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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 2:06 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...

New home sales mostly unchanged in October

Nov. 25, 2020 10:47 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sales of new homes remained steady in October to a seasonally adjusted rate of 999,000 units. While the Commerce Department said October new home sales were down 0.3% from September, the government revised up its September marginally. In all, the figures did not change much from the...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs out of the pocket against Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Panthers DE Brian Burns developing into dominant pass rusher

Nov. 23, 2020 4:48 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive coordinator Phil Snow said last week Brian Burns was on the verge of a three-sack game because the second-year defensive end had been “so close” to the getting the opposing quarterback so many times this season. Snow’s words nearly turned out...

Detroit Lions cornerback Desmond Trufant celebrates with strong safety Duron Harmon, right, after an interception in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Latest loss puts Lions coach Patricia back on hot seat

Nov. 22, 2020 6:58 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matthew Stafford tried to sound upbeat after the Detroit Lions latest debacle, a 20-0 road loss to the Carolina Panthers. “It’s one game,” Stafford said. “It doesn’t define us as an offense, or us as a team.” Or maybe it does. Coming off a...

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel, left, celebrates after scoring with Michael Schofield and Taylor Moton during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Walker wins first NFL start as Panthers blank Lions 20-0

Nov. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — P.J. Walker was a third-string quarterback battling for a roster spot with the Colts 18 months ago when he received a strange call from his mother, Tamicha Drake. She said she had a dream that he was throwing touchdown passes and winning games for the Carolina Panthers. Maybe she has...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

AP source: VanVleet staying with Raptors; Hayward to Hornets

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Fred VanVleet bet on himself. It paid off. Gordon Hayward, meanwhile, is heading to a new home. VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...