Tuesday's Sports in Brief

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

WASHINGTON (AP) Robert Griffin III is having surgery Wednesday on a torn ligament in his right knee - and to see if there's a second ligament that also needs to be repaired.

Baylor coach Art Briles confirmed to USA Today and The Associated Press on Tuesday night that the Washington Redskins rookie has a torn lateral collateral ligament. He said the surgery also will determine whether Griffin has damaged the ACL in that knee.

A person close to Griffin, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not made an announcement, also confirmed the details surrounding Griffin's injury to the AP.

A torn LCL requires a rehabilitation of several months, possibly extending into training camp and the start of next season. A torn ACL is a more severe injury, typically requiring nine to 12 months of recovery.

Griffin tore his ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in the third game of the 2009 season and missed the rest of the year.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired after his injury-depleted unit struggled in a pair of season-ending losses that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a third straight year.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tony Sparano was fired as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator after one season in which the offense ranked among the league's worst.

Sparano was hired last March to replace Brian Schottenheimer and take over an offense that struggled mightily. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins head coach wasn't able to jumpstart the running game or figure out a way to use Tim Tebow consistently as the Jets finished 30th in the NFL in total offense.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles added former Bears coach Lovie Smith to their list of candidates.

The Eagles will interview Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday, making him just the second former head coach to be considered for the job.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy.

NEW YORK (AP) - Bill Cowher added a bit of intrigue to the NFL coaching carousel, telling Newsday he probably will return to the sideline at some point.

The 55-year-old Cowher coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992-2006, winning a Super Bowl after the 2005 season. He is now a TV analyst for CBS.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A day after ESPN cameras lingered on her, announcers piled on compliments and at least one pro athlete made an online pass, Twitter was still abuzz about former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, who is dating Crimson Tide championship quarterback AJ McCarron.

Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame on Monday. For her part, the beauty pageant queen isn't taking it too seriously.

``It's been actually kind of fun,'' the 23-year-old model and Miss Alabama USA 2012 told The Associated Press.

ESPN announcer Brent Musburger remarked that Webb was a beautiful woman as the cameras revisited her. ``Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women,'' he said.

Some found Musburger's remarks out of line. On Tuesday, ESPN released this statement: ``We always try to capture interesting story lines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.''

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.

The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason format after a meeting in Key Biscayne.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is choosing the NFL over a final season of blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

The Outland Trophy winner said he thought it was in his ``best interest'' to enter April's NFL draft. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said Joeckel was projected as a high first-round pick

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse will name defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as the Orange's next coach, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press.


NEW YORK (AP) - All that is left of the NHL lockout are a pair of votes by owners and players.

If both sides approve the tentative deal reached over the weekend - as expected - training camps will open by Sunday.

The league's board of governors will meet Wednesday in New York, and the 30 club owners will vote on the agreement that was reached in the early morning hours of Sunday after a 16-hour negotiating session.

The union was waiting for one document before it scheduled a vote for its more than 700 members.

If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps could open Sunday. A 48-game regular season would then be expected to begin on Jan. 19.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Scott Skiles is out as Milwaukee Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season.

NEW YORK (AP) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $50,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating.

Cuban has been fined more than $1.5 million by the league during his 13 years owning the Mavs.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony said he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to ``another man.''

Anthony said he sought out Garnett after the Knicks' loss to Boston on Monday night so they could discuss it. He would not elaborate on what was said.

Anthony went toward the Celtics' locker room and waited for Garnett outside the team bus. He said they have spoken and sorted out the matter.

The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He shot 6 of 26, seeming at times in the second half to be most concerned with pushing and shoving Garnett.

The NBA is investigating and has video evidence. It could decide to penalize Anthony, who said he shouldn't be suspended.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lance Armstrong agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

According to a release posted on Oprah's website, it's the first interview with Armstrong since his athletic career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by USADA detailing allegations of drug use by the famous cyclist and his teammates on his U.S. Postal Service teams.

The show will air at 9 p.m. EST on Jan. 17 on OWN and Oprah.com.

Earlier Tuesday, ``60 Minutes Sports'' reported the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency told the show a representative for Armstrong offered the agency a ``donation'' in excess of $150,000 several years before an investigation by the organization led to the loss of Armstrong's Tour de France titles.

Armstrong attorney Tim Herman denied any offer was made.


KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Dustin Johnson ended a windy week with a wild ride that carried him to the first win of the PGA Tour season.

Despite hitting two drives into native areas that cost him three shots, Johnson never lost the lead at Kapalua. He closed with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory in the Tournament of Champions, though it was up for grabs with five holes remaining.


NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled for hip surgery on Jan. 16 and could be sidelined until the All-Star break.

A 14-time All-Star and baseball's priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. General manager Brian Cashman has said the team anticipates he will be sidelined four to six months after the operation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Slugging first baseman Adam LaRoche decided to stay with the Nationals, agreeing to a $24 million, two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year.


LONDON (AP) - Fourth-tier Bradford pulled off another major surprise in England's League Cup, beating Aston Villa 3-1 in the first leg of their semifinal to move one step from the club's first major final since 1911.

Bradford had defeated Arsenal on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.


SYDNEY (AP) - Top-seeded John Isner lost 6-4, 6-4 to fellow American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Sydney International.

HOBART, Australia (AP) - American qualifier Lauren Davis beat second-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 6-3 in a rain-interrupted, second-round match at the Hobart International.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Australian qualifier Greg Jones upset sixth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the first round of the Heineken Open for his first ATP victory.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster. Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards. The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise.