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Scott Fowler: Ultimately, he just couldnít help himself. Steve Smith, the best and most fascinating player the Carolina Panthers have ever employed, waited two days to commit an unnecessary roughness penalty against his old team.

In his most candid comments to date about his offseason ankle surgery, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the ligament-tightening procedure he underwent in March was more extensive than he was initially led to believe.

Despite a selection to the All-NBA third team last season, center Al Jefferson says he still feels insulted. By the way opponents target him on defense, that is. Jefferson and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford have begun trying to improve his pick-and-roll defense this preseason.

When Jason Estep was named football coach at Charlotte Christian in December 2006, the Knights had been through four coaches in three seasons. In two of those years, the team won a combined three games.

Tyus Jones is set to start as Duke’s point guard, but Quinn Cook is confident he’ll be able to make an impact as well.

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