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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Series Opener Hosting Scranton 15-8

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Knights Drop Friday’s Slugfest 15-8 to RailRiders Catcher Rob Brantly Launched His Second Career Grand Slam (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) –Rob Brantly launched his second career grand slam, and Jake Peter remained red-hot, but the Charlotte Knights fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by a score of 15-8 on Friday in the opening game of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights welcomed 10,215 fans through the gates for their 17th se... More>>

Coastal Carolina football coach taking medical leave

Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia is taking a leave of absence because of a continuing medical problem.

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JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY: JCSU Track and Field Earns USTFCCCA Academic Honors

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JCSU Track and Field Earns USTFCCCA Academic Honors New Orleans, La. (July 28, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University track and field program has had nine individuals earn All-Academic awards from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The JCSU women’s team, headlined by eight individual winners, compiled a 3.56 cumulative grade point average to also earn a team award. On the men’s side, the Golden Bulls returned a 3... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Knights Roster Moves – July 28, 2017 SS Eddy Alvarez promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham (Double-A) OF Jeff Gelalich promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham (Double-A) RHP Connor Walsh promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham (Double-A) 1B Casey Gillaspie placed on the DL (retroactive to July 27) INF/OF Tyler Ladendorf placed on the DL OF Jason Bourgeois placed on Temporary Inactive List Roster 24 active Tommy Viola Director of PR/Media Relations 324 S Mint St Charlotte, NC 28202 ... More>>

Panthers QB Cam Newton says he won’t give up his edge, no matter how offense evolves Video included

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be asked to run on designed plays less often in 2017 – but that doesn’t mean he won’t run when the opportunity presents itself. (Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be asked to run on designed plays less often in 2017 – but that doesn’t mean he won’t run when the opportunity presents itself. (Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer)
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Newton showed more self-awareness Thursday than he’s displayed at times in the past, especially when he discussed not over-doing it in his return from shoulder surgery.

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Davidson to Face New Mexico State in Opening Round of Diamond Head Classic

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ESPN Events unveiled matchups for the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and Davidson will play New Mexico State in the opening round at 6 p.m. (HT) / 11 p.m. (ET), December 22 on ESPNU. 

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Appalachian State Men’s Hoops to Participate in 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball, in coordination with ESPN Events, will participate in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Thursday, Friday and Sunday Nov. 16, 17 and 19 at the Coliseo Municipal Tomás Dones. Other schools joining App State will be Boise State, Illinois State, Iowa State, South Carolina, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan. 

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Team Penske brings Blaney back in 2018 from Wood Brothers

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Ryan Blaney will make the move to Team Penske and drive a third entry for the team in 2018.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Walk Off with 5-4 Victory

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Knights Walk Off With 5-4 Win in 11 Innings Wednesday Charlotte Remains Red-Hot, Wins Fifth Straight-Game (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Tyler Ladendorf singled home Jacob May in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday in game three of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The win was Charlotte’s fifth straight. Tied by a score of 4-4, May led the bottom of the 11th innin... More>>

Panthers' Olsen: Holding out 'wasn't the right thing to do'

Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen reported to training camp on time, saying he didn't want to hold out and be a distraction to the organization.

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Rivera: Newton lighter, more confident and ready to throw

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's looking forward to a lighter, more confident Cam Newton testing out his surgically repaired throwing arm on Wednesday night.

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Penske inks NASCAR's Brad Keselowski to multiyear extension

Team Penske has reached an agreement with 2012 NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski on a multiyear extension.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Announce Winners for Six 2017 Scholarships

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Knights Announce Winners for Six 2017 Scholarships Team Continues Partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System and Piedmont Natural Gas (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights, along with Carolinas HealthCare System and Piedmont Natural Gas, are pleased to announce the names of six recipients of two unique 2017 scholarships for high school students. The Knights once again partnered with two of their founding partners to provide educational funding through the Charlotte Knigh... More>>

Lots of Love: Davis Love III, son Dru to play Wyndham

There's going to be a whole lot of Love at the Wyndham Championship.

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UNC scheduled for August hearing in NCAA academic case

North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel next month in its multiyear and oft-delayed academic case.

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81-year-old man battles cancer while breaking shot put records Video included

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With arms that look like cannons, his 6’3"-tall body can hurl a six-pound shot put farther than most people his age can throw a baseball.

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Panthers rookie dropped off at training camp by his mom

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Rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel showed up Tuesday morning with his mother in tow and the internet imploded.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Power Past Clippers 10-4 Monday

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Peter, Garcia Power Knights Past Clippers 10-4 Monday Knights Return Home & Earn Third Consecutive Win (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) – Jake Peter and Willy Garcia both homered, Carson Fulmer tossed five good innings, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Columbus Clippers by a score of 10-4 on Monday in the opening game of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The win was Charlotte’s third consecutive. Appearing in his fifth game with the Knights ... More>>

BLOG: Early predictions throw shade toward the Carolina Panthers but is it really providing motivation

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In today's USA Today, the publications predicted the final records for every team in the NFL and the Carolina Panthers were picked to finish 7-9.   I'm not too upset about that.  I think they will win between 6 to 10 games.  BUT to say they will finish last in the NFC South is a little LOCO!  

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JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY: Mens' Basketball Playes Davis and Mitchell Named to NABC Honors Court

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JCSU Men’s Basketball Players Robert Davis and Marquen Mitchell Named to NABC Honors Court Charlotte, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball team has had two members named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must mee... More>>

Charlotte Knights to Become Charlotte Caballeros During August Series

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Franchise Set to Pay Tribute to Growing Hispanic Population in Charlotte from August 18-20

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NASCAR's Earnhardt Jr. headed to NBC broadcast booth in 2018

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join NBC Sports Group's coverage of stock car racing next year.

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Kasey Kahne ends victory drought at marathon Brickyard 400

Kasey Kahne survived a crash-marred Brickyard 400 on Sunday for his first NASCAR Cup victory in three years.

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Byron holds off Menard to win Xfinity Series race at Indy

Rookie William Byron bobbed and weaved through the final two laps Saturday and held off Paul Menard to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis.

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Junior Johnson: Born a legend

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When asked if anyone ever beat him, his answer was simple, "No! That’s one thing I was pretty gangbuster on, was fast cars and driving."  

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Here are the favorites for the 2017 PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club’s first major

Rory McIlroy, seen above at Quail Hollow Club’s 18th green during last year’s Wells Fargo Championship, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth are co-favorites for the 2017 PGA Championship next month, the AP reports. (Jeff Siner | Charlotte Observer) Rory McIlroy, seen above at Quail Hollow Club’s 18th green during last year’s Wells Fargo Championship, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth are co-favorites for the 2017 PGA Championship next month, the AP reports. (Jeff Siner | Charlotte Observer)
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Spieth captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Railraiders Walk Off With Home Win Against Knights Friday

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RailRiders Walk Off with 2-1 Win Friday Charlotte RHP Reynaldo Lopez Tosses Six Strong Innings (MOOSIC, PA) -- RHP Reynaldo Lopez struck out six batters over six sharp innings, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders walked-off with a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Knights on Friday from PNC Field in Moosic, PA in game two of the four-game series. Lopez allowed just one run on two hits over six strong innings on Friday, but did not factor in the decision. The 23-year-old right-hander ... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose 13-2 Thursday in Rochester

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Knights Fall to RailRiders 13-2 Thursday Outfielder Jacob May Records Two Hits for Charlotte (ROCHESTER, NY) -- The Charlotte Knights opened a four-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Thursday with a 13-2 loss from PNC Field in Moosic, PA. Outfielder Jacob May had two of Charlotte’s six hits. Rymer Liriano recorded his third triple of the year. RHP Lucas Giolito (3-9, 5.38) started for the Knights and was charged with the loss. He allowed five runs on ... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Moncada and Goldberg Recalled to Chicago

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Yoan Moncada & Brad Goldberg Recalled to Chicago Infielder Jake Peter Promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham (ROCHESTER, NY) -- Charlotte Knights second baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handed pitcher Brad Goldberg have both been officially recalled by the Chicago White Sox today. Additionally, infielder Jake Peter has been promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham today. Charlotte’s roster now features 24 active players. Ranked as the number one prospect in Ma... More>>

Panthers hire former GM Marty Hurney in interim role

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Following the shocking firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday, the team has hired longtime former GM Marty Hurney to fill Gettleman’s place in an interim role through 2017.

