South Carolina upsets Mississippi 60-58 in SEC tournament
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrone Johnson’s three free throws with 0.7 seconds left gave South Carolina a wild 60-58 victory over Mississippi on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Several seconds after Jarvis Summers’ four-point play put the Rebels up by one, Laimonas Chatkevicius inbounded the ball to Johnson, who drove past halfcourt and prepared to launch a desperation 3-pointer. The horn sounded but LaDarius White was called for the foul, putting Johnson on the line with a chance to win the game.
He calmly sank all three free throws and left Mississippi’s Stefan Moody with a desperation heave that was way short and too late for the No. 6 seed Rebels.
The 11th-seeded Gamecocks (17-15) advanced to face No. 3 seed Georgia in Friday’s quarterfinal.
Michael Carrera scored 16 points, Duane Notice added 15 and Sindarius Thornwell 10 for South Carolina, which won despite shooting just 30 percent.
Clemson looking for depth at quarterback in spring practice
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is looking for a few good backups.
Deshaun Watson will be starter after becoming the face of the program despite being sidelined with injuries in his freshman debut season. Behind him, though, Clemson has a little-used backup Nick Schuessler and two freshmen — Kelly Bryant and Tucker Israel, who enrolled early.
It’s a situation Swinney’s not used to, but the coach is using spring practice to rectify. He says the redshirt junior Schuessler has the early lead to be Clemson’s No. 2 quarterback. The newcomers, though, are improving with each practice.
Watson can’t practice while he recovers from surgery on a torn ACL suffered last November.
Goligoski, Eakin, and Eaves lift Stars over Hurricanes 5-3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Goligoski, Cody Eakin and Patrick Eaves each had a goal and an assist, sparking the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Kari Lehtonen needed to make only 16 saves to earn the victory in his 500th NHL game. Curtis McKenzie and Jason Demers also scored for Dallas, which led 3-1 after the first period.
Victor Rask had a goal and two assists to lead Carolina, and Andrej Nestrasil added a goal and an assist. Chris Terry had the other goal, Brett Bellemore had two assists, and Anton Khudobin stopped 27 shots in the loss.
The Stars have won of their last four visits to Carolina. The Hurricanes won the other meeting between the teams this season, Nov. 18 at Dallas.
That marked Carolina’s first road win over the Stars since 1996.
Jefferson ‘relieved’ MRI on calf is negative, status unclear
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets center Al Jefferson says that while his right calf is extremely sore, he’s relieved the injury is not more serious.
Coach Steve Clifford says an MRI on the back of Jefferson’s upper calf and knee area Thursday proved negative. Jefferson is expected to meet with team physicians, who’ll determine how long he’ll be out.
Jefferson says “the quicker we can get the pain out, the quicker I can be back. It’s not a long-term thing.”
Jefferson felt something pop in his leg in the third quarter of Charlotte’s 113-106 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday night. He left the game and did not return.
Jefferson did not practice Thursday and walked with a noticeable limp as he left the locker room.
The Hornets host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Panthers sign Jaguars free-agent CB Teddy Williams
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Teddy Williams to a two-year contract.
Terms of the deal weren’t released Thursday.
Williams has played in 17 games in the NFL with no starts. He has three tackles since breaking into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has seen action on special teams, forcing a fumble last year for from the Jacksonville Jaguars against Panthers returner Philly Brown, although Brown would pick up the loose ball and run for a score.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Williams also has caught one pass in his career for 51 yards, that coming with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.
He has also had stints with the Dallas, Indianapolis and Chicago.