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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…


NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil

August 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show.

NASCAR, unfortunately, cannot sit on the sidelines and simply watch the cars go round.

The top racing…


Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

August 22, 2017

No need to overthink it: Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25.

The Crimson Tide became the first program in 12 years to take the top spot in The Associated Press preseason media poll two straight years, and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time.

Coach…