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CHARLOTTE 49ERS: Niners Release 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

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Charlotte 49ers Announce 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Schedule Charlotte, NC -- Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Mark Price announced the 49ers 2017-18 schedule which features 15 home games in Halton Arena. “We are excited about our 2017-18 schedule,” Price said. “It is a challenging schedule with a good mix of tough road games and exciting home games in Halton Arena.” The schedule is highlighted with seven games against teams ... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Fall Short at Rochester Tuesday

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Knights Fall Short on Tuesday to ‘Wings 3-1 Outfielder Rymer Liriano Finishes a Triple Short of the Cycle (ROCHESTER, NY) -- The Charlotte Knights brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning, but fell just short in Tuesday’s 11:05 a.m. game from Rochester, NY by a score of 3-1. With two outs in the top of the ninth and Rymer Liriano on first base, outfielder Tyler Ladendorf flied out to end the game. Liriano led the way offensively for the Knights ... More>>

Pro soccer’s leaders visit Charlotte Tuesday, but city cancels its meeting

Conceptual rendering of Charlotte’s Major League Soccer stadium. MLS officials to visit the city on Tuesday. (Courtesy of MLS4CLT via The Charlotte Observer) Conceptual rendering of Charlotte’s Major League Soccer stadium. MLS officials to visit the city on Tuesday. (Courtesy of MLS4CLT via The Charlotte Observer)
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The city’s corporate communications office said City Manager Marcus Jones will not meet with MLS, nor will any elected officials or city staff. The city did not say why the meeting had been canceled.

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BLOG: What is going on with the Carolina Panthers? Video included

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After the firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman today, fans have to wonder what is going on with the team?  I know I am. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Aaron Bummer Promoted to Charlotte

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Aaron Bummer Promoted to Charlotte Today Left-Handed Pitcher Entered Season Ranked as 21st Prospect in System (ROCHESTER, NY) -- LHP Aaron Bummer, who has compiled a 3.00 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 33.0 innings pitched with the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 17 games this season, was promoted to the Charlotte Knights today. Bummer will take the roster spot of outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who was placed on the team’s disabled list (retroactive to July 15th). Charlotte’s rost... More>>

Carolina Panthers fire general manager Dave Gettleman

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Gettleman had been general manager of the Panthers since 2013.

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Florida State, Lamar Jackson earn ACC preseason honors

Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year.

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Hamlin ends Joe Gibbs Racing winless skid at New Hampshire

Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and send Joe Gibbs racing to victory lane for the first time this season.

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Football tournament goes on despite hot temps Video included

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The tournament lasts two days with the championship held on Saturday. The tournament offers elite teams the chance to play other elite talent that they would not be able to normally.

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Charlotte may be short on cash, but will table MLS Video included

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The first meeting comes on July 20. If soccer gets the green light from the city's economic development committee, a public hearing will follow, which could lead to a vote by September.

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Someone wants Charlotte taxpayers out of talks with Major League Soccer execs. But who? Video included

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MLS officials are scheduled to meet with elected officials next week in Charlotte as the city and county consider a contentious plan to use public funds to finance a $175 million MLS stadium.

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BLOG: Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. proved he is ready for the Cup Series

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It was just 4 races, but I believe Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. proved he is ready to get behind the wheel of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car full time in 2018. 

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Nation's top football players play in Top Gun football camp in Rock Hill Video included

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For the next three days, about 600 of some of the country’s best middle school players will be working with NFL coaches. Last week, about 800 high school players participated in the prestigious camp. ?

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Aric Almirola to Return to No. 43 Smithfield Ford at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Cleared by Doctors and NASCAR Following a Multi-Step Process

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Joe Gibbs Racing to replace Matt Kenseth with Erik Jones

Matt Kenseth is out at Joe Gibbs Racing, which will replace the oldest fulltime driver in NASCAR's top series with rising star Erik Jones next season.

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BLOG: NBA Summer League has been great for local stars

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If you have not had the chance to watch any of the NBA Summer League, you have missed some great performances from some of our local stars. 

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Checkers' 2017-18 schedule released

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Team will play 24 prime weekend home dates beginning Oct. 13

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: ACC Has 18 Selected to 2017 Bednarik Watch List

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The ACC Has 18 Selected to 2017 Bednarik Watch List Bednarik Watch List Total is the Most of Any Conference League Also Has 11 Tabbed for the Maxwell Award List Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference had 18 players selected to the 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. That is the highest total of any conference. The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player. The AC... More>>

Knights Fall to Bats 5-4 Sunday

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Charlotte Wins Two of Three Games in Series Against Louisville

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Truex makes it look easy in dominant Kentucky Speedway win

Martin Truex Jr. was dominant throughout and had enough left on a final restart to win the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

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Matt Kenseth likely done at Joe Gibbs Racing at end of year

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Matt Kenseth wants to race next year but says he has no job lined up and likely has no future at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Score 9 Runs in the 8th Inning to Beat Bulls Thursday

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Knights Charge Past the Bulls 11-7 Thursday Tyler Saladino Launches Three-Run Homer in Nine-Run Eighth (DURHAM, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights used a nine-run eighth inning to beat the Durham Bulls by a score of 11-7 on Thursday in the finale of their three-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. The Bulls battled back in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the on-deck circle, but the Knights held on for a thrilling come-from-behind victory on Thursday. D... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Miguel Gonzales to Begin Rehab With Knights

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Miguel Gonzalez to Begin Rehab With Charlotte Tonight White Sox Right-Hander Set to Start for Knights Tonight in Durham (DURHAM, NC) – Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who is currently on the club’s 10-day disabled list with A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder, will begin a rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights tonight in Durham, NC. Gonzalez, 33, will get the start for the Knights against the Durham Bulls from the Durham Bulls Athle... More>>

Knights Fall to Bulls 8-4 Wednesday

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Rymer Liriano launched two home runs for the second time in a game this season, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game two of their three-game series to the Durham Bulls by a score of 8-4 on Wednesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC.

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Mavs sign 1st-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. to rookie deal

The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. to his rookie contract.

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Jack Gibbs Joins Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League Squad

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Former Davidson men's basketball standout Jack Gibbs '17 will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League (July 7-17), as announced by the organization Wednesday.   

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Hayes to Compete in 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby

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Charlotte Slugger to Represent The Knights in Tacoma 

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Knights Drop Tuesday’s Opener 1-0 to Bulls

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RHP Reynaldo Lopez Tossed Six Strong Innings for Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Fall 4-2 To G-Braves in Rain Shortened Game Monday

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Knights Fall to G-Braves 4-2 Monday Yoan Moncada Launched His 11th Home Run of the Season (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Yoan Moncada launched his 11th home run of the season, but the Charlotte Knights dropped the finale of their four-game series by a score of 4-2 on Monday in a rain-shortened game from BB&T Ballpark. A total of 10,743 fans -- the second largest crowd in BB&T Ballpark history -- were on-hand for the game. With the Knights trailing the G-Braves by a score of 4-2 ... More>>

Hornets sign top pick Malik Monk; guard has ankle injury

The Charlotte Hornets have signed first-round draft pick Malik Monk, the 11th choice in the NBA draft.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Hayes Selected to IL All Star Squad

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Danny Hayes Selected to IL All-Star Squad Charlotte Slugger Leads Knights with 15 Home Runs & 49 RBIs (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- First baseman Danny Hayes, who currently leads the Charlotte Knights with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 76 games this season, has been selected to the 2017 International League All-Star Team, as announced by the International League of Professional Baseball Clubs Inc. today. The 2017 Triple-A Baseball Game will be played in Tacoma, WA on Wednesday, July 1... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Saladino to Rehab with Knights

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Saladino to Rehab with Knights, Infante Recalled Charlotte Set to Host Gwinnett Tonight at 7:05 PM from BB&T Ballpark (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) – Chicago White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino, who is currently on Chicago’s 10-day disabled list with back spasms, will begin a rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights tonight when the team hosts the Gwinnett Braves in a 7:05 p.m. game from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. Additionally, RHP Gregory Infante has been rec... More>>

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins crash-filled race at Daytona

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to his second victory of the season - and second on a restrictor-plate track - Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

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AP Source: Carter-Williams gets 1-year deal with Hornets

 A person with knowledge of the details says Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Beat G-Braves 6-2 Friday

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Danish, Knights Beat the G-Braves 6-2 Friday BB&T Ballpark Welcomes 100th Charlotte Knights Game Sell-Out Crowd in History (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- RHP Tyler Danish was sharp over seven innings, while Danny Hayes, Ronald Bueno, and Rymer Liriano all homered to propel the Charlotte Knights to a 6-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Friday in the opening game of their four-game series in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,231 fans at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The sell-out... More>>

Earnhardt lands pole for what could be Cup finale at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won his first pole in nearly four years and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his Cup finale at Daytona International Speedway.

