Giants cut Burress; Vick's plan rejected



The New York Giants on Friday released Plaxico Burress, who had the game-winning touchdown catch in their Super Bowl victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in February 2008. The release came a little more than four months after the wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub. Burress' status has been uncertain since he shot himself in the thigh Nov. 29 with an unlicensed gun. Burress, 31, who played four seasons with the Giants, faces a felony weapons charge that could put him in prison for at least 3 1/2 years if convicted.

Vick: : A judge rejected Michael Vick's plan to emerge from bankruptcy, telling the suspended star to come up with a better way to pay back his creditors. Vick, 28, a quarterback for the Falcons from 2001 to 2006, is serving a 23-month prison sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation. He outlined a plan during a hearing in Newport News, Va., based on the goal of returning to the NFL, but Judge Frank Santoro said there is no guarantee the league will have him back. A status hearing in the case is scheduled for April 28.


Ravens: : Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans will report to training camp July 27, the team announced. The rest of the team will arrive at McDaniel College on July 29. The Ravens have scheduled 25 days of practice before moving to team headquarters in Owings Mills. This will be the 14th year the Ravens will have training camp in Westminster. The Ravens' preseason opener is Aug. 13 against the Redskins at M&T; Bank Stadium. JAMISON HENSLEY

Redskins: : Having failed to land Jay Cutler from Denver, Washington worked to mend fences with quarterback Jason Campbell. "We met with Jason today and had a candid discussion," executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said in a statement. Cutler was traded Thursday by the Broncos to the Bears.

Et cetera: : Quarterback Patrick Ramsey, an ex-Redskin, signed a one-year deal with the Titans after two seasons with the Broncos. ... Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team is looking at whether to pursue defensive end Jason Taylor, cut by the Redskins on March 2.

Griffin, Self of Big 12 capture AP awards

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Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin was the runaway choice as the Associated Press Player of the Year, and Bill Self, who led Kansas from a depleted national champion to a fifth straight Big 12 title, was selected Coach of the Year. Griffin, who averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds, received 66 votes from the 71-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Self received 28 of the 71 votes. For voting results, see For the Record below on this page.

Connecticut: : Richard Hamilton, a guard with the Detroit Pistons, says he's pursuing legal action against a former business manager, the same man at the center of illegal recruiting allegations at Connecticut, Hamilton's alma mater. Hamilton said he fired Josh Nochimson last year, accusing him of misusing one of Hamilton's credit cards to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nevada: : Athletic director Cary Groth said assistant David Carter will replace Mark Fox as coach. Fox was hired at Georgia this week.


Federer loses cool, match in Key Biscayne

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Maybe it was the unpredictable wind or the unreliable forehand or the months of unsatisfactory results. Whatever the reason, Roger Federer reached his boiling point. He raised his racket over his head and slammed it to the concrete. The tirade came in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Novak Djokovic in the Sony Ericsson Open semifinals in Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic, the 2007 winner, will play in the final Sunday against Andy Murray, who beat Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

Basketball: : Former San Antonio Spurs and Navy center David Robinson and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer will be named to the Naismith Hall of Fame, according to reports by the San Antonio Express-News and AP, respectively. Robinson and Stringer will join other 2009 inductees, likely including Michael Jordan and John Stockton, when the election announcement is made Monday in Detroit.

Varsity: : Matt Rum of Loyola High won the Charm City Challenge's three-point shooting contest at Dunbar High School, connecting on 33 of 40 shots - including 11 in a row. Rum, headed to William and Mary, will play for the Baltimore All-Stars against the United States All-Stars on Sunday at Towson Center. Tristan Spurlock of Word of Life Academy in Virginia won the dunk contest. Spurlock, who has signed with Virginia, jumped over a disc jockey on one of his dunks. He will play for the U.S. stars Sunday. JEFF BARKER

Women's college lacrosse:: Laura Merrifield scored seven of her eight goals in the first half as No. 2 Maryland (12-0) won, 20-12, over No. 18 Penn State (5-5) in the ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio. ... No. 13 Loyola (8-3, 1-2 Big East) scored 16 straight goals in a 17-2 win over visiting Connecticut (2-10, 2-2). ... Nikki Marcinik had two goals and three assists, but host Towson (6-4, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 12-9, to William and Mary (5-5, 1-0).


NHL:: The company that owns hockey's Dallas Stars and baseball's Texas Rangers defaulted on about $525 million in loans, with owner Tom Hicks saying he intentionally made the move to help negotiate with banks. ... Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is expected to be named the U.S. Olympic team's coach, according to reports.

Golf:: Kristy McPherson (70) and Christina Kim (69) teed off before the wind started gusting and jumped into the lead at 6-under-par 138 in the LPGA Tour's first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Michelle Wie (81) was at 8-over and made the cut by a stroke. ... Paul Casey shot a 2-under 70 for a share of the lead with Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden at 8-under in the suspended second round of the PGA Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas. High winds Thursday set back the schedule.

NASCAR:: David Reutimann earned the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race, the Samsung 500, with a lap of 190.517 mph on the 1 1/2 -mile, high-banked track in Fort Worth, Texas. Jeff Gordon will start second and Matt Kenseth third.

Soccer:: Mexico rehired Javier Aguirre as its men's coach a day after the dismissal of Sven-Goran Eriksson. This is Aguirre's second stint.