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Norman's mouth could cost him Panthers' roster spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Josh Norman was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there were immediate hopes he'd provide the missing ingredient to the Carolina Panthers' secondary by being a shutdown cornerback. The Panthers are still waiting for that to happen as Norman has constantly raised the ire of head coach Ron Rivera because of his spotty play and attitude...
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Clemson's top returning rusher Brooks out for season

Not only will Clemson's offense need to replace a record-breaking quarterback and two NFL wide receivers this season, including fourth overall draft choice Sammy Watkins, but it will need to find additional help in the running game. Zac Brooks, the Tigers' top returning rusher, is expected to miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a severe foot injury in practice. The...
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Top 7 storylines for Week 3 of the NFL preseason

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ACC Countdown: No. 3 Duke

Duke shocked the ACC universe last year by taking the Coastal Division crown. Even though it's been written off as a fluke by some, the Blue Devils -- who return much of their roster from last season -- are eager to prove that it isn't. David Cutcliffe enters Year 7 of his tenure at Duke with his program-building plan already having paid off in a big way. But how will the...
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Fantasy Fox: Top 100 playmakers for 2014 season, Vol. III

Here's our 3.0 version of the Top 100 Fantasy Playmakers For 2014 -- a countdown that once again excludes kickers and defense/special teams ... for the simple reason that no kicker or defense should be a consideration in the first 10 rounds of a 12-team, standard-scoring draft. 1-25 1. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs 2. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles 3. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings 4. RB...
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Fantasy Fox: Preferred sleepers to target after Round 9

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Inexperienced UNC offensive line looks to come together in a hurry

There's always a reaction to the preseason polls, regardless of how meaningless they ultimately are. But when the AP poll came out earlier this week, there were plenty of raised eyebrows -- locally and nationally -- when North Carolina was slotted at 23. Outsiders see the way North Carolina ended last season, winning six of its final seven games, and the skill positions the Tar...
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Duke first-year OC Scottie Montgomery brings aggression, continuity

Duke first-year offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery certainly has big shoes to fill in those of Kurt Roper, who left to take the same job at Florida in early 2014. Roper had been with Cutcliffe on and off -- but mostly on -- since 1996, which is an eternity in the world of coaching. He'd been with Cutcliffe at Duke since the Cutcliffe era began in 2008, and Duke has never...
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Four Downs: Carolina's Stewart strong in debut, O-line struggles continue

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers played in their second preseason game when they hosted the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium. Here are four observations from the 28-16 win. 1. Jonathan Stewart Returns In Big Way Nobody has ever doubted the ability of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to be successful, but he's literally been injured in each...
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Duke replacing one key player while others emerge

DURHAM, N.C. -- As Duke prepares to start its final week of fall camp before the defending Coastal champs begin the 2014 season, the Blue Devils found themselves already down one man. And he's an important one, too -- Kelby Brown, a senior linebacker who All-ACC honors in 2013 and is one of Duke's best playmakers on defense, tore his ACL during a scrimmage on Monday and will...
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Fantasy Fox: Bye-week saviors; cherished YouTube memories

Citing our recent countdown of the 32 presumed starting quarterbacks, here are the most ideal fantasy backups (those ranked 15-32) to start in 14- or 16-team leagues, during a star QB's bye week: WEEK 4 -- Bye: Peyton Manning, Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson 1. Ryan Tannehill @ Oakland 2. Eli Manning @ Washington 3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tampa Bay WEEK 5 -- Bye: Ryan Tannehill 1...
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Panthers' offensive line still work in progress

CHARLOTTE -- The offensive line of the Carolina Panthers has never been confused with one of the best units in the NFL during Cam Newton's three years as a professional. Based purely on analytics, though, the Panthers had the 11th-best offensive line last season, ranking 14th in run blocking and 17th in pass protection, which may surprise some. That isn't likely to be the...
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Young defensive backs recall early trials and tribulations

There are a lot of places on the football field where most teams don't mind putting a freshman. Wide receiver, defensive line, even running back -- those are positions where freshmen can and often do excel. But defensive coordinators say that they would really rather not use freshmen defensive backs, particularly early in the season, unless they have to. "It's not a...
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Fantasy Fox: 'The Ten Commandments' of fantasy drafting

