On The Fly: Panthers QB Cam Newton Injured In Auto Accident

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a two-car accident near the stadium in Charlotte early Tuesday afternoon and has two broken bones in his back. The driver of the other vehicle also has non-life-threatening injuries, according to various reports. By the looks of the crash, it could have been much worse, so all can be thankful.

All eyes remain on Jon Lester at the baseball winter meetings. The Giants say they have been relegated to the "back seat" as Lester weighs offers from other teams, including the Cubs, Dodgers and Red Sox, all believed to be in the $150 million neighborhood. Nothing out there would electrify the Boston fan base like a Lester return.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox were named "organization of the year" by Topps, which has been giving out the award since 1966 to the franchise that has the best stash of talent throughout its system. This is the first time the Red Sox have won it.

The Yankees, who said they never made an offer, said goodbye to closer David Robertson, who signed with the White Sox for four years, $46 million. Andrew Miller and Dellin Bettances are candidates now to close for the Yankees. When Mariano Rivera retired, the idea of paying closers that kind of money might have retired with him.

The Knicks don't have enough problems? Now Dennis Rodman, in Manhattan for a promotional event, is piling on, saying they're not really running Phil Jackson's triangle, Derek Fisher is not really coaching and Carmelo Anthony might not be the right fit as centerpiece of the team. We assume the Zen Master didn't ask Rodman for his take. … Magic Johnson says he hopes the Lakers "lose every game" so they can get a high draft pick, which is probably not something season-ticket holders were hoping to hear.

Speaking of playing for the draft, the Giants are 4-9, the Jets 2-11. Hmmm. Maybe New York should drop football.

The Big Ten officially announced its plan to stage its men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in 2018, and annual hockey-basketball doubleheaders there beginning in 2016. If they want to be assured of sellout crowds in that building, might we suggest a new member to the conference?

The leading vote-getter for the NHL All-Star game is Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons, and by a lot — he has more than 800,000 votes, more than double Sidney Crosby's total. Why? Girgensons, who is 142nd in the league in scoring, is getting 82 percent of his votes from his native Latvia. The rest of the world has until Jan. 1 to catch up.

On Dec. 10, 1971, the Mets traded Nolan Ryan, LeRoy Stanton, Don Rose and Francisco Estrada to the Angels for six-time All-Star Jim Fregosi.


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