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nwsl week 5 preview and fixtures: north carolina still looks good, and everyone


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nwsl week 3 preview and fixtures: marta makes orlando pride better, but she can’


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nwsl week 6 preview and fixtures: can mallory pugh save the washington spirit?


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nwsl week 4 in review: north carolina looks unstoppable


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wednesday kickaround - the washington post


(nwsl)***the washington spirit will open the national women’s soccer league season april 15 at maryland soccerplex against the north carolina courage, formerly known as the western new york flash. kickoff is at 7 p.m. it’s a rematch of the 2016 final, won by the flash on penalty kicks. the full 24-game schedule is not ready for release, but the spirit did learn that, the following weekend, it will face former captain ali krieger and the orlando pride at the new stadium in central florida. that match will be carried by the nwsl’s new national tv partner, lifetime. [list of each team’s home opener]***spirit defender shelina zadorsky, goalkeeper stephanie labbe and rookie forward lindsay agnew were called into the canadian national team for the algarve cup in portugal, march 1-8. nwsl...






ncaa national championship preview: north carolina vs gonzaga - blog


don't miss the ncaa national championship basketball game between north carolina and gonzaga!                                         (north carolina's justin jackson and gonzaga's przemek karnowski)why this game?the ncaa tournament started with 68 teams, now it's down to just 2. it's all on the line tonight in a heavyweight battle between number one-seed gonzaga and number one-seed north carolina. both teams are extremely strong in all phases of the game, so this one could come down to the final shot. teams: north carolina (1) vs gonzaga (1)date: monday, april 3, 9:20 pm etvenue: university of phoenix stadium odds: north carolina -1place your bets:bet the games and cash in big with mybookie.ag. they have a huge selection of odds on every tournament game. they’...






mls week 2 preview and fixtures: what if the chicago fire is an actual good team


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ncaa tournament preview: south regional


photo: streeter lecka, getty images image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1north carolina junior justin jackson, a standout at tomball, was the acc player of the year.north carolina junior justin jackson, a standout at tomball, was the acc player of the year. photo: streeter lecka, getty images ncaa tournament preview: south regional1 / 1back to gallerytop seed: north carolina (27-7)the tar heels, the regular-season champion in the acc, kept the no. 1 seed despite losing to duke in the conference semifinals. in a region with kentucky and ucla, roy williams has a tough road to get back to the title game like last season.sleeper: wichita state (30-4)the shockers lost two players to the nba and started slowly, losing to good teams early. then they blew through the missouri vall...






national championship preview: north carolina vs. gonzaga


closeskip in skipxembedxshare usa today sports' dan wolken recaps the two final four semifinal games, won in nail-biters by gonzaga and north carolina. usa today sportsjustin jackson and nigel williams-goss will try to lead their respective teams to national championships.(photo: getty images)connectlinkedinemailmoreback on selection sunday, before the official madness began, both north carolina and gonzaga weren't full-on locks as no. 1 seeds like fellow top seeds villanova and kansas. duke and arizona, two teams with earlier-than-expected exits, were then in the mix to steal away a top seed.here in april, the tar heels and 'zags — both no. 1s — are the only teams still standing.while north carolina is on a revenge quest from last year's heartbreaking loss to villanova in...






‘it’s a mistake:’ one north carolina republican’s effort to repeal the bathroom


the tournament in 2012. (keith srakocic/ap)for the first time in a loooong time, march madness is not in north carolina. (but hey, a rabbit show is still on!)the exception could very soon become the rule, as the ncaa decides in the next week or two whether to block north carolina from hosting any of its college championships — men's basketball or otherwise — in objection to the state's bathroom bill. almost exactly a year ago, north carolina became the first state in the nation to require transgender people to use public restrooms and locker rooms of the gender on their birth certificate.one republican lawmaker in north carolina is scrambling to rally his colleagues to repeal the law before it's too late — and north carolina potentially loses ncaa business forever.after speaking ...






north carolina is the best team in the final four


north carolina forward kennedy meeks helps to cut the net after defeating the kentucky wildcats. (justin ford/usa today)it is no surprise no. 1 seed north carolina is one of four remaining teams in the ncaa tournament. the perfect bracket isolated them as the national champion once the field of 68 was announced, citing its ability to create extra possessions for an offense that scores the fourth-highest points per 100 possessions after adjusting for strength of schedule. [ncaa final four preview: sizing up south carolina-gonzaga and unc-oregon] the oddsmakers in vegas agree, having installed the tar heels as a slight favorite (5-to-4 odds) to cut down the nets as ncaa champions while making them at least two-point favorites over potential title game opponents. it’s also the best odd...