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Topgolf puts its plans for a second Charlotte location on hold

Topgolf’s first Charlotte location, in Steele Creeke (Larry Harwell Photography/Tim Culberson via The Charlotte Observer) Topgolf’s first Charlotte location, in Steele Creeke (Larry Harwell Photography/Tim Culberson via The Charlotte Observer)
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The company had planned to build a golf entertainment venue at the interchange of Interstate 85 and West Mallard Creeek Church Road, on a vacant tract of land.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Delmonico Selected to IL All-Star Squad

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Nicky Delmonico Selected to IL All-Star Squad Charlotte Slugger Hit His 11th Home Run of the Season Last Night (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Nicky Delmonico, who is hitting .273 (78-for-286) with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, and 39 RBIs in 73 games this season with the Charlotte Knights, has been selected to the 2017 International League All-Star Team, as announced by the International League of Professional Baseball Clubs Inc. today. The 2017 Triple-A Baseball... More>>

Weber gets another chance to impress the Hornets

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When Briante Weber had a chance to show what he had during the 2016-17 season for the Charlotte Hornets, he impressed.   After 31 games in the G-League, he went thru two 10 day contracts with Charlotte before the team signed him to a multi year deal back on March 19th. He gets another chance to show they made the right decision this next week when he will be the starting point guard for the Hornets in the Mountain Dew Orlando Summer League. 

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Gamecocks hire South Florida's Kingston as baseball coach

South Carolina has landed South Florida's Mark Kingston as its new baseball coach.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Today’s Roster Moves – June 29, 2017 C Rob Brantly signed by Chicago White Sox organization, assigned to Charlotte RHP Juan Minaya recalled to Chicago Roster 25 active Notes: Catcher Rob Brantly was signed by the Chicago White Sox organization today and assigned to Charlotte. Brantly, 27, hit .298 (50-for-168) with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 46 games for Triple-A Louisville this season. A former member of the White Sox organization, he appeared in 23 games with the Kni... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Moncada Elected To IL All-Star Team

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Yoan Moncada Elected to IL All-Star Squad Number One Prospect in Baseball Hitting .280 This Season with the Charlotte Knights (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada, who is hitting .280 (72-for-257) with 50 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases in 65 games with the Charlotte Knights this season, has been elected to the International League All-Star Team, as announced by the International League of Professional Baseball Cl... More>>

On The Go With Stro: Learning to be a catcher Video included

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Special thanks to the Charlotte Knights, Tommy Viola, and catcher Carson Blair for this opportunity!

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Fall Again To Columbus Tuesday 5-0

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Knights Fall to Clippers 5-0 on Tuesday Lucas Giolito Fanned Seven Batters Over Seven Innings (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- RHP Lucas Giolito fanned seven batters over seven inning on Tuesday, but the Charlotte Knights fell to the Columbus Clippers by a score of 5-0 in game two of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. Giolito (2-7, 4.86) was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. Giolito walked just one batter, but... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose A Close One in Home Series Opener Monday

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Knights Edged by Clippers 7-6 on Monday Jason Bourgeois Launched Two Home Runs, Added Five RBIs (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Jason Bourgeois entered the 2017 season among the Charlotte Knights all-time career leaders in a number offensive categories. On Monday, he took another big step forward. Bourgeois launched two home runs and added five RBIs, but the Charlotte Knights fell short to the Columbus Clippers by a score of 7-6 on Monday in the opening game of their four-game series fro... More>>

A more mature Dwight Howard ready to help the Charlotte Hornets

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Dwight Howard had a chance to become a member of the Charlotte Hornets back in 2004, but the then Charlotte Bobcats held the #2 pick behind the Orlando Magic in the NBA Draft and Howard was the first overall pick. 13 years later, the team that just missed out on one of the best big men of all time get an older, more mature Howard. "I'm here now," said Howard. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Minaya Promoted to Chicago Monday

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RHP Juan Minaya Promoted to Chicago Today RHP Gregory Infante Optioned to Charlotte from Chicago (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- RHP Juan Minaya, who has compiled a 1-0 record with a 1.42 ERA in 13 games with the Charlotte Knights this season, was recalled by the Chicago White Sox today. Minaya will take the roster spot in Chicago of RHP Gregory Infante, who was optioned to Charlotte today (Report TBD). Charlotte’s roster features 24 active players at this time. Today’s promo... More>>

Hornets offseason moves, NASCAR, Panthers and more - Take 3, episode 17 Video included

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On this week's episode of Take 3, Ashley, Delano and Nate talk about the Hornets offseason moves, including acquiring Dwight Howard and drafting Malik Monk.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lost Friday's Game at Durham

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Knights Drop Friday’s Game to Bulls 9-4 2B Yoan Moncada Falls a Double Short of the Cycle (DURHAM, NC) -- Charlotte second baseman Yoan Moncada has made headlines throughout the 2017 campaign. On Friday, the talented infielder came within a double of hitting for the cycle. Ranked as Major League Baseball’s top prospect this season, Moncada went 3-5 with a home run and two RBIs as the Charlotte Knights lost to the Durham Bulls by a score of 9-4 on Friday in the opening g... More>>

Charlotte Hornets select Malik Monk in the NBA Draft

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The Charlotte Hornets got the steal of the draft as they picked Kentucky guard Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the NBA Draft.

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BLOG: Malik Monk is the pick for the Charlotte Hornets

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In my opinion, the pick tonight for the Charlotte Hornets should be Kentucky guard Malik Monk. Monk is one of the best shooters in this draft and an explosive scorer.  Any questions about that, check the tape from Kentucky's December game with North Carolina when Monk went off for 47 points including the game winning 3 pointer. He finished the season averaging 19 points per game and shot nearly 40% from 3 point land. This team passed on Devin Booker back in 2015.  Booker ...

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose Doubleheader Game One 6-0 at Gwinnett

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Knights Drop Game One of Twin Bill to G-Braves 6-0 Game Two of Wednesday’s Doubleheader Set to Start at 9:40 PM (LAWRENCEVILLE, GA) -- In game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the G-Braves scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and three more in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 6-0 win over the Knights at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA. Game two was delayed by rain with first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Charlotte RHP Carson Fulmer (6-4, 4.... More>>

BLOG: I give the Charlotte Hornets trade for Dwight Howard an A++

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I give the Charlotte Hornets trade for Dwight Howard an A++.  I would give it more pluses but you get the picture.  Why would I give it that grade?  The Hornets were able to get rid of the worst contract in the NBA in Miles Plumlee. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Today’s Roster Moves – June 21, 2017 INF/OF Grant Green signed by Chicago White Sox, assigned to CHA INF Max Dutto assigned to Great Falls (Rookie) Roster 25 active Notes: INF/OF Grant Green was signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to the Charlotte Knights today. He appeared in 40 games for the Syracuse Chiefs this season and hit .246 (32-for-130) with 11 runs scored, five doubles, and two RBIs. He also appeared in two games this season with the Washington Nationa... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Shift Games To Alleviate Congestion

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Knights Shift Two Game Times To Alleviate Congestion Fans Can Now Enjoy Multiple Sporting Events Each Day in Uptown Charlotte (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights will change the times for two games scheduled later this season due to events at neighboring Bank of America Stadium on the same day. On Thursday, August 31st, the Knights were originally scheduled to face the Durham Bulls in a 7:05 p.m. game. With the recent announcement from the National Football League regard... More>>

