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Panthers: 5 position battles to watch during training camp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With training camp starting for the Carolina Panthers, nearly all of the positions are set. However, there are some that are wide open -- and may stay that way deep into training camp. Here's a look, at the top five position battles for the Panthers heading into the preseason: LEFT TACKLE This is universally considered the second-most important position on...
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Hornets ink rookie Vonleh, veteran Pargo

The Charlotte Hornets announced two signings on Friday, adding both youth and veteran leadership to the team. While financial terms were not disclosed, general manager Rich Cho reported the signing of first-round draft pick Noah Vonleh. The team also added point guard, and 10-year pro Jannero Pargo, who was re-signed to a one-year deal. Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in this year...
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Duke football enters uncharted territory: dealing with preseason expectations

When college football analyst Phil Steele's renowned season preview magazine came out -- complete with predictions -- a few weeks ago, there were some surprises. As there always are. But perhaps none of the surprises were bigger than Steele picking the reigning ACC Coastal Division champion -- a team that returns most of its key pieces from last year, mind you -- to finish tied...
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NFL: 5 losing teams from '13 that could win 9-plus games in 2014

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Photos: 5 non-losing NFL teams from '13 that might implode in 2014

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ACC Countdown: No. 7 Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech went 8-5 a year ago (5-3 in ACC play), not all that horrible by Coastal Division standards but not enough to win the Division after Duke won the head-to-head battle in Blacksburg -- a sentence that would have been unfathomable as recently as two years ago. Virginia Tech starts fresh this year on offense without three-year starter Logan Thomas, and returns a lot of pieces...
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Preseason All-ACC picks

As ACC Kickoff came to an end on Monday, the preseason ballots had to be turned in and the final results of the player voting will be made available on Wednesday afternoon. But the voting for who will finish where in each Division was certainly interesting, particularly in the wide-open Coastal Division. Of the 112 ballots cast, Florida State was the no-brainer pick to win the ACC...
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Fantasy Fox: Updated QB-starter rankings, 1-32

Here are my updated fantasy rankings for the season's presumed starting quarterbacks (1-32) ... as training camps open en masse this week: 1-8 1. Peyton Manning, Broncos 2. Drew Brees, Saints 3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers 4. Matthew Stafford, Lions 5. Robert Griffin III, Redskins 6. Andy Dalton, Bengals 7. Matt Ryan, Falcons 8. Cam Newton, Panthers QUICK HITTERS 1. The odds of...
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Hornets' Zeller named to USA Men's Select team

The Hornets' Cody Zeller has been chosen as one of 13 players for the USA Men's National Select Team, which will train with July 28-31 with Team USA in Las Vegas ahead of the FIBA World Cup. Zeller was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second team after averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 17.3 minutes per game for Charlotte. He was the team's only...
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Clemson's Cole Stoudt ready for his turn

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Patience is a concept that's much more easily discussed than it is put to good use. But Clemson senior quarterback Cole Stoudt has always been more patient than most. "In high school, I had a little bit of patience. When I was a freshman, my brother was a senior, so I was doing freshman ball and he was doing his year. I had to be patient and wait for...
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Louisville looks to continue winning ways, give ACC 'encore'

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Over the last two seasons, the Louisville Cardinals have gone 23-3 overall and have earned a trip to the Sugar Bowl, where they smoked Florida 33-23. Nevertheless, very few college football fans and media have given them credit of being a dominant football team. Of course, that's what happens when you play in the lesser leagues like the American Athletic Conference...
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Fantasy Fox: Top 100 fantasy playmakers, Vol. II

Here's our 2.0 version of the Top 100 Fantasy Playmakers For 2014 -- a countdown that intentionally minimizes the fantasy impact of kickers and defense/special teams. For now. (We'll worry about those groups in August.) 1-25 1. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs 2. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles 3. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos 4. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings 5. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks...
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Winston, Florida State run away with preseason ACC honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In perhaps the least surprising news of the ACC Kickoff, quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles were picked to run away with the conference championship for the second straight season. Winston was also voted preseason ACC Player of the Year by the media. The Seminoles, who return 15 starters to a team that finished first nationally in scoring...
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Post-free agency breakdown of NBA's Southeast Division

