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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."

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Quarterback Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers to a 24-17 home win over the Houston Texans yesterday.

The fifth-year Panthers starter threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground he rushed for another 76 and produced highlight-reel, somersaulting score.

"My heart was in my socks," Newton said. "As I was flipping I was like, 'Hey, I don't know how this is gonna end.' And then I'm coming down I said, 'Hey, I can stick this.' I didn't stick it, but I think I still got a good high rating by the judge."

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a drag racing crash that killed four and left several injured in Johnston County Sunday night. Sergeant Michael Baker said there are many sanctioned drag strips in the state, but drag racing is illegal on public roads.

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The United States women's national soccer team won its third World Cup title this past weekend. The American women have been dominant since FIFA created the tournament in 1991.

Today's success is thanks in large part to the women who built the program in the 1990s. The hype and drama of the title in 1999 is regarded as a milestone not just for women's soccer, but for professional sports in the United States. 

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For Mark Dreibelbis, not much is more exciting than the world of high school sports. From the fans to the rules, he loves every minute. As an associate commissioner with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Dreibelbis serves on national committees that have adopted a host of new rules in recent years aimed at keeping student athletes safe.

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The soccer world is reeling from a corruption scandal at the highest levels.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he's stepping down. Meanwhile, top soccer executives face $150 million in bribery charges and one of the accused has ties to the Carolina RailHawks.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today it has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. It is the second set of allegations UNC has received in the past five years.

The NCAA reopened its examination into academic irregularities at UNC last year. The notice is expected to outline allegations of fraudulent classes taken by student-athletes at the university.

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North Carolina teams NC State and UNC are preparing for this season's ACC baseball tournament.

The No. 8 seed Tar Heels are competing in a play-in game tomorrow against Virginia Tech.  Meanwhile, the Wolfpack got the No. 6 spot and will play Notre Dame on Thursday. NC State head coach Elliot Avent  said he told his players to take advantage of the break.

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Bill Guthridge, former UNC men’s basketball coach, died Tuesday, according to university officials. He was 77 years old.

The Kansas native spent more than three decades on the coaching staff in Chapel Hill. Guthridge was Dean Smith's trusted assistant coach for 30 years before serving as UNC's head coach after Smith's retirement in 1997.

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Today's show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Duke University coach Al Buehler.

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On a Sunday morning in March 1944, most of Durham, North Carolina, was in church. That's the way basketball coach John McLendon wanted it when his all-black college team from North Carolina Central University (then the North Carolina College for Negroes) faced off against an all-white team from Duke University’s medical school. 

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Tennis legend Althea Gibson emerged from South Carolina to break color barriers in professional tennis.

In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam tournament, and went on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open the following year. 

She became a champion despite the rules of the segregation era, a time when country clubs would not allow her to dress in their clubhouses. 

The new documentary “Althea” provides a glimpse of how she did it.

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Duke is again champion of the college basketball world. The Blue Devils topped Wisconsin 68-63 last night in Indianapolis, claiming the fifth men’s Division 1 basketball title in school history.

Millions of viewers around the world watched as two freshmen helped to further cement the legacy of Coach Mike Krzyzewski. A few thousand fans watched the come-from-behind victory together, in some familiar seats.

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In men's college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils are one game away from another National Championship. 

Duke beat Michigan State 81-61 in the Final Four Saturday. That was the highest point total the Blue Devils have allowed in the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised his freshmen-heavy team's defense.

"These guys have learned at a quicker rate, though, than I would have expected from a young team. We've been outstanding on the defensive end, primarily in a man-to-man, but with some modifications."

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In the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, Duke is headed to the Final Four for the 16th time. They had a 66-52 win over Gonzaga last night.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, praised his team's solid defense against Gonzaga, especially in the first half.

"Look, they average about 80 points a game. They're the top offensive team in the country. So we felt pretty good about holding them to 26."

It's Coach K's 12th trip to the Final Four. He celebrated his thousandth career win earlier this season.

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Former University of North Carolina football star Ryan Hoffman was once a giant. 

  The 6-foot-5-inch, 287-pound left tackle for UNC's 1997 football team helped guide the Tarheels to an 11-1 record. But Hoffman looks like a different person today. He is homeless and most likely dealing with brain trauma from his years on the football field.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with reporter Juliet Macur who tracked down Hoffman for a New York Times profile.

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Thousands of people celebrated the life of legendary basketball coach Dean Smith yesterday. His family, former players and longtime friends paid tribute to the man, coach and leader at a memorial service in Chapel Hill. Smith passed away earlier this month following a long neurological illness. He was 83.

Inside a building that bears his name and beneath dozens of banners he helped to raise, Dean Smith was memorialized on Sunday.

The men's basketball teams from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University battle each other tonight for the 239th time.

The storied rivalry is notorious for dividing friends, family and coworkers over which shade of blue is best.

But in a rare collaboration, Tar Heel sportswriter Art Chansky and Blue Devil sports marketer Johnny Moore chronicled the history of the rivalry in the book, The Blue Divide (Triumph Books/2014). 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Chansky and Moore about the Tobacco Road rivalry that many call the greatest in sports.  

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North Carolina and Duke continue their storied rivalry in men's basketball tonight.

But tonight's match-up in Durham comes 11 days after the passing of legendary UNC coach Dean Smith.  Many Duke fans are expected to wear dark blue t-shirts with the name "Dean" in the place of "Duke."

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