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NFL teams were almost as busy dealing veterans as they were making draft picks Saturday. Jason Campbell, LenDale White, Kirk Morrison, