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Luke Kuechly, Humble Prince of the Gridiron, treats fans, teammates, coaches, almost everyone, with respect. Opponents on Sunday afternoons? That’s a different matter.

Tyler Gaffney, the Carolina Panthers hardly knew you. Gaffney, a running back out of Stanford selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft, blew out his knee Friday on the first play of the Panthers’ Fan Fest.

Wearing red and white shoes, a white V-neck T-shirt and jeans, Greg Hardy met with the media Sunday.

Tom Sorensen: Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is becoming best known for what he doesn’t do – play.

Tom Sorensen: Popular opinion seems to be that the Carolina Panthers are poised for a fall. But expect the defense to be superb again. And training camp will tell us how worried to be about receivers, offensive line.

Hornets’ Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson grew up playing ball against each other in New York. Now, Walker expects Stephenson to take on some of the end-of-game pressure.

Charlotte Hornets: Marvin Williams won’t be asked to win games. He’ll be asked to hit shots from the perimeter, hit the open man and drive to the basket. He’ll also be an influence on the younger players the Hornets collect.

The Charlotte Hornets will bring Gordon Hayward to town this week. Tall and athletic, a scorer, a shooter, a rebounder, a driver and a passer, Hayward would fit beautifully and could start at shooting guard or small forward.

NASCAR belonged to the South, and even though Tom Sorensen clearly was not from around here, Tom Higgins gave him a chance. Because he did, everybody else did, too.

Most of us have a July 4 tradition. In Charlotte, one of ours is to go to the ballpark for home runs, hot dogs and fireworks.

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Tom Sorensen
Tom Sorensen has been a columnist at The Observer for 20 years and has been at the paper for 25, writing about nearly every sport in the Carolinas.
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