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WWAY's Sunday night sports - Dec. 23

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CHARLOTTE,NC (WWAY) -- Former East Bladen Eagle standout Desmond Bryant sacked quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. Bryant's celebration in the second quarter was just the start of a chippy afternoon in Charlotte. Below we've posted a story from the Associated Press on the chippy angle of the Oakland-Carolina game.

CHARLOTTE,NC (AP) -- Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly says the Raiders were gunning for Cam Newton after the Panthers took out quarterback Carson Palmer.

Kelly says, "You take our guy out, we're going to go and try to take your guy out. We're not out to hurt someone, but when that happens ..."

The Raiders lost the game 17-6, although they did get several shots in on Newton, including one that prompted Carolina's second-year quarterback to bounce up from the ground and chastise and bump an official for not throwing a flag for a late hit.

Palmer left late in the first quarter when Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy slammed into him from behind as Palmer was setting up to throw. Officials penalized Hardy for leading with his helmet.

Matt Leinart replaced Palmer.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARLOTTE,NC (AP)-- Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score, and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Oakland Raiders 17-6 on Sunday.

The Panthers held the Raiders to 189 total yards and 12 first downs in a game featuring several shoving matches, plenty of heated exchanges and six unnecessary roughness penalties - including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer for the day.

Even Newton drew a flag after bumping an official with his chest for what he perceived as the latest in a series of late hits by Raiders defenders. Newton was not ejected.

Newton and the Panthers built a 14-3 lead at halftime and let linebacker Luke Kuechly and defensive end Greg Hardy do the rest.

Oakland's offense was essentially rendered useless after Hardy delivered a blow to Palmer's back late in the first quarter. Matt Leinart managed only 115 yards passing in three-plus quarters.

Newton accounted for 231 of the 271 yards for the Panthers (6-9), who have now won four of their last five under coach Ron Rivera.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- The UNCW men's basketball team is in the holiday spirit. Check out the Seahawk singers! Click the play video icon to see Buzz Peterson's squad try to hold a tune.

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