AP-NC–North Carolina Sports Digest, NC


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FBN–STEELERS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final preseason game for both teams. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, AP photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

AIR FORCE PILOTS-STADIUM FLYOVER PROBE

ATLANTA — Four Georgia-based pilots are restricted from flight duties after their attack jets swooped low over a football stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Carolina Panthers practiced, U.S. Air Force officials said. Four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs flew at low altitude over Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Monday, and the pilots will be on restricted duty pending results of an inquiry into the incident, officials at Moody Air Force Base in south Georgia said. By Jeff Martin and Steve Reed. SENT: 380 words.

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FBC–T25-APPALACHIAN STATE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 9 Tennessee carries its highest ranking since October 2006 into its season opener against Appalachian State, which is coming off an 11-2 campaign. By Sports Writer Steve Megargee. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

FBC–WILLIAM & MARY-NC STATE

RALEIGH — North Carolina State begins its fourth season under Dave Doeren by hosting William & Mary of the Championship Subdivision on Thursday night. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

FBC–TULANE-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest begins Dave Clawson’s third season when the Demon Deacons play host to a Tulane team in new coach Willie Fritz’s debut. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP photos from 7 p.m. start.

FBC–T25-CHARLOTTE-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 19 Louisville opens the season at home as a 40-point favorite over Charlotte, which is facing its first ranked opponent. By Sports Writer Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, AP photos. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

FBC–T25-NORTH CAROLINA-TRUBISKY

CHAPEL HILL — Mitch Trubisky has spent the past two seasons being groomed to become North Carolina’s starting quarterback. He’ll take the field finally as the starter Saturday when the No. 22 Tar Heels face No. 18 Georgia in Atlanta. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 575 words, AP photos by 3 p.m.

FBC–T25-GEORGIA QUARTERBACK

UNDATED — Greyson Lambert is still Georgia’s starting quarterback. At least for the season opener. By Sports Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, AP Photo NY162.

FBC–ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED — Three SEC-ACC matchups and Pittsburgh RB James Conner’s emotional return headline opening weekend around the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina faces Georgia, Florida State takes on Mississippi and Clemson visits Auburn in three games that could go a long way toward shaping the ACC’s season. SENT: 400 words, AP file photos.

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