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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost 45-to-21 to the Philadelphia Eagles last night. That that puts the team on a four-game losing streak. 

The Eagles' defense sacked Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton nine times.  

 

Carolina Coach Ron Rivera says he is standing behind Newton, instead of replacing him with a backup quarterback.  Rivera says he wants to give Newton more time to find his rhythm.

Alana Hadley after setting a course record in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
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A 17-year-old Charlotte girl is continuing her march towards the U.S. Olympic Trials in marathon running.

Alana Hadley set a course record this past weekend at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. At 2:38:34, Hadley solidified her time as the second youngest female to ever qualify for the U.S. Trials.

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In NFL action, the Carolina Panthers lost again last night, 28-to-10, to the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints' defense sacked Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers. Newton spent much of the night under heavy pressure playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters. He was limited to 151 yards passing.

After the game, Newton responded to questions about whether he was pressing, or trying to do too much.

Madison Bumgarner in his 9/8/2009 Major League debut.
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In Major League Baseball,  the San Francisco Giants could clinch their third World Series title in five years with a victory over the Kansas City Royals tonight.  Leading the way for the Giants has been Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher grew up and learned the game in Hickory, North Carolina.

Jeff Parham is head coach at South Caldwell High School and he was one of the first to coach the future Giants' ace.  He first saw Bumgarner throw when the young man was in middle school. Bumgarner had come to a baseball summer camp.

How good was he?

A picture of the Seahawks facing off against the Panthers.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost 13-to-9 last night to the Seattle Seahawks.

Carolina's defense had allowed at least 37 points in four of its previous five games. But the Panthers held the Seahawks in check until Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson led a nine-play, 80-yard drive for the game's only touchdown.

Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechley pointed out that they played the Seahawks with a similar outcome for the past three years.

A picture of Luke Kuechly struggling with referee.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers didn't put up much of a fight yesterday. They lost, 38-to-17, to the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay racked up a 21-to-0 lead in the first quarter.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the team gave up the scoreboard early on and never got in the game.

“I don't think the defense gave us an opportunity to win in the first quarter, and I'm disappointed,” Rivera says.

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A picture of Greg Olsen.
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In NFL action, it was a big night for Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. He had been traded by the Chicago Bears in 2011, and he made them pay for it yesterday.

Olsen caught a pair of touchdown passes, as Carolina came back from a two-touchdown deficit. They won 31-to-24 over the Bears.

Olsen said he didn't play out of spite, but the victory did help ease the pain of the Panthers' last two losses.

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, 38-10.

Coach Ron Rivera was vocal about his disappointment.

The Panthers' offense was weakened to begin with. Two running backs were sidelined with injuries before the game, and DeAngelo Williams injured his ankle during a rush in the first half.

Rivera said that's no excuse.

“It doesn't matter who the running back is; we've still got to block,” Rivera said. “And we're going to be looking to do some things differently and do things the right way.”

Historic Speedway Group

The pioneers of stock car racing reunite this weekend in Hillsborough, where drivers zoomed around the Occoneechee Speedway in the early days of NASCAR.

The mile-long dirt track hosted more than 30 races between 1949 and 1968. More than 100 of those cars will be on display along with some of the legendary drivers who raced them.

The current Wallace Wade Stadium
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Duke University announced today three new projects for modernizing it's football facility, the 85-year-old Wallace Wade Stadium.

#Panthers lose. Final Score: Pittsburgh 37, Carolina 19. #KeepPounding
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, 37-19.

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In their NFL season opener yesterday, the Carolina Panthers swabbed the deck with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Panthers Quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He was standing in for Cam Newton, who was benched with a pre-season rib injury.

But the 20-to-14 victory didn't come easy. The Panthers shut Tampa out for the first three quarters. But when Coach Ron Rivera addressed his team in the locker room after the game, he scolded them for letting the Bucs sneak in two late touchdowns.

