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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…

Kansas, Oklahoma poised for possible 1-2 matchup in Lawrence

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There is a nice bit of symmetry to the fact that Kansas and Oklahoma could be meeting Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse as the top two teams in the country. That’s because they were also 1-2 the last time their league had such a matchup. Of…

Wolfpack losing key veterans after two straight bowl trips

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RALEIGH (AP) — Dave Doeren’s third year at North Carolina State ended with another bowl appearance, but didn’t close with the optimism-building flurry from a year earlier. Instead, the Wolfpack ended with two straight double-digit losses, including to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl. And with several key personnel losses,…

Title fight: Clemson’s O-line vs. Alabama’s defensive front

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s offensive line has conquered challenges all season. Its final one — and perhaps biggest — will come in the national championship game against Alabama’s dominating defense. “We’ve always been a question mark around here,” Tigers center Jay Guillermo said. There certainly will be more questions…

Oh, what a year

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Individual accomplishments, team successes highlight 2015 Chazz’s year: Chazz Surratt did just about everything a high school athlete could do in 2015. He started by directing East Lincoln’s basketball team to 24 straight wins and a trip to the NCHSAA state 2A title game, where it fell to four-time defending…