Cam Newton Named NFL MVP....Quarterback Cam Newton has been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.

BOONE, N.C. — Just 50 days after capping a historic 2015 campaign with a 31-29 victory over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Appalachian State University football officially begins preparations for 2016 on Sunday when it opens its spring practice season.

Patton Nails Down No. 4 Seed....BOONE - The Patton High boy's basketball team took the suspense out of any race for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament by knocking off Watauga 87-84 at Lentz-Eggers Gym Friday night.

BURNSVILLE, NC - The Avery High boy's basketball team won their 39th straight game in the Western Highlands 1A-2A Conference Friday night by knocking off Mountain Heritage 63-49 Friday night.

♦ North Carolina (19-3, 8-1 ACC) will try to bounce back from its first loss in six weeks when it visits Notre Dame (15-7, 6-4) on Saturday night.