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Monday's Sports in Brief

Monday's Sports in Brief

Seven coaches and five general managers were fired Monday in a flurry of pink slips that were delivered the day after the regular-season ended.

Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona -all coaches who took teams to the Super Bowl - Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

Three teams - San Diego, Cleveland, Arizona - made it a clean sweep, saying goodbye to the GM along with the coach. General managers also were fired in Jacksonville and in New York, where Rex Ryan held onto his job coaching the Jets despite a losing record.

Reid was the longest tenured of the coaches, removed after 14 seasons and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 - a loss to New England.

Smith spent nine seasons with the Bears, leading them to the 2007 Super Bowl - a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Turner has now been fired as a head coach by three teams. San Diego won the AFC West from 2006-09, but didn't make the postseason the last three years.

NEW YORK (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs own the No. 1 pick in next April's draft, with the rest of the order set for non-playoff teams.

Kansas City and Jacksonville finished 2-14 each, but the Chiefs had the weaker schedule, earning them the top selection.

The rest of the top 20 picks for the April 25-27 draft were announced Monday by the NFL.

Oakland is third, followed by Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, the New York Jets and Tennessee.

Then come San Diego, Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, the New York Giants, and Chicago.

The remainder of the selections will be determined by playoff results.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In probably his last NFL-related ruling, U.S. District Judge David Doty sided with the league this time.

The NFL Players Association's claim of collusion by league owners was rejected by Doty, who has previously sided with the players during more than two decades of judging NFL labor matters. The league lost enough key decisions under Doty's jurisdiction that it twice tried to have him removed from his role as the sport's legal referee, alleging impartiality.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with running back Brandon Jacobs in an expected move after the outspoken player was suspended for the final three regular-season games.

Jacobs was suspended Dec. 10, though the team didn't explain why he was being punished. Yet it was pretty clear following a series of posts by Jacobs on social media sites in the days prior addressing his lack of playing time.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, who helped block for Peyton Manning during the Colts' Super Bowl-winning 2006 season, announced his retirement.

PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) - Hockey fans might have a reason to be a bit optimistic.

The NHL and the players' association are back on speaking terms, are trading ideas, and already have plans to get back together after the first day of face-to-face meetings in nearly three weeks.

The union responded to the NHL's most recent contract proposal with one of their own. And even before the league had a chance to review it with a fine-toothed comb, the sides decided they would meet again Tuesday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ATLANTA (AP) - Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Tevin Washington ran for a 1-yard touchdown that broke a third-quarter tie, then threw a TD pass while leading Georgia Tech past Southern California for a 21-7 victory in the Sun Bowl.

VANDERBILT 38, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century by beating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl.

The Commodores (9-4) won their seventh straight game, their top mark since going 9-1 in 1915.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tulsa avenged a loss to Iowa State earlier in the season by defeating the Cyclones 31-17 in the rematch at a rainy Liberty Bowl behind Alex Singleton's three touchdowns.

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Boise State has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West in 2013 - and San Diego State could be next to reverse course.

Boise State and the Mountain West announced they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of the past two seasons.

Boise State, which left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West after the 2010 season, is still on the hook to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East, though the school says there are ``provisions'' which could make it less. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference will help Boise State pay its exit fee.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Michael Carter-Williams picked the perfect time to get his game back on track.

Syracuse's slick-passing sophomore point guard had a career-high 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds to lead the seventh-ranked Orange to a 96-62 victory over Central Connecticut State.

The win gave Orange coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win.

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For the third straight week Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25, and for the first time in 16 years Minnesota is in the top 10.

The Blue Devils (12-0) received all but two first-place votes from the 65-member media panel. The next five teams - Michigan, Arizona, Louisville, Indiana and Kansas - held their places from last week. Syracuse, Ohio State, Minnesota and Gonzaga rounded out the top 10.

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Connecticut took over No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll after routing Stanford over the weekend.

Coach Geno Auriemma's team had 37 first-place votes, while second-ranked Baylor got the other three. The Huskies last held the top spot at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Duke moved up to third while Stanford, which held the top place for six weeks after beating Baylor, fell to fourth. Notre Dame was fifth

BASEBALL

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals and says he is ready to return to the majors.

The 38-year-old infielder got a one-year contract that will be worth $1.1 million if he makes the big leagues. There is an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.

TENNIS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Caroline Wozniacki's first trip to the Brisbane International ended in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) first-round loss to Kazakhstan qualifier Ksenia Pervak on Monday. She quickly followed up by dismissing speculation about an engagement to golf No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

CHENNAI, India (AP) - Sixth-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands and eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan reached the second round of the Chennai Open with straight-set victories Monday.

