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Cam Newton injured...Capitals Kuznetsov tests positive...Earnhardt plane probe

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug 23rd, 2019 @ 3:38pm

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain and he's "cautiously optimistic" the quarterback will be ready for the Sept. 8 regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Newton injured his left foot in Carolina's 10-3 preseason loss Thursday night at New England. Newton was trying to avoid a sack in the first quarter when he got tripped up and landed on the turf.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced they are taking no action against Luke Walton after not finding enough evidence during an investigation to support allegations that the coach sexually assaulted a woman. The team and league began a joint investigation in April following a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant, who did not participate in the investigation according to the team and NBA.

ZURICH (AP) — Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET'-sahv) tested positive for cocaine at the world championship and has been banned from the Russian national team for four years. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Kuznetsov failed a doping test taken May 26 — the day Russia won the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic in Slovakia. The previous day, Russia lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Finland. The ban does not affect Kuznetsov playing for the Capitals.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State has been placed on three years' probation by the NCAA after an investigation determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for 10 football players and one men's basketball player in an online course. Penalties include vacating an unspecified number of wins from the 2018 football season and the 2018-19 men's basketball season. Ten football players will miss eight games in the upcoming season.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says part of the landing gear collapsed and a portion of the right wing hit the runway as the plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched down a third time during its crash in East Tennessee last week. The NTSB released a preliminary crash report Friday essentially repeating the description investigators offered at a news conference last week.

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