Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton loses arm in crash

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton suffered multiple injuries in a car crash that required his left arm to be amputated.

Sports agent Malki Kawa confirmed the injuries in a tweet Thursday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho says the Ford F250 Norton was driving crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned early Thursday on State Road 836 near Miami. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews rendered aid to 22-year-old, who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Norton played at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round in 2018. He spent much of last season on their practice squad. The Dolphins signed him in December.

NHL: The Montreal Canadiens began using the money they won’t be paying Sebastian Aho by signing defenseman Ben Chiarot to a $10.5 million, three-year contract.

Montreal had signed Aho to a $42.7 million, five-year offer sheet, but Carolina intends to match that contract and keep its best player. The Canadiens can’t offer sheet another player until the Hurricanes officially match.

Chiarot, 28, will count $3.5 million against the salary cap in each of the next three seasons. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound left-shooting blue liner had a career-high 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and 62 penalty minutes in 78 games with last season with the Winnipeg Jets, for whom he had 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) in 305 career regular-season games.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs signed two of their newest acquisitions to contract extensions. Defenseman Cody Ceci agreed to a one-year extension for $4.5 million. Forward Alex Kerfoot was signed for four more years with an average annual value of $3.5 million on the deal.

Ceci was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Kerfoot came to Toronto in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Both were restricted free agents.

Soccer: The National Women’s Soccer League has a television contract for the second half of its season to replace the partnership with A+E Networks that was cut short a year early by the broadcaster in February.

ESPN announced it will carry 14 matches in its first NWSL telecasts since 2014. Eight games will be on ESPNews and six on ESPN2, including both semifinals and the championship Oct. 27.

The first game will be July 14 between Portland and Orlando on ESPNews.

• Frank Lampard was hired as the first English manager of Chelsea in 23 years, making a return to the club for which he is the all-time record scorer (211 goals) from his trophy-laden 13 years as a player. He replaces Maurizio Sarri, who lasted only one tumultuous year at Chelsea before returning to his homeland in Italy to coach Juventus. … Gianluigi Buffon is back at Juventus. The 41-year-old longtime Bianconeri goalkeeper signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal to return after one season away at Paris Saint-Germain. … Former Bayern Munich and Netherlands forward Arjen Robben, 35, announced his retirement.

Obituary: The University of Florida’s most famous cheerleader has died. George Edmondson Jr., better known as Mr. Two Bits while riling up crowds at Florida home games for 60 years, died Tuesday at age 97, the school announced Thursday.

Edmondson officially retired from his role after the 2008 season. He did not attend Florida but was named an honorary alumnus in 2005. Edmondson first performed his “Two Bits” cheer in 1949.

His “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar … all for the Gators, stand up and holler!” routine took hold, and he quickly became a well-known figure at games.

Since Edmondson put down his whistle for good, Florida used an honorary Mr. Two Bits to fill the void. Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel as well as NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, pro wrestler Titus O’Neil and five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres were among those who dressed up like Edmondson and mimicked his cheer before games.

Edmondson is survived by his wife, Jane, three children, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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