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Panthers cut WR Stephen Hill, 10 others

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Stephen Hill experiment is over in Carolina as the Panthers cut the wide receiver and 10 other players on Sunday. Panthers coach Ron Rivera had always been a big proponent of Hill's deep threat ability. However, a torn ACL sidelined Hill last season and…

Few contenders, more pretenders in NFC

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer The last four teams to play for the NFC championship have the same goal: Super Bowl or bust. Carolina, Arizona, Seattle and Green Bay are still the class of a conference that has far more pretenders than contenders. It's a smart bet one of the four teams will…

A Good Test for the Panthers

A Good Test for the Panthers by Sharon Thorsland A pair of NFL MVP's face off Friday night when the Panthers take on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium.  The Pats made it to the AFC championship last season, and are expected to contend for a Super Bowl title again this year.  They're 2-0 this preseason,…

Rivera confident DT Kawann Short will get long-term deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Coach Ron Rivera says defensive tackle Kawann Short is "too important a player" for the Panthers not to sign him to a long-term contract. Short has one year remaining on his rookie deal. He's outperformed his current contract, recording 11 sacks last season while being named NFC Player of the Month…

Panthers No. 2 WR Funchess gives Newton another big target

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton breaks into a smile, barely able to control his enthusiasm when thinking about the prospect of wide receiver Devin Funchess lining up opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season. Newton, the league's MVP, may never have to worry about overthrowing another target again given the…

Panthers-Titans preseason game delayed 30 minutes by weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was delayed about 30 minutes in the second half by severe weather in the area. Carolina led Tennessee 19-10 with 1:34 left in the third quarter Saturday when an announcement came over the Nissan Stadium loudspeaker that lightning in the Nashville area…

Cam Newton Has Replaced 'The Dab'

It was last year during the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans game that Cam Newton ticked off a Titans fan doing the Dab. The woman was so upset she wrote an open letter to the star quarterback letting him know what she thought of him and his little dance. 

Panthers' DeHaven steps down as coordinator to battle cancer

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has decided to step down from his position and move into an advisory role with the team while continuing his battle with prostate cancer. The team announced Sunday that Thomas McGaughey has been promoted to special teams coordinator…

8 Of Cam Newton's Craziest Fashion Looks

Finally, Football is back...well pre-season football is back. I know it's only been just over six months, but those were the longest six months ever! Tonight our Carolina Panthers take on the Baltimore Ravens in their first pre-season match-up. In honor of tonight's game, I have some of the craziest fashion looks that Cam Newton…

Coaches at odds on impact of technology overload on NFL game

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes too much technology may wind up hurting the NFL game. Other coaches are more welcoming to even more hi-tech changes. For the second straight year, the NFL will experiment in the preseason with allowing coaches and players to use…

Veteran fullback Tolbert still has value to Panthers

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Ron Rivera can't imagine the Carolina Panthers without fullback like Mike Tolbert on the roster. The 5-foot-9, 250-pound Tolbert does a little of everything for the NFC champions -- blocks, catches passes, carries the ball and even contributes on special teams. So it's hard for…

Bentley, OneRepublic to perform at NFL kickoff

DENVER (AP) -- Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic will perform live before the NFL kicks off its season Sept. 8 with the Super Bowl champion Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers, the team Denver beat for the title. Performances by Bentley and OneRepublic will be featured in coverage of the 60-minute pregame show on NBC and NFL…

Newton, Panthers reflect on Charleston church shootings

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton and some of his Carolina Panthers teammates took a break from training camp to remember the victims of last year's Charleston church shootings. Newton, along with fellow co-captions Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Ryan Kalil, Greg Olsen and Charles Johnson…

Panthers popularity sky high after recent success

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Ron Rivera stressed a few years ago that he wanted the Carolina Panthers to become "relevant" in the NFL. Put a big checkmark in that box. Behind NFL MVP Cam Newton, the Panthers have become a hot ticket in the Carolinas and neighboring states --…

Super Bowl goat? Panthers don't view Remmers as that guy

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the idea of labelling right tackle Mike Remmers as a Super Bowl goat is completely absurd. Sure, Remmers got beat twice on the edge by Von Miller last February, resulting in a pair of strip-sacks against Cam Newton that led…