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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...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

Mississippi hunting stand accident kills North Carolina teen

Nov. 23, 2020 12:33 PM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A North Carolina teen died when his hunting stand shifted and he fell onto his rifle barrel, Mississippi authorities report. Justin Lee Smith, 17, of Supply, North Carolina, was in a ladder stand Saturday afternoon in the northwest part of the county near the Alcorn County line,...

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...

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf's death

Nov. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy...

Christopher Hughey poses for a picture with his sons, Henry, 5, Harrison, 9, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. Food experts say Americans nervous about making their first Thanksgiving meals can follow a few basic tips to avoid disaster. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

For rookie Thanksgiving cooks, expert tips to avoid disaster

Nov. 22, 2020 8:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After Christopher Hughey tweeted that he’s tackling his first Thanksgiving turkey this year, the advice started rolling in. Brine it. Don't bother. Try “spatchcocking” -- grilling the bird split open. Remember to turn on the oven, and expect that something will burn....

North Carolina State's Vi Jones (31) and Isaiah Moore (1) celebrate after Jones blocked a field goal-attempt by Liberty's Alex Barbir during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Blocked FG helps NC State hold off No. 21 Liberty 15-14

Nov. 22, 2020 12:26 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For the second time this season, No. 21 Liberty found itself lining up for a late field goal to beat an Atlantic Coast Conference team on the road. Only this time, Vi Jones and North Carolina State came up with the play to end the Flames' perfect season. Jones blocked Alex...

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...

Minnesota linebacker Josh Aune (29) holds the ball after he intercepted a Purdue pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 34-31. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Late INT helps Minnesota hang on for 34-31 win over Purdue

Nov. 21, 2020 12:49 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The end of this pass-and-catch clinic put on by Purdue and Minnesota boiled down to an alleged push — followed by a game-sealing interception. As the Boilermakers seethed, the weary Gophers were relieved after a game both teams won't soon forget. Josh Aune picked off Jack Plummer...