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14 ACC football players who could break out during fall camp

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to break out this fall: ATLANTIC DIVISION BOSTON COLLEGE QB Darius Wade, redshirt junior: The Eagles are looking for a replacement for Patrick Towles, and Wade and Anthony Brown are the top candidates to take over.

BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

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Update on the latest in sports:

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Rockets take out Westbrook, Thunder UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

UNC-NCAA-PUBLIC RECORDS Bill addressing UNC school records on athletic groups OK'd RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A measure affirming documents held by University of North Carolina system schools about their member athletic organizations -- like the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference -- are public records has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A Senate judiciary committee recommended the measure Monday. It's got one more panel to pass before reaching the chamber floor. Bill sponsor Sen.

UNC's Berry, Pinson join Bradley in testing NBA draft waters

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson will join freshman Tony Bradley in declaring for the NBA draft, though they won't hire agents. The school announced the moves Monday. Berry was the Final Four's most outstanding player as the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga for their sixth NCAA championship April 3. The 6-foot point guard averaged 14.7 points. The 6-6 Pinson averaged 6.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.

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Latest North Carolina, South Carolina sports

NC STATE-KEATTS CONTRACT NC State coach Keatts signs 6-year deal worth $2.2M annually RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts has signed his six-year contract with the school worth at least $2.2 million per year. N.C. State officials released a copy of the contract Friday. The deal will pay the men's basketball coach an annual salary of $1.1 million plus another $1.

NCAA events awarded to North Carolina from 2019-22

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A list of the NCAA events awarded Tuesday to North Carolina from 2019-22 after the state rolled back a law limiting protections for LGBT people: 2018-19 SEASON Division III men's and women's soccer championships, Greensboro (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018) Division I women's soccer College Cup, Cary (Nov. 30-Dec.

Ex-NC Central QB receives probation in UNC agents probe

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former college football player charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law has received probation in a deal with prosecutors. Michael Wayne Johnson Jr., 28, was charged in 2013 with three felony counts of athlete-agent inducement from 2010. Under terms of the conditional discharge agreement Tuesday, those charges were reduced to misdemeanors and will be dismissed if he complies with all terms over the 12-month probationary period.

Ex-agent pleads guilty in multi-year UNC sports agent probe

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him. Terry Watson entered his plea Monday afternoon in a deal to resolve 3 1/2-year-old felony charges.

Tar Heels spend spring looking for Trubisky's successor

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina was supposed to be settled at quarterback with Mitch Trubisky entering his second season as a starter while younger passers prepared in the background. Instead, the Tar Heels are sorting through their depth chart as they exit spring practices. Trubisky declared for this month's NFL draft after just one season as the starter.

Lawyers: Athlete accused of assault didn't break UNC rules

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Lawyers say the University of North Carolina has determined a football player charged with sexual battery didn't violate campus policy in his contact with a female student. Attorneys for Allen Artis and his accuser said Thursday that university officials found no violation of campus policy. A misconduct decision against Artis could have led to his expulsion. The school declined comment.

Much of Gonzaga's title game team coming back next season

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The greatest season so far in Gonzaga basketball history ended with the Bulldogs falling short of their goal but many of those players who slugged it out with North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game will be back for another try next season.

UNC's title defense, Zags' follow-up top 2017-18 story lines

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program's sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season's biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year's finale. Let's take an early look at some of the threads to watch leading into next season.

NCAA 'reluctantly' agrees to let North Carolina host events

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The NCAA has "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA offered a lukewarm endorsement, saying the new law "meets the minimal NCAA requirements.

Williams humbly passes Smith, joins elite coaching company

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime mentor and dear friend. "I don't think Roy Williams should ever be put in the same sentence with Dean Smith, I really don't," Williams said.

Missed call helps UNC in final minute of NCAA title game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The official was right there standing over the play. North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga's Silas Melson were on the floor trying to corral a rebound with 53 seconds left in the NCAA championship game with the Tar Heels up by one Monday night. Referee Mike Eades called a held ball and North Carolina retained possession, and then used that possession to score the biggest basket of the game.

Despite 2 bad ankles, Berry named outstanding player

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Joel Berry II headed a trio of players for national champion North Carolina named to the all-tournament team for the Final Four. Berry, hobbled by two bad ankles, played well enough in the championship game Monday night after a clunker in the semifinals to be named the outstanding player of the Final Four. Berry was joined by teammates Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson.