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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Carolina Panthers NFL football team head coach Matt Rhule talks to the media during a news conference at the teams practice facility in Charlotte, N.C. Rhule said he is considering kneeling alongside his players for the national anthem this season to support the movement against racial injustice. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Panthers' coach considers kneeling during national anthem

Jun. 25, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he's considering kneeling alongside his players during the national anthem this season in support of the movement against racial injustice. “I would consider anything as we move forward,” Rhule said Thursday on a Zoom conference...

McCaffrey, Thompson look to unite Charlotte through sports

Jun. 22, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is partnering with linebacker Shaq Thompson in an effort to unite the Charlotte community through sports programs for underserved youth through the “22 Together” program. They say their goal is to use sports as a vehicle...

Duke's Mayonnaise new sponsor of Charlotte football games

Jun. 18, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke’s Mayonnaise is the new title sponsor of the regular-season college football game and postseason bowl game played in Charlotte. Duke's Mayonnaise replaces Belk, whose contract ended last year. The Duke’s Mayo Classic will feature Notre Dame against Wake Forest on...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow walks the sideline in an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Waco, Texas. Carolina Panthers new defensive coordinator Phil Snow has a monumental task ahead of him, returning the once proud Carolina defense to among the best in the league without retired linebacker Luke Kuechly. Carolina's defense is coming off a season in which they allowed 29.4 points per game, the second-most in the league.  (AP Photo/Jerry Larson, File)

Snow faces huge task restoring once-proud Panthers defense

Jun. 17, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers new defensive coordinator Phil Snow is well aware of the big challenge ahead. The energetic 64-year-old Snow is tasked with rebuilding a once-proud defense that sustained an enormous falloff last year allowing 29.4 points per game — second most in the NFL....

FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, a statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson stands outside an entrance to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was removed from in front of the team's stadium, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Statue of ex-Panthers owner removed from outside stadium

Jun. 10, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who was accused in 2017 of making sexually suggestive comments to women and a racial slur directed at a black team scout, was lifted from its pedestal outside the team's stadium and taken away Wednesday. “We were...

CEO's comments cost firm partnerships with NFL, NBA teams

Jun. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, Va. (AP) — Charlotte's two professional sports franchises and two universities have canceled their partnerships with a North Carolina home security company after the firm's CEO told an activist he should focus on black-on-black crime rather than the George Floyd protests. CPI Security CEO Ken...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Carolina Panthers NFL football team head coach Matt Rhule talks to the media during a news conference at the teams practice facility in Charlotte, N.C. The transition from being a head coach in college to the NFL is never easy. But it's even more difficult this year for Panthers coach Matt Rhule, who is trying to build a team and some sense of chemistry virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Rhule's transition from Baylor to NFL anything but normal

Jun. 3, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Transitioning from head coach at the college level to the NFL is never easy. But for Carolina Panthers first-year coach Matt Rhule, it has been particularly challenging given the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly five months after being hired away from Baylor to resurrect a struggling...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo, New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple (25) shrugs off a block in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans. The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Apple. The move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Panthers agree to terms with free agent CB Eli Apple

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple. The move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four seasons in the NFL and has 233 tackles,...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) stretches prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Charlotte, N.C. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever, or if, they actually play. Newton is 31 and five years removed from his AP NFL MVP season, but he has been posting workout videos on Instagram to show he's now healthy. Where he eventually ends up — likely as a backup, at least at first — remains one of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Some big names remain unsigned late in NFL's odd offseason

May. 26, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever or if they actually play. Virtual...

Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26

May. 16, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, has died at age 26. The University of Northern Colorado, where Hoffpauir was hired in February as an assistant football coach in...