Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony won’t return before All-Star break; Little turns up offense, has big left-handed slam

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony’s return to the court for the Orlando Magic won’t happen until after the All-Star break at the earliest. After further evaluation, the team’s doctors diagnosed Anthony with a right first rib non-displaced fracture, which he suffered Feb. 9 against Portland. The All-Star Game is March 7, and the Magic said …

Tar Heels in NBA: White continues hot stretch; Barnes reportedly unlikely to be dealt

By R.L. Bynum Coby White continued his torrid stretch, collecting 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in Chicago’s 120–112 overtime road victory over Indiana. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YibHEJ1iTU&ab_channel=NF It was the fourth game this season with more than seven assists for White, who scored nine points in the third quarter. His nearly 44 minutes was the second-most …

Little changes with Forbes taking over UNC program, including high expectations

By R.L. Bynum As strange as it will be to look over in North Carolina’s dugout and not see Mike Fox after 22 seasons, don’t expect many other differences in the baseball program under first-year head coach Scott Forbes. After 19 seasons on Fox’s staff, not much will change, including the high expectations Forbes has …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson hits 22, clutch late 3-pointer in Thunder win over Bucks

By R.L. Bynum First came the dagger from Justin Jackson and then came his big smile. Jackson’s clutch 3-pointer from 27 feet out with 14.9 seconds left helped the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome a triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo for a 114–109 victory Sunday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85e2agXnqNQ&ab_channel=BAKETS Coming off a 20-point game against …

Small ball big again for UNC as it ends road skid at Pitt

By R.L. Bynum For the second consecutive game, going small turned up big results for North Carolina’s women. It worked during the Tar Heels’ upset a week earlier against No. 4 N.C. State and was productive again Sunday at Pittsburgh. They even went with five guards for nearly two minutes and played guards at the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson leads scoring for Thunder with season-high 20 points as his playing time increases

By R.L. Bynum Justin Jackson and Coby White have put up the best games of the weekend so far for UNC alums, both coming on Friday night. Jackson led Oklahoma City with a season-high 20 points and collected three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Thunder’s 97–94 loss at Denver for …

Tar Heels in NBA: With 30 points, eight 3-pointers, White part of making NBA history

By R.L. Bynum Chalk up the latest clash between Coby White and Zion Williamson to the point guard from Carolina and Goldsboro, who was part of making NBA history on Wednesday. With a career-high eight 3-pointers, White outscored Williamson 30–29 as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a 129–116 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony suffers a painful strained right shoulder

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony is dealing with another injury and he can only hope that he doesn’t miss as many games as he did last season for Carolina. After missing 11 Carolina games last season with a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, Anthony strained his right shoulder in the second quarter of …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson has best game of season as Thunder pushes Lakers to overtime

By R.L. Bynum When given a chance, Justin Jackson has rewarded the Oklahoma City Thunder. Monday night was one of those chances as he scored eight of his 14 points in the second half and was 6 of 10 from the floor with two 3-pointers in the Thunder’s overtime 119–112 road loss to the Los …

Ustby leads UNC to 3rd upset of a top-10 N.C. State team in 3 years

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  When North Carolina sees Wolfpack red, it doesn’t seem to matter what N.C. State has accomplished before the game — the Tar Heels’ play shoots up several levels and challenges the Pack. For the third consecutive season, the Tar Heels defeated a top-10 N.C. State team, this time taking …