Review Category : National Sports

Ron Rivera on Newton Starting: ‘Pointing in the Right Direction’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is probable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, head coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.

Newton sat out last week’s game after he had minor injuries due to a car crash, but is doing his best to be ready come game time.

“Everything is pointing in the right direction,” Rivera said. “He did a lot of turning and twisting today. We put a lot of pressure on him, did some things on purpose so we could see, and he seems to be right on track.”

“He did really well today in terms of the amount of stress we put on him,” Rivera continued. “He’s done a nice job and has a good handle on what we want to do. I like the way he practiced. Everything is positive.”

The Panthers want Newton to be close to 100 percent before they choose him over Derek Anderson, who led them to a 19-17 win over the Buccaneers.

“They both bring a lot to the table,” Rivera said of his two quarterbacks, “but Cam brings that extra dimension with his ability to run. That was big for us against New Orleans. He had a really good rhythm, and we’re hoping he can recapture some of that.”

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Ron Rivera on Newton Starting: ‘Pointing in the Right Direction’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is probable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, head coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.

Newton sat out last week’s game after he had minor injuries due to a car crash, but is doing his best to be ready come game time.

“Everything is pointing in the right direction,” Rivera said. “He did a lot of turning and twisting today. We put a lot of pressure on him, did some things on purpose so we could see, and he seems to be right on track.”

“He did really well today in terms of the amount of stress we put on him,” Rivera continued. “He’s done a nice job and has a good handle on what we want to do. I like the way he practiced. Everything is positive.”

The Panthers want Newton to be close to 100 percent before they choose him over Derek Anderson, who led them to a 19-17 win over the Buccaneers.

“They both bring a lot to the table,” Rivera said of his two quarterbacks, “but Cam brings that extra dimension with his ability to run. That was big for us against New Orleans. He had a really good rhythm, and we’re hoping he can recapture some of that.”

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Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants have found their replacement for former third baseman Pablo Sandoval as the team has acquired Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins.

In exahcange for McGehee, the Giants are sending the Marlins minor leaguers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

McGehee was the 2014 NL Comeback Player of the Year, but with the team’s recent acquisition of Martin Prado from the New York Yankees, McGehee became expendable.

This past season, McGehee hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs. It was his most productive all-around season since he was with the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2010.

He spent the 2013 as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

The Giants lose Sandoval to free agency after he signed a five-year with the Boston Red Sox worth $95 million. The team also struck out on their pursuit of starting pitcher Jon Lester, who wound up signign with the Chicago Cubs.

San Francisco also recenlty brought back starting pitcher Jake Peavy and reliever Sergio Romo on a pair of two-year deals.

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Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Reliever Brian Wilson and his infamous beard are out of Los Angeles as the Dodgers have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Despite the decision, the Dodgers will still pay Wilson his 2015 salary worth $9.5 million.

“At this point, we did not feel he was one of the best seven relief options,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with reporters.

At one point in his carreer, Wilson was one of the most dominant relievers in Baseball and one of the more colorful personalities in baseball.

From 2008-2011, Wilson averaged over 40 saves during his time with the San Francisco Giants.

Despite his dominance, Wilson underwent multiple elbow reconstruction surgeries and he never quite recovered from it.

In 2014, the 32-year-old Wilson went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61. Those were his highest marks since his rookie year back in 2006.

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Spurs’ Forward Kawhi Leonard has Torn Ligament in Right Hand

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Antonio Spurs will be without one of their best players for a little while as forward Kawhi Leonard has a torn ligament in his right hand, and it is unknown when he’ll return.

Leonard must wait for swelling to reside before considering returning.

Not as bad as it sounds,” he said. “I should be back soon,” Leonard said via Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News said.

There is some speculation/hope that Leonard will only miss a few games, which would be best-cast scenario for the team.

Leonard is the reigning NBA Finals MVP and a key cog of the team’s offense as well as defense.

In 22 games this season, Leonard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Since his rookies year during the 2011-2012 season, Leonard’s points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game have improved each season.

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Report: Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer

National Basketball Association(HOUSTON, Tx.) — The Houston Rockets are adding some much needed depth to their bench.

Corey Brewer has been traded to the Houston Rockets from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Timberwolves will receive guard Troy Daniels as well as two second round draft picks – one via Sacramento.

Houston is currently 18th in scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 99.8 points per game. Their bench is also last in the NBA with 21.4 points per game.

Brewer will likely improve those numbers as he is averaging 10.5 points per game this season and shooting 41.8% from the field.

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Report: Cubs Agree to 2-Year Deal with David Ross

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The 37-year-old Ross has spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2013.

Ross is reunited with new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The two played most of the last two seasons together in Boston. Ross served as Lester’s catcher for 29 games. During those games, Lester had a .277 ERA.

Ross is expected to back up Miguel Montero.

The Cubs also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers.

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Report: Cubs Agree to 2-Year Deal with David Ross

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The 37-year-old Ross has spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2013.

Ross is reunited with new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The two played most of the last two seasons together in Boston. Ross served as Lester’s catcher for 29 games. During those games, Lester had a .277 ERA.

Ross is expected to back up Miguel Montero.

The Cubs also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers.

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Report: Cubs Agree to 2-Year Deal with David Ross

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The 37-year-old Ross has spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2013.

Ross is reunited with new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The two played most of the last two seasons together in Boston. Ross served as Lester’s catcher for 29 games. During those games, Lester had a .277 ERA.

Ross is expected to back up Miguel Montero.

The Cubs also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Utah Jazz 101 (8-19) – Orlando Magic 94 (10-19)

Charlotte Hornets 109 (7-19) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (2-23)

Boston Celtics 114 (10-14) – Minnesota Timberwolves 98 (5-20)

Toronto Raptors 110 (20-6) – Detroit Pistons 100 (5-21)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (11-16-6) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (20-10-4)(F/SO)

NCAAM: Eastern Kentucky 72 (6-4) – (18) Miami Fl 44 (9-2)

(20) St. Johns 53 (6-3) – Saint Mary’s 47 (9-1)

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