Czechs tied 1-1 with Switzerland in Davis Cup


Czechs tied 1-1 with Switzerland in Davis Cup

GENEVA (AP) Tomas Berdych won his match Friday to bring defending champion Czech Republic to 1-1 against Switzerland after the opening singles.

The sixth-ranked Berdych eased to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory over 289th-ranked Henri Laaksonen on an indoor hardcourt at Palexpo Arena.

Earlier, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka beat Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Roger Federer is skipping the best-of-five series, while Czech veteran Radek Stepanek is sidelined by injury.

In Saturday's doubles, Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic champion with Federer, will partner Marco Chiudinelli against Ivo Minar and Jiri Vesely.

The match between Wawrinka and Berdych will open reverse singles on Sunday.

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Jay Gruden pushes back on report that he's not involved, feels 'on board' as a decision-maker


Jay Gruden pushes back on report that he's not involved, feels 'on board' as a decision-maker

Reports surfaced last week that Jay Gruden was "not being consulted" on much of the Redskins' offseason decision-making. That was something that apparently was really frustrating the head coach, too.

On Tuesday, Gruden had a chance to respond to those reports. While speaking to the media in Arizona at the NFL's annual meetings, he explained how Washington executes signings and also that some discord is totally normal.

"Everybody has their opinions, but at the end of the day, we give our reports, we give our recommendations, we have our say," Gruden said. "Guys are signed, we're happy with the guys we signed. In a perfect world, sure, I'd like to have total control. But I don't, that's just not my position and I accept that."

"There's a move or two I might be surprised by," he later added. "But for the most part, I'm on board for all of them. It works out fine. Frustration sometimes may set in from time to time for a move or two, but at the end of the day, I know that I'm on board."

Eric Bickel of the Sports Junkies reported that Gruden found out about the critical Landon Collins signing via a media member, as opposed to knowing about it beforehand. Gruden downplayed that, however, calling Collins' acquisition the franchise's "ultimate goal" in free agency and one he was supportive of.

"I am not in on negotiations at all, so a lot of times I won't know that we signed a guy," he said. "That's just natural."

Overall, improved communication is something Gruden has wanted for some time throughout the organization. With that being said, perhaps this is just the way things have worked and will continue to work in Ashburn.

Regardless of how much his voice is being heard before certain moves are made, though, Gruden sounded much more focused on how the Redskins will win in 2019. He should be, too, considering how much pressure he's facing.

"I'll coach whoever's on the dang field," he concluded.


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Colt McCoy drinks a gallon of milk every day and you'll never believe where it apparently comes from


Colt McCoy drinks a gallon of milk every day and you'll never believe where it apparently comes from

PHOENIX - Colt McCoy drinks a gallon of milk every day. And it's not pastuerized either. 

If that sounds weird, imagine being seated next to Jay Gruden when he looks you in the eye and says, "Right out of the teat."

The crowd gathered around the Redskins head coach broke out in laughter, but for me particularly, I nearly lost it. It was simultaneously the most fun and weirdest moment of my reporting career.

The milk talk started because McCoy was spotted on crutches last weekend during an Indy Car race. That was weird because McCoy's injury came in December, and he was walking around the locker room just a few weeks later.

In fact, Gruden revealed that the team probably pushed too hard to get McCoy back for the end of the 2018 campaign when the team was still miraculously in the playoff hunt, and that's why the quarterback needed surgery now on the leg. 

It doesn't sound great, honestly.

But don't worry, because McCoy drinks a gallon of milk every day. He should have strong bones. 

It was Gruden being Gruden. It was a joke with a tinge of seriousness. He's funny and does his best to be optimistic in all situations, even when the Redskins injury situation continues to be severe. 

At some point, we will have to ask McCoy about his milk intake. And we will certainly have to ask if the milk really does come right from the teat. 

Meanwhile, I never thought I would type the word teat in a football story. Never.