Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passes against the New England Patriots during a pre-season game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 22, 2014. (STEW MILNE/USA Today)

Newton looks ready for opener

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton returned to the practice field on Monday and looked primed and ready for the Panthers opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Michael Sam runs during Rams rookie minicamp in St. Louis on May 16, 2014. (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

Als would like to add Michael Sam

The Montreal Alouettes added Michael Sam to their negotiation list, and general manager Jim Popp makes no secret that he would like the defensive end to join his team.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) leaps to catch a high throw as Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) slides in safely with a stolen base in the first inning at Rogers Centre Aug. 30, 2014. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Skinny on The Kid

He was simply referred to as “The Skinny Kid,” by Don Mattingly when he arrived at spring training from high school.

Bethe Correia (left) lands a head shot on Jessamyn Duke during the second round in UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena. Correia defeated Duke by judges decision on Apr 26, 2014 in Baltimore, MD, USA. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Correia dismantles Baszler

Two down, two to go. Bethe Correia’s mission to take out all of MMA’s ‘Four Horsewomen’ may have felt like a WWE gimmick at times, but the Brazilian’s now beaten two of Ronda Rousey’s much-hyped group of training partners after dismantling Shayna Baszler on Saturday night at UFC 177.

Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion reacts during batting against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Jays miss the old Encarnacion

The injury to Edwin Encarnacion, his premature return to the lineup and his inability to regain form has all but undone whatever hope there may have been for a Blue Jays recovery in this season now gone wrong.

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has hit just .173 since returning from injury. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Jays need Encarnacion to get hot

Of the seven hits the Blue Jays recorded in Sunday’s victory over the New York Yankees, none was bigger than the solo home run by Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh inning.

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and three relievers combined to throw a no-hitter against the Braves in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

Phillies throw no-hitter

Wildness cost Cole Hamels a chance at his first no-hitter, but the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander got to share in a combined one.