Golden State Warriors win 2017 NBA Championship, beat Cavs 129-120 Video included

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The Golden State Warriors have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the 2017 NBA Champions.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose At Gwinnett 4-1 Thursday

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Knights Fall to G-Braves 4-1 in Thursday’s Opener Ronald Bueno Tripled Home Charlotte’s Lone Run (LAWRENCEVILLE, GA) -- Matt Tuiasosospo hit 29 home runs and recorded 84 RBIs over parts of two seasons with the Charlotte Knights from 2014-2015. On Thursday, his two RBIs propelled the Gwinnett Braves to a win over his former team. Tuiasosopo’s two-run double in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and ultimately led the G-Braves to a 4-1 win over Knights on Thursday in ... More>>

BLOG: I'm excited to see Darrell Wallace Jr get a chance in the Cup Series and so is NASCAR

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For the first time since 2006, an African America will race in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race when Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr climbs into the #43 for the Pocono 400.  His first ever Cup Series start.  Yes, this will be a HUGE story because the color of his skin, but don't get it twisted, he has earned this shot to drive the iconic car for Richard Petty Motorsports. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTSL Rodon To Make Rehab Start At Gwinnett Sunday

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LHP Carlos Rodon to Make Rehab Start Sunday in Gwinnett RHP James Shields Will Continue Rehab with Knights & Start Thursday in Gwinnett (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, who is currently on the club’s 60-day disabled list with left biceps bursitis, will make a rehab start for the Charlotte Knights on Sunday, June 11th on the road in Lawrenceville, GA. Rodon, 24, will get the start Sunday as the Knights conclude a four-game series... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Game Two of Home Series Against Durham 4-3

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Knights Fall to Bulls 4-3 Tuesday Carson Blair Launched His Fourth Home Run of the Season (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- RHP Reynaldo Lopez tossed seven strong innings and Carson Blair launched a ninth-inning home run, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game two of their three-game series to Durham Bulls by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The loss was Charlotte’s seventh straight. Down by a score of 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Kn... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Series Opener To Durham At Home

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Knights Drop Monday’s Opener to Bulls 6-1 RHP Lucas Giolito Struck Out Season-High 11 Batters (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Charlotte RHP Lucas Giolito struck out a season-high 11 batters over six innings, but the Knights fell to the Durham Bulls by a score of 6-1 on Monday in the opening game of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. Making his 11th start of the season with the Knights -- and second since throwing a seven-inning no-hitter on May 25 -... More>>

Charlotte is ready for PGA Championship but will defending champ Jimmy Walker be ready?

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In 66 days, the PGA Championship will tee off at the Quail Hollow Club and the world will be watching the Queen City. "It really is a dream come true," said Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris at today's media day.  "We look forward to hosting the world." 

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High school football coaching changes for 2017

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It has been an interesting off season thus far for some high school football programs as they welcome in new coaches.  Here are the changes thus far with more schools yet to hire a replacement.  WBTV will update this list as jobs get filled. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves Monday

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Today’s Roster Move – June 5, 2017 RHP Max Beatty assigned to Winston-Salem (High-A) Roster 23 active Notes: RHP Max Beatty (1-0, 8.10) was assigned back to Winston-Salem (High-A) today. Beatty made his Triple-A debut on Sunday, May 28 and earned the win after 2.2 scoreless innings out of Charlotte’s bullpen. For the season with the Dash, Beatty has appeared in 10 games (seven starts) and is 2-4 with a 4.65 ERA. Beatty, a native of Vancouver, WA, was signed by the C... More>>

WBTV's Eric Thomas and Ashley Stroehlein visit NASCAR Hall of Fame Video included

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The two recently got a tour of the hall, where they learned all sorts of interesting things.

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BLOG: NBA Finals better live up to the hype

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The eve of the NBA Finals and we are where we thought we would be.  We expected Cleveland vs Golden State and after 46 days of the boring NBA playoffs, we finally get the main event.  All I have to say is, this thing better be worth the wait.  If it produces no drama, this will be hands down, the worst NBA season of all time.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Syracuse Game Postponed Sets Up Doubleheader Wednesday

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Knights and Chiefs Postponed from Syracuse on Tuesday The Two Teams Will Play a Doubleheader on Wednesday Starting at 5:05 PM (SYRACUSE, NY) -- Tuesday’s game between the Charlotte Knights and Syracuse Chiefs scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY has been postponed due to wet grounds. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday with first pitch of game one set for 5:05 p.m. from NBT Bank Stadium. The teams will play two se... More>>

Ford Tech Center gives NASCAR drivers an edge

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The simulator gives teams an avenue to test out new theories, as well as a platform to continue developing driving skills.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Moncada Activated Off DL

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Moncada Activated off the DL, Raburn Traded Charlotte Second Baseman Hitting .331 on the Season (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Yoan Moncada, who is ranked as the number one prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, has been activated off the team’s disabled list today. Moncada was placed on Charlotte’s seven-day DL on May 18 (retroactive to May 16). In addition, Charlotte outfielder Ryan Raburn has been traded to the Washington Nationals organization.... More>>

App State-Georgia Opener Set for 6:15 p.m. Kickoff on ESPN

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Kickoff for Appalachian State’s 2017 football season opener on Sept. 2 at Georgia has been set for 6:15 p.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The game will be televised on ESPN, as the SEC announced its opening weekend TV schedule on Thursday afternoon. 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Giolito Tosses Seven-Inning No-Hitter To Beat Chiefs Thursday

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Lucas Giolito Tosses Seven-Inning No-Hitter Charlotte Right-Handed Pitcher Tosses First No-Hitter in BB&T Ballpark History (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Charlotte Knights right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader win over the Syracuse Chiefs at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights hit three home runs and beat the Chiefs by a score of 4-0. Giolito (2-5, 5.44) threw 87 pitches (50 for strikes) and allo... More>>

Charlotte to host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

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The NBA and Charlotte have finalized a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Weekend to the Queen City, the Observer has learned.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Postponed Wednesday Due to Wet Grounds

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Knights Postponed on Wednesday Due to Wet Grounds Doubleheader Set for Thursday at BB&T Ballpark (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) – Wednesday’s game between the Charlotte Knights and Syracuse Chiefs originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark has been postponed due to wet grounds. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday with first pitch of game one set for 6:05 p.m. Both games will be seven-inning contests and game two will follow approximately 30 minu... More>>

Sun Belt announces divisions for 2018 football season

The Sun Belt Conference will split into two five-team divisions, broken up simply by east and west, starting in 2018.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Tuesday's Opener in Charlotte

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Knights Drop Tuesday’s Opener to Chiefs 6-2 Nicky Delmonico Hit an Inside-The-Park Home Run in the Ninth (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Nicky Delmonico homered for the third time over his last two games, but the Charlotte Knights dropped the opening game of their three-game series to the Syracuse Chiefs by a score 6-2 on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. On Sunday in Charlotte’s finale from Norfolk, Delmonico launched two home runs, including a 12th inning bl... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Beat Tides Sunday 5-3

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Delmonico’s Blast Leads Knights Past Tides 5-3 Sunday Charlotte’s Slugger Launches Two Home Runs in Exciting Finale Win (NORFOLK, VA) -- It was a memorable day at the plate for Nicky Delmonico on Sunday and the Charlotte Knights reaped the benefits. Delmonico launched two home runs -- including a go-ahead, two-run home run in the 12th inning -- to lead the Knights past the Norfolk Tides by a score of 5-3 in 12 innings on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series fr... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Fall 4-3 at Norfolk

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Knights Fall to Tides 4-3 in Opener Adam Engel Homers in Charlotte’s Game One Loss to Norfolk (NORFOLK, VA) -- Norfolk’s Johnny Giavotella singled home Michael Bourn in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Tides over the Charlotte Knights by a score of 4-3 on Thursday in the opening game of a four-game series from Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA. The Knights jumped out to an early lead in the first inning courtesy of outfielder Adam Engel, who lau... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Bulls Snap Knights Six Game Winning Streak Wednesday

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Knights Drop Finale to Bulls 9-2 Wednesday Charlotte Wins Two of Three From First Place Bulls at BB&T Ballpark (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Tyler Ladendorf hit a two-run home run, but the Charlotte Knights dropped the finale of their three-game series to the Durham Bulls by a score of 9-2 on Wednesday from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The loss snapped Charlotte’s six-game winning streak. Ladendorf, an Illinois native -- who grew up a Chicago White Sox fan -- provid...

