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No. 2 UNC beats Virginia Tech for 12th straight win

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Brice Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Sunday, leading No. 2 North Carolina over Virginia Tech 75-70 for its 12th straight victory. Roy Williams earned his 350th victory with the Tar Heels and a unique place in basketball history, becoming the first NCAA coach…

WL handles LHS, 1 win from playoffs

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — West Lincoln is now one win away from a shot at defending its state wrestling title. Hunter Carpenter’s 15-second pin highlighted a night when the Rebels had eight of them, and they wrapped up at least a share of second place in the…

Newton confident, thriving in 5th season

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — In the waning moments of a strange 35-35 game against the New York Giants, as things seemed to be collapsing all around him and tempers were flaring after every whistle, Cam Newton stood calmly on the sideline, his hands tucked firmly inside his shoulder pads near his…

DT Short presents big challenge for Arizona Cardinals

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Josh Norman has some advice for Carson Palmer if he sees Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann “KK” Short heading his way on Sunday in the NFC championship game. “Run,” the Panthers All-Pro cornerback said with a hearty laugh. “Run, run as fast as you can, I’m the…

East Lincoln girls avenge earlier loss to Bandys with rout

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS East Lincoln’s girls had Bandys on the ropes the first time around and let a win slip away. This time, the Mustangs made sure they closed the deal. Destiny Johnson scored 24 points, Eboni Tinsley added 19, and East Lincoln built a huge lead and kept it huge…

Wolves stay on top

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LHS girls beat Maiden in battle for first   RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor MAIDEN — The way Jimmy Carr sees it, teams that can win on the road will be the ones left standing when the girls basketball race for the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference comes to an…

No. 1 offense shines behind Newton

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have a reputation of being a defensive team. Cam Newton is changing that perception in his fifth season. The Panthers (16-1) finished the regular season as the highest-scoring team in the NFL, and have scored at least 27 points in 14 of their last…

Lincoln Charter girls top Spartans, hold sole possession of first in SP1A

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Kali Snider scored 24 points, Ashley Baich added 11, and Lincoln Charter’s girls defeated visiting Community School of Davidson 52-48 Tuesday night to take the outright lead in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference race. The Eagles, who were tied with the Spartans for first going in, overcome a…

N.C. State races by Pitt for first conference win

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Even as the losses mounted during a brutal opening stretch to start conference, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried kept telling his players the Wolfpack were a good team regardless of what the scoreboard said. For once, Gottfried and the scoreboard found a way to agree. Anthony Barber…

NASCAR expands Chase format to other series

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series, meaning the champions from the Xfinity and Truck Series will now be crowned in a four-driver shootout at the season finale. The format announced Tuesday by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France mostly mirrors the playoff-style…