Washington released Associated Press NFL comeback player of the year Alex Smith on Friday, a move that was expected but still provides a cold ending to the veteran quarterback’s storybook tenure with the organization.
Smith’s release clears just under $15 million in salary-cap space for Washington, which is hoping to figure out its long-term QB situation and fill many holes in the aftermath of a 7-9 season, NFC East title and wild-card round loss. Coach Ron Rivera said he met with Smith this week, each side figured it was best to move on.
Smith made a triumphant return to NFL action last season, two years after breaking two bones in his right leg and requiring 17 surgeries to repair it. His battle against a life-threatening infection and long rehab process to get back on the field became a documentary and an inspirational tale whether he played again or not. Smith has indicated he plans to continue playing at age 37. (AP)
Elsewhere in the NFL: Prosecutors said that Broncos star linebacker Von Miller won’t face criminal charges following an investigation by police in a Denver suburb. Authorities did not provide details about what they were looking into.
Also, the Broncos placed their franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons. They have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or Simmons would have to sign his $13.7 million franchise tag tender to play in 2021.
• Maia Chaka has been hired as the first Black female on-field official in league history and is to work in games next season. She has been working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA leagues.
• Buffalo signed safety Micah Hyde to a two-year contract extension. Hyde, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season after spending his first four with Green Bay. (AP)
KU puts Miles on leave: Kansas University placed football coach Les Miles on administrative leave following reports about Miles’ conduct while coaching at Louisiana State recently were made public. KU officials said they will conduct a full review to determine what to do next regarding the situation.
Then-Louisiana State athletics director Joe Alleva recommended in 2013 that Miles be fired because of his behavior with female student workers, according to a law firm’s review of how the university has handled sexual misconduct complaints. Miles remained the Tigers’ coach until he was fired in the 2016 season when the Tigers were 2-2.
The report offers a scathing view of the resources and attention LSU has dedicated to such complaints campus-wide and also has resulted in the suspensions of two senior athletics officials. The review had been kept confidential for about eight years until a redacted version of it was released this week after a lawsuit filed by USA Today. (AP)
Woods reportedly was unconscious after wreck: Golfer Tiger Woods was unconscious in a mangled SUV after he crashed the vehicle in Southern California last week, according to a court document that also revealed a nearby resident and not a sheriff’s deputy was first on the scene.
The witness, who lives near the accident scene, heard the crash and walked to the SUV, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schloegl wrote in the affidavit. The man told deputies that Woods had lost consciousness and did not respond to his questions. The first deputy arrived minutes later and has said Woods appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions. Woods suffered severe injuries to his right leg and cuts to his face.
Woods told deputies — both at the wreckage and later at the hospital — that he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving, according to the affidavit. (AP)
Mizzou wins in softball, falls in baseball: The Missouri softball team blanked Louisiana-Monroe 6-0 on the first day of the Courtyard Marriott tournament in Norman, Oklahoma, for its 10th straight win. Jordan Weber and Megan Schumacher combined for a two-hitter for the Tigers (13-2).
• MU’s baseball team managed just two hits in an 8-0 loss to Dallas Baptist at the Frisco College Baseball Classic in Frisco, Texas. Dallas Baptist scored five runs off MU starter Spencer Miles in four innings to beat the Tigers (3-7) for the second straight night. (Dave Matter)
SLU wins wins in baseball: Matt Boyer allowed one hit over six innings and Cam Redding had four hits and drove in three runs as the St. Louis University defeated visiting Kansas 8-1. Jake Garella contributed three hits to the attack as SLU (2-7) ended a seven-game losing streak. (Stu Durando)
Ambush blasted: Justin Stinson and Juan Carlos Gonzalez each scored three goals and had an assist to lead Ontario to a 14-6 rout of the host Ambush in a Major Arena Soccer League match. The Fury (5-1) surged to a 7-0 lead and cruised by the Ambush (6-7), who got two goals from Tony Walls. (News services)
Nemechek drives truck to victory: John Hunter Nemechek held off Kyle Busch after a late-race restart to win in a NASCAR trucks series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch finished 0.686 behind the champion. Austin Hill came in third. (News service)