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Dressed Down for Failing to Dress Up

Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer

Duke Getting Healthy and Scary

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports

There's More to the Cam-Rivera Rift

David Steele, Sporting News

Cam Necktie Brouhaha Veils True Trouble

Luke Kerr-Dineen, For the Win

Cam Newton was unfit to be tied this weekend, and in so doing the Carolina quarterback created a totally avoidable and embarrassing controversy for a team that did not need another...(full article)

NEW YORK -- It's basically unfair what Duke is cresting toward at the moment. Luke Kennard, maybe the frontrunner for national player of the year, is playing himself into the conve...(full article)

"Tie-gate." The entire game in Seattle. The whole Panthers’ season — it’s all an onion. Not "The Onion," although any story about an NFL game that revolves around how the qua...(full article)

The reason the Panthers got destroyed on Sunday night has nothing to do with a necktie or even a Derek Anderson interception. The reason the Panthers got destroyed on Sunday night ...(full article)

For better or worse, it’s not always our nature as sports fans to live in the moment. At least, not during the regular season. Not until the win-or-go-home games arrive, whether ...(full article)

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Absurd Talent, Depth for No. 1 Duke

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