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Word circulates on social media that NC football great Danny Talbott has died

Danny Talbott, perhaps the best high school football player in Rocky Mount history, died early Sunday morning according to multiple social media accounts. Talbott, 75, has been suffering from cancer for several years. In 2018, Nash General Hospital dedicated a cancer center in his name. Talbott had been treated for multiple myeloma, a cancer of a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. He had a stem cell transplant in 2011 at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center that showed great promise. Talbott led the Rocky Mount Blackbirds to state titles in baseball, basketball and football during his […]

Danny Talbott, perhaps the best high school football player in Rocky Mount history, died early Sunday morning according to multiple social media accounts.

Talbott, 75, has been suffering from cancer for several years. In 2018, Nash General Hospital dedicated a cancer center in his name.

Talbott had been treated for multiple myeloma, a cancer of a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. He had a stem cell transplant in 2011 at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center that showed great promise.

Danny Talbott

Danny Talbott.

Talbott led the Rocky Mount Blackbirds to state titles in baseball, basketball and football during his senior year in 1963. He followed that success up in college at the University of North Carolina where he was named the ACC Player of the Year in football in 1966 and led the baseball team to the College World Series the same year.

He was drafted 17th overall by the San Francisco 49ers the following year before being picked up by the Washington Redskins where he backed up Sonny Jurgensen during Vince Lombardi’s only year coaching the team.

While professional football ultimately didn’t work out for him, he also played in the Baltimore Orioles organization under coach Cal Ripken Sr.

In 2003, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. His No. 10 jersey hangs in honor at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

He continued as an athlete, winning several senior tennis tournaments where he played both left and right handed.

Rocky Mount native Steve Moore, who lives in Holly Springs now, said that everyone has a positive story about Danny Talbott. “He was a class act and a great guy,” Moore wrote on Facebook. “Men and women like Danny come along once in a lifetime.”

Moore coached Danny’s son in Little League baseball and Talbott never interfered “although he knew more about the game than all of us put together.”

Rocky Mount football games in the days of Talbott were big events that drew large enthusiastic crowds.

In an interview five years ago, Talbott said, “If I die, then I go to heaven. If I beat this, then I get to stick around and give my friends a hard time. It’s a win-win.”

One of those friends was UNC baseball coach Mike Fox, who, despite coaching at Rocky Mount’s Wesleyan College, didn’t really know Talbott until he came back to Carolina to coach the Tar Heels baseball team. Despite struggling with cancer, Fox said that Talbott was there for him during his ups and downs.

“He’s one of the best athletes – if not the best – that has ever come through this university,” Coach Fox once said. “He’s a big-time Tar Heel, and he’s a really big supporter of the program and of me personally, which I appreciate. But more important, I’ve gotten to know him on a personal level, and he’s a wonderful person.”

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Pain continues as Heels fall at Pittsburgh

North Carolina shot 31 percent and turned the ball over 16 times as Pittsburgh raced out to a 23-point lead and held on for a 66-52 victory over the flailing Tar Heels. Carolina, now 8-9, fell below .500 at this point in a season for the first time since the Matt Doherty-led Heels of 2002 that went 8-20. The Tar Heels led 5-4 early but that was it as Pitt controlled the game. During an eight-minute stretch in the first half, Carolina turned the ball over eight times, including on five straight possessions. “Turnovers early set us so far back,” […]

North Carolina shot 31 percent and turned the ball over 16 times as Pittsburgh raced out to a 23-point lead and held on for a 66-52 victory over the flailing Tar Heels.

Carolina, now 8-9, fell below .500 at this point in a season for the first time since the Matt Doherty-led Heels of 2002 that went 8-20.

The Tar Heels led 5-4 early but that was it as Pitt controlled the game. During an eight-minute stretch in the first half, Carolina turned the ball over eight times, including on five straight possessions.

“Turnovers early set us so far back,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “The turnovers put us back on our heels to the point we couldn’t get back.”

