Ratliff-Williams, Howard score on wild USFL plays; Fedora’s team loses first game

On a USFL weekend when Coach Larry Fedora’s New Orleans Breakers lost in a battle of unbeaten teams, Anthony Ratliff-Williams and Bug Howard got touchdown receptions in improbable ways. In Houston’s 27–26 loss to the Tampa Bay Bandits, Ratliff-Williams scored on a 57-yard pass play that was one of the wackier sequences you’ll ever see.More

Commanders pick Howell in fifth round; 4 Tar Heels drafted

Sam Howell’s interminable wait finally ended at the start of the fifth round on Saturday afternoon when the Washington Commanders made the Carolina quarterback the 144th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and the sixth quarterback selected. The former Redskins may have just got one of the steals of the draft in getting the No. 34 player on the Pro Football Focus big board. A year ago, Howell was considered to be a sure first-round pick. Since 2019, Howell has PFP’s top grade in fourth quarters at 92.4. “God is so faithful,” Howell wrote on Twitter. “So excited for this next chapter. Let’s go to work!”More

Logan scores TD as Fedora wins USFL debut; Howard scores in loss

In his first game as a head coach since leaving Carolina in 2018, Larry Fedora won his United States Football League debut with the help of T.J. Logan Jr.’s running. Their New Orleans Breakers beat the Philadelphia Stars 23–17 Sunday in the first weekend of action for the new spring football league in Birmingham, Ala.More

Which former Tar Heels are in the USFL and how has league altered rules?

Three former Carolina players and a former UNC head coach are part of the new iteration of the United States Football League, which starts play this weekend with several rule changes. Larry Fedora is the head coach for the New Orleans Breakers, and he’ll coach a player who played for him in Chapel Hill: running back T.J. Logan Jr. The Breakers’ first game is at 4 p.m. Sunday (USA Network) against the Philadelphia Stars and tight end Bug Howard. Anthony Ratliff-Williams is a wide receiver for the Houston Gamblers, whose opener is at noon Sunday against the Michigan Panthers (NBC, Peacock).More

Basketball star Ustby kicks up the awe factor with 35-yard field goal

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Carolina fans already knew that Alyssa Ustby was versatile from watching her score, pass, rebound, distribute and defend on the basketball court with dogged determination. But they didn’t know just how versatile until she kicked it up a few notches at halftime of UNC’s #TyleeStrong Spring Football Game on…More

Downs catching intense competition to replace Howell at QB

CHAPEL HILL — There are a lot of questions coming out of spring practice for Carolina but who will be the big-play receiver isn’t one of them. Drake Maye figures to be the favorite to start at quarterback for the Tar Heels in August, but whoever gets the call has the real luxury of throwing to junior wide receiver Josh Downs. Downs showed that big-play prowess again with first-half touchdown receptions of 12 yards from Jacolby Criswell and 38 yards from Maye.More

All you need to know about Saturday’s UNC spring football event

Fans will get the chance to watch Drake Maye, the likely successor to Sam Howell at quarterback, as well as talented freshman running back George Pettaway at Saturday’s spring football event at Kenan Stadium. Known this year as the #TyleeStrong Spring Football Game, it’s free to fans. The name is to show support for wide receiver Tylee Craft, who recently was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.More

Trubisky reportedly to sign two-year deal with Steelers

Mitchell Trubisky reportedly has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with Pittsburgh, where he will likely replace Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers’ starting quarterback. Trubisky’s competition to take over for the retired Roethlisberger will be Mason Rudolph.More

Fedora to coach USFL’s New Orleans Breakers

Larry Fedora will get another chance to be a head coach in the latest iteration of the United States Football League. Fedora is the head coach of the New Orleans Breakers, one of eight teams for the league that begins play on April 16. More