Weekend Watch: April 27-29
Welcome to the Weekend Watch, where readers can find out what's going on over the next three days both inside and outside the world of UNC athletics. Classes are over at UNC, and it's exam break time. Most Tar Heel teams are taking some time off to study. That doesn't mean that there's nothing to do this weekend, however.
Fourteen members of the Carolina men's and women's track teams are competing in the Penn Relays this weekend. You can check out the schedule for Tar Heel athletes and follow all the action (live stats are free, video is available by subscription) at ThePennRelays.com.
You probably know that Quinton Coples was picked 16th overall by the New York Jets. There has been some skepticism about Coples' effort during his senior season, but Rex Ryan was the only NFL coach at Carolina's pro day, and he liked what he saw. The second and third rounds begin Friday at 7 p.m., with rounds 4-7 Saturday beginning at noon. Zach Brown and Dwight Jones are among the Tar Heels remaining on the board.
Did you know that Harry Potter himself took in the Draft action Thursday night?
After a shortened regular season, the NBA playoffs begin on Saturday. Tar Heels competing include Danny Green (Spurs); Vince Carter, Brendan Haywood and Brandan Wright (Mavericks); Ty Lawson (Nuggets); Tyler Hansbrough (Pacers); and Marvin Williams and Jerry Stackhouse (Hawks). Check the schedule here.
•Major League Baseball
With the Diamond Heels off, check out some former Tar Heels in action in the professional ranks.Here are some storylines:
Daniel Bard is scheduled to start for the Red Sox in Chicago Friday night. Bard wants to be in the starting rotation; the club values him out of the bullpen.
Luke Putkonen was called up by the Detroit Tigers this week. He could make his MLB debut at Yankee Stadium this weekend.
•Major League Lacrosse
The Charlotte Hounds will play their first-ever game this weekend as they host the Denver Outlaws on Saturday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Two former Tar Heels, Billy Bitter and Ryan Flanagan, will play for the home team. Sean Delaney plays for Denver. If you can't make it to Charlotte, catch the action on ESPN3.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters play DPAC Sunday. That should be a great show, but I'm going to be in downtown Raleigh for The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour. The first concert I can remember going to was The Beach Boys and The Everly Brothers at Walnut Creek. Sunday, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks hit the stage at the Raleigh Amphitheater.
That's it for this weekend. Have a great one.