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Need a one-stop shop to catch up on the top sports stories big and small? Time Out For Sports airs Mondays on WFAE's "All Things Considered" and has what you need to know about everything from Charlotte-area high school football highlights to the latest updates on the Carolina Panthers.

The Charlotte Hornets have a rough weekend with back-to-back losses and a tense argument

LaMelo Ball goes for a basket Feb. 4, 2022, as the Hornets face off against Cleveland. The photo was shared by the Hornets on social media.
LaMelo Ball goes for a basket Feb. 4, 2022, as the Hornets face off against Cleveland. The photo was shared by the Hornets on social media.

It was a rough weekend for the Hornets.

On Friday, Charlotte barely lost — 101-102 — to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And in the fourth quarter against Miami on Saturday, things fell apart on the sidelines as the Hornets fell 86-104 to the Heat.

Some of the big news after that second game, though, had to do with a tense exchange between Hornets head coach James Borrego and rookie James Bouknight.

“After the quarter ended, Bouknight and his coach got in a pretty heated argument, where they had to be separated and Bouknight actually had to be escorted to the locker room by security,” The Charlotte Observer’s Langston Wertz Jr. told WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn on this week’s Time Out for Sports. “Apparently he’s upset about his minutes. He’s only averaging 4.8 points a game on about 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes would rank in the bottom one-third of the league under the 250-player mark, and it was just not a good situation for a team that’s kind of building itself on fun and fresh and new.”

And it was a big weekend for one of college basketball’s biggest rivalries. The Blue Devils trounced the Tar Heels 87-67 in Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last visit to Chapel Hill.

It’s new Chapel Hill coach Hubert Davis’ first year on the job.

“It’s been a tough year for Hubert Davis,” Wertz said. “They have four losses by 20 or more points, plus a 17-point loss to Tennessee. That’s not what we expect from North Carolina. But if you look at the ACC standings, they’re only about a half-game out of third place. And besides the Duke game at the end of the year, they should be favored in the remainder of their games.”

You can listen to the full Time Out for Sports segment above. Here’s a quick look at what else Glenn and Wertz covered this week.

  • It’s the final week of the regular season for high school basketball. 
  • The Charlotte Court XIV Classic was held this past weekend, but Vertical Academy phenom Mikey Williams didn’t play. 
  • There’s some explanation of new types of high school travel teams. 
  • The Senior Bowl was held in Mobile, Alabama, giving NFL teams a look at draft possibilities. 
  • The Panthers are backing a girls' flag football league for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “A19 CMS schools plus Charlotte Catholic are going to play starting in April in this flag football league, and you should have seen the girls come out during the press conference — they were so excited.”  
  • Several high school coaches in the area feel like the transfer portal is hurting student-athletes in terms of scholarships. “Guys who are disgruntled, not playing a lot, getting promised more playing time somewhere else, they transfer. And college coaches, needing to win immediately, want a kid who’s proven in college and has college film vs. a little bit of an unknown in high school.”   

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Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.