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March 28, 2017

RALEIGH — North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA.

The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this year and is projected to be a potential…


Advantage: Tar Heels

March 28, 2017

Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week.

They also don’t think it will matter once the games begin.

“You can play in the national…


Last-shot practice pays off

March 28, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Roy Williams still has not watched the tape of the 2016 national championship game and likely never will. The North Carolina coach sure has done his best to make sure his Tar Heels know how to hit game-winning shots.

Now all that practice with a 15-second shot clock has paid…


Raiders headed to Las Vegas

March 28, 2017

PHOENIX — Invoking his father Al’s name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland.

NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter.

“My…