Midway through the half, Pitt got a double-digit lead on a Ryan Murphy three that made it 21-10. UNC never got closer than 10 the rest of the game – that coming with 1:45 left in the game when Andrew Platek passed to Garrison Brooks who dunked it to make the score 62-52.

In the next 30 seconds though, Brooks lost control of the ball for UNC’s 16th turnover and Armando Bacot fouled out for the already short-handed Tar Heels.

Pitt’s largest lead came when Xavier Johnson blew past Leaky Black for a layup that made it 40-17.

The Tar Heels, who went to a zone defense, got chances in the second half but couldn’t make shots. The 20-point halftime deficit proved too much to overcome.

“It’s not pleasant. It’s not a good feeling after the game,” Williams said of the recent failures. “We’ll play again Tuesday or Wednesday, whenever it is.”

Brooks led Carolina with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Robinson and Bacot, who both fouled out late, each tallied 12 points.

The Tar Heels, now 8-9 overall and 1-5 in the ACC, play at Virginia Tech Wednesday.

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Clemson stuns UNC 79-76 in OT, earns first-ever win in Chapel Hill

Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Clemson went on to erase decades of futility at North Carolina by beating the Tar Heels 79-76 on Saturday, earning their first win in 60 tries in Chapel Hill. …read more Source:: WRAL
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Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Clemson went on to erase decades of futility at North Carolina by beating the Tar Heels 79-76 on Saturday, earning their first win in 60 tries in Chapel Hill. …read more

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Even Pittsburgh gets happy at Carolina

Pittsburgh had never won in Chapel Hill. Pittsburgh had lost 22 straight road games in the ACC. But even Pittsburgh got fat and happy after coming from nine down at the half to defeat a struggling North Carolina team 73-65. The Tar Heels were looking better than they had in recent games after Brandon Robinson hit a three-pointer with 3:24 left in the first half to give the home team a 32-18 lead. Carolina still led 37-28 at the half but the Panthers dominated the Heels in the second half, hitting eight three pointers, including four in a row, to […]

Pittsburgh had never won in Chapel Hill. Pittsburgh had lost 22 straight road games in the ACC. But even Pittsburgh got fat and happy after coming from nine down at the half to defeat a struggling North Carolina team 73-65.

The Tar Heels were looking better than they had in recent games after Brandon Robinson hit a three-pointer with 3:24 left in the first half to give the home team a 32-18 lead.

Carolina still led 37-28 at the half but the Panthers dominated the Heels in the second half, hitting eight three pointers, including four in a row, to take a lead and pull away at the end.

During a four-minute period, from the 14-minute mark to the 10-minute mark, Justin Champagnie hit four straight three pointers to put Pitt up 54-53. The Panthers never trailed again.

The Tar Heels, still without point guard Cole Anthony, have lost seven of their last nine games.

“I’m mad, I’m sad, I’m ticked off but we’re going to go to practice and get better,” UNC coach Roy Williams said.

“When things go bad, they continue to go bad. We’ve got to find a way out of the rut.”

Pittsburgh scored 12 points off 10 Carolina turnovers in the second half alone but the Tar Heels still had a chance, down just four on two occasions after the last TV timeout.

Late in the game, Garrison Brooks, who set Carolina records hitting 17 of 18 free throws, missed back-to-back free throws. Then Jeremiah Francis badly missed a wide-open three with 1:35 left than would have cut the lead to just one point.

To put it mildly, Francis is struggling. He went one of eight from the floor against Georgia Tech and one of nine in this game.

Brooks led the Tar Heels with 21 points and 10 rebounds while the other big guy Armando Bacot scored 15 points.

“You can see from the numbers that we need to get the ball into those guys more,” Coach Williams said.

Robinson rounded out the double-figure Carolina scorers with 13 points.

Trey McGowens led Pittsburgh, now 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, with 24 points.

The Tar Heels, now 8-7 overall and 1-3 in the ACC, host Clemson Saturday. The Tigers have never won in Chapel Hill.

