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Panthers Fire Frank Reich In His First Season With Team Off To NFL-Worst 1-10 Record

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Carolina Panthers sacked their coach on Monday after an NFL-worst 1-10 start in his first year in charge. After only 11 games, Carolina’s Frank Reich era is finished.

The Carolina Panthers sacked their coach on Monday after an NFL-worst 1-10 start in his first year in charge.

Panthers owner David Tepper made the announcement hours after numerous news sources reported that he used profanity as he exited the locker room following Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Tepper recruited Reich to improve one of the league’s worst offenses in recent seasons and develop Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick he acquired this offseason for four draft picks and top wideout D.J. Moore in the hopes of winning multiple Super Bowls.

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Instead, the Panthers will have a franchise-record sixth consecutive losing season.

Since Tepper purchased the Panthers from Jerry Richardson in 2018 for $2.275 billion, they have gone 30-63 and have never made the playoffs.

Chris Tabor, special teams coordinator, will serve as temporary head coach. The team’s offensive coordinator, Thomas Brown, will take over as play caller, with senior assistant Jim Caldwell serving as his special adviser.

According to someone familiar with the issue, Tabor’s first step as interim coach was to fire quarterbacks coach Josh McCown and running backs coach Duce Staley. The individual spoke anonymously to The Associated Press on Monday because the changes had not been announced.

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Reich handpicked McCown and Staley to be his assistants.

When Tepper hires his next head coach after the season, he will be the sixth full-time or temporary head coach in his tenure.

Tepper is slated to speak to reporters at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday. Monday, the Panthers canceled all media access.

Reich is the second head coach fired in the NFL this season, following Josh McDaniels of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Reich was sacked earlier in his career than any other head coach since Pete McCulley led San Francisco to a 1-8 record in 1978. He is the fifth NFL head coach dismissed during or after a single season in the last six years, joining Nathaniel Hackett (Denver, 2022), Urban Meyer (Jacksonville, 2021), Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland, 2019), and Steve Wilks (Arizona, 2018).

Reich did not immediately return phone calls or text messages seeking comment.

As a team owner, Tepper has demonstrated a need for more patience. Reich is the Panthers’ third head coach to be sacked this season by Tepper.

He also owns the Major League Soccer team in Charlotte, and in the organization’s first two years, he sacked two coaches.

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Panthers Fire Frank Reich In His First Season With Team Off To NFL-Worst 1-10 Record

In the NFL, Tepper hired Ron Rivera as his head coach in 2018 but sacked him during the season less than two years later. Perry Fewell ended the season before Tepper hired Matt Rhule, a former Baylor coach, to a seven-year, $63 million contract. However, Rhule only lasted 2 1/2 seasons until Tepper fired him and replaced him on an interim basis with Wilks, the Panthers’ defensive coordinator.

Tepper then hired Reich, who helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl as offensive coordinator before becoming head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who dismissed him last season. Wilks is now San Francisco’s defensive coordinator.

Carolina is still near the bottom in practically every offensive category. The Panthers are 30th in total offense and 30th in passing yards per game, and they have scored at most 15 points since the bye week.

Reich agreed to terms with the Panthers on a four-year deal that runs through the 2026 season. Tepper will owe an estimated $9 million every season for the following three seasons.

Reich has prior experience guiding successful NFL offenses, but that did not translate to the Panthers.

Young has been sacked 40 times this season, and the Panthers’ offensive line has given up 43 total sacks in 11 games, ranking fourth in the NFL. Young has been under intense scrutiny throughout the season, making it tough to assess his progress as a quarterback.

However, the former Alabama product has struggled as a quarterback, ranking at the bottom of the league in most statistical categories. He has yet to throw for 250 yards in a game and has eight interceptions to nine touchdown passes.

Because of their record, the Panthers may receive the No. 1 choice in next year’s draft, but that pick would instantly go to the Chicago Bears due to the Young trade.

