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Williams returns to coach Grambling again

Terrapins freshman forward Alyssa Thomas was selected the ACC's rookie of the week for the sixth time, a Maryland school record.
Terrapins freshman forward Alyssa Thomas was selected the ACC's rookie of the week for the sixth time, a Maryland school record. (John Mcdonnell)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams is returning to Grambling State as coach of the Tigers football team, the university confirmed late Monday.

Grambling State Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson announced his return in a statement, saying Williams has signed a four-year contract that begins March 1. Financial details were not disclosed in the statement.

Williams was the general manager of UFL's Virginia franchise in 2010. The former Grambling State quarterback was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII with the Redskins.

He later succeeded Eddie Robinson as coach at his alma mater, winning three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 1998 to 2003. . . .

Rutgers player Eric LeGrand made his first public appearance since being paralyzed in a game against Army more than four months ago.

LeGrand attended a "Laugh to Heal Comedy Fest Fundraiser" for him at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday.

"I just want to thank everybody for coming out here today and I'm just going to keep on chopping during my rehab," LeGrand told the crowd of approximately 3,000 who attended the comedy show featuring Rutgers alumnus Bill Bellamy.

college basketball

Junior forward Ryan Pearson was named Colonial Athletic Association co-player of the week. Pearson averaged 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Patriots, who have won 13 consecutive games. . . .

Maryland freshman forward Alyssa Thomas was selected the ACC rookie of the week for a school-record sixth time. Thomas averaged 20.5 points and eight rebounds in two games this past week. She leads all ACC rookies in points, rebounds and steals. . . .

American senior forward Liz Leer is the Patriot League player of the week. Leer averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent (15 of 25) from the field this past week.

- Kathy Orton

pro football

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch emerged with a positive outlook after attending a fourth consecutive day of federally mediated negotiations between the NFL and the players' union.


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