Cam Newton apologized Thursday night in a Twitter video post for sexist comments made to a female reporter. ‘‘After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,’’ the Carolina Panthers quarterback said at the start of the nearly two-minute video. ‘‘To be honest, that was not my intentions. And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.’’ On Wednesday when Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked about wide receiver Devin Funchess’s route running, Newton laughed and said, ‘‘It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.’’ In the video, Newton said he’s a man who strives to be a positive role model in the community and who tries to use his platform to inspire others. He said he took ownership to everything that came with that. ‘‘What I did was extremely unacceptable,’’ Newton said. ‘‘I’m a father to two beautiful daughters and I try to instill in them that they can be anything that they want to be. The fact that during this process I have already lost sponsors and countless fans I realize that the joke is really on me. I have really learned a valuable lesson from this.’’ . . . The Minnesota Vikings added running back Stevan Ridley, selected by New England in the third round of the 2011 draft out of LSU, to bolster their backfield after rookie Dalvin Cook went down with a torn ACL in his left knee in a 14-7 loss to the Lions.
Joel Embiid was cleared for 5-on-5 drills and participated in a full practice with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time Thursday since undergoing surgery March 24 for a meniscus tear in his left knee. Embiid, who has not played in a game since Jan. 27, sat out Philadelphia’s preseason opener on Wednesday and won’t play against Boston on Friday. The Sixers are hopeful Embiid will be in the lineup on opening night . . . The Charlotte Hornets announced swingman Nicolas Batum will miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks with a left elbow injury. The nine-year NBA veteran tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his non-dominant arm in the first quarter of Charlotte’s preseason road game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday . . . The Toronto Raptors signed guard Norman Powell to a four-year extension reportedly worth $42 million. Powell, 24, a former UCLA standout who was drafted 46th overall in 2015, averaged 8.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 76 games last season.
Caitrin Lonergan scored a pair of goals, one each in the second and third periods, to lead the third-ranked Boston College women’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory over No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth in the Eagles’ season opener Thursday night at Conte Forum. Makena Newkirk had a power-play goal and a pair of assists for BC . . . Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that he will wait until kickoff of Saturday’s game at North Carolina to name his starting quarterback. Junior Brandon Wimbush, who has led the 21st-ranked Irish to a 4-1 start, is still recovering from the right foot strain that has been bothering him since Notre Dame’s 52-17 victory over Miami (Ohio) last Saturday. Sophomore Ian Book will start if Wimbush can’t go.
The New York Yacht Club announced it is returning to the America’s Cup after an absence of a decade and a half. The announcement comes after Emirates Team New Zealand’s stunning victory in June. The NYYC, which last backed a challenge in 2002-03 with Team Dennis Conner, will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup to be held in early 2021, most likely off Auckland.
Brendan Steele shot a 7-under 65 in his Safeway Open title defense Thursday for a share of the lead with Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge in the PGA Tour’s season opener in Napa, Calif. . . Four days after winning the British Masters, Paul Dunne shot a 5-under-par 67 in the three-course event on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, to grab a share of the first-round lead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with Nicolas Colsaert, whose 67 represented a strong recovery after a triple-bogey 7 at the third at Kingsbarn.
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