Reggie Bush gets some 'great news'

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Reggie Bush gets some 'great news'

From Comcast SportsNetDAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Reggie Bush sent out a tweet saying he had good news, and privately told teammates he expects to be fine.Even on the day after a loss, there was some relief for the Miami Dolphins.Tests performed on Bush's left knee showed no serious injury Monday, meaning the Dolphins (1-2) may have their top offensive player available this weekend when they travel to face unbeaten Arizona (3-0). His last carry came just before halftime of Miami's 23-20 overtime loss against the New York Jets on Sunday, when he limped off the field and clearly was in pain."He's healthy and he'll be able to contribute," offensive lineman Richie Incognito said.Bush, who has 302 yards already this season, was getting rehabilitation and not in the locker room for the portion of Monday open to reporters. Hs lone public comment came on Twitter, where Bush wrote, "Received some great news today! Praise the Lord!"Bush got hurt on a first-down carry from the Miami 20 with about a half-minute left until halftime, a situation where some teams would consider kneeling to run out the clock.So it wasn't just Bush's knee that was evaluated on Monday. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he would also evaluate the thinking behind calling a run play there, especially when the percentages of Miami adding to what was then a 10-3 lead before the half expired would seem, at best, minute."Right, wrong or indifferent, you certainly could argue we made some mistakes -- or I made some mistakes, I should clarify that," Philbin said. "You know, every situation's unique. You have to argue as a coach, do you have faith in your players to execute a base play in your offense and run the ball, or do you want to take a knee? I sometimes struggle with that."We'll have to examine it," Philbin added. "We'll take a look at it, we'll discuss it, but I don't know if there's any hard, fast (rule)."Philbin said a number of variables -- score, time-out situations and momentum among them -- goes into the decision into whether or not the time is right for a team to kneel on the football and run out time in the half."Every situation is unique," Philbin said. "That's the great thing, the fun thing about game management."There were indications on Sunday that Bush's knee injury was not going to be that serious.Bush wanted to return to the game after halftime, even spending some time on a stationary bike on the Miami sideline in an effort to keep the knee loose.If Bush cannot play this weekend, or is limited, the Dolphins would likely use Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller more than usual. Thomas finished with 69 yards on 19 carries against the Jets, and Miller had 48 yards on nine carries after halftime, including a 22-yard burst.Miller said he asked Bush how he was doing Monday, and was told that he would "be back soon.""I think he'll be good by Sunday," Miller said. "I'm not sure. I know he's doing a lot of rehab to try to get back and help the team out."Bush finished with 61 yards on 10 carries against the Jets, and his 6.0-yards-per-carry pace would be, by far, the best of his career. He entered the season averaging just under 4.3 yards per carry.He's also tied for third on the Dolphins with 10 receptions."I like what he's done, every single game," Philbin said. "He's been productive in every game, he's played hard in every game, he's been sound. So he's done a very, very good job. All that being said, I don't think it really changed the game a whole lot (when he left)."Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett, who said he has been through six knee surgeries, said it was "amazing" to learn that Bush was not dealing with a serious, structural problem with his knee."It's a blessing," Burnett said. "You look at what the guy provides. He provides, he gives you the big play from first down to fourth down. Anytime this guy gets the ball in his hands, he's liable to go score a touchdown. It helps us. He's one of the top five playmakers in the National Football League."

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Report: Former 4-star CB to enroll at Maryland after leaving Florida

Report: Former 4-star CB to enroll at Maryland after leaving Florida

Former four-star cornerback J.C. Jackson will enroll at Maryland and be immediately eligible to play for the Terrapins in 2016, according to a report from 247Sports.com.

Coming out of the high school class of 2014, Jackson as the 21st-best player in the country at his position and the No. 243 overall player in the nation according to Rivals.com.

He signed with Florida and redshirted his freshman season. In April 2015, he was charged with three felony counts of armed robbery and another felony charge of burglary stemming from an alleged home invasion in Florida. 

In Nov. 2015, Jackson was found not guilty on all four charges. He did not return to play for the Gators, instead transferring to Riverside CC (Calif.). 

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin is the former defensive coordinator at Florida. He served on the program's staff from 2010-14.

Maryland is losing three starters in its secondary from 2015, with senior Will Likely being the only featured player returning. That lack of depth figures to give Jackson an opportunity to start in 2016.

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Nats option Giolito, Taylor to make room for Zimmerman and Solis

Nats option Giolito, Taylor to make room for Zimmerman and Solis

Less than 90 minutes after their 10-6 loss to the San Diego Padres, the Nationals wasted no time in making a pair of roster moves to pave the way for the expected returns of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and reliever Sammy Solis from the disabled list.

The two casualties were starter Lucas Giolito, who struggled earlier in the day in his third MLB appearance, and outfielder Michael Taylor, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss. Both were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Zimmerman and Solis are expected to return to the Nationals on Tuesday when they play at the Cleveland Indians. The Nats are off Monday before they begin an 11-day, nine-game road trip with stops also in San Francisco and Arizona.

