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Wednesday December 7th

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Injured May Might Return in 6 Weeks

The 6-foot-8 freshman sat hunched over on the North Carolina bench, his hands propping up his chin as he intently watched each possession. Occasionally, he excitedly shifted in his seat, uttering instructions to his teammates. And for the third consecutive game, that's all Sean May could do -- watch. But not for long, he says.

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3-Point Barrage Ignites UNC Win

Even from the start, things were a bit off Wednesday night at the Smith Center. North Carolina's leading scorer, Rashad McCants, was on the bench to start the Tar Heels' game against Davidson. In his place? Will Johnson. If that weren't strange enough, a loose-ball scrum following the opening tip cost the Wildcats' leading scorer, Peter Anderer, half of his front tooth. Not exactly a run-of-the-mill first 10 seconds. Then again, perhaps it was an appropriate start to a strange matchup.

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UNC Eyes Revenge Against Pesky Davidson

More than a year ago, Davidson rolled into the Smith Center and lent credence to the sky-is-falling mentality that followed North Carolina's season-opening loss to Hampton. The Tar Heels, it seemed, would be in for a long season. With a 2-3 zone defense that gave UNC fits and clutch 3-point and free-throw shooting, the Wildcats held on down the stretch for a 58-54 win that sent the Tar Heels to 0-2. UNC finished 8-20. Davidson ended up 21-10 and nearly upset Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Volleyball Ends Record Season at No. 12

The American Volleyball Coaches Association ranked the North Carolina volleyball team 12th in the final USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll released yesterday. The Tar Heels were ranked in each of the 15 weekly polls during the season as well as the final poll and earned the highest ranking ever for an ACC team at No. 11 earlier this season. North Carolina's season ended with a loss to Hawaii in the regionals of the NCAA Tournament. The team's 32-4 record set a program record for winning percentage at .889. Barber Honored by USFHA

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National Titles Only Part of UNC Soccer Dynasty

For most, winning one championship would be enough. But for the North Carolina women's soccer team, it might seem that failing to do so -- especially two years in a row -- means something is fundamentally wrong with the program. Championships have become synonymous with UNC. Few other programs have such pressure to win, although few others have achieved the same kind of success with the Tar Heels' regularity. UNC coach Anson Dorrance has won 17 national titles in 24 seasons.

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May Fracture Adds Injury to Insult

It was supposed to be a quick weekend of work at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival, a triumphant return to New York for the North Carolina men's basketball team. There, on the same court where they grabbed the Preseason NIT title and made UNC fans forget about last year's 8-20 debacle, the Tar Heels were set to grab two wins and move to 9-2. By eclipsing the eight-win mark and continuing its winning ways heading into the new year, North Carolina could finally put to rest many of the comparisons to last season.

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Greene Earns All-America Honors

North Carolina senior outside hitter Laura Greene was named an All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association last month. Greene, a third-team selection, is the first All-American in program history. Greene, the ACC Player of the Year and an AVCA First-Team All-Region selection, holds school records for career attempts and career digs. This season she recorded 536 kills and 487 digs to lead the Tar Heels. She finished the year second in the ACC with 4.47 kills and 4.02 digs per game. Peppers Named Top Defensive Rookie

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2 Sought In Slaying Of Smalls

The Richland County Sheriff's Department has two suspects in the fatal Dec. 7 shooting of a North Carolina football player in Columbia, S.C., but the individuals are not yet in custody. Lt. Joseph Pellici said investigators believe the two suspects were residents of Columbia but also think they have since fled the state. Pellici was unable to provide the names and descriptions of the suspects. Carl Smalls, a defensive tackle for North Carolina, was shot three times at Club Voodoo, where a private party was being held.

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Bunting Terminates Defensive Tackle Coach

North Carolina football coach John Bunting announced Wednesday that defensive tackles coach Rod Broadway has been dismissed from the Tar Heel coaching staff. "I appreciate the hard work, loyalty and dedication Rod has given to Carolina football over the last two seasons," Bunting said. "However, I decided we needed to make a change at this position." Broadway, who played defensive tackle for the Tar Heels from 1974-77, aided in coaching a UNC defense that allowed 452.4 yards and 35.1 points per game, both last in the ACC.