The NBA's Southeast Division has undergone a substantial facelift in the last five weeks, the dual result of fruitful drafts for the bottom-rung clubs and monumental free-agent moves -- both positive and negative -- involving nearly every team. As such, the division race shall no longer be a preordained award for the Miami Heat keeping their Big Three healthy for a full season...
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ACC Media Days: 5 storylines to ponder on Day 2

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference got most of its heavy lifting done early Sunday afternoon, kicking off its player-centric media day by running out reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and his Florida State teammate, cornerback P.J. Williams, in the opening session. Media members swarmed, but when the session was complete the event returned to normalcy. The Monday...
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Fantasy Fox: Two-start pitchers for fantasy Week 17

The following 42 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 17 of the fantasy baseball season (July 21- 27): Top 10 Picks Chris Sale, White Sox (vs. Royals, @ Twins) Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (vs. Rays, @ Cubs) Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Marlins, vs. Padres) Scott Kazmir, Athletics (vs. Astros, @ Rangers) Cliff Lee, Phillies (vs. Giants, vs. Diamondbacks) Tom Koehler, Marlins...
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Fantasy Fox: Two-start pitchers for fantasy Week 17

The following 42 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 17 of the fantasy baseball season (July 21- 27): Top 10 Picks Chris Sale, White Sox (vs. Royals, @ Twins) Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (vs. Rays, @ Cubs) Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Marlins, vs. Padres) Scott Kazmir, Athletics (vs. Astros, @ Rangers) Cliff Lee, Phillies (vs. Giants, vs. Diamondbacks) Tom Koehler, Marlins...
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Fantasy Fox: Two-start pitchers for fantasy Week 17

The following 42 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 17 of the fantasy baseball season (July 21- 27): Top 10 Picks Chris Sale, White Sox (vs. Royals, @ Twins) Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (vs. Rays, @ Cubs) Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Marlins, vs. Padres) Scott Kazmir, Athletics (vs. Astros, @ Rangers) Cliff Lee, Phillies (vs. Giants, vs. Diamondbacks) Tom Koehler, Marlins...
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Marquise Williams relishes the competition for UNC's starting QB job

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The questions about UNC quarterback Marquise Williams' fundamentals have swirled since he took his first snap, and they'll continue to -- but his throwing motion has the endorsement of one person that carries a good bit of weight. "That's Peyton Manning. He's the greatest in the game," Williams said. "When he gave me that talk, I...
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Duke Johnson, Miami ready to "take the next step"

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Miami -- or "The U", as it is more popularly known -- is still not back. Junior running back Duke Johnson wants to make that clear. "I don't see why we can say we're back. We don't have a reason to say that," Johnson said. "We've been in the ACC for 10 years and we haven't been to the ACC Championship once. We haven...
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ACC's Swofford expects Power 5 autonomy proposal to pass

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Swofford's words have fallen on deaf ears before. Just a few short years ago, the ACC commissioner's joint proposal with SEC commissioner Mike Slive to establish a college football playoff did not draw a negative reaction so much as it did blank stares. The Bowl Championship Series was established and raking in hundreds of millions in revenue, so...
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ACC Media Days: 5 storylines to ponder on Day 1

For comparison's sake, the arrival of the ACC Football Kickoff is typically a low-key affair tucked away at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., a quieter cousin of the fever pitch that is SEC Media Days a few hundred miles south. Players, coaches and media members swing golf clubs, interact at ice cream socials and, oh yeah, talk a little football along the way. The event...
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Marcus Paige returns for 2014-15 more relaxed, confident

Marcus Paige hasn't been back home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa very much in the off-season. But when he has, people have been careful to not to mention the way the Tar Heels' last season ended -- an 85-83 loss to the No. 3 seed Iowa State in the third round of the Tournament. "One of my best friends goes (to Iowa State), and he still doesn't say too much to me about it...
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College playoff committee must invoke common sense with rankings

ATLANTA -- In the coming weeks, FOX Sports South will offer an onslaught of football features, the happy result of information collected at the recently completed SEC Media Days (July 14-17 in Hoover, Ala.). But today, we're going to focus on a hot-button issue that resurfaced when Bill Hancock, the executive director of the new College Football Playoff, addressed the media with...
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'Bama carries preseason team, individual voting with SEC media

HOOVER, Ala. -- The SEC announced its individual and team choices for preseason media awards on Thursday, with representatives from Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia receiving the lion's share of accolades. And to no one's surprise, the Crimson Tide were tabbed as the clear favorite to win the SEC West title and subsequent conference championship. For divisional...
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