Here is the latest South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Johansen had the only goal in the shootout, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes last night. Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists for Carolina, while Victor Rask and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced they’ve released running back DeAngelo Williams, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Carolina tagged Williams yesterday as a post-June 1 designation, which allows them to save money under this year’s salary cap by pushing a portion of Williams’ prorated signing bonus into 2016.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Edward Stephens and Jalen White scored 16 points apiece and South Carolina State outscored North Carolina A&T 11-2 to close the game for a 63-54 win last night in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. South Carolina State advances to play No. 2 seed Norfolk State in the quarterfinals today.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s Frank Martin says team is in a good place after finishing the season strong, and the coach believes the Gamecocks can keep the momentum going in the Southeastern Conference tournament. South Carolina is the 11th seed and begins play today against last-place Missouri.