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Alvarado, Yellow Jackets Jump to Early Lead to Top UNC 96-83

Georgia Tech now has its first win in Chapel Hill since 2010 …read more Source:: Spectrum Sports

Georgia Tech now has its first win in Chapel Hill since 2010 …read more

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Tar Heels hang on to win thriller over Yale

North Carolina broke open a close game only to see Yale come from 12 down but the Tar Heels hung on for a 70-67 thriller at home to give Coach Roy Williams a win that tied him with the legendary Dean Smith at 879 victories. Yale used the three ball to come back from a 60-48 deficit and had a chance to tie at the buzzer but Azar Swain, who seemingly couldn’t miss, did just that at the buzzer. Carolina missed its first seven shot from the floor as Yale got out to an 11-2 lead early. But the Tar […]

North Carolina broke open a close game only to see Yale come from 12 down but the Tar Heels hung on for a 70-67 thriller at home to give Coach Roy Williams a win that tied him with the legendary Dean Smith at 879 victories.

Yale used the three ball to come back from a 60-48 deficit and had a chance to tie at the buzzer but Azar Swain, who seemingly couldn’t miss, did just that at the buzzer.

Carolina missed its first seven shot from the floor as Yale got out to an 11-2 lead early. But the Tar Heels went on a 15-2 run highlighted by a reverse scoop shot by Jeremiah Francis that gave the Heels their first lead.

UNC led 32-28 at the break but a 7-0 Yale run to start the second half put the Heels down 35-32.

A 14-2 Carolina run, which included a step back long two and a three by Brandon Robinson, put the Heels in control 46-37. The Heels went up by 13 after back-to-back buckets by Justin Pierce and still led by 12 with just over six minutes to play.

A 14-5 Yale spurt, which ended with a three by Jordan Bruner, got the Bulldogs within three 65-62 with 47 seconds to go.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Francis, along with a pair of free throws, held Yale at bay but the Heels couldn’t breathe easy until Swain missed the potential tying shot at the buzzer.

Despite the exciting ending and the fact that he tied Coach Smith’s win total, Coach Williams’ initial thoughts were with Anthony Harris, who left the game late with a knee injury. Harris was late to start the season due to a bad knee. “My hopes and prayers are that there’s nothing serious there,” he said.

Robinson, who led the Heels with 20 points, said there was a “mix of emotions” among the players as they felt concern for Harris and happiness for Coach Williams.

Joining Robinson in double figure scoring were Justin Pierce with 14, Garrison Brooks with 11 and Francis with 10.

“The first part of the season is over with – let’s see what we can do in the ACC,” Coach Williams said. “We need to improve this week.”

The Tar Heels, now 8-5 overall, play ACC opponent Georgia Tech Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Freshmen get Tar Heels back on track

North Carolina squandered a big halftime lead but got back on track behind freshman Anthony Harris to handle UCLA 74-64, breaking a four-game losing streak. (12/21) Up 36-23 at the half, Carolina went more than five minutes without a basket to start the second half. Meanwhile, UCLA ran off 12 straight points to narrow the lead to 36-35. Harris hit a pair of free throws and fellow freshman Armando Bacot followed that up with a steal and layup to put the Heels up 40-35. It stayed close until Harris came up with a steal and layup and then hit back-to-back […]

North Carolina squandered a big halftime lead but got back on track behind freshman Anthony Harris to handle UCLA 74-64, breaking a four-game losing streak. (12/21)

Up 36-23 at the half, Carolina went more than five minutes without a basket to start the second half. Meanwhile, UCLA ran off 12 straight points to narrow the lead to 36-35.

Harris hit a pair of free throws and fellow freshman Armando Bacot followed that up with a steal and layup to put the Heels up 40-35.

It stayed close until Harris came up with a steal and layup and then hit back-to-back threes to put Carolina in control at 57-45 with 5:55 remaining.

The largest lead of the game came with 3:26 left after Harris, on the fastbreak, followed his own miss to make it 65-49.