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Second Baseman Yoan Moncada Placed on DL

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Charlotte Second Baseman Yoan Moncada Placed on DL Number One Prospect in Baseball Hitting .331 This Season with the Knights (NORFOLK, VA) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada, who is hitting .331 (46-for-139) this season over 34 games with the Charlotte Knights, has officially been placed on the team’s disabled list (retroactive to May 16). In two additional roster moves today, RHP Jake Dunning has been promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham, and infielder/outfielder Cody A... More>>

Knights 2nd baseman Yoan Moncada is living up to all the hype Video included

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The Charlotte Knights have a long list of great players in their history.  Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez are just a few of the greats in Charlotte baseball history.

Very soon, you may be able to add the name of Yoan Moncada to that list of greats as he is currently the #1 prospect in all of baseball and is living up to the hype.

For more on Moncada, check out this edition of WBTV Sports Overtime.

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BLOG: If the Charlotte Hornets get a top 3 pick, what should they do with it?

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Can the Charlotte Hornets actually catch a break Tuesday night in the NBA Draft Lottery?  More than likely, NO! 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Beat Bulls 6-4 Monday

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Knights Charge Past the Bulls 6-4 Monday Red-Hot Charlotte Knights Record Fifth-Straight Victory (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Nicky Delmonico launched a two-run home run in a three-run first inning to help set the tone and lead the red-hot Charlotte Knights to a 6-4 win over the Durham Bulls on Monday in the opening game of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark. With the win, the Knights (19-17) earned their fifth consecutive victory and pulled to within just four games of fir... More>>

Titans, Panthers to practice together before preseason game

The Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers will practice together for two days before their preseason game Aug. 19.

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: ACC Announces Notre Dame Future Football Match-ups

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Atlantic Coast Conference, Notre Dame Announce Future Football Matchups Fighting Irish will continue to face conference teams an average of five times per season through 2037 GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – As part of the ongoing agreement, Notre Dame and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the five football games that will be played annually between the Fighting Irish and members of the league from 2026 through 2037. The agreement continues a partnersh... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: NASCAR Driver Ty Dillon To Throw Out First Pitch May 24th

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Ty Dillon to Sign Autographs, Throw First Pitch May 24th NASCAR Driver Set to Visit BB&T Ballpark During Team’s Seven-Game Homestand (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- NASCAR driver Ty Dillon, who competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will meet fans and sign pre-game autographs at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte on Wednesday, May 24th. Dillon is the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet SS for Germain Racing.   Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. on May 24th and... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Golf Classic Raises $22,495 for Levine Children's Hospital

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10th Annual Knights Golf Classic Raises $22,495 for Levine Children’s Hospital Knights Raise Largest Total in 10-Year History (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- On Wednesday, May 10th, the Charlotte Knights held their 10th Annual Golf Classic at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Just like in previous seasons, Wednesday’s annual golf tournament was a big success. Overall, the day’s festivities raised $22,495 for Levine Children’s Hospital. This year’s total was the la... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose To Indians Wednesday in Series Finale

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Knights Drop Wednesday’s Finale to Indians 1-0 Indianapolis Scores Only Run of the Game in the 2nd Inning   (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) -- RHP Chris Volstad allowed just one run over five innings, but it was just enough to propel the Indianapolis Indians to a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday in the finale of their three-game series from Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN. The Indians won all three games in the series against the Knights. Making his third start of th... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Fall to Indians 3-2 Tuesday

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Knights Fall to Indians 3-2 Tuesday Jason Bourgeois Launches Solo Homer in Seventh Inning   (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) -- Jason Bourgeois homered and Tyler Danish was solid over six innings, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game two of their three-game series to the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday at Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN. First pitch of the game was thrown at 11:16 a.m. after rain delayed the start by 11 minutes. The two teams are scheduled to play a sec... More>>

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: Checkers Contribute More Than $350,000 To Community in 2016-17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MAY 8, 2017 CHECKERS CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN $350,000 TO COMMUNITY IN 2016-17 Team has now donated $4 million to Charlotte area since 2006 CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte Checkers today announced that they contributed $356,570 to nearly 300 different local organizations through cash and in-kind donations during the 2016-17 season. They have now totaled $4 million in community contributions since Michael Kahn took ownership of the team in 2006. In addition to popu... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Moncada Named IL Batter of the Week

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Yoan Moncada Named IL Batter of the Week Charlotte Second Baseman Hit .500 Over Six-Games Last Week (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) -- Charlotte second baseman Yoan Moncada, who hit .500 (11-for-22) with eight runs scored, two home runs, and four RBIs over six games last week, was named as the International League’s Batter of the Week for the period of May 1-7, as announced by the International League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. earlier this morning. Ranked as the number one pros... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Monday's Game at Indianapolis

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Knights Drop Monday’s Game 5-3 Engel Records Three Hits in Game One Loss to Indians   (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) -- Outfielder Adam Engel continued his hot hitting, but the Charlotte Knights dropped the opening game of their three-game series to the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 5-3 on Monday from Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Knights. Engel finished Monday’s game 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. The Ci... More>>

Fueled by redemption, No. 1 ranked Warriors take on rival Mavericks in playoffs Video included

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Off the field, the North Carolina High School Athletics Association is reporting the team has the highest GPA in the state as well.

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NC State and South Carolina ready for the 2017 Belk College Kickoff

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Monday at Quail Hollow Club, golf was not the main top of discussion as the Charlotte Sports Foundation had an ACC and a SEC coach in the house to talk about their September match up on the gridiron. The Belk College Kickoff game will take place at Bank of America on September 2nd as NC State will take on South Carolina. 

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Boy not allowed on class trip to ballpark gets 4 tickets from stranger

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We first met the Ranson Middle School student Thursday when Education Reporter Dedrick Russell explained how the 6th grader was not allowed to go on a field trip with classmates.

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Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher accused of assaulting Uber driver

Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher (73) stretches before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. The Vikings won 22-10. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher (73) stretches before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. The Vikings won 22-10. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Carolina Panthers player Michael Oher has been cited by police in Tennessee after he is accused of assaulting an Uber driver last month.

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ELEVATION CHEER COMPANY: Local Cheerleading Program Headed to D2 Summit

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Local cheerleading program climbS their way to the D2 Summit Salisbury, NC, May 2, 2017 – Elevation Cheer Co., a local cheerleading training facility, is proud to announce that their teams have been selected to compete at one of the nation’s most prestigious cheerleading competitions for small gyms, The D2 Summit, produced by Varsity All Star. Held at Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports May 13-14, The D2 Summit, is the season-capping goal for ... More>>

BLOG: Pressure is now on Panthers offensive coordinator Shula to use the new talent

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In my opinion, the Carolina Panthers 2017 draft was OUTSTANDING.   Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman addressed a lot of the Panthers needs-- most of all their lack of speed especially on offense. Now it is up to Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula to tap the potential of all this new talent. 

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Panthers add 5 rookie free agents

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With the NFL Draft done, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with 5 rookie free agents.

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Final day of NFL Draft underway

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Thursday is the NFL Draft and another day to put last year's 6-10 season behind the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers pick #8 in the first round and own 4 of the top 98 picks.  

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Beat Mud Hens 6-5 Thursday

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Knights Power Past Mud Hens 6-5 Thursday Five-Run Eighth Inning Propels Charlotte to Series Win over Toledo (TOLEDO, OH) -- A five-run eighth inning -- highlighted by three key home runs -- propelled the Charlotte Knights to a 6-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday in the finale of their three-game series from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. The Knights won two of the three games in the series and have now won four of their last six games overall. With the game tied at 1-1 i... More>>

BLOG: With the 8th pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select????

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I really wish the team would have a shot at picking LSU RB Leonard Fournette, but he will probably be gone by #8.  So it's time for the Carolina Panthers to "diversify their portfolio" on offense and... 

