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St. Augustine's football player dies unexpectedly

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A freshman football player for Saint Augustine's University has died. The university said in a statement that 19-year-old Ronald Cunningham of Dinwiddie, Va., got sick on campus around 11 a.m. Sunday. Full story...
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Agent: Panthers WR Smith done in Carolina

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The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers. Full story...
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Terrell Stanley upgraded to good condition

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videoA former South Brunswick High School and current East Carolina University football player is improving at a Greenville hospital. Full story...
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Alge Crumpler headlines 2014 class for Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame

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videoOn Sunday, May 4, the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will welcome the 2014 inductees into membership at their annual banquet at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW. The Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the induction ceremony and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The annual golf tournament will be held Saturday, May 3. Full story...
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Judge nixes preliminary approval of $765M NFL concussion case

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough to cover injured players. Full story...
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Manziel, Aggies edge Duke 52-48 in Chick-fil-A

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Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes, and Toney Hurd Jr. returned an interception 55 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in Texas A&M's 52-48 victory over Duke on Tuesday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Full story...
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Panthers hoping to get healthy with bye week

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hoping an extra week off enables his team to get back to full strength and make a run at the Super Bowl. Full story...
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Panthers clinch NFC South, edge Falcons 21-20

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Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, Greg Hardy had a team-record four sacks and the Carolina Panthers clinched the NFC South title by beating the Atlanta Falcons 21-20 on Sunday. Full story...
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Wilmington Pop Warner squad one step closer to championships

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videoLast year, a Jr. Midget Pop Warner football team based out of Wilmington played in the national championship tournament in Florida. And this week, another Wilmington squad is just one victory away from making that same trip. Full story...
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Bills release Jay Ross again

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New Hanover High and ECU alum Jay Ross is again looking for a job in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills announced today they have released Ross from their 53-man roster. Full story...
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College Football Playoff selection panel unveiled

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014. Full story...
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Injured Barth, Bucs reach deal on salary

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videoThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pay injured kicker Connor Barth this season, even though they are under no obligation to do so. Full story...
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Ross makes opening day NFL roster for first time

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videoFor the first time in his career, Jay Ross will start the season on a NFL roster. The New Hanover High School and East Carolina grad announced the news on Twitter this afternoon that he has made the opening day roster for the Buffalo Bills. Full story...
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Cooper's season over as Cardinals place Hoggard grad on IR

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videoJonathan Cooper's season is officially over before it even began. The Arizona Cardinals, who selected the Hoggard High School and UNC grad with the seventh overall pick in April's NFL Draft, placed Cooper on season-ending injured reserve. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Banned football coach says he did nothing wrong

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video Two Brunswick County pee wee football coaches are being forced to take a knee before the season kicks off. Now one of the exiled coaches says he was blind-sided by the judge's decision. For Brian McDowell, football isn't just a game, it's a way of life. Full story...
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