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BLUE JACKETS-HURRICANES

Johansen’s shootout goal leads Blue Jackets over Canes 4-3

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 on Tuesday night.

Scott Hartnell had two goals while Rene Bourque added the other for the Blue Jackets. Artem Ansimov added two assists.

Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists for Carolina, while Victor Rask and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes.

Columbus, which has won two of its last three games after a five-game regulation losing streak, held onto seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and left the Hurricanes in the cellar.

Carolina had won the teams’ first two meetings this season, 4-2 on the road on Nov. 4 and 3-2 in overtime in Raleigh on Nov. 7.

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Carolina’s Cam Ward each had 29 saves.

PANTHERS-WILLIAMS

Panthers release all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced they’ve released running back DeAngelo Williams, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

Carolina tagged Williams Tuesday 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.

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise.

Williams, 31, told Charlotte television station WBTV on Feb. 23 that general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera informed him he’d be released.

Rivera says in a release Williams “will forever be remembered as one of the quintessential Panthers of this era.”

Williams ran for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns in Carolina, but his production dropped off in recent years. Injuries kept him out of 10 games last season and he ran for just 219 yards.

MEAC-NC A&T-SC STATE

South Carolina St. holds off NC A&T’s 2nd half rally, 63-54

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 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

Stephens, a freshman, hit a contested 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a 58-54 lead with 1:33 left and White scored the final five points to seal it.

South Carolina State advances to play No. 2 seed Norfolk State in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Gabe McCray had seven points and 10 rebounds for No. 7 seed South Carolina State (11-21). The Bulldogs led 37-21 at halftime behind Stephens’ 13 points.

Bruce Beckford led tenth-seeded North Carolina A&T (9-23) with 17 points and eight rebounds.

NC A&T outscored S.C. State 27-12 to start the second half to cut its deficit to 49-48 with 6:10 left.

S CAROLINA-MOVING FORWARD

South Carolina with plenty to play for at SEC tourney

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 (15-15) is the 11th seed and begins play Wednesday against last-place Missouri (9-22). The Gamecocks will be looking to clinch their first winning season in six years and the chance to continue in the postseason.

The Gamecocks have won two of their last three, including ending their 15-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 60-49 victory Saturday.

Martin also believes his players will get a boost from last year’s tournament when they won twice to reach the quarterfinals after given little chance of lasting a day.

COACHES-SEC AWARDS

SEC coaches award Calipari, Portis top league honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches named Arkansas’ Bobby Portis player of the year and awarded coaching honors to Kentucky’s John Calipari.

The top-ranked Wildcats received several other awards from the league coaches on Tuesday. Willie Cauley-Stein was named defensive player of the year, Karl-Anthony Towns as the top freshman and Devin Booker as the best sixth man.

Alabama’s Levi Randolph, a graduate student with a 3.75 GPA, is the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Portis is averaging 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He’s the first Razorbacks player to win the award since Corliss Williamson in 1994 and 1995.

Calipari has led Kentucky to a 31-0 record, the SEC’s longest winning streak.

Towns is averaging 9.7 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds.

Booker scores 10.9 points off the bench.

NASCAR-PENALTIES

Keselowski crew chief placed on probation for rest of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR placed crew chief Paul Wolfe on probation for the rest of the 2015 season after NASCAR caught Team Penske pulling out the fenders on Brad Keselowski’s car before qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR penalties announced Tuesday night included a $25,000 fine on crew chief Steve Addington because Justin Allgaier’s car was too light in postrace inspection Sunday.

Wolfe’s penalty was considered a P2 penalty on NASCAR’s scale. Addington’s was a P3. The most severe is a P6.

Keselowski’s car was pulled from the qualifying grid right before Friday’s session began and sent back to inspection because NASCAR said the fenders by the wheel wells had been flared. It was a point of contention last season as NASCAR did not have a specific rule banning the flared sideskirts.

The fine against Addington was because ballast from Allgaier’s car fell out during the race. It caused the car to not meet minimum weight requirements after the race.