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Eagles trade McNabb to Redskins

QB sent to Washington for pair of draft picks

April 5, 2010

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— Donovan McNabb is changing uniforms and staying in the NFC East.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks Sunday night. The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month’s NFL Draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.

“Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. “He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all-time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day.”

The trade is the boldest move to date for new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and could spell the end in Washington for Jason Campbell, the starter for 31⁄2 seasons. Shanahan already has signed free-agent Rex Grossman as a backup and has been actively scouting the top quarterbacks available in next month’s draft, when the Redskins will have the No. 4 overall pick.

Washington and Philadelphia are rivals in all the major pro sports, and the idea of Redskins fans finding a way to welcome McNabb in their hearts will be nearly as interesting of a dynamic as the prospect of McNabb facing his old team twice this upcoming season.

McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia.

Kevin Kolb, who has started two games in three seasons, becomes the Eagles starter. Michael Vick is the backup.

Golf

Woods arrives at Augusta

Augusta, Ga. — Tiger Woods arrived without warning on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Augusta National, as quiet as it will get for him the rest of the week at the Masters.

For a while, it looked as though nothing had changed.

He greeted two reporters whom he had not seen in five months with a playful jab. When he strolled onto the new practice range, no one stopped what they were doing. He chatted with Paul Casey before hitting balls, Jim Furyk when he was done. But when he was looking for a game and ran into Mark O’Meara, the enormity of the week began to sink in.

Woods played the back nine, then met with Masters chairman Billy Payne before leaving the club.

Kim takes Houston Open

Humble, Texas — Anthony Kim made a par on the first playoff hole to beat Vaughn Taylor and win the Houston Open for his third PGA Tour title.

Lefty honors wife, mother

Humble, Texas — Phil Mickelson pulled a special guest out of the gallery at the Houston Open on Sunday to carry his bag for three holes.

Dr. Tom Buchholz, a radiation oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is treating Mickelson’s wife and mother, Amy and Mary, who were both diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.

Tseng captures 2nd title

Rancho Mirage, Calif. — Yani Tseng eagled the second hole and pulled ahead of a star-studded field with a 4-under 68 to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday for her second major title. Tseng, of Taiwan, finished at 13-under 275.

College football

QB excels in UT scrimmage

Austin, Texas — Garrett Gilbert had barely finished his first big day as Texas’ starting quarterback when coach Mack Brown was hit with the big question.

Can he lead Texas to the national championship?

“I think so because he’s been around and played a lot,” Brown said Sunday after Gilbert was 10-of-13 passing for 165 yards and three touchdowns in Texas’ annual spring scrimmage. “We don’t want it all on Garrett’s shoulders, but I think the fact that he played in the one this year will help him next year.”

NBA

Karl could miss 1st round

Denver — Denver Nuggets coach George Karl may miss the first round of the playoffs as he recovers from cancer treatments.

Karl’s life partner, Kim Van Deraa, told The Denver Post that Karl won’t return in the regular season and probably also will miss the first round of the playoffs.

“To count out all the playoffs, that’s up to his body,” she said.

Bogut out indefinitely

Milwaukee — Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut has a broken hand, dislocated elbow and sprained wrist that will keep him out indefinitely after a hard fall Saturday in a victory over Phoenix.

Heat jet in emergency

Chicago — The charter jet carrying the Miami Heat home from a road trip made an emergency landing early Sunday in Chicago after a mechanic on board became ill.

Team spokesman Tim Donovan said the man, who was not identified, was OK and that team trainers tended to him in the air for what was believed to be a diabetic coma. When the plane landed in Chicago, he was taken to a hospital.

College basketball

WVU’s Butler tears ACL

Indianapolis — West Virginia says senior forward Da’Sean Butler has torn the ACL in his left knee after a hard collision against Duke in the Final Four.

Sports information director Bryan Messerly says an MRI done Sunday at an Indianapolis hospital also revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament and two bone bruises.

Auto racing

Vettel wins Malaysian GP

Sepang, Malaysia — Sebastian Vettel captured the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, an overdue victory after mechanical failures cost him chances to win the first two Formula One races of the season.

Tennis

Roddick prevails at Sony

Key Biscayne, Fla. — Andy Roddick’s softest shots made the biggest impact Sunday. He kept Tomas Berdych out of rhythm by hitting delicate backhands, loopy forehands and changeup first serves.

By the ninth game, Berdych was so flummoxed he lost track of the score. There was no confusion about the final result: Roddick beat Berdych, 7-5, 6-4, to win the Sony Ericsson Open.

MLB

Seattle places Lee on DL

San Francisco — Seattle Mariners ace Cliff Lee was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to an abdominal strain, an expected move given the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner’s health troubles this spring. Lee is still only throwing on flat ground, which he did Sunday morning at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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