Zimmerman will rejoin the Nats after rehabbing from a left rib cage strain. He has been on the disabled list since July 7. He went 5-for-12 with a homer and five RBI in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals.

Solis has been on the DL since July 8 with right knee inflammation. He pitched two rehab games, one with Potomac and one with Single-A Hagerstown. Solis gave up one run on a homer in his two total innings of work.

Giolito goes back down to Triple-A after making one start with the Nats. He allowed four runs, two of them earned, in 3 2/3 innings against San Diego. Giolito has given up six earned runs in 11 total big league innings this season.

Taylor also returns to Syracuse. He was called up on July 8 when Zimmerman was placed on the DL. Taylor is hitting .222 with seven homers and 14 RBI in 66 games this season.

With Zimmerman back in the infield, Trea Turner is expected to be the odd man out. That could mean a return to the Nats' bench, or an experiment with him in center field. Turner began learning the position several weeks ago by playing six games at center in Triple-A. With Taylor now out of the mix, he could be at the very least the team's backup option at the position.

Whether they will start him there soon, though, is hard to tell. 

"I got to get Zim back in the lineup. He’s a big part of our offense," manager Dusty Baker said. "We just got to try to find a place with Zim coming back, find a place for [Turner] to play."

"I did it in Syracuse and I'll do it here if they need me to," Turner said of playing center.

"It's something that I've embraced. It's something that I'll do if they need me to."

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Gael Monfils cuts down Ivo Karlovic for Citi Open title

Gael Monfils cuts down Ivo Karlovic for Citi Open title

When it comes to mission impossible scenarios, Tom Cruise has nothing on Gael Monfils.

Already down one set and needing to become the first player to break the serve of Ivo Karlovic all week or lose another Washington final, the second-seeded Monfils rallied for a thrilling 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 win for the Citi Open championship Sunday afternoon at the Rock Creek Tennis Center.

Fair calling the win over No. 13 Karlovic a case of style over a substantive serve? Based on Monfils' mobility outlasting 27 aces, yes. What about calling this hard-court championship the biggest of the Frenchman's career? Oui.

Both entered Sunday afternoon's final aiming for their the title at first ATP World Tour 500 level, a designation representing one of the top 20 on tour. Both also dealt with the stifling heat, but the 37-year-old Karlovic, who won a title last week in Newport (R.I.) wore down as the match progressed. The 6-foot-11 slugger was one game away from becoming the oldest man (37 years, four months) to win ATP titles in back-to-back weeks since 1973.

Monfils doesn't visit the Citi Open often. When he does, Monfils tends to stick around and show professional improvement.  He first arrived in 2007, losing to John Isner in the semifinals. Monfils returned in 2011, falling in the finals to Radek Stepanek. Five years later, Monfils, 29, was back.

This time he leaves Washington with extra luggage -- think fancy crystal trophy -- by surviving Karlovic's latest serving show.

No. 7 Yanina Wickmayer defeated American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2 for the women's championship. 

Monfils handed No. 13 Karlovic his first two breaks of serve of the week including a 1-1 in the third set. He then handled his own serve from there. Combined with a stealthy backhand, he polished off his sixth career title, first since 2014 and initial championship on U.S soil.

Throughout the week Monfils, whose family hails from the French Caribbean, sited a desire to follow the championship path in Washington forged by fellow men of color, Arthur Ashe (1973) and countryman Yannick Noah (1985).

"They've been an inspiration for me," Monfils said. "It's a special moment for me."

It appeared the 17th ranked player would once again leave Washington just shy of fist-pumping glory. He was 5-19 all-time in championship matches entering Sunday including 0-8 in 500-level finals. Monfils trailed 4-5 in the second set against a player who had won 70 straight service games including 53 this week and lorded over the net with a pterodactyl wingspan.

Describing Karlovic's serve merely as potent is akin to calling Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson fast or Game of Thrones a popular TV show.  For the week, the Croat finished with a tournament-high 107 aces. Yet with a chance to serve out the match, he didn't.

The [week-long] experience was good," Karlovic said post-match. "The [current] emotions, not good."

Monfils remained hopeful despite the precarious circumstance. He let Karlovic escape from a triple-break point hole late in the first set, but kept that memory close when deja vu struck.

Moments after breaking Monfils' serve,  Karlovic lost three straight points on his own serve. He hammered back with three consecutive points of his own, but dropped the next two, pushing a forehand volley long on Monfils' fourth break point.

"I still had hope that I might have the same chances I had in the first set," the mobile Monfils said.  "That he would get tired a little bit and [he did]."

Three games later, Monfils the Magician pulled off the break-of-serve trick once again for a 2-1 lead in the third set.

The trick for tournament organizers going forward? Getting Monfils backs sooner than later.

Though non-committal about 2017, Monfils said, "It's a tournament  that I love and I'll definitely  I will come back."

Based on his participation trajectory, Monfils won't return to Washington until 2022. Based on results progression, only worthy prize left might be claiming that White House further down 16th Street. Based on the current Presidential cycle and Monfils magician skills, anything is possible.