetzer Field. The game will be streamed live by ESPN3. A win would send the Tar Heels to the NCAA semifinals for the seventh time in the last nine years and its 10th overall. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, Duke, NC State baseball all have something to play for in final weekend of regular season

The ACC's final weekend finds all three Triangle teams in position to finish strong. Third-ranked UNC (42-10, 21-6 ACC) continues to take care of business, with Duke (27-25, 11-16) coming to Boshamer Stadium. While Duke seeks to clinch a spot in the 12-team ACC tournament next week, the Tar Heels will try to complete a regular season by winning every conference series. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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