Newton to join Pats on one­year deal

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The New Eng­land Patriots have reached an agree­ment with free­agent quar­ter­back Cam Newton, bring­ing in the 2015 NFL Most Valu­able Player to help the team move on from three­time MVP Tom Brady, a per­son with knowl­edge of the deal told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The one­year deal is worth up to $7.5 mil­lion with in­cen­tives, the per­son said, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss it pub­licly.

The sign­ing was first re­ported by ESPN.

The Patriots add Newton, 31, to a quar­ter­back group that con­sisted of 2019 fourth­round draft choice Jar­rett Stid­ham and vet­eran Brian Hoyer, 34, as can­di­dates to re­place Brady, who led the team to six Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onships since 2001 but signed with Tampa Bay.

1 The Patriots were fined $1.1 mil­lion by the NFL for in­ap­pro­pri­ately film­ing the Cincin­nati Ben­gals’ side­line dur­ing a game last sea­son. Sunday, the league also took away a third­round pick in the 2021 draft. Also, the team’s pro­duc­tion crew will not be al­lowed to shoot any games in the 2020 sea­son. ESPN first re­ported the penal­ties.

Base­ball: Pitts­burgh Pi­rates re­liever Edgar San­tana will miss all of the ab­bre­vi­ated 2020 sea­son after be­ing sus­pended 80 games for vi­o­lat­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Joint Drug Preven­tion and Treat­ment Pro­gram. MLB said San­tana tested pos­i­tive for Bolde­none, a per­for­mance­en­hanc­ing sub­stance.

Soc­cer: The two most suc­cess­ful teams in the FA Cup have avoided each other in the semi­fi­nals. Ar­se­nal, a 13­time cham­pion, will play Manch­ester City, and 12­time win­ner Manch­ester United faces Chelsea. The matches be at Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Sta­dium over the July 18­19 week­end.

On Sunday, Chelsea ad­vanced to the last four with a 1­0 win at Leices­ter, Ar­se­nal beat Sh­effield United 2­1 and Cup holder Man City de­feated New­cas­tle 2­0.

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