J. Staal, Tlusty lead Hurricanes over Rangers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Elias Lindholm added an insurance goal for Carolina late in the third period. Cam Ward made 24 saves for his first win since Dec. 31.
Kevin Klein had the Rangers' goal, scoring for the first time since being acquired from Nashville on Jan. 22. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots.
Coming into the game, the Rangers had outscored the Hurricanes 40-19 in the teams' last 10 meetings, including a 4-2 road victory on Friday. Carolina also snapped New York's six-game winning streak in Raleigh.
The Rangers, 8-4-1 in their past 13 games, remained one point ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
CUSA-TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO-EAST CAROLINA
ECU tops UTSA 79-76 in C-USA tourney's first round
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Akeem Richmond scored 36 points, including a school-record 11 3-pointers, as 12th-seeded East Carolina beat No. 13 seed Texas-San Antonio 79-76 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Tuesday night.
Paris Campbell added 20 points for ECU (17-15), which will face fifth-seeded UTEP on Wednesday.
Richmond moved into 4th on the NCAA list for most 3-point field goals made in season (150) and is now tied with Jack Leasure for 9th all-time with 411 in his career.
ECU used a 21-2 run - including four 3-pointers by Richmond - to open up seven-point lead with 10:49 remaining.
Devon Agusi's 3 with 5 seconds left pulled UTSA within two but, after Prince Williams made 1 of 2 free throws on the other end, Agusi missed a trey and the Pirates held on for the win.
Agusi paced the Roadrunners (8-22) with 21 points.
Howard gets by NC A&T 53-47 in MEAC 1st round
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Prince Okoroh hit two free throws with 13 seconds left for a four-point lead as No. 8 seed Howard beat ninth-seeded North Carolina A&T 53-47 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Howard will play top-seeded North Carolina Central on Wednesday.
Solomon Mangham led Howard (8-24) with 14 points and Okoroh had 13.
Lamont Middleton scored 19 points for North Carolina A&T (9-23), the defending MEAC tournament champions.
Neither team shot above 30 percent in the game.
NC A&T took its first lead of the second half, 44-43, on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Underwood with 5:05 left. Then Howard's James Miller responded with a trey of his own. With 2:33 left, NC A&T's Lamont Middleton converted a three-point play to regain the lead - but the Aggies would not score again.
James Daniel's 3-pointer put Howard up for good at 49-47.
Panthers OL Hangartner says he's retiring from NFL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner says he's retiring from the NFL after nine seasons.
Hangarter, 31, played seven seasons with the Panthers. He appeared in 115 games during his career with 85 starts.
Hangartner told The Associated Press Tuesday in a telephone interview he had a great experience in the NFL but "it's time to hit the golf course."
Hangartner says, "I know the reality of the business. I'm thankful for my time in the league. I wanted one last chance to play with my buddies in Carolina and I had that chance last season."
Hangartner was released by Carolina during training camp last year, but the team brought him back after a series of injuries at the guard position.
He played in eight games, starting two.
No. 6 Virginia headlines new-look ACC tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - This week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament has a new look, from more teams and an extra round of games to the school holding the No. 1 seed.
Sixth-ranked Virginia is hoping to pair its first outright regular-season title in 33 years with its first ACC tournament title since winning its only other one in 1976.
The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2) finished two games ahead of No. 11 Syracuse, but they haven't reached the semifinals since 1995. Virginia guard Joe Harris said his Cavs need to take a step forward by playing well in Greensboro.
The tournament starts Wednesday with the lowest-seeded teams, while the Cavaliers and the rest of the top four seeds - the Orange, No. 7 Duke and No. 15 North Carolina - don't play until Friday's quarterfinals.
UNC WILMINGTON-PETERSON FIRED
UNC Wilmington fires Buzz Peterson
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - UNC Wilmington has fired basketball coach Buzz Peterson.
Athletic director Jimmy Bass said Tuesday that assistant Eddie Biedenbach has been promoted to interim head coach.
Peterson went 42-82 in four seasons with the Seahawks, never finished above .500 and went 30-53 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
They were 9-23 this season, won just three of 16 league games and dropped four of five to end the season - including a 78-70 loss to Hofstra in the first round of the CAA tournament.
His career record of 267-229 in 16 seasons also includes stops at Tulsa, Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and two stints at Applachian State - which, coincidentally, earlier this week fired coach Jason Capel, who replaced Peterson in 2010 when he left for Wilmington.
CAA commissioner: Baltimore fine for tourney
BALTIMORE (AP) - In searching for a home for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, Commissioner Tom Yeager had one overriding priority: location.
The league settled on committing to Baltimore for three years, and Yeager expressed no regret after the CAA wrapped up its first tournament in Charm City on Monday night.
It got off to a slow start.
CAA officials said attendance over the weekend was just over 19,000, and an announced crowd of 5,414 watched Delaware beat William & Mary in the championship.
Those numbers pale compared to the 47,833 that came to Richmond in 2012, but that might be because this tournament had three fewer teams.
Yeager remains optimistic.
He says, "It's going to take some time to build it, but there isn't any criticism that we have about anything."
NASCAR to allow cooldown units on pit road
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that NASCAR is making changes to qualifying after drivers expressed safety concerns.
During a conference call Tuesday with crew chiefs, NASCAR banned drivers from making cool-down laps following their qualifying attempt. Teams will instead be allowed to hook up cooling units to their engines through hood flaps.
NASCAR this season moved to a new knockout qualifying format widely praised as more entertaining. Drivers say the new rules prohibit cooling the engines on pit road, forcing them to circle the track at slow speeds at the same time other drivers are speeding past during their qualifying attempt. Brian Vickers called it "the most dangerous thing" he's ever done in racing.
Several people who participated in Tuesday's call told the AP that NASCAR initially said teams could use external fans on pit road to cool the engines. But after nearly unanimous objections, NASCAR relented on the use of cooling units.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because NASCAR has not formally announced the changes.
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