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Rivera: Struggling Panthers' QB Newton 'pressing'

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Rivera: Struggling Panthers' QB Newton 'pressing'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers enter the bye week with plenty of problems to fix, not the least of which is the inconsistent play of quarterback Cam Newton.

Coach Ron Rivera says he thinks Newton is pressing. Rivera says Newton ``wants to make things happen so much. . It's all part of him developing as a football player.''

Newton, last year's AP offensive rookie of the year, struggled again during Sunday's 16-12 loss to Seattle. Newton was sacked four times and completed just 12 of 29 passes for 141 yards as Carolina's offense failed to produce a touchdown.

Rivera says defenses have adjusted to Newton and the Panthers' style of offense, which means Newton must go for shorter pass completions rather than attempting to force the ball down the field.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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