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The day after being named the NFL's MVP for the 2015 season, Cam Newton had one of the worst performances of his professional career on football's biggest stage in Super Bowl 50...(full article)

As painful as the Super Bowl loss was for the Panthers, it had to feel much worse watching the film on Monday or Tuesday. (That is, for those members of the Panthers who could brin...(full article)

If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1 In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, accordin...(full article)

Why didn’t Cam Newton dive on that fumble? He answered that question two days after Carolina's Super Bowl 50 loss to Denver ... sort of. What he really answered Tuesday in the ...(full article)

Cam Newton, to a certain sort of person, represents all that's wrong with professional sports right now. He is also, to another type of person, exactly what sports needs, the physi...(full article)

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Cam Newton lost the biggest game of his life Sunday night. How would you have handled sitting in front of dozens of reporters answering questions 30 minutes later? Maybe you would ...

Newton Demands Spotlight, Then Blinks

Cam Newton refused to jump into the pig pile after his own fumble. Then he refused to jump into the media pig pile. In the postgame presser, Newton gave four one-word answers, a no...

Miller, Mates Keep Newton From Dancing

On the sixth snap of Cam Newton's Super Bowl, Von Miller charged at him from the edge, hit him face first and promptly ripped the football out of his hands. Just tore it out. Th...

Panthers Forced to Sit This One Out

The team that dabbed flubbed. The team that scored more points than any during the regular season and postseason imploded with turnovers, penalties, sacks and mistakes. The Caroli...

Like Game, Newton Fails News Conference

Cam Newton, understandably upset about suffering a loss in the Super Bowl, was extremely sullen during his postgame availability. His answers were short and to the point before he ...

The Sheriff Earns Final Star on Wild Ride

Happy trails to you, Peyton Manning. The Last Rodeo was one wild ride. It was a grind. It ain't easy being old in the NFL. Manning's 39-year-old body took a pounding and it hurt to...

Broncos Have the Horses at Super Bowl 50

Von Miller reaches into his contact case. He positions his index finger slowly, and inserts the lens into his eye. It marks the last thing the Broncos linebacker does before runnin...

Man Who Knows How to Beat the Panthers

Dan Quinn wants to make this very clear: He doesn’t take pride in the Falcons’ Week 16 win over the Super Bowl-favored Carolina Panthers. “Nope,” he says. “Honestly, nope...

Coleman Has a Bond Born Out of Paralysis

IT'S APRIL 14, 2006, Good Friday in Columbus, Ohio. A rite of spring unspools at Ohio State, a spirited intrasquad scrimmage at cavernous Ohio Stadium. Kurt Coleman, who will start...

Panthers Ignored Groupthink on Newton

Five years on, the whole thing feels like a case study of groupthink gone wrong, but at the time Russ Lande felt like he had legitimate reasons for his skepticism. Lande, a former ...

Norman Brash and Brainy in Breakout Season

Is Carolina Panthers corner Josh Norman an elite cover player, one capable of locking down any top receiver? Or is he a product of the defense, a player who is more of a zone corne...

Panthers' Rely on Man in the Middle

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Coaches always want more out of their players than they get, but in Luke Kuechly’s case Panthers coach Ron Rivera might have to make an exception. &l...

Stabler in Future for Super Bowl QBs?

Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are moving toward each other from opposite directions in time. Newton is coming on fast, Manning is fading slow, and the Super Bowl is the intersect...

Newton's Race-Baiting Wearing Thin

It is amazing these days what can get you labeled a racist or a bigot. It seems if you don’t like endless chest pounding every time a guy makes a play and that guy happens to be ...

Panthers Can Put Themselves in Pantheon

SAN FRANCISCO — People have been trying to poke holes in the Carolina Panthers all season. Cam Newton was too flashy, both in style and consistency. Kelvin Benjamin was too impor...

Newton Need Only Be True to Himself

Cam Newton demands attention. His skills, looks, personality, immense size and determination to be the best at what he does refuse to be ignored. The gravitational pull of his inte...

