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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, left, greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 30-17. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andrew Luck, Colts thrive on stability Redskins lack

- The Washington Times

Luck should be thankful he has avoided the mess that has consumed Robert Griffin III and the Redskins during his three seasons — but then again, if Luck was playing in Washington, none of it likely would have happened, anyway.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) joins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) on the practice field during an OTA at Redskins park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 4, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

LOVERRO: RG3, Colt McCoy represent two sides of ‘unforgiving’ league

- The Washington Times

After two of the worst performances we’ve seen by any quarterback wearing a burgundy and gold jersey, Griffin has been benched for the Colts game Sunday in favor of a guy who said he didn’t even know if he would make the roster. If that doesn’t teach Griffin a lesson in humility, I don’t know what will.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) sits on the bench after throwing his fourth interception as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Thursday, September 25, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Still No. 3, Kirk Cousins says he has not lost confidence

- The Washington Times

Overshadowed in the decision to bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy was Cousins, who is still the third quarterback and now also faces an uncertain future. “I have to continue to believe in myself,” he said. “And I do.”

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) heads back into the tunnel after warm ups before the Washington Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 4, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

RG3 era in D.C. winding to unexpected end

- The Washington Times

Griffin, the people’s quarterback, could do no wrong upon arrival in Washington. But as he soon learned, it doesn’t take much for the capital region to turn on its chosen leaders.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, watches as players warm up next to former quarterback Joe Theismann before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: All should be thankful for Gruden benching RG3

- The Washington Times

Gruden’s decision will spare RG3 and viewers a lot of pain. The quarterback won’t suffer more cartoonish violence behind a leaky offensive line; fans won’t endure more cringe-worthy plays when positive yardage was there for the taking.

Georgetown's Joshua Smith (24) drives to the basket against Florida's Jon Horfard (21) during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

Georgetown escapes No. 18 Florida, 66-65

- Associated Press

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made a jumper with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give Georgetown a 66-65 victory over No. 18 Florida on Wednesday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals.

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NHL Capsules

- Associated Press

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Phoenix Suns' Gerald Green (14) yells and pumps his fist as he celebrates his dunk over Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur, middle, as Suns' Miles Plumlee (22) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.  The Suns defeated the Nuggets 120-112. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Green scores 24, Suns beat Nuggets 120-112

- Associated Press

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek wondered if his team would be a little tired after a six-game road trip that ended with a long flight home from Toronto on Monday night.

California downs Cal Poly 72-52

Associated Press

Jabari Bird needed a faster tempo. California needed a faster tempo. The Bears turned to their defense to set the tune and things started rolling from there.

No. 2 Wisconsin easily gets past UAB, 72-43

- Associated Press

The whistle blew and Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan immediately went into action, thrusting his arms straight up in protest of what he thought was an erroneous call.

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, drives around Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Spurs beat Pacers 106-100 without Popovich

Associated Press

With Gregg Popovich resting after a medical procedure, Manu Ginobili had a throwback game while playing under former coach Ettore Messina for the first time in 13 years.

Top 25 Capsules

- Associated Press

Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each scored 17 points and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

Manu Ginobili had 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won without coach Gregg Popovich, rallying for a 106-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.