north carolina bill proposes pulling unc, n.c. state from acc if it boycotts sta


a new bill would punish the acc if it boycotts north carolina again. (gerry broome/ap file)a new bill before the north carolina legislature would force the university of north carolina and north carolina state to withdraw from the atlantic coast conference if it stages another boycott by withdrawing championship games from the state.lawmakers proposed house bill 728 on tuesday, according to wncn, and it states that if an intercollegiate athletic association boycotts north carolina, then the university of north carolina campuses that are a part of that conference would be prohibited from extending the grant of media rights to that conference. duke and wake forest would be unaffected because they do not received state funds.“we’re taking this seriously and we’re not going to sit back i...






north carolina bill proposes pulling unc, n.c. state from acc if it boycotts sta


a new bill would punish the acc if it boycotts north carolina again. (gerry broome/ap file)a new bill before the north carolina legislature would force the university of north carolina and north carolina state to withdraw from the atlantic coast conference if it stages another boycott by withdrawing championship games from the state.lawmakers proposed house bill 728 on tuesday, according to wncn, and it states that if an intercollegiate athletic association boycotts north carolina, then the university of north carolina campuses that are a part of that conference would be prohibited from extending the grant of media rights to that conference. duke and wake forest would be unaffected because they do not received state funds.“we’re taking this seriously and we’re not going to sit back i...






ncaa final four: don't miss north carolina vs oregon - ftw blog


don't miss this epic final 4 matchup between north carolina and oregon!                                              (north carolina's luke maye and oregon's jordan bell)why this game?the final four matchup between the top-seeded north carolina tar heels and the third-seeded oregon ducks, is this weekend's can't miss game. the ducks will try to earn an upset over the heavily favored tar heels. while north carolina is a very balanced team with more nba-level talent, oregon is extremely athletic, and could cause trouble for the bigger, slower unc team. teams: north carolina (1) vs oregon (3)date: saturday, april 1, 8:49 pm etvenue: university of phoenix stadium odds: north carolina -5place your bets:bet the games and cash in big with mybookie.ag. they have a huge...






what's a 'tar heel'? (other than national college basketball champions)


–is that a tar heel? at the very least it's rameses, the mascot of the north carolina tar heels. (photo: streeter lecka/getty images)today’s question:what is a tar heel?just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the questioner refers to the university of north carolina’s basketball team, which came to town a few days ago and stuck around long enough to win the ncaa basketball championship."tar heel" isn’t limited to the university’s athletic teams, but to anybody from north carolina, or at least anybody who claims they’re from north carolina. why you would claim to be from north carolina when you weren’t is something i cannot explain.there are two stories about the origin of tar heels, one of which i think is hooey and one of which makes slightly more sense.why go...






what's a 'tar heel'? (other than national college basketball champions)


–is that a tar heel? at the very least it's rameses, the mascot of the north carolina tar heels. (photo: streeter lecka/getty images)today’s question:what is a tar heel?just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the questioner refers to the university of north carolina’s basketball team, which came to town a few days ago and stuck around long enough to win the ncaa basketball championship."tar heel" isn’t limited to the university’s athletic teams, but to anybody from north carolina, or at least anybody who claims they’re from north carolina. why you would claim to be from north carolina when you weren’t is something i cannot explain.there are two stories about the origin of tar heels, one of which i think is hooey and one of which makes slightly more sense.why go...






what's a 'tar heel'? (other than national college basketball champions)


–is that a tar heel? at the very least it's rameses, the mascot of the north carolina tar heels. (photo: streeter lecka/getty images)today’s question:what is a tar heel?just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the questioner refers to the university of north carolina’s basketball team, which came to town a few days ago and stuck around long enough to win the ncaa basketball championship."tar heel" isn’t limited to the university’s athletic teams, but to anybody from north carolina, or at least anybody who claims they’re from north carolina. why you would claim to be from north carolina when you weren’t is something i cannot explain.there are two stories about the origin of tar heels, one of which i think is hooey and one of which makes slightly more sense.why go...






what's a 'tar heel'? (other than national college basketball champions)


–is that a tar heel? at the very least it's rameses, the mascot of the north carolina tar heels. (photo: streeter lecka/getty images)today’s question:what is a tar heel?just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the questioner refers to the university of north carolina’s basketball team, which came to town a few days ago and stuck around long enough to win the ncaa basketball championship."tar heel" isn’t limited to the university’s athletic teams, but to anybody from north carolina, or at least anybody who claims they’re from north carolina. why you would claim to be from north carolina when you weren’t is something i cannot explain.there are two stories about the origin of tar heels, one of which i think is hooey and one of which makes slightly more sense.why go...






what's a 'tar heel'? (other than national college basketball champions)


