• Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, right, and Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, chase a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Walker scores 30 as Hornets beat Bulls, 108-91

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets are finally close to being 100 percent healthy again, and are working their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

  • Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku (32) and Duke's Brandon Ingram (14) struggle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Ingram leads Duke past No. 13 Louisville, 72-65

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — All those losses last month might have taught Duke something important: How to win.

  • In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Pat McCrory delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.  McCrory sustained minor injuries on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016,  after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl loss. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina Gov. McCrory in minor crash after Super Bowl

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sustained minor injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl loss.

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs to his station after huddling with teammates during practice in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game Friday Feb. 5, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Teammates, coaches say Cam Newton’s success not by accident

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cam Newton didn’t just stumble into becoming the NFL’s best player.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, photo, coal ash is removed from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., to be transported by rail to a permanent site in Virginia. Duke Energy Corp. is digging up and hauling away from riverbanks the toxic coal residues two years after one of the worst coal-ash spills in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

    EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country’s largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • Teens Wang, Jha advance at US table tennis trials

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Teenagers Crystal Wang and Kanak Jha won qualifying tournaments Saturday night on the final day of the U.S. Open table tennis trials.

  • Washington Wizards' Ramon Sessions (7) gets called for the foul as he tries to get his shot off as he bumps into Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Batum’s 26 points, 11 rebounds lead Hornets past W

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied in the second half to beat the Washington Wizards 108-104 on Saturday night.

  • East Tennessee overtakes Greensboro 68-65

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Deuce Bello scored 16 points, T.J. Cromer added 13 and East Tennessee overtook UNC Greensboro in the final minute for a 68-65 win Saturday.

  • UNC Asheville hands Campbell 10th straight loss 81-71

    BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Sam Hughes and Dylan Smith scored 17 points apiece and UNC Asheville beat Campbell 81-71 on Saturday to remain atop the Big South Conference.

  • Wake Forest forward Devin Thomas (2) walks off the court after the Deacons lost to Florida State 91-71 in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Beasley scores 16 as Seminoles beat Deacons, 91-71

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Florida State’s players have finally figured out that it takes more than scoring to win games — it takes a little defense, as well.