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The NCAA's decision to pull championship events out of North Carolina leaves a handful of cities without coveted college sports games, and the economic benefits that come with them.

Greensboro and Cary, in particular, expect to lose $14.6 million and $2 million in revenue, respectively.

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Citing House Bill 2, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday afternoon that the conference would move neutral-site athletic championships out of the state, including the football title game that has been held in Charlotte.

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The Olympics are heralded as an international event rooted in intense competition, national pride and athletic successes. But the Olympic Games can often reveal complex race issues and overzealous displays of nationalism.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, athletes of color like U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas have been in the spotlight.

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Durham and baseball are intimately connected in the minds of many Americans because of the movie "Bull Durham." But the relationship between the city of Durham and the sport dates back to more than a century before the film.

Meet North Carolina's 2016 Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Aug 5, 2016
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From the basketball court to the swimming pool, North Carolina will have its fair share of representation in Rio de Janeiro. Some of these athletes are N.C. natives, while others train here or went to school here. Read on to learn more about the U.S. Olympians with North Carolina connections.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil tomorrow.

This year, dozens of athletes with connections to North Carolina are competing in events ranging from basketball, track, and swimming to air rifle and canoe slalom.

Basketball players Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving are part of the star-studded men’s basketball team coached by Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski, and women’s soccer player Tobin Heath will be playing with the hopes of winning a third gold medal.

Most kids who grow up playing catch in the backyard dream about making it to the major leagues one day. For minor league baseball players, they are one step away to that dream. The Durham Bulls are one of the more well-known minor league teams thanks to the classic movie "Bull Durham."

For the team's players, life on the diamond includes regimented routines, long stints on the road and a chance to make it to the professional level.

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The University of North Carolina has received a new Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. It indicates no new violations beyond those self-reported by the school last fall in the long-running athletics scandal, but the letter no longer references men's basketball and football. Instead, the violations listed focus on just one sport: women's basketball.

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North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion last night.

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North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion Monday night.

The Tar Heels were defeated by Villanova, 77-74. Carolina overcame a late double-digit deficit, but was defeated by a basket at the buzzer. Thousands of fans watched in the Dean Dome.

Five weeks earlier, following a win on Senior Night in the Dean Dome, three basketball heroes were humbled.  Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Roy Williams each fought back tears, voices cracking as they addressed several thousand adoring fans. Coach Williams called this his favorite team, ever.

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Carolina is headed to the NCAA basketball tournament final. The Tar Heels beat Syracuse Saturday. Tonight, this number one seed will take on second-seeded Villanova.

Carolina head coach Roy Williams praised his players and said he was ecstatic.

"These guys up here were sensational, and I couldn't be having a more fantastic ride than I'm having right now," said Williams.

Tar Heels are one win from the program's sixth NCAA title.

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The NCAA reports college athletes suffer more than 10,000 concussions a year, but perhaps more alarming is the fact that about three-quarters of these cases are not reported to coaches or team doctors.

Two public health experts at UNC-Greensboro have received grants from the Department of Defense and NCAA to help encourage these players report their injuries and change the culture of concussions. 

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In men's college basketball, eighth ranked North Carolina clinched the regular season ACC title with a road win over rival Duke, 76-to-72.  The Tar Heels led throughout the game, although the Blue Devils kept it close most of the way. 

John Feinstein's new book 'The Legends Club' looks at the friendship between Triangle basketball legends Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano.
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Sports rivalries around the globe are fierce. But perhaps none is as intense as the basketball rivalries between North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The longtime coaches of each of those institutions have legendary status for many in the Tar Heel State.

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In men's college basketball, last night's Carolina-Duke game lived up to all the pre-game hype. 

After leading for most of the game, the Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils in the final minutes, 74-to-73. 

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The Carolina Panthers fell 24-10 to the Denver Broncos in last night's Super Bowl.

Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton's MVP season ended in disappointment. He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and failed to produce a touchdown for the only time this season.

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The Greensboro Coliseum is hosting the USA Table Tennis Olympic Trials Thursday through Saturday.

USA Table Tennis CEO Gordon Kaye says the trials are designed for intense competition: Instead of one tournament, there will be three one-day single-elimination tournaments starting Thursday.

Kaye says there will be a championship men's event and women's event each night to determine the US team.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he feels "super" after last night's NFC Championship game. Carolina beat the Arizona Cardinals 49-15.

Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, but he says Coach Ron Rivera and his staff deserve much of the credit.

"I can say one thing, we were coached extremely well," says Newton. "We were very prepared for this game and doing the things that we were doing, it wasn't just skill. It was the preparation."

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The Carolina Panthers are heading to the NFC Championship game for the fourth time in franchise history.

The Panthers opened up an early 31-0 lead at home against Seattle yesterday. Carolina didn't score in the second half, but that didn't matter. They advance in the NFL playoffs with a 31-24 win.

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In pro-football, the Carolina Panthers captured the NFC's Number 1 seed for the first time in their history with a 38-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Quarterback Cam Newton says the Panthers are just two home game wins from reaching the Super Bowl.

"We find our edge in playing in front of our home crowd," Newton said.

"Everything just feels just right. We don't have to necessarily travel to a hostile environment, you know, when this is our house and hostile for our opponents to come through."

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Quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to their 18th-straight regular season victory Sunday. They beat the New York Giants 38-35.  Newton threw for five touchdowns to build up a 28-point lead before New York stormed back to tie it with less than two minutes remaining.

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The Carolina Panthers claimed the NFC South with a 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints yesterday.

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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers beat the Tennessee Titans 27-10 yesterday. Now, they remain the National Football Conference's only unbeaten team.

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The Carolina Panthers are unbeaten after rallying in the fourth quarter yesterday. They defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 27-23.

Quarterback Cam Newton led the Panthers on a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives in the final period. He threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left.

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said Newton's performance was stellar.

"He was phenomenal. He did the things he needed to do. He threw some really good balls. Delivered a very catchable ball on several occasions," said Rivera. "The guys made some really great plays, too."

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The Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-to-22 on Sunday.

Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for a 13-yard touchdown. Newton praised Carolina's offense.

"The success of the pass game was pretty much dictated by the offensive line," Newton said. "Those guys, they really controlled the ball up front. They gave me a lot of time to scan the field and make sure than I can throw an accurate pass."