Belmont hires Bart Brooks as new women's basketball coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Belmont has hired Bart Brooks as the Bruins' new women's basketball coach, replacing Cameron Newbauer who left for Florida. Athletic director Scott Corley announced the hiring Monday, and Brooks will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Brooks, 36, spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul with coach Doug Bruno.

Washington hires Jody Wynn as women's basketball coach

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington has hired Jody Wynn as the women's basketball coach to replace Mike Neighbors, who guided the team to the Final Four in 2016. Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the decision on Friday. Wynn spent the last eight seasons at Long Beach State. The 49ers nearly pulled off one of the NCAA Tournament's biggest upsets last month, narrowly falling to No. 2 seed Oregon State 56-55.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs now have the rings to go with their historic championship. The team was given its crowning jewels before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with fans at Wrigley Field roaring as the ceremony unfolded.

Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker retiring

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Longtime Stanford associate head coach Amy Tucker is retiring from coaching but will remain with the program in an administrative role. Tucker shared the news Wednesday night that she is calling it a career to her time on the bench. But she will still have a key role behind the scenes.

Return of DeShields, Russell has Lady Vols poised to rebound

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee hasn't reached the Final Four since its 2008 national title, so it wasn't surprising the Lady Vols were not one of the teams in Sunday's all-Southeastern Conference NCAA championship game But with Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell returning to school rather than entering the WNBA draft, Tennessee is expected to have three players who averaged at least 15 points this year.

Fans could tout their team's championship on license plates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina drivers could soon buy a license plate to brag about the national college championship of their choice. The Senate approved legislation Thursday creating a license plate recognizing the University of South Carolina women's NCAA basketball championship. The proposal directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue "University of South Carolina 2017 Women's Basketball National Champions" license plates.

Here is the latest Carolinas sports news from The Associated Press

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.

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.

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 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.

Staley proud to be 2nd African-American coach to win title

DALLAS (AP) -- Dawn Staley hopes to pass along a piece of her first championship net to another aspiring African-American coach -- the same as Carolyn Peck did for her years ago. Staley joined Peck as the only African-American coaches to win an NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55.

Mississippi State women come up short of miracle NCAA finish

DALLAS (AP) -- The Mississippi State miracle finished a little short. Two days after ending four-time defending national champion UConn's record 111-game winning streak, the Bulldogs lost 67-55 to SEC rival South Carolina in the women's NCAA Tournament championship game Sunday night. "It wasn't our best day. But it's not defining our season," Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer said. "Had a heck of a year, man. We've beaten two No. 1's to get here.

South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55

DALLAS (AP) -- Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head. A'ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night. Staley made the Final Four three times as a player at Virginia but never won.