Report: Panthers Sign TE Mike McNeill

  Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that the Panthers have signed former Rams TE Mike McNeill. McNeill, 26, appeared in 14 games for the Rams last year and contributed one reception for five years. According to Pro Football Focus, he played just 34 snaps last season while helping out on special teams.
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith’s Agent Says Smith Won’t Be Back With Panthers

Steve Smith is done with the Carolina Panthers. BREAKING NEWS: Agent for Steve Smith says client "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that." — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) March 12, 2014 Smith’s longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Smith “is not going to play for the Panthers next...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jefferson's old-school style fueling Bobcats' run

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Michael Jordan's Bobcats enter the post-NBA All-Star break with their playoff hopes largely riding on the old-school game of big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson and his back-to-the-basket style of play has helped the Bobcats win more games than they did all of last season and position themselves for their first postseason appearance...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Stewart Expected To Play

Though he's officially been listed as questionable, the Panthers fully expect running back Jonathan Stewart to play Sunday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated PressFantasy Spin:Knee issues have kept Stewart off the field since Week 14. He'll slide in as a change of pace back behind starter DeAngelo Williams. Both players will cede goal line carries to fullback...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers practice report: Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart

Wednesday saw the return of wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart to Panthers practice. The pair have been out with knee injuries and were limited in practice, though maybe more so of Stewart. Ron Rivera says Steve smith "wasn't that limited" in practice.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) January 8, 2014Stewart said after practice that he expects...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Stewart Expects To Play vs. 49ers

According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he expects to play in the divisional playoff game against the 49ers Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Stewart played just six games this season (180 rushing yards), leaving most of the heavy lifting to DeAngelo Williams (843 yards) and red zone work to Mike Tolbert. Stewart probably won't see...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rivera: Stopping Kaepernick will be tougher

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this time around. Rivera says that Kaepernick ''didn't play that well'' against Carolina in a regular-season matchup on Nov. 10. The Panthers limited the third-year quarterback to 91 yards passing...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Newton eager for big stage, wants to be accurate

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Cam Newton knows he'll need to bring his passes down if he wants to thrive in the NFL playoffs. Whether it's leading Auburn to a national championship, throwing for 422 yards in his rookie debut or leading the Carolina Panthers on a last-minute drive to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Monday Night Football, Newton...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers' Greg Hardy awaiting big pay day

(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Greg Hardy knows he made a big impact with his late-season flurry of sacks. ''It's huge,'' he says. The Panthers' defensive end will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is set up for one healthy pay day. Hardy had eight sacks in his final three games and tied...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Greg Hardy Open To Being Franchised

Panthers DE Greg Hardy told reporters on Wednesday that he has no issues if the team elects to use their franchise tag on him this offseason, per Steve Reed. Typically, players coming off of an incredible season are hoping to maximize their position by securing a long-term contract, but it appears as though Hardy believes things will work out in time. Applying the franchise tag...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith Diagnosed with Speained PCL

An MRI on Steve Smith's left knee revealed a sprained PCL. His status is week-to-week. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated PressFantasy Spin:Coach Ron Rivera considers him a long shot to play in Week 17. The 13-year veteran hasn't missed a game since 2010.
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Steve Smith Felt Something Pop in Knee

Carolina wideout Steve Smith said he felt something pop in his knee Sunday against the Saints, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.Fantasy Spin:Smith suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter when Cam Newton overthrew him on a slant. He was walking around fine without crutches after the game and will have an MRI Monday.
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Expansion draft series: 1992- Colorado Rockies

MLB stayed consistent through the 1960 season, with each league having 8 teams. Expansion first came in 1961, with the AL adding the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators (the original Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins and the later Senators became the Texas Rangers in 1972). The NL expanded in 1962, as the New York Mets and Houston Astros joined the NL. Both the...
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers WR Smith has no plans to slow down

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer As Steve Smith continues to vault past Hall of Fame players in the NFL record book, the Panthers' fiery 34-year-old wide receiver says he has no plans to slow down soon. Smith says his goal is to catch 1,000 passes and ''get close to'' 14,000 yards receiving for his career, which...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers seize momentum with 3-game win streak

The Panthers have a red hot quarterback, a stifling defense and - finally - a winning record following a three-game win streak. Momentum is on their side. And that's a good thing for the Panthers (4-3), who are entering a tough stretch of November games against division rival Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Miami. Critics will contend the Panthers haven't beaten...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' LaFell proves he can do more than catch

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer The Panthers are learning just how valuable wide receiver Brandon LaFell is to their offense - and not just when he's catching the football. In Carolina's two wins this season, the Panthers No. 2 receiver has seven catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns. In the Panthers' three losses LaFell has seven catches for...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Rivera says struggling Panthers lack consistency

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday his team needs to start playing more consistent football before it's too late. The Panthers are 1-3 for the third straight year under Rivera and run the risk of falling out of playoff contention early just as they did the last two seasons when they began 1-5 and 1-6. Cam Newton turned...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' Kenjon Barner likely inactive for Sunday

The indication that Jonathan Stewart was going to start the season the PUP list opened the door for rookie running back Kenjon Barner to steal some reps from veteran DeAngelo Williams.  Unfortunately for Barner, he may have to wait until at least Week 2.  According to Steve Reed, Barner is still out and most likely will be inactive for Week 1. RB Kenjon Barner still out. Looking...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers eager to succeed in post-Chudzinski era

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith expects more from Carolina's offense now that former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is no longer calling the plays. Carolina's offense struggled last year, including during a 16-12 loss to Seattle in October, something Smith blames on Chudzinski. The Panthers' offense managed...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' Ginn looks to capitalize on fresh start

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Ted Ginn Jr. has never liked being labeled a ''specialist.'' Now the six-year NFL veteran is looking to take advantage of a ''fresh start'' with the Carolina Panthers and prove to critics he can still play wide receiver in the NFL and be more than just a returner. Ginn, the ninth overall pick...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Charlotte Bobcats have fired head coach Mike Dunlap

According to Steve Reed, a sports writer for the Associated Press, the Charlotte Bobcats have fired Mike Dunlap as their head coach.  He was hired before the 2012-2013 season in [...]
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Vancouver to host women's 2015 World Cup final

Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium will be the site of the women's 2015 World Cup final, the first time a championship game will be played on artificial turf. The venue was announced Thursday by FIFA and Canadian organizers. ''There's a lot of factors,'' Steve Reed, a national organizing committee member, said following a news conference across the street...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

FIFA unveils 2015 World Cup schedule

Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium was named the site of FIFA's 2015 Women's World Cup final marking the first time-ever a World Cup final will be played on artificial turf. "There's a lot of factors that go into (choosing the final venue)," said Steve Reed, a national organizing committee member. "The final match, certainly, we wanted to maximize the...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Bobcats' Ramon Sessions sprains knee

The Charlotte Bobcats will be without guard Ramon Sessions for 2-4 weeks.  The point guard sprained his MCL and will have to stay away from basketball activities while the knee heels.  Fortunately, surgery will not be required says Steve Reed of the Associated Press.Bad news for Bobcats: G Ramon Sessions expected to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained MCL in his left knee. No surgery...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Bobcats struggling but pleased with Kidd-Gilchrist

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jump shot has never been perfect. Not when he was dominating the AAU circuit in New Jersey or even last season while he was helping Kentucky win a national championship. The Charlotte Bobcats selected Kidd-Gilchrist No. 2 overall in last year's draft believing they could fix the flaws in his...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

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