Weekend Watch: April 26-28

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Greetings, true believers! It's a huge weekend in Carolina athletics, both in spring sports and for former Tar Heels taking their talents to the next level. Let's get to it.

NFL Draft

In the first round of the NFL Draft last night, the Arizona Cardinals selected Jonathan Cooper seventh overall, and the Broncos got Sylvester Williams at 28.

For fun, I decided to check on the reaction in the Phoenix and Denver papers. Bob Young's column in the Arizona Republic focuses on the first draft for new GM Steve Keim (a former NC State guard) and writes that while "Cooper may not be a sexy pick," he can be a huge part of the rebuilding process under new coach Bruce Arians. Here's Coop's post-pick interview. The folks in Denver seem extremely happy, as no one thought Sly would fall to them. On a personal note, I'll say that both cities are in for a treat, as they each got high-caliber players with even higher character. Cooper and Williams will represent Carolina well on the next level.

It should be noted that former Tar Heel Bucky Brooks had Cooper and Williams pegged right on the money last week. He eventually changed Coop to 8 and Sly to 14, but at the time I wrote my column, Bucky was all over it.

The Draft continues tonight with rounds two and three beginning at 6:30. Which Tar Heel(s) could go tonight? NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Mayock say Giovani Bernard is the 20th-best player still on the board.

NBA Playoffs

Last week, Adam gave you an impressive guide to Tar Heels in the playoffs. Let's see how they're doing.

Miami leads John Henson and Milwaukee, 3-0. Game 4 is in Milwaukee, Sunday at 4:30 on ABC. Henson has 6 points and 7 rebounds through three games.

Danny Green and San Antonio are up 2-0 on the Lakers. Game 3 is Friday at 10:30 on ESPN from Los Angeles. Danny has 8 points and 5 rebounds through two games.

Ty Lawson's Denver Nuggets and Harrison Barnes and Golden State are tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is in Oakland, Friday at 10:30. Ty is averaging 15.5 points and 8 assists; Harrison had 24 in Game 2. He also did this:

Raymond Felton and the Knicks are two games up on Boston. Game 3 is Friday at 8 on ESPN. Raymond is averaging 14.5 points and 4 assists in the series.

Memphis and Ed Davis trail the Clippers, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday at 4:30 on TNT. Davis has 6 points and 7 rebounds through two games.

Indiana is up 2-0 on Atlanta, with Game 3 set for Saturday at 7 on ESPN. Tyler Hansbrough has 14 points and 11 rebounds through two games.

Finally (as far as Tar Heels are concerned), Jerry Stackhouse and the Brooklyn Nets trail Chicago, 2-1, with Game 4 set for Saturday at 2 on TNT. Jerry Stackhouse has 5 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes across three games. He sang the national anthem last night.


ACC Championships

Several Tar Heel teams are competing for conference championships this weekend.

Men's Golf is in New London for the ACC Championship.

As I type this, men's tennis is taking on Virginia in Cary in the ACC Tournament.

You could make it a lacrosse weekend in Chapel Hill. Carolina women's lacrosse is hosting the conference tournament, and they take on Boston College at 3 p.m. Friday (RSN/ESPN3). The winner plays the Virginia/Maryland winner for the ACC title at 5 on Sunday.

The ACC men's lacrosse championship is being held at Kenan Stadium. Carolina takes on Duke Friday at 7:30 on ESPNU, and the winner of that match takes on the Virginia/Maryland winner at 1 on Sunday.


Track

is at the Penn Relays this weekend.

Softball

is at Maryland for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1, and a Sunday finale also at 1.

Finally, one of the biggest baseball series of the season begins tonight in Raleigh. Carolina takes on N.C. State Friday at 6:30 (ESPN3), Saturday at 6:30 (ESPN3) and Sunday at 7 (ESPNU). All games will be broadcast on the Tar Heel Sports Network as well. Carolina is #1 at 40-3 (even The Wall Street Journal is taking notice), and N.C. State is #6 after having won 15 in a row. I broke down the matchups yesterday, and Baseball America's Aaron Fitt talks to coaches of common opponents. It's setting up to be a great series.

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