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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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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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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.

Changed track, same result at Texas with Jimmie Johnson win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson still knows how to get to Victory Lane at Texas, even from the back of the field on a track that had changed significantly since his first six wins there. And also while cramping because of dehydration late in the race that he won Sunday after charging under Joey Logano with 16 laps left .

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MLB-SCHEDULE Cards beat Cubs in opener UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years got off to an exciting yet disappointing start. Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) capped his three-RBI night by lining an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 thriller against the Cubs in St. Louis.

COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what's the good news? Well, NASCAR really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season. Five drivers won the first five races. The lead changed in the waning laps each time.