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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is talking, but not about what everyone wants to know: Where does the situation with his former girlfriend, whom he called a “trained assassin,” stand?

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell had hoped to play in a Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him in the third round in 2010. But he was part of an offseason purge in 2014 that saw Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman overhaul the entire receiving corps.

The circumstances are suddenly working in Vonleh’s favor. Injuries to center Bismack Biyombo and power forward Marvin Williams mean the Hornets are short-handed in their big-man rotation heading into a three-game road trip to San Antonio, Denver and Washington.

With his racing career cut short by his untimely death in January 1964, NASCAR and its fans only got a glimpse of the potential of two-time champion Joe Weatherly, the “Clown Prince of Racing.”

North Mecklenburg had enough run at the right time to take command of the MECKA basketball race.

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