2/17/2019 8:56pm

Vasco Evtimov, 41, left UNC for a professional career in 1999 after just 38 games. The 6-foot-10 former McDonald's All-American played in 10 countries before returning to North Carolina to complete his degree.

How a promise to Dean Smith brought former basketball player Vasco Evtimov back to UNC

Vasco Evtimov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and lived there until he was 12. Then came four years in France. He moved to the United States for high school basketball, playing at Long Island Lutheran in New York. North Carolina recruited him heavily, and Evtimov, a 1996 McDonald’s All American, saw a program and a coach that fit.  Evtimov's story doesn't stop there. Read about how his journey landed him right back at UNC.

2/17/2019 4:07pm

Hansen Butler (24) pitches during the game against Xavier in Boshamer Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. UNC won 14-3.

Bizarre sixth inning gives Tar Heels series sweep against Xavier

The No. 7 North Carolina baseball team loudly swept the opening series of the season against Xavier. The Tar Heels poured in 34 runs over the three games, the most that they have scored in an opening series since 2006.  Sunday’s game was decided in a unique sixth inning, when the Tar Heels scored five runs and “batted around” without a single hit en route to their 14-3 victory to close out the weekend.