Stories by Aaron Beard

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Heels extend dominance of Tigers in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Marcus Paige scored 18 points to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Clemson 80-69 on Wednesday night in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener, extending the Tigers' long run of ...
By Aaron Beard

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Heels' winning streak ignited by defense

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The defensive turnaround at North Carolina is one of the major reasons the No. 8 Tar Heels have their highest ranking in nearly two decades and reached the Atlantic Coast ...
By Aaron Beard

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Veteran North Carolina aims to end where it starts: at No. 1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina sits alone at the top, both of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll and on the all-time list of teams with the most preseason No. 1 rankings.
By Aaron Beard

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Tigers fend off Wolfpack, await Seminoles

RALEIGH, N.C. - Deshaun Watson accounted for six touchdowns to help third-ranked Clemson pull away after halftime to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday.
By Aaron Beard

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Tigers look to continue march to Charlotte

RALEIGH, N.C. - Clemson has a No. 3 national ranking and clear front-runner status in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
By Aaron Beard

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

ACC starts off slow

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has an uncertain identity, and it's going to be difficult to learn much about the league's strength early this season.
By Aaron Beard

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Tar Heels to put new-look defense to test against Gamecocks

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina brought in new coaches, changed the scheme and spent offseason workouts trying to change every part of a defense that couldn't stop anyone last season. 
By Aaron Beard

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Program in place to deal with Florida State's issues

PINEHURST, N.C. - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the Seminoles are "stepping up" their process of educating players about domestic violence.
By Aaron Beard

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Documents show payments to former North Carolina player in probe

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Newly unsealed documents in the case of an ex-college football player charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels ...
By Aaron Beard

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Questions abound in ACC Atlantic

It was easy to spot quarterback uncertainty for Atlantic Division teams in the ACC. But the questions extend beyond the two teams who have finished alone atop the division for three consecutive ...
By Aaron Beard

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coach K adjusts to one-and-done world

DURHAM, N.C. - There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans. That's no longer, not in today's ...
By Aaron Beard

Saturday, March 28, 2015

South Carolina women still have 'destination game' as their focus

The South Carolina and Florida State women are making only the second Elite Eight appearance for either school, with one team set to make its first trip to the Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
By Aaron Beard

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gamecock women edge Tar Heels

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.
By Aaron Beard

Tar Heels 'proud' of late-season run

At times, North Carolina looked like a team that could battle anybody. At others, the Tar Heels were prone to concentration lapses. It's why the season that ended with Thursday's loss to Wisconsin ...
By Aaron Beard

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Irish topple Tar Heels, claim ACC crown

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jerian Grant scored 24 points and No. 11 Notre Dame took over with a 26-3 second-half run to rally past No. 19 North Carolina 90-82 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast ...
By Aaron Beard

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tar Heels pull away from Cardinals

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Brice Johnson scored 18 of his 22 points after halftime to help No. 19 North Carolina outlast No. 14 Louisville 70-60 in Thursday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament ...
By Aaron Beard

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Eagles end Yellow Jackets' season

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Olivier Hanlan hit a jumper with 10.9 seconds left to help Boston College beat Georgia Tech 66-65 on Tuesday in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
By Aaron Beard

Monday, March 9, 2015

Virginia looks to make it two ACC titles in a row

For the second consecutive year, it's Virginia - not traditional powers Duke or North Carolina - entering the Atlantic Coast Confer­ence Tournament.
By Aaron Beard

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Seminoles guard 'lock into a zone' during scoring outburst

Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes' name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and "Pistol" Pete Maravich.
By Aaron Beard

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Tar Heels honor Smith with Four Corners in win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Amid all the tributes to Dean Smith since the coaching legend's death, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his No. 15 Tar Heels saved possibly the most fitting one for Saturday.
By Aaron Beard
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