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North Carolina Runs Four Corners to Honor Dean Smith

Tar Heels returned to the Deandome in first game after coach's passing
North Carolina Runs Four Corners to Honor Dean Smith

In North Carolina’s first home game since the passing of legendary coach Dean Smith, the Tar Heels ran a fitting tribute to the man whose name graces the arena.

 

The Tar Heels ran Smith’s famous Four Corners offense on their first offensive possession. Roy Williams, a Smith protege, signaled in the play, and Marcus Paige passed to a cutting Brice Johnson for North Carolina’s first points in an 89-60 win over Georgia Tech.

 

Here’s the play:

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Climbing Way Back to the Top After Resurgent 2014 Season

NASCAR’s most popular driver is embracing his growing legacy
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Climbing Way Back to the Top After Resurgent 2014 Season

To understand the immense popularity of Dale Earnhardt Jr., a history lesson is in order. And no one is more qualified to deliver it than Earnhardt Jr. himself. He did so shortly after striding into the media center at Martinsville Speedway last October.

Brad Keselowski 2015 Season Driver Preview

Keselowski looks to prove why he is one of NASCAR's best in 2015.
Brad Keselowski 2015 Season Driver Preview

Rabble-rouser. Rebel. Public pest. That’s just a taste of what critics labeled Brad Keselowski in 2014, peers and media alike, as the driver made national news throughout the Chase. When it was over, he ascended the throne — not as champion, but as the sport’s most controversial figure.

Jimmie Johnson 2015 Season Driver Preview

Johnson looking to join NASCAR history in 2015.
Jimmie Johnson 2015 Season Driver Preview

A year ago, Jimmie Johnson was coming off his sixth Sprint Cup championship, looking down the barrel of NASCAR history and the seven-title record held by Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. It seemed inevitable that Johnson, already a future Hall of Fame driver himself, would join the party, perhaps as soon as 2014.

 

NASCAR Drivers and Crew Chiefs Talk Anonymously About 2015 Sprint Cup Competitors

Opposing drivers and crew chiefs sound off on Athlon's top 25 drivers
NASCAR Drivers and Crew Chiefs Talk Anonymously About 2015 Sprint Cup Competitors

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is set to begin with Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500. With the race to the Chase and the Sprint Cup Championship about to get re-started, Athlon asked crew chiefs and drivers to talk anonymously about the guys behind the wheel. Here are their takes on Athlon’s top 25 drivers entering the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

 

Ranking the Pac-12's Football-Basketball Coaching Tandems

Sean Miller and Rich Rodriguez from Arizona top the list
Ranking the Pac-12's Football-Basketball Coaching Tandems

Recent years have brought an influx of impact football coaches into the Pac-12 — Rich Rodriguez, Todd Graham and Jim L. Mora have all taken their schools to new heights. Mark Helfrich and David Shaw picked up where their predecessors left off.

 

What’s Next For Tony Stewart in 2015?

Smoke may never be the same after a trying 2014
What’s Next For Tony Stewart in 2015?

For weeks he didn’t want to leave his house. Merely rising out of bed was a challenge. He didn’t want to see friends, family or any familiar faces. Mostly, he just wanted to be left alone — alone to deal with his despair, his nightmares, his ghosts.

 

Kevin Harvick 2015 Season Driver Preview

Harvick has all the tools to go back-to-back in 2015.
Kevin Harvick 2015 Season Driver Preview

Up until 2014, Kevin Harvick’s place in NASCAR lore was simple: “The man who replaced Dale Earnhardt.” Called into service a year ahead of schedule following the sport’s most horrific tragedy, Harvick was owner Richard Childress’ life raft, forever measured against a driver whose skill hooked fans for a generation.

Joey Logano 2015 Season Driver Preview

Logano looks for even more success in 2015.
Joey Logano 2015 Season Driver Preview

Joey Logano’s been termed the “best thing since sliced bread” for a decade now, but 2014 was the year he finally earned that label. Logano, who had three career wins entering the season, won five times and went all the way to Homestead in the title hunt before fading to fourth after the season’s final race.

 

10 Most Athletic Freaks in NFL Combine History

Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt first showed off his athleticism at the 2011 Combine
10 Most Athletic Freaks in NFL Combine History

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, as this year’s crop of prospects takes the first step in the job interview process leading up to the draft (April 30-May 2).

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