Raiders break ground on new stadium in Las Vegas  [LINK]
The Oakland Raiders on Monday broke ground on a 65,000-seat domed stadium in a ceremony that balanced the glitz that Las Vegas embodies and the tragedy from which it is still recovering. Prince protegee Judith Hill opened the ceremony with a rendition of Andra Day's song "Rise Up" as police... [Read More]
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This former Gamecock stormed out of the gate in his team's NFL win Sunday  [LINK]
Former South Carolina Gamecocks standout Jared Cook had a monster game on Sunday Night Football. The Raiders tight end had eight receptions for 126 yards in Oakland's 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. Cook had six receptions for 113 yards at halftime. Cook is the third tight end to surpass 100-plus... [Read More]
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Next steps in Panthers TE Greg Olsen's potential return? They are literally steps  [LINK]
While the NFL's trade deadline is Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers soon could be getting a Pro Bowl tight end – their own. Greg Olsen is scheduled to test his surgically repaired foot with the training staff Monday or Tuesday, according to Panthers coach Ron Rivera. Depending on how the foot res... [Read More]
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Dolphins looking for more from backup QB Matt Moore  [LINK]
On a short week, having a backup quarterback start usually means trouble. Not so for the Miami Dolphins, who saw Matt Moore come on for the injured Jay Cutler — to cheers at Hard Rock Stadium — and rally the troops past the Jets. Right now, the Ravens aren't as good as the Jets, either, ... [Read More]
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Overreaction: Kyle Shanahan, not Matt Ryan, was real MVP  [LINK]
Kyle Shanahan was the real MVP for the Falcons last season. A team that averaged almost 34 points per game in 2016 can't score anymore. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are still in Atlanta but the offense has 121 points in six games, 21.3 per game. The missing ingredient? Shanahan. He... [Read More]
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NFL considers possible discipline for Lynch after ejection  [LINK]
The NFL is reviewing possible disciplinary measures for Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who was ejected from the game against the Kansas City Chiefs after he shoved an official when he ran onto the field during a scuffle. League spokesman Joe Lockhart said the NFL is considering all opt... [Read More]
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Charlotte Observer's Joe Person gives his prediction on the Panthers/Bears game  [LINK]
Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis recounts the impact of Julius Peppers leaving the team after 2009 season. Davis says the closest they've come to replacing him has been to have him back on the team this season.... [Read More]
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Marla Ridenour: Cavaliers' season will test patience in what could be slow, but thrilling ride  [LINK]
As the Cavaliers open the 2017-18 season Tuesday night, so much seems tenuous. It could be the final campaign of the second chapter in Cleveland for LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. While James said on Sept. 25 he intends to remain home, his feelings [Read More]
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Ira Winderman: No giant Heat leap, so 44-38 sounds right  [LINK]
The lesson from last season is that you cannot foretell the inexplicable, how 11-30 can turn into 41-41. Even in retrospect, even after predicting that very 41-41 record last October (you can look it up), the Miami Heat's 2016-17 season made no sense. Granted, early injuries and late coalescing created [Read More]
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Former Heels WR, now an Eagle, finds nearly everything he wanted in return to N.C.  [LINK]
It was a pretty good homecoming for Mack Hollins, after all. Hollins, a former star receiver at North Carolina, was drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round of April's NFL draft, so Thursday's game was the first time he's played in the state since. Hollins only had two catches, but they... [Read More]
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Carolina Panthers' James Bradberry blames himself for some Eagles third-down conversion  [LINK]
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says that the team misses the presence of linebacker Luke Kuechly and appeared to be lethargic during a part of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday at Bank of America Stadium. Jeff Siner-jsiner@charlotteobserver.com... [Read More]
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After soul-searching, Pistons point guard Jackson lets go  [LINK]
It was media day at the Palace, and Reggie Jackson was next. He breezed through what once was the media dining room and took his place at the podium. After he took a seat, he fidgeted with an object hanging at the end of the necklace he was wearing. "It looks cold, right?" A Detroit Pistons [Read More]
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Ira Winderman: True test will come for Justise Winslow, just not now  [LINK]
