When it comes to assessing Cam Newton, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman looks at the bottom line. Newton has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in NFL history in his first two seasons, but has yet to lead the Panthers to a winning season. "Cam has had the best two years of any rookie quarterback in NFL history. And everybody talks about the other young (quarterbacks)," Gettleman said at the Panthers' training camp. "What he's done has been completely lost in the sauce because of the elephant in the room -- the 13-19 record. I'm a big believer in letting nature take its course. Things will happen naturally." Gettleman was asked whether Newton was the quarterback to build around. After a pregnant, seven-second pause, Gettleman said: "Yes, he is. But now it's time to win." (Charlotte Observer) Comment
Johnny Manziel now keeps high school friend Nate Finch busy as a personal assistant. While Nate explains the insanity of their lives, as if on cue another negative story breaks, this one about Johnny almost being suspended for the season last year after his arrest and coming within five days of transferring. Nate reads the news on his phone and looks concerned. "How'd that get out?" he asks. "Less than 50 people know that. That's someone in the school talking." ... There's been a growing rift between the school and its most important student. It's not just Nate's paranoia about the story, or Johnny's frustrations with the nonfootball, marketing expectation of the school, or his father's sense of injustice that everyone makes money off his son but his son. The rift is more profound. (ESPN.com) Comment
Talk about your tale of two seasons. It was just a year ago that the Giants went 11-0 in Barry Zito's last 11 regular-season starts -- then won behind him three more times in the postseason, including a World Series opener for the history books. It seems impossible for the Giants to win behind Zito now, especially on the road. They fell to 0-9 in his starts away from AT&T Park after a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night. Zito's next start would end this road trip, Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was non-committal on whether his $126 million left-hander, finally coming to the end of his seven-year contract, would make it. "We'll talk about it," the manager said. "I'm not going to say anything right now." (CSN Bay Area) Comment
Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis celebrates his game winning hit with Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis after a 3-2 win over the Yankees. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Miami pitcher Chad Qualls has an embarrasing fall as he tries to celebrate during Tuesday's game.