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RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III mingled in the locker room and made small talk about shoes and food. No sense talking about football, not when a player who once could do no wrong has been benched for the second time in two years. The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Griffin on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the latest development in a stunning tailspin for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. First-year coach Jay Gruden said McCoy will be given "every opportunity" to hold the job for the final five games of the season. "We're searching for answers on offense," Gruden said. "And it starts at the quarterback position, quite frankly." Now it's a question as to whether RG3 is done for good in Washington, and whether he'll develop the skills necessary to succeed as a pocket-passer in the NFL. The Redskins (3-8) are 0-3 since he returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the past two games. The former No. 2 overall draft pick seemed poised to revolutionize the quarterback position with his arm and legs when he led Washington to the playoffs two years ago, but he is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season and has struggled to adjust his game. "We just want him to take a step back, work on his craft a little bit more, study the game a little bit more," Gruden said. Griffin will serve as the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. Although he chatted informally with reporters Wednesday, he made no comment about Gruden's decision. The Redskins have not permitted Griffin to speak publicly at various times this season, but a team spokesman said it was Griffin's decision to remain silent this time. Gruden has had plenty to say, much of it quite candid, about Griffin's development. The coach was particularly brutal a week ago, citing "fundamental flaws" after an abysmal performance in a 20-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Griffin followed that up by throwing for just 106 yards in a 17-13 defeat against the San Francisco. This is the fourth quarterback change made by Gruden this year. The coach called it a "merry-go-around," but it's almost par for the course for the Redskins, who have used 24 starters since 1993. The lack of continuity has its price - they've missed the playoffs in 18 of those 22 seasons. And now they might have to start over yet again at the sport's most important position. They gave up three first-round picks in order to move up and select Griffin in the 2012 draft, a trade that had serious ramifications because it kept Washington from filling other vital needs in subsequent drafts. The team will have to decide in the upcoming offseason whether to pick up a fifth-year option on Griffin's contract. That now seems unlikely, but Gruden nevertheless said he hasn't given up on the 24-year-old QB. "For Robert to take a step back and be a backup quarterback is not the end of the world," Gruden said. "It's happened to great quarterbacks in the past. It will happen again. ... Doesn't mean he's not going to be a great quarterback one day, here or somewhere else or whatever." The timing is particularly humiliating for Griffin because it comes as the Redskins are preparing to face the Colts and Andrew Luck, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick ahead of Griffin. The two will always be compared, but their paths have diverged incredibly since their rookie season. Griffin was benched for the final three games last year as the season spiraled to a 3-13 finish under then-coach Mike Shanahan. He has also suffered two major leg injuries, a torn ACL in his right knee as a rookie and a dislocated left ankle this year. The injuries have played a part in Griffin's desire to become a pass-first quarterback, rather than the dual-threat player who rushed for 815 yards as a rookie. The ankle problem caused Griffin to miss six games and hindered his work with Gruden. But there had already been signs in training camp that he was having trouble with basics such as footwork and downfield reads. Kirk Cousins took over after Griffin was hurt in the first quarter of the Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he lost his next four starts and proved to be turnover-prone. He was benched at halftime in favor of McCoy against the Tennessee Titans, and McCoy rallied the Redskins to a 19-17 win, then to a Monday night upset of the Dallas Cowboys. Despite McCoy's success, Gruden went back to Griffin the following week - and the Redskins haven't won since. "If we reversed the clock, obviously knowing what we know now, I'd stick with Colt," Gruden said. For the season, Griffin has completed 70 percent of his passes, but he has only two touchdowns and three interceptions and has been sacked 20 times in five starts. His passer rating is 85.7. McCoy joined the Redskins this season in need of a job in his fifth year in the league, willing to be a third-stringer behind Griffin and Cousins. He went more than two years between NFL starts, but he has completed 86 percent of his passes (36 for 42) in his two games with Washington this season. Even with such numbers to back it up, the move is a bold one for Gruden, a rookie coach trying to get a handle on a struggling franchise. Asked why he isn't using the final five games to give Griffin more chances to develop, Gruden answered: "I think there's a case for that, but there's also a case that Colt is 2-0." Gruden said he discussed the move with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen. "I think ultimately it's the coach's decision, but they're on board," Gruden said. "Had they been adamant and said, `No, play him,' I don't know what would have happened."

