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“Can I see you for a couple of minutes before you leave today?” I looked up, and it was Cam Newton speaking. From my seat in the lobby of the Wofford College student union, ju...(full article)

Strange scene at Panthers’ training camp Monday morning: A man who looked like Michael Phelps, maybe 6-4 and 235, watching Carolina’s fourth camp practice, ...(full article)

Ankle surgery limited what Cam Newton could do physically this spring, but it put no such constraints on the progress the Carolina Panthers quarterback could make mentally. And wit...(full article)

One of the most difficult things to achieve in the NFL is sustained success. Even for the most-hyped "can't-miss" squads out there, the bottom is seemingly always threatening to fa...(full article)

Huge college sports business news out of Chapel Hill: A star player on the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team that won the 2005 national championship has step...(full article)

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