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Haas driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark participates in a media conference prior to the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Rudy Carezzevoli, Pool via AP)

Magnussen to race American sports cars for Ganassi in 2021

Dec. 3, 2020 9:16 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Formula One driver Kevin Magnussen will move to the IMSA sports car series in 2021 driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. The Danish driver will be paired with Renger van der Zande in a Cadillac DPi-V.R, the team said Thursday. Ganassi is returning to the sports car series after a one-year...

North Carolina coach Mack Brown argues with the official after an interception by Wake Forest defense back Ja'Sir Taylor (6) in the second quarter at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C.(Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Tar Heels step out of ACC play to face Western Carolina

Dec. 3, 2020 9:01 AM EST

North Carolina is finally playing the nonconference game that coach Mack Brown believes could have given him a chance to develop more young Tar Heels players. UNC hosts Western Carolina from the Championship Subdivision on Saturday. The game replaces one against Charlotte from September.t Tat game canceled after...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C. speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  With three of North Carolina’s 13 U.S. House incumbents not seeking reelection, nearly 30 congressional candidates are scrambling to win Tuesday, March 4, 2020 primaries in these districts with hopes of soon filling the rare number of open seats (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race

Dec. 1, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker on Tuesday announced his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022, a path the Republican indicated a year ago he'd pursue after his House district shifted to the left during an unscheduled redistricting. The quick entry of Walker,...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward moves the ball on a fast break against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Hayward has been a player that the Charlotte Hornets have wanted for years. On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, they finally landed him, according to Priority Sports, the agency that represents the veteran forward. ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said Hayward would sign a four-year deal worth $120 million.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Michael Jordan's recruitment helped Hornets land Hayward

Dec. 1, 2020 4:42 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan and general manager Mitch Kupchak had no intentions of spending money on a big-name free agent this offseason. But things changed quickly when Gordon Hayward opted out of his contract with the Boston Celtics. The prospect of getting a playmaking wing...

Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, front, battles Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Hornets re-sign Biyombo; sign Ball and 3 other draft picks

Dec. 1, 2020 12:03 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have re-signed center Bismack Biyombo and signed all four of this year’s draft picks, including first-round selection LaMelo Ball, on the eve of training camp. Along with Ball, the team inked centers Vernon Carey Jr. and Nick Richards, both second-round picks, on...

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule sets up before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Panthers coaching staff deserves blame after loss to Vikings

Nov. 30, 2020 4:37 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Rhule hit the nail on the head when he said he and his coaching staff deserve full blame for the Panthers surrendering an 11-point fourth quarter lead and losing 28-27 to the Vikings on Sunday. Carolina (4-8) botched this game — and a chance to climb into the playoff...

Hornets acquire Gordon Hayward, 2 draft picks from Celtics

Nov. 29, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have acquired forward Gordon Hayward and unprotected 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a heavily protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade transaction. The Celtics will only get...

Timika Ingram holds a jacket she had when she was a firefighter on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. A group of Black firefighters in a North Carolina city have filed a grievance over conditions they have endured for more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — They threw her new cellphone on the roof of the station house and placed nails under the wheels of her pickup truck. As she prepared to answer a call, someone poured tobacco juice in her boots. It was too much for Timika Ingram to bear. “It caused me pain, sleepless...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks off the field after being injured on a sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Bridgewater expected to play vs. Vikings; McCaffrey unlikely

Nov. 27, 2020 2:18 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Panthers coach Matt Rhule says he expects quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, he’s “pessimistic” about Christian McCaffrey’s chances of playing. McCaffrey was listed as questionable...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) works against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Teddy Bridgewater's positivity has helped him persevere

Nov. 25, 2020 7:00 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater takes a moment before every kickoff and says to himself: “I’m blessed.” That has been the quarterback’s mentality even before a devastating knee injury in 2016 nearly ended his football career. But the injury — and his long road...