“Anthony was the biggest story of the game for us,” UNC coach Roy Williams said adding that he and fellow freshman Jeremiah Francis have only practiced for two weeks as they are coming back from knee injuries.

Francis kept the Bruins from coming back as he sank nine of 10 free throws, most of which came late.

Bacot led five Tar Heels in double figures with 15 while Harris tallied a career-high 14 and Francis finished with 12. Seniors Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson scored 12 each.

Robinson pointed to Harris’ play in the second half as key. “He stepped up for us big time,” said Robinson, who hit three threes in the first half. “He made shots, played tough defense and just made plays.”

Brooks said UCLA surprised the Heels with that strong run at the start of the second half. “We finally settled down, got organized and started to do what we do every day at practice,” he said. “It worked out for us.”

Brooks, who took the loss to Wofford hard, said, “this is very exciting for us. We got back on track.”

The Tar Heels, now 7-5 overall, will play at home against Yale Dec. 30.

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Gonzaga shoots lights out to whip Heels

North Carolina ran into a buzzsaw early in the second half as Gonzaga hit 11 shots in a row to break open a close game and whip the Tar Heels 94-81. (12/18) Gonzaga, No. 2 in the country and riding a 28-game win streak at home, would have been favored versus a North Carolina team at full strength. But not only were the Tar Heels without leading scorer Cole Anthony, their other freshman sensation Armando Bacot got in foul trouble in the first minute, seven seconds and senior leader Brandon Robinson got sick during the first half and didn’t play […]

North Carolina ran into a buzzsaw early in the second half as Gonzaga hit 11 shots in a row to break open a close game and whip the Tar Heels 94-81. (12/18)

Gonzaga, No. 2 in the country and riding a 28-game win streak at home, would have been favored versus a North Carolina team at full strength. But not only were the Tar Heels without leading scorer Cole Anthony, their other freshman sensation Armando Bacot got in foul trouble in the first minute, seven seconds and senior leader Brandon Robinson got sick during the first half and didn’t play in the second half.

“Those are just excuses,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We’ve got to play better.”

There were 11 lead changes in the first half but Gonzaga took a seven-point lead into the half at 44-37.

The Zags got the lead to double figures quickly and then piled it on by hitting 14 of 15 shots to work the margin to 22 at 81-59 and effectively end the contest. They hit nearly 60 percent for the game.

Corey Kispert led the way for Gonzaga with 26 points, hitting five of six three-point attempts, while teammate Filip Petrusev added 20.

Carolina freshman Jeremiah Francis got his most game action as he came off the bench to play 23 minutes and score 11 points. Christian Keeling, also off the bench, had his best scoring game as he tallied 12 points for the Tar Heels.

Ten Tar Heels played at least 10 minutes during the game with starter Garrison Brooks leading the way with 16 points.

Bacot never could get going after getting in foul trouble. He not only picked up two quick fouls to start the game but he committed his third foul early in the second half. He ended up scoring only two points on six shots while playing just 14 minutes. He’s hit only three of his last 20 attempts.

“You can’t just keep feeling sorry for yourself,” Coach Williams said, not specifically talking about Bacot but several players. “You have to step up and be a man – be a player.”

The loss was the fourth in a row and the third straight to a non-conference team. UNC hasn’t lost four in a row since the 2010 season and hasn’t lost three in row to non-conference teams since 2001.

The Tar Heels, now 6-5 overall, will play UCLA in Las Vegas Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Carmichael magic never comes for depleted Heels

With Cole Anthony and Leaky Black out injured, North Carolina hoped the magic of playing at Carmichael Arena might be a lift. But Wofford drained in 14 three-pointers and went on a 16-0 run in the second half to defeat the Tar Heels 68-64. (12/15) It was the third loss in a row for a UNC team that has struggled to score points. And now, with their leading scorer out indefinitely, it didn’t get any better. Leading 36-32 at the half, Carolina shot just 32 percent from the floor and was equally inept from the free throw line (12 of […]

With Cole Anthony and Leaky Black out injured, North Carolina hoped the magic of playing at Carmichael Arena might be a lift. But Wofford drained in 14 three-pointers and went on a 16-0 run in the second half to defeat the Tar Heels 68-64. (12/15)

It was the third loss in a row for a UNC team that has struggled to score points. And now, with their leading scorer out indefinitely, it didn’t get any better.

