Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 and looked "fine" while handling a limited workload, coach Jay Gruden said. The coach said that once the third-year pro fully heals and shows an ability to practice at a high level, Griffin will recapture his job as starting quarterback, though he does not know when that will be. Griffin took part in individual drills and threw to wide receivers, running backs and tight ends during one-on-one drills. Gruden said Griffin will continue to handle a similar workload until the team's medical staff recommends an increase in activity. "He looked fine. Had a little bounce in his step, but that's about it. Nothing new," Gruden said. "Everything else will be up to the trainers and the doctor. There's nothing I can do as far as rushing him back. They're going to let me know when they will allow him to progress into the team drills. We're going to take what [trainer] Larry [Hess] and the team doctors tell us and go from there."
River Hill's Thomas commits to play basketball at Wisconsin
River Hill senior Charlie Thomas' dreams became a reality when the 6-foot-7 forward announced Tuesday that he had committed to play college basketball at Wisconsin. Wisconsin, which plays in the Big Ten Conference and offered Thomas a scholarship during his official visit to campus in late September, appeared in the Final Four last season. "Ever since I was a little kid, I always dreamed of playing high-major D-I basketball," Thomas said. "And even though I didn't get recruited by those kind of teams until this summer, I just kept pushing myself every step of the way. I knew in the back of my mind that this was possible as long as I played hard every time." Thomas, whose other finalists were DePaul and Rutgers, averaged 20.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a game as a junior.
For more of Brent Kennedy's story on Thomas, go to baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howardsports.
More boys basketball: With beachside dorms and palm trees on every block, Florida Gulf Coast's picturesque campus is an easy sell to many high school students. For John Carroll's Elijah Long, the surroundings in Fort Myers, Fla., were secondary when it came to his college decision. "The beach is cool, but … I'm the type of kid who has worked out his priorities," said Long, who committed to the Eagles on Monday. "It's good to have that perk, but if I don't get my jumpers up or don't go hard in the weight room, I don't deserve to be on the beach." Long, a 6-foot, 177-pound senior, picked Florida Gulf Coast over Old Dominion. A Baltimore Catholic League honorable mention selection, Long averaged 10 points, four assists and four rebounds last season.
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Long, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters
Football: McDonogh coach Dom Damico was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week. On Friday, McDonogh (4-2) earned a 35-7 victory over Calvert Hall (4-2). In their eighth consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference win, the Eagles held the host Cardinals to 38 yards of total offense.
Lacrosse: For the fourth-straight year, Stevenson will host the Meghan Puls Lacrosse Classic to help raise money for the Meghan Puls Foundation. This year's event will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday and will feature Stevenson, Cabrini, Franklin & Marshall, Goucher, Virginia Wesleyan and Adelphi. Beneficiaries will include the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Lions Camp Merrick diabetes camp. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is encouraged.
Field hockey: No. 2 Maryland (12-2, 4-1 Big Ten) rolled to its seventh straight win with an 8-1 rout at Princeton (3-9). Senior Maxine Fluharty led the offense with her second career hat trick. Senior Welma Luus added two goals, while senior Katie Gerzabek, junior Alyssa Parker (Glenelg) and freshman Lein Holsboer also scored. Brooke Cabrera
Administration: Grand Canyon named former Navy assistant coach Mike Vaught the vice president of athletics for the school's second year in Division I. With Vaught as offensive coordinator in 1999, the Midshipmen led the nation in rushing. Vaught, 53, spent the past two years as director of corporate sponsorships at AdvoCare International, a health and wellness company.
Golf: Juliet Vongphoumy was the first Maryland player to be named Big Ten Conference Golfer of the Week.
—From Sun staff and news services
Caps' Trotz experiments with switching centers on top lines
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz moved center Eric Fehr to a line between wings Joel Ward and Jason Chimera for practice Wednesday but didn't commit to using the new combination tonight against the 3-0 New Jersey Devils. Brooks Laich, who had centered that line, took Troy Brouwer's role on a line with Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson, and Brouwer worked with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Washington (1-0-2) lost, 6-5, in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.