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No. 16 NC State edges UNC Asheville 82-80

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No. 16 NC State edges UNC Asheville 82-80

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Richard Howell scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 3:06 left, to help No. 16 North Carolina State rally past UNC Asheville 82-80 on Friday night.

Howell finished with 15 rebounds and also knocked down two free throws with 5 seconds left to secure the win for the Wolfpack (4-1), who finally shook free of the Bulldogs late after trailing most of the way. UNC Asheville (1-5) led by seven with 8 1/2 minutes left before N.C. State finally inched ahead, pushing in front when Howell corralled a deflected pass and scored in the paint while drawing an intentional foul.

Scott Wood added 14 points, including a pair of clutch jumpers in the final 3 minutes that helped N.C. State hold on.

Jeremy Atkinson scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulldogs, who lost their fifth straight since beating Western Carolina in the opener.

This looked like a game that would give N.C. State the chance to regroup after a 20-point loss to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tipoff championship game on Sunday. Instead, N.C. State's struggles continued against an aggressive and opportunistic bunch of Bulldogs who wouldn't go away.

While N.C. State shot 56 percent for the game, it committed 19 turnovers that UNC Asheville converted into 31 points. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-4 Atkinson frustrated the Wolfpack the entire way by being quick enough to get his shot off the dribble or muscle around in the paint. N.C. State tried freshmen Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren on Atkinson before turning to junior C.J. Leslie in the final minutes.

After the Wolfpack took the 70-69 lead on Howell's basket, Wood followed with a straightaway jumper that pushed the lead to four. Two possessions later, Wood answered a 3-pointer by Trent Meyer with one of his own, losing Keith Hornsby around a screen on the right wing to make it 76-72 with 1:16 left.

UNC Asheville got as close as 80-78 on a three-point play from Hornsby with 16.5 seconds left, but Howell made it a two-possession game with his free throws and the Bulldogs managed a meaningless putback just before the buzzer to end it.

N.C. State improved to 18-0 all-time against UNC Asheville, led by former Wolfpack player Eddie Biedenbach.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

The Capitals re-signed one of their lone remaining restricted free agents, but it's not the big-name you were waiting for. Madison Bowey signed a two-year deal with Washington in a deal that will carry a $2 million cap hit, the team announced Thursday.

Bowey, 23, did not start last season with Washington, but was called up and made his NHL debut on Oct. 14 due to an injury to Matt Niskanen. He played in 51 games last season and tallied 12 assists.

With Bowey's signing, Tom Wilson remains the team's only remaining restricted free agent.

More on this story to come.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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