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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Two-time defending champ Albany no longer the hunted — now it's the hunters

The Albany Panthers worked hard the last three years to become the elite franchise every team is trying to catch, and now that they’re finally on top, they have no plans to relinquish their crown any time soon. (ADDS: notebook items on veteran players returning, new players joining; and Panthers' tough road schedule)

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Panthers tickets on sale as season opener nears

The Albany Panthers open the season Saturday in Louisiana and then return to the Civic Center March 16 for their home opener against rival Columbus, which is the first of six home games for the Panthers this season.

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Panthers name 35 to training camp roster

The Albany Panthers have less than three weeks to trim their roster down to 27, and the QB position brings some of the toughest competition.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #10: Albany Panthers repeat as arena league champs

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the first of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition. Look for No. 9 in Monday’s edition of The Herald.

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Former Westover star, Panthers leading WR Savage un-retires, will play again in 2013

Former Westover and Oklahoma star WR Antwone Savage, who led the Albany Panthers to their second straight league title this past season, tells The Herald on Monday he will not retire as originally planned and will instead return for one more run in 2013.

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Panthers announce key players coming back, new roster signings

The Albany Panthers announce a series of signings on Tuesday, including QB Cecil Lester, DB Damian Daniels and DB Demetrie McCray.

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Panthers to hold tryout in Macon

The Albany Panthers will hold an open tryout Nov. 10 in Macon.

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Panthers release 2013 schedule; PIFL adds two new teams

The defending PIFL champion Albany Panthers announce their 2013 schedule Thursday, as well as reveal that two new teams have been added to the league.

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It's official: Panthers, Davis agree to new contract

Panthers owner Rod Chappell told The Herald after the recent PIFL title game that head coach Lucious Davis would be back for another season, despite a report contrary to that fact --- and Wednesday it became official.

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Albany’s champions

Panthers coach Lucious Davis and his players have a parade to celebrate their PIFL title and then talk about their wild, up-and-down season. (ADDS: Video of parade)

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Panthers to celebrate second straight title with parade

The Albany Panthers won the PIFL title Saturday against the Richmond Raiders and will celebrate with a downtown parade today.

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Back-To-Back!!!

For the second year in a row, the Albany Panthers arena football team ends the season as champions after downing the Richmond Raiders, 60-56, on Saturday night in front of 6,194 fans at the Albany Civic Center.

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Before we go ...

Several of the Panthers’ best players are talking about hanging it up, but before they retire they want to win one more championship.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Davis says he has 'no idea' whether Kennedy or Lester will start at QB in title game

Darnell Kennedy led Albany in a rout of Columbus last week in the semis, but Cecil Lester, who is almost 100 percent after his knee injury, is 10-0 as the starter making the call as to who starts in Saturday’s title game a tough one. (ADDS: items on Panthers firing back at Lions coach for calling Albany "classless"; Raiders' short week before championship game).

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Curtain call

Westover grad and beloved Panthers receiver Antwone Savage is retiring after Saturday’s PIFL title game against Richmond, and he wants to leave his hometown with one more lasting memory — a PIFL championship.

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