Panthers Don't Get No Respect

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Just like singer Aretha Franklin, that’s all the Carolina Panthers want. Just a little bit. A little respect. But more like Rodney Dangerfield, the team with t...

Cancer Won't Ruin His Super Bowl

SAN JOSE -- Coaching in the Super Bowl is nothing new to Bruce DeHaven. Doing so while battling terminal cancer is, however. DeHaven is the Carolina Panthers special teams coach, a...

Two Distinct Paths to Super Bowl

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Joe Cool's Take on the Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Montana laughed, flashing back to the pressures of Super Bowl week. “Once everybody gets into town, you think you’re squared away,” Montana told USA TOD...

No Matter How You Slice It, Denver Favored

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Oher Has Newton's Blind Side

Michael Oher never liked the movie “The Blind Side.” Which is too bad, because it’s about him and how the Panthers’ left tackle overcame a rough childhood, thanks to a fami...

Cam Newton's Critics Hard to Find

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Not a Cam Fan? That's OK, Really

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Duke, Wisconsin Could Miss March Madness

Five teams have active NCAA Tournament appearance streaks of at least ten years, and a few of those are in some jeopardy. Those struggling include last year's championshi...

Panthers Not Worried About Peyton's Legacy

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Texas Detour Shaped Newton Into MVP

Cecil Newton, his son Cam riding shotgun, had driven deep into the Texas countryside, through the farms and fields, searching for the future. This was January of 2009 and a long, l...

Newton Slaps Race Card on His Critics

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Why Duke Isn't Playing Like Champions

Nine months removed from cutting down nets in Indianapolis, Duke doesn’t look like the Duke that America is used to seeing. The Blue Devils have lost four of their last five ...

Can Panthers' Fast Starts Make Them Super?

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Newton Best Player in Game, Face of NFL

America, meet the best player in the NFL. He's a smile-wearing, dab-doing, touchdown-throwing, touchdown-running, team-leading, football-giving,fox-tail-wearing cat. Ladies and ge...

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Panthers Thrive on Being Disrespected

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Broncos' Pass Rush Key to Super Bowl

The Broncos won their eighth AFC Championship Game by pressuring the hell out of Tom Brady. To win their third Lombardi Trophy, their defensive front will have to bring that same h...

Super Bowl Will Be Young Over Old

We are used to this kind of clear confrontation -- and cosmic inevitability -- in the Bay Area, aren't we?   New startup vs. old standby, fresh energy vs. the establishment, the...

Panthers Stalking 'Best Ever' Label

No, they won’t go undefeated. The Panthers lost that chance when they laid an egg in Atlanta in December. But if the Panthers beat Denver Feb. 7 and convincingly win the Super Bo...

Stars Aren't Only Ones Who Shine

Bill Belichick is a genius. Peyton Manning can’t beat Tom Brady. Manning chokes in the postseason. The NFL playoffs produce upsets. The Panthers might not be for real. None o...

Super Bowl 50 Bay Area's Blessing, Curse

Here’s your Super Bowl, suckers. I hope you know what this all means.I suppose this means we in the Bay Area can become as sick to death of talking about Peyton Manning in on...

Newton's Star Rises in Biggest Moments

The Carolina Panthers’ biggest star will play on the world’s biggest stage. Cam Newton – entertainer, icon ... and Super Bowl quarterback. Newton turned in a vint...

Panthers Relying on Super Heroes

Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly represent the heart and soul of the Carolina Panthers defense. No. 58 and No. 59 sprint sideline to sideline on nearly every play, racing each other t...

Cam Newton, Marketing Phenom

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has turned in a virtuoso performance this season with 45 combined throwing and rushing touchdowns, seventh highest in league history. Newto...

NFC: Where Nice Guys Coach Winners

On Sunday, the Cardinals play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte in the NFC Championship Game for the right to play in Super Bowl L. Arizona coach Bruce Arians will look across at ...

Big Programs' Big Problem: Big Men

College basketball is a guard’s game. Now, where have we heard that before? We’ve heard it from coaches: “College basketball is a guard's game; it's not a big man's game....