This seems like a good time to dust off an old chestnut from the Sports Illustrated days, providing an updated version of "The Ten Commandments Of Fantasy Drafting." At the very least, it'll give us a chance to debate which actor played "Moses" better -- the incomparable Charlton Heston ... or comic genius Mel Brooks? COMMANDMENT #1: Thou shalt not solely...
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Hornets to open season vs. Bucks on Oct. 29

The Charlotte Hornets will make their long-awaited return to NBA regular-season action when the team opens the 2014-15 campaign with a home game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets will play four of their first six games at home, also hosting Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 1; Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 5; and Atlanta on Friday, Nov...
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ACC Countdown: No. 4 Miami

Miami has the talent to win the Coastal Division. But it's had talent before, and this year, the Hurricanes have a brand-new quarterback. Is this year's group experienced enough to finally take the Division crown for the first time since joining the ACC? And against a punishing ACC schedule with little to no margin for error, can Miami's talent finally rise above the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Isolated green-light goodness for '14 playmakers

As part of our ongoing evaluation process of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, let's appease the fantasy optimists with a list of noteworthy statistical accomplishments -- or isolated green flags from last season -- that will be repeated in 2014. Guaranteed. Amongst the formerly injured crowd, QBs Aaron Rodgers (only nine starts -- 2,536 yards passing...
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Fantasy Fox: Isolated red flags for QBs/RBs/WRs/TEs

As part of our ongoing evaluation of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, let's appease the fantasy pessimists with a list of noteworthy statistical accomplishments -- or isolated red flags from last season -- which likely won't be repeated in 2014: QUARTERBACKS Peyton Manning: Don't expect ... 5,477 yards passing/55 TD passes Matt Ryan: Don...
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Hornets submit bid to host future NBA All-Star Game

After reenergizing its fan base with its return to its original name and mascot this offseason, the Charlotte Hornets are looking to secure the rights to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Time Warner Cable Arena. The franchise and the city of Charlotte are pushing to host in 2017 and 2018. A group of representatives and the Hornets mascot, Hugo, plan to fly to New York City on Tuesday...
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Transfer QB Jacoby Brissett ready to star for N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After playing in nine games over a total of two years at Florida, Jacoby Brissett thought it was his time. The Florida coaching staff apparently had other ideas. Brissett was forced into starting duty as a true freshman in 2011 when Gators starter John Brantley went out, but he never really received a good chance to show what he could do to unseat teammate Jeff Driskel...
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Sidelined Panthers QB Newton not pleased with offense's preseason opener

CHARLOTTE -- With the weather expected to be nasty and still sort of recovering from his offseason ankle surgery, Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton watched his team's first preseason game in warmups from the sidelines Friday night. Newton sitting against the Buffalo Bills wasn't altogether unexpected, but it did provide him an opportunity to see things that maybe...
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Florida transfer QB Jacoby Brissett ready to shine for NC State

RALEIGH, NC -- After playing in nine games over a total of two years at Florida, Jacoby Brissett thought it was his time. The Florida coaching staff seemingly had other ideas. Brissett had been forced into starting duty as a true freshman in 2011 when John Brantley went out, but he never really got a good chance in a game to show what he could do to unseat Driskel in 2012. He started...
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Fantasy Fox: Two-start pitchers for fantasy Week 20

The following 43 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 20 of the fantasy baseball season (Aug. 11-17). I'll have to check the archives, but this may be the first time all year we've spotlighted three different pitchers with three different first names that start with 'Y' -- in case you care. TOP 10 PICKS Felix Hernandez, Mariners (vs. Blue Jays, @ Tigers...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NC State, Doeren look to move forward without looking back

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In football, conventional wisdom dictates that players and teams operate by two seemingly conflicting ideas -- learn from a bad play, or a loss, but put it behind you, and quickly. Forget about it. Next play. Next game. It's hard to forget when you have to learn from it, but that's what teams -- and players -- attempt to do each week, and even within a game...
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Fantasy Fox: Handling three simultaneous mock drafts -- #5 slot

To break up the monotony of the NFL preseason, I executed three simultaneous mock drafts on Saturday afternoon (12 teams/standard scoring) -- holding the No. 5 pick each time. Adding to the degree of difficulty, I wasn't allowed to look at my positional cheat sheets for the preseason ... or "queue" up any of the players, in anticipation of snagging 'em for future...
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