SOURCE – (AP)

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England Stumbles Against Denmark in Euro 2024 Group Stage

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(CTN News) – England squandered the opportunity to go to the Euro 2024 knockout stages as Group C winners, only managing a draw against Denmark in Frankfurt.

Gareth Southgate’s team would have headed Group C with a win following the earlier draw between Slovenia and Serbia, but they were eventually happy for a point despite a disorganised, shambolic display.

Harry Kane scored in his fourth major event in a row to give England an 18th-minute lead, but as has been the case under manager Southgate, this signalled England’s retreat into their shell, allowing Danish dominance.

Denmark earned an equalizer when Morten Hjulmand scored from 25 yards out after 34 minutes.

Phil Foden hit the post after the break, and while England remains at the top of their group, they must make significant improvements against Slovenia.

As a test for future Euro 2024 winners, this was a terrible failure.

Manager Southgate, who is not known for making hurried or foolish changes, made four substitutes with more than 20 minutes remaining, putting England’s terrible performance into context.

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England fans inside Frankfurt Arena also expressed their displeasure, with three bursts of loud jeering before the final whistle and a nasty send-off at the end.

It has been a long time since England appeared as disorganised as they did here, particularly in midfield, when they were outpassed for lengthy stretches by Denmark, with veteran Christian Eriksen pulling the strings.

Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s core combination appeared uncomfortable and out of sync. This, probably, will be the final time it is utilized.

Jude Bellingham, England’s great talisman and match-winner versus Serbia, could not save them this time, as he too appeared tired and unable to exert any effect as they labored hard.

England’s players were frequently spotted grumbling about the condition of the playing field, which did tear up early on, but there can be no cheap excuses when they perform as poorly as this.

Once again, a goal depressed rather than energized England, leaving them overwhelmed and prone to far too many errors all over the pitch.

The old, irritating habit of retreating after making progress returned. Serbia were not good enough to take advantage in England’s first game but Denmark were not passing up the invitation.

It was surprising to see Kane replaced after 69 minutes as England sought a winner, especially as Foden, who was also changed, had been the most dangerous player on Southgate’s team.

The extent of Southgate’s rearrangement summarised England’s attempts. They are still competing in Euro 2024, but even the most hopeful fan inside the Frankfurt Arena would admit this was far from the standard required to make a significant impression in Germany.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

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Coral Springs, Florida – Charlie Woods, Tiger Woods’ 15-year-old son, earned his first USGA championship Wednesday by posting the highest score among qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills next month.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

Charlie Woods recovered from a bogey-double bogey start at Eagle Trace Golf Club to finish with a 1-under 71 and win the medalist spot from his qualifier, one of four players to accomplish so.

“I didn’t play well on the first two holes, but I improved significantly in the last 16. I simply reminded myself not to make any more bogeys or doubles, and I took advantage of some good birdie opportunities when they arose,” Woods said.

Tiger Woods was 14 when he qualified for his first U.S. Junior and advanced to the semifinals. Woods won his first U.S. Junior Amateur at Bay Hill a year later, finishing in 19 holes. Woods is the only player to have won the United States Junior Championship three times in a row.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

Players must be under 19 by the end of the championship.

The U.S. Junior Amateur takes place from July 22 to 28 at Oakland Hills in Detroit’s suburbs. Woods will be one of 264 players competing in 36 holes of stroke play on the North and South courses at Oakland Hills to determine which 64 will advance to match play.

Tiger Woods has won nine USGA championships, including three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs, three straight U.S. Amateurs, and three U.S. Open crowns.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

“The USGA means a lot to me,” Charlie Woods explained. “I want to win USGA championships and hopefully one day the U.S. Open.”

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

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SUNRISE, Florida – Matthew Tkachuk ran off at full speed from around center ice, chasing a puck over his head and was headed straight for an empty net.

