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DENVER — No Peyton Manning. No Josh Norman. The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers meet again Thursday night with a new cast of characters, including Broncos QB Trevor Siemian making his first NFL start and facing a pair of rookie cornerbacks in James Bradberry and Daryl Worley. But all eyes are still on Von Miller and Cam Newton. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, AP photos by 3 p.m. ET.
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CHARLOTTE — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis knows his window for winning a Super Bowl is closing fast. But the 33-year-old said he’s more concerned about winning a championship for the team’s owner Jerry Richardson and making good on a promise. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, AP photos by 6 p.m..
FBN–PANTHERS-BENJAMIN PLAYING TIME
CHARLOTTE — While Kelvin Benjamin is returning to the Carolina Panthers offense, he may not play as much as he did as a rookie. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday he wants to limit the 6-foot-5, 245-pound wide receiver’s snaps to 30-35 per game this season. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 450 words, AP Photos NY190, NY191.
UNDATED — The Panthers not only disappointed folks in the Carolinas with their Super Bowl performance in February, they also let down Pro Picks. With a chance for a winning record for the 2015 season, we went with Cam Newton and Co. over the Broncos. So we got run over by Von Miller, too. Now here we go again: Panthers vs. Broncos to open the 2016 schedule Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos, AP graphic by 6 p.m.
NASCAR-LEARNING TO CHASE
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Blake Koch changed goals in a hurry. The driver for a first-year Xfinity Series team knew coming into season that competing for a title sounded like a far-fetched notion. Then came the series’ first-ever Chase championship format. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos SCTR11, NY152, SCTR102, SCTR101.
RALEIGH — The Atlantic Coast Conference is showing a lot of new offensive looks. The changes start with the four teams that hired new coaching staffs. Next, Boston College, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh hired new offensive coordinators, while Louisville added a co-coordinator behind play-calling head coach Bobby Petrino. Finally, rivals Duke and North Carolina promoted coordinators to add their own touches to their same schemes from a year ago. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, AP Photos NY161, NY162, VAROA201, NY163.
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