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GM Gettleman has made right moves for 15-1 Carolina

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — While some of Dave Gettleman’s personnel moves haven’t necessarily set well with Carolina Panthers fans, it’s hard to debate the success of the team’s third-year general manager. The Panthers have won the NFC South in each of their first three years under Gettleman, including this season where…

Surratt opts to stay at EL, eyes return to court

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Like a quarterback evading would-be tacklers, Chazz Surratt has put the brakes on his college plans for now. Surratt announced Wednesday he was not leaving East Lincoln to enroll at the University of North Carolina early, instead deciding to finish high school with the rest of…

Wolves sweep Jags

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Mikayla Dyson scored 11 points and Saylor Whitesides added 10 to lead Lincolnton’s girls basketball team to a 39-38 win at Gastonia Forestview on Wednesday. Destiny Wilson added nine points on three 3-pointers, and Dyson grabbed 12 rebounds to give the Wolves a season sweep of the Jaguars…

No. 16 Louisville tops Wolfpack

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RALEIGH (AP) — Quentin Snider scored a career-high 21 points to help No. 16 Louisville beat North Carolina State 77-72 on Thursday night. Freshman Ray Spalding had 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 ACC). They shot 51 percent and used a 9-0 run in the second…

North Lincoln girls top Statesville for first NPC win

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — If North Lincoln’s girls basketball team had a theme song it would be Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The Knights have had a long journey, but the trip is finally paying off. Avery Sigmon’s 17 points led everyone in the scoring column, and…

Panthers get swagger back in time for playoffs

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Ron Rivera believes the Carolina Panthers rediscovered their swagger during a 38-10 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday — and he couldn’t be more pleased. “Oh yeah, definitely — did you see the picture?” the Panthers fifth-year coach said excitedly on Monday. Rivera was referring…

Late comeback lifts East Lincoln’s girls past Red Devils

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS East Lincoln’s girls basketball team refused to give up its shared lead of the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference. Destiny Johnson scored 28 points, Eboni Tinsley added 25 points, and the Mustangs used a huge fourth-quarter run to rally past host Newton-Conover 60-53 Tuesday night to maintain…

Guard play leads unbeaten Mustangs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Most teams with little size can’t hang with the big boys, but that rule doesn’t apply to East Lincoln. The Mustangs return from winter break unbeaten once again, and have done so with a lineup that, more often than not, features five guards on…

Panthers top Bucs, earn home-field advantage

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Cam Newton had a wide smile after the game on Sunday, knowing that if any team hopes to prevent Carolina from reaching the Super Bowl, they’ll have to go through Charlotte. “It’s extremely big,” Newton said of the Panthers securing home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs for…

Cardinals end regular season with dud

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Arians got worried when he saw the sluggishness at Wednesday’s practice. When his Cardinals were even worse a day later, the Arizona coach envisioned what might unfold Sunday. It turned out as bad as he feared. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Christine Michael rushed…