(Reuters) - The Carolina Panthers, who had a losing record last season, are the NFL's last unbeaten team and their coach credits that turnaround to the growth of young players like Cam Newton and Josh Norman and their exuberance. Carolina made the playoffs at 7-8-1 last season but enter Sunday's game at New Orleans with an 11-0 record and an improved offense led by strong-armed, hard-running Newton complementing the team's ferocious defense. "It's been interesting to watch him grow," Ron Rivera, speaking on ESPN Radio, said about Newton, the number one pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
(Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a record seven-year, $217 million contract with left-handed pitcher David Price, one of the top starting pitchers available in the free agent market, The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday. Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 earned run average in 32 starts for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays last season. The 30-year-old Price, who won the Cy Young Award winner as the top pitcher in the American League in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays, is 104-56 with a 3.09 ERA over eight seasons and has been named to five All-Star teams.
(Reuters) - South Korean slugger Park Byung-ho is joining Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins after the team said on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms on a four-year, $12 million contract. The Twins, who also hold a club option for 2020, won the rights to negotiate with the first baseman three weeks ago with a $12.85 million bid to Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. Park joins a power-hungry Twins team that has not finished better than 10th in home runs in the 15-team American League since 2010.