Seminoles' RB arrested, misses court appearance

Seminoles' RB arrested, misses court appearance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. is out of jail on a $500 bond after being arrested for the third time in less than a year.

Wilder, who has rushed for 795 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Seminoles, turned himself into authorities Sunday at the Leon County Jail after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He failed to make a court appearance on a charge of driving with a suspended license. That date is now set for Jan. 24.

Florida State athletic department spokesman Elliott Finebloom said Monday that coach Jimbo Fisher is aware of Wilder's latest brush with the law. Fisher was in Tallahassee, but unavailable for comment. Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen, who has previously represented Wilder, did not immediately return a message for comment on the player's latest run-in with authorities.

Wilder, 20, spent a few days in the Leon County Jail in June after testing positive for alcohol, which was within legal parameters, while taking part in a work day program for a previous incident. The work day resulted from a plea agreement earlier this year on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence in February 2012. Deputies went to arrest a 20-year-old woman for missing a court appearance when Wilder stepped between the deputy and the woman, a former girlfriend, and pushed the deputy, according to the police report.

He is the son of James Wilder, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time career rushing leader.

The 6-2, 225-pound Wilder's role increased at midseason after starting tailback Chris Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Wilder then shared tailback duties with Devonta Freeman for the remainder of the season. Wilder finished the 2012 season as the Seminoles with 635 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing. He also caught 19 passes for 136 yards and two more TDs.

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Caps recall goalie Pheonix Copley after Braden Holtby 'tweaked something' in Dallas game


Caps recall goalie Pheonix Copley after Braden Holtby 'tweaked something' in Dallas game

You thought the Caps had a goalie rotation before, but now they have added a third netminder in the mix.

Pheonix Copley has been recalled from the Hershey Bears and will backup Philipp Grubauer for Washington's game in Detroit, the team announced Thursday.

The move comes in response to an injury concern for Braden Holtby.


Dallas Stars forward Remi Elie collided with Holtby midway through the third period on Tuesday as Holtby was extending to make a save. Holtby reacted awkwardly to the collision and could be seen skating and flexing his leg during the next stoppage.

With only nine games remaining in the regular season, Holtby's injury is a major concern. Given his recent struggles, the final few weeks of the season offered a chance for Holtby to get his game back to form. Just where his game will be when he is 100-percent healthy again is certainly a storyline to watch.


The good news for Washington, however, is that Grubauer is perhaps more ready this season to lead the team than he ever has been and confidence in him around the team should be high.

Since Thanksgiving, Grubauer has played in 22 games with a 17-11-4 record, a .939 save percentage, 1.85 GAA and two shutouts. No goalie who has played in 20 games or more has registered a better save percentage or GAA. He will certainly be looked upon to carry the load until Holtby returns. Whether this means he now has the inside track on starting in the playoffs, however, remains to be seen. That will depend largely on just when Holtby is ready to return and how Grubauer plays down the stretch.

Copley, 26, has gone 14-16-6 with two shutouts, a .898 save percentage and 2.86 GAA in 38 games in Hershey this season. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington in 2014. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in the package that netted the Caps T.J. Oshie, but was reacquired by Washington in Feb. 2017 in a trade deadline deal that included Kevin Shattenkirk.

At the time, it was believed Copley would be the team's backup for the 2017-18 season with Grubauer likely headed to Vegas in the expansion draft. Vegas, however, took Nate Schmidt instead which led to Copley spending the season in Hershey. The Caps now will be happy for the extra goalie depth for as long as Holtby's health remains a concern.

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Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

This weekend was already going to be special for Washington Wizards fans. Now they will get souvenirs to remember it.

As part of their celebration of Phil Chenier's legendary career and the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship, the Wizards are handing out emoji signs on Friday night and commemorative t-shirts on Sunday. All fans in attendance will receive a giveaway.


The emoji sign has Chenier's face on it and will be handed out for the March 23 game against the Nuggets. Chenier will have his jersey retired at halftime during the game. 

The emoji sign is presented by NBC Sports Washington. You're welcome, Authentic Fans.


The shirts will be given out on Sunday when the Wizards host the New York Knicks. 

Here's the front...

And the back...

Let's take a closer look at that back...

As a reporter who has received many giveaways over the years at pro sports stadiums, these are uniquely awesome. Should be a great weekend for Wizards fans. See you at the arena.


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