–is that a tar heel? at the very least it's rameses, the mascot of the north carolina tar heels. (photo: streeter lecka/getty images)today’s question:what is a tar heel?just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the questioner refers to the university of north carolina’s basketball team, which came to town a few days ago and stuck around long enough to win the ncaa basketball championship."tar heel" isn’t limited to the university’s athletic teams, but to anybody from north carolina, or at least anybody who claims they’re from north carolina. why you would claim to be from north carolina when you weren’t is something i cannot explain.there are two stories about the origin of tar heels, one of which i think is hooey and one of which makes slightly more sense.why go...






national championship preview: north carolina vs. gonzaga


who has the edge, the tar heels or 'zags? both possess stellar frontcourts.         






non-allocated nwsl players take step toward forming union


players from the national women's soccer league whose salaries are not paid by a national federation have formed the nwsl players association, a first step toward creating a union. national team players from canada and the united states are allocated across the nwsl and their salaries are paid by their federations. the newly formed association represents those players who don't have those national team ties. the non-allocated players overwhelmingly approved a new constitution and bylaws in may, the association said monday. the group seeks to represent the interests of non-allocated players with the teams and the league office. "in addition to serving as the voice of the non-allocated player pool, the association will strive to build a collaborative working relationship ...






national championship preview: north carolina vs. gonzaga


closeskip in skipxembedxshare usa today sports' dan wolken previews the ncaa championship game, which will be a frontcourt-heavy battle between unc and gonzaga. usa today sportsjustin jackson and nigel williams-goss will try to lead their respective teams to national championships.(photo: getty images) 11 connectlinkedinemailmoreback on selection sunday, before the official madness began, both north carolina and gonzaga weren't full-on locks as no. 1 seeds like fellow top seeds villanova and kansas. duke and arizona, two teams with earlier-than-expected ncaa tournament exits, were then in the mix to steal away a top seed.here in april, the tar heels and 'zags — both no. 1 seeds — are the only teams still standing.while north carolina is on a revenge quest...






ncaa championship in arizona: north carolina wins title


south carolina fan adam moore and north carolina fan lindsey abrahams, both of sydney, australia, pose for a photo, outside of university of phoenix stadium in glendale before the ncaa final four semifinal game between south carolina and gonzaga on saturday, april 1, 2017. oregon plays north carolina in the other ncaa final four semifinal game.  david wallace/azcentral sportsfullscreen






mls week 5 preview and fixtures: how will atlanta united cope without the league


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live at ncaa title game: north carolina beats gonzaga


south carolina fan adam moore and north carolina fan lindsey abrahams, both of sydney, australia, pose for a photo, outside of university of phoenix stadium in glendale before the ncaa final four semifinal game between south carolina and gonzaga on saturday, april 1, 2017. oregon plays north carolina in the other ncaa final four semifinal game.  david wallace/azcentral sportsfullscreen






the man from north carolina’s nightmares is now a unc fan


memphis, tenn. — the north carolina fan base has a new member, but it remains to be seen if he will be welcomed into the powder blue family.after all, “kris jenkins” remains a vulgar phrase in chapel hill.the villanova senior forward is a huge part of north carolina’s motivation this year, the reason the tar heels have stamped this a season of redemption. they fell short in the national championship game last year in houston when jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, crushing north carolina fans everywhere. now he firmly is in their corner, rooting for his adopted brother, reserve guard nate britt.“i think it’s funny,” jenkins, who sat behind the north carolina bench friday night in its sweet 16 win over butler, told the post. “it’s all about my brother. i just come out...






the tumultuous history of north carolina’s bathroom bill, which could be on its


the north carolina legislature met for a special session on dec. 21 over the state's much-criticized house bill 2, which opponents say discriminates against transgender people, but did not repeal the controversial "bathroom law." (peter stevenson/the washington post)this was originally published in december, when a repeal effort fell through. it has been updated. one of north carolina's most controversial and high-profile laws in recent memory could be undone this week.late wednesday, gov. roy cooper (d) and republican lawmakers announced they had reached a deal to repeal of the state's "bathroom" bill, which limits which restrooms transgender people can use and prohibits municipalities from passing lgbt protections. north carolina is the first and so far only state with this kind...






a+e buys stake in nwsl, will televise games on lifetime


published 7:18 pm, thursday, february 2, 2017 new york (ap) — a+e networks has bought a stake in the national women’s soccer league and will broadcast a game each weekend on the lifetime network.“it’s not a network that’s sports related, but it’s a network that’s women’s related,” a+e networks president nancy dubuc said thursday after a news conference attended by several players. “if you look at the coverage of female sports and athletics across any of the broadcasters that participate in league rights and/or sports programming, women are underrepresented, and it’s a chance and an opportunity for lifetime to support that movement and the importance of athletics and competition for s and women.”lifetime broadcast wnba games from 1997-2000, and its current programming includes “project run






virginia shuts down north carolina to continue sudden resurgence


charlottesville — london perrantes went to the barber shop after virginia suffered its fourth consecutive loss against miami last week, a desperate man in search of a clean shave and a new start. the cavaliers beat north carolina state after that, and perrantes vowed a new beginning for his previously struggling virginia teammates — a bold statement, considering that up next was no. 5 north carolina, the team that handed the cavaliers their worst loss since 2013 just nine days before monday night’s rematch.but virginia made good on perrantes’ promise, defeating the tar heels, 53-43, in charlottesville as fans jumped so hard they shook the metal barriers separating the crowd from reporters. virginia seemed to have patched up every flaw cavaliers coach tony bennett pointed out the la...






