Brady, Bucs rout Panthers 32-6 to clinch NFC South title
Tom Brady threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made a grand return to the lineup after missing the last eight games and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-6 on Sunday to clinch their first NFC South title since 2007.
Washington reaches agreement with receiver Curtis Samuel
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel catches a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed to play the national anthem after the NBA reiterated its policy to require the song. “This tradition traces its roots back more than a century – even pre-dating the song’s adoption as the national anthem. No matter the scope, there is no penalty for violating the requirement, so even if the bar league softball team skipped the national anthem, there would be no repercussion under the law. Dan Patrick has said that requiring the national anthem at all Texas venues that receive public funding will be among his top legislative priorities this session. Although playing the national anthem before games is a staple of American sports at the professional and collegiate levels, it is far less common in other countries.
AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short
FILE - Carolina Panthers' Kawann Short arrives for an NFL football practice at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., in this Thursday, July 26, 2018, file photo. A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Before the injuries, the 32-year-old Short was a force in the middle, with 270 tackles and 32 1/2 sacks in his first six seasons with the Panthers. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2018.
Veteran tight end Greg Olsen announces retirement
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) runs, during the second half at an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Veteran tight end Greg Olsen is retiring from the NFL to become a broadcaster. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)Veteran tight end Greg Olsen is retiring from the NFL to become a broadcaster. The first tight end with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Olsen, 35, played for the Bears, Panthers and Seahawks. In his nine seasons with Carolina, Olsen made three Pro Bowls, one Super Bowl, had 524 catches for 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Falcons interview Hackett, Brady for head coaching job
Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady is becoming a popular name for NFL teams seeking to fill head coaching vacancies. A person familiar with the situation says the Chargers, Falcons and Texans have all asked for and received permission from the Panthers to interview Brady for their head coaching jobs. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt, File)ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed a pair of offensive coordinators, Nathaniel Hackett of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Brady of the Carolina Panthers, for their head coaching job. The Falcons conducted a virtual interview with Hackett on Thursday, one day after meeting virtually with Brady. “I think one of the (prerequisites) to being a good head coach is presence in front of a room," Rodgers said.
Saints rout Panthers 33-7 to earn No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs
The Saints (12-4) will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears in the wild-card round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. EST. He also ran for five TDs, but the Panthers struggled to make winning plays late in games all season with Bridgewater at the helm. That leaves questions about his future as the Panthers starting QB, especially with the team having a top 10 draft pick in 2021. UP NEXTSaints: The four-time defending NFC South champions host the Bears next Sunday in the playoffs. Panthers: After failing to make the playoffs for the third straight season, Carolina will look to the NFL draft to upgrade a number of pressing needs.
Russell Okung's bitcoin salary could trigger more pro athletes to invest
When discussing the league's stance regarding the arrangement on Wednesday, an NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told CNBC via email, "There wasn't anything to sign off on. Instead, the team will divert roughly $6.5 million from Okung's salary to Strike, which will then presumably take a fee and process bitcoin transactions for Okung, a longtime advocate of the currency. Strike did not respond to a CNBC request to confirm the transaction fees associated with Okung's agreement. Since his playing days with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019, Okung lobbied to have his salary replaced with bitcoin. "He's hoping long-term that the price of bitcoin is going up," Chris Matta, managing director of sales and trading at bitcoin and cryptoasset firm 3iQ, told CNBC on Tuesday.cnbc.com
Carolina Panthers' Russell Okung claims to be first NFL player "paid in bitcoin"
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Russell Okung claimed to be the first NFL player who will be paid in bitcoin, according to an announcement Tuesday from Okung and Strike, a mobile payments company. However, it's still unclear how Okung is actually getting paid. Getting paid in Bitcoin is the 1st step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit." "Getting #Bitcoin in exchange for your labor is much more than meets the eye. Russell Okung of the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on August 24, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.cbsnews.com
Washington Football Team announces release of quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr.
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Landover, Md. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith despite being disciplined for breaking COVID-19 rules by partying with several people without a mask. “My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end,” Haskins tweeted. “I thank the team & fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. The team’s last first-round QB bust, Robert Griffin III, tweeted Monday: “Wishing the best for (Haskins).
