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FILE - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Annapolis, Md. Faced with surging COVID-19 cases, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced measures on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 to boost the number of available health care workers and plan for more hospital beds. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

The Latest: Maryland to boost health workers, hospital beds

Dec. 1, 2020 8:52 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced measures on Tuesday to boost the number of available health care workers and plan for more hospital beds. In a partnership with the Maryland Hospital Association, the governor announced the launch of an initiative called MarylandMedNow to recruit people...

North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks (15) dunks past Stanford forward Ziaire Williams (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Black helps No. 14 UNC top Stanford 67-63 in Maui semifinals

Dec. 1, 2020 7:34 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Leaky Black and North Carolina spent last season struggling in late-game situations, fumbling away leads and failing to make a needed play at the most critical of moments. Maybe the 14th-ranked Tar Heels have learned from that. Black had a big driving basket at the 1:02 mark followed...

Texas guard Matt Coleman III (2) drives around Indiana guard Rob Phinisee (10) in the first half of a semifinal NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Coleman, No. 17 Texas beat Indiana 66-44 to reach Maui final

Dec. 1, 2020 6:47 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shaka Smart saw the aggressive and relentless edge he wanted from his defense. And that has No. 17 Texas in the championship game of the relocated Maui Invitational. Matt Coleman III scored 16 points while the Longhorns held Indiana to its lowest point total in more than a decade,...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C. speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  With three of North Carolina’s 13 U.S. House incumbents not seeking reelection, nearly 30 congressional candidates are scrambling to win Tuesday, March 4, 2020 primaries in these districts with hopes of soon filling the rare number of open seats (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race

Dec. 1, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker on Tuesday announced his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022, a path the Republican indicated a year ago he'd pursue after his House district shifted to the left during an unscheduled redistricting. The quick entry of Walker,...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward moves the ball on a fast break against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Hayward has been a player that the Charlotte Hornets have wanted for years. On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, they finally landed him, according to Priority Sports, the agency that represents the veteran forward. ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said Hayward would sign a four-year deal worth $120 million.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Michael Jordan's recruitment helped Hornets land Hayward

Dec. 1, 2020 4:42 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan and general manager Mitch Kupchak had no intentions of spending money on a big-name free agent this offseason. But things changed quickly when Gordon Hayward opted out of his contract with the Boston Celtics. The prospect of getting a playmaking wing...

FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, gender free sign hangs outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A 3 1/2-year ban on local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium in March 2017 in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to do away with portions of a “Bathroom Bill” that Republicans had approved a year earlier.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

2017 ban on local LGBT ordinances ends in North Carolina

Dec. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 3 1/2-year ban on new local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures now. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium in March 2017 in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to...

Russian driver Mazepin to race for Haas in F1 next season

Dec. 1, 2020 12:48 PM EST

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (AP) — Russian driver Nikita Mazepin will drive for Formula One team Haas after signing a multi-year deal on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Mazepin currently drives in the F2 championship and is in third place overall, having won two races. He previously tested with the Force India...

Williams boosts Stanford; sets up showdown with Tar Heels

Dec. 1, 2020 12:13 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Highly touted freshman Ziaire Williams scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his collegiate debut and Stanford beat Alabama 82-64 in the relocated Maui Invitational on Monday. Stanford will face 14th-ranked North Carolina (2-0) on Tuesday. The tournament is being played in...

Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, front, battles Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Hornets re-sign Biyombo; sign Ball and 3 other draft picks

Dec. 1, 2020 12:03 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have re-signed center Bismack Biyombo and signed all four of this year’s draft picks, including first-round selection LaMelo Ball, on the eve of training camp. Along with Ball, the team inked centers Vernon Carey Jr. and Nick Richards, both second-round picks, on...

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams bumps-fists and talks with UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger after an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational tournament, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Davis, Brooks help No. 14 UNC top UNLV 78-51 in Maui tourney

Nov. 30, 2020 11:41 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina started its first game of the relocated Maui Invitational so badly that it faced an immediate double-digit hole as its Hall of Fame coach benched multiple starters. The 14th-ranked Tar Heels offered up a confidence-building response to those early troubles. Freshman RJ...