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ALABAMA REGIONAL No. 2 seed Alabama set to host softball regional TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) No. 2 national seed Alabama hosts an NCAA softball regional this weekend. The Crimson Tide welcomes Tennessee-Martin, South Alabama and Georgia Tech in the Tuscaloosa regional. South Alabama and Georgia Tech meet in the opener while the Tide faces UT-Martin Friday evening. The championship in the double-elimination regional will be decided on Sunday. Alabama (50-7) won the Southeastern Conference tournament and regular-season titles. The Tide is trying to make its second straight trip to the College World Series. South Alabama (39-15) secured a regional bid by winning its first Sun Belt Conference tournament title. PREAKNESS At Preakness, Motion is the hunter, not the target BALTIMORE (AP) A year ago, trainer Graham Motion came to Pimlico Race Course with the Kentucky Derby winner. He was one of the most popular guys at the track because Animal Kingdom was the lone horse in the Preakness field with a shot at winning the Triple Crown. Motion’s entrant in the Preakness on Saturday is Went the Day Well, who finished fourth at Churchill Downs two weeks ago. So while Motion operates in relative obscurity, Doug O’Neill and Derby winner I’ll Have Another, along with Bob Baffert with Preakness favorite Bodemeister, are attracting the attention. Motion says, “I’m more comfortable being under the radar.” But he acknowledged Thursday that last year was far more exciting even if Animal Kingdom ultimately lost the Preakness to Shackleford by a half-length. HEAT-PACERS Heat regroup, heading to take on confident Pacers INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana’s mindset has not changed for several days. The Pacers were confident entering the series, confident after losing Game 1 to the Miami Heat and confident after winning Game 2. The Heat say they wouldn’t have it any other way. And though they have lost home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinal series that is now tied at a game apiece, the Heat weren’t lacking in the confidence department either on Wednesday. Playing without the injured Chris Bosh, Miami endured its lowest-scoring night at home since February 2010, and had no one besides LeBron James and Dwyane Wade score more than five points. The series now shifts to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Thursday. BOBCATS-COACHING SEARCH AP Source: Bobcats interviewing Ewing Thursday CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Two people familiar with the situation say the Bobcats will interview Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing on Thursday in Charlotte for their vacant head coaching position. The people say Charlotte will interview Memphis assistant Dave Joerger on Friday. The people spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly announced its list of candidates. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is friends with Ewing, but is not expected to sit in on the interview. General manager Rich Cho and president of basketball operations Rod Higgins have handled interviews so far. Charlotte has interviewed assistant coaches Michael Malone from Golden State, Cleveland’s Nate Tibbetts, St. John’s Mike Dunlap and expressed interest in Indiana’s Brian Shaw. Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas, son of former coach Paul Silas, has also interviewed.

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