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Big man has LHS on a roll

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Raekwon Long may have taken the path less traveled to get to Lincolnton, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “God doesn’t make mistakes,” the Wolves’ 7-foot-1 big man said. “Everything happens for a reason.” Long, who has attended four high schools in as many…

Valentine 5K races coming in February

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS An international distance running icon will be recognized with an award given in her memory at this year’s annual Valentine 5K race next month in Denver. The event, which will be held Feb. 20 at Cowan’s Ford Country Club, will give an award to the oldest runner, named…

Harper on Seahawks: ‘We are the better team’

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Carolina Panthers no longer appear apprehensive about playing the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. In fact, they’re pretty confident. “We are the better team,” Panthers safety Roman Harper said matter-of-factly Monday. Now Harper wants his teammates to prove it again Sunday when the two teams…

Clemson plans quick return to playoffs

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year. It’s more than just wishful thinking on their parts. Led by the transcendent Watson, the Tigers seem like a strong…

LCS boys rout Cramer

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Kody Shubert neared a triple-double, Trey Johnsen scored 13 points, and Lincoln Charter throttled host Gastonia Cramer 82-33 in a non-conference game on Monday night. Shubert, a sophomore point guard being recruited by Davidson and Wake Forest, among others, finished with 16 points, nine assists and seven…

Rams to relocate to Los Angeles

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HOUSTON (AP) — NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility. The Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move to the area, were left…

East Lincoln boys hold off Warriors

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — East Lincoln was the team everyone in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference chased last season. Different season, same story. Sage Surratt dropped 31 points on an off night from the field, Hayden Duggins cleared the 30-point mark for the fourth time this…

Seattle escapes Minnesota, plays Panthers next

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks needed more than three quarters to warm up at Minnesota, their quest to avenge last year’s Super Bowl loss nearly frozen before it began. The Vikings, after gritting through this grind-it-out wild-card round playoff game, booted their chance to beat the…

Wildcats win inaugural New Year’s Shootout

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    LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincolnton Middle School’s boys basketball team won the inaugural Lincolnton Middle School New Year’s Shootout, held Jan. 1 and 2 at the school. The Wildcats defeated West Lincoln Middle 57-30 on New Year’s Day, and Lincoln Charter 51-30 for the championship the day after. Kristopher Robinson…

Lincolnton boys top N-C, run win streak to seven

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Five reached double figures in Lincolnton’s balanced scoring attack, and the Wolves routed visiting Newton-Conover 75-50 on Friday night. Raekwon Long scored 21 points, Cordel Littlejohn and Jordon Easter had 13 points each, Alex Rhyne scored 11 points and Robbie Cowie added 10 points for the Wolves, who…