UF lineman charged with stealing scooter

UF lineman charged with stealing scooter

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Police say a University of Florida offensive lineman has been charged with stealing a scooter.

Campus police say redshirt freshman Jessamen Dunker was arrested Wednesday and charged with vehicle theft, a third-degree felony. They say he also was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Maj. Brad Barber says an officer observed Dunker tailgating a campus maintenance truck Wednesday morning. After seeing that Dunker's scooter didn't have a license plate, the officer pulled him over. During the stop, the officer learned that Dunker's license was suspended and the scooter had been reported stolen.

Dunker was being held in jail with no bail set. It wasn't clear if Dunker had an attorney.

UF athletic association spokesman Steve McClain says Coach Will Muschamp is aware of the arrest and will address it when he returns from a recruiting trip.

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Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

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Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

The Redskins signed two new wide receivers this week in Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, and while that might generate attention, those two players will not solve Washington's offensive funk. 

For the Redskins pass game to improve, Alex Smith needs to increase his connections with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson. Despite poor statistics through two games, Smith sees the chemistry with his wideouts growing. 

"I think it's hard looking at the numbers with these first two weeks just the defenses we played, the style that they've played necessarily hasn’t dictated a lot of balls going outside to those guys," Smith said Wednesday. 

Smith is right that it's hard looking at the numbers.

Through two games, the Redskins top three receivers have combined for 18 catches and 173 yards. There are 11 players around the league with more than 200 yards receiving. Not teams, individual players. 

It's definitely too early to discount the Redskins wideout crew, and Smith believes in his receivers. 

"I feel really good about it. Those guys all work extremely hard. They're all crazy talented."

Talented or not, injuries could play a big role, too.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden revealed Wednesday that Richardson underwent an MRI but that everything came back clear. The speedy wideout injured his AC joint on a diving catch attempt in Week 1, and Gruden suggested he might have tweaked his knee in the Week 2 loss to the Colts. Even with modest numbers of eight catches for 85 yards, Richardson is the team's leading receiver, and losing him for any game action would be a big blow to the offense.

Richardson did not practice on Wednesday but said in the locker room that his knee is fine, though the shoulder injury has continued to bother him. 

Assuming Richardson can play Sunday, the top three wideouts need more production, and more opportunities. 

"In hindsight, you're always kicking yourself," Smith said. "We could’ve done this, could’ve done that, I could’ve done this, things like that. What's tough in that game, it felt like you also wanted to tell yourself to stay patient."

The Redskins offense lacked big plays against Indianapolis, though had Doctson or Richardson been able to haul in two different passes it might have made a difference. 

Going forward, the good news is Smith believes he can get things working well with the starting wideouts. The Redskins need that to happen. 

"It's a process that never ends. You're constantly working at that. You don't know when that opportunity is going to present itself. I think all those things, it comes in bunches. You keep working. You never stop, no matter what," Smith said. 

In Week 2, the 'Skins offense struggled to move the ball and did not score a single touchdown. That needs to be better.

"You just keep firing and you keep taking your shots when they're there and you don't think or dwell on the rest. I think you just kind of keep staying in the moment and focusing on what you have to do."


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Wizards add veteran Lavoy Allen to group of training camp invites


Wizards add veteran Lavoy Allen to group of training camp invites

The Wizards will have six-year NBA veteran Lavoy Allen in to compete for a roster spot in their 2018-19 training camp, his agency announced on Wednesday. NBC Sports Washington has confirmed the deal.

Allen, 29, joins three other players who received training camp invites. They include Tiwian Kendley, Chris Chiozza and Chasson Randle.

Randle’s rights were sent to the Capital City Go-Go in a July trade. Chiozza and Kendley caught on with the Wizards first during the Las Vegas Summer League before getting spots in training camp.

Allen’s rights were acquired by the Go-Go in the G-League expansion draft last month. A 6-foot-9 forward, Allen has played for the Sixers and Pacers at the NBA level. He holds career averages of 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 388 total games.

Allen will push for a final roster spot, though the Wizards have more depth than they did at this time last year. Barring something unforeseen, they have 14 guys under contract in addition to their two two-way players, Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae.

Though the Wizards can keep a 15th player, they don’t have to by league rules. Last year, they opted to leave roster spots open for most of the season.

Regardless of whether he makes the NBA roster, Allen could be a solid option for the Go-Go as they begin their inaugural season.