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Wisconsin QB Stave out for season

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Wisconsin QB Stave out for season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State.

Coach Bret Bielema announced the news Monday, two days after the Badgers' 16-13 overtime loss to the Spartans. Doctors determined the redshirt freshman would not need surgery to repair the injury.

``It probably will be an eight-week recovery, which takes him out of the regular season,'' Bielema said. ``There is an outside chance of something for the postseason, but that would be right on the edge of it. And everything, if it goes to plan, he should be 100 percent to go for spring ball. The good news is he's a freshman, so we have three years of eligibility remaining with him.''

Stave completed 70 of 118 attempts for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He threw three interceptions.

He was the top quarterback in spring practice, but junior transfer Danny O'Brien earned the starting slot in fall camp ahead of Stave and fifth-year senior Curt Phillips. Stave replaced O'Brien in the second half of Wisconsin's 37-26 victory against UTEP on Sept. 15 due to a handful of turnovers by O'Brien, and Bielema named Stave the starter going forward.

O'Brien and Phillips will vie for the starting spot for Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten), which has a bye week before playing Indiana (1-3, 3-5) on Nov. 10 in Bloomington. Freshman Chase Knox will be the Badgers' third option at the position.

O'Brien and Phillips will split snaps working with the No. 1 offense in practice this week and Bielema will choose a starter on Sunday, but won't announce his decision until early next week.

``Danny's had his shot a couple times this year,'' Bielema said. ``We'll take this bye week and pretty much give him and Curt equal reps and see where we're at on Sunday.''

O'Brien completed 52 of 86 attempts for three touchdowns in six games. He relieved Stave in the third quarter against Michigan State, completed 5 of 11 passes for 44 yards and was sacked three times.

Phillips was inserted for three plays in one series during the second quarter of the Badgers' 31-14 win against Illinois on Oct. 6. Prior to that appearance, he had not played in a game since the 2009 regular-season finale.

Phillips, who has undergone surgery three times to repair anterior cruciate ligament injuries to his right knee, has improved in regular-season practice despite slow progress in fall camp. He picked up pace during fall sessions when the Badgers practiced twice daily, and Bielema and offensive coordinator Matt Canada are pleased with Phillips' development.

``I would think he's actually gotten better with a limited amount of practice time,'' Bielema said. ``There's probably not a kid that's invested more time to get on the field than Curt Phillips. Matt has been intrigued with Curt ever since day one. He's got that `it' factor that quarterbacks need to have. It will be fun to see him really compete this week.''

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3

ATLANTA -- Josh Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson.

Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch over Robles to center-field warning track, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington.

Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances.

Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single.

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957.

Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out.

Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth.

Acuna's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut Saturday. RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team.

Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star.

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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