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North Carolina State football will host Old Dominion University this weekend in Raleigh. It's the second home game for the Wolfpack this season, after barely scraping by for a win against Georgia Southern last week. This year is Old Dominion's first season as part of Conference USA, and they're led by senior Quarterback, Taylor Heinicke. Wolfpack Coach Dave Doeren  thinks Heinicke is a big threat.

George Williams
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George Williams coaches one of the most successful track and field programs in the country. 

He has served as the coach at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh for 38 years. And this spring, he won his 35th Division II national championship.  

He’s also been a coach and an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team in three Olympic Games. His runners include former world record holder Michael Johnson and Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.

But such success comes from a long history of leadership. Williams helped integrate his city track team in Miami, and was one of the first to push for integration in Cary's public schools. 

Kenan Stadium
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Footballs are flying once again in the Triangle, and across the state. The three ACC schools in the area have all begun practicing for the upcoming college football season.  UNC and Duke began drills last Friday while N.C. State took to the field on Saturday. 

Rookie defensive end Kony Ealy signing autographs for fans after practice.
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The Carolina Panthers opened training camp for the 2014 NFL season this past weekend.  Head coach Ron Rivera says he feels -- even this early -- that his team is showing signs that it can live up to expectation set last season.  Carolina won the NFC South division title, but lost its first playoff game last January.

A couple of key concerns in camp will be quarterback Cam Newton's recovery from off-season foot surgery, and how Newton gels with a virtually untested receiving corps.  Rivera says how Newton throws the ball is the top priority.

A picture of Mike Hessman at bat.
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The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday. 

The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.  Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend. 

Scott Carter works for the Bulls.  He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.

2010 World Cup play
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In just two days, the World Cup Final will mark the end of a month-long tournament where 32 teams from across the globe faced-off to determine the world champion of football. The fandom for the World Cup runs deep. For the month, even those with little interest in the sport become fiercely loyal fans. The event reveals larger themes about society and culture. Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke professor Laurent Dubois who edits the Soccer Politics blog and writes about soccer for several publications.

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North Carolina has produced countless sports stars over the years but none with the global recognition of native son Michael Jordan. 

He dazzled sportscasters and sports fans first in Chapel Hill, and then around the world as the NBA’s greatest player. 

But through all the championships, MVP awards, and All-Star games, Jordan kept many personal issues to himself. He faced overt racism, allegations of sexual assault in his immediate family, and criticism of his gambling habit. 

Durham Bulls stadium
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Last year more than a dozen creative types - writers, photographers and filmmakers descended on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for an unprecedented in-depth look at minor league baseball. Someone was at the stadium for every inning -- of every game -- all summer long. All of the work of Bull City Summer has been reviewed and now the very best is on display at several area locations.

WUNC's Carol Jackson has the story:

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils - March 9, 2013
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The Carolina Hurricanes hope their new coach will take them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. 

General manager Ron Francis formally introduced Bill Peters as the next head coach today.  Peters has been an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings for the last three seasons and has experience as a minor league head coach.

This is the first big hiring decision from Francis, who took over in April.  He says Peters is a good fit for a Hurricanes team that is still developing into a competitor for the playoffs.

Willie McRae (right) with reporter Dick Gordon.
Carol Jackson

Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most revered courses in the land. It was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” That course is the site of this week's U.S. Open.

Willie McRae knows the place about as intimately as anyone. Willie is the longest-serving caddy at the resort. He started working there when he was 10 years old, May 19, 1943. He's caddied for "the average Joe" and the world's elite.

And he has a lot of stories to tell.

Many of the best golfers in the world are in Pinehurst, North Carolina, today for the start of the U.S. Open. The match will played on the recently restored course Pinehurst No. 2.

Fifteen years ago, a golfer named Payne Stewart won the tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., but died in a plane crash just four months later.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jeff Tiberii of WUNC reports from Pinehurst.

Michael Campbell reacts to winning the 2005 U.S. Open held at the Pinehurst Resort No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 19, 2005.
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The U.S. Open begins at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course today. WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii is covering the event.

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