NC Central fires women's basketball coach Vanessa Taylor

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Central says it will not bring back women's basketball coach Vanessa Taylor. Athletic director Ingrid Wicker McCree on Thursday said Taylor's contract will not be renewed. Taylor was 33-113 in five seasons with the Eagles. They went 8-21 this season and finished 7-9 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Kristi Yamaguchi tweets 'break a leg' to Nancy Kerrigan

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention. Kerrigan is competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor," before adding "break a leg.

The Latest: Jordan condemns IS and London attack

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Jordan's government spokesman says a deadly London attack by the extremist group Islamic State underscores the need for "coming all together to fight this evil." The group has claimed responsibility for the attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians and stabbed a police officer to death at Britain's Parliament. Jordan is part of a U.S.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S.

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US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large wings.

USA Hockey postpones women's training camp amid wage dispute

USA Hockey has postponed the start of the women's national team's world championship training camp amid an ongoing wage dispute. USA Hockey said the camp originally scheduled to begin Wednesday in Traverse City, Michigan, won't happen. The organization "anticipates" a training camp in Plymouth, Michigan, site of the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.

Baylor heads to Oklahoma City, site of both cheers and tears

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor left Oklahoma City two weeks ago after a rare loss in the Big 12 Tournament. Two years ago, their season ended after losing an NCAA Elite Eight game in the same building. The Lady Bears, the top seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, are now headed back to the arena less than 300 miles from their Waco campus to play Louisville in an NCAA Sweet 16 rematch Friday night.

Travel challenges just part of NCAA Tournament for Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Nadia Fingall took her three-hour economics final Wednesday while stationed in the hotel dining room. Erica McCall and Briana Roberson were set up in different conference rooms for their psychology exams. Brittany McPhee and Karlie Samuelson each had chemistry finals -- biochemistry for McPhee, organic for Samuelson.

Notre Dame shifts gears for Ohio St after losing Turner

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Hoping to keep its national title hopes alive, top-seeded Notre Dame is shifting its style to address the loss of leading scorer and rebounder Brianna Turner to a season-ending knee injury. Coach Muffet McGraw said everyone must step up and play better when the Irish (32-3) face No.

Staley: South Carolina's Gray will play in Sweet 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina has dodged what could have been another major blow to its championship hopes as the banged-up Gamecocks have learned that injured guard Allisha Gray will be able to play in the Sweet 16. It was good news for the Gamecocks, as the situation looked anything but positive a few days ago.

Sweet 16 teams experiencing all-time high academic success

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Men's and women's basketball teams in this year's Sweet 16 are graduating more players and experiencing all-time high academic success. The programs still alive in the NCAA Tournament are enjoying the best academic success since The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport on the University of Central Florida campus has been tracking the numbers, according to a study it released Wednesday.

Illinois hires Fahey as next women's basketball coach

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has hired Hall of Famer Nancy Fahey to be its next women's basketball coach. Fahey comes to Illinois after a 31-year tenure at Washington University in St. Louis. She won an NCAA record five Division III national championships, made 10 Final Fours and has 737 career victories. She guided the program to an 81-game winning streak from 1998 to 2001.

Judge dismisses ex-rowers' suit against University of Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Kansas by parents of two former rowers who allege they were sexually assaulted by a Jayhawk football player in a campus dorm. Douglas County District Judge B. Kay Hoff ruled, among other things, that the former rowers have left the university and no longer face an immediate threat of harm, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Preliminary approval given to $208.7 million NCAA settlement

About 40,000 college football and basketball players will not need to submit a claim to receive a portion of the $208.7 million the NCAA will pay to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that claimed the value of their athletic scholarships was illegally capped. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in California gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the settlement that was agreed upon by the NCAA and plaintiffs in February.

Michigan State: Doctor sexually assaulted teen gymnast

DETROIT (AP) -- A sports doctor at Michigan State University sexually assaulted a teen gymnast during treatments for back pain in 2000, according to a campus investigation that's separate from a criminal probe and a blizzard of lawsuits against him. The conclusion by Michigan State's Office of Institutional Equity could hurt the university as it defends itself against lawsuits by dozens of women and girls who visited Dr.

South Korea's Olympic ringers sing their way onto the team

MOSCOW (AP) -- To earn a place on South Korea's team for next year's Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing. A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent the home team at the Pyeongchang Games.

Russia says 3 disqualified from 2012 Olympics for doping

MOSCOW (AP) -- Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country's track federation said. Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were medalists. The disqualifications of Bespalova and Khanafeeva mean all three Russian women who competed in the hammer throw in 2012 have tested positive for doping.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

HURRICANES-PANTHERS Skinner nets 2nd with 3:55 left, Hurricanes top Panthers 4-3 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Teuvo Teravainen also scored. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots. Keith Yandle, Reilly Smith and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers.

Match Play in Texas, and the LPGA gears up for a major

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Put together the top 64 players available from the world ranking, have them play 112 matches over five days, and anything can happen. That's the beauty of the Dell Technologies Match Play. Last year, Jason Day seemed to cruise at Austin Country Club, winning all seven of his matches -- only his semifinal match against Rory McIlroy went to the 18th hole.