ORLANDO, Fla. At the moment, everything matters for Justise Winslow. And nothing matters. That's because it's still the preseason. On one hand, no one has been putting in more time on the Miami Heat practice court with shooting consultant Rob Fodor. On the other hand, the exhibition season hardly [Read More]
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Same old script leads to Seahawks blowout of Colts 46-18  [LINK]
It's a script that's become too familiar for the Seattle Seahawks. Look awful for the first half. Look like one of the best teams in football in the second half. "It's the same thing that always happens. Slow start out of the gate and for whatever reason we pick it up the third and fourth... [Read More]
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Rose emerges from 'dark place,' flashes MVP form during first week of Cavaliers practice  [LINK]
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio Derrick Rose has climbed out of the "dark place" he said he found himself in years ago. The new Cavaliers point guard has abandoned "revenge basketball," a mindset into which he likely retreated to silence his critics when injuries threatened to rob him of his amazing [Read More]
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Ira Winderman: No need for pretense of Wade conciliation, just enduring appreciation  [LINK]
It's over. And that's OK. Because there is no pressure now for Pat Riley or the Miami Heat to create a comeback scenario for Dwyane Wade. Watching Wade's introductory media session Friday in Cleveland, standing in front of the Cavaliers' logo after unveiling his No. 9 jersey, there wasn [Read More]
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NFL's Amazon deal could be test for more streaming games  [LINK]
Amazon begins its foray into live streaming of NFL games Thursday night when it will air a matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on its Prime Video service. It's another option to the traditional broadcasts on CBS and the NFL Network. Amazon will stream 10 Thursday night games and... [Read More]
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Panthers place Greg Olsen on injured reserved. Agent: Fullback will join 53-man roster  [LINK]
According to the Carolina Panthers' website, panthers.com, tight end Greg Olsen was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair his broken right foot. “He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot – it's called a Jones fracture,” head athletic trainer ... [Read More]
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Coach Ron Rivera impressed with versatile Panthers' rookie – not that one  [LINK]
While Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey was getting 21 touches in his regular-season debut last week at San Francisco, the only time fellow rookie Curtis Samuel touched the ball was in warmups. Samuel, the second-round pick from Ohio State, was the Panthers' primary kick retu... [Read More]
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Cardinals sign TE Dray to bolster position hit by injury  [LINK]
The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Jim Dray to bolster a position hit by injury in the season opener. Dray has played seven seasons in the NFL, the first four with the Cardinals. He played in six games last season, four with Buffalo and two with San Francisco. He played all 32 games for Cle... [Read More]
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He said, she said: Will Christian McCaffrey get as many touches this week?  [LINK]
Carolina rookie running back/receiver Christian McCaffrey had 21 touches (18 on offense, three on special teams) last week in the Panthers' Week 1 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. This far outnumbered every other offensive skill player, except for running back Jonathan Stewart, who had 20 touch... [Read More]
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Budding rivalry: Packers-Falcons meet again in Atlanta  [LINK]
This is becoming a bit of a rivalry. When the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, it will be both an early indicator of the NFC's balance of power as well as the third meeting between the teams in less than 11 months. All three of those games have been in Atlanta, though this... [Read More]
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Could Buffalo GM Brandon Beane return to Panthers after this season? What he says  [LINK]
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane says nothing shocks him anymore in the NFL, but the former Carolina Panthers assistant GM admitted being “caught off guard” by his ex-boss' firing a week before the start of training camp. Beane, hired by Buffalo in May, is uniquely qualified t... [Read More]
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Cook upstages Peterson as Vikings turn the page at RB  [LINK]
Adrian Peterson spent more time watching from the sideline in his return to Minnesota than romping around the field, an introductory performance for New Orleans that became an afterthought once the Saints fell behind. With Dalvin Cook patiently waiting for space and bursting around the edge, the Vik... [Read More]
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