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Charlotte ends curfew imposed after black man shot by police

By EMERY P. DALESIO, TOM FOREMAN JR. and MEG KINNARD Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed following the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought National Guard troops and armored vehicles to downtown street…

Vikings CB Munnerlyn to Panthers WR Funchess: You're no good

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has a message for Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess: You're not that good. Munnerlyn said the Vikings concentrated on slowing down Carolina's No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who came into the game with 13 catches for 199 yards and three TDs,…

Protests remain peaceful outside Charlotte Panthers NFL game

By MEG KINNARD, EMERY P. DALESIO and TOM FOREMAN JR. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nightly protests have shaken the city of Charlotte since the shooting death of a black man by police last week, but Sunday's NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings was played without interruption. A group of…

Vikings stop Newton, snap Panthers' home win streak 22-10

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries --and keep finding ways to win football games. Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and the Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers' 14-game home winning streak…

The Latest: Charlotte mayor lifts curfew

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local): 7 p.m. The mayor of Charlotte has lifted the curfew on the city after days of protests over the killing of a black man by police. There have been protests every…

Panthers RB Artis-Payne expected to start with Stewart out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to start at running back for the Carolina Panthers against the Minnesota Vikings because Jonathan Stewart is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Friday Artis-Payne would start unless the Panthers opened the game in a special formation that includes Fozzy Whittaker. Artis-Payne and Whittaker…

Vikings coach says cutting Panthers S Coleman a mistake

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't too proud to say he made a mistake when he cut safety Kurt Coleman. "It's nice to hear that," said Coleman, now the Panthers starting safety. Coleman said he doesn't have any hard feelings toward Zimmer or the Vikings, who…

Rivera: RB Artis-Payne to start vs. Vikings; Stewart out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back Cameron Artis-Payne will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. However, Rivera says he expects Artis-Payne to split carries almost equally with Fozzy Whittaker, who had 100 yards rushing on 16 carries last week in a 47-26 win against the San Francisco 49ers. The Panthers…

Panthers, NFL monitoring protests in advance of Sunday game

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Thomas Davis said the Carolina Panthers' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings should "absolutely" be played as scheduled, even with the city being under a state of emergency due to violent protests over a recent police shooting. The All-Pro linebacker said football has a unique…

Vikings, Panthers turn to backup RBs to carry the load

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Welcome back to the big stage, Jerick McKinnon and Fozzy Whittaker. Oh, and Matt Asiata and Cameron Artis-Payne, get ready to carry the football, too. The Vikings and Panthers will be counting on their backup running backs to have a "next man up" mentality when…

Panthers RB Stewart out at least 2 weeks, Whittaker up next

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- While Panthers coach Ron Rivera is awaiting the results of an MRI on running back Jonathan Stewart's right hamstring, Fozzy Whittaker is ready to roll for Carolina. Rivera said the initial indications on Stewart are not good. "If it's a hamstring -- and every indication…

Panthers Lair 09-18-2016

Fans came out to the season opening game at the home field to cheer on their Carolina Panthers. Top Cats came and took pictures and signed autographs with fans. Sir Purr also made an appearance to pose for pictures.

Stewart's injury means more time for Whittaker, Artis-Payne

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers might have to rely on Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne to carry their running game for a while. Panthers coach Ron Rivera expressed concern over Jonathan Stewart's injured hamstring that forced the nine-year pro to leave Carolina's 47-26 win Sunday over the…

Benjamin's return has Panthers humming; beat 49ers 46-27

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- There were some worries over how Kelvin Benjamin's return would affect the Carolina Panthers' chemistry on offense. Not anymore. Make no doubt it, the Panthers wide-shouldered, long-legged 6-foot-5, 245-pound wide receiver is back -- and the defending NFC champion Panthers are better for it. Concerns…

Newton sets TD passing mark, Panthers down 49ers 46-27

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Maybe all the Carolina Panthers needed was to play someone other than the Denver Broncos. The league's top-scoring offense from a year ago returned to form Sunday. Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers overcame four turnovers to beat the…

Panthers name press box after longtime PR man Charlie Dayton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have dedicated their press box to longtime director of communications Charlie Dayton before Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Team owner Jerry Richardson was among those who attended the ceremony, along with several former NFL public relations directions and writers. Dayton joined the Panthers in 1994 and…

Rams' Donald fined $21,269 by NFL for actions in opener

NEW YORK (AP) -- Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been fined $21,269 by the NFL for his actions that led to his ejection in the team's season opener against San Francisco on Monday night. Donald was docked $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $9,115 for unnecessary roughness Friday after he was called for…

49ers' defense gets bigger test vs. Panthers QB Newton

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- It's time to find out if the San Francisco defense is for real. The 49ers dominated the Los Angeles Rams 28-0 on Monday night, but handling Case Keenum is one thing. Cam Newton is a completely different beast. Carolina's dual-threat quarterback figures to be a…