CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 26 points, Jeremy Lamb added 18 and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from a tough loss to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-107. Nic Batum and Marvin Williams each had 14 points and Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won six of their last nine games.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Justin Robinson scored 19 points and Virginia Tech pulled away with a 13-3 second-half run and beat No. 10 North Carolina 80-69. Ahmed Hill added 18 points for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Joel Berry and Luke Maye scored 23 points each for the Tar Heels
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Eric Washington has been promoted to Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator. He will replace Steve Wilks, who was hired Monday as the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Washington has served as the Panthers defensive line coach for the past seven seasons. During that span the Panthers defensive line has recorded more sacks than any team in the NFL. Wilks' departure, which coach Ron Rivera expected after the season, means the Panthers will have three new coordinators next season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Danica Patrick is teaming with Premium Motorsports for next month's Daytona 500. It's the final race of her NASCAR career. The one-race deal will put Patrick in the seat of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet. It's the same car number she drove when she entered stock-car racing in 2010. Her former crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., will return to Patrick's pit box for her finale.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State has added future football series with BYU, South Florida and Louisiana Tech. The Wolfpack will play home-and-home series with BYU and South Florida, while the set with Louisiana Tech is a two-for-one. N.C. State says the ACC will count the games with independent BYU toward the league's requirement that each school play at least one power-conference opponent every season.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Kentucky fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2014 while Villanova stayed at No. 1. Kentucky lost twice to unranked Southeastern Conference teams last week, falling out from No. 18 to end a 68-week stretch in the poll. The top three remained unchanged with Villanova on top for the third straight week, followed by Virginia and Purdue. Duke and Kansas round out the top 5.
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