CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Parker said he’d never seen anything like it in his 18 seasons in the NBA. The Charlotte Hornets went small ball — like really, really small ball —during a stretch to start the fourth quarter and nearly overcame a 20-point deficit before falling 113-112 to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists and made two free throws with 23.
CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney won the debut race on the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a chaotic finish in which he slid past leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson when they wrecked racing for the victory. Johnson, who wrecked while trying to snap a 58-race winless streak, was eliminated from NASCAR’s playoffs. The seven-time Cup champion has struggled all season and headed to Charlotte, where he’d won eight points races on its traditional
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400 — pushed him into the title conversation. His door-slamming race with Denny Hamlin in the closing laps of Monday’s rain-delayed Brickyard awakened the NASCAR audience just in time for the