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Staal helps Hurricanes beat Stars 6-4 to snap skid

DALLAS (AP) — Eric Staal had two third-period goals and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Dallas Stars 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Carolina overcame a 2-0 deficit with four second-period goals. The last of those chased Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen from the game. He stopped 12 of 16 shots in nearly 36 minutes on the ice.

The Hurricanes franchise had not won in regulation at Dallas since 1996, when the team was the Hartford Whalers.

Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-6-2 on the road. The Stars lost their seventh consecutive home game (0-5-2) and fell to 1-5-4 in Dallas this season.

Jeff Skinner, Patrick Dwyer, Victor Rask and Jiri Tlusty scored in the second for the Hurricanes.


Panthers coach: Hardy ‘probably’ done for the year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s “probably” given up hope of Greg Hardy playing this season following the NFL’s decision Tuesday to suspend Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the year.

Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuries to his 4-year-old son.

Hardy, a Pro Bowl defensive end, was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list Sept. 17, two months after being convicted on two counts of domestic violence. Hardy is appealing. His court date was recently pushed back to 2015.

Hardy becomes a free agent in March.

Rivera said the team hadn’t decided if it would consider re-signing Hardy.

Rivera says, “People are looking at us in terms of the moral compass, so we’ve got to be smart about things we decide.”


Cam Newton’s Twitter account gets hacked

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The marketing agent for Cam Newton says the quarterback’s Twitter account has been suspended after it was hacked.

Carlos Fleming, who represents the Carolina Panthers star for IMG, says the issue is being resolved.

Fleming says “We are grateful to the people at Twitter and the Panthers organization who’ve been responsive to this issue and they have hopefully helped us resolve it.”

Newton’s account was shut down Tuesday afternoon following a tweet calling Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman “overrated.” That preceded more bizarre tweets, including “I wanna get signed to a good team” and “I wanna get released @panthers.”

The fourth-year quarterback has struggled during the team’s five-game losing streak and his career record as an NFL starter has fallen to 27-30-1.


No. 9 Virginia beats South Carolina State 75-55

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson scored 17 points each and No. 9 Virginia closed the first half on a 22-6 run and beat South Carolina State 75-55 on Tuesday night.

It was the 13th consecutive victory at home for Virginia (3-0), which has coasted in each of its first three games. A big halftime margin once again allowed coach Tony Bennett to substitute liberally and experiment with his lineup for much off the second half. Anthony Gill added 11 points and Mike Tobey had 10 before taking seats early in favor of younger players.

The Bulldogs (0-3) were led by Karon Wright with 15 points, all coming on 3-pointers in the second half. Greg Mortimer added 10 points and Gabe McCray nine, but the team shot just 32.8 percent (19-58).

The Cavaliers began to put away the game at the midpoint of the first half. They led 19-14 until a driving basket by Brogdon sparked the big run to finish the half. Brogdon had eight points in the run, Anderson and Gill five each.


Coastal Carolina cruises past Columbia Int. 82-51

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Warren Gillis scored 15 points and had six assists to lead Coastal Carolina to an 82-51 win over Columbia International on Tuesday night.

Gillis reached double-digit scoring for the 24th consecutive game.

Elijah Wilson had 14 points, Marcus Freeman added 12 and had 10 rebounds, and Shivaughn Wiggins scored 10 for Coastal Carolina (2-1). The Chanticleers made 29 of 45 free throws, compared to 12 of 21 for the Rams.

Kindrick Anderson scored 17 points for Columbia International, a National Christian College Athletic Association member. The Rams were held to 17 of 51 (33 percent) and were outrebounded 50-27.

Coastal Carolina went on a 19-0 run in the first half to help build a 45-28 lead at halftime. Then the Chanticleers held Columbia International to two field goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half to build a 61-36 lead.


Presbyterian tops Piedmont 82-72

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — William Truss scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jordan Downing added 18, and Presbyterian pulled away in the second half to beat Piedmont 82-72 on Tuesday.

DeSean Murray and Markus Terry each scored 12 for the Blue Hose (1-1), which outshot the Lions 46.9 percent to 42.4 percent. Austin Anderson had five assists.

Brian Edwards paced Piedmont with 14 points, Chase England scored 11 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Justin Vallejo added 11 points.

Edwards put Piedmont up 28-26 at 2:46 in the first half with a layup, but Presbyterian finished with a 9-2 run to take a 35-32 halftime lead.

Edwards cut it to 39-38 with a layup at 16:45 in the second half, but Terry hit back-to-back buckets and Presbyterian used a 13-2 run midway through the half to pull away 52-40.


South Carolina’s Spurrier hopes for strong finish

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier was happy to see South Carolina again play like he expected when the year began.

For the 10th-year coach, the schedule’s been largely a series of disastrous losses and unmet expectations. The Gamecocks (5-5) turned that around for at least one week with a miraculous finish to defeat Florida 23-20 in overtime last Saturday.

Spurrier was proud of how his players persevered when they could’ve shut down when faced with what looked like another Southeastern Conference loss. Instead, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal and a punt, the latter leading to a tying touchdown at the end of regulation.

South Carolina capped the comeback with Dylan Thompson’s 4-yard TD run in overtime.

Spurrier said it was the happiest his locker room had been in some time.