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ESPN.com Top 20 Athletes 1995-2015
ESPN.com celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. We'll be highlighting some of the top teams, athletes and moments that characterized greatness in sports from 1995 to 2015. Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods -- which athletes defined the pinnacle of sports over the past two decades? Our staff chose the following athletes as the best of the best.
Kristine Lilly to be inducted to National Soccer Hall of Fame
Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 14. Lilly is the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States from 1987-2010. Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after appearing in international competition for 21 different years over a 24-year span.
My Carolina Experience: Anson Dorrance
With a story like Anson Dorrance’s, one would venture to speculate that he was fashioned into human form by the Soccer Gods themselves. The reality is, this legend was molded by experience, led by passion, and has been sustained through utter determination. Dorrance grew up the son of an international oil businessman.
Tar Heels Maintain Third In Directors' Cup Standings
The University of North Carolina athletic program maintained its spot in third place in the latest fall standings for the 2014-15 Learfield Directors’ Cup which were released Thursday. The UNC program has had a banner fall with five sports already scoring in the competition. Two more sports – volleyball and football – will be counted into the rankings on December 24 and January 15, respectively.
Carolina Rundown: December 15
Bruce Carter played well on Sunday Night Football, making six tackles and grabbing a game-sealing interception. Giovani Bernard had 79 yards on the ground and 24 yards receiving. All-America honors for two UNC men's soccer players. The volleyball team defeated Oregon to advance to the NCAA regional final for the first time in school history, but fell to Texas in the round of eight.
Congratulations To The Tar Heel Graduates
UNC held its Winter Commencement on Sunday, and approximately two dozen student-athletes are among the nearly 1,000 undergraduates who completed their degrees this month. After finishing finals this week, several Tar Heels took the time to look back on their years at UNC. Here are some of the highlights of their Carolina careers:
Carolina Rundown: December 12
It appears Kentucky has lost a starter to a torn ACL. Jonathan Cooper got his second career start in the Thursday night game as Arizona beat St. Louis, 12-6. Ed Davis is adjusting to a starting role with the Lakers. Three Tar Heels were invited to the MLS combine.
Carolina Rundown: December 9
The Tar Heels went shopping for underprivileged families on Monday afternoon. The funds are generated by the sale of team-signed basketballs. Touching tribute to Stuart Scott last night from the ESPN crew at Lambeau. 22 points and 12 assists for Ty Lawson. Some interesting details on the Quick Lane Bowl matchup, how it came about, and Eric Ebron is already talking a little trash.
Katie Bowen & Satara Murray Earn Soccer All-America Honors
Senior Satara Murray and junior Katie Bowen have been honored with selections to All-America Teams in the past few days. Bowen won first-team honors from BennettRank, joining a distinguished group of 10 other student-athletes on its 11-person squad. Murray was named to the third-team All-America squad tapped by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Carolina Rundown: December 8
Friday: Huge night for Tyler Zeller, with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Kendall Marshall put up 20 points and four assists in 24 minutes. Danny Green scored 16 points. Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists. Wayne Ellington scored 11. Marvin Williams had nine points and five rebounds. Eight points and four rebounds for Brandan Wright. Ed Davis had six points and nine rebounds.
UNC Men's Soccer Eliminated By UCLA On Penalty Kicks
Earl Edwards Jr. saved Warren Marshall’s penalty in the eighth round of a shootout to send No. 2 seed UCLA through to the NCAA Men’s College Cup after a 3-3 draw with North Carolina Saturday at Drake Stadium. UNC, which played more than 90 minutes with 10 men after a straight red, rallied from a 3-1 second-half deficit on goals by Tyler Engel and Andy Craven to force penalties.
Carolina Rundown: December 4
The Independence is becoming a popular forecast for the Tar Heels. Andrew Miller is poised to become the highest paid non-closer reliever in baseball history. Danny Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night. Kyle Seager is a $100 million role model for how to succeed. UNC women's basketball travels to Rutgers at 7 p.m.
Carolina Rundown: December 3
There's already talk of Marcus Paige and UNC making a return trip to the state of Iowa next year. The youth clinic, which is always a fun day, will be on Dec. 31. 24 points and 13 assists for Ty Lawson last night. Another double-double for Harrison Barnes, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Zeller got another start and contributed eight points and three rebounds.
Stone Bridge’s Emily Fox commits to play soccer at UNC
Emily Fox knew she was far from the only high school player who had North Carolina on her short list of dream schools for women’s soccer. But as she engaged in conversations with current players and coaches, Fox realized it wasn’t just UNC’s 21 NCAA championships (and one pre-NCAA title) or the legendary alums who caught her attention.
Carolina Rundown: December 1
Great Denver debut for Connor Barth, as he tied a franchise record and went 5-5 in his first game as a Bronco. A big win for women's basketball over Stanford. Marcus Paige will renew acquaintances with some AAU teammates on Wednesday. P.J. Hairston scored 15 off the bench for the Hornets on Saturday. The Bucks suddenly decided to play Kendall Marshall, and he had nine points and eight assists.