Newton's future with Panthers still in doubt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton's future in Carolina will depend on how well he recovers from a foot injury.

Panthers owner David Tepper said in a meeting with reporters Monday the organization won't decide on Newton's long-term future until after they determine if the quarterback has fully healed from a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, one that resulted in him being placed on injured reserve earlier this season.

Tepper said he does not know if Newton plans to have surgery.

Newton, 30, played only two games for the Panthers this season before the team decided to shut him down.

The 2015 league MVP is slated to cost $21.1 million under next year's salary cap, but the team could save $19 million if they cut him or trade him.

Tepper knows that.

But he said it is impossible to evaluate Newton right now given the uncertainty of his recovery.

Ideally, Tepper said Newton makes a full recovery, remains with the Panthers and leads the organization to a Super Bowl title.

Tepper spoke to reporters Monday on the condition he was not directly quoted, but that everything he said could be attributed to him.

Tepper, who bought the team in 2018, said he is pleased with the development of second-year quarterback Kyle Allen, who is 5-3 as the team's starting quarterback this season despite his recent struggles with turnovers. Allen has nine interceptions in the past four games, three of which the Panthers have lost.

According to Tepper, the team did not attend the workout for free agent Colin Kaepernick because they aren't interested in bringing in a veteran quarterback at this time. He likes what the team has now with Allen and rookie Will Grier, the team's third-round draft pick.

He said bringing in a quarterback right now doesn't make any sense.

Tepper also addressed several other topics related to the team:

He reiterated he wants to build a new football stadium within the next five to 10 years in Charlotte with help from city and county funding. The team's existing stadium is 25 years old.

He still wants to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise team to the city and hopes the league would allow the team to use its current football stadium for games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Duke is back at No. 1, moving up a spot following a pair of victories last week.

The Blue Devils can thank Evansville for the jump.

Duke moved to No. 1 for the first time this season, receiving 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville pulled off the 2019-20 season's biggest surprise so far by knocking off previous No. 1 Kentucky. Duke (4-0) crushed Central Arkansas 105-54 last Tuesday and beat Georgia State 74-63 Friday behind Tre Jones' career-high 31 points.

NEW YORK (AP) - Notre Dame's 12-year run in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll is over.

The Fighting Irish fell out of the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season, stopping a streak of 234 consecutive weeks being ranked. It was the third longest active streak behind UConn's (492) and Baylor's (302).

While the Irish dropped out of the rankings, Oregon remained No. 1. The Ducks received 27 of the 29 first-place votes.

PRO FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Rob Gronkowski will be in Miami for the Super Bowl. The former Patriots tight end won't be preparing for kickoff with Tom Brady and the rest of his old New England teammates.

Instead, the man who retired from the Patriots and the NFL in March will be hosting his first Super Bowl party.

And he's doing it Gronk style.

The three-time Super Bowl champ is hosting the "GRONK BEACH" festival on Saturday, Feb. 1, on Miami Beach in an event featuring Gronkowski's favorites and combining a party with a music festival along with food and drinks. Gronkowski says it's because nobody really knows Super Bowl weekend like he does.

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