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November 24, 2016

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton’s numbers this season are pedestrian at best, a far cry from the type of video game statistics he put up during an MVP season in 2015.

But coach Ron Rivera isn’t about to blame the team’s 4-6 record on his franchise quarterback.

Rivera points to a…


Dangers of concussions hitting home for Panthers

November 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE — Now more than ever, Carolina Panthers players are being forced to confront the omnipresent dangers of repeated hits to the head amid a rash of concussions to key players.

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was carted off the field with a head injury last Thursday night, a disturbing…


Johnson's chances were bleak to start, won title anyway

November 21, 2016

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson walked across the stage after driver introductions to find his car inexplicably missing from pit road.

In a dramatic start to his race for a record-tying seventh championship, Johnson learned NASCAR’s inspectors had yanked his Chevrolet off the pre-race…


Goodwin earns first MLB hit in first MLB start

August 10, 2016

Wednesday was a day of firsts for Rocky Mount native Brian Goodwin.

The 25-year-old outfielder earned his first career start for the Washington Nationals, replacing Bryce Harper is right field while Harper deals with a stiff neck, and then capped off the game with a single into right field for his…