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VALLEY VIPERS-HAIRSTON ARRESTED

Ex-UNC player Hairston arrested on outstanding warrant

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say former North Carolina and NBA player P.J. Hairston has been arrested in Wrightsville Beach on an outstanding warrant.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said Hairston was arrested Wednesday and officials at the New Hanover County Detention Facility said he was being held on $1,000 unsecured bond.

House said police stopped a man driving Hairston's car following an incident at a beach shop. When they checked the car's plates, they discovered a warrant for Hairston in Orange County for harassing communication. House says Hairston was cooperative.

Hairston played just two seasons at North Carolina due to NCAA rule violations. He was drafted by Miami in 2014, has also played for Charlotte and Memphis and is on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston's G-League affiliate.

NASCAR-ALMIROLA REPLACEMENT

NASCAR's Regan Smith replaces injured Almirola in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Regan Smith will be the replacement driver for Aric Almirola this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Richard Petty Motorsports made the announcement Wednesday.

Almirola spent Saturday night in a Kansas City hospital after fracturing a vertebra during a fiery wreck at Kansas Speedway. The top of Almirola's car had to be cut away for him to be removed from the car and airlifted to the hospital.

Almirola is currently 23rd in the Monster Energy Series standings, but it's not clear how long he will be sidelined.

Smith, a 10-year Cup veteran, has not raced in the top NASCAR series this season, though he has competed in four Truck series races.

HORNETS-WALKER

Hornets PG Kemba Walker has 'minor' procedure on left knee

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Hornets say All-Star point guard Kemba Walker has had a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

The Hornets said Wednesday in a release that the typical recovery time for Walker's procedure is approximately six weeks.

The six-year NBA veteran appeared in 79 games for the Hornets last season for the Hornets, averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.7 minutes per game.

He was named the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the first time in his career.

SOUTH CAROLINA-STALEY

South Carolina's Dawn Staley receives NY Athletic Club award

The awards keep coming for South Carolina's Dawn Staley.

The Gamecocks women's basketball coach was honored Tuesday night by the New York Athletic Club, receiving the Winged Foot Award that goes to the head coach of the national champions. South Carolina and Staley won their first title last month with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State.

The New York Athletic Club has given out the Winged Foot Award to the women's championship coach since 1999. It has recognized the men's basketball national championship coach since 1996.

Staley led the Gamecocks to their fourth straight Southeastern Conference regular-season title and third straight league tournament crown before winning the NCAA Tournament.

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