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Arkansas RB Knile Davis entering NFL draft

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Arkansas RB Knile Davis entering NFL draft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Knile Davis never quite looked like his old self this season at Arkansas.

The running back's next chance to show he is fully recovered from a devastating ankle injury will come in the NFL.

Davis announced his decision to skip his senior year with the Razorbacks on Tuesday, bringing a close to a career that was equal parts productive and injury-marred.

He led all Southeastern Conference running backs in rushing in 2010 with 1,322 yards. He averaged 147 yards rushing over his final seven games that season, capping off the breakout performance with a 139-yard rushing effort in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.

However, he missed the 2011 season while recovering from a broken left ankle. Davis returned this past season and said he was 100 percent healthy, though he gained only 377 yards rushing - averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

``Over the last few weeks, I've been very reflective in weighing my options,'' Davis said in a statement. ``However, after careful counsel with my family and support system, I've made the decision to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL draft. I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber.''

Davis has also broken his right ankle twice and his collarbone twice in his career, dating to high school in Texas. None of the previous injuries, however, hurt as badly or required as difficult a rehab as the broken left ankle he suffered during a preseason scrimmage before the 2011 season.

Despite the grueling recovery, Davis appeared in the best shape of his career entering this season. He set a personal best with a 570-pound squat in March, and the 6-foot-2, 226-pound running back said he was fully recovered and ready for full contact when Arkansas opened fall practice.

Still, interim Arkansas coach John L. Smith kept Davis out of full-contact drills for most of August, only relenting and allowing the eager running back to take part during the team's final preseason scrimmage.

Davis' season started with an 18-carry, 70-yard effort in a win over Jacksonville State, but he showed little of the big-play ability that marked his 2010 season. His longest run was a 28-yard gain in a 58-10 loss to Texas A&M, and he dropped behind Dennis Johnson on the depth chart as the season wore on.

His final game came in a 20-13 loss to LSU, a defeat that ended a disappointing season for Arkansas (4-8, 2-6 SEC). Davis had 31 yards in seven carries in the loss, and he added 52 yards receiving on five catches.

New coach Bret Bielema said last week he would meet with Davis and the other possible returners for the Razorbacks to tell them about his plan for the team after leaving Wisconsin after seven seasons.

Whatever Bielema had to say wasn't enough to keep Davis, who watched last season as former teammate wide receiver Greg Childs left after an injury-plagued junior season and was drafted in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Davis thanked his coaches at Arkansas, including former coach Bobby Petrino.

``What I will remember most over the past four years has been the patience, support, and overall concern the Razorback Nation has shown me and my family after each setback,'' Davis said. ``I will forever be a Razorback and will strive to make them proud on the next level.''

How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder was looking forward to catching Virginia in a more vulnerable state when the Monarchs added the Cavaliers to their schedule.

"I was really hoping when we scheduled this game three years ago that they wouldn't be this good if I'm being 100% truthful," Wilder said earlier this week about ODU's game Saturday night at No. 21 Virginia. "But I've been upstairs all morning studying them. They are a really good football team."

The Monarchs face an uphill battle to make headlines with an upset of the Cavaliers.

Virginia (3-0) is looking for its best start since 2004 when the Cavaliers won their first five games of the season. The Monarchs (1-1), in just their 11st season since reinstituting the football program, are coming of a 31-17 loss at Virginia Tech two weeks ago.

An early bye may have allowed ODU to prepare a few surprises for Virginia, but Wilder isn't sure.

"I think they are a complete football team," Wilder said, "and what I mean by that is they are solid in all aspects."

The Cavaliers are coming off a 31-24 victory against Florida State in a game they trailed for much of the contest. But Virginia fans were out in force for the matchup. The crowd -- 57,826 -- was the largest for the Cavaliers at home since Notre Dame visited to start the 2015 season.

"I was thrilled with the attendance and the support we received in our stadium," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Clearly made a difference for our team."

Virginia vs. Old Dominion Week 4:

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1)

What: Week 4 of the 2019 college football regular season

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, noon ET

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

TV Channel: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN 

Radio: Virginia Sports Online or ODU Sports Radio Network

Point Spread: -28

Over/Under: 46

Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

Virginia 2019 season schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (30-14, W)

Week 2: Friday, Sept. 6, Virginia vs. William & Mary (52-17, W)

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 14, Virginia vs. Florida State (31-24, W)

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 21, Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 7:00 p.m.

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 28, Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: Friday, Oct. 11, Virginia vs. Miami, 8:00 p.m.

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 19, Virginia vs. Duke, TBA

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 26, Virginia vs. Louisville, TBA

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 2, Virginia vs. North Carolina, TBA

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 9, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, TBA

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 23, Virginia vs. Liberty, TBA

Week 14: Friday, Nov. 29, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, TBA

Associated Press assisted in the contribution of this story.

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.

Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.

Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.

Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.

Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to someone involved in his court case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.

Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown. 

The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.

The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.

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