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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.

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SOUTH CAROLINA-STATEHOUSE Staley, national champion Gamecocks honored at Statehouse COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and her national champion Gamecocks got a standing ovation from lawmakers as they were honored at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The women's basketball team defeated Mississippi State earlier this month for its first national championship.

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NASCAR has huge hole to fill after Earnhardt retires

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- There was a moment during the Bristol Motor Speedway race that captured the essence of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was walking briskly to the care center for a mandatory health check after a crash. Flanked by a television reporter on one side, a handler on the other, he was explaining why he wrecked while hustling to his destination.

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The Latest: NASCAR CEO calls Earnhardt a proven leader

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he will retire from racing at the end of the season (all times local): 4:55 p.m. NASCAR's chairman and CEO is praising Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s passion for the sport, saying it will "leave an impact on NASCAR that will be felt over its entire history.

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- It's never easy to be the son of a legend, especially when he is a tough-as-nails hero and the most feared man in his profession. Follow in his footsteps? Forget it. Just being able to drive cars was enough for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and if it made his daddy proud, well, hopefully somebody would tell him.

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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.

Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-CAVALIERS-PACERS James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana. James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games.

Alonso embracing challenges of his 'Indy 500 adventure'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Fernando Alonso is on a personal "Indy 500 adventure" that is both a labor of love and ambition for the two-time Formula One champion. The Spaniard will attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 next month, and hopefully, some day, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- NASCAR has postponed the Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Sunday. The race was pushed until Monday at 1 p.m. Weather has been a problem all weekend at Bristol, where Friday qualifications were washed out. On Saturday, the Xfinity Series race had a lengthy stoppage for rain.

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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.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics thump Bulls to get back in series. UNDATED (AP) -- Homecourt advantage has meant absolutely nothing to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Celtics have bounced back from consecutive home losses to whip the Bulls, 104-87 and get within two games to one in the series.

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Fighting talk from Ferrari after Vettel wins Bahrain GP

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- Sebastian Vettel is back on top of the Formula One standings and his Ferrari team is bursting with ambition again. A couple of hours after Vettel had held off his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to win an exciting Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday -- the German driver's second victory in three races -- Ferrari's chairman spoke with new-found confidence.