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Sports Minute: Here is the latest North and South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Christopher Bell took the lead away from Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the opening race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in what he said would be his only start of the season. Earnhardt retired from NASCAR's Cup Series last year and works as an analyst for NBC Sports.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Harvick edged hometown favorite Denny Hamlin for the top spot. It's the third pole this season for Harvick, and the 24th of his career. Defending series champion and points leader Martin Truex Jr. will start third in the 400-lap event.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Crystal Dunn says the North Carolina Courage just need to stick with what's worked all season when they face the Portland Thorns for the National Women's Soccer League championship on Saturday. The Courage (18-1-6) won the league's Supporters' Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road, something that bodes well for the team going into the hostile environment at Portland's downtown Providence Park.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan, Hornets players and members of the organization spent the day packing 5,000 food boxes that will be sent to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Jordan said the food boxes will be shipped to Wilmington and Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina _ three areas heavily hit by impacted by the hurricane. Jordan donated $2 million to hurricane relief efforts earlier this week.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson starting linebacker Kendall Joseph will miss Saturday's game against Georgia Tech because of a groin injury suffered in practice this week. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney confirmed the injury through a team spokesman. Joseph is a senior who's started 29 games the past three seasons.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Big Three is now the Big Four in the NASCAR playoffs. Brad Keselowski has three consecutive victories heading into Saturday night's race in Richmond, the second stop in the playoffs. He has caught fire after Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and defending champion Martin Truex Jr. dominated the regular season.

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    (Source: UNCW)(Source: UNCW)
    (Source: UNCW)(Source: UNCW)

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    (Source: Wake Forest)(Source: Wake Forest)
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    (Source: Duke University)(Source: Duke University)
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