Lorentz scores stunning shootout winner to beat Toronto

The Checkers pulled off a wild win in front of a full house Saturday night, beating Toronto 4-3 in a shootout.

Johnson, No. 11 Louisville earn win at No. 3 Duke 79-73

Balanced scoring leads N.C. State past Clemson 60-54

Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52

Report: Recently retired Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has considered coaching

Video of LSU players dancing to ‘Get The Gat’ at White House goes viral

  Charlotte Knights extending safety netting in BB&T BallPark for fan safety

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Animal Care & Control waives some adoption fees to honor Luke Kuechly

  Price is Right: How Lowe’s and MLS deals differ for Charlotte

New Orleans police issue simple battery warrant for Odell Beckham Jr.

  Fans, former teammate comment on Luke Kuechly’s decision to retire

Couisnard, South Carolina stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78

Donnie Shell, a Rock Hill resident, to be in 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame

  Sign spinning isn’t just about advertising, it’s a sport too

Sometimes stories happen in our city that would go under the radar if we didn’t take a minute to highlight their uniqueness.

Why Greg Olsen says Panthers’ Luke Kuechly is ‘very at peace’ with his retirement

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said Wednesday that his close friend Luke Kuechly was “very at peace” with his decision to retire from football at age 28.

South Carolina’s Couisnard beats #10 UK with three at buzzer

Gamecocks win 81-78

What’s next for Luke Kuechly? What may have led to his retirement decision? NFL expert weighs in

Luke is just 28 years old, and while you may have been surprised scrolling your feed to see this retirement after eight years of playing, an NFL expert says it’s actually close to three times longer than average.

  Former Panthers coach Ron Rivera shares thoughts on Luke Kuechly’s retirement

  Negotiations over MLS deal set to begin, still questions over finances for other projects

  Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announces retirement from NFL

  Love pours in from all over as Luke Kuechly retires from the NFL

  Panthers fans shocked at news of Luke Kuechly’s retirement

Carolina Panthers hire LSU passing coordinator Joe Brady as offensive coordinator

Gastonia native Wes Helms introduced as the manager of the Charlotte Knights

It’s going to be a homecoming for new Charlotte Knights manager Wes Helms.

No. 1 LSU defeats No. 3 Clemson in CFP National Championship

No. 1 LSU has won its fourth national title in school history by defeating No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 13.

LSU fan starts GoFundMe to buy Clemson mascot new outfit after numerous jokes about its appearance

Ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship, there was a lot of talk comparing the LSU and Clemson tiger mascots to each other.

UNC basketball player Brandon Robinson injured in car crash

North Carolina forward Brandon Robinson was injured in a car crash in which police say the other driver was charged with driving while impaired.

Cam Newton wins WPMOY Charity Challenge, $25K towards his foundation

Carolina Panthers quarterback and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee Cam Newton has won the fifth annual Charity Challenge, which means Nationwide will contribute $25,000 to The Cam Newton Foundation.

Empire State Building lit up in purple and gold after LSU national championship win

The Empire State Building is shining its world-famous tower lights in purple and gold on Monday, Jan. 13 to honor LSU for winning the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Clemson stuns UNC 79-76 in OT, earns 1st win in Chapel Hill

Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Clemson went on to erase decades of futility at North Carolina by beating the Tar Heels 79-76 on Saturday, earning their first win in 60 tries in Chapel Hill.

McCormick’s hat trick leads Checkers to 5-2 road win

The Checkers wrapped up their lengthy road trip with an impressive 5-2 win over Bridgeport.

Charlotte 49ers claim first place with 53-47 win over Old Dominion

Behind another strong defensive performance, the Charlotte 49ers (9-5, C-USA: 3-0) remained undefeated in Conference USA and moved into sole possession of first place with a 53-47 win over Old Dominion (6-10, C-USA: 2-1) in Halton Arena.

Nolley II, Hokies cruise past Wolfpack 72-58

Landers Nolley II scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-58 victory over NC State. Nolley hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the Hokies (12-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their second straight game after a 26-point loss to rival Virginia on Jan. 4.

Nashville takes Charlotte 49ers goalkeeper Elliot Panicco in Major League Soccer draft

Nashville’s expansion franchise selected Charlotte 49ers goalkeeper Elliot Panicco with the 13th overall pick of Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Ex-UNC women’s basketball coach Hatchell cited after 89-year-old woman dies in Durham crash

The former longtime University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women’s basketball coach was cited with a misdemeanor after she was involved with a fatal pedestrian-involved collision on Monday, Durham police said.

