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Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.

Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters.

Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime, blocking D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the loose ball and raced the length of the court for a layup that gave the Bobcats an 88-81 lead with 1 minute left.

Augustin had 17 points for the Bulls, who are locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They will play either Brooklyn or Washington in the first round.


Muller: No word from management on job status

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller says he has not been told by management if he will keep his job.

Muller said Wednesday that "as of right now, I'm head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes."

He says his discussions with general manager Jim Rutherford and vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis have centered on reviewing a season in which Carolina missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year.

Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes. They went 36-35-11 this season, earning 83 points while finishing 13th in the East. They've missed the playoffs in seven of the eight years since they won the 2006 Stanley Cup.

Owner Peter Karmanos said last week that "I like our coaching staff" and that "I think they've made a lot of progress."


Manning completes coaching staff at Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - New Wake Forest basketball coach Danny Manning is bringing three members of his Tulsa coaching staff with him.

Manning filled out his staff Wednesday by adding Steve Woodberry, Brett Ballard and Justin Bauman.

Woodberry and Ballard will be assistant coaches while Bauman will be his director of basketball operations. Those are the same roles they filled on the Tulsa staff.

Manning says they "have an outstanding feel for the type of program we want to run."

Manning previously said he would retain assistant Randolph Childress from Jeff Bzdelik's staff with the Demon Deacons.

Woodberry and Ballard both were assistants to Manning on his first Golden Hurricane team in 2012.

Wake Forest hired Manning two weeks ago after he led Tulsa to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2003.


A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, says she will play for South Carolina.

Wilson told a news conference Wednesday that she would stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. The announcement ended nearly one year of speculation.

Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.

The Gamecocks won 29 games in the just concluded season, and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Dawn Staley's team reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

South Carolina lost one senior from that team and Wilson's choice means the Gamecocks have signed four players ranked in the top 35 recruits.


Captain Tom teeing it up at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is out at the RBC Heritage this week as he prepares for the matches in Scotland this September.

Watson is paired with Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth the first two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links and plans to talk with several young contenders in the running for the American squad. Watson says he'll be at the Memorial Tournament, the Greenbrier, the British Open and the PGA Championship to gather information before he completes the 12-man team that will compete at Gleneagles Hotel this fall.

The top nine Americans based on Ryder Cup points qualify for the team, with Watson filling the final three spots. Watson was captain in 1993 and chose experience in Raymond Floyd and Lanny Wadkins.

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