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Seattle LB Leroy Hill arrested on assault charges

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Seattle LB Leroy Hill arrested on assault charges

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will.

According to a release from the Issaquah Police Department on Wednesday morning, Hill was arrested on investigation of unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence. According to King County Jail records, Hill was booked into the Seattle correctional facility early Wednesday afternoon.

Both charges are felonies in Washington state. It's at least the fourth time Hill, 30, has been arrested and the second time he's been accused of domestic violence.

Police said they responded to Hill's home around 4 p.m. Tuesday. A 26-year-old said she had been assaulted several times and was kept in Hill's home against her will. The women told police that Hill blocked the doorway and took her cellphone. She was able to escape the home when Hill used the bathroom, police said.

She was treated at a hospital and released. A Seahawks spokesman said the team is aware of the situation.

Hill played last season on a one-year contract with the Seahawks. He played in 13 games, starting 12, and recorded 47 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. Hill is one of two players still on the Seahawks roster from their lone Super Bowl appearance when they lost to Pittsburgh. He's played all eight NFL seasons with the Seahawks and has started 89 of 97 games in his Seattle career.

Hill is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.

For much of his career, off-field problems have followed Hill. He was arrested less than a year ago for marijuana possession in Atlanta, but the charge was later dismissed. His first arrest came in 2009 in Georgia for marijuana possession where he was sentenced to 12 months of probation.

Then in April 2010, Hill was arrested by Issaquah police on a fourth-degree assault-domestic violence charge. Hill avoided trial on that charge after agreeing to a stipulated order of continuance that required him to avoid legal troubles for 18 months and complete a one-year, state-certified domestic violence treatment program.

Issaquah prosecutor Lynn Moberly said Wednesday that Hill's previous domestic violence case had closed and the latest arrest has no influence on his previous deal.

Hill was suspended by the NFL for two games during the 2010 season.

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Redskins VP of Payer Personnel Kyle Smith reveals inner workings of Redskins' new power structure

Redskins VP of Payer Personnel Kyle Smith reveals inner workings of Redskins' new power structure

In terms of the area's interest in its power structure, the Redskins organization is likely second only behind the White House. That's become especially true ever since Ron Rivera took over at the start of January.

Luckily, among many other topics he addressed during his time at the Combine podium on Tuesday, Redskins VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith explained how Washington is running things these days.

Smith and Rivera are at the top, with Rivera having the most say in Dan Snyder's new "coach-centric" approach. But Smith figures to be involved in all off-field decisions, too, seeing as he's now in charge of both the college and pro aspects of the front office.

Doug Williams, meanwhile, has been shifted into the role of Senior VP of Player Development. There, he will be responsible for providing the locker room with guidance and resources in an effort to make sure they succeed in every facet of being an athlete in the NFL. 

Because of Williams' transition away from his previous job as Senior VP of Player Personnel, Alex Santos — who's been largely credited with keeping the team afloat the past few years despite major injury problems by making timely free agent decisions — will be directing the pro personnel side, according to Smith.

"That side kind of runs itself," Smith said Tuesday, which reflects well on Santos' performance and indicates the trust he has from both Smith and Rivera.

Then there's Tim Gribble, who will now be heading up the college department. He'll be a "tremendous leader" there, Smith told reporters in Indy, as Washington looks to continue its recent run of useful draft classes.

And, of course, when it comes to Sundays, there'll be new coaches like Jack Del Rio and Scott Turner as well as a different training staff, which the respected Ryan Vermillion will oversee.

Together, this group's arrivals and ascensions have changed the way many Redskins fans feel about the franchise's future. Now, it's up to them to validate that attitude adjustment.

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Juan Soto 'wants more,' not satisfied after first spring training home run

Juan Soto 'wants more,' not satisfied after first spring training home run

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is just 21 years old, but already one of the league's brightest stars.

But when Soto was asked what his goals were for the spring as he enters his third Major League season, he simply said he just wants to make the team.

Soto hit his first home run of spring training on Tuesday against the Cardinals. When asked about the homer, Soto kept that same, simple mindset that he showed at the beginning of spring training.

"It’s just the beginning. We just started right now," Soto told MLB.com's Jessica Camarato. "Everything I do, I feel proud of this. But I think I can get more, and I want more.”

A year ago, Soto hit 34 home runs during the regular season, tied for a team-high with third baseman Anthony Rendon. Soto added five more in the postseason during the Nationals' World Series run, two of which were in back-to-back World Series games.

Washington is looking for the left fielder to match that production, if not more, in 2020, especially with the departure of Rendon to Los Angeles.

But Soto is not worried about that right now. With Opening Day still multiple weeks away, Soto is focused on the basics.

"Every year, I try to start to feel it in the spring,” Soto said. “Feel it back there and then get used to it, because I don’t want to get too much out in front because it’s going to be harder to keep it tight and keep it behind the ball. But for me, every Spring Training is a new goal, new things to do."

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