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North Carolina has put its women’s bas­ket­ball coach­ing staff on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave amid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “is­sues raised by stu­dent-ath­letes and oth­ers,” the school an­nounced Mon­day in a news re­lease.

Those sus­pended are head coach who just con­cluded her 33rd sea­son lead­ing the Tar Heels, and her three as­sis­tant coaches, per The News & Ob­server of Raleigh, N.C.

The univer­sity did not spec­ify the “is­sues,” but said a Char­lotte, N.C., law firm “will con­duct the re­view and as­sess the cul­ture of the women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram and the ex­pe­ri­ence of our stu­dent-ath­letes.”

Hatchell has been the head coach at UNC since 1986 and has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Fi­nal Four ap­pear­ances — 1994, 2006 and 2007 — and the NCAA cham­pi­onship in 1994.

Hatchell, 67, has a 751-325 record in 33 sea­sons at North Carolina. She missed the 2013-14 sea­son as she bat­tled leukemia. She spent the first 11 sea­sons of her ca­reer at Fran­cis Mar­ion Col­lege in South Carolina, fin­ish­ing 272-80.

A 2013 en­shri­nee into the Nai­smith Me­mo­rial Hall of Fame, she is the win­ningest women’s bas­ket­ball coach in At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence his­tory.

James won’t play for Team USA

LeBron James has con­firmed he will not join Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in China this sum­mer, but he has not ruled out competing in the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics in Tokyo.

There was speculation that the Lak­ers su­per­star might re­con­sider World Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion af­ter Los An­ge­les missed the NBA post­sea­son, but James told The Ath­letic he never in­tended to join coach

squad.

“I love ev­ery­thing about Pop, ob­vi­ously, but this is not a good sum­mer for me,” said James, whose busy sum­mer sched­ule in­cludes shoot­ing the film “Space Jam 2.”

James, 34, said play­ing for Popovich at Tokyo 2020 is “a pos­si­bil­ity.”

“It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics,” he told The Ath­letic.

Kis­ner vaults 25 spots in golf rank­ings

Kevin Kis­ner vaulted 25 spots to No. 25 in the of­fi­cial world golf rank­ings fol­low­ing his vic­tory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.

It is Kis­ner’s high­est rank­ing since reach­ing No. 24 fol­low­ing a tie for sev­enth at the RBC Her­itage in April 2018.

(9.5424 av­er­age points) re­mained No. 1 de­spite fail­ing to get out of the round-robin group stage, but Eng­land’s (9.5061) closed the gap in the two-year rat­ing sys­tem. North­ern Ire­land’s rose an­other spot to No. 3 de­spite los­ing to in the Round of 16.

McIl­roy passed who also failed to get out of group play. Koepka has a pair of T56s and a missed cut in his past three starts, while McIl­roy has seven con­sec­u­tive top-10s to be­gin 2019. McIl­roy be­gan the year ranked eighth.

is No. 5, fol­lowed by

Italy’s and the high­est-ranked player to skip the Match Play event.

For­mer No. 1 con­tin­ued his free fall, drop­ping an­other two spots to No. 32.

In other golf news Mon­day:

drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the sev­enth sud­den-death play­off hole to de­feat

in the Rapis­can Sys­tems Clas­sic in Biloxi, Miss. Dark­ness ended play Sun­day af­ter their fifth play­off hole. Af­ter each parred the sixth, Suther­land’s clutch putt at the sev­enth gave him his se­cond Cham­pi­ons ti­tle and the $240,000 cham­pi­onship check.

Cor­rec­tion

Univer­sity at Buf­falo of­fen­sive line­man Michael was in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fied in a photo Sun­day on page B10.

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