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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.

Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first time in franchise history. "I've been dreaming about it for so long," Plum said.

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HURRICANES-FLYERS Canes' Bickell gets SO goal before retiring due to MS PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. During a stoppage in the first period, fans and players from both teams gave Bickell a standing ovation and stick tap.

Columbia mayor names part of street after Dawn Staley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina national championship coach Dawn Staley will now have part of a downstreet named after her. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the move Sunday during a parade to honor Staley's NCAA Tournament champions. Thousands were on hand to celebrate a week after the Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 67-55 to win the program's first national title.

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BON JOVI CANCELS NYC CONCERTS UNDATED (AP) -- Fans who had plans to check out Jon Bon Jovi this weekend in New York will have to make other arrangements. He won't be doing the shows because of illness. He decided last night to put off the shows at Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night -- to give him more time to recover from bronchitis.

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ISLANDERS-HURRICANES Halak preserves Islanders' playoff hopes, beats Canes 3-0 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots in his second shutout of the season, and the fast-starting New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday night.

Racial, gender hiring decline in college sports in 2016

The number of African-Americans and women hired in college sports declined in 2016, according to a diversity report released Thursday. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave college sports a C+ for racial hiring by earning 78.5 points, a decrease from 83.6 points in 2016. College sports received a C grade (73.5 points) for gender hiring, down from 78.8 from points in 2015.

Darius Rucker puts on free concert at U. of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Darius Rucker has made good on his word. In the fall, the country music star said he'd put on a free concert for University of South Carolina students if his alma mater's football team got six wins in the season. Wednesday night he made good on his promise, performing at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. Rucker and bandmates formed Hootie & the Blowfish while they were students at South Carolina.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter, and the Washington Wizards hurt Charlotte's playoff chances with a 118-111 victory over the Hornets last night. Kemba Walker scored 37 points, but the All-Star guard went cold in the third quarter along with the rest of the Hornets. ST. PAUL, Minn.

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MLB Tigers down Chicago 6-3 in the season opener for Detroit and the White Sox CHICAGO (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 10 to match the most by a Detroit pitcher on opening day since Mickey Lolich in 1970, and the Tigers backed him with three home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

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COWBOYS-ROMO RETIRING Cowboys' Tony Romo retiring, replacing Phil Simms at CBS DALLAS (AP) -- Tony Romo is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS. The network announced Tuesday that Romo will be paired with Jim Nantz on Thursday night and Sunday games next season.

Correction: WNBA Draft-South Carolina story

In a story April 4 about players declaring for the WNBA draft, due to an editing error, The Associated Press reported erroneously that to be eligible for the draft players must turn 22 the year of the draft and have their incoming class graduating. Players must meet at least one of four criteria to be eligible.

South Carolina postpones national title celebration

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina has postponed its welcome home celebration for the women's basketball team Monday because of tornado warnings and thunderstorms in the area. The school had pushed back the ceremony to honor Dawn Staley and her national champions to avoid the bad weather. But the school said it would hold off on any gathering for the team's NCAA Tournament victory.

Mississippi State's NCAA run might be sign of things to come

Mississippi State's unexpected presence on the biggest stage in women's basketball might be a sign of good things to come for the program. The Bulldogs burst into the ranks of the nation's elite with a run through the NCAA Tournament that ended with a 67-55 loss to South Carolina in the national championship game on Sunday.

The Latest: SC coroner IDs man dead after mobile home flips

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The Latest on severe weather in the southern United States (all times local): 7 p.m. A South Carolina coroner says a 65-year-old man is dead after a storm toppled his mobile home. The Union County Coroner's Office said Monday that J.C. Matthews Jr. was dead by the time emergency help arrived at the scene of his destroyed home in Whitmire. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

AP-SC--South Carolina News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, SC

Editors: Assignment Editors: Photo Editors: Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in South Carolina. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at [email protected] Meg Kinnard is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.

Staley, triumphant Gamecocks returning to Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's women's basketball team is returning to Columbia following its national championship win. The school says fans can greet head coach Dawn Staley and her team at 8 p.m. Monday at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. The Gamecocks beat Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State 67-55 in the NCAA Tournament championship game on Sunday night.

Staley says she would go to White House if invited

DALLAS (AP) -- NCAA women's basketball champion Dawn Staley says she would accept an invitation to the White House if offered. South Carolina's coach won her first title when the Gamecocks beat Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday night. "I've got options now. Yeah, I'm going to the White House," Staley told The Associated Press. "It's what it stands for. It's what national champions do. We'll go to the White House.