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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gary Neal and Danny Green listened to their coach and kept on shooting.

Shaking off a humiliating blowout for the biggest game in San Antonio since 2007 - blame that on the gridlock that made Tim Duncan and Tony Parker late to the AT&T Center - the Spurs kept giving LeBron James fits in the NBA Finals and ran away to a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat with a 113-77 victory Tuesday night.

"Feel confident, let 'em fly, get your name in the paper," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich barked during a timeout in the second quarter, when Game 3 was still in doubt.

Green scored 27 points and Neal had 24. They combined for 13 3-pointers.

Game 4 is Thursday night.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - Colin Moran hit an RBI triple in a three-run sixth inning and staff ace Kent Emanuel picked up his first career save by getting the final two outs to help North Carolina beat South Carolina 5-4 on Tuesday, sending the No. 1 overall seed to the College World Series.

Brian Holberton hit a two-run homer for the Tar Heels (57-10), who trailed 4-2 before pushing ahead for good in the sixth to win the decisive third game in the weather-delayed super regional series. It will be the Tar Heels' sixth trip to Omaha in eight seasons.

Reliever Trent Thornton (11-1) earned the win, allowing one earned run over 4 2-3 innings. Then Emanuel - who had thrown 238 pitches in the NCAA tournament - came on for a pair of one-pitch outs that sent the UNC players spilling out of the dugout and onto the field to celebrate.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -– Travis Connolly had another great outing on the hill for the Sharks on Tuesday night, as he threw seven innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out three in the Sharks 3-1 win over the Fayetteville SwampDogs.

Cody Dolan beat out an infield single in the first inning for the Sharks to drive in Andrew Amaro to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. In the second inning, John Fidanza laced a double down the right field line with one out to get into scoring position. Fidanza reached third after a hit to right side off the bat of Zach MacAneney and later scored on a pass ball to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

Dolan reached in the third inning on a fielder’s choice. Two batters later Zach Stephens continued his hot hitting by driving Dolan in to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead, which was plenty of run support for Connolly.
Connolly recorded his second win of the year to bring his record to 2-1 and Seth Lucio was credited with the save his first of the year.

The Sharks move to 5-4 with the victory and take on the Morehead City Marlins on the road in a doubleheader with the first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– On the 10th anniversary of its creation, all 19 of UNCW’s intercollegiate athletic teams have achieved a satisfactory score on the Academic Progress Rates (APR) report released late Tuesday by the NCAA.

The report follows last week’s announcement that the UNCW baseball and women’s tennis teams compiled a perfect 1,000 score and earned a Public Recognition Award for their work in the classroom.

The Seahawk men’s basketball team, which sat out the postseason in 2012-13, has been cleared to participate in the Colonial Athletic Association’s 2013-14 postseason tourney in Baltimore, Md.

“We’re very pleased with the academic progress of our student-athletes and today’s APR announcement is certainly a testament to the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff,” said Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass. “We want to congratulate all of our student-athletes for taking their studies seriously and achieving a wonderful balance of academics and athletics.”

Every NCAA Division I team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance and the most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

In the NCAA’s high-profile sports, the average four-year APR for men’s basketball is 952, up two points from last year. Women’s basketball is up two points to 972, while football and baseball remained steady at 949 and 965, respectively.

In order to compete in the 2013-14 postseason, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years.

According to the NCAA’s latest APR figures, 18 teams will be ineligible for the 2013-14 postseason, compared with 15 teams in 2012-13. Overall, 36 teams with APRs below 900 are facing consequences, including restrictions on practice and regular season competition, and other sanctions.

The NCAA provides APR adjustments for student-athletes who transfer with certain grade-point averages and those who leave in good academic standing for professional athletics careers.

UNCW Multi-Year APR Scores
(Reporting Period – 2008-09 Through 2011-12)

Baseball

1000

Men’s Basketball

901

Women’s Basketball

950

Men’s Golf

984

Women’s Golf

992

Men’s Soccer

974

Women’s Soccer

985

Softball

991

Women’s Swimming & Diving

996

Men’s Swimming & Diving

956

Men’s Tennis

993

Women’s Tennis

1000

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

970

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

971

Volleyball

994

Men’s Cross Country

969

Women’s Cross Country

993

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

968

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

976

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Incoming UNCW freshman Ryan Flowers was recently named the Girl’s Basketball Player-of-the-Year by The Raleigh News & Observer.

A 2013 All-State and All-Metro selection, Flowers averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds to lead Millbrook to a perfect 33-0 record and a second straight NCHSAA Class 4A State Championship. The Raleigh, N.C., product will represent the East in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star girl’s basketball game July 22 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Flowers is one of eight newcomers set to join the Seahawk women’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season. D'Asia Cain (Smynra, Ga./Campbell), Johanna McMillan (Mullica Hill, N.J./Sanford), Brie Mobley (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), Amber Reeves (Gwinnett, Ga./North Cobb) and Naqaiyyah Teague (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X. Shabazz) along with junior college transfers Denver Clyde (Glen Burnie, Md./North County/Chesapeake CC) and Aisjah Roan (Louisville, Ky./Jeffersontown/Walters State CC) will also join the program next season.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing to become their new associate head coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the hire has not yet been made official.

The 50-year-old Ewing was a teammate of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan on the 1992 USA Olympic "Dream Team" that won gold at the Barcelona Games.

Ewing also spent five years as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic working alongside Steve Clifford, who was hired as the Bobcats head coach last month.

Ewing has nine years of experience as an NBA assistant coach.

Ewing interviewed for the Bobcats head coaching position in 2012, but Jordan hired Mike Dunlap instead.

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ARDMORE, PA (AP) -- That handshake between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia might be their only meeting this week at the U.S. Open.

Woods says they greeted each other on the practice range at Merion on Monday but there was no time for an apology. Woods says the matter is done and it's time to play the U.S. Open.

Garcia jokingly said at an awards dinner in England that he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and "we will serve fried chicken." Garcia publicly apologized the next day.

Garcia's manager says the Spaniard tried Monday to arrange a private meeting, but their schedules clashed. Carlos Rodriguez says Garcia left Woods a note in his locker.

Woods and Garcia are on opposite sides of the draw this week.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Charlotte 49ers have announced their new 15,300-seat football facility will be named Jerry Richardson Stadium following a $10 million donation from the Carolina Panthers owner.

Construction on the stadium was completed last October.

Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois said Tuesday in a release that Richardson "knows that football can bring the students and the city of Charlotte together and he wanted to be among the first to stand up and state, 'this program is important to me.'"

The playing surface was previously named McColl-Richardson Field after an earlier donation from Richardson and former Bank of America chairman Hugh McColl.

Richardson also announced an endowed football scholarship in honor of his son, Jon Richardson.

Charlotte begins play this fall as an FCS independent before joining Conference USA in 2015.

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