Phil Simms considers not using 'Redskins' on TV

BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Published:

Associated Press

FOOTBALL

Simms considers not using 'Redskins'

NEW YORK -- CBS lead analyst Phil Simms is considering referring to the Redskins only as "Washington" when he broadcasts the team's game against the Giants next month.

Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins in Week 4 on Sept. 25. He says "my very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game."

Simms isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. But he adds he is sensitive to the complaints about the name, and his instincts now are to not use "Redskins" in his announcing.

His broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, says it is not his job "to take a stance."

CBS is allowing its announcers to decide on their own whether to call the team the Redskins.

So is Fox, which handles the NFC and will televise most of Washington's games.

Pryor trying to find roster spot in Seattle

RENTON, Wash. -- With one designed rollout and sprint to the end zone, Terrelle Pryor showed why the Seattle Seahawks sacrificed a late-round draft pick to add another quarterback.

Pryor's 44-yard touchdown run last Friday against San Diego showed off all his athleticism. He didn't just run away from defensive linemen and linebackers, but left defensive backs playing chase.

It was a moment that commanded attention and reminded people how unique Pryor is as a quarterback.

But there is nothing guaranteed for Pryor in Seattle.

AUTO RACING

Ernie Cope to crew chief Chase Elliott

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Ernie Cope will crew chief Chase Elliott next season at JR Motorsports.

Cope will replace Greg Ives at the end of the season. Ives is moving from JRM to Hendrick Motorsports to crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cope has been crew chief for JRM's part-time No. 5 Chevrolet, which has three wins this season with Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne.

Elliott is the current Nationwide Series points leader. He heads into Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend with a 10-point lead over teammate Regan Smith.

JRM general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said Monday the organization will take its time finding a crew chief to replace Cope on the No. 5 car, which will be primarily driven next year by Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

COLLEGE

Cap limit may be NCAA's strongest argument against paying athletes

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA could soon find itself in the awkward position of arguing against capping compensation for future players, based on the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case.

Several attorneys with antitrust or labor law experience told The Associated Press that the $5,000 annual limit for players was the weakest link in U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's decision earlier this month. They claim it may also be the strongest argument for the NCAA in its appeal.

When the decision was originally announced, the cap was seen as a partial victory for the NCAA. But lawyers not involved in this case say Wilken's number could be seen as arbitrary, creating a potential opening to overturn the ruling.

The NCAA has until Wednesday to file its appeal.

ICE HOCKEY

Buffalo to host NHL combine next

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine will be held in Buffalo for the next two seasons.

NHL Vice President Colin Campbell calls Buffalo "the right fit" in announcing the league's decision during a joint news conference with the Sabres on Monday.

The combine had previously been held in Toronto.

BASEBALL

Reds activate 2B Phillips from DL

ST. LOUIS -- The slumping Cincinnati Reds have activated Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list and inserted the second baseman into their starting lineup at St. Louis.

Phillips was placed on the DL on July 11 after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was batting sixth for Monday night's opener of a three-game set against the Cardinals.

Phillips' return comes at a crucial time for Cincinnati, which was swept in a doubleheader at Colorado on Sunday and is barely hanging on in the playoff race.

The Reds also activated reliever Logan Ondrusek from the DL and optioned right-hander Dylan Axelrod and catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville. Right-hander Curtis Partch, who served as the 26th player for Sunday's doubleheader, was returned to Louisville.

GOLF

Arnold Palmer has pacemaker surgery

PITTSBURGH -- Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.

Golf Channel earlier this year produced a three-part documentary called "Arnie," which was broadcast the week after the Masters in April. The seven-time major champion remains one of the most endearing figures in golf.

Palmer turns 85 on Sept. 10.

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