Here is the latest South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held out of practice due to soreness in his ribs. However, coach Ron Rivera still thinks Newton will start the season opener Sunday at Tampa Bay. Rivera had expected Newton to practice, but the fourth-year QB was still sore from practice Monday and working out on the side with the trainers Tuesday.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said freshman receiver Kyrin Preister has been dismissed from the team for a poor attitude. Swinney said Wednesday that Priester had no respect for authority and that he was a good individual who had lost his way, which is why he’s no longer on the team.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Comcast Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement with NASCAR to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of the second-tier series. The series will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2024.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Defenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference aren’t waiting for passing situations to bring on another defensive back. Instead, they’re starting with the nickel package. It’s an effort to cover more ground and avoid mismatches against offenses that keep flooding the field with receivers and attacking from sideline to sideline without substituting.