• Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera yells during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Panthers turn page to 2016 after deflating Super Bowl loss

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general manager of the Carolina Panthers.

  • NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France speaks during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. NASCAR announced a new charter system for team owners. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    NASCAR allows franchise system to give team owners value

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has agreed on a franchise-like system with its team owners, one in which owning a team will now provide actual value.

  • Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton answers questions after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.  The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Newton defends actions after Super Bowl: I will not conform

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday that he’s “sore loser,” but defended walking out of a press conference after the Super Bowl by saying he didn’t feel like talking to the media after Carolina’s 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

  • Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, right, and Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, chase a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Walker scores 30 as Hornets beat Bulls, 108-91

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets are finally close to being 100 percent healthy again, and are working their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

  • Washington Wizards' Ramon Sessions (7) gets called for the foul as he tries to get his shot off as he bumps into Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Batum’s 26 points, 11 rebounds lead Hornets past W

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied in the second half to beat the Washington Wizards 108-104 on Saturday night.

  • Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin, left, and center Frank Kaminsky, right, battle Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

    Whiteside gets triple-double as Heat hold off Hornets 98-95

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and the Miami Heat came up with two key steals in the closing seconds of a 98-95 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

  • In this Thursay, Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, Stewart Haas Racing co-owner and driver Tony Stewart talks to members of the media during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C. The three-time NASCAR champion has been hospitalized with a back injury after a non-racing accident on Sunday and Stewart-Haas Racing is unsure of the extent of his injuries, a team spokesman told The Associated Press, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Injured Tony Stewart to miss start of final NASCAR season

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday.

  • Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky, right, drives into Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

    Lin scores 24 as Hornets rally to beat Cavaliers 106-97

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and the Charlotte Hornets rallied in the second half to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 106-97 on Wednesday night.

  • In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and lineman Evan Mathis (69) take the field for an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver. Mathis got released by the Philadelphia Eagles because Chip Kelly didn’t want to give the two-time Pro Bowl guard a raise. Now he's blocking for Manning and the Broncos. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

    Furniture Row Racing on different track for Super Bowl

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team is in a precarious position among the teams it competes against in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

  • Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee.