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CLEMSON-MCDANIELS

Clemson's McDaniels says he's ready for NBA

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - K.J. McDaniels says he's dreamed about the NBA since first touching a basketball as a child.

The Clemson forward says it's time to take that step following his junior season, when he led the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and three-point goals made.

McDaniels declared for the NBA draft this week and talked Wednesday about his decision to forego his senior year. The 6-foot-6 forward from Birmingham, Ala., is considered a mid-to-late round selection in the NBA draft in June.

The Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year says he was torn about returning and finally came to peace with his choice last week.

He thanked Clemson's coaches for helping him develop the past three seasons.

CLEMSON-RELIGION

Clemson's Swinney won't change after complaint

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday he wouldn't change procedures after the Freedom From Religion Foundation's letter of complaint to the university expressing concerns about the football program's connection to the coach's Christian religion.

The watchdog group sent its complaints earlier this month. According to the foundation, Swinney's promoted a culture in the program that promotes Christianity and violates constitutional guidelines against publicly funded institutions endorsing religion or engaging in religious exercises.

Swinney said recruits and their families deserve to know the type of person a coach is beyond the football field. He's proud of the job he has done in turning out people who excel in "life because of their time at Death Valley."

The school has said it thought the FFRF was "mistaken" in its assessment.

BOBCATS-HEAT

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, plus had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Kemba Walker added 16 and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Charlotte.

PANTHERS-SCHEDULE

Panthers have 3 nationally-televised games in 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will play three nationally-televised games and face six playoff teams from last season.

The NFL released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday.

Two of Carolina's three nationally-televised games will be at home - a NBC Sunday night game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 21 and a Thursday night game on NFL Network against New Orleans on Oct. 30.

Carolina will also face Philadelphia on ESPN's Monday Night Football on Nov. 10.

The Panthers will open the season with two games against teams with new head coaches - at Tampa Bay on Sept. 7 and home against Detroit on Sept. 14.

Carolina will host the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks for the third straight year on Oct. 26. The Panthers lost the previous two games.

NASCAR-PETTY RETURNS

Richard Petty set to return to track at Richmond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the race track this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda.

The seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver missed races at Martinsville, Texas and Darlington as he mourned the loss of his wife. The Pettys were together 57 years.

Trent Owens, crew chief for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola and Petty's nephew, believes being back at the track in Richmond, Va., will be good for "The King." Owens says Petty has been at the shop recently and in good spirits.

Almirola said Petty will give a lift to the organization at the track. The driver spent Tuesday with Petty at an appearance in Nashville, Tenn., and found his boss' spirits to be improved.

NASCAR-SWAN RACING-FUTURE

Swan Racing sells 2 cars, keeps Kligerman in fold

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Troubled NASCAR team Swan Racing has found a home for driver Cole Whitt and is keeping Parker Kligerman under contract.

The two-car team faced an uncertain future because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship. Minority owner Anthony Marlowe merged his ownership of the No. 26 team in BK Racing. Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the 26 in the Sprint Cup series.

The No. 30 team was sold Wednesday to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. The team hired veteran driver J.J. Yeley and named Stephen Lane crew chief. The No. 30 team will be joined by several other former Swan Racing crew members.

Swan Racing will continue to look for options for Kligerman that will keep the rookie driver on the track.

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