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COLUMBIA Will Harris Jersey , S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators decided not to hold a key vote Tuesday on whether to give the Carolina Panthers tax breaks and incentives to move their practice fields out of North Carolina, as it became increasingly unclear if the bill could pass.The key component of the proposal would offer about $115 million in state income tax breaks to the NFL team that it would have to use to build a new headquarters and indoor practice facility in South Carolina.But Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian and a few other more conservative senators have continuously questioned whether Panthers billionaire owner David Tepper needs any public help.Harpootlian paid for his own economic analysis of the deal that found the benefit to the state could be around $1 billion — less than a third of the estimate provided by the state Commerce Department. That prompted more senators to question the deal.“We are supposed to protect the taxpayers from getting ripped off. We are the only people standing between them and this billionaire taking advantage of them,” the Democrat from Columbia said Tuesday.The Panthers currently practice and play in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, just inside the state line. South Carolina is trying to bring them about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south.Tepper bought the team last summer and a new indoor practice facility is a priority. Heavy rains late last season forced the Panthers to move practices to a hotel ballroom.Tepper and other Panthers officials have said nothing publicly about the South Carolina offer, even after a private meeting with Gov. Henry McMaster and legislative leaders.McMaster and the South Carolina House have pushed the bill hard, and the proposal passed the House 90-25 less than two weeks after it was announced.Senators who support the bill said South Carolina has given these incentives and more to other companies without opposition and people are only upset because the Carolina Panthers are a well-known, newsmaking NFL team.“What we are actually doing is fairly mundane,” said Republican Sen. Wes Climer http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-austin-bryant-jersey , whose district likely includes the South Carolina site.Harpootlian’s economic analysis also said the state’s estimates on how much money the Panthers’ move would bring in depended on every Panthers player and coach moving to South Carolina and spending their entire paychecks here.Supporters acknowledged that made no sense, but said they will still pay taxes here no matter where they live and those taxes will be substantial once the incentives end in 15 years.“Granted it is only 150 jobs, but the jobs pay a million dollars apiece,” said Republican Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster.Even if the bill passes the Senate on Wednesday, there could be another hurdle based on an unrelated, ongoing feud with the governor. Senators tacked an amendment to the Panthers proposal changing the way McMaster handles appointments that require their approval.The House has ignored the proposal about appointments so far this session, but will likely have to accept it to get the Panthers bill passed. If the bill gets to his desk, Gov. McMaster will face a similar dilemma deciding whether to sign it. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t looking to shut down his season because the New York Giants are eliminated from playoff contention.He doesn’t want to risk further injury to a quad that caused him to sit out the last two games Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , either.The NFL’s highest-paid receiver did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday, which seems to indicate he will not play Sunday when the Giants (5-9) face the Colts (8-6) in Indianapolis.The 26-year-old said his leg is feeling better and he believes his status is day to day. He added he did not think much of the injury after it happened on the final play against Philadelphia on Nov. 25, and it might have been a little more serious than he thought.Surprisingly, Beckham played the following week against the Bears and threw and caught a touchdown pass in the Giants’ 30-27 win in overtime.He missed games at Washington and at home against Tennessee the past two weeks.“I am just trying to find my way back,” said Beckham, who has 77 receptions for a team-high 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. “We only get 16 opportunities to play games, missing them is not fun. I feel like I missed enough games already, so I am just trying to get back as fast as possible.”Many observers feel the Giants should not risk further injury to their most explosive receiver with the playoffs out of reach for a second straight year. Beckham didn’t like that train of thought.“If I can play I am going to play http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ben-banogu-jersey ,” Beckham said. “That’s just the bottom line. You dreamed of being here. You dedicated and did everything to be here, so you do all this to play games. As much fun as the meetings are and all the other stuff, you do this to play games. If I can play, I am in there headfirst.”Beckham missed most of last season after breaking his left ankle in the fifth game. He worked extremely hard in the offseason and was ready for the start of 2018.If Beckham cannot play this weekend, his last opportunity would come in the regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys (8-6), who lead the NFC East but have yet to lock up a postseason berth.“That’s the goal. I want to be able to finish the season as much as possible,” Beckham said. “But you have to listen to your body, your body is going to tell you what you need to do. I feel like times in the past I have not listened to it and other things have happened. I’m trying to look at it a day at a time and not 10 days in advance.”Beckham refused to say whether he had more tests on his quad since last week.Looking back on the season, Beckham said he has been encouraged with what the Giants have done under Pat Shurmur Parris Campbell Jersey , especially winning four of five after the bye week. They went 3-13 in 2017 with a different coaching staff.“Ever since I have been here, we have lost close games,” Beckham said. “There haven’t been a lot of games we have been blown out. Recently, we found a way to win these close games. Definitely finding ways to win and change that culture.”Beckham said not making the Pro Bowl was motivation to work harder and get there next year.NOTES: Besides Beckham, LB Alec Ogletree (concussion), WR Russell Shepard (ankle) and C Spencer Pulley (calf) missed practice for the second straight day. DL Kerry Wynn (thumb) was limited again. S Michael Thomas practiced fully after being excused Wednesday for a family problem.

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