ncaa to continue freezing out north carolina over hb2 law


north carolina will continue to experience an ncaa-imposed freeze-out with regard to hosting collegiate championships, the ncaa announced thursday, due to the southern state’s discriminatory hb2 law. the law, called house bill 2 or the public facilities privacy & security act, was passed last year by north carolina’s house and senate and was signed into legislation by former gov. pat mccrory. critics see the bill as discriminatory toward the lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community because one of the bill’s stipulations requires individuals use gender-specific restrooms in north carolina’s publicly owned buildings. “last year, the ncaa board of governors relocated ncaa championships scheduled in north carolina because of the cumulative impact hb2 had o...






virginia shuts down north carolina to continue sudden resurgence


charlottesville —london perrantes went to his barber shop after virginia suffered its fourth consecutive loss against miami last week, a desperate man in search of a clean shave and a new start. the cavaliers beat north carolina state after that, and perrantes vowed a new beginning for his previously struggling virginia teammates — a bold statement, considering that up next was no. 5 north carolina, the team that handed the cavaliers their worst loss since 2013 just nine days before monday night’s rematch.but virginia made good on perrantes’s promise, defeating the tar heels, 53-43, in charlottesville as fans at john paul jones arena jumped so hard they shook the metal barriers separating the crowd from reporters. the cavaliers played like a different team than the one that lost at...






why north carolina abruptly flip-flopped on its ‘bathroom bill’


in the face of economic pressure, north carolina lawmakers voted march 30 to repeal and replace the state's controversial bathroom law. here's what you need to know. (monica akhtar/the washington post)even by north carolina standards, the events surrounding its year-long "bathroom bill" drama have been frenetic.in march 2016, north carolina became the first state to pass a law restricting which public bathrooms and locker rooms transgender people can use. on thursday — almost exactly a year later — it became the first state to repeal that law. in between, its voters helped elect donald trump to the presidency and kicked out a republican governor.whether the bathroom bill's eventual demise is a spark of social change in the south or a blip on north carolina's otherwise republi...






the tumultuous history of north carolina’s bathroom bill, which could be on its


north carolina republican lawmakers said late on march 29 that they had reached a compromise to repeal the state's controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities, following an ultimatum from the ncaa. (reuters)one of north carolina's most controversial and high-profile laws in recent memory could be undone this week.late wednesday, gov. roy cooper (d) and republican lawmakers announced they had reached a deal to repeal of the state's “bathroom” bill, which limits which restrooms transgender people can use and prohibits municipalities from passing lgbt protections. north carolina is the first and so far only state with this kind of law (though texas is considering its own).it's not clear whether lawmakers have the vo...






investors representing more than $11 trillion in assets oppose bathroom bill


photo: ben mckeown, fre image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3hunter schafer, of raleigh, holds a sign in favor of repealing north carolina hb2 during a special session of the north carolina general assembly in raleigh, n.c., wednesday, dec. 21, 2016. north carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal the 9-month-old law that limited lgbt rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings.(ap photo/ben mckeown) lesshunter schafer, of raleigh, holds a sign in favor of repealing north carolina hb2 during a special session of the north carolina general assembly in raleigh, n.c., wednesday, dec. 21, 2016. north carolina's ... more photo: ben mckeown, fre image 2 of 3in this may 17, 20...






yuzvendra chahal: india v england: yuzvendra chahal's 6/25 the best for india in


new delhi: yuzvendra chahal bowled india to a 2-1 series win on wednesday in bangalore, taking the best figures by an indian bowler in twenty20 internationals, as well as his first five-wicket haul in any form of t20 cricket. chahal's 6/25 surp ed r ashwin's figures of 4/8 as the best for india and inflicted a crushing 75-run win on england, meaning that virat kohli's team has beaten the visitors in all three formats of this tour. chahal's figures are the third-best in t20is after sri lankan all-sorts spinner ajantha mendis' 6/8 and 6/16. in his sixth appearance, the 26-year-old haryana legspinner was sen ional as he triggered a dramatic england collapse of eight wickets for eight runs in 18 deliveries. this helped india, who made 202/6, bowled england out for 127 in 16.3 overs. given th