Friday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Redskins are poised to pay a hefty price to move into position to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

A person familiar with the trade said the Redskins have a deal in place to acquire the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft from the St. Louis Rams. Washington will give up its first- and second-round selections this year, plus first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in the trade, which can't be completed until the new league year begins Tuesday. and first reported details of the deal. A person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team has announced it.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Jets extended Mark Sanchez's contract by three years, ending speculation the team would push him aside to make way for former Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning now that he's a free agent.

The contract extension is for $40.5 million, giving Sanchez five total years for $58.25 million, with $20.5 million fully guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced financial terms, said the deal includes an additional $10 million in potential escalators.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees says he never participated in and was never aware of a "real" bounty program, and there would be no place for players being provided incentives to intentionally injure one another in any sport.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL suspended linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and tight end Virgil Green of the Denver Broncos for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

McBean and Williams are suspended for Denver's first six games of the 2012 season. Green is suspended for the team's first four games. All three are suspended without pay.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois fired Bruce Weber, letting go of a fiery coach whose first three years with the Illini included a run to the national championship game before a long, lackluster slide the past six years that culminated with a 17-15 mark this season.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska fired coach Doc Sadler after the team he expected to be his best in his six years at the school posted the program's lowest win total since 2003.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Charlie Hoag, a four-sport standout at Kansas who helped the United States win the gold medal in basketball at the Helsinki Olympics, died late Thursday after a long illness. He was 81.


DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Bubba Watson and Justin Rose made 17 birdies between them at Doral while playing in the same group at the Cadillac Championship.

Their duel was decided by Watson's eagle, giving him a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead at 12-under 132. Rose settled for a 64.

Tiger Woods played bogey-free for a 67 and actually lost ground. He moved up the leaderboard, but is seven shots behind going into the weekend, with 14 players ahead of him. Rory McIlroy, in his first tournament as the new world No. 1, managed a 69 and fell 10 shots off the lead.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Matt Jones shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead over George McNeill in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was taken to a hospital after being hit in the side of the head by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb in the first inning of their spring training game.

Batting fifth, Reimold immediately dropped to the ground and was face down for several minutes as the hushed Charlotte Sports Park crowd looked on and Orioles trainers tended to the 28-year-old.

Reimold then flipped over and stood up on his own power before he was carted off the field and taken to Peace River Hospital.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series and made a call involving Don Drysdale that became one of baseball's most disputed plays in the late 1960s, died. He was 73.

Wendelstedt died at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., near the umpiring school he ran for more than three decades in Ormond Beach. He had been diagnosed several years ago with a brain tumor.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Former major league star Jose Canseco has been suspended from the Mexican league after allegedly refusing to undergo a doping test.


ISTANBUL (AP) --Olympic heptathlon champion Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine upstaged defending world champion Jessica Ennis and Tatyana Chernova with a sterling long jump and a gutsy concluding 800 meters to win the indoor title in the five-event discipline.

She became the first woman to break the 5,000-point mark.


ARE, Sweden (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn punctuated her near-perfect season in perfect fashion, earning her fourth overall World Cup title with a dominating giant slalom victory. That puts her in a league of her own among American skiers, man or woman, and she still has another week to chase the World Cup record for points in a season.

She is now second on the women's list behind Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria, who won six in the 1970s. Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg is the only man to have won more than Vonn, with five titles.

ARE, Sweden (AP) -- Olympic champion Hannah Kearney won the individual moguls event for her 10th freestyle World Cup win of the season.

It was Kearney's first race since her dual moguls semifinal loss in Naeba, Japan, in February that ended Kearney's all-discipline record of 16 consecutive World Cup victories.


SISTERON, France (AP) -- Former champion Luis Leon Sanchez beat veteran Jens Voigt in a sprint finish to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race and Bradley Wiggins kept his overall 6-second lead with two stages remaining.

TERNI, Italy (AP) -- Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the third stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in a sprint finish, while Matthew Goss of Australia retained the overall lead.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka struggled to get through the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, beating Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6).

Wild-card entry Jamie Hampton of the United States opened the day's activity on Stadium Court with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

A few minutes later, fellow American Christina McHale beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 7-5 to set up a third-round match against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the late match.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kasey Kahne will start on the pole after setting a track record on a fast day of qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that saw 15 drivers eclipse Matt Kenseth's record of 188.884 mph set in in 2011.

Kahne had a top speed of 190.456 mph on the 1.5-mile tri-oval to earn his 23rd career pole and first since joining Hendrick Motorsports.

Kyle Busch qualified second and will join Kahne on the front row for Sunday's 400-mile race.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --Michael Phelps cruised to a win in the 200 freestyle at the Columbus Grand Prix in the second-best time in the world this year.

The 14-time gold medalist won in 1:48.41 -- second only to France's Yannick Agnel's 1:45.42 this year in Nice.