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Panthers' Ron Rivera says joint NFL practices are invaluable

Aug. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera believes joint practices have become an invaluable part of today's NFL. The Panthers wrapped up two days of practices at Wofford College with the Buffalo Bills that he thinks will go a long way toward helping both teams prepare for the regular season. Unlike...

Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues

Aug. 13, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Stifling heat smothered states from Texas to South Carolina on Tuesday with temperatures that felt like 120 degrees (49 Celsius), making it difficult to be outside for long, much less work or play. As the entire Southeast baked amid heat warnings and advisories that reached from central...

Munnerlyn expecting 'big things' from ex-teammate Newton

Aug. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Captain Munnerlyn has no doubt that ex-teammate Cam Newton will bounce back from a shoulder injury in a big way this season. All it took to convince Munnerlyn was watching Newton step up in the pocket and uncork a 50-yard strike to a streaking Curtis Samuel down the middle of the...

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...

Panthers hope Burns turns into their newest 'superhero'

Aug. 11, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Panthers are hoping they've found another "superhero" in rookie outside linebacker Brian Burns. The first-round draft pick from Florida State was impressive in his NFL preseason debut with two sacks in less than two quarters of action against the Chicago Bears on Thursday...

Panthers to hold out Newton, Kuechly in preseason opener

Aug. 6, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cam Newton's return to game action will have to wait. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago, adding he's being extra cautious with both players. Newton is working his way...

Panthers expect less plays, more touches for RB McCaffrey

Aug. 5, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Panthers hope less means more for Christian McCaffrey in 2019. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to increase McCaffrey's touches this season while reducing the number of plays he's on the field after the running back racked up a franchise-record 1,965 yards from...

Rivera: Kuechly hasn't been in the concussion protocol

Aug. 4, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly returned to team drills for the first time since sustaining an undisclosed injury last Wednesday. Coach Ron Rivera says the team is approaching Kuechly with "an abundance of caution," but added Sunday that the six-time Pro Bowl...

$450 Girl Scout cookie buyer also wanted prosecutor dead

Aug. 2, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man praised on social media for spending $450 to buy Girl Scouts cookies has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill a prosecutor and witnesses in his drug case. Federal prosecutors said 46-year-old Detric McGowan offered his cellmate $10,000 to arrange the killing. He...

Newton cautions rehab on shoulder is 'a work in progress'

Aug. 1, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cam Newton said like many Carolina Panthers fans, he also breathed a sigh of relief after uncorking a 45-yard pass completion to wide receiver Curtis Samuel on the first day of training camp. But the Panthers quarterback cautioned that his rehab from offseason arthroscopic surgery...