Leading 36-32 at the half, Carolina shot just 32 percent from the floor and was equally inept from the free throw line (12 of 20).

The Tar Heels tried to use their superior height to combat the Terriers’ three pointers. But Armando Bacot, who was a force on the boards with 13 rebounds, couldn’t put it in the hoop, going just two of 14 from the field.

Carolina led 42-39 after Christian Keeling hit a long two pointer with 15:20 left in the game. But the Tar Heels went more than six minutes without another point as Wofford took control of the game scoring 16 straight points, 12 of which were from beyond the arc.

The Tar Heels cut the deficit to six at 55-49 with just over seven minutes to play but they committed back-to-back turnovers and fouled a jump shooter who hit three free throws to go back up by nine.

UNC’s Andrew Platek hit a three from the right wing with 3:09 to go to cut the margin to four at 62-58. But Wofford’s Trevor Stumpe, who led all scorers with 19 points, promptly drained a three of his own and it never got closer than four again.

On top of the two key injuries, it was announced that Sterling Manley, who hasn’t played yet this season, will have season-ending surgery on his knee.

Carolina started K.J. Smith, who normally only plays at mop-up time, because of the Anthony injury. But, even with all the adversity, UNC coach Roy Williams said, “It still says NC on our shirt. I didn’t do a good enough job.”

Brandon Robinson had the best scoring day of his career with 16 points even though he shot just 33 percent from the field.

Wofford moves to 7-4 on the season.

North Carolina, now 6-4 overall, was led by Garrison Brooks’ 17 points. The Heels will be underdogs Wednesday against Gonzaga.

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Carolina can’t score, can’t win at UVA

North Carolina lost for the third time in four games as the Tar Heels couldn’t find scoring when they needed it in a 56-47 loss at Virginia. (12/8) Down just 39-35 to one of the toughest defensive teams in the country midway through the second half, the Heels fouled jump shooters three times in a row, resulting in six Cavalier points from the free throw line. The 10-point deficit was the largest of the game to that point. UNC, which trailed by as many as 17 points, also failed to score another field goal until freshman Cole Anthony hit a […]

North Carolina lost for the third time in four games as the Tar Heels couldn’t find scoring when they needed it in a 56-47 loss at Virginia. (12/8)

Down just 39-35 to one of the toughest defensive teams in the country midway through the second half, the Heels fouled jump shooters three times in a row, resulting in six Cavalier points from the free throw line. The 10-point deficit was the largest of the game to that point.

UNC, which trailed by as many as 17 points, also failed to score another field goal until freshman Cole Anthony hit a short jumper with less than three minutes to play.

Not only did the Tar Heels shoot a mere 38 percent from the floor but they were one of 14 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Virginia hit six of 17 threes, including three by Tomas Woldetensae, who came into the game with three triples the whole year.

The scoring woes have now become historic as the Tar Heels have scored their fewest points in consecutive games since 1950. And the last time Carolina was held to fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games was during the 1947-48 season.

“This is the most frustrated I’ve ever been,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “I haven’t found the right buttons to push.”

The Tar Heels have been relying on a freshman to be the sparkplug offensively. But Cole Anthony, who did lead the Heels with 12 points, missed five of the six three-point shots he took and made only four of 15 total shots. He also was credited with zero assists and six turnovers.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever had a point guard go zero and six,” Coach Williams said. “He’s probably pressing. We’ve got to get hims some more help.”

Armando Bacot, who left Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury, was able to start and finished with 11 points. But he also missed five of six free throw attempts as the Tar Heels made just 12 of 22 from the line.

Virginia, now 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, was led by Mamadi Diakite’s 12 points.

North Carolina, now 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC, hosts Wofford Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

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