Greg Hardy gets franchise tag – ESPN

ESPNCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy said this past season he wouldn’t be opposed to the Carolina Panthers using the franchise tag if that’s what it took…

Panthers re-sign K Graham Gano to 4-year deal – Washington Post

Washington PostCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers say they have re-signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. Gano was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Financial terms were…

How instant replay will change baseball – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The dirt-kicking, cap-flipping, vein-popping argument that has been part of baseball’s fabric for a century and a half is about to give way to a…

Holy box office! Bible-based movies flood theaters – Today.com

Today.comThree films — “Son of God,” “Noah” and “Exodus” — all draw from the best-selling book of all time for their source material, and producers are hoping to spread the…

Box-Office Preview: Can ‘Son of God’ Crucify ‘Non-Stop’? – Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood ReporterHowever, Christian films aren’t as easy to track, hence Son of God could open anywhere between $14 million and $30 million, according to box–office observers. If it comes in…

Charlotte City Council votes to hire Atlanta firm for airport valet work – Charlotte Observer

Charlotte City Council votes to hire Atlanta firm for airport valet workCharlotte ObserverThe Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to hire an Atlanta-based company to manage the curbside and business…

Charlotte’s Law: Fighting posts of hate – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auA LEADING anti-bullying campaigner says police are dismissing complaints about cyber-bullying because they’re unaware of laws already in place to deal with the problem. Speaking to news.com.au after the shocking…

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found dead – Houston Chronicle

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found deadHouston ChronicleSYDNEY (AP) — Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson, who became an anti-bullying activist after she was targeted online, has been…

Australian TV personality Charlotte Dawson, 47, found dead at Sydney apartment – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsFormer “Australia’s Next Top Model” judge and TV personality Charlotte Dawson was found dead at her home in a Sydney suburb on Saturday. Police said there were…

NFL draft: Jadeveon Clowney says he wants to be one of greatest of all time – Yahoo Sports (blog)

Yahoo Sports (blog)His early morning flight out of Columbia, S.C. was delayed a few hours, so he called to see if he could get a direct flight out of Charlotte,…

Australian TV personality Charlotte Dawson commits suicide – Fox News

Fox NewsApril 26, 200. Charlotte Dawson arrives on the red carpet for the MTV Australia awards in Sydney. Australian TV star and former model Dawson was found dead at age…

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found dead – Washington Post

Washington PostSYDNEY — Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson, who became an anti-bullying activist after she was targeted online, has been found dead at age 47. Famed for…

Trolled to death: Model Charlotte Dawson bombarded with vile messages over … – Daily Mail

Daily MailAustralian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson killed herself after receiving abuse from vicious trolls on Twitter just hours before she died. Famed for TV shows such as…

Charlotte Dawson death: BeyondBlue CEO hits out at social media – The Guardian

The GuardianAmid the public outpouring of grief that followed, many on social media pointed at hateful comments directed at Dawson in recent months. One user wrote: “Trolls that abused &…

Magic rally to overcome Carmelo Anthony, Knicks in 2OT – ESPN

ESPNArron Afflalo scored 32 points and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double…

2014 spring fashion forecast – Charlotte Post

Charlotte PostYour 2014 spring style forecast is here, and Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction, is predicting a storm of dazzling jewelry with an overcast…

4-point play: Analysis of Syracuse’s OT win vs. Duke – USA TODAY

USA TODAYHOW THE ORANGE WON: Students had camped out in tents in frigid central New York temperatures for weeks for this. Buses had signs and billboards that read “BEAT DUKE”…

Al Jefferson leads Bobcats past Lakers with season-high 40 points – Sports Out West

Sports Out WestLOS ANGELES – The losses continue to stack up for the Los Angeles Lakers as they suffered their sixth consecutive loss in a 110-100 defeat on Friday at…

Atlanta’s Snowjam Disaster: How Much Was Sprawl to Blame? – Streetsblog Capitol Hill (blog)

Streetsblog Capitol Hill (blog)While some point the finger at Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for lack of preparedness, Atlanta transit blog MARTA Rocks! says they don’t…

Change is here: Are the Nationwide and Truck Series next? – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comDuring Thursday’s Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR Chairman Brian France outlined sweeping changes to how the champion is determined in the Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR announces overhaul to…

Maryland basketball vs. Miami: Previewing the game – Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)Now their patience and resolve will be tested against Miami, the country’s slowest-paced team, so disciplined in its ways that Maryland radio analyst Chris Knoche likened Wednesday night’s…

Atlanta chaos: Like a scene from ‘The Walking Dead’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe usually bustling roadways in the Atlanta metropolitan area resembled a scene in a post-apocalyptic world during and after Tuesday’s snow and ice storm. Cars abandoned at odd angles…

Preview: Bobcats at Knicks – Reuters

ReutersThe Charlotte Bobcats came out of one of their most challenging homestands of the season with a winning record. They’ll look to build on their strong showing as they travel…

One Carolina Panther, two San Francisco 49ers fined after playoff game – Charlotte Observer

Charlotte ObserverThe extra-curricular action in the Carolina Panthers’ 23-10 playoff loss to San Francisco last weekend drew three fines of $7,875, including two on the 49ers. Niners tight end Anquan…

Miami Heat – Getting Back to Basics – Sportige

SportigeCelebrating his birthday, Dwyane Wade wasn’t really key in the 101-86 win for the Miami Heat over the Philadelphia 76ers, as LeBron James and Chris Bosh did most of the…

Report: NASCAR mulls big changes to point system, Chase – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNASCAR drivers and owners won’t sit with officials for their annual briefings until next week, but news of potentially dramatic changes to the sport’s point system and championship Chase…

Knicks Fall to Bobcats, and JR Smith Sits Again – New York Times

New York TimesKemba Walker, fouled trying to get past Carmelo Anthony (7) and Raymond Felton, was held to five points in the first half but scored 20 in the second.…

Purdy: San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick prevails in the battle of young … – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsCHARLOTTE. N.C. — Damn straight, Colin Kaepernick rubbed it in. He had his reasons. Halfway through Sunday’s third quarter, the 49ers quarterback sprinted into the end zone…

49ers dispatch Panthers, setting up long-awaited NFC title game – CNN

CNNColin Kaepernick is now 3-0 in road playoff games, but he’ll face a stiff test in Seattle during the NFC title game. Grant Halverson/Getty Images. CHARLOTTE — Colin Kaepernick always…

49ers ready for next road test: Seattle – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCHARLOTTE — There was a sense of inevitability Sunday, and throughout the season. It seemed that the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were meant to be the final…

Boldin, 49ers put Panthers away with ease – New York Daily News

New York Daily News49ERS 23, PANTHERS 10. CHARLOTTE – The San Francisco 49ers traveled cross-country to face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon, picked up a win in the divisional round…

Panthers’ Steve Smith doesn’t want this to end, so he will try to play – News & Observer

News & ObserverCHARLOTTE — I thought Steve Smith looked quick Thursday. The ground at Carolina’s practice field wasn’t as hard as it was Wednesday. And during the segment of practice…

Fashion trucks take boutique finds on the road – USA TODAY

Fashion trucks take boutique finds on the roadUSA TODAYThe 25-year-old drives, stocks, styles and sells out of her pale pink Passionista Fashion Truck, a converted pretzel truck that has popped…

Bobcats-Clippers Preview – ESPN

ESPNLooking to bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers should have a good chance to get back on track at home after their…

North Texas cruises past UNLV in Heart of Dallas Bowl – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDALLAS (AP) — Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and North Texas dominated the second half Wednesday to beat UNLV 36-14 in…