Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.
Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters.
Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime, blocking D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the loose ball and raced the length of the court for a layup that gave the Bobcats an 88-81 lead with 1 minute left.
Augustin had 17 points for the Bulls, who are locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They will play either Brooklyn or Washington in the first round.
Muller: No word from management on job status
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller says he has not been told by management if he will keep his job.
Muller said Wednesday that "as of right now, I'm head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes."
He says his discussions with general manager Jim Rutherford and vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis have centered on reviewing a season in which Carolina missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year.
Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes. They went 36-35-11 this season, earning 83 points while finishing 13th in the East. They've missed the playoffs in seven of the eight years since they won the 2006 Stanley Cup.
Owner Peter Karmanos said last week that "I like our coaching staff" and that "I think they've made a lot of progress."
SIGNING DAY-WILSON'S CHOICE
A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, says she will play for South Carolina.
Wilson told a news conference Wednesday that she would stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. The announcement ended nearly one year of speculation.
Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.
The Gamecocks won 29 games in the just concluded season, and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Dawn Staley's team reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.
South Carolina lost one senior from that team and Wilson's choice means the Gamecocks have signed four players ranked in the top 35 recruits.
Spieth ready for more after Masters success
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Jordan Spieth says he gave no thought to withdrawing from the RBC Heritage after the grind of the Masters. Instead, he feels energized by his runner-up finish to Bubba Watson.
The 20-year-old Spieth is in the field at Harbour Town Golf Links, where play starts Thursday. Spieth says the experience at Augusta left him hungry. He understands he can't ease the disappointment at coming close to a Masters title without winning there in the future.
Spieth had an interesting pro-am outing Wednesday, congratulated by more fans than usual because of last week. He also took a wayward wedge shot by a playing partner to the knee, but was OK.
RBC HERITAGE-CAPTAIN TOM
Captain Tom teeing it up at RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is out at the RBC Heritage this week as he prepares for the matches in Scotland this September.
Watson is paired with Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth the first two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links and plans to talk with several young contenders in the running for the American squad. Watson says he'll be at the Memorial Tournament, the Greenbrier, the British Open and the PGA Championship to gather information before he completes the 12-man team that will compete at Gleneagles Hotel this fall.
The top nine Americans based on Ryder Cup points qualify for the team, with Watson filling the final three spots. Watson was captain in 1993 and chose experience in Raymond Floyd and Lanny Wadkins.
Dismissed Clemson QB Kelly apologizes
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his behavior with the Tigers and believes he can learn from the experience.
Kelly issued a statement Wednesday through his uncle, Dan Kelly, the vice president of Jim Kelly Inc. Chad Kelly is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.
Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for a pattern of conduct detrimental to the team. Kelly argued with coaches on the sidelines of Saturday's Orange and White game.
Kelly, 20, says he's apologized to Clemson's coaches and is disappointed how he handled himself, saying he let "emotions get the best of me."
Kelly says he believes he'll use this incident to grow as an athlete, a student and a person.
Martin looking for Gamecocks to take next step
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Frank Martin was proud how his young team persevered through a difficult season. He hopes they bring a similar approach to the offseason as they try and take the next step forward in Southeastern Conference.
The Gamecocks finished 14-20 for their second straight losing season under Martin, but went 6-5 in their final 11 games, including a victory over national runner-up Kentucky in February. Martin says it's up to his players, seven of whom were freshmen this season, to hit the weight room hard this summer and improve their strength and conditioning before fall.
Martin recalled in his wrap-up meeting with freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell that the 13.4-point a game scorer didn't count on college ball being as hard as it was this winter.
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