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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | September 2, 2007
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland backup quarterback Josh Portis has been ruled ineligible for the season because he violated the university's academic honor code, he said yesterday. Portis, the fastest and perhaps most hyped of Maryland's top three quarterbacks, told The Sun yesterday that his grade point average was at least 2.0 and that he did not plagiarize but would not say exactly what the violation was. "I'm just extremely disappointed I made a mistake in violating the academic honor code," said Portis, who didn't attend the Terps' 31-14 win over Villanova yesterday.
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By From Sun news services | December 5, 2009
Mark Sanchez 's headfirst dive gave the New York Jets a big first down - and a huge scare. Rest easy, Rex. "The Sanchise" isn't seriously injured. Sanchez might be able to play in New York's next game after spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Jets' 19-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Coach Rex Ryan said a magnetic resonance imaging Friday revealed the severity of the injury, which could have been much worse. "I feel good that it sounds like he's going to be healthy," Ryan said.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH | August 13, 2007
Let's stick with what we know: Quarterbacks Jordan Steffy and Josh Portis can give Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen more options offensively, and he's looking forward to taking advantage of their athleticism this season. After Saturday's scrimmage, though, Steffy had the edge when it came to executing the option. "What disappointed me a little bit about Josh is we're running the option much better, but Jordan is running it better than he is, and that should be [Portis'] forte," Friedgen said.
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By From Sun staff and news services | January 9, 2009
Red Sox sign Baldelli; Smoltz, Penny deals next baseball Pitchers John Smoltz and Brad Penny are on their way to the Boston Red Sox. Outfielder Rocco Baldelli was already in Boston, holding up his new jersey. After missing out on the biggest free-agent prize of the offseason, first baseman Mark Teixeira of Severna Park, to the New York Yankees, the Red Sox were poised to make a series of smaller deals. They announced Baldelli's signing last night. General manager Theo Epstein would not confirm the deals for Smoltz or Penny, but as he spoke, Penny, a two-time All-Star, was on his way out of Boston after completing his physical.
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By RICK MAESE | December 31, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The worst-kept secret in College Park stands 6 feet 3 and weighs 200 pounds. He's quick, athletic and supposedly has an arm endorsed by the NRA. Finally, with Friday night's victory in the Champs Sports Bowl providing an uplifting conclusion to Maryland's 2006 football season, we can stop uttering Josh Portis' name in our whisper voices. As we bid adieu to Terps senior Sam Hollenbach, we fling open the front doors to a quarterback controversy. For the past year, Terps coaches had their feet firmly planted in the 2006 season, but don't think for a second that their peripheral vision didn't notice the potential that waited down the road.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | October 4, 2006
ASHBURN, Va. -- Most running backs who have attained the stature that Clinton Portis holds for the Washington Redskins wouldn't do some of the things Portis has since training camp began in late July. Remember Portis making the tackle of Keiwan Ratliff after the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback had intercepted a pass in the opening series of the preseason, causing Portis to partially dislocate his left shoulder? Or how about the multiple blocks Portis made Sunday on one play - freeing Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss for the first of his three catch-and-run touchdowns - in a 36-30 overtime victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field?
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | September 7, 2007
College Park -- Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has a history of giving his players second and even third chances to redeem themselves from poor decisions in the classroom or off the field, but eventually, he said, "I stop giving chances." Reserve quarterback Josh Portis hasn't crossed that threshold, but his first mistake was big enough - or at least the university thought so - to cost him the 2007 season. Maryland @Florida Int'l Tomorrow, 7 p.m., 105.7 FM, 1300 AM Line: Maryland by 24
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | September 6, 2007
College Park -- Brandon Bullock, a former Maryland stu- dent, said Terps backup quarterback Josh Portis copied off his paper during a pop quiz in the spring semester - an incident that led to the program's fastest and most-hyped quarterback being declared ineligible for the 2007 season. The class was American Studies 212 - Diversity in America, Bullock said Tuesday, and the quiz involved about 10 short-answer questions based on films and readings from previous classes. Maryland@Florida International Saturday, 7 p.m., 105.7 FM, 1300 AM Line: Maryland by 24
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By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER | December 16, 2005
ASHBURN, Va. -- For almost a year, Clinton Portis has been preparing for this scenario: the stretch run of the NFL schedule and a renewed emphasis on the running game. With a passing attack slowed by the lack of a consistent No. 2 wide receiver and a spate of recent turnovers by quarterback Mark Brunell, the burden on Portis to carry the Redskins' offense has become heavier. The running back said he is ready. "From the beginning of the season, I've prepared for this stretch," said Portis, who said he gained 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason to withstand the pounding of a 16-game schedule.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | August 15, 2006
ASHBURN, Va. -- The long-standing debate about the detriments of NFL preseason games outweighing the benefits came painfully to light for the Washington Redskins in their 19-3 loss Sunday night to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. A partially dislocated shoulder for starting tailback Clinton Portis was one of three serious injuries the Redskins sustained, but won't be enough to make coach Joe Gibbs rethink how he will use his front-line players in the remaining three preseason games, starting Saturday night against the New York Jets at FedEx Field.
