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  • Hamlin edges out Truex Jr. for Daytona 500 win

    By Jenna Fryer | February 21, 2016 - 8:09pm

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

  • Panthers believe they will be back in Super Bowl soon

    By STEVE REED | February 8, 2016 - 11:10pm

    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?

  • Panthers' dream season ends in Super Bowl 50 defeat

    By Barry Wilner | February 7, 2016 - 11:35pm

    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.

  • Rivera embraces heritage

    By STEVE REED | January 31, 2016 - 9:55pm

    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.

  • Newton says race a factor in his criticism

    By STEVE REED | January 27, 2016 - 11:25pm

    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.

  • Panthers not satisfied with just reaching Super Bowl

    By STEVE REED | January 26, 2016 - 7:55pm

    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.

  • Super Bowl pits two opposites at quarterback

    By Howard Fendrich | January 25, 2016 - 11:22pm

    Peyton Manning is the only five-time MVP in NFL history, one of the faces of the league and, at 39, the oldest starting quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl.

  • Panthers beat Cardinals to advance to Super Bowl

    By STEVE REED | January 24, 2016 - 11:36pm

    CHARLOTTE – Ted Ginn Jr. got the last laugh against the Arizona Cardinals.

  • Top two offenses in NFL collide in NFC Championship game

    By STEVE REED | January 23, 2016 - 8:02pm

    CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton and Carson Palmer have a few things in common.Both were Heisman Trophy winners. Both were No. 1 overall draft picks.

  • Panthers charge to huge halftime lead, hold off furious Seattle comeback to advance to NFC title game

    By By BARRY WILNER | January 17, 2016 - 9:57pm

    CHARLOTTE – Four games into his playoff career, Cam Newton recognizes the key element to success.

  • Redskins dumped out of playoffs in Wild Card round by Green Bay

    By Howard Fendrich | January 10, 2016 - 10:55pm

    LANDOVER, Md. – For Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers’ offense, the first quarter of their playoff game Sunday looked quite similar to the stagnant way their regular season wound down.

  • Challenge ramps up for Redskins

    By Howard Fendrich | January 4, 2016 - 11:17pm

    ASHBURN, Va. – If the Washington Redskins are going to win a playoff game for the first time in a decade, they’ll need to earn their first victory this season over a team that finished above .500.

  • Panthers defined by their swagger

    By STEVE REED | January 4, 2016 - 11:17pm

    CHARLOTTE – Ron Rivera believes the Carolina Panthers rediscovered their swagger during a 38-10 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday – and he couldn’t be more pleased.“Oh yeah, definitely – did you see the picture?” the Panthers fifth-year coach said excitedly on Monday.

  • Panthers clinch home field throughout playoffs

    By STEVE REED | January 3, 2016 - 10:12pm

    CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton had a wide smile after the game on Sunday, knowing that if any team hopes to prevent Carolina from reaching the Super Bowl, they’ll have to go through Charlotte.“It’s extremely big,” Newton said of the Panthers securing home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

  • Tarboro High grad Gurley likely out of Rams’ regular-season finale

    By MICHAEL WAGAMAN | January 1, 2016 - 9:22pm

    NAPA, Calif. – St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley missed his third straight practice because of a right foot injury and is likely to be held out of the Rams’ final regular-season game.

  • Panthers pick up first blemish of season in Atlanta

    By Charles Odum | December 27, 2015 - 9:36pm

    ATLANTA – For the first time this season, there was no big comeback for Carolina. No clutch play at a key moment.

  • Cousins leads Redskins back to postseason

    By Howard Fendrich | December 27, 2015 - 9:36pm

    One bizarre kneel-down aside, Kirk Cousins did everything he was asked to do – and then some – to lead the Washington Redskins to the NFC East title and only the franchise’s fifth trip to the playoffs in the past two decades.

  • Gano kicks Panthers to 14-0 after Giants' rally

    By Barry Wilner | December 20, 2015 - 8:49pm

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Cam Newton stayed away from the nastiness around him, shrugged off a record-tying Giants comeback, and did what he does best: carry Carolina to victory.

  • Panthers improve to 13-0, clinch first-round bye

    By STEVE REED | December 13, 2015 - 9:48pm

    CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton raced from one end of the Carolina Panthers’ sideline to the other in the final moments of a 38-0 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, raising his arms to the crowd as fans cheered on their emotional MVP candidate.“I believe right now it’s our moment as Panthers,” Newton said with a smile as he praised the team’s fan base following his victory run. “We try to seize it as much as possible.”Newton – and the fans – had plenty of reason to celebrate.

  • Gurley's 140 yards, 2 TDs pace Rams

    By R.B. FALLSTROM | December 13, 2015 - 9:47pm

    ST. LOUIS – Tarboro High School graduate Todd Gurley led a revived St.

  • Panthers escape New Orleans with victory, clinch NFC South

    By Brett Martel | December 6, 2015 - 10:22pm

    NEW ORLEANS – Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are collecting some nice memories in New Orleans.

  • Tarboro native Draughn relishes opportunity with 49ers

    By Janie Mccauley | December 2, 2015 - 11:32pm

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In a year of sweeping changes for the San Francisco 49ers, few could have envisioned journeyman running back Shaun Draughn – a 2006 Tarboro High graduate – leading the way in the ground game down the stretch this season.

  • Panthers breeze to 11-0 start

    By SCHUYLER DIXON | November 26, 2015 - 9:06pm

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Cam Newton is still perfect this season.

  • Hornets agree extension with Clifford

    By STEVE REED | November 25, 2015 - 7:12pm

    CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Hornets have entrusted their short-term future to coach Steve Clifford.

  • Charles Johnson to return Thursday for Panthers

    By STEVE REED | November 23, 2015 - 8:30pm

    CHARLOTTE – The unbeaten Carolina Panthers already have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL – and more help is on the way.