* ... Former Tar Heel Orlando Melendez was released by his club A.S. Soleuvre Zolwer (3-8) in Luxembourg recently despite averaging 21.6 points after 11 games. Melendez stopped off in Den Bosch, Holland, on his way back to Puerto Rico at the invitation of former Tar Heel Randy Wiel, currently the coach of the top pro team in the Netherlands, EiffelTowers Den Bosch (17-1).
"Since we are in the market for a frontcourt player I invited him to one of our games to visit and talk to him. We are however looking for a bigger player since our center Sharone Wright (Clemson) is hurt," Wiel explained to InsideCarolina.com.
"I contacted some other teams in our league about him. I hope some team picks him up because he looks bigger, stronger and appears to be more mature and experienced as a basketball player."
* ... Byron Sanders has returned to the U.S. after parting ways with German second-division club Phoenix Hagen (7-6). During his rookie campaign, Sanders played in 13 games and averaged 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.
The official statement about his departure from the team noted that Sanders was considering joining a team in the Continental Basketball League.
* Jason Capel has been dropped from the roster of Italian League (Serie A) team Air Avellino due to slow recovery from a back injury. Capel missed the last four games after playing in eight games and averaging 13.9 ppg and 6 rpg in 30.4 mpg.
* Russian women's club team UMMC Ekaterinburg no longer lists former Tar Heel star Nikki Teasley on their roster.
DOHERTY, SMU ADD LYNCH
* ... Now in his second year away from the NBA after a 12-year NBA career with four teams, George Lynch has joined the SMU basketball staff. Head coach Matt Doherty made the announcement last week when Lynch was given the job of administrative assistant/graduate manager.
In 1993 Lynch was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-Final Four after helping lead North Carolina to the NCAA Championship.
"I'm excited about the opportunities and challenges that [Matt] has awarded me in working with SMU, his staff, and his players," Lynch said.
FOX PART OF 'DIRT' DEBUT ON FX
* ... The FX cable network will air the new drama series "Dirt" on January 2 (Tuesday) at 10 p.m. (ET). Courteney Cox stars in this one as a ruthless tabloid magazine editor looking for celebrity sleaze.
The show's debut episode features former Tar Heel and retired Laker Rick Fox as Prince Tyrese, a pro basketball star, who is set up in a very compromising situation by the paparazzi.
With "Dirt" rated for mature audiences (MA) and FX also offering shows like "The Shield" and "Nip/Tuck," potential viewers of "Dirt" are advised to proceed accordingly.
News & Notes Extras
... Marc Berman covers the Knicks for the New York Post and informed InsideCarolina.com that Phil Ford and Dave Hanners are still on the bench as assistant coaches for the Knicks, as they were last year under Larry Brown. However, they are not allowed to speak to the media. "That's how delicate the situation is," said Berman, in response to an e-mail asking about the current status of the former Tar Heels that remained in New York after the messy firing of Brown. Brown. meanwhile, reportedly will officially soon be named a front-office adviser to the Philadelphia 76ers. ... Four former Tar Heels are among those recently named for the NFL Pro Bowl on February 10, 2007 in Hawaii. The NFC squad includes TE Alge Crumpler (Atlanta) and DE Julius Peppers (Carolina). The AFC roster features RB Willie Parker (Pittsburgh), and C Jeff Saturday (Indianapolis). ... The Miami Dolphins signed DT Chase Page from the practice squad of the San Diego Chargers last week. Page, 23, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Chargers in 2006.