Tar Heels in NFL: Jets, Carter head to Denver to face his ‘dawg’ in the Broncos’ Williams

By R.L. Bynum Javonte Williams and Michael Carter used to share carries for Carolina, but all they’ll share Sunday will be the field in Denver when Williams’ Denver Broncos face Michael Carter’s New York Jets. The two talk frequently, even this week, after developing a friendship during their time playing together in Chapel Hill. “I …

White, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, has Bulls contract extended

By R.L. Bynum The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday exercised the fourth-year option on guard Coby White, extending his contract through the 2022–23 season. White suffered a torn labrum during an offseason workout and isn’t expected to be available to play until mid-November. The team said he will be reevaluated in October. White had shoulder surgery …

Pinson to go to training camp with Celtics

By R.L. Bynum Theo Pinson will head to training camp with the Boston Celtics, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Pinson played his first three NBA seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. You can probably give an assist to Roy Williams. “I was on the phone two days ago with Theo trying …

On podcast, Roy Williams says he never wanted to retire, talks about frustrations that led to that decision

By R.L. Bynum If not for the pandemic or his only career first-round NCAA tournament loss, would Roy Williams still be Carolina’s head men’s basketball coach? The retired Hall of Fame coach talked about this during an interview with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas on UNC Athletics’ “Carolina Insider” podcast released Tuesday. “There’s no question, …

Only penalty for UVa player’s cheap shot on UNC’s Downs was an injury

By R.L. Bynum Virginia safety Joey Blount’s egregious hit on Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs that has been making the rounds on social media has no place in football. Late in the third quarter, the Tar Heels’ Ty Chandler rushed around the left side of the line and was tackled in front of the Virginia …

Week 3 didn’t go well for former UNC QBs Ruder and Fortin

By R.L. Bynum Seasons that started with promise at new schools for former UNC quarterbacks Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin took bad turns in Week 3. Ruder was 6 of 13 with one touchdown, an interception and a sack in North Texas’ 40–6 home loss Saturday to UAB in the Mean Green’s CUSA opener and …

Tar Heels in NFL: Williams, Carter have impressive moments ahead of facing each other next week

By R.L. Bynum Rookie running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter each had their eye-catching moments Sunday, a week away from facing each other for the first time in the NFL. Williams ran for 64 yards on 13 carries, including a 16-yard rush, in his Denver Broncos’ 23–13 win at Jacksonville, with seven of those …

UNC stays at No. 21 in AP poll, falls in coaches poll

By R.L. Bynum It was the kind of talent and potential on display in North Carolina’s impressive 59–39 home victory Saturday night over Virginia that put the Tar Heels No. 10 in the preseason AP football poll. A pair of victories since the opening-game loss to again unranked Virginia Tech that plummeted UNC near the …

Running game helps kick UNC offense into high gear against Virginia

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — For one half, it looked like neither defense was going to do anything to slow the production of a pair of quarterbacks who could seemingly only be stopped by turnovers. In the second half, though, No. 21 North Carolina’s defense did a better job of neutralizing talented junior Virginia …

With another straight-set volleyball victory, UNC heads into ACC play 11–0

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s volleyball team has impressively met every challenge during its nonconference schedule, sweeping Davidson 3–0 on Saturday to take an 11–0 record into ACC play. It’s the first time that the Tar Heels have finished their nonconference schedule undefeated since the 2013 team won its first 15 games …