Sports Briefs

Published 2:20 am Friday, August 21, 2015

Redskins’ RG3 suffers concussion

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — With zero help from his offensive line, Robert Griffin III repeatedly wound up on the turf until leaving with a concussion after being sacked three times and fumbling twice Thursday night in the Washington Redskins’ 21-17 exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions.

Griffin went 2 for 5 for 8 yards on four possessions for Washington (2-0). On his final play, early in the second quarter, he started to scramble but dropped the ball despite no contact. As the quarterback went to the ground to try to corral the loose ball, Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on Griffin.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Griffin had a concussion but that the QB’s right shoulder, which also was hurt, would be OK. Gruden said he had “no idea” how long Griffin will be sidelined with the head injury.

 

Boise St. dismisses player facing felony

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise State basketball player facing a felony charge in a drive-by shooting has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Leon Rice dismissed Dezmyn Trent on Thursday.

Trent was booked into the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. He was listed on the jail’s roster Thursday afternoon as being held without bail.

Trent, a 6-foot-4 guard, played in 31 games in his two seasons at Boise State, averaging 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds.

 

UK’s Calipari signs 7-foot Australian

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries to a Wildcats’ frontcourt that lost four big men to the NBA draft.

Originally part of the 2016 class, the 250-pound Humphries recently reclassified to 2015. A top-50 prospect by several services, he joins Kentucky’s group of international newcomers including Haitian Skal Labissiere and Canadians Mychal Mulder and Jamal Murray.

Most importantly for Calipari, Humphries fills a void left by the departures of Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson. The coach compared him to former Wildcat Josh Harrellson.

Humphries played last season at La Lumiere School in Indiana and recently helped Australia’s Under-17 team finish second at the World Championships.

 

Insurance dispute payout for aces

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Insurance underwriters claim they shouldn’t be responsible for reimbursing a charity for payouts to golf fans for two holes-in-one made during the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic because the aces weren’t long enough.

The tournament’s insurance underwriters filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Beckley against Old White Charities, The Greenbrier Classic’s nonprofit financial arm.

Under a tournament-sponsored program, fans seated in the grandstands on the 18th hole of the Old White TPC course in White Sulphur Springs receive payouts of $100 for the first hole-in-one during the tournament, $500 for a second ace and $1,000 for a third.

George McNeill and Justin Thomas each made holes-in-one from 137 yards with pitching wedges hours apart on the par-3 18th on July 2.

 

Utley puts Dodgers’ payroll near $300M

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.

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.

Los Angeles paid $11.4 million in tax in 2013 and $26.6 million last year, when its tax payroll was $277.7 million.

The Dodgers’ regular payroll — salaries plus prorated shares of signing bonuses and earned bonuses — is at about $285 million, up from a record $257 million last year.