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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...

Airline worker dies in accident at Charlotte airport

Aug. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An employee of regional carrier Piedmont Airlines has died in Charlotte after the baggage-hauling tug he was driving flipped, pinning him underneath. The accident Sunday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport occurred on the ramp, an area restricted to planes and service...

Column: Bristol needs "cage rattling" to spark playoff push

Aug. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was chasing the trophy — the playoffs didn't exist, no stages, no bonus points — and The Intimidator simply wanted the victory. Labonte had...

Column: Hendrick Motorsports making strides from awful 2018

Aug. 5, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick minced no words at the start of the season, when the NASCAR team owner dismissed the previous year as one of the worst in the history of his mighty organization. Hendrick stated: "Last year sucked. I ain't gonna do that no more." The rebuild at Hendrick Motorsports has...