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NBA Summer League: Kennedy Meeks tops in efficiency through round robin

Kennedy Meeks wasn’t selected in the 2017 NBA Draft. Following his snub, Meeks vowed to make his doubters pay and signed with the Toronto Raptors to play on their Summer League team. Now that three games in the round robin series are over, Meeks' play has stood out. Meeks currently leads the NBA Summer League in player efficiency with a whopping 41.0. (Keeping It Heel)

Pat Riley refused to lose Wayne Ellington: 'It would have killed me to see him go'

A week ago, the scramble was on. Gordon Hayward had informed the Miami Heat he was signing with the Boston Celtics. And Pat Riley was sweating the small stuff. He didn't want to lose Wayne Ellington. Rarely during the opening week of NBA free-agency does a team deal with anxiety when it comes to their seventh-leading scorer. But this was different. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Raymond Felton recognized his fit in OKC backcourt

Raymond Felton knew he'd fit with the Thunder, even before general manager Sam Presti was powering through a strong offseason that was only missing a backup point guard. From a sixth-story view from an Oklahoma City hotel on Tuesday, Felton shared a hug with Thunder scout and former NBA guard Mike Wilks, who Felton battled against 12 years ago as a rookie in Charlotte. (NewsOK.com)

Roy Williams tees it up in Nations of Coaches golf event

Peach Jam week has arrived! The up and coming stars of tomorrow, on display in our own back yard. Before getting to the gym, several coaches took to the golf course. It's the annual Natons of Coaches event with some of the biggest names out there. Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin, Bobby Cremins and national champs coach Roy Williams were among those hitting the links. (WRDW.com)

Why Andrew Miller was mad Yankees traded him

On July 31, 2016, Andrew Miller was mad at the Yankees for opting for a quickie divorce to end what had been a happy marriage. "I expected to be there for four years," Miller said Tuesday before closing out the American League's 2-1 win in the 2017 All-Star Game. "When that rug is pulled out from under you, I think you're allowed to cope for a moment." (NJ.com)

Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller makes successful return to Miami in MLB All-Star Game

Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller did not have the greatest of runs with the then-Florida Marlins, but in his return to Miami, he closed out a win for the American League at Marlins Park Tuesday night. Miller entered the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game with a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning and made the advantage stand up in a 2-1 win. (WKYC)

Jeff Lebo back on his feet

The time for basketball camps, summer school, and recruiting is in full swing for Jeff Lebo. The eighth-year ECU men's basketball coach was in his office on Monday, and he wasn't taking his busy steps for granted. “I couldn't walk to the mailbox before,” said Lebo, who was forced to have midseason hip surgery last winter but is once again hitting his stride. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

Top College Football Defensive Players Over The Last 20 Years

DE – Julius Peppers, North Carolina (1998-2001): With 167 tackles and 30.5 sacks, he was too big, too quick, too effective, too athletic. He was a key part of the basketball team, and an unstoppable pass rusher for the football side earning the 2001 Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik. He was a two-time All-American and All-ACC force. (College Football News)

Questions abound for UNC as ACC Kickoff approaches

It has been roughly a decade since the Tar Heels failed to put a quality passer on the field. UNC’s last four starters included Mitch Trubisky (No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL draft), Marquise Williams (10,423 total career yards), Bryn Renner (64 career TD passes) and T.J. Yates (entering his 7th NFL season). So, LSU transfer Brandon Harris is following in footsteps that made their mark. (FanRag Sports)

Former Gatorade exec auctioning off Michael Jordan items

Many of the Michael Jordan memorabilia items Bill Schmidt collected over the years "sat in the back of my mind and my attic," he said. Now, many of them will belong to others. Schmidt is auctioning more than four dozen Jordan-related pieces on the Steiner Auctions Block called "Rare Air Artifacts." Schmidt was instrumental in developing the "Be Like Mike" ad campaign. (Chicago Tribune)

UNC Baseball: Cape Cod Update

Harwich currently hosts two Tar Heels, Tyler Baum and Cole Aker. Neither hit the bump this past Saturday as Baum wasn’t starting and the 8-3 win by the visiting Brewster Whitecaps didn’t really present a reason for Aker to come in. Brewster also has two Tar Heels, on the batting side: shortstop Kyle Datres and third baseman Zach Gahagan. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tom Sheldon Named To Ray Guy Award Watch List

The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2017 Ray Guy Award, and North Carolina sophomore Tom Sheldon is among those considered one of the nation's top collegiate punters. A left-footed punter from Australia who averaged 42.7 yards per punt in 2016, Sheldon was an FWAA Freshman All-American in his first season in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Andrew Miller elevates Cleveland bullpen to new heights

The Indians traded Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, J.P Feyereisen and Ben Heller to the Bronx Bombers for Andrew Miller on July 31, 2016. Miller did everything to help his team pursue a World Series title, posting a 1.55 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and .139 opposing batting average in the regular season before registering 13.97 K/9 in 19.1 postseason innings of three-run ball. (Indians Baseball Insider)

UNC Returning Player Profile – PF Luke Maye

2017 Role/Outlook: Luke Maye will likely start at power forward to begin the season. As the only big man on the team with prior significant minutes, Maye should lead the way in rebounding. He will be called on to stretch the floor with his outside shooting while creating mismatches on both ends of the floor. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's ACC Football Kickoff Storylines

The 2017 ACC Football Kickoff is set to begin on Thursday in Charlotte, signaling the start of the college football preseason. There are certain things we already know before the media event gets underway. For example, North Carolina is a longshot to repeat as preseason Coastal Division favorites. Here are a trio of storylines likely to emerge on Friday: (Inside Carolina)

Get to Know: Vince Carter

Vince Carter is most known for his 2000 Slam Dunk Contest Title and lengthy career, but his NBA totals are often overlooked. The small forward is fewer than 500 points away from 25,000 for his career. Playing three years for The University of North Carolina, the future Hall-of-Famer helped win back-to-back ACC Championships and appeared in consecutive Final Fours. (Sacramento Kings)

Lucas: Roy Williams Excited For 2017-18

With Cam Johnson on the roster, UNC adds a player who scored 24 points against the Tar Heels in the Smith Center while playing for the Panthers last year. "He got 24 against us, so I'd like him to get 24 against someone else," Roy Williams said. "We're losing Justin Jackson, our leading scorer, so who will step up and score those points and get those minutes?" (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Roy Williams

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams joins the Carolina Insider podcast this week for an exclusive interview breaking down the offseason for the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels, who are engaged in summer school and summer practices in Chapel Hill this month. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas sit with Williams for a 45-minute discussion. (GoHeels.com)

11 things to watch at ACC Football Kickoff

Just how foolproof is the Larry Fedora offensive system? We'll find out this year as the Tar Heels replace basically every notable offensive piece from last year. It seems impossible to imagine that a Nathan Elliott or Brandon Harris led unit will come near to matching the prowess we've seen the last couple seasons, but maybe this'll be the year Fed works miracles. (ABC 11)

Logan Warmoth hits first professional home run

Logan Warmoth, ss, Blue Jays. The 22nd overall pick last month hit his first pro home run Monday as the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays beat GCL Yankees West 9-5. The North Carolina product is 4-for-17 so far. Warmoth has a solid offensive approach and the skills to stay at shortstop, many scouts believe. (Baseball America)

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