Davis, Ibaka lead Raptors past Hornets in OT, 112-110

Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the banged-up Toronto Raptors escaped with a 112-110 overtime win over Charlotte Hornets.

McGowens, Champagnie help Panthers end ACC road skid

Trey McGowens scored 24 points and Pittsburgh ended a 22-game losing streak in conference road games with a 73-65 victory against North Carolina.

Russell leads Rhode Island attack in win over Davidson

Fatts Russell scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Rhode Island beat Davidson 69-58.

Vassell, No. 10 Florida State beat Wake Forest 78-68

Devin Vassell scored 17 points and No. 10 Florida State pulled away in the final 10 minutes to beat Wake Forest 78-68.

N.C. State edges Notre Dame 73-68 behind Johnson’s 27 points

Markell Johnson scored 27 points and D.J. Funderburk added 16 more, including two tie-breaking free throws with 1:38 remaining as N.C. State bounced back from a 12-point, second half deficit to edge Notre Dame 73-68.

  What Matt Rhule had to say about Cam Newton and building his Panthers coaching staff

Matt Rhule lived up to the hype Wednesday during his introductory news conference as the Carolina Panthers’ head coach - he wasn’t afraid to admit what he doesn’t know, and he’s eager to learn.

Stephen Curry to start new travel basketball team in Charlotte

Stephen Curry grew up playing AAU basketball for the Charlotte Stars. Now he wants to give other Charlotte kids the chance to do the same thing.

  Matt Rhule hired as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have hired Matt Rhule as their new head coach, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

Warren scores 36 to lead Pacers past Hornets 115-104

T.J. Warren scored 30 of his season-high 36 points in the second half, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-104.

Duke freshman Moore out indefinitely after hand surgery

Duke freshman Wendell Moore Jr. is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.

NC Central offers scholarship to Bronny James; son of LeBron James

Bronny James currently plays at powerhouse Sierra Canyon (CA) with other highly touted recruits. There is no word on whether NCCU has offered any of his teammates.

NFL Network report: Dallas Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy as new head coach

Calling it a “done deal,” an NFL Network reporter says Mike McCarthy has signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to be their new head coach.

Checkers blow by Bruins 4-1 for fifth straight win

Charlotte continues to climb back up the standings with another key divisional win, throttling the Bruins 4-1 for its fifth consecutive victory.

Duquesne beats Davidson for first time, 71-64

Michael Hughes had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Duquesne to a 71-64 win over Davidson, the Dukes’ seventh consecutive “home” victory in a season in which their own fieldhouse is undergoing renovation.

Charlotte faces Indiana on 3-game home skid

Charlotte comes into a matchup with Indiana after losing three home games in a row

Rozier hits key shots as Hornets top Mavericks 123-120 in OT

Terry Rozier scored 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after his tying basket in regulation, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 123-120.

Carey scores 24 to lead No. 2 Duke past Miami 95-62

Vernon Carey Jr. scored 24 points in 25 minutes playing against his hometown team for the first time, and No. 2-ranked Duke shot a season-high 60% to beat the Miami Hurricanes 95-62.

Alvarado, Yellow Jackets jump to early lead to top UNC 96-83

Jose Alvarado had 25 points and Georgia Tech took advantage of North Carolina’s horrid first-half shooting to build a big lead and stay in control for a 96-83 road win on Saturday night.

Forrest’s late three lifts men’s basketball past Georgia Southern

Justin Forrest drained a three-pointer in the final seconds to lead App State men's basketball past Georgia Southern 74-72 on Saturday evening.

Simms leads Clemson to 81-70 win over North Carolina State

Aamir Simms had 17 points to help Clemson finally close out an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season with an 81-70 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday.

Wake Forest rallies from 16 down, edges Pittsburgh 69-65

Ismael Massoud scored 14 points off the bench, Torry Johnson added 12 and Wake Forest clamped down on Pittsburgh late in a 69-65 victory.

Late run lifts Presbyterian over Gardner-Webb 68-62

Ben Drake scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and Presbyterian used a late run to beat Gardner-Webb 68-62 to start Big South Conference play 2-0 for the first time in its Division I history.

