Ex-Terps DL, Sev­ern na­tive Fran­cis signed to prac­tice squad

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Nunes Dana White Jim Josh Rosen The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins signed de­fen­sive line­man A.J. Fran­cis (Mary­land) to their prac­tice squad Wednes­day. Fran­cis, 26, a Sev­ern na­tive who played at Gon­zaga Col­lege High in Wash­ing­ton, was an All-At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence hon­or­able men­tion with the Terps in 2012, his se­nior year. He signed with the Mi­ami Dol­phins as an un­drafted free agent in 2013. Over the past three sea­sons, Fran­cis has spent time on the ac­tive ros­ter and prac­tice squad of the Dol­phins as well as the Seat­tle Sea­hawks. He has two tack­les in three ca­reer games. MORE: For the sec­ond time this sea­son, a Wash­ing­ton Red­skins player has earned NFC Spe­cial Teams Player of the Week hon­ors. Jami­son Crow­der re­ceived the award after his 85-yard punt re­turn for a touch­down in Wash­ing­ton’s 1610 vic­tory Sun­day over the Ravens. It was his first ca­reer spe­cial teams touch­down. Be­fore Sun­day’s game, the Red­skins had not scored on a punt re­turn since Oct. 26, 2008. Crow­der’s av­er­ag­ing 27.7 yards on seven re­turns this sea­son, lead­ing all qual­i­fied NFL play­ers. Wash­ing­ton kicker Dustin Hop­kins won the award in Week 3 after mak­ing five field goals in a vic­tory over the New York Giants. … Cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land was one of seven Red­skins play­ers listed as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant dur­ing Wednes­day’s prac­tice. He re­turned to the prac­tice field for the first time since suf­fer­ing a right an­kle in­jury in Week 3. Bree­land said the an­kle was stiff, but he didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any pain dur­ing prac­tice. He doesn’t think it’s enough to af­fect his play, how­ever. He has been side­lined the past two games be­cause of the in­jury, and Bree­land said he’s itch­ing to get back onto the field. Along with Bree­land, in­side line­backer Su’a Cravens (con­cus­sion), cor­ner­back Dashaun Phillips (ham­string), out­side line­backer Trent Mur­phy (shoul­der), left tackle Trent Wil­liams (knee), de­fen­sive end Chris Baker (foot) and cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man ( wrist) were all lim­ited. Red­skins wide re­ceiver Josh Doct­son (Achilles ten­don) and tight end Jor­dan Reed (eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion) were the only two play­ers to miss prac­tice. —

NBA: Cava­liers F LeBron James said the team tried to sign Bulls G Dwyane Wade in the off­sea­son but “couldn’t af­ford him.” … Pel­i­cans F An­thony Davis is ex­pected to be out 10 to 15 days after suf­fer­ing a sprained right an­kle sprain in an ex­hi­bi­tion against the Rock­ets, ESPN re­ported. … Clip­pers G/F Paul

said he plans to sign a one-day deal with the Celtics be­fore re­tir­ing after the 2016-17 sea­son. … U.S. District Court Judge

re­fused to de­clare a mis­trial after the lawyers of a woman ac­cus­ing Knicks G Der­rick Rose and two of his friends of rape failed to dis­close text mes­sages to the de­fense. For­mer Mary­land de­fen­sive line­man A.J. Fran­cis, a Sev­ern na­tive, joined the Red­skins’ prac­tice squad Wednes­day. He pre­vi­ously played for the Dol­phins and Sea­hawks.


AUTO RAC­ING: Se­bastien Bour­dais will re­join IndyCar team Dale Coyne Rac­ing in 2017, mov­ing over from KVSH Rac­ing. Bour­dais raced for Coyne in 2011.

BASE­BALL: The Padres and pres­i­dent Mike Dee parted ways. Manag­ing part­ner Pe­ter Sei­dler de­nied Dee was fired but wouldn’t say whether Dee re­signed or if it was a mu­tual de­ci­sion. Sei­dler said Dee is “not tak­ing the fall” for GM A. J. Preller be­ing sus­pended for a month after a league in­ves­ti­ga­tion found the Padres with­held med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion dur­ing trades.

COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: Ten­nessee coach Butch Jones said he ex­pects RB Jalen Hurd to play Satur­day against Alabama. Hurd missed the team’s loss to Texas A&M last week with an un­spec­i­fied in­jury. … North Carolina RB Eli­jah Hood (con­cus­sion) should be back for the team’s game against Mi­ami, coach Larry Fe­dora said. … UCLA coach Mora said the sta­tus of QB for Satur­day’s game against Wash­ing­ton State is un­clear. Rosen twice left last week’s game against Ari­zona State with in­juries to his right leg and right arm.

GOLF: Phil Mick­el­son said he aims to play on the 2018 U.S. Ry­der Cup team. “I plan on be­ing on the team in France and ab­so­lutely one of my goals is to play in France be­cause I’ve never been on a win­ning Ry­der Cup team over in Europe,” he said. “I want to win a Ry­der Cup over there, and I want to be part of that as a player.” MIXED MAR­TIAL ARTS: For­mer ban­tamweight cham­pion Ronda Rousey will at­tempt to re­claim her ti­tle against Amanda at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, pres­i­dent an­nounced. … Ac­cord­ing to White, Conor McGregor said he will never fight in Las Ve­gas again after be­ing fined $150,000 by the Ne­vada State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion ear­lier this week for an in­ci­dent with op­po­nent Nate Diaz dur­ing a pre-fight news con­fer­ence in Au­gust. Pierce Michael W. Fitzger­ald

SOC­CER: Real Madrid an­nounced it ex­tended the con­tract of mid­fielder Toni Kroos un­til June 2022. … English Cham­pi­onship side As­ton Villa hired Steve Bruce as its fourth man­ager in the last year in an at­tempt to gain pro­mo­tion back to the Premier League. Also in the Cham­pi­onship, Steve McClaren was re­hired as man­ager of Derby County, 17 months after be­ing fired by the club for fail­ing to se­cure pro­mo­tion. McClaren said he was “de­lighted at the prospect of fin­ish­ing what we started.”

TEN­NIS: Nick Kyr­gios was booed by the crowd and ad­mon­ished by the chair um­pire for lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism dur­ing a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mis­cha Zverev in the sec­ond round of the Shang­hai Mas­ters. Kyr­gios said he doesn’t “owe” fans any­thing and they could “just leave” if they don’t like his at­ti­tude.

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