Carolina Panthers’ Ryan Kalil to retire after 2018 season

Loyal Panthers center Ryan Kalil will make 2018 his last season in the NFL.

The center has spent his entire career with the Panthers and is a favorite among fans in Charlotte. Kalil will turn 33 in March.

This news comes just two weeks after Thomas Davis, a veteran linebacker, said this upcoming season would also be his last.

Kalil plans to return after a neck injury kept him sidelined for most of the 2017 season, along with a shoulder injury he sustained before last season’s training camp.

“I just felt way behind and I didn’t feel as physically ready for the season as I would have liked to have been,” Kalil said.

2018 will be his 12th season, and it will give him the chance to play with his brother, Matt Kalil.

Ryan Kalil said he doesn’t want there to be much fanfare around his departure and that he won’t have a farewell tour.

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Late comeback sputters as Panthers fall to Saints 31-26

The Panthers season ended with a bang — or rather, a sack — on Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-26 in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card playoff game.

The Panthers trailed the whole game, struggling to keep up with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. The Panthers assembled a fourth-quarter comeback that put them within a touchdown of advancing to the next round but fell short in the last seconds.

Carolina made it to the red zone in the final minute but was pushed back by an intentional grounding call on quarterback Cam Newton. A fourth down and 23 left Newton sacked and the Saints heading to the next round of the playoffs.

The Panthers offense struggled in the red zone during the first half. Kicker Graham Gano was the only player to put points on the board, leaving the team trailing 21-9 at halftime.

Although Newton didn’t finish a drive with a touchdown until the second half, he still completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards.

Brees didn’t stray from his regular season average, hitting his target 69 percent of the time for 376 yards. Brees threw fewer passes than Newton (33) while seeking his targets farther down the field for crucial touchdown plays.

The Saints will take on the Minnesota Vikings at 4:40 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis. You can watch the game on FOX.

Weekend Roundup: Bruno Mars coming to Charlotte, Panthers topple Rams and early election results

Local News

Panthers strike early, hold off Rams for win in L.A.

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-10 after scoring early and relying on their defense to save the game.

Cam Newton threw 62 percent (20/32) for 225 yards and no interceptions, above his last three yearly passing percentages and down for yards per game. Panthers are now 3-5, tying them for third in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Watch the early touchdown here, along with other pass highlights.

Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic Tour” is coming to Charlotte, Raleigh

Bruno Mars is on the verge of dropping his album after releasing two songs: “24K Magic” and, most recently, “Versace on the Floor.”

You can read all about Mars’ tour — which is making stops in Charlotte and Raleigh —  here.

Regional News

Pipeline that exploded in Alabama to resume operations; no sign of gas shortage in North Carolina

The pipeline that burst into flames on Oct. 31 is set to resume operations, Colonial Pipeline announced Saturday. The pipeline left one dead and seven injured after it exploded. This was the same pipeline that started a fuel shortage in Charlotte in September.

Learn why North Carolina wasn’t affected by the disruption this time by clicking here.

Potentially the largest sporting event in North Carolina history is coming – The 2018 World Equestrian Games

You may have seen an equestrian event during the Summer Olympics with horses and their riders showcasing their disciplines. The World Equestrian Games are a major event for these riders, and the games are held every four years, between the Summer Olympics.

Learn how many hundreds of millions of dollars North Carolina could make by clicking on the full article here.

Election 2016

Early voting results are in, and there is no clear winner

Over 42 million Americans exercised their rights and voted early. In comparison to the last general election, that counts for a third of the votes.

TargetSmart, a website the organizes voter data, found women are outpacing men in voting 56 percent to 44 percent.

Seventy-nine percent of early voters were Caucasian.

Find out what this means for Trump and Clinton by reading the full article here.

In Real Clear Politics poll average, Trump is ahead, but barely; national polls in favor of Clinton — also barely

In the past three days, Trump has barely gained the lead in North Carolina, according to Real Clear Politics. Trump’s 1.5 percent lead shows that our state is still a draw. North Carolina being a crucial swing state mirrors the 13 other states that do not indicate which candidate they lean toward.

Weekend roundup: Trump, Clinton face off in second Presidential debate, Hurricane Matthew

The second presidential debate started off at full speed after Donald Trump was asked about the leaked video of him making lewd remarks about what he would do to a woman. Cooper asked this after the first question, made by one of the audience members, who asked the candidates how they are an example to the younger generations. The topic of that tape is the #1 most talked about on Facebook for this election. As the debate moved forward Clinton’s emails, foreign policy and  the economy were main topics. You can read a full recap of the debate here.

Source: National Weather Service
Source: National Weather Service

Hurricane Matthew left a devastating through Haiti leaving over 500 dead and tens of thousands displaced, according to the Associated Press. Matthew made its way up the coast and into the Carolinas with torrential rainfall. As of noon Monday 22 people have been reported dead after major flooding occurred along the plains of North Carolina. You can read the full story here.

 

 

Photo by Keith Allison
Photo by Keith Allison

Monday night the Panthers will face off against the Buccaneers at home but will be missing one key player. The NFL reported that Cam Newton was officially ruled out of playing the game as he continues to go through concussion protocol. Derek Anderson, the backup QB for the past five years and has a 2-0 record against the Buccaneers and will play in his place. You can read more about Cam here.

Panthers Fan Fest and more to do this weekend in Charlotte

  • Panthers are back in their stadium! Panthers Fan Fest is a great event to see the team while hanging out with other fans. Fans in attendance will receive a 2016 team roster photo card with a 2016 schedule as well as a gate giveaway. It is a free event, but you have to get a ticket beforehand to enter. Find out more info here.
  • Looking for something to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon? Head down the South End to enjoy August Front Porch Sunday where local vendors, food and entertainment will be there from 1 to 5 p.m. Nothing like a nice stroll in a different neighborhood. Find out more info here.
  • Join the Fillmore for a Pokewalk around Uptown Friday at 8PM. Starting off at Duckworth’s to grab drinks and then making their way to the panthers stadium in hopes of finding some big time Pokemon. Don’t miss out on this if you’ve been glued to your phone like I have! More info here.
  • Start the 2016 Summer Olympics right with a bar crawl! Including nearly 10 bars with no line and no cover with purchase of the event tickets at Rooftop 210. You get a shirt, too! More info here.
  • The Charlotte Mothers of Multiple Kids Consignment Sale is happening this Saturday at The Park Expo & Conference Center. Claimed to be the biggest in the region, all sorts of clothing and toys will be for sale. Two dollars to get in and four dollars to park, cash. Credit card can be used inside. Find out more here.