North Carolina’s Roy Williams intends to coach ‘another six to 10 years’

10 Oct

In the wake of the surgery he underwent Sept. 19 to remove a tumor from his right kidney, North Carolina coach Roy Williams had to spend a week or two away from basketball in order to recuperate.

The time off is not something he wants to make permanent anytime soon.

Williams, 62, told an audience of 500 at a speaking appearance in Wilmington on Monday that he could see himself coaching at North Carolina for up to a decade.

"If I stay healthy, I'd like to coach for another six to 10 years," Williams said, according to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. "I don't want to garden. I don't want to go to work. [As UNC basketball coach] every day I get to do what I want to do."

If Williams were to coach into his 70s and North Carolina remains a national power under his leadership, he could make a serious assault on the record books.

Williams has won 675 games in 24 seasons as head coach at Kansas and North Carolina. At that 28-wins-per-year pace, Williams would need eight years to be on the verge of joining Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as the only Division I coaches to eclipse the 900-win plateau.

Surely Williams is sandbagging a bit, but it doesn't sound as though he's confident next season's North Carolina team will keep up that 28-win pace. Asked how he expects the ACC preseason poll to look, Williams said, "I think Duke will be No. 1, and State will be No. 2. [North Carolina] will probably be No.  4 or 5."

Fourth or fifth? Even with four first-round draft picks off to the NBA and some youthful replacements who still need to prove themselves, it's hard to see North Carolina finishing outside the ACC's top three.

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Dusty Baker back in Bay Area managing Reds (Yahoo! Sports)

05 Oct

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker smiles during baseball practice, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 in San Francisco. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the National League division series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants.

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Snubbed a decade ago, Brandt Snedeker shows he’s one of the world’s best with FedEx Cup win (Yahoo! Sports)

23 Sep
Snedeker overcame a brutal 17th at East Lake to leapfrog Rory McIlroy to win the FedEx Cup.
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Tour Report: Woods focused on win, not money (PGA Tour)

22 Sep
Halleran/Getty Images Tiger Woods’s focus will be entirely on winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on Sunday. By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM ATLANTA — For more than a decade, Tiger Woods topped Forbes’s annual list of the the richest athletes in the world. The reason he holds that distinction is simple. Woods doesn’t think about the [...]
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Since Tim Duncan was drafted over 15 years ago, the San Antonio Spurs have remained hilariously staid, seemingly going out of their way to make routine and respected "Spurs moves" while remaining a constant championship contender for the last decade and a half. In a somewhat shocking bit of derring-do, the team announced earlier in the month that it would be soon unveiling alternate jerseys to wear at times during the 2012-13 season. For a team that has only worn black and white since the 1996-97 season, the news was as jarring as San Antonio Spurs news typically gets.

Then the unis hit, on Wednesday. And they're … well, they're pretty simple. They're cool, we like the gray and the throwback spur on the front that reminds of the team's old ABA uniforms, but these are some simple duds. Borderline practice jerseys, if you will. Then again, the San Antonio Spurs have always been about practice, practice, and practice; so it sort of makes sense.

More examples follow after the jump.

Really, with only black and white to work with (and thankfully not the teal-dotted southwestern style that ruined many a child's David Robinson T-shirt in the mid-1990s), there wasn't a whole heck of a lot the Spurs could do, and the simplistic plan was executed well.

The jerseys will debut at the team's home opener on Nov. 1, and make 11 other appearances throughout the 2012-13 season.

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2012 Chase Prospects: Is it Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s time at long last?

15 Sep

And here we are at last, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in position for a championship. He's in his best position standings-wise in nearly a decade, and he's running better, in an aggregate sense, than he ever has in his career. (His average finish of 9.9 is more than two positions better than he's ever recorded before.)

So why are we not trumpeting Junior as the great green-and-white hope? Why is nobody outside Junior Nation saying this is the year he starts to match his daddy's legacy? Because his daddy never had to race against anyone like Jimmie Johnson, that's why. (Heresy!) Plus, Junior doesn't have his father's skill and temperament, which is not an insult; think about how many other drivers have tried and fallen short of the Intimidator's legacy.

What Earnhardt does have is a team that's absolutely clicking right now, a team that's taken all the jabs at crew chief and pit crew skill and overwhelmingly refuted all of them. Earnhardt is feeling confident behind the wheel, his team has faith in his abilities, and everything's lining up just right for him to reassert himself as a consistent Chase driver, if not necessarily a championship one.

His best Chase track: Martinsville, at which he's got an average finish of 12.6 but no wins, or Talladega, where he averages about a 15th-place finish but has five wins? Pick 'em. Either way, his strong history at tracks that give other drivers fits bodes well for Little E.