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:49:00 +0000
Johnson helps No. 3 Arizona past SDSU for Maui title

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Stanley Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds, helping No. 3 Arizona gut out a 61-59 victory over No. 15 San Diego State on Wednesday night for its second Maui Invitational title. Arizona (6-0) survived a stiff semifinal challenge against Kansas State and faced a bigger one against the athletic Aztecs (5-1). The Wildcats traded blows in this heavyweight bout in paradise, coming up with the big plays down the stretch to win their 33rd straight regular-season non-conference game. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona his usual exuberant boost and scored 14 points, while the Wildcats closed in around San Diego State defensively in the second half to add to the Maui title they won in 2000. Trey Kell had a four-point play with 17 seconds to go and Winston Shepard hit a 3 with less than a second left, but it wasn't enough for the Aztecs. Kell and Shepard had 14 points each to lead San Diego State, which made 11 of 29 shots in the second half. An Arizona-San Diego State title game was what college basketball fans hoped for when the Maui Invitational brackets came out. San Diego State got here by outlasting BYU in double overtime and dominating Pittsburgh in the semifinals. Arizona pulled away from Missouri in its opener and pulled out a tight one against Kansas State. That set up a marquee matchup in a budding rivalry. Arizona has gotten the best of SDSU in recent years, winning three straight, including a thriller in Honolulu in 2012 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season. The game lived up to the under-the-spotlight billing, two athletic teams trading baskets, elbows and floor burns in front of a packed-and-rowdy Lahaina Civic Center crowd. San Diego State was in control early, patiently and effectively probing Arizona's defense. The Aztecs made 10 of 19 shots in the half. The Wildcats kept up with volume shooting, fueled by their ability to get to the offensive glass. Arizona made 11 of 33 shots, but had 13 points off 11 offensive rebounds, including five by Johnson. That allowed Arizona to lead 32-31 at halftime despite Gabe York and T.J. McConnell sitting late in the half with three fouls each. Little changed in the second half, other than Arizona's shooting percentage. The Aztecs and Wildcats continued to trade athletic plays, neither able to gain much traction on the other, tension building with each basket or swatted shot. Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona a little room blocking a 3-pointer by Dwayne Polee II and racing out for a breakaway dunk that made it 53-49. The Wildcats held on from there - barely. San Diego State: Polee finished with 11 points. Arizona: Johnson accidentally knocked over a ballboy during a first-half timeout, drawing boos from the San Diego State fans on that end of the floor. Shepard helped the kid off the floor. San Diego State plays at San Diego on Dec. 4. Arizona hosts Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:56:00 +0000
Gordon says he felt alienated during suspension

