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Bottom of today’s University of North Carolina Daily Tar Heel page one:

* UNC-Duke rivalry explained ( | Today’s page one (

Update: Duke 92 UNC 90 in overtime (

Paul Lukas writes: “I’m intrigued by the way TV news reporters have gotten into the habit of wearing purple on Election Day — their way of looking non-partisan as they split the difference between the blue Democrats and red Republicans. It has become a ‘uniform’ of sorts, or at least a team color.”

The Uni Watch editor asks: “So is the purple thing an interesting organic phenomenon, or just another example of predictably mindless ‘me too’-ism run amok? Either way, there’s no denying that the purple trope is now firmly entrenched across the media spectrum.”

* A Uni Watch look at Election Day attire (

The State sport columnist Ron Morris, who was once told by his publisher that he couldn’t write about coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina football team, wrote after Saturday’s loss: “Suddenly, Spurrier is no longer bigger than life.” | No excuse for Spurrier’s press conference pouting.

* Earlier: Columnist isn’t allowed to mention South Carolina football (

Seattle Times sports editor Don Shelton was faced with a tough decision: Should he continue running NBA scoring summaries, or use the space for local sports coverage?

I tallied up the reasons for and against, talked to my staff and even my wife. And then I made the wrong decision.

He killed the NBA stats.

Readers complained, and “I started to feel guilty. …Then I reversed the call.”

Shelton shares an email exchange with a reader that prompted him to rethink his decision. “It’s a good example of how passionate readers are and how personally they take their newspaper and sports section,” the editor tells me. “This guy even offered a very thoughtful alternative. You’ve got to love our readers!”

The emails are after the jump. Read More

This list comes from Mashable’s Sam Laird:
1. @AdamSchefter “I love big stories outside of football and try to share with readers the ones I think are important,” he says.
2. @ErinAndrews She has “a wealth of behind-the-scenes interviews.”
3. @SI_PeterKing “Tweets prolifically and responds to his followers’ comments and questions often.”
4. @Buster_ESPN “A go-to source for fans of America’s pastime.”
5. @jadande “I seek out interaction with my followers and retweet the best responses,” he says.
6. @JayGlazer “Stream of updates, opinions and analysis.”
7. @Chris_Broussard “Tweets can come in spurts,” but…
8. @JayBilas “A mix opinions, insightful analysis and rap lyrics.”
9. @mortreport He says: “Time allowing, I also use Twitter to answer questions from my followers.”
10. @PeteThamelNYT “Must-follow for any college sports fan.”
11. @sportsguy33 “…often hilarious 140-character takes on the sports world.”

* Sportswriters you need to follow on Twitter