His worst Chase track: He's got an average finish of 23.1 at Homestead, but given that most drivers are out of the hunt by then, that's a deceivingly low stat. Instead, look to Charlotte, where he has an average finish of 18.8 as a more reliable (if problematic) indicator of where he'll run at Chase tracks.

JB's take: You need wins to take the Chase (Carl Edwards in '11 is very narrowly an exception that proves the rule), and Junior hasn't shown he's capable of winning very much yet. If he takes an early race or two, the whole picture changes, but as it is, he's not the kind of driver who can rack up bunches of victories. He'll stay in the picture until November, but he won't be a championship factor.

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Woods, McIlroy bring buzz back to Bethpage Black (The Associated Press)

23 Aug
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing in the same group. Bethpage Black, a notoriously tough track on Long Island made even more famous by the two U.S. Opens it has hosted in the last decade.
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New York Knicks owner James Dolan is looking for an executive assistant

13 Aug

There are very few people around the NBA who think particularly highly of James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks. Over the last decade and change, Dolan has overseen one of the worst periods in the history of one of the league's marquee franchises. The problem hasn't just been that the Knicks don't win many games — it's that they've made countless questionable decisions (both ethically and otherwise) and effectively become the basketball version of a supermarket tabloid. The issues are largely cultural, and that starts with Dolan.

Nevertheless, there is a bit of a job crisis in the United States of America, and sometimes people have to work for less-than-ideal employers. That's why anyone currently looking for work should strongly consider the opening at Cablevision for "Executive & Personal Assistant to President & CEO," which would involve working directly under Dolan.

Sadly, the job posting at has expired, perhaps because it received attention outside of the industry or was already filled. Luckily for us, Sean Newell of Deadspin was able to pass on a few of the job requirements, along with some handy links to related moments in recent Knicks history:

  • Have a track record in working in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Be a detail oriented planner with demonstrated ability to anticipate challenges, respond efficiently, and change priorities quickly when dealing with multiple tasks
  • Have the ability to maintain professional discretion with sensitive and confidential information
  • Anticipate all contingencies and be strategic in prioritizing projects undertaken
  • Carry out regular and continual review of emails, phone calls, and other forms of correspondence and then identify the appropriate follow up action
  • Track record as a strategic thinker capable of foreseeing impact of simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with high level executives from diverse arenas
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times
  • Strong judgment, decision making, time management, and prioritizing skills

I imagine that many of our readers are qualified applicants, though there are a few skills and requirements not listed on the official job description. For instance, are you willing to tolerate terrible white-guy blues? Because, if you're not, you will be miserable at the end of every day.

Good luck with your applications, and don't be alarmed if their first offer seems like a gross overpayment. I hear that Isiah Thomas negotiates the company's contracts.

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5 big surprises at the PGA Championship (The Associated Press)

08 Aug
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- The PGA Championship has delivered its share of unlikely winners over the years, particularly one stretch in the 1990s when eight of its 10 champions that decade won their first major.
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Jeremy Lin has a video chat with distraught 5-year-old Knicks fan (VIDEO)

07 Aug

When Jeremy Lin left the New York Knicks for the Houston Rockets a few weeks ago, the team's fans got very upset. Some even went so far as to reconsider their allegiances, ending decades of fandom over an especially awful decade. Somehow, the Knicks experience has been embarrassing enough lately that such a decision didn't seem quite so ridiculous.

However, one of the most notable upset Knicks fans can't claim a decade of rooting on the team. Around the time Lin switched teams, the YouTube user "hmpeopleinmyhead" posted a clip of his five-year-old son Naim crying and wondering how the Knicks possibly could have let his favorite player leave. The video has been viewed more than 30,000 times and became something of a viral sensation.

When Lin heard about the video, he took action and scheduled a video conversation on Mac's FaceTime application with Naim. You can watch nine minutes of the session at the top of this post (via The first question is about spending time with Toney Douglas and Josh Harrelson in Houston, which seems like one of the most random NBA hangout trios possible.

This is a pretty cool gesture by Lin, and the sort of thing that makes the Knicks look even worse to the general public for letting him walk in restricted free agency. He's popular, approachable, and understands how to handle himself in public. While there are still acceptable basketball reasons for wondering if Lin can play up to his initial "Linsanity" level, there are also indications that he can. For a franchise with an increasingly poor reputation in the press, the Knicks lost a lot when they cut ties with Lin.

That's not to say that Lin only spent time talking to Naim and his father out of the kindness of his heart. Lin knows that this move was good PR, the sort of outreach that creates new fans in addition to making two fans for life. The fact that it came from a good place doesn't change that it's also a business decision. That's fine, of course — it's just some additional context for this conversation. My guess is that Lin will not make a habit of this, because a single conversation does all the PR work he needs.

Now we must wonder if other players will follow suit. For the record, Monta Ellis never contacted me when I cried after his trade to Milwaukee.

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