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop Wednesday's Game to Mud Hens 4-1

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Knights Drop Wednesday’s Game to Mud Hens 4-1 Willy Garcia and Kevan Smith Record Two Hits Apiece in Game Two Loss (TOLEDO, OH) -- Willy Garcia and Kevan Smith recorded two hits apiece, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game two of their three-game series to the Toledo Mud Hens by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. Wednesday’s loss snapped a two-game winning streak by the Knights. LHP Chad Bell (1-2, 1.25) gave up just six hits over six sh... More>>

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: Checkers Eliminated From Calder Cup Playoffs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - APRIL 26, 2017 CHECKERS' RALLY FALLS SHORT AS PLAYOFF RUN ENDS Checkers battle back to within one in final minutes but drop Game 5 to Chicago CHICAGO, IL - In a decisive Game 5, the Checkers rallied back from a disastrous start but ended up just short, with a 3-2 loss to Chicago ending their Calder Cup Playoff run. The game had a strange start when one minute in the Checkers were assessed a bench minor for an error in their starting lineup card. Th... More>>

JOHNSON C. SMITH: Golden Bulls To Compete in Famous Penn Relays

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Golden Bulls Track and Field to Race in the Prestigious Penn Relays Charlotte, N.C. (April 26, 2017)— The Johnson C. Smith University track and field teams will send a contingent of 12 athletes to take part in the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. April 27-29. The JCSU men will have two runners compete in the 400m hurdles on Friday in Kyle Robinson (Levelland, Tex.) and Zavier Lawrence (Mandeville, Jamaica). JCSU also managed to qualify both the 4x100... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Knights Roster Move – April 26, 2017 RHP Juan Minaya reinstated from MLB Rehab Assignment, activated off Chicago’s DL, and assigned to Charlotte Roster 25 Active Notes: RHP Juan Minaya started a rehab assignment yesterday with the Knights and tossed a scoreless seventh inning in Charlotte’s 2-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens in Toledo, OH. Minaya was returned to Chicago today, activated off the team’s disabled list, and optioned to Charlotte. The Knights now hav... More>>

Young 49ers D-Line has huge shoes to fill in 2017 Video included

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The biggest question surrounding the Charlotte 49ers heading into the 2017 season is at defensive line. 

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JOHNSON C. SMITH: Lady Golden Bulls Second After Day One of CIAA Track and Field Championships

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JCSU Women Second After Day One of CIAA Track and Field Championships Bowie, Md. (April 21, 2017)—Johnson C. Smith University women’s track team qualified 13 individuals for finals and while senior Fellan Ferguson won the 1500m and 3000m races on day one of the CIAA Track and Field Championships held in Bowie, Md. Ferguson, from Kingston, Jamaica, continued her dominance in the distance races, taking the 1500m with a 4:50.59 while racing to the title in the 3000m with a ... More>>

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: Checkers Drop Game Two of Playoff Series 3-2

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - APRIL 21, 2017 CHECKERS DROP NAIL-BITER AS WOLVES EVEN SERIES Miller stays hot, Wolves net late winner in Game 2 CHARLOTTE, NC - After a one-sided affair to kick off the series, the Central Division Semifinals took a turn for the dramatic in Game 2, with Chicago squeaking out a 3-2 victory. As expected, the visitors pushed hard right off the bat, breaking through for the first time in the series with a rebound goal early in regulation, followed by ... More>>

Madison Bumgarner lands on DL after dirt bike accident

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career Friday after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder.

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Duke to host 2 NC prep football title games in December

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says it will hold two football state championship games at Duke in December, meaning each of the state's four Atlantic Coast Conference schools will host two games.

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CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: Checkers Get Kuokkanen From Hurricanes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 19, 2017 HURRICANES ASSIGN JANNE KUOKKANEN TO CHARLOTTE Second-round pick in 2016 completed junior season on Tuesday CHARLOTTE, NC -  The Charlotte Checkers today announced that they have received forward Janne Kuokkanen on assignment from the Carolina Hurricanes. Kuokkanen, 18, completed his junior season on Tuesday when his London Knights team suffered a Game 7 overtime loss to the Erie Otters in the second round of the Ontario H... More>>

CHARLOTTE 49ERS: Niners Sign 6'10 Center Jailan Haslem

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49ers Sign Junior College Standout Big Man Jailan Haslem  Charlotte, N.C. – – Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball coach Mark Price announces the addition of Georgia’s Gordon State College standout Jailan Haslem, a 6-foot-10 center, who has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play for the 49ers. “I extremely excited to add Jailan to our program,” said Price, who is heading into his third season at Charlotte. “He is a young man that br... More>>

ACC championships return to NC, Charlotte gets extension on football championship

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has announced that conference championships will return to North Carolina following the repeal of House Bill 2 - starting with the football championship in Charlotte.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Return Home to Beat Pawtucket 3-1

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Knights Return Home, Beat the PawSox 3-1 Tuesday Yoan Moncada & Willy Garcia Launch Home Runs in Game One Win (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights returned home to BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday where they have played their best baseball of the season. That impressive play continued in game one of their series against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Yoan Moncada led the bottom of the first inning off with a home run, Willy Garcia added a two-run shot in the inning, and the Char... More>>

CHARLOTTE 49ERS: Niners Spring Football Game Saturday at 6PM

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Charlotte 49ers To Host Spring Game, Saturday The Charlotte 49ers football program will host its annual Green-White Spring Game, Saturday at 6 pm at Jerry Richardson Stadium.  The 49ers, coached by Brad Lambert, are preparing for their fifth season of football and third at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA. General admission tickets for the Spring Game are $10 and are available at charlotte49ers.com or by calling 704/687-4949.  UNC Charlotte students re... More>>

WBTV Sports Overtime: Young RB look to replace 49ers all time leading rusher Video included

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the Charlotte 49ers during spring practice is who will replace the program's all time leading rusher Kalif Phillips? Coach Brad Lambert has a couple of candidates that should be an outstanding 1-2 punch and they are both from the Charlotte area. For more, check out this edition of WBTV Sports Overtime. 

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NCAA returns events to NC, selects state as host after rollback of HB2

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that North Carolina will host 26 NCAA-events between 2019-2022.

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Carolina Panthers lock up Kawann Short with long-term deal

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The Carolina Panthers worked out a long-term deal with Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short on Monday. A source told the Observer that Short’s deal is for five years and $80 million, meaning he will be a Panther through 2023.

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Wesley Bryan takes RBC Heritage in South Carolina homecoming

Wesley Bryan rallied to win his home-state RBC Heritage for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Luke Donald.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose To Norfolk Tides Friday

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Knights Lose Friday, Fall to Tides 3-1 Jason Bourgeois Records His 350th Career Knights Hit in Game One Loss (NORFOLK, VA) -- Tyler Danish tossed seven solid innings, Jason Bourgeois racked up his 350th career Knights hit, but Charlotte dropped the opening game of their three-game series to the Norfolk Tides by a score of 3-1 on Friday night from Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA. The loss was the club’s fifth consecutive after beginning the season 4-0. Danish (1-1, 2.25) gave up th... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Additional Knights Roster Move – April 14, 2017 C Chris O’Dowd promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham (Double-A) Roster 25 Active Notes: Catcher Chris O’Dowd was activated off of Birmingham’s disabled list today and promoted to Charlotte. O’Dowd has yet to appear in a game this season. Last year, the 26-year-old catcher appeared in one game (May 29 at Rochester) with the Charlotte Knights and went 0-for-1 at the plate with three walks. He was signed by th... More>>

KANNAPOLIS INTIMIIDATORS: Intimidators Lost in Hickory to Crawdads 2-1 Thursday

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Dunning strikes out 13 as I’s lose in extras White Sox prospect collects most strikeouts since 2013 season   HICKORY, N.C. (April 13, 2017) - Dane Dunning struck out 13 batters, the most by an Intimidators pitcher in four seasons, but Kannapolis could not back him up offensively in a 2-1 loss to the Crawdads in 12 innings on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory. Kannapolis (1-7) managed 10 hits on the night with seven of them coming through the first five inni... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights to Honor Negro League Players and Celebrate Jackie Robinson April 18th

