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International soccer fans will fill Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium Sunday as England's Liverpool faces off against Germany's Borussia Dortmund.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup, which comes to Charlotte for the third time in four years. 

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments are in Charlotte this week. Tournament week brings a variety of unofficial parties and other events in and around uptown, including the Charlotte Convention Center.

Carolina Energy players and dance team members joined coach Ervin Bryson (right) at a press conference Thursday at the Charlotte Chamber.
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Charlotte now has another professional football team -  but it's unlike anything you'd see in the NFL.  The Carolina Energy will begin play next month indoors, in the newly formed American Arena League.

U.S. Olympic Committee

Cue the music. It's time for the games.

Though the opening ceremony is still a day away, the first rounds of the 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And a small contingent of North Carolinians will be there competing for team USA.

BMX World Championships Held In Rock Hill

Jul 28, 2017
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Roughly 3,700 BMX racers from 48 countries have been in Rock Hill this week. They’ve been competing in the Union Cyclist International BMX World Championships. Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun says he expects the event to generate $12 to 13 million for the city.

“These are the largest world championships that they’ve ever had and the stands have been just jammed every single day,” he said.

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Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Monday took a step back from their January vote in favor of funding a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his decision to retire at the season's end, with team owner Rick Hendrick.
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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he'll retire when the season ends this November. The sport's most popular driver says a concussion that sidelined him for the second half of last season gave him a new perspective. 

There are two bids for a Major League Soccer team from North Carolina. Charlotte's has received a lot of attention. But there's also a bid up the highway in Raleigh. And there are significant differences, beginning with competing social media hash tags: #MLS4CLT and #919toMLS

County Leaders Pushing To Land MLS Team

Jan 20, 2017
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Mecklenburg County leaders are promoting a plan to help Charlotte land a Major League Soccer team. It would involve essentially reconstructing American Legion Memorial Stadium near uptown, and it would cost the city and county about $44 million each.

Updated 4:42 p.m.
The nation's top women's professional soccer team is moving to North Carolina. Under a deal announced Monday, the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League will become the North Carolina Courage. The team will play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary when the season begins in April.

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