RG III hopeful...Kolb done for the season
UNDATED (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he feels the chances are "really good" that he'll be able to play against the Cleveland Browns.
The No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft practiced on his sprained right knee Wednesday as the Redskins returned to the field to prepare for Sunday's game.
Griffin favored his right leg slightly during the portion of practice open to reporters. He was officially listed as limited on the practice report.
Griffin says he "did enough" and that he will try to push the knee Thursday and Friday.
In other pro football news:
— The Arizona Cardinals have placed Kevin Kolb (kahb) on injured reserve, ending the season for the only quarterback who was able to lead the team to victory this year. Kolb was beat out for the starting job in the preseason by John Skelton, who went down late in the opener against Seattle with an ankle injury. Kolb came on to direct the winning touchdown drive against the Seahawks and helped the team get off to a 4-0 start before going down with a rib injury. They've lost nine in a row since alternating between Skelton and rookie Ryan Lindley.
— Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (KLOO'-wee) says he's been fined $5,250 by the NFL for wearing a message on his uniform promoting Ray Guy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kluwe wore a note bearing the words "Vote Ray Guy" on top of his jersey patch commemorating the Hall of Fame during Sunday's game against Chicago. Kluwe said his show of support for Guy's induction will probably be a one-time act. There are no punters currently enshrined in Canton.
— The Cowboys have placed Josh Brent on the reserve/non-football illness list. The move ends his season but allows the defensive tackle to remain with the team. Brown is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after being involved in a one-car accident that killed close friend and teammate Jerry Brown early Saturday morning.
— The New England Patriots have re-signed Deion Branch for their battered corps of wide receivers. They signed him for the second time this season after Donte' Stallworth joined Julian Edelman on injured reserve. Branch has nine catches for 80 yards in seven games
— Ahmad Bradshaw didn't practice with the Giants, but coach Tom Coughlin (KAWK'-lihn) says he has not ruled the veteran running back out from Sunday's matchup in Atlanta, despite a knee injury suffered in last Sunday's game.
— Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain returned to practice after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. McClain started nine games this season for the Raiders but had not been at the team's facilities since Nov. 28 when he was kicked out of practice following an argument with coach Dennis Allen.
Congressional hearing on HGH testing
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee has opened a hearing to examine the science behind a human growth hormone test the NFL wants to start using on its players. Nearly two full seasons have passed since the league and the players' union signed a labor deal that set the stage for HGH testing.
The NFL Players Association won't concede the validity of a test that's used by Olympic sports and Major League Baseball, and the sides haven't been able to agree on a scientist to help resolve that impasse.
DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Jovan Belcher was remembered Wednesday for the accomplishments of a life that ended so suddenly and violently.
Several hundred mourners gathered for the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker's funeral near his hometown on Long Island. The 25-year-old Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend on Dec. 1, then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and committed suicide in front of team officials.
Majority of teams to see action
UNDATED (AP) — This is a busy night of play in the NBA with 26 of the league's 30 teams in action.
In the Western Conference all three of the teams with just four losses are in action as the 18-4 Spurs are at Utah, the 17-4 Thunder are home to New Orleans and 14-4 Memphis is at Phoenix. Oklahoma City, by the way, is riding an eight-game winning streak, longest in the league.
The Clippers have won seven straight and this evening they play the Bobcats in Charlotte. The 'Cats have dropped their last eight in a row.
New York, the winningest team in the East with a record of 16-5, has the night off after beating Brooklyn 100-97. The Nets aren't so lucky as they are playing the Raptors in Toronto. Brooklyn has lost five of its last six outings. The Raptors, who have won just four times this season, will play the game without center/forward Amir Johnson. He was suspended by the league yesterday for one game for throwing his mouthpiece at a referee in a game Monday night.
Cleveland, fresh off a surprising home-win over the Lakers, has a game against the Pacers in Indianapolis. Indiana has won eight of the last nine games played between the two clubs.
The Hawks have won seven straight over Orlando and tonight they square off on the Magic's home court.
The 76ers eliminated the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs last season and tonight they meet in Philadelphia. Each team enters tonight's game with nine defeats.
Golden State is in the midst of a successful road trip. Tonight they face the Heat in Miami. The 14-7 Warriors have won the first four games of the current excursion.
A pair of teams playing around .500 ball are meeting tonight in Boston. The visiting Mavericks are 11-10 on the season while the Celtics are 11-9.
Sacramento has won the last two meetings between the Kings and Bucks. They'll tangle this evening in Milwaukee with the home team looking for a three-game winning streak.
The Rockets may be without James Harden and Jeremy Lin for tonight's game at home with Washington. Each is suffering from an ankle injury.
And in Minneapolis, the Timberwolves have a date with Denver's Nuggets. This game features a pair of .500 teams as the Wolves are 9-9 and the Nuggets 11-11.
Love happy with T-Wolves direction
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love is standing by some critical remarks he made about the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, though he says he is happy with the direction things are headed.
Love raised eyebrows with some comments in a Yahoo! Sports story on Tuesday in which he criticized team president David Kahn's personnel decisions and expressed frustration once again with not getting a maximum five-year contract extension last January.
The All-Star power forward met with reporters Wednesday to clarify his position. He says he doesn't regret making the comments, but wishes he would not have made them in a public forum. He also says he gave many positive comments about the organization in the interview and that he would love to end his career in Minnesota.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Buckeyes host Savannah State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There is just one top-25 men's basketball game this evening. The seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are playing host to Savannah State. OSU is 7-1 on the season while the visiting Tigers are 5-4.
NEW YORK (AP) — Talks between the NHL and the union are back under way for the first time in nearly a week as the sides search for a deal to save the hockey season.
Federal mediators are rejoining negotiations being held in an undisclosed location under a media blackout.
The talks, being held on the 88th day of the league's lockout, are the first in-person discussions between the sides since last Thursday when bargaining broke down.
This is the 88th day of the league's lockout and games through Dec. 30 have been canceled.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL -NEWS
Harsin fills Red Wolves' vacancy
UNDATED (AP) — Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has been hired as Arkansas State's new coach.
The former Boise State offensive coordinator spent the last two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9. Harsin says he will begin work immediately at Arkansas State and will not coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.
Harsin replaces former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn, who left after one season to coach at Auburn. Malzahn was 9-3 this season with the Red Wolves, his first as a college head coach, and he guided the team to its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.
Texas will turn play-calling duties over to co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
— Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has announced he is giving up his final season to enter the NFL draft. He was considered a can't-miss, first-round talent after his first two seasons. However, a horrifying right knee injury in October has dropped his draft stock and it is unclear when Lattimore might return to action.
— Running back Knile Davis is skipping his senior year at Arkansas and will be available for the NFL draft. Davis missed all of the 2011 season after leading the SEC in rushing in 2010. He returned this season and rushed for 377 yards while averaging 3.7 per carry.
That's it for Clijsters
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturz) ended her career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams in a ceremonial farewell match in Belgium.
Clijsters retired after the U.S. Open but organized a match to thank her fans, some 13,000 of whom turned up at Antwerp Sports Palace.
Clijsters was destined to win the lighthearted encounter but managed to wow the crowd with the play that made her famous before injuries led to her retirement at 29.