AP Source: Jordan changing team name to Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is changing his team's name to the Hornets.
The person says Jordan will detail the timetable for the change to be completed at a press conference the Bobcats have scheduled for Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the name change has not been publicly announced.
NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver previously has said it would take "about 18 months" for the Bobcats to change their name. That means Charlotte could once again become the Hornets by the 2014-15 season.
The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn moved the franchise to New Orleans. The New Orleans Hornets recently changed their name to the Pelicans.
Allgaier thrives despite changes to NASCAR team
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - NASCAR Nationwide driver Justin Allgaier started the season with a new car, a new crew chief and a relatively new pit crew.
The changes haven't led to a victory, but Allgaier is confident that the No. 31 car is set to blossom into a winner in the weeks ahead.
Allgaier is currently fourth in the Nationwide standings, just one point behind Elliott Sadler and 43 behind series leader Regan Smith. Allgaier will run again on Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
QB Mitchell decides on North Carolina State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell says he is transferring to North Carolina State to play his final season.
Mitchell was granted his release from the Razorbacks earlier this month, following a spring competition for the starting position that ended with the senior listed as the second-team quarterback to sophomore Brandon Allen.
The 6-foot-4, 239-pound Mitchell is on track to earn his degree this summer and will use the NCAA graduate-transfer exception to play immediately for the Wolfpack next season.
He visited several schools over the last two weeks before settling on North Carolina State, which was 7-6 last season.
Mitchell served as Tyler Wilson's backup two seasons ago, finishing 22 of 32 passing for 271 yards in limited action. He moved to receiver last summer in order to receiver more playing time.
UNC's Moran named ACC player of year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year and teammate Kent Emanuel is its pitcher of the year.
The ACC announced its postseason awards Monday. Virginia outfielder Joe McCarthy was selected as the freshman of the year while the Cavaliers' Brian O'Connor is its coach of the year.
Moran leads the nation with 83 RBIs and hit .376 while becoming the seventh UNC player to win the ACC award and first since current Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley in 2009.
Emanuel went 9-3 with a 2.28 ERA and became the third UNC pitcher to win the award since its creation in 2005.
McCarthy hit .333 and reached base in 36 consecutive games for the Cavaliers (45-9, 22-8).
U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
UConn trio headline U19 World Championship team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - UConn will be well-represented at the U19 World Championship.
Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson all made the team which will compete in Lithuania from July 18-28. The trio just completed their freshman season at Connecticut and helped the Huskies win their eighth national championship in April. Stewart was the NCAA tournament's most outstanding player.
Stewart, Tuck and Alexis Jones (Duke) all helped the Americans win the U19 title two years ago. They are the first players ever to play on two U19 teams.
Joining them are Candice Agee (Penn State), Bashaara Graves (Tennessee) as well as high schoolers Linnae Harper, Brianna Turner, Nia Coffey, Gabby Green, Kelsey Plum and A'ja Wilson.
The team will be coached by Miami's Katie Meier. She'll be assisted by Gonzaga's Kelly Graves and LSU's Nikki Caldwell.
The Americans have won the last four U19 titles.
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
US women's hoops team chosen for WUG
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - National champions Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley headline the U.S. women's basketball team that will compete in July at the World University Games.
The two UConn stars were among the 12 chosen to play in Kazan, Russia, from July 8-15. Shoni Schimmel, who helped Louisville make a surprising run to the NCAA championship game this past season, is also on the squad.
Joining them are Odyssey Sims (Baylor), ReShanda Gray (California), Cassie Harberts (USC), Theresa Plaisance (LSU) and Ariel Massengale (Tennessee).
First time players, besides Schimmel, include Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska) and Tricia Liston (Duke).
The team will be coached by Oklahoma's Sherri Coale, who will be assisted by Penn State's Coquese Washington and Marist's Brian Giorgis.
The Americans have won the last two gold medals. They've also won the gold in 2001 and 2005. The U.S. didn't compete in 2003 or 2007.
UNC's Stafford-Odom takes over Concordia-Irvine
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina assistant Trisha Stafford-Odom is leaving to become head coach at Concordia-Irvine, an NAIA program in California.
Stafford-Odom spent two seasons with the Tar Heels and helped sign what's regarded by many as the nation's top recruiting class. She also worked as an assistant at rival Duke and UCLA.
Stafford-Odom inherits a program that hasn't reached the NAIA tournament since 1997. She will be the program's ninth head coach.
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