Sports this week: North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ respect from fan base; UMBC Retrievers and the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament; NASCAR’s older drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick; and my busted Final Four bracket.
2018 NCAA basketball tournament: Florida State Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton’s (from Gastonia) underdog FSU team beat top seed Xavier Musketeers. Next up: Gonzaga Bulldogs in Sweet 16 Thursday at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Carolina Panthers: NFL free agent safety Eric Reid is available. Panthers need the former first-rounder from LSU and can afford him. Will they avoid signing this defensive back because he takes a knee during the national anthem?
Charlotte 49ers basketball: New athletic director Mike Hill has hired Virginia Cavaliers associate head coach Ron Sanchez as head coach. Sanchez will have to be a tremendous salesman to recruit McDonald’s All-Americans to UNC Charlotte.
2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament: My March Madness bracket is a mess. The Elite Eight will not include Xavier and Tennessee, the Final Four will not feature Michigan State and Villanova will not beat Virginia in the championship.
For a Duke program that had exited early in three of the previous six years, moving on to the Sweet 16 -- the Blue Devils meet Syracuse in Omaha, Neb. on Friday -- relieves any pressure of failing to meet expectations.
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, now the full-time GM for a second time, is trying to avoid repeating the mistakes he made the first time he had the job as the NFL free-agency period continues.
Maybe Roy Williams is right about the value of the ACC tournament after all, at least relative to the NCAA tournament. You're better off treating it as a cocktail party than a worthwhile endeavor, at least if you're interested in hoisting an even bigger banner.
In the 14th episode of The Whistleblowers, the N&O’s officiating podcast with columnist Luke DeCock and Hall of Fame basketball official John Clougherty, we discuss the NCAA tournament and John talks about retiring ACC referee Tim Nestor, who worked the championship in his last conference game.
2018 NCAA basketball tournament: Texas A&M Aggies whipped North Carolina, 86-65, in the second round Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Spectrum Center. UNC’s Tar Heels, the defending national champions, were undone by poor play inside.
2018 NCAA basketball tournament: Kansas State Wildcats ended UMBC’s 48 hours of joy Sunday, March 18, 2018, beating the Retrievers 50-43 in a second-round game at Spectrum Center. But UMBC’s unforgettable upset vs. Virginia will endure.
The ACC is 8-5 going into Sunday's late NCAA tournament games, but it's an absolutely brutal 8-5 with two of the tournament's top five seeds eliminated during the first weekend as Virginia and North Carolina were upset. Duke stands alone as the ACC's last best title hope.
NCAA basketball tournament history made in Charlotte: A No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed for the first time ever as Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers stunned Virginia Cavaliers at Spectrum Center on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Already the all-time wins leader in men's college basketball, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski passed the late Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt to become the overall wins leader as well with Duke's 87-62 win over Rhode Island in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 17, 2018.
2018 NCAA basketball tournament: UMBC’s Jairus Lyles helped key Retrievers’ monumental upset of No. 1 seed Virginia. Now he will be the focus of the Kansas State Wildcats’ defense Sunday as UMBC tries to advance to Sweet 16.
2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament: After watching No. 16 seed UMBC upset No.1 seed Virginia Friday, the North Carolina Tar Heels want to avoid making major news themselves Sunday when they meet Texas A&M Aggies at Spectrum Center.
Duke's 87-62 win over Rhode Island on Saturday may not have been the best basketball the Blue Devils can play, but it was the best the Blue Devils have played as they move on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina’s Kenny Williams, a junior who had never played significant minutes in an NCAA tournament game before, led the No. 2-seeded UNC Tar Heels with 18 points in Friday’s 84-66 win over the No. 15 seed Lipscomb Bisons in Charlotte.
The Hurley family and Duke are intertwined yet again, with the Blue Devils facing Rhode Island on Saturday, March 17, 2018, coached by Bobby's younger brother Dan, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Rae Carruth has spent the last seventeen years of his life behind bars. In 2001, the star Carolina Panthers wide-receiver was convicted of charges related to the murder of Cherica Adams, a beautiful 24-year-old who was seven months pregnant with his child. She was shot four times while driving her BMW by someone Carruth hired to pull the trigger. He talked to WBTV in an exclusive interview.
Panthers' Rae Carruth talks: He wants to raise the son he tried to kill
Initial interview with former Carolina Panthers WR Rae Carruth before he changed his mind
Here's what Saundra Adams has to say about the chance of Rae Carruth raising Chancellor Adams.
Scott Fowler's fantasy football picks for NFL Week 15