RG3 has sprain — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shan- ahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III has a mild sprain of a ligament in the right knee and hasn’t been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns. Shanahan said the injury is a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the knee, caused when the rookie quarterback was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.
Colorado hires coach — Mike MacIntyre turned around the San Jose State football program in short order and will be asked to do the same at the University of Colorado. On Monday, MacIntyre signed a five-year deal to coach the Buffaloes. He will make $2 million a season. His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones. MacIntyre inherits a program that’s had seven straight losing seasons, including a 1-11 record this year under Jon Embree that was the worst in the 123-year history of the program. The Spartans (10-2) are ranked No. 25 in the BCS and are heading to the Dec. 27 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., to face Bowling Green (8-4), two years after a 1-12 showing in McIntyre’s first season.
Petrino is a Hilltopper — Bobby Petrino has arrived at Western Kentucky and says he and his wife Becky “consider this coming home." Petrino was introduced Monday as the new Hilltoppers’ football coach. The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida’s coach. Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall as a college head coach. Petrino was fired by Arkansas in April for a “pattern of misleading" behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant had gave $20,000 in gifts.
Ravens fire O.C. — Cam Cameron was fired Monday as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game. Cameron ran the Baltimore offense since the start of the 2008 season for coach John Harbaugh. Since that time, the Ravens’ attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team’s defense, and this year the offense ranks 18th with 344.4 yards per game. Jim Caldwell, who was hired as quarterbacks coach before the season, will assume Cameron’s duties. Caldwell was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.
Suspended 49er — The San Francisco 49ers have suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away." The 49ers said Monday, about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, that Jacobs had been disciplined.
Lattimore to NFL — Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft, said people familiar with the decision. One person said Monday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision later this week. The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2. He is South Carolina’s career leader in both overall touchdowns with 41 and rushing scores with 38.
No. 15 Hoyas win — Otto Porter scored a career-high 22 points, added seven assists and four rebounds and returned after taking an apparent hit to the head during the second half of No. 15 Georgetown’s 89-53 win over Longwood on Monday night in Washington, D.C. The point total was much bigger than the Hoyas managed in two of their past three wins. They beat Tennessee 37-36 and Towson 46-40 around a 64-41 win over Texas.
Hall of famers — Arturo “Thunder" Gatti didn’t live to see his finest day. Gatti, who won world championships in two different weight classes, heads the class of 2013 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The honor, announced Monday, comes three years after his untimely death. A native of Calabria, Italy, who was raised in Montreal, Gatti retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9 with 31 knockouts and was selected in his first year of eligibility. Gatti died three years ago in Brazil at age 37 under mysterious circumstances. Also selected was Virgil “Quicksilver" Hill, a five-time world champion who won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times, among others honored.
NHL cancels more games — The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players’ association isn’t reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Already, 422 regular-season games had been called off through Dec. 14 because of the lockout, and the latest cuts on Day 86 of the NHL shutdown claimed 104 more. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game were canceled earlier. In all, the 526 lost games account for nearly 43 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11.
PGA axes Disney — The PGA Tour’s event in Mexico will anchor a six-tournament schedule next fall that will not include Disney for the first time in more than 40 years. Disney has been part of the PGA Tour landscape since Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event in 1971.
—From wire reports