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BALTIMORE -- Cam Newton directed a 68-yard drive in his only series, then stepped aside -- for the most part -- as the Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens 22-19 on Thursday night in a preseason opener. Green Nike Air Presto .Newton, the reigning NFL MVP, went 5 for 6 for 36 yards before being replaced by 33-year-old Derek Anderson.Graham Gano kicked four field goals for the Panthers, who went 15-1 last year and won the NFC championship before falling to Denver in the Super Bowl.Baltimore was without quarterback Joe Flacco, whos coming off a season-ending knee injury. Running back Justin Forsett; wide receivers Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman; and linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil were also held out of the game.The Panthers launched their preseason with a crisp 14-play march overseen by Newton, who opted not to employ the running aspect of his game.Working out of the no-huddle offense, Newton completed his first five passes before overthrowing an open Ted Ginn Jr. in the back of the end zone. That forced Carolina to settle for a field goal.He did not, however, spend the rest of the night on the sideline.Newton was flagged for going on the field while linebacker A.J. Klein was taking an interception back 95 yards for a touchdown. The score was nullified, but the Panthers ultimately got into the end zone anyway.I just got too excited, Newton said sheepishly. I was hoping they would give a warning. Its no big deal.Anderson threw a TD pass to Devin Funchess for a 10-0 lead before the Ravens answered with touchdowns by Terrance West and Javorius Allen.Ryan Mallett, who started the final two games for Baltimore last year, got the call in this one, too. He played the entire first half, going 11 for 15 for 91 yards and a score.PHELPS ON THE BIG SCREENDuring a break in the fourth quarter, footage of Olympic star Michael Phelps winning a gold medal in the 200-meter IM was shown on the scoreboard. The crowd cheered as Phelps, a Baltimore native, reached the finish line.HOT STUFFTemperature at game time was 94 degrees, with a heat index of 102 degrees.ROOKIE WATCHPanthers: First-round selection Vernon Butler, a defensive lineman out of Louisiana Tech, was credited with two tackles.Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, the sixth overall pick in the draft, played left tackle with the first-team offense.POSITION BATTLESPanthers: Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whitaker and Brandon Wegher did little to separate themselves in the battle for the backup running back spot. Artis-Payne gained 10 yards on five carries, Wegher rushed for 13 yards on 10 attempts and Whittaker had no yardage on three carries.Ravens: RBs West (25 yards, 2 TDs), Allen (6 yards rushing, 19-yard TD catch) and Ken Dixon (44 yards rushing) all looked impressive in their bid to earn a backup job.INJURY UPDATEPanthers: WR Brenton Berson left with a rib injury. It looks like a bruise, coach Ron Rivera said. Berson had five catches for 69 yards.Ravens: LB Chris Carter left for concussion protocol, returned and shared a sack in the third quarter. ... CB Tavon Young left to have his left knee examined.QUOTABLEPanthers: We came out and we executed, Newton said. Weve got to find ways to put the ball in the end zone.Ravens: Coach John Harbaugh explained why Flacco didnt play: I didnt think there was any reason to go with Joe tonight. In the big picture I dont think thats hard to understand. It makes sense. Hell go maybe next week, maybe hell go the third game. We havent decided that yet.MISTAKE PRONEPanthers: Carolina was penalized nine times for 80 yards, lost two fumbles and scored only one touchdown.Ravens: Baltimore lost two fumbles, including a muffed punt by Kaelin Clay, and Mallett threw an interception. If they dont happen its not as close a game, Harbaugh said. Nike Air Presto Black And White Mens . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. Cheap Air Max 2018 .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. http:///...ir-presto-white.html .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. VIENNA -- Top-seeded Andy Murray advanced to his 12th semifinal of the season by defeating John Isner of the United States 6-1, 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open on Friday.Murray, who won the event in 2014, will play defending champion David Ferrer for a place in Sundays final. Another former champion, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, will take on eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the other semifinal.Murray beat Ferrer for the title two years ago, and also defeated the Spaniard in the semifinal on his way to winning to the title at Beijing three weeks ago.The second-ranked Scot conceded just one point on serve in the opening set. Usually relying on his big serve, Isner hit only three aces and won less than half of the points in his own games in the first set.Isner had treatment for blisters in his right hand early in the second set, got three break points on Murrays serve at 3-1, but failed to threaten the Scots dominating win.(Isners injury) obviously helped me as from the back of the court he wasnt really generating much power with his forehand, said Murray, who improved to 7-0 against the 27th-ranked American.I was then able to dictate most points from the back of the court. I think I returned pretty good, though. It was important to put him under a bit of pressure especially from the beginning of the match.Ferrer held off a match point and won the last four games to beat Serbias Viktor Troicki 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.The 119th-ranked Spaniard and Troicki had one service break each as they shared the first two sets. Nike Air Max Flair White. Troicki missed a match point on Ferrers serve at 5-3 in the third and didnt win another game. He saved three match points for Ferrer at 6-5 before the Spaniard converted his fourth chance with a forehand winner.There were a lot of rallies. It was a good match, said Ferrer, who complained about muscle cramps in his left leg. Viktor played some very good tennis in the first two sets. On the important points I was a bit more aggressive and lucky.Ferrer has played at least one final in each of the past 11 seasons, but has yet to reach one this year.Earlier, Tsonga defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (5) for his third semifinal appearance of the season. The 15th-ranked Frenchman lost the previous two, in Auckland and Monte Carlo.Sixth-seeded Tsonga, who won the event in 2011, failed to score a point while serving at 5-1 but broke again to close out the first set, and converted his third match point in the second-set tiebreaker.The 21st-ranked Karlovic used one of his 29 aces to save a match point before beating Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3.Karlovic, who won titles in Newport and Los Cabos, advanced to his sixth semifinal of the season. 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 ' ' '