Spurs beat Wizards 100-85 in preseason finale


Spurs beat Wizards 100-85 in preseason finale

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson each scored 16 points, and the San Antonio Spurs closed the preseason with a 100-85 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Tony Parker added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard 11 for San Antonio (4-3). Duncan was 7 for 13 from the field and had 13 rebounds in 28 minutes at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs open the regular season Oct. 31 at New Orleans.

A.J. Price and Jan Vesely each scored 13 points for Washington (3-5), and Earl Barron added 12.

The Wizards visit Cleveland on Tuesday in their regular-season opener.

Washington sat its starters for much of the fourth quarter after leading most of the game.

Jackson hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run at the close of the third quarter as the Spurs took a 74-66 lead after a slow start.

Washington held a 40-27 lead with 9 minutes left in the first half following an 18-8 run. The Wizards built their lead as the Spurs' starters sat for about eight minutes bridging the first and second quarters.

San Antonio rallied once its starting lineup returned, with Parker scoring eight points in an 18-5 run.

Boris Diaw scored on a fast-break layup to give San Antonio a 61-59 lead, its first since holding a 4-2 advantage. Parker set up Diaw's basket with a diving save out of bounds on a Washington miss.

The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, who sat out with back spasms.

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Harbaugh makes no guarantee about Devin Hester's role going forward

Harbaugh makes no guarantee about Devin Hester's role going forward

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave no guarantee that Devin Hester would remain the team’s return specialist if his performance did not improve. Hester has muffed three punts this season, including Sunday against the Jets, when the Ravens were fortunate to maintain possession.

Asked if the Ravens were considering making a change at returner, Harbaugh said, “You know I’m not going to comment on anything like that. I’m still very confident Devin can secure the football. I like the fact that Devin can still break a big return. He’s been battling some injuries. It’s my hope that it’s not because he’s gotten older, and that’s going to continue all year. But I don’t know. It’d be a good question to ask him when you see him.


“I think when he’s healthy, he’ll secure the football even better than he has, and he’ll make some big returns for us.”

Hester’s best moments have come as a kickoff returner, with a 60-yard return against the Raiders, and a 48-yard return against the Browns. However, Hester is no longer returning punts like he once did, and he turns 34 years old in November. Considering the Ravens’ injury issues, having Hester occupy a roster spot strictly as a returner is a luxury the Ravens may not be able to afford all season.

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Redskins injury report: Team will monitor Williams, Scherff

Redskins injury report: Team will monitor Williams, Scherff

While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.

Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.

“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.

Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”

Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.

Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.