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Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

Rivera says Cam's backup in Carolina still uncertain

Aug. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Cam Newton remains the clear-cut starting quarterback in Carolina, his primary backup remains largely uncertain. Kyle Allen started the first two preseason games and appears to have the edge over third-round draft pick Will Grier, but the reality is neither QB has taken full...

Indians ace Kluber exits rehab game with abdominal tightness

Aug. 18, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians ace Corey Kluber was removed from a minor league start after one inning with abdominal tightness. The team said Kluber, who hasn't pitched in the majors since breaking his arm during a start on May 1, was taken out of Sunday's game for Triple-A Columbus in Charlotte, North...

Allen, Johnson lead Bills past Newton-less Panthers 27-14

Aug. 16, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After winning the coin toss, Josh Allen quickly asked for the ball. He was eager and ready to go — and it showed. Allen shook off some first-game jitters and completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for...

Rivera decides to rest Newton, other star players vs. Bills

Aug. 16, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers say quarterback Cam Newton and four other key starters will not play Friday night against the Buffalo Bills. Panthers coach Ron Rivera had indicated on Wednesday that all of his starters would play against the Bills, including Newton. However, the ninth-year head coach...

Matt DiBenedetto out at Leavine after this NASCAR season

Aug. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto has been told by Leavine Family Racing he will not be brought back for a second season with the NASCAR team in 2020. DiBenedetto called it "devastating news" in Thursday social media posts. He's enjoying the best season of his career while driving the No. 95 Toyota...

Chastain eyeing Truck Series title to close tumultuous year

Aug. 14, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This was supposed to be the breakout year for Ross Chastain, whose hard work caught the eye of a sponsor who promised to fund the eighth-generation watermelon farmer in the best ride of his career. Chastain was moving up to a competitive car in the Xfinity Series with a true chance...

David Ragan turning to part-time NASCAR racing in 2020

Aug. 14, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season. Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to spend...

North Carolina police officer cleared in fatal shooting

Aug. 14, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney on Wednesday cleared a white police officer who shot and killed an armed black man at a fast food restaurant in March. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said in a 162-page report that he couldn't prove to a jury that...

Bills prepare for Panthers, extreme heat at joint practices

Aug. 12, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to have a little fun with Bills coach Sean McDermott over the weekend, sending a screenshot of the heat index in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at 110 degrees along with an orange emoji face dripping with sweat. "A psychological game," Rivera joked...