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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - General manager Mitch Kupchak wants point guard Kemba Walker to end his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. Kupchak said Walker is revered in the community. He also said he and owner Michael Jordan view the two-time All-Star as the focal point of the franchise going forward. The 28-year-old Walker has been the subject of possible NBA trade talks as he prepares to enter the final year of his four-year, $48 million contract with the Hornets.

DALLAS (AP) - Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, Commissioner Gary Bettman was booed relentlessly by the crowd all night and trade chatter didn't amount to a whole lot of movement. With the exception of one trade by the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals, the first round of the NHL draft went off without many surprises.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has reached an agreement in principle for baseball coach Mike Fox to return next season. School officials announced the agreement but no terms were disclosed. Fox led the Tar Heels to their seventh College World Series appearance in 13 years and earned Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year honors after guiding the team to a second straight Coastal Division title. His contract expires June 30.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Right turns are becoming more important in NASCAR with three road course races on the schedule this season. The challenge begins this weekend on the tight, technical track at Sonoma Raceway. Drivers from Clint Bowyer to Kevin Harvick relish the chance to show off the full measure of their driving abilities instead of just turning left each week.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Larson says he didn't mean to minimize his commitment to NASCAR this week when the driver expressed his plans to race full-time in the World of Outlaws sprint car series before he turns 40. The 25-year-old Larson loves dirt track racing, but he reaffirmed his long-term commitment to NASCAR when he arrived in his native Northern California for this weekend's race in Sonoma. Larson has five career Cup victories and three second-place finishes this season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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