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Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom was born in 1977, five years after her dad retired from NASCAR. She didn’t know him as Fast Freddie, Fearless Freddy, Golden Boy or the Elmhurst Express. She knew Fred Lorenzen as a top realtor for RE/MAX.

Roy Jones Jr., by any measure one of the greatest boxers who ever lived, will headline a card at the Park Expo & Conference Center on March 7.

A bonus Conference Championships prediction: When Indianapolis upsets New England on Sunday, Bill Belichick will not be fired.

Once, Lance Stephenson was an intriguing addition for the Charlotte Hornets. But he hasn’t worked out. Now, even though an attempt to trade him fell through Friday, the Hornets need to make a move to deal Stephenson.

Tom Sorensen: There’s nothing amusing about domestic violence. If NASCAR star Kurt Busch knocked around Patricia Driscoll, his girlfriend at the time, he should be punished by the law, his sport and his employer. The only piece that’s amusing is everything else.

Some fans might have noticed that Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo is having his best season. But if fans hadn’t, they couldn’t help but notice him Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena against the reigning champion San Antonnio Spurs.

Cam Newton is among the most popular athletes in Charlotte and is unquestionably the most polarizing. Offering him franchise quarterback money, $100 million, say, is a gamble, but it’s one worth making.

The Carolina Panthers are double-digit underdogs against the Seattle Seahawks, but they’ll win Saturday because they have a quality you can’t define – just like Super Bowl team did.

Social media wasn’t forgiving when Carolina Panthers’ return man Brenton Bersin muffed a punt and the Cardinals recovered. But his teammates offered support and this thought: Forget about what happened, focus on what you do next.

A lot of Charlotte Hornets fans think Kemba Walker shoots too much, but he scored 31 points on Wednesday night. And when he scores 30 or more points, the Hornets are 11-3.

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Tom Sorensen
Tom Sorensen has been a columnist at The Observer for about three decades, writing about nearly every sport in the Carolinas.