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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III listens to reporters questions during a news conference at the team's training facility in Richmond, Va. Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Griffin was recently cleared by doctors to begin practice at training camp which begins Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Griffin III to be limited in training camp
RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III says he doesn’t think he’ll be playing in any preseason games.
The Washington Redskins quarterback also said Wednesday that he’ll be limited in practice when the team opens training camp Thursday.
Griffin says he’ll take part in certain drills but will sit out the 11-on-11 plays in the early days.
He was cleared by doctors a few days ago, about 6½ months after he had reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
Griffin says he passed the standard Redskins conditioning test Wednesday and will wear a brace on his knee.
As far as altering his playing style, he says: “I think we can win outside the pocket. You’ve just to be smart about it.” Griffin says maybe that means keeping him in the pocket a little bit more.
Revis cleared to join Buccaneers in practice
TAMPA, Fla. — Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp.
The three-time All-Pro cornerback, who is the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL’s worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the New York Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.
The Bucs obtained Revis from the Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2013 draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.
Coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that Revis “is going to do some stuff, but he isn’t going to do everything,” when practice begins on Thursday.
Miller offers little on case, 4-game suspension
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos linebacker Von Miller offered no details about his pending drug case and possible four-game suspension, repeatedly invoking the NFL’s confidentiality clause to deflect questions during his session with reporters Wednesday.
The All-Pro pass rusher acknowledged his case is under appeal and promised he would provide some candid answers once the appeal is resolved.
Miller said everything at training camp, which begins Thursday, will be business as usual, while he waits to hear if he’ll be banned beginning Aug. 30 — the day after Denver’s final preseason game.
Coach John Fox took the same tack, citing the confidentiality clause and offering virtually no details. The coach said Miller would practice with the first team until the team receives any official word about the linebacker’s status.
Martin replaces Long for Dolphins at left tackle
DAVIE, Fla. — Jonathan Martin has added 15 pounds to his already imposing frame, and the Miami Dolphins hope the extra weight will help the second-year pro anchor their offensive line for years to come.
Martin’s expected to start this season at left tackle, where he’s replacing departed Pro Bowler Jake Long. The 6-foot-5 Martin now tips the scale at 320, which means that if he fails at his new position, he’ll be a big bust in more ways than one.
Aside from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Martin might have the most impact of any player on the Dolphins’ season. If he does a solid job, their offense could be significantly improved this season, with more big-play potential at the skill positions and a more experienced QB.
South Carolina to look into Clowney/Jay-Z contact
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s athletic compliance department is looking into contact between defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and rap mogul turned sports agency head, Jay-Z.
Spokesman Steve Fink said Wednesday the department was aware of reports about conversations between Jay-Z and Clowney, the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman who’s considered the top pick in next year’s NFL draft.
Athletes are permitted under NCAA rules to talk with agents, just not reach agreements about future representation. Athletes cannot accept benefits from agents or their representatives while in college.
Clowney had 13 sacks last season. He was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting. Clowney won an ESPY award last week for his signature hit in the Outback Bowl when he dislodged the helmet of Michigan runner Vincent Smith.
Chicago council approves $500M Wrigley renovations
CHICAGO — Chicago’s City Council has approved a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field, including a Jumbotron above the ivy-covered left-field wall.
Aldermen voted Wednesday to support the work for the home of the Cubs, one day after it got crucial approval from a City Council zoning committee and the alderman whose ward includes the ballpark.
The Jumbotron will be a first for the 99-year-old ballpark on the city’s north side. The team is also adding another sign in right field. But they agreed not to build any other signs that could block the views of rooftop businesses across the street. They also shelved a planned pedestrian bridge just west of the park.
The Cubs have been trying to put together the plan since new ownership took over in 2009.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffers ‘mild stroke’
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners say manager Eric Wedge suffered a “very mild stroke,” that forced him to miss a three-game series against Cleveland, but is well enough to be released from the hospital.
The 45-year-old Wedge was hospitalized Monday when he complained about light-headedness during batting practice. He underwent a battery of tests and was sent home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
“After much testing the doctors believe he suffered a very mild stroke,” the team said in a statement. “The doctors expect that he will have a full and complete recovery.”
Wedge won’t be in uniform for the Mariners’ upcoming four-game series against Minnesota and he won’t go on the next road trip to Boston and Baltimore.
Bench coach Robby Thompson has been serving as acting manager.
Dodgers place OF Kemp on DL
TORONTO — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left ankle and activated left-hander Ted Lilly.
Out of the lineup for 11 games with a sore left shoulder, Kemp came off the DL before Sunday’s 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He went 3 for 4 with a home run, but limped off the field after sliding into home plate on a force play in the ninth inning and has not played since. It’s the third time he’s been on the DL this season.
Kemp’s DL stint is backdated to July 22, meaning he’d be eligible to return August 6, but manager Don Mattingly said Kemp might need more time.
Kemp is batting .263 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 62 games.
Lilly, 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts this season, has missed the past 42 games with a sore neck. He will pitch out of the bullpen.
Durant, Love to keep playing for US
LAS VEGAS — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love say Wednesday they will be returning to play for Team USA.
The two NBA stars were on hand for the national team’s minicamp practice, and made the announcement in an impromptu news conference alongside team managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Durant said he made the commitment to Krzyzewski late Tuesday night, while Love officially made his announcement during the news conference.
Both were members of the United States men’s national basketball team that won the gold medal in the 2010 world championships and last year in the London Olympics.
Durant set a record for most points scored in an Olympic basketball tournament with 156 at London.
Derek Fisher re-signs with Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed guard Derek Fisher on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old Fisher has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Thunder, averaging 4.5 points in 44 regular-season games. He has averaged 7.1 points in 31 playoff games for them.
The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers has appeared in 240 postseason games.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti says in a statement that “Fisher has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back.”
Presti adds: “He has such a positive impact on his teammates and the organization.”
Terms of the contract with Fisher, the president of the NBA players’ association, weren’t disclosed.
Donovan’s 2 goals lead US into Gold Cup final
ARLINGTON, Texas — Landon Donovan scored two goals and set up another, and the United States beat Honduras 3-1 on Wednesday night to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
The U.S. struck first when Donovan found Eddie Johnson running through the middle of the Honduran defense. Johnson took a dribble and powered a shot past goalkeeper Donis Escober, giving the U.S. a lead 11 minutes into the game.
In the 27th minute, Johnson started another scoring sequence with a pass to midfielder Alejandro Bedoya. Donovan received Bedoya’s short chip off his chest in the middle of the goal box and poked a shot past Escober.
Nery Medina of Honduras made it a one-goal game in the 52nd minute, heading in a cross from Marvin Chavez. Donovan countered a minute later.