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By Ken Murray | December 14, 2008
Romo remorse Say what you will about Terrell Owens' loose grip on reality, but Cowboys QB Tony Romo had no business throwing to Jason Witten on Dallas' last-gasp pass in Week 14. Bad read, bad execution, deserved result. Maybe that helps explain Romo's record of 4-8 as a starter in December and January. Wade's Waterloo? While we're on the Cowboys, this latest flare-up is on Wade Phillips' watch. The Cowboys appear to be running amok, with the wide receiver calling out the quarterback and the owner (Jerry Jones)
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By MIKE PRESTON | December 7, 2008
Redskins RB Clinton Portis vs. Ravens LB Ray Lewis Portis has great vision and makes cuts easily. He is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver and is one of the best blockers in the NFL among running backs. He is tough and a workhorse. Lewis, after a slight decline, has had strong back-to-back seasons. He is running well sideline to sideline and is one of the best tacklers in the league. Edge:: Lewis: Redskins WR Santana Moss vs. Ravens CB Samari Rolle Moss can flat-out fly. He is basically Derrick Mason with speed.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 4, 2008
The roots of the University of Miami playing tree - dubbed "The U" by those fortunate enough to have been Hurricanes - extend far and wide, and the Ravens and Washington Redskins, who meet Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, are just as fertile as other teams. But as much as Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed and Redskins running back Clinton Portis can bask in their college association, those good vibes won't mean much as Lewis, Reed and the NFL's third-ranked run defense trying to put the clamps on the league's second-leading rusher in Portis.
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By From Sun news services | November 13, 2008
Running back Clinton Portis was again absent from the Washington Redskins' practice field yesterday, making his chances of playing in Sunday's NFC East game against the Dallas Cowboys appear more and more remote. If the words uttered by his backups are any indication, Redskins fans need not worry. Shaun Alexander, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright and Mike Sellers all touted their credentials as quality fill-ins should Portis' sprained left knee keep the NFL's second-leading rusher out of a game that will be pivotal for Washington's playoff chances.
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By From Sun news services | November 11, 2008
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis was unable to practice because of a sprained knee, and coach Jim Zorn said he is "50-50" for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Portis bruised his knee on the final play of the first quarter of last week's 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but returned for the next series and finished the game. The pain got progressively worse after treatment after the game, however, and Zorn said yesterday that Portis has a bone bruise on the femur as well as a sprain.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 20, 2008
COLLEGE PARK - His Maryland coaches seem to hold their collective breath each time Josh Portis enters the game. They know their wildly talented quarterback could break the sort of dazzling run that has so far been confined to the practice field and to his own mind. Or he could bungle the play call. He's prone to doing that, too. Offensive coordinator James Franklin shakes his head and smiles when contemplating the dizzying range of Portis' possibilities - good and bad. "When Portis comes on the field, there are two people that are nervous - me and the [other team's]
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | December 21, 2006
By rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the past four games for the Washington Redskins, running back Ladell Betts has gone from a capable fill-in for injured star Clinton Portis to a potential starter next season. While being respectful of Portis' stature as the team's lead back - a position Portis earned by averaging nearly 1,500 yards a season in his first four years in the NFL - Betts didn't back down when asked this week about the competition next summer for the No. 1 job. Redskins@Rams Sunday, 1 p.m., Chs. 45, 5, 1430 AM Line: Rams by 2
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,Sun reporter | November 13, 2006
PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Redskins' slide into oblivion continued yesterday in a soggy and often sloppy loss that not only left the team virtually out of contention for the playoffs, but also left it without star running back Clinton Portis for the foreseeable future. Portis broke a finger on his right hand in the first quarter of a 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The fracture could require screws to repair, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. The injury might keep Portis - who dislocated his shoulder in the preseason and injured an ankle three weeks ago against Indianapolis - sidelined at least three weeks.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | August 31, 2008
COLLEGE PARK - So much about Maryland seemed new. There was a new season to celebrate, a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback rotation and a flashy new starter at tailback. Maryland's red-clad fans were primed to rejoice in the novelty of it all, to embrace a win inside a stadium that is getting new suites and new seating. What the fans got instead yesterday was an uncomfortably close 14-7 victory against a Delaware team that got shoved around on the field - yielding 197 rushing yards by new Maryland starter Da'Rel Scott - but managed to keep the contest close.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | August 19, 2008
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen and offensive coordinator James Franklin went around and around over who should be the Terps' No. 1 quarterback, and yesterday morning, Friedgen announced that senior Jordan Steffy is the man. What it came down to was statistical performance. "I don't know if we [all] ever settled [on the choice]," Friedgen said. "We were kind of going back and forth. I was kind of listening to everybody. I gave all the coaches - even the defensive coaches - a chance to voice their opinions.
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