SHENZEN, China (AP) - Top-seeded Li Na opened her Shenzhen Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (6), 6-2, 7-5 in swirling wind Monday in the first round of the ASB Tennis Classic.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his season with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Qatar Open.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (6), 6-2, 7-5 in swirling wind Monday in the first round of the ASB Tennis Classic.

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Why Trent Williams is the one holding the leverage when it comes to his situation with the Redskins

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Why Trent Williams is the one holding the leverage when it comes to his situation with the Redskins

Trent Williams wasn't at the Redskins' mandatory June minicamp or any of their OTA sessions, either, with reports suggesting he wants more money, is upset with the organization's medical staff or a combination of the two.

But even by not attending any offseason practice, Williams showed the Redskins something very important.

If he's not at left tackle for the team in 2019, the entire offense might fail. Not having their anchor on the left side could be an anchor to the whole campaign.

Even in sessions where the defensive line wasn't playing with full ferocity, they often times had no problems getting into the faces of Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum. Jay Gruden absolutely noticed. It was impossible not to.

Yes, it's necessary to point out Williams wasn't the only one missing up front. In fact, the collection was basically made up of second-stringers.

However, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff and Chase Roullier are all slated to be back when meaningful football resumes. Gruden, the passers and the running backs don't have to worry about them.

Yet they should all be quite petrified at the thought of not having No. 71 around.

A massive reason why is because of the present choices behind him. Ereck Flowers was brought in to try and be used at left guard, but with Williams absent, he saw heavy action on the outside. The results reminded everyone there of why he's being moved to the interior.

Aside from Flowers, the 'Skins have players like Tyler Catalina and Timon Parris on the roster. They fared better than Flowers when the media was able to watch practices in Ashburn, but they're nowhere close to being starting-caliber options, let alone ready to serve as replacements for one of the franchise's top contributors of the 2000s.  

That's a major factor into why it feels like Williams holds the leverage in his standoff with the Burgundy and Gold. There are other factors as well.

Whether or not Haskins wins the job coming out of Richmond remains to be seen. With that being said, the 15th overall pick will eventually take over as signal caller, and figures to take over for the long-term future. Haskins' early career beginning with someone other than Williams protecting him is the opposite of ideal.

Then, there's the fact that many decision makers believe the Redskins are "close" to breaking through. That step forward will not happen if Williams isn't suiting up.

Now, the team could just wait Williams out and see if he's really committed to the reported "vow" he's taken to never play in DC again. Would he still be content to not show up once he starts losing out on hefty game checks?

That's something the front office may decide to find out, and that route could easily force Williams into a place where he has to make the first move. It's a card they're holding, and a key card at that.

But still, the Redskins have a head coach who badly needs to succeed starting in September, an offense predicated on running the ball, a prized young QB about to embark on his NFL life and leaders up top who could use positive results on the field.

All of that is largely why, in his Tuesday story, JP Finlay wrote that perhaps improving Williams' contract and getting him back in the locker room appears to be how this'll all play out.

The storyline this offseason absolutely wasn't supposed to be about a battle between the Redskins and Trent Williams, but as of now, that's the topic everyone's talking about. It's now in Washington's best interest to ensure it doesn't carry over beyond Week 1.

For that to happen, it seems like the team will have to appease the player. That's not common in the NFL, but not many players find themselves with the leverage Williams possesses.  

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

The sheriff's deputy who allegedly got into an altercation with Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri has retained a lawyer and is considering filing a lawsuit against the Raptors executive, according to a report. 

David Mastagni, the newly hired attorney, told San Francisco TV station KPIX reporter Katie Nielsen and the Associated Press that the Alameda County sheriff's deputy was unable to work and had a concussion from the incident following the Raptors' NBA championship win at Oracle Arena last week.

Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC Sports Washington last week that Ujiri wasn't wearing the proper credentials to celebrate with the Raptors on the court at Oracle Arena after his team won the final. When the sheriff's deputy tried to stop him, according to Kelly, he was pushed and struck in the face by Ujiri. 

Ujiri was eventually identified and allowed on the floor. He was seen moments later celebrating with the Raptors players on the ABC broadcast. 

Last week a Raptors spokesperson told NBC Sports Washington that the incident “is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation.” When reached on Tuesday, the spokesperson said there was no further comment.

On Tuesday, KPIX's Nielsen reported that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern had reviewed body camera and security camera footage of the incident and supports the deputy. According to the report,  he is recommending the case move forward to the District Attorney for charges of misdemeanor battery of a police officer.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported earlier that the Wizards were preparing an offer to try to lure Ujiri from Toronto to take the vacant top position in the team's front office - though Ujiri, while celebrating at the parade in Toronto on Monday, might have hinted that he wasn't interested in leaving quite yet. "We will continue to win in Toronto," he told fans.

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