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Bobcats 'Re-energized' As Playoffs Begin

The playoffs begin Sunday afternoon in Miami for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. It’s only the second time in the team’s history they’ve made it to the playoffs. Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts says he and his teammates are re-energized.

“It’s a new season, when the playoffs start," he said in an interview on Bobcats.com. "Everybody starts 0 and 0 again. So there’s new energy for everybody throughout the league. Obviously we’re excited to get going. But I don’t think that’s any different than any other team at this point.  Everybody’s re-energized, and ready to go for a new season here.”

The Heat will be a tough foe. They’re the two-time defending NBA champions and they’ve only lost to the Bobcats four times in their past 23 meetings, and they’ve wont the past 15 straight since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade became teammates.  But the Bobcats are hot – with  20 wins and only 9 losses since the All-Star break.  

Game time is 3:30 Sunday afternoon.


A task force for Clemson University's Board of Trustees is discussing a possible ban on tobacco products, inside or outdoors at the South Carolina school. The policy would ban smoking, dipping, chewing and e-cigarettes.  Outgoing Faculty Senate President Kelly Smith says faculty members generally support the policy but also want it to be humane to those who use tobacco products. The Greenville News reports that the school has declined to release a draft of the proposal. Clemson spokeswoman Cathy Sams says the task force hopes to have a proposal for the administration to consider soon.


Huntersville, police and firefighters have ended their search for a missing 22-year-old Huntersville woman after she turned up safe.   Huntersville Fire Department said Sunday the woman was found safe at a friend’s home in Charlotte late Saturday. Our news partner CorneliusNews.net reported that Jeanie Lienghot had disappeared Friday and was described in a police alert as possibly being at risk. Lienghot’s family told police she has a brain injury, may hallucinate, was not taking her medication.


A pedestrian was seriously injured Saturday night in a hit-and-run wreck on Albemarle Road. Polcie have not released the woman’s name. She was in critical condition after being struck around 10:26pm in while crossing Albemarle and North Sharon Amity roads.   Police said the woman was halfway across the road  when she was hit by a white older model Jeep Grand Cherokee, then fled the scene. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


Authorities say a 10-month-old North Carolina girl has been abducted by her father, who has made threats to kill himself and the child.  Durham police believe Tamiyah Elssy Bryant was abducted around 8:15 Saturday morning by Rodney Bryant. Police say Bryant was taking the girl's mother to work at a restaurant and when she tried to get out of the car, he forcefully held her down, according to TV station WRAL. Police say he eventually made her get out on the side of Interstate 40 in Durham.  Police issued arrest warrants charging Rodney Bryant with kidnapping, assault on a woman and communicating threats.  Police say may he may be headed to Atlanta.