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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Carolinas sports news from The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton was limited to mostly light throwing during practice as the Panthers continue preparations for their game Sunday against the Saints. Newton is expected to start. Panthers coach Ron Rivera called Newton's limited practice schedule during the week the "new normal" until the quarterback completely recovers from offseason rotator cuff surgery.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It's time to find out if Carolina's No. 1-ranked defense is for real. It had dominating performances against sub-par offenses in San Francisco and Buffalo. But middle linebacker Luke Kuechly knows the Panthers' defense will be put to the test Sunday when they host Drew Brees and the Saints' No. 3-ranked offense.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Freshman backup quarterback Chauncey Caldwell threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards to help North Carolina Central beat South Carolina State 33-28 Thursday night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams. NCCU, the defending MEAC champions, won its 16th consecutive conference game.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson has lost its kicker for the season after he was injured on the last play of practice. Coach Dabo Swinney said a defensive lineman rolled into Greg Huegel's leg Wednesday after he kicked during a two-minute drill. Swinney says the junior walked off the field, but tests Thursday showed he tore his ACL.

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