COLLEGES

Cheverus junior commits to Maine for field hockey

Hannah Abbott of Portland, a junior at Cheverus, has committed to join the University of Maine field hockey team in the fall of 2018, the Coastal Field Hockey Club announced Tuesday.

Abbott, the granddaughter of former UMaine football coach Walter Abbott, has scored more than 40 goals in her three high school seasons. She was selected to the Maine All-State team in 2016 and to the All-SMAA first team.

Walter Abbott worked more than 50 years on the UMaine campus as a coach, administrator and professor.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder.

The team said Newton will miss minicamp and OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July.

Newton injured his shoulder in Week 14 last season against the San Diego Chargers. He finished the game – and the season – without missing a snap. The Panthers hoped rest and rehabilitation would solve the problem, but ultimately it was determined the 2015 MVP needed surgery.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso signed a contract extension with Miami through 2020.

The Dolphins had placed a $3.9 million first-round tender on Alonso earlier, making it likely he would remain with the team in 2017. Alonso started 15 games in 2016 and led them with 115 tackles.

The Vikings finalized their three-year contract extension with wide receiver Adam Thielen, the former undrafted practice squad player who led the team with 967 yards receiving last season.

The deal, agreed to last week, is worth as much as $27 million with $11 million guaranteed.

 A person familiar with the situation says linebacker Manti Te’o has agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints.

The former Notre Dame star, has played 38 games in four NFL seasons, all with San Diego

 The Falcons announced a five-year contract extension for team president Rich McKay.

 The Giants re-signed linebackers Keenan Robinson and Mark Herzlich.

OLYMPICS

BIDS: The Paris bid team is fine with an unprecedented double vote on Olympic hosts, as long as the French capital is awarded the 2024 Games.

With Paris and Los Angeles the remaining 2024 bidders, IOC President Thomas Bach has raised the prospect of one city getting 2024 and the other taking 2028. But Paris bid co-chairman Tony Estanguet says “we can’t accept ’28. It’s not possible.”

SOCCER

MLS: World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger is leaving Manchester United to join the Chicago Fire.

The former Germany midfielder has struggled for playing opportunities since joining United in 2015.

United says the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger still needs to pass a medical examination and obtain a visa before moving to Major League Soccer.

TENNIS

DAVIS CUP: Citing security concerns, Hong Kong is forfeiting its matches against Pakistan, scheduled for next month in Islamabad.

The International Tennis Federation said it “regrets and respectfully disagrees” with Hong Kong’s decision.

– Staff and news service report