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Believe it or not, the 2020 NBA Draft is already less than a month away. After years of picking in the low teens, the Hornets have an opportunity to draft an immediate impact player with the No. 3 pick in this year's first round.

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The Weddington football team won’t be able to fully replace Will Shipley, and head coach Andy Capone knows that, but he still feels like the Warriors are in a position to succeed this season, especially in the running game.

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One of the most electric football players in Union County history and the reigning county player of the year has decided to forego his senior season and start his path at the next level.

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After seeing its season cut short in excruciating fashion in each of the past two seasons, the Cuthbertson girls basketball team is among the hungriest teams in the county this offseason as they await their return to the hardwood.

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After falling behind big early, Sam Howell and the North Carolina football team came up just short of a comeback Saturday night in Tallahassee, falling to Florida State, 31-28, in the Tar Heels’ first game as a top-five ranked team since 1997.

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The Panthers saw their three-game win streak snapped at home Sunday in a 23-16 loss to Chicago. After finding its stride over the past month, Carolina’s offense was dominated by the Bears’ front seven.

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ROUGHEDGE — Michael Helms said he planned to spend the next few years leading up to his retirement teaching and coaching golf at Cuthbertson High when he stepped down as the Cavaliers’ head boys basketball coach after the 2019-20 season.

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It’s been about 7 months since an NCHSAA-sanctioned athletic event was held in Union County, but the start of practice is right around the corner for some sports.

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Former Sun Valley High quarterback Sam Howell has helped the North Carolina Tar Heels’ football team earn a top five ranking in the nation after a home win Saturday against Virginia Tech.

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Led by another strong performance from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Carolina Panthers held off the Atlanta Falcons, 23-16, on the road Sunday to earn their third straight win.

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Former Forest Hills three-sport star and one of college football’s most productive running backs the past two seasons, Jaleel McLaughlin is planning to transfer. On Friday, the junior announced on Twitter his intention to transfer from Division 2 Notre Dame College in Ohio to a new school to…

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After rebounding nicely from an 0-2 start to the year, the Carolina Panthers will look to go above .500 and grab a share of first place in the NFC South when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday.

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Three years ago, after graduating four of its top five scorers from the previous season, the Weddington boys basketball team posted its worst record in program history, going 9-17 and finishing fifth in the Southern Carolina Conference with a 4-10 league record.

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Last season, the Forest Hills High boys basketball team started the year 29-0 — a Union County record for consecutive wins — and advanced to the semifinals of the 2A state playoffs for the fifth year in a row.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has caused the North Carolina high school football season to be pushed to the spring, but local fans are already on pins and needles well ahead of the season’s start in February as they await the decision of Weddington High senior running back Will Shipley.

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Defying expectations for the second straight week, the Carolina Panthers upset the Arizona Cardinals, 31-21, at home Sunday to move to 2-2 on the season. After a disappointing 0-2, Carolina is only one game back of the Buccaneers for first place in the NFC South with a game against division-…

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The Carolina Panthers (1-2 record) are looking for building blocks, especially on their young defense, and the rookie who most resembles a future All-Pro thus far is second-round pick Jeremy Chinn.

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Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has posted impressive statistics for the New York Jets so far this season, but his team dropped to 0-4 on Thursday night. During Denver’s 37-28 home win over the Jets, Crowder caught seven passes for 102 yards.

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UNC Chapel Hill has a big road game at 2-0 Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Tar Heels are led by sophomore QB Sam Howell, a Sun Valley High graduate who made all-ACC as a freshman in 2019.

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MONROE — After missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, Monroe High graduate Jamison Crowder is expected to return to the field for the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.

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After placing All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey on injured reserve this week with a high ankle sprain, the Carolina Panthers will lean on a veteran backup — sixth-year pro Mike Davis.

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MONROE — Wide receiver Jamison Crowder is expected to miss his second straight game for the New York Jets due to a hamstring injury. Crowder was held out of practice again on Thursday, and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

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The Wells Fargo Cup, formerly the Wachovia Cup, “has become the symbol of overall sports excellence among high schools in North Carolina,” according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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MONROE — Quarterback Grayson McCall was the secret weapon that worked out masterfully on Saturday night, leading Coastal Carolina University to a surprisingly-lopsided win at Kansas. A redshirt freshman who starred at Porter Ridge High, McCall accounted for all five of his team’s touchdowns …

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CHARLOTTE — Fans got their first look at the rebuilding Carolina Panthers on Sunday in the season-opening 34-30 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. They rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead, but couldn’t hold it.

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MONROE — While some college football conferences have moved their season until the spring of 2021, many will open their season this weekend.

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At least 26 of the 32 NFL teams have announced they will start the season with no fans in the stands at their home games due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Newsday, and the Carolina Panthers are among them.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One hundred Wingate University student-athletes have received the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award, sponsored by the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA), according to Wingate's communications department.

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WINGATE — Dr. Jerry Surratt spent roughly five decades at Wingate College/University, logging 34 years in the academic world before serving 17 seasons as head women’s and men’s golf coach (10 with the women, seven with the men). News of his passing Sunday was impacted not only his family, bu…

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MONROE — Will Shipley will decide “soon,” according to his father, about whether or not he will play his senior year of football at Weddington High School.

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MONROE — A new sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year was announced by the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Tuesday (Aug. 12), and it includes moving the start of the high school football season to February of 2021, according to nchsaa.org.

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The start of high school sports in North Carolina has been delayed again following the announcement of Governor Roy Cooper’s extension of the Phase Two Safer-at-Home Order, according to a report on nchsaa.org. Phase Two will remain in place until at least Sept. 11, the Governor announced.

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MONROE — Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) is looking for a volunteer coach/manager, volunteers, and players to start a program in the area — post COVID19.

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INDIAN TRAIL — Union County has developed into a hotbed for baseball talent, with local high schools combining to win five state championships in the past eight years. Since 2015, seven pitchers from the County have been drafted by Major League Baseball.

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UNIONVILLE — Phil Mauro has been hired as the next head football coach at Piedmont High, according to the Twitter account @PHS ATHLETICS5.

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WINGATE — Marcus Kirkland will lead Wingate University’s newly-created Office of Diversity and Inclusion, according to a report from the school. Wingate University Vice-President and Director of Athletics Steve Poston announced the creation of the athletic department’s Office of Diversity an…

MONROE — Union County Public Schools has announced all fall sports athletes will be allowed to return to their campuses for voluntary workouts beginning July 6, according to the UCPS communications department.