He dived. He stretched out his stick. He swatted and barely knocked the puck away, keeping the Florida Panthers’ chances of forcing extra alive. The problem was that the next player to get to the puck was Connor McDavid, who scored to seal the game.

This was how the Panthers’ Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final played out. Even when they did well, it needed to be better. Another lengthy travel to Alberta awaits, and this title series is quickly looking very tight.

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

The Panthers allowed two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal, fell behind 3-0 before rallying, and lost 5-3 to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of the championship series on Tuesday night. It was Florida’s second consecutive loss in a Cup game, following an 8-1 defeat in Edmonton the previous weekend.

Game 6 takes place on Friday night.

“I am not pumping tyres. I’m not stroking backs. “I don’t think we need that at all,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice stated. “Everybody probably feels the same way I do right now. I’m not feeling down. Neither is the hockey squad. They’re not feeling down. “A little grumpy.”

A lot cranky.

“We’re going to turn the page,” said forward Evan Rodrigues. “We’re going to learn from this one.”

Florida’s Rodrigues and Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, while the Panthers’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 19 shots for Florida, extending the franchise’s 30-year wait for its first Stanley Cup triumph by at least three days.

“We get another shot at it on Friday,” Tkachuk explained.

McDavid scored two goals and two assists in the Stanley Cup Final, becoming the first player in NHL history to have back-to-back four-point games, while Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard scored three assists. Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, and Corey Perry scored for the Oilers, while Stuart Skinner stopped 29 shots.

McDavid stated that it was a total team effort. It was, but it was also another heroic effort from McDavid, the game’s top player who is breaking new ground in the series.

McDavid has 42 points in the playoffs, which is the fourth-highest total in NHL history. The only guys ahead of him are the ones everyone expects: Wayne Gretzky scored 47 points in 1985, Mario Lemieux had 44 in 1991, and Gretzky had 43 in 1988.

McDavid will have at least one — and ideally two — games to add to his total. If there is a Game 7, it will take place in Sunrise on Monday night.

“Anytime you’re in the same realm as those two, it’s always a good thing,” McDavid stated.

It was the first time in Panthers history that they played a home game with the opportunity to win the Cup. Another sellout crowd arrived, with some buying more than $1,000 each for tickets on the secondary market – boosting Florida’s total attendance for the season beyond 1 million for the first time.

They arrived to view the trophy.

The Oilers wouldn’t let that happen. When it was finished, Tkachuk was asked if the Panthers felt any pressure.

“No. No. “No,” Tkachuk replied. “This isn’t an elimination game for us. We’re heading up there with a 3-2 series lead; we just need to take care of business like we did in Game 3.”

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

Edmonton entered the night having scored 10 of the series’ last 11 goals, including a 2-0 third period in Game 3 and an 8-1 rout in Game 4.

And the Oilers continued where they left off, with an amazing masterclass in special-teams play.

Game 5 began in the same way as Game 4, with Edmonton scoring on a shorthanded opportunity. Brown assisted on Saturday night, but he scored unassisted in this one, and the Oilers were on their way. Florida committed a penalty (interference by Niko Mikkola) as time expired in the first, which proved costly.

With two seconds left in the second period’s first power play, Hyman made it 2-0, and McDavid extended Edmonton’s advantage to 3-0 three minutes later from an extremely difficult angle.

For over two decades, the three-goal lead has proved unassailable in the Stanley Cup Final; no team has fallen after leading by three in a title-series game since Edmonton defeated Carolina in 2006. Since then, every squad has gone 39-0 in similar contests.

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

Make it 40–0. But the Panthers made things interesting.

By the end of the second period, it was 4-2, with Tkachuk and Rodrigues sandwiching goals around Perry’s first playoff goal, which was set up by a great feed from McDavid. Ekman-Larsson scored early in the third period, but the equalizer never arrived.

“Never want to put yourself behind the 8-ball,” Rodrigues remarked. “We need to win one game.” Simple as that. Go up there and win one game. That is our mindset. That is exactly what we are going to do.

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