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August 23, 2017

CHARLOTTE — New Panthers wide receiver Russell Shepard would love to a steal a page from Steve Smith’s career playbook in Carolina.

Like Smith early on in his career, Shepard is out to shed the label of being “just a special teams guy” and emerge as a valuable receiving…


Greenville team yet to allow a hit in Little League World Series

August 23, 2017

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  — At the Little League World Series, the question now is not whether anyone can beat the team from Greenville, North Carolina.

It’s whether anyone can get a hit.

Neither Sioux Falls, South Dakota, nor Rancho Santa Margarita, California, was able to do so…


Cowboys entertain fans with first camp practice at home base

August 22, 2017

FRISCO, Texas — Jason Witten has practiced in front of thousands of Dallas Cowboys fans during training camp plenty of times in his 15 seasons.

Just never a few paces and a left turn from the locker in his home away from home — team headquarters, with the 12,000-seat stadium that serves…


Panthers could get Newton, Samuel back for next game

August 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is chomping at the bit to get his full contingent of offensive players on the football field.

That might just happen this week.

Quarterback Cam Newton and wide receiver Curtis Samuel, the team’s rookie second-round draft pick, are on pace to play…