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Last Update on July 22, 2014 07:33 GMT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Marvin Williams feels like he's coming home.
Nine years after leading the North Carolina men's basketball team to a national championship, Williams returns to the Tar Heel state as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
"North Carolina has always been like a second home to me," Williams said Monday at an introductory news conference after signing a two-year, $14 million deal.
Coach Steve Clifford views the 6-foot-9 Williams as a combo forward, but says his stronger position is power forward. Williams has a good chance to win that starting spot in Charlotte.
The Hornets lost starter Josh McRoberts to Miami in free agency, leaving them with second-year player Cody Zeller and rookie Noah Vonleh, who Clifford said is still a couple of years away from being a contributor.
NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBE
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) -- This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed.
Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall said Monday that the hearing originally set for Wednesday is on hold until a later date that hasn't yet been set.
Prosecutors have provided tens of thousands of investigative records to defense attorneys for review. It's unclear when the case could reach a trial.
A grand jury indicted the defendants in September for violating the state's Uniform Athlete Agent Act by providing benefits to former players Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn in 2010. The defendants include a Georgia-based sports agent and a former UNC tutor.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Defending national champion Florida State and Miami are the favorites to win their Atlantic Coast Conference divisions.
The league announced its predicted order of finish Monday after a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days.
The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division.
The Coastal Division was muddier, with four teams separated by 44 points. Miami had 614 points to 597 for defending champion Duke, 571 for Virginia Tech and 570 for North Carolina.
Both the Blue Devils (33) and Tar Heels (27) received more first-place votes than the Hurricanes (26).
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State was the overwhelming pick for preseason player of the year with 99 votes.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He said Monday at the ACC's preseason media days that he will handle things differently this time around.
Petrino said he must "prove to myself and everybody else on a daily basis" that Louisville made the right decision in bringing him back.
Petrino left Louisville in 2007 to coach the NFL's Atlanta Falcons for less than one season before going to Arkansas. Then he was fired in 2012 after a scandal involving a motorcycle accident with his mistress as a passenger.
He coached last season at Western Kentucky.