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Knights to Honor Negro League Players, Celebrate Jackie Robinson on April 18th BB&T Ballpark Concourse to Feature Former Players & Traveling Museum, Team to Wear #42 Jerseys (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- On Tuesday, April 18th at BB&T Ballpark, the Charlotte Knights will once again showcase the rich tradition of the Negro Leagues and welcome five former players, as well as Negro League historians, and a customized historical display featuring photos, artifacts, and more. The... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Roster Moves

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Additional Knights Roster Move -- April 13, 2017 C Carson Blair activated off the DL Roster 25 Active Notes: Catcher Carson Blair has been activated off Charlotte's DL to take the roster spot of catcher Kevan Smith, who had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox earlier today. Charlotte's active roster is now set at 25 players. Blair, 27, was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on January 11, 2017. The Carrollton, TX native was a member of both the Texas Rangers and Oakl... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Lose On The Road At Durham 6-2

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Knights Lose Wednesday’s Game to Bulls 6-2 Top Prospect Yoan Moncada Adds Two Hits in Game Three Loss to Division Rival (DURHAM, NC) -- Yoan Moncada continued his hot hitting, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game three of their four-game series to the Durham Bulls by a score of 6-2 on Wednesday from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. The first place Bulls increased their lead in the International League South Division to two games over the Knights. Moncada, the n... More>>

KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS: Ronme Braves Beat Intimidators 2-1 Tuesday

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Comito solid for 6.0 innings in season debut Braves take advantage of Intimidators quartet of errors for victory KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (April 11, 2017) – Chris Comito tossed six strong innings in his 2017 season debut, but the Intimidators could not overcome a 4-error game in a 2-1 loss to the Rome Braves on Tuesday at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System.  Kannapolis (1-5) tied the game in the sixth inning before the Braves pulled in front with a ru... More>>

JOHNSON C. SMITH': Golden Bulls Blaire Thomas Named to NCCSIA All-State Second Team

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JCSU’s Blaire Thomas Named to NCCSIA All-State Second Team Charlotte, N.C. -- (April 10, 2017) –Johnson C. Smith University junior Blaire Thomas has been named as a second-team selection to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (NCCSIA) College Division team. Thomas, from Waterloo, Iowa, helped the JCSU women’s basketball team to the second CIAA Championship in program history. The Golden Bulls downed regionally-ranked Bowie State a... More>>

DAVIDSON COLLEGE: Gibbs To Participate in Portsmouth Tournament

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Gibbs to Participate in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson’s Jack Gibbs will compete in the 65th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week in Portsmouth, Va., as announced Monday afternoon. For the past 64 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The 2017 P.I.T. tips off ... More>>

JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY: Golden Bulls Men's Golf Team Finishes Second at JCSU Invitational

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Charlotte, N.C. (April 10, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University golf team finished in second place at the 2017 JCSU Invitational held at the par-72, 6,717 yard Larkhaven Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday. The Golden Bulls returned a team total of 377 (+89) on their home course in the five-team event JCSU was led by DeJuan Powell (Atlanta, Ga.), as he carded a 10-over par 82, good for fourth place overall. Junior teammate Glenn Canty (Durham, N.C.) shot a 94 (+22) to fi... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Drop First Game of the Season to Durham 7-4

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Knights Drop Monday’s Contest to Bulls 7-4 Yoan Moncada Continues Hot Hitting with Second Homer of 2017 (DURHAM, NC) -- Yoan Moncada continued his torrid pace to start the 2017 season. Moncada homered and scored two runs, but the Charlotte Knights dropped the opening game of their four-game series to the Durham Bulls by a score of 7-4 on Monday from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. Monday’s loss was Charlotte’s first of the 2017 campaign and it moved t... More>>

NBA says Charlotte is eligible to host 2019 All-Star Game

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Charlotte will be eligible to host the 2019 All-Star Game after a recent change to a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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BLOG: Time for the Charlotte Knights to "Play Ball!"

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With college basketball done and the NBA about to wrap up, time now to turn our sports attention to baseball. College baseball has been going strong for almost 2 months and now it is time for minor league baseball to take center stage.  Which also means, it's time to open the gates at one of the crown jewels of Charlotte-- BB&T Ballpark. It's time for the Charlotte Knights to "PLAY BALL!" 

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WBTV Sports Overtime: 49ers football ready for 3rd season at FBS Video included

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In spite of a 1-4 start last season, the Charlotte 49ers came up 2 wins short of possibly going to their first ever bowl game. That has led to big expectations for 2017 even as the Niners say goodbye to their 1st ever signing class. For more on Charlotte 49ers spring practice, check out this edition of WBTV Sports Overtime. 

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AP source: NBA board to discuss Charlotte as All-Star host

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A person with knowledge of the plans says the NBA will discuss whether to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte at its Board of Governors meeting this week.

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Baseball News

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White Sox Legends Baines, Dotson to Open 30th Knights’ Season in Charlotte Two Millionth Fan in BB&T Ballpark’s Short History Expected to Attend Friday Night (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- In just two days, the 2017 Charlotte Knights will begin their much-anticipated 30th season in franchise history. Starting with Opening Knight on Thursday, April 6th, the fourth season at BB&T Ballpark gets underway with a fun-filled, four-game homestand against the Norfolk Tides (Tr... More>>

BLOG: A May without the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte just doesn't feel right

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With college basketball in the books and the Masters about to tee off on Thursday, time to get excited here in Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship, but wait...  

For the first time in the last 15 years, a PGA event will not happen in the month of May here in Charlotte.

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NO PARTY TONIGHT: USC postpones women's title celebration due to weather threat Video included

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds the trophy as she and teammates celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. (Source: AP Photo/Eric Gay) South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds the trophy as she and teammates celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. (Source: AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The University of South Carolina athletics department has decided to postpone Monday evening's victory celebration following the women's basketball team's historic national championship.

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CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: Checkers Forward Saarela Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

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CHARLOTTE CHECKERS FORWARD ALEKSI SAARELA NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Charlotte Checkers forward Aleksi Saarela has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 2, 2017. Saarela made his American Hockey League debut last week and recorded four goals and two assists for six points with a plus-5 rating in four games, helping Charlotte stay in the thic... More>>

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS: AHL Honors Checkers Goaltender Tom McCollum

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CHRISTIAN DJOOS, MARK JANKOWSKI, TOM McCOLLUM NAMED CCM/AHL AWARD WINNERS FOR MARCH SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Hershey Bears defenseman Christian Djoos, Stockton Heat forward Mark Jankowski and Charlotte Checkers goaltender Tom McCollum have been selected as the league’s award winners for March. Djoos, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, skated in 13 games for Hershey during March and recorded three go... More>>

ACC: NC will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships

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The ACC Council of Presidents has voted that North Carolina will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships.

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Senior ladies basketball team shows 'Granny's still got game' Video included

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The team now sports about 40 women ranging in ages from 50 to 82.

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WINTHROP UNIVERSITY: Woodard Named Winthrop Women;s Basketball Head Coach

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Woodard Named Winthrop Women’s Basketball Head Coach ROCK HILL, SC—Director of Athletics Ken Halpin has announced that Lynette Woodard has been named head coach of the Winthrop women’s basketball program. A news conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday to introduce Woodard. Woodard joined the Winthrop coaching staff last August as an assistant, was appointed acting head coach in January, and was elevated to interim head coach in February. A baske... More>>

VIDEO: Runner carries woman to finish line, helps her finish marathon Video included

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A 21-year-old woman appeared to be fatigued from the race and was falling to her knees. That's when two runners stopped and helped her up and started to run with her to the finish line.

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Panthers refute report that team’s sale will be discussed among owners this offseason

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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The Carolina Panthers issued a strongly worded statement denying a report that owner and founder Jerry Richardson could sell the team.

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NCAA warns if no change in HB2, no change on future tournaments

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has issued a statement indicating if North Carolina's House Bill 2 is still in effect next week the state could lose chances to host tournaments for another five years.

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BLOG: Not a good way to start the 2017 season for the Carolina Panthers

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Before you get too far into this blog, Cam Newton having surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30th is NOT the end of the world nor does it mean the Carolina Panthers will have a losing season. But it is not a great way to start the 2017 season. 

