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Digest: Family matters prevent Redskins GM McCloughan from attending NFL combine

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Family matters are keeping Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan from attending the NFL combine.

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan is not attending the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Team spokesman Tony Wyllie confirmed McCloughan's absence in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday, saying McCloughan "is taking care of some family matters."

Coach Jay Gruden and other officials are representing the Redskins at the combine, a key evaluating opportunity ahead of the April draft where many decision-makers and agents are present. It was not clear how many GMs were there, but 20 of 32 held media availabilities Wednesday or Thursday.

An email seeking comment from McCloughan's agent, Peter Schaffer, was not immediately returned.

McCloughan has not held a news conference with reporters since May 2, 2016, after the draft. The team did not make him available to speak to reporters after the Redskins' season was over, and he did not address reporters at the Senior Bowl.

The 46-year-old has been GM of the Redskins since January 2015. He previously served as senior personnel executive for the Seattle Seahawks and GM of the San Francisco 49ers.

McCloughan resigned from his Seahawks post in April 2014 for personal reasons. He and the 49ers agreed to a mutual termination of his contract in March 2010, which Jed York called a "private personal matter."

Washington radio station 106.7 The Fan first reported McCloughan's absence from the combine.

The Redskins are in the midst of an uncertain offseason after missing the playoffs. They placed the exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins earlier this week with Gruden saying he's confident the team and quarterback can work out a long-term deal.

Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are among Washington's top pending free agents. The Redskins have 10 picks in the draft, which takes place in Philadelphia April 27-29, beginning with the 17th selection in the first round.

Asked in early January about the process of shaping the roster between himself, McCloughan and team president Bruce Allen, Gruden said he feels good about it.

"I don't think it's Scot, I don't think it's Bruce, I don't think it's just me," Gruden said at the time. "I think together we make decisions and I feel really good about that. I think he listens to my input and I listen to his. Ultimately, who has the final say really doesn't matter because we're all on the same page for the most part."

Maryland women's basketball: The second-seeded Maryland women's basketball team will open its Big Ten Conference tournament title defense tonight against Minnesota. The No. 10 seed Golden Gophers defeated No. 7 seed Penn State, 70-64, on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Their quarterfinal matchup with the Terps tips off at 6:30 p.m. In Maryland's first game since a hard-fought loss to No. 1 Connecticut in late December, the team struggled for much of its New Year's Day matchup at Minnesota. The Terps never trailed in their 83-72 win, but the Golden Gophers closed the deficit to 68-67 with about six minutes remaining. Fifteen games later, in their regular-season finale, the Terps routed Minnesota, 93-60, in College Park.

—Jonas Shaffer

Maryland women's basketball: Senior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Women's College Basketball Player of the Year. Senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough did not make the cut from the top 30. Jones is averaging 19.3 points and a league-high 10.7 rebounds per game.

—Jonas Shaffer

College administration: The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics awarded Under Armour AD of the Year Awards to four Football Bowl Subdivision administrators, including Penn State's Sandy Barbour, an Annapolis native and Severn graduate, and Army West Point's Boo Corrigan, who was raised in Baltimore and was an associate AD for marketing at Navy. The award recipients, who also include Auburn's Jay Jacobs and Miami's Blake James, will be honored June 13 during the 52nd annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

College football: Navy's game Nov. 18 at Notre Dame will start at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on channels 11 and 4.

Baseball: The long-running television dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals is headed to an appeals court. The Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court in Manhattan will hear arguments from each side for 15 minutes on March 14. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks in November 2015 threw out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles, owes the Nationals about $298 million for the team's 2012-2016 television rights. All sides appealed. MASN was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore's exclusive broadcast territory since 1972. The Orioles were given a supermajority partnership interest in MASN, and when the parties could not agree on a rights fee for 2012-2016, they appeared in April 2012 before baseball's three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee, as required in the MASN agreement. The RSDC issued its decision in 2014, and MASN and the Orioles sued, claiming the arbitration was improper because the law firm Proskauer Rose, which represented the Nationals, at times worked for MLB and the teams of all three arbitrators. Marks issued a stay last July preventing the RSDC from holding a rehearing, pending determination of the appeal. Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin is to argue for MASN and the Orioles, and Paul Clement for Major League Baseball. Clement represented the NFL before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which last year reinstated the league's four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady.

Major League Soccer: Steve Birnbaum, a U.S. national team defender entering his fourth MLS season, was named D.C. United's team captain, replacing Bobby Boswell. Coach Ben Olsen revealed his choice to the players Thursday, two days before the opener against Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

NHL: The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Lucas Johansen, their 2016 first-round draft pick, to a three-year, entry-level contract and defenseman Colby Williams and forward Mason Mitchell to two-year, entry-level contracts beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Women's college basketball: Stevenson senior forward Sara Tarbert was named the All-MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and is one of 10 finalists for the Josten's Trophy, which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to an outstanding NCAA Division III player who excels on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. Stevenson graduate assistant Katelyn Fischer (Seton Keough) won the award in 2014 as a senior at Marymount. Tarbert also was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III third team.

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