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National Sports Briefs: Charlotte gets transfer Briscoe

Associated Press
CHARLOTTE ó High-scoring guard Jamar Briscoe is transferring to Charlotte from North Carolina Central.
Coach Bobby Lutz announced Tuesday that the 5-foot-10 Briscoe will be a walk-on with the 49ers. He’ll sit out this season under the NCAA’s transfer rules before having three years of eligibility remaining.
Briscoe averaged 17.8 points as a freshman last season and had five games of 30 or more points. He had the second-highest scoring average in the nation for a freshman behind Liberty’s Seth Curry, who recently transferred to Duke.
NASCAR
STATESVILLE ó Richard Petty Motorsports has swapped the crew chiefs for AJ Allmendinger and Reed Sorenson.
Allmendinger will begin working with Mike Shiplett this weekend at Michigan International Raceway. Sorenson will be teamed with Sammy Johns.
Allmendinger is currently 24th in the Sprint Cup Series standings, while Sorenson is 29th.
Team co-owner Richard Petty had indicated a swap was coming somewhere in the organization, which has only star Kasey Kahne in contention for a berth in the Chase for the championship.
The change comes after Allmendinger and Shiplett worked together during a tire test last week at Dover International Speedway.
– CHARLOTTEó Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon has a stiff back a day after a spectacular accident at Watkins Glen.
Gordon has been bothered by an aching back for more than a year, and the hard impact from Monday’s accident increased his discomfort. But he says he’ll be ready to race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Jeff Burton says the accident left him sore all over on Tuesday, while the crew chief for Sam Hornish Jr. says his driver is surprised at how well he feels.
The three got the worst of the six-car accident that began when Hornish was run off course into a tire barrier. His car shot back onto the track and into the path of Gordon, who went head-on into a steel barrier.
WNBA
LOS ANGELES ó Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to score 6,000 career points, reaching the milestone in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Sparks’ 75-63 victory over the Indiana Fever.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK ó The widow of New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle died at a hospice facility in Plano, Texas. She was 77.
Family spokesman Marty Appel said that Merlyn Mantle died from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Merlyn married Mickey on Dec. 23, 1951, following his rookie season. They were married for 43 years.
NHL
CHICAGO ó The attorney for a cab driver who says he was beaten up by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin over pocket change said that the incident had been blown out of proportion.
Attorney Andrew LoTempio told WGN radio in Chicago he thinks both sides “should be able to work things out.”
Kane and his cousin were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief. Patrick Kane pleaded not guilty on Sunday, the same day of the alleged attack.
OLYMPICS
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ó U.S. Olympic leaders repeated that their attention is completely fixed on the quest to bring the 2016 Games to Chicago.
TIGER
CHASKA, Minn. ó Tiger Woods has said he was not fined by the PGA Tour for his critical remarks about a rules official putting the last group on the clock at Firestone.
A PGA Tour official told The Associated Press on Monday that the world’s No. 1 player would be fined for his comment.
“I’ve heard from the tour and there’s no fine,” Woods said. “That was an erroneous report.”

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