Butler scores in OT, Flames edge Hurricanes 2-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Chris Butler scored at 4:56 of overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brian McGrattan also scored for Calgary and Paul Byron had two assists, hours after the struggling Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant John Weisbrod.
Next, the team heads out on a five-game Eastern road swing that begins Saturday in Buffalo.
Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina, which fell to 0-1-2 on a four-game trip.
Paul Byron crossed the Hurricanes blue line in overtime and curled back patiently before sending a pass across to Butler. The defenseman wristed a shot from 50 feet out that beat a screened Justin Peters.
Jets' Holmes: Panthers secondary is 'weakest link'
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes might have provided the Carolina Panthers with some bulletin board material.
Holmes was answering a question Thursday about the Panthers' impressive defense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL, when he mentioned the defensive backs. "Not to call these guys out," Holmes couched it, "but their secondary is probably their weakest link on their defense."
That might not be taken too kindly by the Panthers' starting foursome of cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Melvin White and safeties Quintin Mikell and Mike Mitchell. Carolina actually ranks fifth in pass defense, and the Panthers are tied for fifth in the league with 16 interceptions.
Holmes says his comment was based "just from the numbers perspective." When told of Holmes' comments, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg deadpanned: "I love Santonio."
Charleston downs Coker 68-54
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Adjehi Baru scored a game-high 19 points on Thursday and Charleston played a strong second half to beat Division II Coker 68-54.
Coker (4-4) led 13-11 until 10:12 in the first half, when Anthony Stitt hit a 3-pointer, then a layup to give Charleston (4-5) the lead. Baru's jumper with 46 seconds to play put the Cougars up by eight, and Charleston led 32-26 at halftime.
Charleston increased its lead in the second half with short scoring bursts, and Baru scored 11 points in the half. With 7:01 to play, Canyon Berry made a layup to give the Cougars a 56-49 lead, sparking a 5-0 run, then he hit a jumper with 57 seconds to play to make the score 61-49.
Stitt scored 13, Barry finished with 11, and Charleston out-rebounded Coker 44-27.
Julian Nelson led Coker with 18 points and Eren Moses added 15.
Charleston is 11-0 against Coker.
UNC Asheville romps past NAIA Bluefield 92-56
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - D.J. Cunningham scored 16 points, Jaron Lane 15 and twelve players scored in UNC Asheville's 92-56 romp past NAIA Bluefield on Thursday night - the Bulldogs' highest point total of the season.
Lane, Cunningham, Andrew Rowsey and Jaleel Roberts all scored early as the Bulldogs (2-7) jumped out 11-4, never trailed and led by 20 at halftime.
Rowsey finished with 14 points, Chudier Pal added 11 points and David Robertson 10 for UNC Asheville, which remains unbeaten against Bluefield in three meetings. The Bulldogs, in their first home game of the season, shot 58.5 percent (38-65) and out-rebounded Bluefield 51-21. Sam Hughes had a career-high 11 boards.
Josh Nesbit scored 17 to lead the Ramblin' Rams (5-3), the only player in double figures. Nesbit hit half of his 12 shots, but Bluefield managed just 30.6 percent shooting from the field (19-62) and was 6 of 27 on 3-pointers.
Bowl president: 'No doubt' about No. 22 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan wants to set the record straight: His bowl always wanted No. 22 Duke.
Speaking Thursday during a news conference at the Blue Devils' team headquarters, Stokan shot down rumors that he would have preferred another ACC team in his bowl.
He says he "understands there's been some mention of politics" but adds that "there was no doubt in our minds" about Duke.
Stokan adds that "there was nothing that went on behind the scenes" about possibly choosing another ACC school - possibly Miami or Virginia Tech - ahead of Duke.
The Blue Devils (10-3) will play No. 20 Texas A&M (8-4) on Dec. 31 in the Atlanta-based bowl.
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