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CHARLOTTE, N. Puma By Rihanna Creeper Danmark .C. -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that while this season has been demoralizing, his struggles on the field arent from a lack of preparation off of it.Newtons numbers are down -- way down -- from his MVP season a year ago when he threw 35 touchdowns passes and led the Panthers to a 17-2 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl. He has only 14 TD passes through 11 games and the Panthers (4-8) are all but out of playoff contention entering Sundays game against the San Diego Chargers.It doesnt matter how much I prepare, if it doesnt translate on the field people will say `Oh hes garbage, Newton said. So for me, its trying to get it to carry over from practice to games. It just hasnt (translated) this season, and I dont have nobody to blame but myself.But teammates and coaches are quick to rally to Newtons defense.Backup quarterback Derek Anderson said Newton is putting in just as many hours, if not more, in the film room this season. Anderson also suggested the mounting injuries to the offensive line have played a huge role in the teams decline.If anything at times, its over, he does more work, Anderson said. When we were out in Oakland he was in (the film room) at 11 oclock at night. So I know its not from a lack of preparation. And it never has been. ... He does countless hours of stuff on his own and sometimes Im like, `Go home. Get some sleep.Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who sat Newton for the opening series against Seattle on Sunday night for violating a team rule for not wearing a tie on the team flight, said hes never doubted his quarterbacks dedication to getting better.Rivera said its also unfortunate that people dont see that Newton is a regular at the stadium on Tuesdays, normally the players day off. The sixth-year head coach said his QB is routinely involved in developing strategy, drawing up potential plays on the grease board with coaches.The young man is dedicated and when he comes here it is phenomenal, Rivera said.Still, Newton has been a lightning rod for criticism since he came into the league in 2011 as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.Hes been chastised for how he handled himself during a Super Bowl news conference and for his touchdown dances on the field.He also received some flak this past offseason for spending several weeks in California filming the childrens show All in with Cam Newton for Nickelodeon instead of spending that time working on his football skills.Newton defended his decisions, saying he has a life outside of football and no matter what he does he cant please everyone.He wouldnt rule out doing the show again next offseason if the opportunity presents itself. Nor does he believe he had too many distractions in the offseason following the Super Bowl.Im not living for people like that, Newton said. I am trying to inspire people as much as possible while I do have this (pedestal). If I do, then good. If I dont, then to pay me no mind doesnt hurt you.Rivera he was very confident in the preparations Newton put in during the offseason and thats all that matters.I understand we arent having the season we need to have, but there is no reason for people to just maliciously go out and say, `He was worried about this or that, Newton said.Newton has taken full accountability for his dress code violation on Sunday night, saying hes human and he made a mistake.He also publicly dismissed some internet reports that the discipline was something other than a forgotten tie that resulted in him getting benched.I violated the wardrobe (rule) and that was it, Newton said. You dont have to dig into certain stories that I violated curfew or was out a club, or somebody was caught in a room. I still stand by coach Riveras decision.Newton said he doesnt feel like hes above the law, saying Im not that type of player.He also said he hopes the punishment serves as a warning for other players on the team to follow the team rules.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Puma Basket Heart Sort . PETERSBURG, Fla. Puma Fierce Sort . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. http:///...idas-nmd-runner.html . LOUIS -- St. NEW YORK -- Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs got wiped out again by the New York Mets.Wilmer Flores went 6 for 6 with two of New Yorks five home runs, and the Mets romped to another four-game sweep of the Cubs by battering Lester in a 14-3 blowout Sunday.After sweeping four games against Chicago in the NL Championship Series last October, the Mets outscored the Cubs 32-11 in winning their first four matchups this year. Chicago took all seven regular-season meetings in 2015.It was just a rough weekend. Give the Mets credit, manager Joe Maddon said. They got us this time. They got us last year. This is a really easy game for me to forget about.Following their sensational start to the season, the Cubs limped home Sunday in a legitimate slump. Chicago finished 4-7 on its longest trip of the year, a swing marked by Maddon putting three pitchers in the outfield during one game and a catcher on the mound in another.Hampered by several significant injuries, the Cubs are 12-15 since June 5 and 2-12 during that stretch against winning teams. Looking to end their long championship drought, they hit the halfway point of the season with a 51-30 record -- barely still best in the majors -- and a comfortable cushion in the NL Central.Were confident. Were fine. Its not a matter of anyone panicking by any means, Lester said. Im sure everyone in this clubhouse will be honest: We werent going to be on that pace that we were on for the entire season.Curtis Granderson, Rene Rivera and pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson also homered as New York set season highs for runs and hits (22) in support of Noah Syndergaard (9-3).Flores hit a leadoff homer and an RBI single in the second, part of a seven-run outburst that spelled the end of a miserable day for Lester (9-4), the NL pitcher of the month in June.The left-hander gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 301 career starts over 11 major league seasons. He was 5-0 in his previous seven outings and entered with a 2.03 ERA that ranked second in the majors to injured Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1.78).I wasnt throwing the ball down the middle by any means. Theyre just swinging the bats really well right now, Lester said. I feel like they didnt miss a mistake the whole series.Before Friday night, the Mets had never hit five home runs in a game at Citi Field, which opened inn 2009. Puma By Rihanna Danmark. They did it twice in 45 hours against a Cubs pitching staff that began the day with a 2.97 ERA -- lowest in the majors by a considerable margin.Weve got all the tools that we need, catcher Miguel Montero said. I think itll be fine. Obviously, its not going to be as easy as it was maybe early on, but I dont think its going to be as bad, either.Maddon began pulling starters in the sixth as his team lost for the 10th time in 14 games.By the seventh, Montero was on the mound to save the bullpen, throwing pitches that mostly ranged from 79-84 mph. He yielded one run and four hits in 1 1/3 innings.They were all two-seam fastballs, sinkers. I tried to throw one breaking ball, and I hit the guy. So, Im like, `Oh my god, I dont want to hit anybody. I dont want to hurt anybody. So I tried to stay on the plate and make them hit the ball on the ground, Montero said. I dont remember the last time I pitched. Something for the bucket list.Flores drove in four runs, scored three and raised his batting average from .224 to .255. He entered in an 0-for-14 slump before joining Edgardo Alfonzo (1999) as the only Mets players with six hits in a game.New Yorks previous four-game sweep of the Cubs during the regular season came in June 1985 at Shea Stadium. The teams play three more times this season, at Wrigley Field from July 18-20.It was terrible. It was bad. They outplayed us, Montero said. We were sloppy.PITCH AND CATCHWith the game well in hand, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sent up as a pinch hitter in the eighth and flied out against Montero. I thought it was equal at that point, Maddon said. I have to believe that is somewhat of a first.TRAINERS ROOMOF Chris Coghlan went on the 15-day DL with a right ribcage strain and expects to have an MRI on Tuesday in Chicago. INF Jeimer Candelario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and played third base in his major league debut. He struck out three times but singled in the seventh off Syndergaard for his first career hit.UP NEXTRHP Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 2.76 ERA) pitches Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field against Cincinnati LHP Cody Reed (0-2, 9.00) in the opener of a three-game series that features all day games. Sub-optimal, in a sense, Maddon said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '