Nelson lifts Magic over Bobcats 92-83
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Glen Davis added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Arron Afflalo had 16 points.
Nelson came up with a big 3-pointer late for the Magic, and also had seven rebounds and six assists while outplaying fellow point guard Kemba Walker.
The Bobcats shot 37 percent from the field to see their two-game win streak come to an end.
Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Walker, who had 31 points against Stephen Curry on Monday night, was held to 10 points on 4 of 18 shooting.
NASCAR does final test for 2014 rules package
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR took the final step toward setting its 2014 rules package with a critical test session Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The test featured four simulated races with four different configurations on the Gen-6 Sprint Cup Series car. Drivers had to attend a mandatory debrief with NASCAR following each session to give feedback on the aerodynamic, engine and suspension combinations.
NASCAR had 30 cars participating in the test, and planned to choose the configuration most favorable among drivers to test with a tapered spacer designed to reduce engine horsepower.
The goal of the test is to improve the racing at 1.5-mile superspeedways, which has been a stated goal of NASCAR chairman Brian France. He was scheduled to attend the test Monday, but rain postponed it until Wednesday.
Ohio State, Clemson set for Orange Bowl
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spent much of their Orange Bowl news conference praising each other's teams.
Meyer has led the Buckeyes to a 12-1 record this year, losing to Michigan State 34-24 on Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game. Clemson lost two games this season, to top-ranked Florida State and the regular- season finale to South Carolina.
Clemson won the previous meeting between the schools, 17-15 in the 1978 Gator Bowl. In that game, Ohio State coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a late pass. Hayes was fired a day later.
The Orange Bowl is Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium.
UNC-Greensboro escapes with 75-70 win over Claflin
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Kayel Locke scored 25 points as UNC-Greensboro held off Claflin, a Division II school, for a 75-70 win on Wednesday afternoon.
UNC-Greensboro took a commanding 38-24 lead into halftime, after an early 13-2 run - with nine straight points from Locke.
But Claflin responded by making three 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the second half to make it 45-38 UNCG. Brian Newsome's dunk got Claflin within one point (71-70), the closest the Panthers had been since the opening minutes, but Locke and Nicholas Paulos combined to make 4 of 4 free throws in the final 1:07.
UNC-Greensboro (5-5) shot 51.9 percent and out-rebounded Claflin 42-28, but could not pull away, partially because of 16 turnovers.
Claflin was led by Marcellus Dunn with 16 points.
An estimated 4,000 middle school students from Guilford County Schools were in attendance for the midweek matinee as part of an education day.
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