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September 18, 2017

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Given another opportunity to win, Marc Leishman didn’t give anyone much of a chance in the BMW Championship.

Staked to a five-shot lead, Leishman made back-to-back birdies late in the final round Sunday to put away the final challenge, then closed with a birdie for a…

BMW Championship Golf

September 18, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. — Martin Truex Jr. backed up his regular-season dominance with a victory Sunday in NASCAR’s playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

Truex solidified himself as the driver to beat over the final nine races as he chases his first Cup championship. Truex raced to his fifth…

NASCAR Chicagoland Auto Racing

September 18, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Julius Peppers has played 17 seasons in the NFL for pretty good defensive teams.

But he said none compares to this year’s Carolina Panthers.

“This is the best one I have ever played on,” Peppers said emphatically Sunday.

Carolina’s defense allowed only…

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September 15, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Julius Peppers is on the verge of joining some elite company — although the 37-year-old defensive end seemingly couldn’t care less.

Peppers, a Southern Nash graduate, picked up a half-sack in his first game back with the Panthers last Sunday and now has 144 for his…

Panthers Peppers Football

September 14, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton trotted toward coach Ron Rivera on the sideline, his lips moving fast and furious, his eyes rolling around in his head as he berated himself out loud over an uncharacteristic mistake.

Newton had just overthrown a wide open Ed Dickson by 10 yards in the end zone, costing…

Panthers 49ers Football

September 14, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Given the right situation, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. believes his girlfriend still wants to be a race car driver.

Danica Patrick will have to scramble to make that happen. And if the opportunity doesn’t present itself, well, she has plenty of other things to fill her time.

Patrick…

NASCAR Smithfield Sponsorship Auto Racing

September 14, 2017

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jason Day’s longtime coach is no longer his caddie.

In a surprising move, Day said Wednesday he has parted ways with Colin Swatton for at least the rest of the year, though he will keep him as the only coach he has ever had. It was the third split this year involving…

Day Caddie Golf

September 14, 2017

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians hit baseball blackjack — 21!

Making history almost every time they take the field, the Indians won their 21st straight game on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set an American League record and join only two other teams in the past 101…

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September 12, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Ron Rivera felt like a kid on Christmas morning again when the Panthers took the field to play the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season opener.

After months of waiting, he was finally was getting a chance to play with his new toy: rookie running back Christian McCaffrey.…

APTOPIX Panthers 49ers Football

September 11, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott isn’t one to get sentimental, whether it’s reflecting on his first victory or looking ahead to a Carolina homecoming this weekend.

McDermott cracked a slight smile Monday when reminded the Bills lead the AFC East…

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