Jets, Redskins do quarterback shuffle
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have announced that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
The team says coach Rex Ryan met with both quarterbacks and informed them of the decision.
Vick had started the Jets’ last three games, but struggled against Buffalo before being replaced by Smith in the loss in Detroit.
Smith last started on Oct. 26 in a loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched.
The Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because coach Jay Gruden had yet to announce the news to his team.
The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games. Griffin is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season and has struggled in an attempt to transform into a traditional pocket-passer.
Sixers look to avoid history
UNDATED (AP) — Some of the elite NBA teams are part of the league’s Wednesday schedule. And then there are the 76ers.
The 0-14 Sixers will be looking to avoid a franchise record for futility to start a season when the host Brooklyn tonight. Philadelphia is also just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18. If the losing continues, Philadelphia could break the NBA record for losses to start the season on Dec. 5 when hosting Oklahoma City.
Northwest Division-leading Portland is on an eight-game winning streak heading into their road game at Charlotte. It’s the Trail Blazers’ longest winning streak since stringing together 11 in a row in November of last year.
Despite the winning ways, 11-3 Portland still trails Memphis and Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. The 12-2 Grizzlies are in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers, while the 11-2 Warriors take a six-game winning streak into their game at Orlando.
Toronto has won five in a row, as the Raptors prepare to take on the Hawks in Atlanta. Toronto is tied with Memphis for the best record in the NBA.
Thirteen games dot the NBA schedule.
Top notch tournament in the Bahamas
UNDATED (AP) — A talent-rich eight-team field is assembled for the start of the Battle 4 Atlantis that begins today. Ranked teams Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida and UCLA are joined by UAB, Butler, Georgetown and Oklahoma. The eight have a combined 23-4 mark this season
Second-ranked Wisconsin has been impressive in four wins this season as they prepare to take on UAB. No opponent has scored more than 60 on the Badgers, who are holding teams to 34 percent shooting.
A battle of ranked teams will decide the championship at the Maui Invitational. No. 3 Arizona takes on 15th-ranked San Diego State in a meeting of 5-0 teams.
There are 10 games on the top 25 schedule.
Streaking Islanders host Washington
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders are riding high with the best 21-game start to a season in franchise history. They’ll try to improve on that when they host Washington tonight. The Isles have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 to improve to 15-6. That has them tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL.
The high-scoring Penguins will try to keep pace when they host refocused Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5. The Maple Leafs are 8-4-1 in their last 13.
There are nine games in the NHL tonight.