Washington beaten by Panthers, fails to clinch NFC East
Haskins' failed second chance coupled with a special teams blunder and defensive miscues added up to Washington blowing its first chance to clinch the NFC East by losing to the Carolina Panthers 20-13 on Sunday. With Christian McCaffrey out again, Curtis Samuel had five catches for 106 yards and was the Panthers' leading rusher with 52 yards on seven carries. 2 pick forced Bridgewater to fumble on a sack in Washington territory early in the third quarter to prevent Carolina from putting up even more points. Washington: Played without top WR Terry McLaurin, who couldn't keep gutting through a nagging ankle injury. Washington: Gets another chance to win the NFC East next Sunday at Philadelphia.
Washington Football Team trails Carolina Panthers at halftime, 20-3
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Mike Davis #28 of the Carolina Panthers stiff arms Jonathan Allen #93 of the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. – The Washington Football Team is trailing the Carolina Panthers at halftime with a score of 20-3. The Panthers started the game by scoring 20 unanswered points. The first score of the game took place in the form of a fumbled punt return that was recovered for a touchdown by Carolina in the end zone. The lone score of the game for Washington took place by a 48-yard field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins.
Washington Football Team falls to Carolina Panthers, 20-13
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Mike Davis #28 of the Carolina Panthers stiff arms Jonathan Allen #93 of the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. – The Washington Football Team failed on a chance to clinch the NFC East on Sunday. Washington fell behind early and its sputtering offense couldn’t catch up in a 20-13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Washington benched starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins in favor of backup Taylor Heinicke. However, Carolina recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
The Latest: NFC East will produce sub-.500 champ next week
(AP Photo/Mark Tenally)The Latest on Week 16 in the NFL (all times EST):___8 p.m.For the first time since 2014 there will be an NFL playoff team with a losing record. The winner will remain alive in the NFC East playoff race if Washington loses to Carolina. ___6:05 p.m.Washington is well on the way to blowing its first chance to clinch the NFC East. ___6 p.m.Eleven teams in the NFC are still harboring hopes of making a playoff run with Week 16 winding down. 1 seed in the NFC with a win Sunday night against the Titans and a Seattle loss or tie.
Dwayne Haskins starts for Washington despite breaking rules
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Dwayne Haskins gets his second consecutive start for Washington with quarterback Alex Smith out again because of a right calf injury. Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackon is active against Dallas after missing two months with an ankle injury. Harrison being inactive against the Rams comes as the Seahawks welcome defensive tackle Bryan Mone back from injured reserve following a lengthy stint because of an ankle injury. The Rams were without rookie running back Cam Akers, who had already been ruled out with an ankle injury. Washington: QB Alex Smith, RB Lamar Miller, WR Terry McLaurin, OT David Steinmetz, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Thomas Davis.
Panthers fire GM Marty Hurney after another losing season
FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney speaks to the media in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers have fired Hurney after the team lost eight of its last nine games and failed to make the playoffs for a third straight season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Marty Hurney is out again as Carolina's general manager. The Panthers are the fifth team this season to fire their general manager, joining the Lions, Jaguars, Texans and Falcons. He was the general manager from 2002-12 before being fired by former owner Jerry Richardson.
Packers outlast Panthers 24-16 for 4th straight victory
Green Bay (11-3) won its fourth straight despite getting outscored 13-3 and outgained 214-49 in the second half. Rodgers called the second half “definitely a stinker for the offense.”“We just know that type of football in the second half is not going to get it done in the playoffs, where we're going,” Rodgers said. Green Bay took a half-game lead over New Orleans (10-3) in the race for the NFC’s best record. We played better after that.”Carolina scored the first 10 points of the second half on Bridgewater’s 13-yard scramble and Slye’s 22-yard field goal. Green Bay hosts Tennessee in another night game on Dec. 27.
The Latest: Warriors' Green, Wiseman sidelined with COVID-19
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green and No. I’m not worried about Draymond.”___Eight Carolina Panthers players have been placed on the COVID-19 list, forcing the team to close its practice facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, until Wednesday. The Bears were supposed to play Nicholls State on Tuesday night, but the Colonels had positive COVID-19 tests in their program. 1 Gonzaga was scrapped only 90 minutes before tip Saturday because a player and another person with the Bulldogs’ traveling team tested positive. The announcement comes four days after Louisville announced it was pausing team-related activities indefinitely due to a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing measures within its program.
