Redskins release Portis

"Southeast Jerome" is officially gone for good, as is "Sheriff Gonna Getcha." Running back Clinton Portis, a man of many costumes, was released by the Redskins yesterday, ending a sometimes contentious seven-year stay. Portis played only 13 games the last two seasons because of a severe concussion and a torn groin muscle. He was scheduled to make $8.3 million next season, and coach Mike Shanahan had said the team wouldn't keep him at that price . . . The Bears released injury-plagued defensive tackle Tommie Harris and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer.


Mullin, Sampson honored

Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson joined six others, including coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, in the Class of 2011 at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo.

Mullin led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, and Sampson, the 7-4 Virginia center, was a three-time ACC player of the year. Also honored were Cazzie Russell (Michigan), James Worthy (North Carolina) and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.

No. 8 Irish dominate 'Nova

Tim Abromaitis made a career-high nine three-pointers and scored 30 points, and Ben Hansbrough had 30 points and 10 assists as No. 8 Notre Dame routed No. 19 Villanova, 93-72, to earn a double bye in next week's Big East Tournament. The Irish (24-5, 13-4) went 17-0 at Purcell Pavilion.

No. 1 UConn perfect again

Maya Moore had 23 points as No. 1 Connecticut (29-1, 16-0) routed Syracuse, 82-47, to clinch its ninth undefeated Big East regular season. UConn has won 17 straight since Stanford ended its record 90-game winning streak.


Batted ball hits Beckett's head

The Red Sox said Josh Beckett had mild concussion symptoms after he was hit in the back of the head before a game in Fort Myers, Fla. He was in the outfield when a coaching staff assistant tried to use a fungo bat to return a ball to the infield. Instead, the ball hit Beckett.

NBASpurs' Parker out 2-4 weeks

Spurs guard Tony Parker is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a strained left calf . . . Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison (broken finger) is likely out for the season.


Iran calls 2012 logo 'racist'

Iran objects to the 2012 London Olympics' logo, contending it is racist because it resembles the word "Zion," and warning of a possible boycott.

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