Redskins' Gruden will not bench struggling QB Cousins

In the wake of his team's fourth straight loss and its 13th in 14 games, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden addressed a host of problems during his Monday news conference, including potential lineup changes and the need for vast improvement in third-down efficiency and the running game. Gruden did not specify which players or positions might be in flux but said he does not intend to replace starting quarterback Kirk Cousins with third-stringer Colt McCoy. In Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins' ninth defeat in a row on the road, Cousins threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson returned the third interception 28 yards for a clinching touchdown with 18 seconds to play. The game was an otherwise statistically productive performance from Cousins, who had 354 passing yards and two touchdowns. "We'll see if there's a way we can upgrade our roster," Gruden said. "Mainly I'm looking at maybe ways to prepare, practice, our practice schedule."

Gene Wang, The Washington Post


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Epps 1st MEAC Woman of the Year from Coppin State

Coppin State senior Christina Epps will be given the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award in a ceremony at 10 a.m. today. The event will be held in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium on campus. Epps, a top-30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor, is the first Coppin State female to be named MEAC Woman of the Year. Epps was a four-time All-MEAC student-athlete in track and field and is a six-time triple-jump champion in the conference. She is the triple-jump record holder at Coppin State.


College football: Navy junior kicker Austin Grebe was honored as Football Bowl Subdivision Special Teams Player of the Week.

Men's college soccer: Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Zack Steffen was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the first weekly defensive award of his career. … Navy senior defender Joseph Greenspan was honored as a member of College Soccer News' National Team of the Week. Junior forward Jamie Dubyoski (Loyola Blakefield) received Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors, and junior Jackson Morgan was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.

Austin Grebe

Women's college volleyball: Towson senior opposite hitter Victoria Williams earned Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Major League Soccer: Former Maryland stars Taylor Kemp, a defender for D.C. United, and Graham Zusi, a midfielder for Sporting Kansas City, earned Team of the Week honors. Kemp scored his first MLS goal Sunday as United beat the Houston Dynamo, and Zusi scored one goal and assisted on another in Kansas City's win Friday over the Chicago Fire.

Varsity Boys basketball: Charm City Basketball is looking for more varsity and junior varsity teams to compete in its annual showcase style tournament from Dec. 27 to 30. Call Jeff Harshman at 443-520-2464.

Special Olympics: Special Olympics Maryland will host its annual Fall Sports Festival on Oct. 25 at Mount St. Mary's. More than 300 athletes will participate in cycling, flag football, long-distance running, power lifting, and tennis. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m., followed by competition beginning at 10:15 a.m. For more information, go to

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