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PANTHERS-STEWART

Jonathan Stewart ready to become Carolina’s primary back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jonathan Stewart will enter the season as the Panthers’ undisputed featured running back for the first time in eight years.

And he’s anxious to make the most of the opportunity.

When Carolina released its all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams in March in a salary cap move, it paved the way for Stewart to step in and become the team’s No. 1 back. The 28-year-old Stewart is expected to get more carries, though he says it won’t change his approach.

Stewart downplayed the move, saying he’s always prepared as though he’s going to start.

He says, “So in all reality, nothing is really different going into the season.”

Stewart has played 90 career games, but has started only 28. He has one 1,000-yard season, that coming in 2009.

NC STATE-DORN

C-USA freshman of year Dorn chooses to transfer to NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conference USA freshman of the year Torin Dorn is headed to North Carolina State.

Dorn spent last season at Charlotte and was the 49ers’ leading scorer, but decided to transfer after a coaching change. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dorn says he chose the Wolfpack because of a desire to stay in his home state and due to coach Mark Gottfried’s successful history with transfers.

Dorn, whose father played football at rival North Carolina and in the NFL, averaged 12 points last year. The 6-foot-5 native of Charlotte must sit out this season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Dorn says he also considered Miami before informing Wolfpack coaches of his decision Sunday.

DC UNITED-STADIUM

DC officials finalize deal for DC United stadium

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials say they’ve finalized a deal to build a soccer stadium for D.C. United.

Monday’s announcement follows a report last week in The Washington Post that the Major League Soccer franchise was looking at potential sites in northern Virginia.

The soccer-only stadium will be located on Buzzard Point in southwest Washington, a largely neglected industrial site that’s about a mile away from Nationals Park. District leaders had already approved spending $140 million to acquire the land for the site and handing out another $40 million in tax breaks. The team will spend $150 million to build the stadium itself.

Mayor Muriel Bowser says the finalized stadium deal includes “better financial protections” for District residents.

D.C. United currently plays in aging RFK Stadium.

TEXANS-REDSKINS PRACTICES

Texans and Redskins to hold joint practices

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins will hold joint practices in Richmond from Aug. 6-8.

It will be the first time the teams have worked together during training camp. Houston worked last preseason with the Atlanta Falcons.

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones called the dual workouts “a clear benefit of our state-of-the-art training facility. Welcoming the Houston Texans to Richmond, Virginia for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins is thrilling.”

The teams do not meet in the regular season.

PHILLIES-REDS

Reds finally get to Hamels, beat Phillies 6-4 on De Jesus HR

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit the first homer of his big league career, the Cincinnati Reds finally beat Cole Hamels with the help of a couple of Phillies misplays that set up a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night.

De Jesus hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning off Hamels (5-5), who was unbeaten in 14 career starts against Cincinnati, including the playoffs.

Mike Leake (3-4) got his first win since May 6. He gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings, including three hits by Maikel Franco. Aroldis Chapman walked two and let in a run on a wild pitch while getting his 11th save in 12 chances.

Heading into the game, Hamels was 10-0 with 1.45 ERA against the Reds, including a shutout during the 2010 playoffs. The Phillies had won all 14 games.

BEARS-PORTER

Bears sign cornerback Tracy Porter to 1-year contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract Monday to bolster their secondary.

Heading into his eighth NFL season, Porter is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for New Orleans against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.

Porter played four seasons in New Orleans, then one season each in Denver, Oakland and Washington. He will be reunited with Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox. Pace was with the Saints when Porter played there, and Fox coached the Broncos in 2012.

The Bears also signed receiver Ify Umodu to a three-year contract and waived linebacker Jamil Merrell. Umodu was a tryout player at the team’s rookie mini-camp in May.