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April 09, 2016

In the fall of 2010, I was away at the University of Georgia for my freshman year of college when I got a phone call from my dad, Roy, one afternoon.

A letter from Augusta National Golf Club had arrived in the mail that day, and for more than a decade, that yearly envelope had contained a rejection…

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March 28, 2016

CHARLOTTE — Maybe the Charlotte Hornets are catching Curry fever.

The Hornets, who play about 20 miles from where sharpshooter Stephen Curry starred at Davidson College and who employ Stephen’s long-distance shooting father Dell as a broadcaster, are suddenly one of the NBA’s…

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March 03, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Cody Zeller had 15 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 119-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lin each added 14 points for the Hornets as they continue their climb up the Eastern Conference…

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February 21, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With a Hail Mary move, Denny Hamlin ended Joe Gibbs’ 23-year drought at the Daytona 500.

Hamlin pulled out of line with a lap to go Sunday to make a run at his first Daytona 500 victory. He chased down teammate Matt Kenseth, staved off Kenseth’s block, and…

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February 11, 2016

CHARLOTTE  — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general manager of the Carolina Panthers.

“This side stinks,” Gettleman said Tuesday.…

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February 09, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Carolina quarterback Cam Newton didn’t say much after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but the league’s MVP did promise this: “We’ll be back.”

But will they?

Only time will tell. The Panthers could fade into oblivion, like the San Francisco 49ers did after losing the Super Bowl three years ago. Or they could bounce back, just like these Denver Broncos did after a devastating loss in the big game two years ago.

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February 08, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have Super ending to his career, and Von Miller and the Denver defense made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos.

Manning and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were harassed all game Sunday, and the Broncos made enough big plays for the 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement.

He wasn’t the star – game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play – but Manning really hasn’t been the headliner in this injury-shortened season.

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February 01, 2016

Viva Rivera.

NFL Coach of the Year contender Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers are expected to have the support of the Hispanic community when they play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 next Sunday.

Rivera is Hispanic, raised by a mother of Mexican descent and a father whose family still calls Puerto Rico home.

With Rivera now in his fifth year at the helm, the Panthers’ popularity has become so widespread in the Hispanic community they now employ their own broadcast team to call their games in Spanish.

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January 28, 2016

CHARLOTTE – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested for the first time Wednesday that race might play a factor in why he’s become a lightning rod for public criticism.

“I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” said the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton.

The No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn, Newton has his share of detractors who either don’t like how he plays, his celebrations or his abundance of self-confidence.

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January 27, 2016

CHARLOTTE – Carolina coach Ron Rivera remembers turning to Dave Gettleman following a training camp practice this summer, and asking the Panthers general manager, “Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?”

Rivera wanted verification that this Panthers team was clearly the most talented he’s coached in five seasons – one he thought had Super Bowl potential.

Well, turns out Rivera was right.

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