The weather will warm up steadily throughout the week in Charlotte, although rain forecast for later in the week might dampen outdoor plans, National Weather Service meteorologist John Tomko said Sunday.
The Charlotte Checkers have played their best hockey of the season this month. Yet, Sunday, they played uninspired, disjointed and sloppy hockey, and Lake Erie took full advantage for a 5-1 American Hockey League victory in front of 7,077 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In the disappointment over the way the Tar Heels and Wolfpack exited the NCAA tournament, there is this: Both are in position to return almost their entire teams next season. With Duke facing a likely NBA exodus, and a retooling if not a rebuilding, the balance of power in the Triangle is going to shift.