- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - After watching Robert Griffin III get knocked around for three possessions, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden sent his starting quarterback back out for a fourth. That one ended with consecutive sacks and Griffin leaving with a concussion.

Griffin was hurt early in the second quarter of Washington’s 21-17 exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions when he fumbled the ball without contact while scrambling, then got landed on by defensive end Corey Wooton.

Gruden said he had “no idea” how long the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year would be sidelined. As for who would start Washington’s next preseason game, Aug. 29 at Baltimore, Gruden said: “We’ll have to see. I would imagine, depending how long he’s out, he’s still going to be our starter.”

Griffin also got a stinger in his right shoulder, but Gruden said that should be OK.

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was suspended one game without pay by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Aboushi, entering his third NFL season, will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Sept. 14, a day after the team’s regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. He can participate in all preseason practices and games.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods had his best round in more than two years, shooting a 6-under 64 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hoge shared the first-round lead at 62 in the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale.

Morgan Hoffman, Jim Herman and Derek Ernst followed at 63, and Martin Kaymer, Davis Love III and Carl Pettersson joined Woods at 64s. It was Woods’ lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

The players took advantage of good scoring conditions after morning showers softened the fairways and greens at Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club.

Woods set the tone by holing a 54-foot chip shot on his first hole, the par-4 10th, for the first of his seven birdies. Coming off a missed cut last week in the PGA Championship, he is 187th on the FedEx Cup points list and probably needs a win to move into the top 125 and earn a playoff spot.

COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) - Karine Icher had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

The 36-year-old Frenchwoman, winless in 253 career LPGA Tour starts, birdied Nos. 2, 5-6 and 8-11 at Vancouver Golf Club, then closed the bogey-free round with seven pars.

Two-time champion Lydia Ko was second after a 67. Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim, Danah Bordner and Pernilla Lindberg shot 68.

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, opened with a 70.


NEW YORK (AP) - Chase Utley’s acquisition put the Los Angeles Dodgers close to becoming the first baseball team with a $300 million luxury-tax payroll.

The trade Wednesday that sent the six-time All-Star second baseman from Philadelphia to the NL West leaders raised the Dodgers’ projected payroll for tax purposes to about $298.5 million, according to calculations by Major League Baseball. Performance bonuses for other players and end-of-season award bonuses could make the Dodgers the first team to reach the $300 million mark.

Luxury tax payrolls are based average annual values of contracts for the 40-man roster and include about $13 million per team in benefits, such as the health and pension plan, and payroll, unemployment and Social Security taxes paid by clubs.

Los Angeles is well above the $189 million tax threshold and will pay at a 40 percent rate for exceeding the mark for the third straight year. Its projected tax bill is about $44 million, which would top the record $34 million paid by the New York Yankees after the 2005 season.

The Dodgers’ luxury tax payroll includes about $40 million for players no longer with the organization.


CLEVELAND (AP) - J.R. Smith looked around and realized there was no place like Cleveland.

The free-wheeling and enigmatic shooter has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. Smith, who declined his $6.8 million player option shortly after the season, considered other options before returning to Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.

Smith came to the Cavs along with Iman Shumpert in a trade with the New York Knicks last season. Smith averaged 12.7 points in 46 regular-season games with Cleveland, and seemed to fit in nicely as well as bond with star LeBron James.

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a four-year contract extension.

The Raptors and Valanciunas announced the deal. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press it is worth $64 million. The person requested anonymity because the team is not publicly announcing the terms, which were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Valanciunas averaged a career-high 12 points last season and finished second to Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan with a .572 field goal percentage. Valanciunas led the Raptors with 22 double-doubles, and his 8.7 rebounds per game were a team high.


MASON, Ohio (AP) - Novak Djokovic smacked his racket on the court after losing serve, seemingly headed for another unexplainable loss at a tournament that has eluded him. In the end, he stopped fuming and started playing like the best.

The top-ranked Serb rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over David Goffin, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open.

Third-seeded Andy Murray also needed a late surge. He recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the third set, survived a match point, and pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Grigor Dimitrov in a match that lasted 2 hours, 58 minutes.

Serena Williams moved on to the quarterfinals as well, losing only two games in her lopsided match. She’s the tournament’s defending champion.

Djokovic has never won Cincinnati. He’s trying to become the first player to win all nine ATP Masters events in a career.

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