ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Jay Gruden has been introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, the seventh hired by owner Dan Snyder since he bought the franchise 15 years ago. The brother of former NFL head coach Jon Gruden was a given a five-year contact for his first NFL head coaching gig, taking over a 3-13 team that has finished last in the NFC East in five of the last six seasons. The 46-year-old Gruden spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bobby Petrino (peh-TREE’-noh) is back as football coach at Louisville, where he went 41-9 from 2003-06. He replaces Charlie Strong who left last weekend for the job at Texas. Petrino is a lifetime 83-30 college coach, including an 8-4 mark with Western Kentucky last season.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn tailback Tre Mason is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Mason ran for 24 touchdowns last season and broke Bo Jackson’s 28-year-old school single-season record with 1,816 yards. He rushed for 195 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers loss to Florida State in the BCS championship game on Monday.
PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will undergo surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely. Bledsoe was averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists before missing the last four games with what had been described as a sprained right knee.
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has undergone muscle repair surgery. Verlander suffered the injury last month while working out. The former Cy Young winner is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again.