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Rubio to make season debut against Mavericks

Rubio to make season debut against Mavericks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The floppy hair is back. The behind-the-back pass is back. Ricky Rubio is back.

Rubio was cleared to play in his first game in more than nine months and was expected to see the floor when the Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Rubio has not played in a game since tearing up his left knee last March. He averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 assists as a rookie last season, energizing a previously downtrodden franchise and helping it return to the thick of the playoff race before he went down.

``I'm excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center,'' Rubio said in a statement issued by the team. ``After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months.''

Rubio had surgery on March 21 and then started the first major rehabilitation process of his career. He has said the most difficult part has been remaining patient throughout the program, never more so than the last two weeks after he was cleared for full-contact practice. Rubio returned to work out with his teammates on Dec. 2 and watched the Wolves play five more games without him while he worked his way back into shape.

Coach Rick Adelman said he would try to keep Rubio's minutes around 16 to 18, which is why he was bringing him off the bench rather than starting him. Adelman said it is more difficult to keep Rubio's minutes in check if he's starting. The team also likely will not play him in back-to-backs right away.

``He's a really mature young man and he understands everything he's got to go through here,'' Adelman said before the game. ``We've talked about that. But he's only going to play one way, and that benefits us.''

The Wolves went 11-9 without Rubio this season, impressive considering they've also dealt with injuries to All-Star Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger, JJ Barea and Nikola Pekovic, among others.

Love was considered a game-time decision after bruising his right thumb late in the victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, but was a late scratch because of an illness. Josh Howard also injured a knee in the game and shooting guard Malcolm Lee is out indefinitely with an ailing knee as well.

But Minnesota has been waiting for its floor leader to come back and make things easier on everyone. Rubio's passing, perimeter defense and infectious personality helped make the Wolves one of the surprise teams in the West last year before his injury. After some time to get his rhythm back, they are expecting their point guard to give them just as big of a boost this season.

Rubio did not make the trip to New Orleans in hopes of getting himself ready to play the Mavericks, then was cleared by the team's medical and training staff on Saturday morning.

After the Mavericks game, the Wolves head to Florida for a back-to-back with Orlando and Miami on Monday and Tuesday and also have games at home against the Thunder and at the Knicks in a challenging week ahead.

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

One of Trent Williams’ dogs involved in a fight with his neighbor’s dog received stitches on several deep cuts after the incident, according to a video shared by Williams on Twitter.

Redskins running back Derrius Guice posted a video of Williams' pitbull on Twitter. Williams quote- tweeted it on his account, echoing Guice’s statement with shouting emojis.

Warning: The video, which is linked here, is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers. 

The fight, which occurred in Missouri City, Texas, resulted in the death of the neighbor’s dog, Sandy. Williams' neighbors told local TV station ABC 13 that the dogs at his house are a menace to the neighborhood. "We've been here three years, and I'll definitely tell you my family and I feel like prisoners in our own neighborhood," said neighbor Cecelia Hernandez.

Williams defended his pets, telling ABC 13 that Sandy sent the dog she attacked to the veterinarian’s office fighting for its life. The procedures cost about $5,000 in medical bills.

Local police and animal control are no longer investigating the incident. Neither Williams nor his neighbors were charged.

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Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

When the Redskins host the Eagles on Sunday, both teams will be without multiple starters at the wide receiver position.

Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn will miss his second straight contest with a concussion. The Redskins will roll out a trio of rookie wide receivers -- Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, and Steven Sims -- as the team placed veteran Paul Richardson on injured reserve this week.

Philadelphia will be without their top three wide receivers -- Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor -- in Week 15. Agholor will be inactive. Jeffery was placed on IR earlier this week, and Jackson has been on IR since early November. Jackson only appeared in three contests this season in his second stint in Philadelphia, but he torched the Redskins for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

Ryan Kerrigan, who's been Washington's Ironman since entering the NFL in 2011, will miss the remainder of the season with a calf injury he suffered last week in Green Bay. The team placed him on injured reserve earlier this week, too.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar has been Washington's best defender this season, but was forced to leave last week's contest early with a hamstring injury. He didn't practice all week and is inactive against Philadelphia.

Redskins guard Brandon Scherff will also miss Sunday's contest. He was questionable with an elbow and shoulder injury and only practiced on a limited basis this week.

Philadelphia will also be without their All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson, who is out with an ankle injury.

Here are the full inactives.

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives

Redskins Inactives:

QB Colt McCoy
OG Brandon Scherff
WR Trey Quinn
TE Caleb Wilson
OL Ross Pierschbacher
CB Quinton Dunbar
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

Eagles Inactives:

QB Nate Sudfeld
WR Nelson Agholor
RB Jordan Howard
OT Lane Johnson
DE Shareef Miller
OG Sua Opeta
DE Derek Barnett

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