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Steelers cut Scobee after misses vs. Ravens, sign Boswell

Pittsburgh Steelers place kicker Josh Scobee (8) reacts to missing a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Scobee miss wide left. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) ORG XMIT: PAKS
Pittsburgh Steelers place kicker Josh Scobee (8) reacts to missing a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Scobee miss wide left. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) ORG XMIT: PAKS (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Josh Scobee's miserable fourth quarter against the Ravens cost him his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut the veteran kicker Saturday, less than 48 hours after a pair of late missed field-goal attempts by Scobee helped the Ravens rally for a 23-20 overtime win. Pittsburgh replaced Scobee on the roster with Chris Boswell, who has spent time with the Houston Texans and New York Giants but has never kicked in a regular-season game. The Steelers acquired Scobee from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Aug. 31 for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft after injuries to Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley in the preseason. Scobee, the leading scorer in Jacksonville history, made just six of 10 field-goal attempts and also missed an extra point.

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Nats' Williams won't discuss his job status

Amid growing questions about his job security, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that he has not spoken with the front office about his status. Williams is under contract for 2016; his option was picked up in spring training. The season ends today and Williams' future seems in doubt. High-level Nationals officials have been frustrated with the season, including Williams' performance. General manager Mike Rizzo has used a variation of the same line about Williams in recent weeks: "We'll make 2016 decisions after we finish 2015. He's under contract to be the manager next year." Williams has declined to address claims he has "lost" the clubhouse. He briefly addressed the accounts last week, saying that the full facts were needed and that it wasn't the right venue to detail his side. Asked Saturday why he didn't want to offer a more thorough account, Williams said: "I personally feel that it is my job to be a calming force as opposed to a disruptive one. We have a lot of talented players on this team that I support wholeheartedly every single day. I will not stop doing that. Ever. Believe me when I tell you this: Never stop doing that. That being said, I'm not going to subject this team to any further distraction. There's no reason for further distraction at this point. What's important is that we finish this season as strong as we can finish. Beyond that, it's noise."

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Gaels forward Jalen Smith gets offer from Maryland

Mount Saint Joseph sophomore Jalen Smith, a five-star forward prospect in basketball, received a scholarship offer from Maryland. "Honored to say the University of Maryland has offered me today. #NoPlaceLikeHome. Fear the Turtle. Go Terps!" he wrote on Twitter. ESPN rated the 6-foot-8 Smith the No. 17 overall recruit in the Class of 2018. Smith also has offers from Providence, Marquette and Miami.

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Obituary: Ken Denlinger, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist who also wrote books on college athletics, including one of the first to examine unscrupulous recruiting of young basketball players by some of the nation's top college programs, died Oct. 3 at his home in Frederick. He was 73. The cause was esophageal cancer, said his wife, Nancy Whitcomb Denlinger. Denlinger worked for the Post from 1965 to 2003, initially as a sports reporter and later as a columnist.

Leonard Shapiro, The Washington Post

Men's college soccer: Host Loyola Maryland (1-6-2, 0-1-1 Patriot League) played to a double-overtime scoreless draw with Lafayette (4-2-4, 1-0-1). Junior goalkeeper Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) had seven saves for the Greyhounds. ... In a rematch of the past two America East title games, visiting UMBC (6-2-2) earned a 1-1 double overtime draw with Hartford (4-3-3) in the league opener for both teams.

Women's college soccer: Visiting Towson (6-4-2, 0-2 Colonial Athletic Association) scored first but lost, 3-1, at Drexel (7-5, 1-2) on Friday night.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland (10-8, 0-4 Big Ten) lost, 3-1, at No. 18 Purdue (13-2, 4-0) despite 21 kills by Adreené Elliott. ... Towson (15-2, 2-1 CAA) had a season-high 11.5 team blocks en route to a 3-1 victory at William & Mary (7-9, 1-2) on Friday night. Lindsay Flaherty ... Morgan State (6-11, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) earned a 3-1 win over visiting Howard (5-13, 2-1) on Friday night. The Bears' conference start is its best since the 2006 team began the season 5-0.

Men's soccer: U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped defenders John Brooks and Omar Gonzalez (Maryland) and midfielder Mix Diskerud from the Americans' roster for the Oct. 10 playoff against Mexico for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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