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In each of the past two seasons, Mallard Creek and Butler have met in August and again in the 4AA Western Regional final game. Both years, the winner of the first went on to win the second and a state title: Butler in 2012 and Mallard Creek in 2013.
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart said Friday that he’s returning to racing this week at Atlanta, three weeks after he was involved in a deadly incident with another racer, in part to help him heal.

The Carolina Panthers’ projected starting secondary, put together during the offseason, has a combined 22 years of experience, but just seven plays as a unit. And all of them came Thursday night against Pittsburgh.

What football coach wouldn’t wonder about his new starting quarterback’s nerves going into a season-opener at Georgia? This is a different: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wonders if Cole Stoudt has nerves.

NC State coach Dave Doeren hopes all the work in the offseason will pay off for the Wolfpack.

Just register before the first NFL game Sept. 4 and you'll get a shot to win one of three $50 gift cards from Dick's Sporting Goods.

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