Charlotte native and NASCAR Cup Series rookie William Byron is unlikely to make the playoffs this season for Hendrick Motorsports, but he has been improving each week and has a shot to win Rookie of the Year over Bubba Wallace.
Carolina Panthers No. 2 tight end Chris Manhertz will be out for the start of training camp after foot surgery. Manhertz sustained a Jones fracture during minicamp, the same injury that forced Greg Olsen to miss most of the 2017 season.
The Charlotte 49ers are picked to finish seventh in the Conference USA East Division in the league’s preseason football poll. Defending C-USA champ Florida Atlantic was the choice to win the East, and North Texas was picked to win the West.
The Carolina Panthers announced several staff changes, including Richard Rodgers as secondary coach. Rodgers shared duties with Jeff Imamura after Curtis Fuller resigned. Ron Rivera’s nephew will serve as a quality control coach.
West Charlotte forward Patrick Williams had N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts’ attention during the EYBL Peach Jam last week. The Wolfpack are one of several ACC schools to extend an offer to Williams.
The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand have appeared at a news conference, looking healthy as they answered questions from journalists from around the world about their ordeal.
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