Brady, Buccaneers bounce back with 46-23 win over Panthers
Brady threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, Ronald Jones set a franchise-record with a 98-yard touchdown run, and the Buccaneers bounced back from a dreadful defeat with a resounding 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Panthers coach Matt Rhule described Brady’s play as “elite” and “fantastic.”The Bucs ran the ball just five times last week. Tampa Bay racked up 544 yards on offense and outgained the Panthers 322-35 in the second half and outscored them 29-6. Chris Godwin had 92 yards receiving for the Buccaneers (7-3), who swept the season series and handed the Panthers (3-7) their fifth straight loss. Rhule said the Panthers were unaware the ball had hit the ground or else he would have just had Bridgewater spike the ball.
Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence
The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row. Receiver Cooper Kupp, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and running back Darrell Henderson all were active after missing practices with injuries. Raiders: T Kolton Miller (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), QB Marcus Mariota, RB Theo Riddick, G John Simpson, DT Daniel Ross.
The Latest: Quarterbacks drafted No. 1 shine around NFL
The Latest on Week 10 in the NFL (all times EST):___8 p.m.From Kyler Murray magic to Alex Smith’s latest milestone, it was quite the day for quarterbacks selected first in the NFL draft. The Cardinals beat Buffalo 32-30 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins with 2 seconds left, dropping the Bills record to 7-3. Brees was shaken up on a sack in the second quarter when Kentavius Street landed on him. 1 pick Joe Burrow, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant with 58 seconds left in the first quarter. Cole had scored on a franchise-record 91-yard punt return in the second quarter.
Rhule: McCaffrey's injury not expected to be season ending
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Rhule said McCaffrey has a separation of the AC joint, which is located at the tip of the shoulder where the shoulder blade and collarbone meet. “I'm anticipating from I know being much more day to day and week to week than that. McCaffrey injured the shoulder in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 33-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. McCaffrey has six touchdowns in the three games he's played this season, including two in a 31-17 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 2.
Panthers list McCaffrey as 'day to day' with shoulder injury
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) celebrates after scoring against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers coach Matt Rhule says running back Christian McCaffrey is “day to day” with a shoulder injury he suffered in the closing seconds of Carolina’s 33-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Rhule would not say if McCaffrey has already had an MRI or an X-ray, adding that he should know more about the extent of the injury on Wednesday. McCaffrey left the game for a few plays and was seen holding his shoulder on the sideline. I thought he had some really nice runs, obviously scored a couple touchdowns.”If McCaffrey can't play, Mike Davis would get the start.
Chiefs escape with 33-31 win when Panthers FG is wide right
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs toward the end zone to score against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Chiefs coach Andy Reid liked it so much that he put it in the game plan. The Panthers' onside kick was recovered by Kansas City, but they used their three timeouts to get the ball back, and Teddy Bridgewater's 23-yard pass to Curtis Samuel with 9 seconds remaining gave them hope. It took nine plays and consumed nearly nine minutes before McCaffrey reached the end zone, keeping the potent Kansas City offense on the sideline. The Panthers still led 17-13 after the teams traded missed field goals to start the second half, but the Chiefs finally hit their offensive stride.
Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – This time, the Atlanta Falcons finished. Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stopped the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining. Moore on third and 18 to move the Panthers into Falcons territory. Bridgewater was limited to 176 yards passing as the Panthers (3-5) lost their third straight game without injured Christian McCaffrey. UP NEXTFalcons: Host the Broncos on Nov. 8Panthers: Open the second half of the season at the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs on Nov. 8.
Reid tells AP he declined Washington's practice squad offer
Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad. “I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,” Reid said in a phone interview on Tuesday. He said he was told Washington wants to give Curl a shot at starting. “I'm just not in a place to play on the practice squad right now,” Reid said, adding that he texted Rivera to let him know his decision.
The Latest: NFL's Washington team not yet allowing fans
___Toledo’s men’s basketball team has halted all activities after six players tested positive this week, the school said Wednesday. The moves don’t necessarily mean those players have tested positive; they could have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The LPGA also says a child care provider tested positive at the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee. ___Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the Champions League match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. ___UEFA says Bayern Munich will be able to play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League despite a positive coronavirus test for forward Serge Gnabry.
The Latest: UMass-Marshall football game set for Nov. 7
22 Marshall has scheduled a Nov. 7 home football game against Massachusetts, athletic director Mike Hamrick said Monday. ___The Carolina Panthers have closed their facility for the next two days after receiving an “unconfirmed” positive coronavirus test Monday. ___Toledo basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school’s athletic department said Monday. Kowalczyk tested positive on Sunday and will self-isolate for 10 days, he said in a statement. Four players and three staff tested positive last week, and Wasps hasn't trained since last Wednesday for its first appearance in the final since 2017.