Panthers players think letting Cam Newton go is a mistake. If he leaves, they may, too

As Cam Newton’s stall sat filled with his belongings Monday, it was a reminder that he may never be seen in that locker room again.

Former Panthers LB Sam Mills is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

One of the things he was most noted for in Carolina was coining the phrase “Keep Pounding.”

  Former NFL coach, player Sam Wyche has died at age 74

Former NFL coach and player Sam Wyche has passed away at age 74.

David Stern stood up for Charlotte to keep the NBA - Hornets and Bobcats - in our city

It was the day in 2002 when NBA owners were voting on whether to grant permission to the Hornets to move to New Orleans

Myles Garrett speaks out for the first time on Twitter since his indefinite suspension was upheld in November

Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension was upheld on Nov. 21, and that was the last time fans heard from the Cleveland Browns defensive end on Twitter...

  Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks on passing of former NBA Commissioner David Stern

NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan was among many sports figures who reacted to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday.

Charlotte MLS team hires Zoran Krneta as sporting director

Charlotte’s MLS team has made its first official hire as the club announced Zoran Krneta as the sporting director Tuesday.

VA Tech loses Belk Bowl on last-second touchdown

Kentucky took the lead on a touchdown pass with 0:15 remaining, and the Virginia Tech football team fell 37-30 in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Robinson leads Tar Heels as Williams gets win No. 879

Brandon Robinson scored a career-high 20 points and Roy Williams tied his mentor on the all-time wins list as North Carolina beat Yale 70-67.

Carolina Panthers to pick 7th in the 2020 NFL Draft

For only the 8th time in the Carolina Panthers’ 25 year history, the team will have a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft.

Holly Springs boy gets chance to be Keep Pounding Kid in honor of mother who lost cancer battle

A 12-year-old boy from Holly Springs served as the Panthers Keep Pounding Kid in honor of his mother who lost her battle with cancer.

Christian McCaffrey just became the third NFL player ever to join the 1,000-1,000 club

McCaffrey caught a 17-yard pass over the middle from Kyle Allen with about two minutes left in the third quarter, cutting up-field against the New Orleans Saints for the final yards he needed to reach 1,000 for the season.

Grading the Carolina Panthers in a season-closing loss to New Orleans Saints

Grading the Panthers’ 42-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints in what was (thankfully) last game of the 2019 season:

Offensive coordinator Alex Atkins leaving Charlotte 49ers for Florida State

Under Atkins, Charlotte led Conference USA in rushing (197.9 yards per game) and was third in total offense (421.1). With his guidance, 49ers running back Benny LeMay and offensive tackle Cam Clark were named to the all-conference first team, while quarterback Chris Reynolds and receiver Victor Tuck

Clemson fans head to the desert to cheer their Tigers to another bowl victory

For some football fans, their journey to the desert began at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Cam Newton named 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

The Carolina Panthers have selected star quarterback Cam Newton as their nominee for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

How Panthers rookie Christian Miller became bigger than Superman to 11-year-old Jaden

Jaden was like any other 11-year old boy, except for one burden he carried: Fighting Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma.

  ‘Keep Cam in Carolina’; Panthers fans put up billboards in Charlotte to support Cam Newton

There’s been a lot of speculation about Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers.

Lee and ’Cats rally past Loyola on the road, 59-56

Hyunjung Lee scored a game-high 19 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead Davidson to a 59-56 come-from-behind win at Loyola, in non-conference men’s basketball action Sunday afternoon inside Gentile Arena.

49ers fall to ECU on the road

Seven Niners scored at least six points but Charlotte (6-5) fell to the East Carolina Pirates (5-7), 60-56, on the road.

Checkers pull away from Phantoms with 4-2 win

The Checkers are heading into the holidays on a high note after pulling off a 4-2 victory over Lehigh Valley.

App State caps record-setting season with fifth straight bowl win

Make it a perfect five for five by App State's quintet of fifth-year seniors.

Panthers’ grades are in -- and they aren’t pretty -- after seventh straight loss

Indianapolis handed the Panthers their seventh straight loss, blasting Carolina 38-6 in a game that was never close after the first quarter. Grading the Panthers as they dropped to 5-10 in a season most everyone just wants to be over:

Panthers rookie Will Grier prepares for 1st NFL start under less-than-ideal circumstances

He was born on April 3, 1995, in Davidson. Exactly six months later, on Sept. 3, 1995, the Panthers played their first regular-season game.They basically grew up together.