Digest: Kirk Cousins will file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag again

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Kirk Cousins will file a grievance through the NFL players' union in the event that the Redskins use the franchise tag on him.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins will file a grievance through the NFL players' union if the Washington Redskins stick the franchise tag on him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. This represents a line in the sand, of sorts, ahead of Tuesday's opening of the two-week window during which NFL teams can place the franchise tag on players. The tag would prevent Cousins from entering unrestricted free agency, where he is expected to command an enormous contract from another team — possibly the most expensive in league history. The basis for the complaint is simple: Cousins could argue that the organization is violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement because the team has no intention of engaging in good-faith negotiations on a long-term deal, or having him play under the franchise tag amount of $34.5 million guaranteed in 2018. NFL teams have from Tuesday to March 6 to designate the players they want to franchise or transition tag.

— Kimberley A. Martin, The Washington Post


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Apprentice Hamilton rides four winners at Laurel Park


Apprentice jockey Weston Hamilton won four races on Sunday's nine-race program at Laurel Park. Hamilton, the son of journeyman rider Steve Hamilton, won the second race aboard Jovis ($6.40), the third on Here Comes Michael ($11), the fourth with Chapel of Chimes and the ninth aboard Bobcat ($7.60). Laurel will run a special nine-race program today with a first race post of 12:30 p.m. Laurel's Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $8,939 when it begins with race four. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $1,934.14 in the first race.

Men's college basketball: Will Rayman scored 15 points to help visiting Colgate beat Loyola Maryland, 68-47. The Raiders (15-12, 10-6 Patriot League ) scored the first 12 points of the game and pushed their lead to 38-18 by halftime as the Greyhounds only made six of 22 field goals. Cam Gregory led Loyola (8-19, 6-10) with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Greyhounds were held to 31 percent shooting, including 2-for-15 from 3-point range.

Women's college basketball: Aleana Leon scored 19 points to lead host Hofstra over Towson , 83-72. The Pride (11-15, 5-10 Colonial Athletic Association) outscored the Tigers 28-11 in the first quarter and finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field. Nukiya Mayo had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Mary Cuevas added 17 points for Towson (9-17, 4-11), which lost its third straight. The Tigers shot 43.7 percent from the field but struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just five of 13 attempts.

Men's college lacrosse: Zephan Harnish scored three goals to lead host Goucher to a 10-5 win over Hood in the Division III season opener for both teams. Pierce Bailey and Mason Gorman each added two goals for the Gophers, which got 12 saves from Matt Messerle. Patrick Hurley had two goals and two assists and Bentley LeBarron added two goals for the Blazers.

Women's college lacrosse: Taylor Gait scored three goals and No. 5 Syracuse (2-0) earned a 17-11 victory over host Oregon (2-1). ... No. 7 North Carolina got seven goals from Marie McCool and five from freshman Jamie Ortega in a 23-4 victory over Liberty (1-1). The 23 goals were one shy of the school record for the Tar Heels, who face No. 1 Maryland on Saturday. ... Hanna Haven and Elena Romesburg each scored five goals to lead No. 8 James Madison (3-0) to a 21-9 win over Connecticut at William G. Tierney Field in Sparks. Grace Nolan had four goals and an assist for the Huskies (1-2). ... No. 18 Duke jumped out to a 6-2 halftime advantage against No. 9 Northwestern and held off a second-half rally to earn a 9-8 victory. Charlotte North scored three goals to lead the Blue Devils (3-0). Selena Lasota had three goals for the Wildcats (3-1). ... Nikki Ortega scored four goals and Savannah Buchanan (McDonogh), Andie Aldave (McDonogh) and Katherine Enrietto added three apiece to carry No. 16 Notre Dame (2-1) to a 21-7 win over Stetson (0-2).

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