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Penske dumps A.J. Allmendinger after drug test

August 1, 2012

A.J. Allmendinger's failed drug test has cost him his job at Penske Racing.

Team owner Roger Penske released Allmendinger on Wednesday, three weeks after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine.

Team officials said they were disappointed with the test results that left them with no choice.

'Dads shortstop Sardinas adapting to culture, injuries

July 31, 2012

Growing up in Upata, Bolivar, Venezuela, Luis Sardinas grew up with the love of baseball.

Now, the 19-year-old shortstop for the Hickory Crawdads is pursuing the "American dream," as well as the dream to play in the major leagues one day.

Otah fails Jets physical, goes back to Panthers

July 31, 2012

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Jeff Otah is heading back to the Carolina Panthers.

The veteran offensive tackle failed his physical again with the Jets on Tuesday, meaning New York's trade with Carolina was rescinded. Otah was acquired by the Jets last Monday, but failed his first physical and was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list. He had seven days — until Tuesday — to pass it.

Former 'Dad Villanueva traded in Dempster deal

July 31, 2012

Former Hickory Crawdads third baseman Christian Villanueva has been traded to the Chicago Cubs as part of a deal that sends big league pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers.

Villanueva, a 21-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico native, played in 126 games last year for Hickory, batting .278 with 130 hits, 30 doubles, three triples and 17 home runs.

Hornets end 7-year skid versus Iredell, win 6-0

July 30, 2012

In seven years of playing against the Iredell Warriors, the Catawba County Hornets didn't have much luck.

That fortune all changed this past Saturday night.

Complete look at 2012 Prep Football schedules

July 30, 2012

Below is a complete look at all of the prep football schedules of each of the seven Catawba County high schools this fall.

Be sure to follow the Observer News Enterprise daily leading up to opening day of prep football season on Aug. 17 and also pick up a copy of the O-N-E Prep Football Preview on Aug. 16!

Bandys
Aug. 17 at St. Stephens
Aug. 24 at Fred T. Foard

Panthers DE/OLB Tucker leaves camp, is released

July 30, 2012

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says defensive end/linebacker Jyles Tucker has left training camp and the team has terminated his contract.

Hurney wouldn't rule out bringing Tucker back at some point.

Former first rounder Zach Cone getting stronger

July 28, 2012

Coming out of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., Hickory Crawdads center fielder Zach Cone was bred into a baseball dynasty.

Cone, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound center fielder played at the same school that current and former major leaguers Jeff Francoeur (Kansas City), Jeff Keppinger (Tampa Bay) and Clint Sammons (Atlanta Braves) attended.

Ex-Indians RB Jon Sweet transfers to Bunker Hill

July 28, 2012

An already loaded backfield for Bunker Hill High School's football team gets an added bonus this fall.

St. Stephens running back Jon Sweet, who rushed for 1,454 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for the Indians, has transferred and will play for the Bears this fall.

Sweet joins senior Justin Lynch at Bunker Hill. Lynch rushed for over 1,000 yards for the second-straight season in 2011.

Bobcats schedule heavy with early home games

July 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats will open the 2012-13 campaign with eight of their first 12 games at home, including the season opener Nov. 2 against the Indiana Pacers.

The Bobcats, coming off the worst season in NBA history, will make two national television appearances on NBA TV and play 18 weekend home dates. The 82-game schedule is split evenly between home and road dates.

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