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North Carolina’s football program had become so dependent on Deborah Crowder, the former manager of UNC’s African and Afro-American Studies department, and her use of irregular classes to keep a stream of players academically eligible over 18 years that her retirement in 2009 caused a panic among the program’s academic counselors.

At 3-3-1 and with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks coming to town, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said his team can’t afford to press.

The Charlotte attorney for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is preparing for Hardy’s jury trial on domestic violence charges to begin as scheduled next month during the Panthers’ bye week.

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Gerald Henderson won’t be available for Thursday’s exhibition against the Indiana Pacers.

In what it said was a move to get a head start on the 2015 season, Stewart-Haas Racing officials confirmed Wednesday the road crews and crew chiefs on their No. 10 and 41 Sprint Cup teams will swap before next weekend’s race at Texas.

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