Report: Sale of Panthers to David Tepper getting closer

The sale of the Panthers could be nearing a close, and the most likely buyer remains the guy with the most money who is already in the club.

South Carolina financier Ben Navarro was recently reported as trying to lure Peyton Manning into his group, and is reported to have made the highest bid, in the $2.5 billion range. But there are questions in the league about his liquidity and his financing.

La Canfora also mentioned one potential clause in the sale which would require Tepper to pay an amount ($200 million to $300 million was posited) if he moved the team within a certain time frame. That would allow the league to offer an inflated number for the final sale price, which will come in handy at a time when many around the league think other teams are coming up for sale in the next few years.

It dropped, video review confirmed that Middleton got the shot off in time and Game 1 was headed to overtime.

Previously the first athlete to play in both the Under Armour All-America football and baseball national high school all-star games, Murray has seen his pro baseball stock soar this spring. Showcasing unforeseen power, Murray is second on the Sooners in home runs and stolen bases. Murray came into the weekend batting .355 in Big 12 play with a sparkling on-base percentage of .488.

Yet with his mind inevitably looking ahead to the spring game, Murray went 0-for-5 in a 7-6 loss to Texas on Friday night. Then, worn out from the spring game, Murray went 0-for-5 once more in Saturday’s 5-3 defeat.

“He might have been a little bit tired,” said Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson, who a couple of weeks ago told Murray to go rest in the clubhouse after the Sooners had jumped to a big middle-inning lead; an inning later, Johnson found Murray out cold in a recliner, the effects of a football practice from earlier in the day. “But he’s a competitive kid. That’s what you like about him.”

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