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Fowler: Trying to catch up with and return the 130 mph serve of top tennis player John Isner was like trying to capture a whistling green blur.

The Carolina Panthers’ first-team offense presented the classic “half-full, half-empty” quandary to its fans Sunday night in a 28-16 exhibition win against Kansas City at Bank of America Stadium.

As always in the NFL exhibition season, there are questions. Here are four the Carolina Panthers need to start answering Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kathleen Baker, 17, is the youngest of eight swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina who will compete next week in Australia in the biggest meet of this non-Olympic year – the Pan Pacifics. Baker has a decent chance to make the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

The Charlotte Hornets want to host an NBA All-Star Game, and they made as big a splash as possible to announce that Tuesday. There was a news conference and a podium crowded with men in power ties and a charter plane ready to whisk a half-dozen of them – along with mascot Hugo – to New York to hand-deliver the bid package.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn remains a starter on defense at the moment, but the Panthers also like A.J. Klein. Blackburn is in his 10th year; Klein is in his second. Inevitably, the switch will be made – maybe in a few weeks, maybe not until next year.

To see Roman Harper without a helmet is to do a double-take, because few NFL players have ever sported that much gray. Harper is only 31, but he doesn’t care to dye it or cut it off. Instead, he wears the gray proudly.

Scott Fowler: Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin continues to be the most impressive part of the 2014 Panthers’ training camp to me.

In 2013, the Carolina Panthers led the NFL and set a franchise record with 60 sacks in a season. In 2014, is it possible the Panthers could add 13 more sacks and set the all-time NFL record in the same category?

It was August and it was football, but you have never seen an exhibition quite like this one. Instead of an ultimately meaningless but somewhat entertaining Carolina Panthers football exhibition, this was an ultimately meaningless, somewhat entertaining and incredibly well-attended “futbol” exhibition between AC Milan and Liverpool, two of Europe’s best soccer clubs.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.