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Rematch Ignites Hungry Tar Heels

This time losing isn't a foreign concept. It's motivation. Not that the North Carolina women's soccer team is OK with a defeat, especially as UNC heads into the Final Four, where every game could mean advancing the team's season or ending it. Losing is the last thing UNC wants, especially after dropping a regular season game to N.C. State, a program that in its history had never defeated the Tar Heels. UNC remembers that. And that could be the difference this year.

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Women's Hoops to Play in Smith Center

North Carolina freshman point guard La'Tangela Atkinson proved last weekend that she deserves of a starting position. Averaging 13.3 points and 8 rebounds, the guard helped the North Carolina women's basketball team claim third place in the eight-team tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii this weekend. North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell said she expects the freshman, who recently was named ACC player of the week, to be a force in tonight's game against Appalachian State. "She's moved into the starting lineup," Hatchell said.

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Volleyball Aims for Better Banner

In the history of its program, the North Carolina volleyball team has never gotten past the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This year, UNC expects that to change. "This year's squad is better. That's the bottom line," said outside hitter Malaika Underwood. "We have a good seed, which helps us out, and the seniors are really motivated. So those three things together, we have a great opportunity to do something special." The statistics back her up. No. 14 North Carolina's winning percentage of .909 is the highest in school history.

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Elder Illinois Takes Over Against UNC in 2nd Half

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois seniors Brian Cook and Sean Harrington were too much for North Carolina's talented freshmen. Cook scored 22 points and Harrington had a career-high 20 as the 25th-ranked Illini ran past No. 12 North Carolina in the final eight minutes Tuesday night and beat the Tar Heels 92-65 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois (4-0) led 64-57 with 7:42 left and then took off, outscoring the Tar Heels 28-8 while sending UNC (5-1) to its first loss. North Carolina was coming off a championship in the Preseason NIT after defeating then-No.

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Ramsey Perfects Offensive Niche

About a month ago, something changed in the way Alyssa Ramsey navigates the soccer field. It wasn't her speed. She still claims to have a sluggish acceleration rate followed by a constant speedy pace.

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Green Back, Better Than Ever After Rehabilitation Struggles

It is not pretty watching Aletha Green try to run during drills. An exaggerated limp to favor her surgically repaired left leg breaks any fluidity in her stride. But seeing Green's constant improvement and consistent production for the North Carolina women's volleyball team this season has been a thing of beauty. The impact that Green, a junior who is starting for the first time in her career, has made on the team is evidenced on the ACC leaderboards.

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UNC Defense Harasses Opponents in 5-0 Start

To get itself started, it first had to stop its opponents. With its 5-0 start and Preseason NIT victory, the North Carolina men's basketball team looks entirely different from the squad that stumbled to 1-4 a year ago. The Tar Heels' new identity is apparent in their youth and athleticism, but UNC has started strong because of its ability to shut down opposing offenses. After allowing its opponents to make more than 45 percent of their field goals in 2001-02, North Carolina has used a staunch half-court man-to-man defense in which quickness is key to hold opponents to 34.6 percent

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Tar Heels Too Much for Marquette

The North Carolina volleyball team topped Marquette 3-1 (30-18, 30-19, 22-30, 30-24) to win its 30th game of the season. It is the first time since 1985 and the sixth time in school history that the team has reached the 30 win plateau. Senior outside hitter Laura Greene led the Tar Heels (30-3) with 25 kills and 15 digs while becoming the first player in UNC history to record 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs in her career, now with 1,633 kills and 1,510 digs. Senior outside hitter Malaika Underwood recorded double-digit kills (11) as did freshman outside hitter Dani Nyenhuis (10).

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Beatty's Run Continues Nearly 50 Years Later

Jim Beatty's campaign slogan captures just about everything one could say about him: "Jim Beatty is running for you." And he's taking it one stride at a time. There are many surnames associated with Beatty -- Jim Beatty the first man to break the indoor-four-minute mile; Jim Beatty the Track and Field Hall of Famer; Jim Beatty the athlete; Jim Beatty the politician. But few connote what Beatty would like for people to remember when they think of his name. He said he wants them to remember his willingness to give back, an attribute he spices up with one of his favorite John F.

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