Pondexter lifts Liberty to 77-75 win over Atlanta
NEW YORK (AP) - Cappie Pondexter banked in a jumper from the fouline with four-tenths of a second left to lift the New York Liberty to a 77-75 win over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday.
Pondexter took a handoff from Plenette Pierson at the top of the key and banked in the winning shot. Atlanta couldn't get a shot off at the other end. Tina Charles had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Liberty (8-13), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
New York held a 10-point lead heading into the fourth before the Dream scored the first 10 points of the final period to tie it at 65 with 5:54 left.
The teams traded baskets until Jasmine Thomas' 3-pointer tied it at 75 with 1:03 left. Neither team could score until Pondexter's winner. Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta (15-6) with 20 points.
Fulmer, Mack Brown added to Broyles committee
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former coaches Mack Brown of Texas and Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee have been named to the selection committee for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.
The Little Rock Rotary Club announced the addition Wednesday. The panel includes former coaches Vince Dooley of Georgia, Hayden Fry of Iowa and Barry Switzer of Oklahoma, among others.
Brown coached Texas to a national title in 2006 and Fulmer led Tennessee to one in 1998. Both also have had assistant coaches win the Broyles Award: Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005 and Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998.
The award is named after longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who had 24 assistants become head coaches.
This year's winner will be announced Dec. 9.
DE Greg Hardy faces uncertain future with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers must decide how Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy's conviction on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats will impact his long-term future in Carolina.
Carolina made Hardy its franchise player in March, signing him to a one-year, $13.1 million deal after a 15-sack season last year. But talks of a long-term deal fizzled after Hardy was first arrested May 13.
The team isn't commenting on Tuesday night's guilty verdict until after Hardy's appeal is heard. But some former Panthers say the news won't sit well with team owner Jerry Richardson, who has shied away from signing players who could draw negative attention to the organization.
The Panthers could release Hardy for conduct detrimental to the team, but there's no guarantee they'd recoup his hefty salary.
Murray shoots 66 for lead at Southern Amateur
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) - Grayson Murray shot a 6-under 66 in grabbing the first round lead at the 108th Southern Amateur at The Honors Course.
Murray, from Raleigh, North Carolina, birdied four straight holes Wednesday on his back nine, and took a two-stroke lead after 18 holes. Trevor Cone of Concord, North Carolina, and Geoff Drakeford of Australia each shot 68.
Defending Southern Amateur champ Zach Olsen from Memphis, Tennessee, opened with a 76.
Murray, who transferred from Duke to Arizona State where he will be a junior this fall, hit driver only three times so he could hit mid-irons into the greens. During his consecutive birdies, his longest putt was 7 feet.
The winner of the 72-hole event will receive a spot in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational.
SEC Network TV launch looming
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Some Southeastern Conference fans are still waiting to see if the SEC Network will be available in their living rooms next month.
The network will carry 45 football games in the upcoming season. ESPN and the SEC have already reached deals with providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.
Talks continue with other major providers.
Justin Connolly, ESPN's senior vice president in charge of programming for college networks, says it's not unusual for such negotiations to go down to the wire.
Connolly says he's confident of resolutions "based on the demand that's out there among SEC fans."
LSU coach Les Miles was pleased about the recent Cox deal because "now, I won't have to change my cable provider."
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