• University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball team’s upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.

  • In this Jan. 21. 2016, file photo, Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick , center, poses with his drivers from left to right, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C. Keeping a dynasty seems even more challenging than creating one. Just ask Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick.  The NASCAR titan has fielded 11 Sprint Cup champions over the past 21 years, won 242 Sprint Cup races and just two seasons ago had all four of his star drivers_ Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne _ in the 16-team championship chase. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races — at Michigan and Darlington — as he recovers from a concussion.

  • Rivera confident DT Kawann Short will get long-term deal

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says defensive tackle Kawann Short is “too important a player” for the Panthers not to sign him to a long-term contract.

  • New coach Montgomery settles in at East Carolina

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — First-year ECU coach Scottie Montgomery isn’t trying to turn the Pirates into Duke East.

  • In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Former Illinois coach Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant at No. 22 North Carolina. UNC team spokesman Kevin Best said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in an email to The Associated Press that Beckman was working as a defensive coach. Illinois fired Beckman a week before the 2015 opener after a law firm hired by the university concluded he interfered in player medical decisions and pressured players to play through injuries.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Ex-Illinois coach working at UNC as volunteer assistant

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant with No. 22 North Carolina’s defense.

  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, arrives with his civilian attorney, Eugene Fidell, for a legal hearing at the courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

    Top general scheduled to testify at Bergdahl hearing

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A top Army general is scheduled to testify Wednesday about why he destroyed letters he received from supporters and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

  • Friends and  family of Daniel Harris gather around a heart drawn onto Seven Oaks Drive during a candlelight vigil to remember Harris, a deaf motorist who was shot and killed by a state trooper, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, a deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says.  (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Deaf driver’s shooting death by trooper under investigation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.

  • In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, left, and Devin Funchess (17) pose for a photo inside Levi's Stadium as they gathered for a team photo in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game, in Santa Clara, Calif. After a solid rookie season, Funchess appears ready to take on the role of starting wide receiver opposite Benjamin.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    Panthers No. 2 WR Funchess gives Newton another big target

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton breaks into a smile, barely able to control his enthusiasm when thinking about the prospect of wide receiver Devin Funchess lining up opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season.