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Parth Upadhyaya

Senior Sports Writer, The Daily Tar Heel

Location icon United States

Sports writer | UNC-Chapel Hill student, Media & Journalism major
I cover North Carolina athletics for The Daily Tar Heel, the university's independent student newspaper.
Past: Sports intern, Houston Chronicle (summer 2018)
Contact me via email: [email protected] or Twitter DM


Profiles & Features

The Daily Tar Heel
What Vince Carter learned in Chapel Hill is what's keeping him in the game

Although Carter jokes being addressed as "Mr. Carter" rubbed him the wrong way, he is in the twilight of his career. The eight-time NBA All-Star, Slam Dunk Contest champion and Olympic gold medalist - now a member of the Atlanta Hawks - is the oldest active player in the league at 42 years old.

Houston Chronicle
BIG3 gives former NBA pros a second chance to shine

Ice Cube sat in his hotel room in Atlanta on a Wednesday night in April 2016 after spending the day working on Barbershop: The Next Cut, a film he was producing and starring in. He watched as one of his all-time favorite NBA players, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, scored 60 points in his last career game.

The Daily Tar Heel
Kenny Williams uses last season as motivation for a successful senior year

"I think we used that as motivation a lot this preseason, just emphasizing getting back to playing our game," Williams said at ACC men's basketball media day on Oct. 24. "I know for the older guys that know what it's like, that have been there and won that championship, we don't want to go out like that two years in a row."

Houston Chronicle
Texans' Brandon Dunn plans to keep working hard

During one of the Texans' players and coaches meetings in the summer of 2017, coach Bill O'Brien pulled Brandon Dunn to the side. The team needed more production out of the fourth-year defensive tackle, the coach said. Dunn's job was on the line. "They didn't quite say, 'You're on the borderline (of getting cut).'

Game & Event Stories

The Daily Tar Heel
Nassir Little defends Roy Williams amidst talk regarding playing time after win

Harold Little didn't hear Williams' follow-up statements. He didn't hear Williams' explanation of why his son doesn't play more, that he's "trying to get him some more minutes," or his praise of Nassir Little's work ethic. So, naturally, Harold Little was caught off guard by the comments.

The Daily Tar Heel
Cade Fortin's play not enough to save UNC football against N.C. State

Fortin's roommate, true first-year running back Javonte Williams, asked him the same question all week: "Are you nervous for the game?" But Williams knew better than anyone that Fortin was more than prepared to be the starter. The two often study the playbook together and talk through hypothetical in-game situations in their room.

The Daily Tar Heel
Coby White and first-years provide the excitement at Late Night with Roy

Little looked the most comfortable of the three. The 6-foot-6-inch forward tied Manley with a team-leading nine points on the White squad. He also had the dunk of the night. Little caught a pass at the right wing and blew by guard Andrew Platek on his way to the goal.

Houston Chronicle
Post Oak takes businesslike approach to Little League regional

An hour after arriving at the Courtyard Marriott in Tyler for a pizza party, the Post Oak Little League All-Stars had a pause in their celebration. Manager David Rook, along with his two assistants, pulled their club out of the shindig in the hotel's conference room and into the lobby.


The Daily Tar Heel
Vince Carter tells us about being a mentor, and a Tar Heel, in his 21st NBA season

VC: Just a love for the game. I still love playing - still love to travel. The ups and downs of the game is something that hasn't gotten old yet. DTH: What part of playing for Dean Smith and spending three years at North Carolina helped you prepare for the league and for being in the league for 21 years?

Houston Chronicle
Ice Cube on BIG3 in Houston, Magic vs. Kobe and next 'Friday' movie

Ahead of the BIG3's season opener Friday at Toyota Center, Ice Cube discussed a wide range of topics from his inspiration to create the league, his decision to hire Clyde Drexler as commissioner and the status of the next "Friday" movie.

College Town
Jay Bilas breaks down the NCAA's decisions on UNC, NC State

On Oct. 13, the NCAA announced that its Committee on Infractions could not conclude that North Carolina violated NCAA rules during the university's 18-year-long academic scandal. That same day, the NCAA ruled N.C. State freshman guard Braxton Beverly ineligible for the 2017-18 season. Beverly originally committed to Ohio State in Oct.

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