Reid Gets Shot with Panthers
Eric Reid is getting another shot in the NFL.
The Carolina Panthers on Thursday have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not announced.
Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL in May, alleging that team owners and the league colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities. Reid, along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said he wasn’t concerned about Reid’s past protests, telling The Associated Press it was a “football decision” -- and one that was approved by new owner David Tepper.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman remained in a walking boot.
However he was adamant that his strained left calf is not related to his other more serious leg problems of the past year. Sherman hurt his calf in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss at Kansas City and didn’t return. Team officials said he’ll miss at least two games, though Sherman said the only certainty was that he’d be sidelined for this Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Mass. woman wins title
Shannon Johnson birdied the par-5 18th hole to beat defending champion Kelsey Chugg 1-up in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur final in St. Louis.
The 35-year-old Johnson, a sales representative for Ping Golf from Norton, Mass., reached the 18th green in two with a 7-wood and two-putted for birdie from 20 feet, holing a 11/2 -footer. Chugg missed a 10-foot birdie try.
After losing three straight holes, Johnson tied it with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th.
Costly win for Sabathia
CC Sabathia protected his teammates, not his wallet.
The 38-year-old left-hander got his 246th win and moved the New York Yankees closer to hosting next week’s AL wild-card game but may have cost himself a $500,000 bonus.
Sabathia was ejected from a 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning for hitting Jesus Sucre on a leg in retaliation for Tampa Bay reliever Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine.
Making his final regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown 55 pitches over five innings to raise his season innings total to 153 -- two shy of a $500,000 performance bonus in his contract.
American forward Meghan Duggan and former Canadian women’s hockey team forward Gillian Apps married last weekend in Pownal, Maine. Duggan called this on Instagram the “most incredible day of my entire life.” The U.S. Olympic Committee tweeted a picture of the couple, saying “True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries.” The Canadian Olympic Committee added on Twitter: “From competitors on the ice to partners for life.” ... St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for the final two preseason games and the regular-season opener for an elbow to the head of Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny. The NHL’s department of player safety announced the suspension. Bortuzzo will miss exhibition games against Dallas and Washington and then the Blues’ first regular-season game Oct. 4 against the Winnipeg Jets.