August 3, 2011
For the first five practice days of training camp, John Beck has enjoying having the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job all to himself, getting the first-team work while the team waited for Rex Grossman to re-sign and become eligible to take part. On Wednesday, the fifth day of the solo run, Beck sported a new look, switching jerseys from No. 3 to No. 12. A number change during camp usually isn't a big deal, especially for a player who hasn't been in a regular season game since 2007, but Beck is the type who doesn't mind telling a story from start to finish.
August 25, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- A sprained ankle will keep Donovan McNabb on the sideline Friday night when the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets. McNabb has been unable to practice since getting hurt in Saturday night's preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens. "It's quite sore," coach Mike Shanahan said, "and I don't think he could go if it was a regular season game. He's got to rehab it. " McNabb was limping badly in the locker room after the game was wearing a walking boot Monday.
August 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Albert Haynesworth vs. Mike Shanahan. This one's going into overtime. The conflict between two strong wills -- the unyielding coach and the player with the $100 million contract -- escalated this weekend when Haynesworth expressed defiant frustration at being repeatedly singled out by the coach. Shanahan responded by saying things aren't going to change. Haynesworth fired first, breaking a week of silence after Saturday night's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
August 12, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb must have wondered if he was back in Philadelphia. On the first day of Washington Redskins training camp, a heckler stood near the front of the crowd and criticized every bad pass, every bobbled ball and pined out loud for the return of departed quarterback Jason Campbell. "Must have been a great catch," the fan yelled after McNabb completed one pass, "because it couldn't have been a good throw. " As the days went by, other fans might have felt that the heckler was on to something.
August 11, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Artis Hicks is like the schoolchild who spent all semester learning Chapter 3 of the book, only to be told by the teacher that the test is going to be on Chapter 4. "You know?" Hicks said. "That's why you've got to know the whole book, I guess. " Hicks signed with the Washington Redskins in March and spent the entire offseason learning the position of right tackle, fully expecting that to be his spot in the starting lineup this season. Then came the change-up.
June 17, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Albert Haynesworth didn't show. Teammates called him selfish. Now the Washington Redskins want their money back. The Redskins are going to see if they can recoup all or part of a $21 million bonus from the disgruntled two-time All Pro defensive tackle, an official within the league with knowledge of the deliberations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The team decided to take the action after Haynesworth failed to report for a mandatory two-day minicamp.
August 18, 2009
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Brett Favre is coming back for more. The 39-year-old quarterback turned his back on retirement for the second time in as many years, agreeing Tuesday to play for the Vikings. Favre took a morning flight on a team plane from Mississippi to Minnesota, arrived to cheering fans outside the team's practice facility and was in a helmet and pads less than 90 minutes later. His red practice jersey was the familiar No. 4, the same number he wore for years with the rival Green Bay Packers.
February 22, 2009
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Left-hander Odalis Perez was a no-show at the Washington Nationals' training camp Sunday, the last day for players to report without facing the possibility of disciplinary action. Perez has expressed his dissatisfaction with his contract since he gave his agent the OK to sign a non-guaranteed minor league deal with Washington on Feb. 5 that would pay him $850,000 if he makes the team, the same stipulation he faced last year. General manager Jim Bowden hasn't yet spoken with Perez, and doesn't know if he'll show.
June 8, 2008
For a while, the world of technology wasn't treating T.J. Hose very well. He sat in front of his computer Friday, watching the pick-by-pick progress of the second day of the Major League Baseball draft, hoping to see his future. Hose, a North Hagerstown graduate, just completed his four-year stay at East Carolina University in emphatic fashion and was hoping his name would show up for the chance to pitch professionally. Thirty rounds went by and so did 1,000 selections.
February 11, 2008
Tri-State area sports fans may remember that North Carolina State's David Thompson was the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1974. Few, however, recall that former North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Community College and Clemson University pitcher Steve Cline won similar honors as the ACC Baseball Player of the Year. While Thompson long ago left the game of basketball, the 55-year-old Cline remains in baseball. In fact, he is about to embark on his 35th season in professional baseball, and his 13th year with the Milwaukee Brewers organization.