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The Carolina Panthers billed Friday’s Fan Fest as a chance for fans to check out the $65 million in upgrades to Bank of America Stadium. But the biggest attraction was quarterback Cam Newton.

The Charlotte Hornets re-signed point guard Jannero Pargo, who played in 29 of 82 regular-season games last season, totaling 242 minutes and averaging 4.7 points and 1.8 assists. Also, first-round pick Noah Vonleh signed his rookie-scale contract.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: All Matt Kenseth lacks this season is a victory. All his NASCAR career lacks is a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He can accomplish both in Sunday’s Crown Royal 400.

Former Carolina Panther Steve Smith’s toughness and bold nature have been embraced by his new Baltimore Ravens teammates. His feistiness frequently triggers memories of former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Ken Block posted the fastest time in Red Bull Global Rallycross qualifying at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the second year in a row, followed by Nelson Piquet Jr. and Tanner Foust.

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