UNC picked third in ACC; Bacot preseason All-ACC

By R.L. Bynum Carolina is picked to finish third in the ACC and Armando Bacot is preseason All-ACC team in voting of 81 media representatives covering the league that was announced Tuesday. Joining Bacot on the first team are Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, Virginia Tech’s Keve Aluma, Duke’s Paolo Banchero and Miami’s Isaiah Wong. Carolina point …

Tar Heels in NBA: G-League for Pinson, Jackson; Barnes, Bullock, Ellington, Green likely starters

By R.L. Bynum When the NBA season starts Tuesday, two members of the 2017 UNC national championship team — Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson — will be waiting for the G-League season to begin late this month. Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, Danny Green and Wayne Ellington should be regular NBA starters, Coby White is …

Tar Heels in NFL: Holcomb shines; more Javonte magic; Brown, Hollins start; Ebron TD; Quinn mocks Rodgers

By R.L. Bynum Washington had a rough day against the Kansas City Chiefs. But in another terrific game, third-year linebacker Cole Holcomb had his moments battling quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce. Holcomb had nine tackles, one assist, a forced fumble and his first sack of the season in the Chiefs’ 31–13 win …

With AP preseason top 25 unveiled Monday, how do national observers see UNC stacking up?

By R.L. Bynum What’s the national view of North Carolina’s place in the men’s basketball landscape heading into Hubert Davis’ first season as head coach? The view of Carolina varies, but the consensus is that Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 and Duke will be the highest-ranked ACC team. The Blue Devils likely will be …

Heels withstand Canes rallies, pick off big victory

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Just when it looked like Carolina might roll past Miami for the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes stormed back from an 18-point deficit to test the Tar Heels’ resiliency. UNC (4–3, 3–3 ACC) hasn’t responded well to such challenges this season but pushed back after its lead had been …