Hurricanes enter offseason of uncertainty
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes have entered perhaps their most uncertain offseason since they moved to North Carolina.
There are lingering questions nearly everywhere they look: in the front office, behind the bench and on the ice.
Finding those answers will be critical as they try to snap the Eastern Conference's longest active playoff drought.
The Hurricanes finished 13th in the 16-team East with a 36-35-11 record that kept them out of the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
That's their longest streak since moving south in 1997, and it matches the second-longest postseason drought in club history - dating back to when they were the Hartford Whalers.
Captain Eric Staal said Tuesday that "you miss the playoffs that many times in a row, everyone's going to be under the microscope."
Virginia State player pleads guilty to assault
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon last November.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of simple assault.
Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.
An arrest warrant accuses Britt of hitting WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom last Nov. 15 during the CIAA awards luncheon, one day before the two schools were to meet for the league championship. CIAA officials canceled the game after the fight.
Dabo: QB Stoudt Clemson's starter
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says senior Cole Stoudt is the team's starting quarterback coming out of spring, and injured freshman Deshaun Watson will have the chance to compete for the job this fall.
Swinney said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Stoudt was the leading quarterback in what had been a three-way battle to take over for record-setting starter Tajh Boyd, the starter for the past three years.
Swinney dismissed redshirt freshman quarterback Chad Kelly on Monday for conduct detrimental to the team. Kelly argued with coaches at the team's spring game this past Saturday. He also tried to get a former Miss South Carolina not to report a car accident.
Watson injured his collarbone earlier this month.
Clemson freshman Ramsey to turn pro
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson freshman golfer Ashlan Ramsey is turning pro after the school year.
Coach J.T. Horton announced Ramsey's plans Tuesday.
Ramsey is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for women.
She leads Clemson in stroke average with 72.15 through nine events. The Tigers will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starting Thursday. Ramsey has six top-10 finishes for Clemson this season. She was the medalist at two tournaments and runner-up at two other events.
Ramsey says playing professional golf has always been a dream. She says she'll turn pro after competing on the U.S. Curtis Cup team in June.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.