My trip down March Madness memory lane watching Butch Lee as the most decorated player, Magic as the best and John Shoemaker the top all-around athlete

PHOTO: John Shoemaker (right) the night he was honored at Dodger Stadium as the franchise's "Captain of Player Development" in 2015. Then-Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis stands with him as one of the 133 big-leaguers Shoemaker has helped groom. Shoemaker was one of the first college athletes to take advantage of an NCAA rule that permitted signing as a pro in one sport and retaining college eligibility in another. Magic Johnson and Shoemaker are both Dodgers now, but on…

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North Carolina remains ‘up’ in NCAA projections, Duke takes a tumble

PHOTO (UNC Athletics): Freshman Walker Kessler celebrates with teammates Saturday's upset of No. 11 Florida State. By TOM SHANAHAN The second to last weekend of the ACC basketball regular season opened with ESPN NCAA Tournament bracketologist Joe Lunardi projecting North Carolina in for March Madness and Duke in if it won. North Carolina won, although its 78-70 win over Florida State Saturday at the Smith Center was more about the Tar Heels (15-8, 9-5 ACC) strengthening their No.…

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The first Battle of the Blues is about fending off the NCAA Tournament blues

PHOTO (UNC Athletics): North Carolina's Leaky Black drives at Clemson. By TOM SHANAHAN Ah, this explained why North Carolina coach Roy Williams cautioned anyone wondering if the Tar Heels had “turned a corner” following their third straight win on Jan. 26 at Pitt. UNC’s next time up was Tuesday night: Clemson 63, North Carolina 50. And that was one day after Duke’s two-game winning streak ended with a thud at Miami, 77-75. That makes first Battle of Blues…

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