Panthers place lineman Larsen on reserve/COVID-19 list
The Carolina Panthers have placed guard/center Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 list, five days after he played against the Atlanta Falcons. Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after Carolina defeated Atlanta 23-16. Larsen did not start for the Panthers in that game, but did see action as a reserve. The Panthers still practiced on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Bears. Seats for the Seahawks game will be available to those with season tickets based on order of account seniority.
The Carolina Panthers will use a $125,000 virus-killing robot in their stadium as fans return with Covid-19 restrictions
The Carolina Panthers will use robotic technology to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the club prepares to allow fans back in its home stadium. The team announced it's using a germ-killing robot made by San Antonio-based company Xenex. The Panthers will allow a limited number of spectators for the first time this season after North Carolina Gov. According to Xenex, the robot can kill the virus that causes Covid-19 in minutes using "pulsed xenon, a noble gas, to create Full Spectrum, high-intensity UV light that quickly destroys infectious germs." "The robots' broad-range spectrum of UV light wavelengths penetrate the cell walls of pathogens and destroys their molecular structure.cnbc.com
Panthers owner David Tepper thinks the NFL could play games this year with 'some fans' in stadiums
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper told CNBC on Wednesday that he believes the NFL could play games this season with "some fans" in attendance. Tepper said he feels that if people are comfortable flying on an airplane right now, it would be "practical" to devise a plan for some fans to attend NFL games in the fall. "You won't be having full stadiums, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fans in the stadium either," he said. The NFL released its 2020 regular-season schedule last week, the latest indication the league that intends to play football this fall. MLB owners recently approved a plan to play a modified season in which games would begin in early July without fans.cnbc.com
MLS enters final talks to award Charlotte its 30th franchise; stadium issues remain
"We've got great confidence that it'll be a great city," Garber said. Tepper's group, which includes Panthers team president Tom Glick, did not receive the final approval they need to ensure "MLS-ready" improvements to the stadium, Garber said. MLS doesn't expect to draw as many fans consistently to the stadium and doesn't want extra seats showing during broadcasts. Though the MLS approved final negotiations with Tepper's group, Garber said the league would keep an open dialogue with Las Vegas and Phoenix officials, who were also in the running to receive a franchise. Garber said the goal is to "finalize something by the end of the year," with Tepper's group, but cautioned it could be delayed well into 2020.cnbc.com
Panthers owner David Tepper willing to pay up to bring the MLS to Charlotte, report says
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 01: Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper looks on before their game against the Washington Redskins at Bank of America Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolina Panthers owner and hedge-fund manager David Tepper is pushing for a Major League Soccer expansion team in Charlotte and is prepared to pay up to seal the deal, according to a report from Charlotte Business Journal. CBJ reported that the MLS could make a decision on the league's next expansion team by the end of 2019. Charlotte already has quite the roster of professional sports teams, making it an attractive choice for an MLS expansion club. Sacramento became the most recent city awarded an MLS expansion club in October.cnbc.com
Cam Newton vs. Charlie Rose: Who wore it best?
After Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose wore similar versions of Versace pants, CBS Sports reporter John Schriffen asked football legends at the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday to identify who wore them best.cbsnews.com
What to watch for in Broncos-Panthers matchup at Super Bowl 50
The matchup for Super Bowl 50 sets the stage for an epic contest between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Manning of the Denver Broncos is now the oldest quarterback to take a team to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, this will be the first Super Bowl for Newton of the Carolina Panthers. “The NFL Today” host James Brown joins “CBS This Morning” from Denver to preview the upcoming Super Bowl.cbsnews.com
NFL security questioned after protesters rappel inside Carolina Panthers stadium
An incident during Monday night's NFL game in Charlotte, North Carolina, where protesters rappelled down from the upper deck, is prompting the league to look at new security measures, reports Omar Villafranca.cbsnews.com
Facing growing controversy, Carolina Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy
Facing growing controversy, Carolina Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy There’s more fallout over the NFL’s handling of domestic violence cases. Just before game time on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers said they were deactivating defensive end Greg Hardy, who is appealing a July domestic violence conviction. Vladimir Duthiers reports.cbsnews.com