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Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Redskins part; GM is vague about plans

On the heels of the fourth losing season under his watch, Washington Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen vowed Wednesday to make whatever changes are needed to restore the team's winning tradition. But in a news conference riddled with generalities, Allen declined to offer specifics, noting more than once that just 72 hours had passed since Washington played its final game, a desultory 44-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that brought its record under first-year coach Jay Gruden to 4-12. "We understand 4-12 is not acceptable to our great fans; it's not acceptable to anybody in this building," Allen said while taking questions for 42 minutes at Redskins Park. "I feel awfully responsible for it. We're going to make sure that we hold everyone accountable for everything that happened." Allen's news conference came one year and one day after he announced the firing of coach Mike Shanahan following a 3-13 season of dysfunction. At the time, Allen called it "a painful day," adding that the status quo would not be acceptable going forward. On Wednesday, after yet another season of double-digit losses, Allen said a review of the team's coaches, players and in-season and offseason practices was underway. The first change of consequence — the departure of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, by mutual consent — was announced 30 minutes before Allen broke his self-imposed, season-long media silence. Allen portrayed himself as having no role in Haslett's departure, characterizing it as the upshot of a Wednesday-morning conversation between Gruden and the defensive coordinator who once was Gruden's boss. Allen called it "the right decision" and said the search for a successor has begun. Haslett's defense finished tied for 29th in points allowed, up from a tie for 30th in 2013.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

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Glenelg Country boys win hoops tourney title

Most Valuable Player Anthony Longpre scored 16 points to power Glenelg Country School (7-5) past Rabun Gap (Ga.), 52-39, to claim the Appalachian Division championship of the Wells Fargo WNC Holiday Classic in Asheville, N.C. … Reggie Rouse got fouled on a 3-point attempt as time expired, missed the first two free throws and made the last as No. 5 Calvert Hall (13-2) claimed the International Division championship, 79-78, in double overtime over Linden (N.J.) at the Rotary Roundball Classic in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday. Linden led 78-77 with 12 seconds left before Rouse (four points) got fouled and made one of two free throws to tie the score at 78. A missed shot by Linden and an outlet pass to Rouse set up the game-winner. Drew Edwards led all scorers with 30 points. … Blair Brooks scored a game-high 19 points to power No. 14 Boys' Latin (11-4) to a 72-48 win over host Liberty (4-4) in the Liberty Division Championship at the Liberty Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.

Horse racing: Trevor McCarthy and Kieron Magee won titles for the calendar year in the jockey and trainer divisions, respectively, at the major Maryland tracks after Wednesday's final card of the season at Laurel Park. McCarthy finished the year with 167 victories at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course. Magee, who had 55 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the campaign, shared the Laurel winter title, captured the Pimlico championship and finished tied for fifth in the Laurel fall standings. He finished the year having won 28.7 percent of his races at the major Maryland tracks.

College wrestling: Spurred by a strong second-day performance, Maryland finished eighth at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern on Tuesday. The Terps (4-7, 0-3 Big Ten Conference) had four wrestlers who placed in the event. Sophomore Shyheim Brown (141 pounds, eighth), redshirt junior Lou Mascola (157, sixth), junior Josh Snook (174, fourth) and unattached sophomore Dawson Peck (285, fifth) all earned first-time podium finishes at the prestigious event.

From Sun staff and news services

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