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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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This Day In NC History: Wolfpack Quarterback Roman Gabriel born in Wilmington

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On August 5, 1940, Roman Gabriel, Jr. was born in Wilmington. Gabriel gained fame as the quarterback for N.C. State from 1959 to 1961, where he was a two time All-American and a two time ACC Player of the Year. His skill as a quarterback led him to set numerous passing records at N.C. State. As a result, his jersey was officially retired in 1962. In 1989, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Full story...
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Hoggard alum Cooper agrees to deal with NFL's Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper. The four-year deal is worth about $14.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NFL collective bargaining agreement for Cooper, a Hoggard alum, as the seventh pick overall. Full story...
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Wilmington's Cooper expected among top picks in NFL Draft

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videoTonight NFL teams shape their future as the league kicks off the first round of its annual draft. Among the players expected to be selected tonight is Wilmington's own Jonathan Cooper. Full story...
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Charlotte, Panthers reach deal; will ask state for $62.5M

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The Charlotte City Council has reached an agreement to ensure the Panthers remain in Charlotte, city officials said Friday. Full story...
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Make-a-Wish sending UNCW freshman to Super Bowl

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video A UNCW student's wish of going to the Super Bowl is coming true thanks to the people at the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Freshman Alex Harris is one of just 12 kids in the United States getting an all-expense paid trip to the big game from Make-a-Wish. Full story...
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Panthers hire Giants' David Gettleman as new GM

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The Carolina Panthers have hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as their new general manager. Full story...
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Replacement refs rankling football fans

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Many people are still talking Monday Night Football today because of a controversial call by the NFL's replacement officials. Full story...
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Concussions a growing concern on national and local fields

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video It's no secret that football is a tough sport. As the season kicks off, we spoke with players, coaches and trainers on the sidelines about concussions and safety. This is a big topic on the national gridiron right now as the NFL is under scrutiny for medical issues associated with concussions. Full story...
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