NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball has handed down a total of eight suspensions stemming from Tuesday’s brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Reds in Cincinnati. Bucs reliever Keone Kela received the biggest punishment, getting a 10-game ban after admitting he threw at a batter during the game. Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett earned an eight-game suspension and former Red Yasiel Puig picked up a three-game ban.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he has not fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. Newton says uncorking a few 45 yard throws earlier in training camp felt good and provided him with a sigh of relief, but cautioned Thursday that his rehab remains “a work in progress.” He’s been held out of team drills three times in eight days as trainers look to ease him back into action and not overload his shoulder.
FLORHAM, N.J. (AP) – Five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil has surprisingly come out of retirement to join the New York Jets. The 34-year-old Kalil and the Jets agreed to terms on a deal and will need to pass a physical before signing his contract. Kalil announced at the end of last season that he was retiring from playing football after a 12-year career spent entirely with the Carolina Panthers.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers have bought out the final two seasons of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s contract. Shattenkirk played only two seasons after signing a $26.6 million, four-year contract with New York, scoring just seven goals and 44 assists in 119 games. The team will save more than $5 million against the salary cap this season and over $560,000 next season before taking a $1.43 million hit in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Byeong Hun An and Sungjae Im shot the best rounds of their PGA Tour careers, an 8-under 62 that puts them in a two-way tie for the lead after one round at the Wyndham Championship. An closed with birdies on four of his final six holes and a sand save on the par-4 18th. Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner are one stroke behind the South Korean leaders in the final Tour event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.