Save Money in this Sunday's paper
Sign up to get the Inside Sports Newsletter »

Henry Williams was once one of the country’s top college basketball players and is still the 49ers’ all-time leading scorer. He had a plan and he’s stayed the course, even when it brought challenges he never imagined.

Al Jefferson had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, but the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Hornets 105-97.

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has dealt with the loss of his mother and two injuries this season. In a rare moment of openness, he reflected on what 2014 has been like for him.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for home, health, happiness and the occasional putt that stumbles into the cup. I’m also thankful for, among other things:

UNC coach Roy Williams blamed himself after the No. 5 Tar Heels fell to Butler in the team’s Battle 4 Atlantis opener. The loss left Williams questioning his coaching and his team’s preparation, and it left players questioning their toughness.

More recent sports news

More from the wire

The Observer recognizes the top players and coaches in high school volleyball, boys' soccer, cross country, tennis and golf.

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains the leading vote-getter among inside linebackers ...

Panthers

If you are a fan of Charlotte's two highest-profile pro teams, you have to be desperate for a win...

Scott Says...
~ Trail Blazers 105, Hornets 97
Prep basketball       11.24.14
~ NASCAR Sprint Cup finale 11.16.14

Lenoir-based national recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has released his early list of the nation's ...

Prep Insiders

Three takeaways from the Hornets? 113-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers:             -- Clipper...

Inside The NBA

   Steve Letarte's final interview as a Hendrick Motorsports employee comes to a close with his t...

Lucky Dog
~ Panthers 11.18.14

SCORES

Upcoming events in the Charlotte region.

Below are Week 13 fantasy football rankings based on potential performance in this week's games f...

Fantasy Football Insider

Baseball operations at UNC Charlotte have temporarily stopped and several 49ers players suspended...

Gold Mine
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More
Quick Job Search
CharlotteObserver.com