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CHARLOTTE — After three straight NFC South titles and a trip to the Super Bowl, interest in the Carolina Panthers reached an all-tiome high. The Panthers have already set a fan attendance record fro training camp (and it’s not even half over) and soldout their stadium for Friday night’s Fan Fest. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos by 9 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina opens preseason practice on Friday, aiming to keep the high-scoring offense that covered for a questionable defense during an 11-win season. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
— CHRISTIE-NBA ALL-STAR GAME, from TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the NBA’s decision to move its all-star game from Charlotte because of a law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people was “grandstanding.” SENT: 140 words.
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