Lance Stephenson doesn’t want to be known as the guy who blew in LeBron James’ ear. Stephenson said during his introductory news conference Friday in Charlotte he’s “a little upset” that the ear-blowing incident in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami is how some people have defined him as a player.
Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.
Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte. The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
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When the American League All-Star rosters were announced two weeks ago, Seattle Mariners third baseman and former North Carolina Tar Heel Kyle Seager was the consensus pick for biggest snub.
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CAROLINA HURRICANES GRAB DEFENSEMAN HAYDN FLEURY WITH NO. 7 PICK
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (6-2, 203) with the No. 7 overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft. ...Aaron Ekblad (6-3, 213), 18, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Florida Panthers ...
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranks Fleury, 17, ninth among North American skaters and second among defensemen.
“He probably epitomizes the so-called safe pick,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes lead amateur scout. “He’s probably going to play for you for 10-12 years and give you great service. He’s a very reliable, solid guy.”
The 2013-14 season marked Fleury’s second full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. As an alternate captain, he paced team defensemen in scoring with 46 points (8g, 38a) in 70 games. That output was more than double the 19 points (4g, 15a) he recorded in 66 games as a rookie, which was still good for third-best among team defensemen.
“He skates very, very well and moves the puck well,” MacDonald said.
Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman finished at a team-high plus-15 on a Red Deer squad that had a minus-10 goal differential and failed to qualify for the postseason.
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P.J. Hairston was selected with the 26th pick by the Miami Heat, who then sent him to the Charlotte Hornets as part of an earlier trade. The Greensboro native worked out twice with the Hornets, who are owned by Michael Jordan and were desperate for a shooter.
PARKER (BUCKS), WARREN (SUNS), HOOD (JAZZ) ARE TOP AREA PICKS
Duke’s Jabari Parker wound up going where he expected, T.J. Warren of Durham and N.C. State perhaps a little bit higher while former Blue Devil Rodney Hood waited the longest to learn his NBA fate.
Parker assured Duke of having first-round draft picks in four consecutive NBA drafts Thursday night when Milwaukee took him with the No. 2 overall pick of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center.
Later, Warren became the first Durham native drafted in the first round in 21 years when Phoenix selected the former Wolfpack and Riverside High School star with the 14th overall pick.
Hood, who worked out for teams like Sacramento and Charlotte who owned top-10 picks, fell to a place far away yet he’ll have familiarity. With the No. 23 pick, Hood went to the Utah Jazz, who have a new head coach in former Duke guard and assistant coach Quin Snyder. Another former Duke player, Antonio Lang, is one of Snyder’s assistant coaches.
“It means a lot,” Hood said. “Duke is a real big family. Just because I decided to come to the NBA doesn’t mean I’m shamed from the family. Duke is a big brotherhood. I just thank Quin Snyder and the general manager and the people that made the decision on me. I really appreciate it.”
Milwaukee had shown strong pre-draft interest in Parker and they gladly grabbed him after Cleveland took Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.
The Charlotte Hornets are becoming a pipeline to the NBA for Hoosiers. For the second straight year the Hornets used a lottery pick on an Indiana player, taking power forward Noah Vonleh with the ninth overall pick Thursday night in the NBA draft. Last year the team selected Indiana power forward Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick. The Hornets added shooting guard P.J. Hairston later in the first round after a trade with the Miami Heat. ... Charlotte later traded former UNC player Brendan Haywood to Cleveland.