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North Carolina's Theo Pinson (1) and the rest of the team celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65.
David J. Phillip / AP

The "road to redemption" for the UNC-Chapel Hill men's basketball team ran through state government as Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly honored players and staff for last month's NCAA title.

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Penn State's Frannie Crouse (9) jumps for a header as teammate Emily Ogle, left, watches during the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final against Duke in Cary, N.C.
Ben McKeown, File / AP

The NCAA has awarded Division I championships to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Cary over the next four years.

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NCAA

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

UNC student Kaitlyn Goodson cheers as the North Carolina Tar Heels take the lead against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NCAA Championship on April 3, 2017. The Tar Heels would go on to win the game 71 to 65.
Matt Couch / WUNC

The UNC men’s basketball team beat Gonzaga last night to win the team’s sixth national title.

The game was played in Glendale, Arizona, but more than 9,000 Carolina fans watched from the Dean Smith Center on campus in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina's Theo Pinson (1) and the rest of the team celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65.
David J. Phillip / AP

Redemption. That was the word on every Carolina fan’s lips. After the Tar Heels lost in heartbreaking fashion one year ago, this season was all about redemption.

In this March 17, 2017, file photo, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, left, and players Kennedy Meeks, Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson react during the second half against Texas Southern in a first-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball.
Rainier Ehrhardt, File / AP

Officials are reminding college basketball fans at the University of North Carolina that bonfires are prohibited on the main street adjoining the campus.

North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks (4) drives against Duke in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in New York.
Julie Jacobson / AP

The Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to start holding events again in North Carolina after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unveiled his first budget proposal on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Durham Technical Community College.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper is touting his first budget proposal as an ambitious plan to invest in education. The Democrat is proposing a 5.1 percent increase in spending, calling for the largest teacher raises in nearly a decade, and again recommending an expansion of Medicaid.

Media flock North Carolina Courage officials
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Professional women’s soccer will return to North Carolina.

Steve Malik, owner of the Cary-based men’s soccer club North Carolina F.C., announced Monday that he acquired a team to play in the National Women’s Soccer League.

An image of the book 'Fields of Battle'
Courtesy of Flatiron Books

When most people hear “Rose Bowl,” they immediately think Pasadena, California. But in 1942, the Rose Bowl was relocated to Durham, North Carolina, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's the only Rose Bowl played outside of Pasadena, and the game almost did not happened.

In his new book "Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl and the Boys Who Went to War" (Flatiron Books/2016), sports writer Brian Curtis tells the story of the game and the men who first met on the field as opponents and later as allies on the front lines.

Steve Malik, owner of North Carolina FC, unveils the team's rebranded logo.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Big changes hit the Triangle’s soccer world Tuesday as the owner of the local professional team proposed plans to push for a Major League Soccer bid, form a women’s professional team and seek a new stadium with a capacity of more than 20,000 seats.

An image of the book cover for 'Game Changers'
Courtesy of UNC Press

Dean Smith is known as a legendary basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teams won 879 games and two NCAA national championships.

But one of Smith's most crowning achievements isn't instilled in a trophy. In 1967, Smith recruited basketball player Charlie Scott, the first African-American scholarship athlete at UNC-CH. It was a seminal act for Smith and furthered his push for civil rights in the South.  
 

The Fayetteville City Council has heard mostly positive feedback about plans for a minor league baseball stadium.

PHOTOS: Duke Upsets UNC In Long-Running Rivalry

Nov 11, 2016
Mikey Bart and Marlon Dunlap of UNC tackle Shaun Wilson to end Duke’s drive down the field.
Hannah Smith / WUNC

The Duke Blue Devils upset the North Carolina Tar Heels 28 to 27 in the rival game Thursday night.

Duke's Daniel Jones ran for two scores and threw for another to help Duke upset No. 15 North Carolina.

The redshirt freshman gave the defense fits all night with his mobility for the Blue Devils, running for 94 yards as part of a ground game that kept moving the chains against the Tar Heels.

the UNC-Duke Victory Bell
UNC Athletics

The buildup to this year's rivalry football game between Carolina and Duke has been overshadowed, not as much by the presidential election, but by a redesign of the winner's coveted prize known as the Victory Bell.

The Hula Bowl will come to Raleigh in 2018.
The Hula Bowl / N.C. Department of Commerce

In back-to-back press releases Friday morning, the McCrory administration announced two sporting events would come to North Carolina in 2018: The Hula Bowl and the World Equestrian Games.

The Hula Bowl, college football's version of an All-Star game, will come to Carter-Finley Stadium in January, and the equestrian games, administered by the Federation Equestre Internationale, will take place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring in September.

