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Swimming & Diving

CHARLOTTESVILLE Va. — No. 13 Virginia edged No. 14 North Carolina 156-144 in collegiate dual meet men's swimming Saturday afternoon.

Each team won seven of 14 individual events but the defending ACC champion Cavaliers prevailed by winning both relays and outscoring the Tar Heels by 14 points in those two events.

Despite the loss the Tar Heels swam one of their best meets of the year as the team members combined to record 21 season best times and seven career best clockings.

Sophomore Tyler Harris and junior David Solarz each won two individual events while junior Jeff James redshirt sophomore Chip Peterson and sophomore Tommy Wyher each recorded single individual event victories.

UNC is now 4-3 in dual meets this season and 2-1 in the ACC. Virginia is 7-2 overall" and it leads the conference with a 4-0 mark.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne shouted out to UNC basketball players Rashanda McCants and Tyler Hansbrough in his ESPN the Magazine blog. McCants is ""balling for UNC" Wayne said about the Tar Heels' loss to UConn. last week.

I want to go to Chapel Hill and catch Tyler Hansbrough before he leaves next year" Wayne wrote. I'm gonna try my best to get over there before this season is over.""

In the blog" Wayne also predicted the Arizona Cardinals to win the Super Bowl and advised Kobe Bryant to try another sport such as baseball during the NBA off-season.

Baseball

After finishing the 2008 season ranked No. 3 North Carolina will begin this year in the same spot in Baseball America's preseason rankings which were released Tuesday.

The Tar Heels who were 54-14 a year ago have been ranked in the top three of each preseason poll released over the last month.

The Tar Heels headlined four Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Baseball America rankings. Clemson was ranked No. 19 Georgia Tech was No. 20 and Florida State checked in at No. 24.

Football

Sporting News Today recently named receiver Brooks Foster as one of the players who impressed at last Tuesday's practice before the Senior Bowl" played last weekend.

According to a group of former scouts that observed the practice: ""Foster was really good Tuesday. He ran very sharp routes and showed quickness out of his cuts to get a little space. He showed excellent hands"" both plucking the high ball out of air and making the tough catch on off-target passes down the field. He used hands well to fight through press and contact and to get a little space.""

Foster eventually left practice before the game" citing difficulties with his still-healing right knee.


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