BEREA, Ohio (AP) As his teammates and coaches went about their season, Josh Gordon felt like an outsider. He was exiled on his own team. Unable to practice or play during his 10-game NFL suspension, the star wide receiver was so isolated that he said it felt as if he had contracted an illness. No one wanted to be near him. He was alone, on a separate schedule and Gordon said he felt relationships change. He knew he had to prove himself again. What Gordon didn't realize was that his standing inside the locker room had been unshaken. "I don't think he ever lost our trust," Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said. "He made some poor choices, I'm sure he'll admit to them. But throughout his suspension, with the things that he did and the way he conducted and handled himself and came back in shape, he proved that he was a new person that had grown up from the situations." Gordon came back from his suspension for marijuana abuse last week and shined in his first game. He caught eight passes for 120 yards in Cleveland's 26-24 win over Atlanta, a victory that shoved the Browns (7-4) into the thick of the AFC playoff race. It was a welcomed return for Gordon, who did it with such ease that Thomas had no idea he had been so productive. "I went home and my wife said, `Wasn't it great having Josh back?"' Thomas said, "and I said, `He didn't really do anything, right?' She said, `He had 120 yards.' I'm like, `Really?"' Gordon didn't speak with reporters on Wednesday, excusing himself from a crowd gathered around his locker by walking a down-and-out route through the exit door. Earlier, in an interview with former teammate Nate Burleson for the NFL Network, Gordon said the "lowest point" of his suspension was when he felt friends - and the Browns - distance themselves from him. "I don't want to throw names around but I can see it," Gordon told Burleson, who was with Cleveland during training camp and became close with Gordon. "I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish as they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it but they don't really want to touch it." Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer can relate to Gordon's feelings of separation. While he was rehabbing a season-ending knee injury in 2013, Hoyer felt similarly secluded despite being with a team. "When you're in the building but you're not really a part of the team, you kind of feel like things are going on without you. It's a terrible feeling," he said. "You see your teammates going about the business that they do every day and you want to be a part of it, but you're really not." Browns coach Mike Pettine said it would be natural for anyone to feel as Gordon did. Although he may have been around, Gordon, who was not permitted to practice or lift weights with his teammates during his ban, was not part of the weekly buildup for a game. He didn't feel as if he belonged. "I can just see from a human nature standpoint maybe feeling that way," he said. "Knowing the quality of the people in this building, I doubt there would be any overt maliciousness. I know Josh is well liked by his teammates." Like Thomas, Hoyer said Gordon doesn't have to earn back anything. "He's done his time," Hoyer said. "We welcomed him back with open arms, not just because of the player he is, but we all know the type of person Josh is. He's a great guy. He's a great part of this team and he's a big part of this locker room. We knew he'd come back humble, hungry, and you can see it on the field." NOTES: Pettine has not seen the video of quarterback Johnny Manziel's "scuffle" in a downtown hotel last week. Police were called to a luxury hotel where Manziel has an apartment early Saturday morning to break up a fight. Pettine said Manziel's playing status remains the same. "Are we disappointed? I think we've already expressed that," Pettine said. "But to me it doesn't affect his status." ... LB Karlos Dansby (knee) hopes to play this week in Buffalo. Dansby missed last week's game, but has been making steady progress. LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) and S Tashaun Gipson (knee) did not practice. Pettine said the team can wait another week before deciding whether to put Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, on injured reserve.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:00:00 +0000
Report: Tomas in process of deal with Arizona

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not yet been completed. The person said several additional steps were necessary but the agreement was likely to be finalized in the next few days. MLB.com reported Wednesday a deal had been agreed to. Tomas, 24, hit .375 (6 for 16) for Cuba with two homers and five RBIs in last year's World Baseball Classic. He would join an outfield hampered last season by injuries to Mark Trumbo (stress fracture in left foot) and A.J. Pollock (broken right hand), who both missed about half the season. Trumbo, Ender Inciarte and Cody Ross have been Arizona's top projected corner outfielders. Arizona went a major league-worst 64-98 last season, fired manager Kirk Gibson and reassigned general manager Kevin Towers, who left to becomes a Cincinnati Reds' special assistant. Former big league pitcher Dave Stewart was hired as the Diamondbacks' GM under Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa and Chip Hale took over as manager. In Stewart's first major move, Arizona acquired pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from Tampa for a pair of minor league prospects. In total dollars among Cuban players, Tomas' deal would fall just short of the $72.5 million, seven-year contract agreed to in August between outfielder Rusney Castillo and the Boston Red Sox. The $11.42 million average would be just above first baseman Jose Abreu's $11.33 million average in the $68 million, six-year deal he agreed to with the Chicago White Sox in October 2011. Abreu went on to win AL Rookie of the Year.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:06:00 +0000
No. 6 Louisville holds on as Pitino wins 700th career game

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Louisville beat Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Pitino's 700th college victory. One of five active Hall of Fame coaches and among four in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitino is 700-245 overall and 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals. Chris Jones added 11 points, and freshman Chinanu Onuaku blocked seven shots for the Cardinals (5-0), who needed a lot of defense to put away the determined Vikings two nights after beating Savannah State by 61 points. Cold shooting and missed free throws by Louisville allowed Cleveland State (2-3) to stay close throughout and trail just 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining. But the Vikings made just two of their next 14 shots after that, and the Cardinals pulled away despite their lowest scoring output this season.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:16:00 +0000

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