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PETTY ENTERPRISES: Pete Hamilton Dies

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Press Release For Immediate Release Petty Statements on the Passing of Pete Hamilton Pete Hamilton drove the No. 40 for Petty Enterprises in 1970 and won three races, including the Daytona 500, with Maurice Petty heading the team.  Statement from Richard Petty: "We ran two cars in 1970, and Plymouth helped introduce us to Pete. They wanted us to run a second car with him on the bigger tracks. 'Chief' (Maurice Petty) led that car and started in the Daytona 500. Pete an... More>>

CHARLOTTE 49ERS: Knights College Baseball Series Game Between Charlotte and Wake Suspended

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Tuesday’s 49ers Game Suspended Due to Inclement Weather Game to Be Resumed Against Wake Forest at Hayes Stadium on Wednesday (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Tuesday’s game between the Charlotte 49ers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons from BB&T Ballpark has been suspended due to inclement weather. The two teams will resume the game from Charlotte’s home ballpark, Hayes Stadium, on Wednesday with first pitch set for 6:00 p.m. Tickets from Tuesday’s game can be exch... More>>

BLOG: To tank or not to tank? The big question for the Charlotte Hornets...

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Before the season, no one would have thought we would be asking this, but it is a reality now.  To tank or not to tank?  That is the big question for the Charlotte Hornets...

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BLOG: Can we be heading for a North Carolina vs South Carolina National Championship Game?

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Before the tournament even started, everyone had dreams of North Carolina vs Duke in the National Championship game.  Well, forget that! The question now is are we heading for a possible North Carolina vs South Carolina National Championship Game?

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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights to Become Pitmasters for Saturday, July 15th Game

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Knights to Become Charlotte Pitmasters for Saturday, July 15th Game Pitmasters to Host Gwinnett Braves on Carolina BBQ Battle Royale Night at BB&T Ballpark (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- On Saturday, July 15th, the Charlotte Knights will take the field for their 7:05 p.m. game at BB&T Ballpark against the Gwinnett Braves as a “brand” new team -- the Charlotte Pitmasters. Themed behind the rich history of delicious BBQ in the City of Charlotte, the Knights unveiled a ne... More>>

Pro basketball star climbs back to top after life-threatening illness Video included

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The 24-year-old former Atlantic 10 Conference champion basketball star, probably never imagined he’d have a life-altering experience that would shatter his basketball dreams, but renew his passion for life.

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BLOG: Give me more post race scuffles in NASCAR

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If you still have not had a chance to watch the Las Vegas post race scuffle between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, what are you waiting on? LOOK IT UP NOW! 

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SOUTH MECKLENBURG: HIGH SCHOOL: Sabres Swim Captain Receives Appt. To Naval Academy

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SOUTH MECKLENBURG HIGH SCHOOL SWIM CAPTAIN RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS APPOINTMENT TO UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Luke Johnson, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Mr. Johnson serves as co-president of the South Mecklenburg Honor Society, captain of the swim and dive team, and is an active volunteer with Special ... More>>

Samantha Busch shares her journey to motherhood Video included

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Samantha, and her husband, Kyle, had trouble conceiving a child on their own, but were able to conceive their son Brexton through IVF at the REACH clinic in Charlotte.

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Which high school sport has the most concussions?

Female soccer players suffer the highest rate of concussions among all high school athletes in the United States, a new study finds.

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APPALACHIAN STATE: Mountaineers Outslug N.C. Central Eagles at BB&T Ballpark

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Red-Hot Bats Propel Mountaineers Past Eagles, 9-5 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Strong hitting shot Appalachian State University baseball out of the gates fast, pushing it to a 9-5 victory over NC Central on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C. The Mountaineers (7-9, 0-0 Sun Belt) used a season-high 14 hits to down the Eagles (9-7, 2-1 MEAC), scoring six runs in the first two innings of the ballgame to set the tone from first pitch. It’s the most amount of hits the ... More>>

QUEENS UNIVERSITY: Royals Close Historical Men's Basketball Season

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Queens Closes Historical Season in NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Box Score CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Falling 82-68 this evening in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Southeast Regional Championship, the sixth-ranked Queens University of Charlotte Royals close their historical 2016-17 campaign at 30-4. The Railsplitter of Lincoln Memorial University move on to the Elite 8 for the second year in a row with the win, and their record improves to 29-5. Mike Davis led... More>>

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Appalachian State and N.C. Central at BB&T Ballpark Tonight at 6:05

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Appalachian State hosts North Carolina Central Tonight at BB&T Ballpark College Baseball Returns to Uptown Charlotte Tonight at 6:05 PM (UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Appalachian State University Mountaineers will host the North Carolina Central University Eagles tonight at 6:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. Tonight’s game is the first of five games in the Charlotte Knights Collegiate Baseball Series set to be held in Uptown Charlotte this year. A full list of games can be fou... More>>

JOHNSON C. SMITH: JCSU 2017 Football Schedule Released

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JCSU Announces 2017 Football Schedule Charlotte, N.C. (March 14, 2017) – Johnson C. Smith University has finalized the dates and opponents for the upcoming 2017 football season. The Golden Bulls, under the direction of third-year head coach Kermit Blount, will host five games inside the friendly confines of the Irwin Belk Complex, including the season opener on Sept. 2 against local rival Wingate. The following week JCSU will welcome Virginia State to Charlotte for a nonconfe... More>>

BLOG: Would Duke vs North Carolina in the NCAA title game be good?

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If Duke and North Carolina meet for the 4th time this season, it would have to take place in the National Championship game.  I for one would NOT like to see that because it would ruin the greatest rivalry in college basketball.

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JOHNSON C. SMITH: JCSU Women's Season Ends in 59-55 Loss in Atlantic Regional

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JCSU Women’s Basketball Season Ends in 59-55 Loss to Indiana at NCAA Atlantic Regional California, Pa. (March 10, 2017) – Second-seeded Indiana (Pa.) used a big third quarter spurt to build a 14-point lead and had to withstand a late Johnson C. Smith University rally to take a 59-55 win in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Atlantic Regional at Hamer Hall on the campus of California University on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bulls started strong, j... More>>

BLOG: Don't panic yet Keep Pounding Nation

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The Carolina Panthers had a super busy Tuesday as they filled in their roster by re-signing a bunch of their potential free agents.   Seeing the likes of Charles Johnson, Brenton Bersin, Colin Jones, Michael Palardy, and Tyler Larsen inking new deals is NOT what most fans want to see.  Some may even be in full panic mode at this point.

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Carolina Panthers re-sign Charles Johnson

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The Carolina Panthers have re-signed another one of their own as they inked free agent defensive end Charles Johnson to a 2 year deal.   

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BLOG: Let's not forget about NCAA Division 2 tournament action

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The month of March is pretty much known for wall to wall, do or die basketball.  One bad night and it is time to get that spring break trip planned.  And that pressure extends into division 2 basketball where we have 5 local teams with hopes of winning a National Championship. 

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Thomas Davis makes 7-year-old boy's dream come true Video included

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Jonathan Rogers lives with autism. He faces lots of obstacles. Carolina Panthers captain and linebacker Thomas Davis made his dream come true Monday after surprising him at Harrisburg Elementary in a school assembly.

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JOHNSON C. SMITH: JCSU Golf Third Place at Blue Bear Classic

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JCSU Golf Earns Third Place at Blue Bear Classic China Grove, N.C. (March 7, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University golf team earned third place in the Blue Bear Classic held at the par-71, 6609 yard Warrior Golf Club in China Grove, N.C. on Monday afternoon. The Golden Bulls returned a team total of 470 (+115) which earned third place in the four-team event. JCSU was led by Tyler Jolly, as he fired a 10-over 81, tying for sixth place. Teammate DeJuan Powell  notched a... More>>

DAVIDSON: Gibbs and Aldridge Earn All League Honors

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For Immediate Release: Men’s Basketball Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Gibbs and Aldridge Earn All-League Honors NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the second straight season Jack Gibbs of the Davidson men’s basketball team has been selected first-team all-conference, while teammate Peyton Aldridge earned second-team recognition, as announced by the Atlantic 10 Tuesday. In addition to ranking first and third in the A-10, averaging 22.0 and 20.6 points per game, respectively, G... More>>

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