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NFLEdwards, Smith join Jets; Washington a no-show

The Jets welcomed restricted free agent wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith back into the fold Monday, as each signed his one-year contract tender and participated in the first day of the team's voluntary offseason workout program.

But the same couldn't be said for Leon Washington.

The dynamic running back / kick returner, still rehabbing a broken right fibula, was a no-show, and he has yet to sign the one-year tender that will pay him $1.759 million.

Washington's agent, Alvin Keels, posted a message on Twitter saying his client doesn't plan on signing at the moment because they still want to see what other offers are out there.

"Leon Washington will not sign his tender at this time," Keels tweeted. "He will continue to rehab while weighing his options as a restricted free agent."

Washington, who made $535,000 in base salary in 2009, was involved in a contract squabble last season and boycotted some of the Jets' voluntary offseason sessions last spring.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, tackle Wayne Hunter and reserve cornerback Drew Coleman also haven't signed their tenders.

Reserve safety James Ihedigbo also signed his tender and took part in yesterday's session.

Dolphins RB arrested

Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, 28, was arrested in suburban Atlanta on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and was released from jail a few hours later, officials said.

Brown's mother, Joyce Brown, said in a phone interview that her son was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal, but believes he was targeted because he was driving a high-priced car and is black.

49ers change GMs

Scot McCloughan is out as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers in a "mutual parting," and director of player personnel Trent Baalke will lead the team into next month's draft.


Nets fall to 7-63

Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 12 assists to lead the visiting Heat to a 99-89 victory over the Nets. Brook Lopez had 26 points for the Nets (7-63), who lost their eighth straight. New Jersey has to win two of its final 12 to avoid breaking the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' mark for futility (9-73) . . . Chris Paul, who missed 25 games with a left knee injury, scored 11 points in his return as the host Hornets beat the Mavericks, 115-99.

Warriors for sale

The Golden State Warriors are for sale, and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison already has made it well known he wants to buy the team. The Warriors said they have hired Galatioto Sports Partners, or GSP, to handle selling the franchise.


UConn ousted; Illini win

Dorenzo Hudson scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half to lift host Virginia Tech past Connecticut, 65-63, in the second round of the NIT. The Hokies (25-8) will play Rhode Island in the quarterfinals . . . Delroy James scored 34 points to lead host Rhode Island to an 85-83 win over Nevada . . . Mike Tisdale scored 17 points, Mike Davis added 16 points and 16 rebounds and Demetri McCamey had 15 points and 10 assists to lead host Illinois to a 75-58 win over Kent State. The Illini (20-14), who beat Stony Brook in the first round, will play Dayton, which beat host Cincinnati, 81-66.

- AP


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