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Inspired by a conversation at a banquet, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has gone further toward marrying a gambling mentality on fourth down with analytics that will help his decision-making.

Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh had successful surgery Tuesday to treat a sports hernia and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

They’ll be back this weekend, and have been back with the North Carolina football team since Saturday night, after the Tar Heels’ 56-29 victory against Liberty, coach Larry Fedora said. He was talking, on Monday, about Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker.

Charlotte Catholic matched tenacity and defense to score its biggest soccer win of the season.

A year ago at this time, Roger Federer was dealing with a bad back. He was experimenting with new rackets. And his nine-year run of reaching at least the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open ended with a fourth-round loss.

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