WakeMed Soccer Park
Jarrett Campbell / Flickr Creative Commons

The NCAA's decision to pull championship events out of North Carolina leaves a handful of cities without coveted college sports games, and the economic benefits that come with them.

Greensboro and Cary, in particular, expect to lose $14.6 million and $2 million in revenue, respectively.

Bank of America stadium
Bill Dickinson / Flickr, Creative Commons

Citing House Bill 2, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday afternoon that the conference would move neutral-site athletic championships out of the state, including the football title game that has been held in Charlotte.

Photo of Simone Manuel
Natacha Pisarenko / AP Photo

The Olympics are heralded as an international event rooted in intense competition, national pride and athletic successes. But the Olympic Games can often reveal complex race issues and overzealous displays of nationalism.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, athletes of color like U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas have been in the spotlight.

Photo of Oscar Charleston's baseball card
Ryan Christoff

Durham and baseball are intimately connected in the minds of many Americans because of the movie "Bull Durham." But the relationship between the city of Durham and the sport dates back to more than a century before the film.

Meet North Carolina's 2016 Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Aug 5, 2016
A montage of 2016 summer Olympic athletes with ties to North Carolina.
www.teamusa.org and www.usagym.org

From the basketball court to the swimming pool, North Carolina will have its fair share of representation in Rio de Janeiro. Some of these athletes are N.C. natives, while others train here or went to school here. Read on to learn more about the U.S. Olympians with North Carolina connections.

******Photo of Kyrie Irving
Marcio Jose Sanchez / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil tomorrow.

This year, dozens of athletes with connections to North Carolina are competing in events ranging from basketball, track, and swimming to air rifle and canoe slalom.

Basketball players Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving are part of the star-studded men’s basketball team coached by Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski, and women’s soccer player Tobin Heath will be playing with the hopes of winning a third gold medal.

Most kids who grow up playing catch in the backyard dream about making it to the major leagues one day. For minor league baseball players, they are one step away to that dream. The Durham Bulls are one of the more well-known minor league teams thanks to the classic movie "Bull Durham."

For the team's players, life on the diamond includes regimented routines, long stints on the road and a chance to make it to the professional level.

UNC athletics
UNC

The University of North Carolina has received a new Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. It indicates no new violations beyond those self-reported by the school last fall in the long-running athletics scandal, but the letter no longer references men's basketball and football. Instead, the violations listed focus on just one sport: women's basketball.

North Carolina's Theo Pinson sits in the locker room after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Villanova, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.
Eric Gay / AP Photo

North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion last night.

Thousand of Tar Heel fans watched the championship game on video boards at the Dean Dome.
Jeff Tiberii

North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion Monday night.

The Tar Heels were defeated by Villanova, 77-74. Carolina overcame a late double-digit deficit, but was defeated by a basket at the buzzer. Thousands of fans watched in the Dean Dome.

Five weeks earlier, following a win on Senior Night in the Dean Dome, three basketball heroes were humbled.  Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Roy Williams each fought back tears, voices cracking as they addressed several thousand adoring fans. Coach Williams called this his favorite team, ever.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II, right and head coach Roy Williams laugh during a news conference
Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

Carolina is headed to the NCAA basketball tournament final. The Tar Heels beat Syracuse Saturday. Tonight, this number one seed will take on second-seeded Villanova.

Carolina head coach Roy Williams praised his players and said he was ecstatic.

"These guys up here were sensational, and I couldn't be having a more fantastic ride than I'm having right now," said Williams.

Tar Heels are one win from the program's sixth NCAA title.

Image of football players
Creative Commons/ stnorbert

The NCAA reports college athletes suffer more than 10,000 concussions a year, but perhaps more alarming is the fact that about three-quarters of these cases are not reported to coaches or team doctors.

Two public health experts at UNC-Greensboro have received grants from the Department of Defense and NCAA to help encourage these players report their injuries and change the culture of concussions. 

North Carolina's Justin Jackson dunks.
AP Photo/Gerry Broome / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In men's college basketball, eighth ranked North Carolina clinched the regular season ACC title with a road win over rival Duke, 76-to-72.  The Tar Heels led throughout the game, although the Blue Devils kept it close most of the way. 

John Feinstein's new book 'The Legends Club' looks at the friendship between Triangle basketball legends Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano.
Christine Bauch Feinstein

Sports rivalries around the globe are fierce. But perhaps none is as intense as the basketball rivalries between North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The longtime coaches of each of those institutions have legendary status for many in the Tar Heel State.

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