NFL, College Football, MLB News Dec 15

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Redskins are giving quarterback Robert Griffin III an extra week to recover from a sprained right knee.
The team says Kirk Cousins will start Sunday's game against the Browns in Cleveland, one week after replacing Griffin in an overtime win against Baltimore. The decision apparently came after Griffin was re-examined by doctors on Saturday.

(AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens will play another game without linebacker Ray Lewis as he recovers from a torn right triceps suffered Oct. 14 against Dallas.
The 17-year NFL veteran was eligible to come off the injured reserve-designated to return list on Sunday, but the Ravens did not move him to the active roster before Saturday's deadline.
The Ravens take on Denver on Sunday, a matchup of AFC division leaders
Also in the NFL, coach Rex Ryan says he's "optimistic" wide receiver Braylon Edwards will play in the New York Jets' game at Tennessee on Monday night despite a sore hamstring. Ryan also says Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) will be his backup quarterback against the Titans.

Former Cowboys LB Brown remembered at funeral
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Friends, family and former teammates filled a St. Louis church Saturday morning to say goodbye to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr.
His casket was Cowboys grey with the team's star logo on the inside. His No. 53 Cowboys framed jersey and pictures from his life bracketed the casket, along with a signed helmet from the Indianapolis Colts.
Brown died last weekend when the car he was riding in flipped after hitting a curb. Teammate and close friend Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The seven Big East schools that don't play FBS football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.
The presidents of the seven schools -- Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall and Providence -- say it was a unanimous vote.
The move leaves Connecticut, a founding member of the league in 1979, Cincinnati and South Florida -- three current members with FBS football programs -- up in the air concerning their futures.
The Big East is still lined up to have a 12-team football conference next season with six new members joining, including Boise State and San Diego State for football only. Rutgers and Louisville, which both announced intentions to leave the Big East, are still expected to compete in the conference next year.

Blazers hoist trophy
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Matt Pierce returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and freshman Cedric O'Neal ran for 140 yards and a score to lead Valdosta State to a 35-7 victory over Winston-Salem State in the Division II championship game.
The Blazers finish 12-2. The Rams were trying to become the first historically black school to win the Division II title after losing in the semifinals last season. The entered the game with a 14-0 record.

Bowl season begins
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona wins a thrilling New Mexico Bowl beating Nevada 49-48. The Wildcats rallied to win after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter. Nevada led 48-35, but Arizona came back to win on two Matt Scott touchdown passes in the final 42 seconds.
Arizona recovered an onside kick in the final minute, setting up Scott's 2-yard toss to Terrence Miller with 19 seconds left for the winning score.
Cody Fajardo (fuh-HAR'-doh) threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score for the 7-6 Wolf Pack. Arizona finishes 8-5.
And the Potato Bowl goes to No. 18 Utah State as Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 41-15 rout of Toledo in Boise. Chuckie Keeton had a 62-yard rushing touchdown for the 11-2 Aggies, who capped the best season in program history by earning their first bowl victory in 1993.

Temple picks Rhule
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Matt Rhule appears ready to become the next football coach at Temple.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the Owls made an offer to Rhule to become the Owls' head coach Friday. He's currently the Giants' assistant offensive line coach and was set to coach the team on Sunday at Atlanta.

NHL players to decide if board can file disclaimer
TORONTO (AP) -- NHL players will begin voting tomorrow on whether they will grant the executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.
The Canadian Press reports two-thirds of the union's membership must vote in favor of allowing the executive board to file a "disclaimer of interest." Votes will be cast electronically over a five-day period that ends Thursday. If the measure passes, the 30-member executive board would have until Jan. 2 to file the disclaimer.
The union is taking steps toward breaking up as the NHL mounts a legal challenge against it.

Phils add pitching...Angels ink Hamilton

UNDATED (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies are adding pitchers.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Phils have agreed on a one-year contract with starter John Lannan and a two-year deal with reliever Mike Adams. Lannan spent his first six big league seasons with the Washington Nationals, but spent most of the year in Triple-A. Adams made 61 appearances for Texas this year.

-- Outfielder Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized their $125 million, five-year contract. The five-time All-Star and 2010 AL MVP joins a batting order that already features Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. The 31-year-old Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs last season and batted .285 with 128 RBIs in 148 games.