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October 15, 2017

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve raced home on Carlos Correa’s double in the ninth inning, Justin Verlander struck out 13 in a complete game and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Correa also homered, but Houston needed a daring…

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October 15, 2017

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the pole for his final scheduled Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Earnhardt is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season, and the Alabama crowd has always embraced NASCAR’s most popular driver. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has…

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October 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — All-Star shortstop Corey Seager was left off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs due to a back injury.

The Dodgers announced Seager’s surprise omission several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.…

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October 12, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton is locked in and on target.

Carolina’s quarterback is on a mini-tear entering a Thursday night showdown against the Eagles, completing 77.4 percent of his passes over the last two games for 671 yards with six touchdowns. That’s well above Newton’s…

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October 11, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Dwight Howard is hoping a reunion with coach Steve Clifford in Charlotte will rejuvenate his NBA career.

Clifford is hoping the reunion rejuvenates the Hornets’ struggling defense.

Regardless of what happens, Howard’s arrival in Charlotte will go a long way toward…

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October 11, 2017

NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump.

Commissioner Roger…

Anthens Protests NFL

October 10, 2017

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers are closing out games — and keeping pace atop the NFC.

Carolina (4-1) is coming off back-to-back wins over Detroit and New England in part because of its ability to control the ball on offense in the game’s final minutes. That has left the Panthers tied…

Panthers Lions Football

October 10, 2017

DALLAS — The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the NFL players’ union Monday and raised the possibility of another call to action by athletes who have kneeled during the…

Jerry Jones Anthem Football

October 10, 2017

BOSTON — The Houston Astros poured back onto the field after advancing to their first AL Championship Series, posing for pictures with the Green Monster as a backdrop before a few players bellyflopped in the puddles in the infield dirt.

They were already soaked with celebratory beer and…

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October 10, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte.

It’s the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion.

The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family…

Hornets Jordan Donation
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