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Redskins checking ‘off-field situation’ involving Crowder

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say they are investigating what they called “an off-field situation” involving fourth-round draft pick Jamison Crowder.

Crowder’s Instagram feed Wednesday night briefly included photographs of a woman who claims to have been abused by the receiver. The photos show a cut on her inner lip and bruises on her arm. They have been deleted, but screenshots circulated Thursday on social media.

Crowder played four years at Duke and tied the Atlantic Coast Conference record with 283 career receptions before he was drafted by Washington.

The team says it has been in touch with the NFL office “and will continue to follow proper League protocol and assist them in any way we can to gather all of the facts.”

A call to Crowder’s representative wasn’t immediately returned.


Clemson fires longtime baseball coach Jack Leggett

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson fired longtime baseball coach Jack Leggett on Thursday after the Tigers’ second straight 0-2 appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Leggett led Clemson to 955 victories and six College World Series trips in 22 seasons.

However, the Tigers have not reached Omaha, Nebraska, since 2010 and have gone 5-10 in their past five NCAA tournament trips, including getting swept out of regionals in 2014 and 2015.

The Tigers were 32-29 this past season, losing both games at the Fullerton Regional last weekend.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich announced the school was parting ways with Leggett. He said the decision was not easy because the program has been competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But Radakovich said expectations for baseball are higher for him and for Clemson fans.


Animal rights group thanks Falcons for waiving Prince Shembo

ATLANTA (AP) — An animal rights group is thanking the Atlanta Falcons for waiving a player who was recently arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement Thursday that the organization is grateful the team waived linebacker Prince Shembo after his arrest last week.

Shembo is accused in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s dog. Police have said the dog died in April of blunt force trauma.

Shembo’s attorney Jerry Froelich has said the dog bit Shembo on his hand when he was trying to put it in its cage and Shembo kicked it. Froelich has said the dog’s death was accidental.

In a letter to Falcons CEO Arthur Blank, the animal welfare group suggested the team implement an empathy training course for its players.


Vandy teammates Swanson, Fulmer finalists for Howser Trophy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt teammates Dansby Swanson and Carson Fulmer are among five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s national player of the year.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association also announced Thursday that Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi, UCLA reliever David Berg and Miami third baseman David Thompson are finalists. The award will be presented June 11 at the College World Series.

Swanson, Vanderbilt’s shortstop, is batting .348 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs, and Fulmer leads the Southeastern Conference with 12 wins, a 1.92 ERA and 147 strikeouts.

Benintendi, the SEC player of the year, is batting .390 with 18 homers. Berg is the Pac-12 pitcher of the year with a 7-1 record, 0.68 ERA and 13 saves. Thompson leads the nation with 19 homers and 85 RBIs.