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Wednesday - 7/17/2013, 3:40am EDT


Redskins ask judge to dismiss bounties lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player's lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.

Linebacker Barrett Green says he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green, who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, filed his lawsuit against the team and others earlier this year.

The team said in a response filed Friday in federal court in Maryland that Green's claims are "utterly baseless." Lawyers for the team wrote that even if the claims were true, Green's lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective bargaining agreement and comes too late.


Longtime Redskins TE Cooley to join broadcast team

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Longtime Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will work on the team's radio broadcasts.

The Redskins Radio Network announced Tuesday that Cooley will provide analysis starting with the first preseason game next month.

Cooley has not formally announced his retirement as a player, but he was not expected to return after nine seasons with the Redskins.

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004. He didn't miss a game during his first five seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but injuries began to limit his production. He was eventually passed on the depth chart by Fred Davis.

Cooley was released after training camp last year, then was re-signed after Davis was injured.

Cooley has 429 career catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.


Mystics rout punchless Silver Stars 86-64

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crystal Langhorne had 13 points and nine rebounds, and the Washington Mystics held San Antonio without a point for more than nine minutes in the second half to complete a two-game sweep of the Silver Stars with an 86-64 victory on Tuesday night.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also scored 13 points and fellow rookie Nadirah McKenith had 11 for the Mystics (8-7), who have won two straight, both against the Silver Stars.

Washington, a winner of four of five games since dropping five straight in June, held San Antonio scoreless for a 9-minute, 26-second span of the second half.

Shenise Johnson and Jia Perkins led the Silver Stars (4-11) with 12 points.


NASCAR crew member reinstated

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR has reinstated former Sprint Cup crew member Jackson L. Dodson II after he completed its "Road to Recovery" policy.

NASCAR announced the move Tuesday.

Dodson was a mechanic on Clint Bowyer's car when he was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on May 9 for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. Michael Waltrip Racing fired Dodson upon learning he'd failed a drug test.

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