Bobcats' Pick Has Major Ramifications

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Bobcats Take Futility to Record Low

Twenty-three consecutive losses later, the Charlotte Bobcats made NBA history. They haven’t won since March 17 and they won’t win again for at least seven months. This...

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Duke Faces Uncertain Future

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McCollum Makes Duke a Loser

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Duke Avenges Loss to Florida State

Its stride getting stronger and more confident by the game, Duke is moving ever closer to one of its goals. The Blue Devils subdued Florida State 74-66 on Thursday night at the Do...

Duke Looking for Revenge vs. FSU

Duke had just put the finishing touches on one of its stronger efforts of the ACC season, walloping Boston College 75-50 on Sunday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Yet, it didn't t...

Bobcats Snap 16-Game Slide

Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night. D.J. Augustin had ...

Duke Comes Back to Beat N.C. State

In the course of eight days, Duke has come up with two of its more memorable rallies in recent memory. The Blue Devils rallied from a 20-point second half deficit against N.C. Sta...

3-Pointer Could Alter Duke's Season

The last numeral Duke freshman Austin Rivers saw was a “2.” He knew it was time. He knew his options were dwindling. He was content with that, because it was fairly o...

Duke Stuns UNC on Rivers' 3 at Finish

There have been some wild, crazy endings to North Carolina-Duke games over the 233-game history of the rivalry, and the one that happened here on Wednesday night at the Smith Cen...

Duke Student Section Losing Luster

The student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium has long been considered a college basketball staple, complete with body-painted undergraduates heckling opponents and Dick Vitale b...

Duke Still Seeks Identity

With its painstakingly disciplined offense, commitment to defense and willingness to play at an agonizingly slow pace, there's no doubt that Virginia knows what kind of team it is....

UNC, Wisconsin PGs Are Friends

Kendall Marshall has nice things to say these days about Jordan Taylor, the Wisconsin point guard who will lead the ninth-ranked Badgers into the Smith Center tonight against Marsh...

Duke a Measuring Stick for Ohio State

After his team defeated Kansas last week in a highly competitive tussle for the Maui Invitational championship, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had tested his inexperienced t...

Ohio St. Routs Duke in Showdown

Ohio State's introduction video Tuesday night included a video of ESPN's Dick Vitale crowing about Duke, and then the Blue Devils' logo exploding in flames. That's about what the...

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Duke Backcourt Developing Chemistry

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Coach K Adapts to Become the Best

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Source: Jordan Leads Hard-Liners

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Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

Cam Ward picked up the shutout Friday and the Carolina Hurricanes' goalie was named the game's first star. As Canes defenseman Bryan Allen put it, "He was our calming influence." B...

Newton Even Better Than Stats Show

Cam Newton camdemonium has quieted … for the time being. The excitement of his back-to-back 400-yard games to open the season gave way to the reality that the Panthers los...

Panthers' Beason Tears Achilles

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason will have season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn Achilles, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced this afternoon. Beason injured his le...

Newton Named Panthers' Starter

Remember the axiom that for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction? That may sum up the primary elements in the Carolina Panthers 33-17 loss to Pittsburgh in their pr...

Panthers WR Gettis Tears ACL

David Gettis is out of the competition for the Panthers' No. 2 receiver spot. Gettis, the second-year player who started 12 games as a rookie, tore the ACL in his left knee and is ...

Hurricanes Sign Kaberle for 3 Years

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million free-agent contract, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today. To make room for...

Newton to Train With Teammates

Panthers players are organizing informal workouts beginning next week in Charlotte - and the team's No. 1 draft pick plans to attend. Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback taken firs...

Newton Sleeps With Playbook

Over the past few weeks Cam Newton(notes) has had a constant companion to help ease the tedium of the NFL lockout. The Carolina Panthers’ playbook. Although the No.1 overall ...

Duke's Smith Hurt in Victory

If Duke fails to defend its national championship this spring, the Blue Devils can blame bad toes and bad timing. On the night when the premier point guard Kyrie Irving practiced ...

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