Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, Barnes each hit 21 in road losses; Johnson nets 12 in win

By R.L. Bynum On a huge day for Carolina basketball with the hiring of Hubert Davis as head coach, two who played while Davis on the coaching staff had huge games. Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes both scored 21 points, unfortunately for them in road losses as Bullock’s Knicks lost to Brooklyn 114–112 and Barnes’ …

Thunder waives Jackson, who had recently been reunited with Bradley

By R.L. Bynum The reuniting of 2017 national championship teammates Tony Bradley and Justin Jackson on the Oklahoma City Thunder lasted only five games. Twelve days after Philadelphia traded Bradley to the Thunder, the team on Monday waived Jackson. The move came two days after he missed all eight shots in nearly 17 scoreless minutes …

Tar Heels in MLB: Harvey, Bard off to good pitching starts; Moran blasts homer, hitting .300

By R.L. Bynum Matt Harvey got the sort of start he can build on as he tries to put together a bounce-back season with the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up six hits and two earned runs in 4⅔ innings, but he struck out four and overcame some bad luck as the Orioles won at Boston …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s best game since 2018 ignites Knicks rout; Little, Bradley play well

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock got off to a hot start Saturday night and that helped propel New York to a 125–81 road victory over Detroit, the Knicks’ largest margin of victory since 1996. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf3k40NVHJo&ab_channel=HooperHighlights Bullock scored 14 of his season-high 22 points and four of his six 3-pointers in the first quarter as the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 26 in loss to Lakers; Johnson hits 17 in victory

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half to lead four Tar Heels to score at least 13 points Friday night but only Cameron Johnson’s 17 points came in a victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxhSQxTnt7M&ab_channel=NBAMotion In 37 minutes of Sacramento’s 115–94 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Barnes led the …

Wes Miller should be the next Carolina coach

By R.L. Bynum Either of the most likely candidates to replace legendary Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams at North Carolina — Wes Miller or Hubert Davis — would be terrific choices because neither would ever leave their alma mater for another job. Anybody who thinks that UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham will hire somebody …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson plays well in Thunder win; three UNC alums out with injuries

By R.L. Bynum After not getting off the bench in the previous three games, Justin Jackson scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half as Oklahoma City earned a 113–103 home victory over Toronto. He played as if he had something to prove with his play on both ends of the court. https://twitter.com/NBACanada/status/1377424714373554176

Tar Heels in MLB: Bard, Harvey among big Opening Day stories

By R.L. Bynum The two big Opening Day stories for former Tar Heels are right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard and Matt Harvey, both in their 30s, with plenty of hope entering the season. Bard, 35, will be the Colorado Rockies’ closer and Harvey is getting another chance to prove himself, this time as the No. 2 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes helps Kings win fifth straight; Bradley doesn’t miss in Thunder debut; White out

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes and the Sacramento Kings just keep rolling. Barnes Barnes scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half as the Kings won at San Antonio 132–115 for their fifth consecutive victory. He added three rebounds and two assists. Sacramento is 11th in the Western Conference, which is just outside …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes’ amazing buzzer-beater gives Kings fourth consecutive win; good games from Green, White

By R.L. Bynum With the trade rumors and the trade deadline behind him, Harrison Barnes hit a big shot for the suddenly surging Sacramento Kings. Barnes caught an inbounds pass from the opposite end of the court and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Saturday night to put a punctuation mark on a double-double performance as the …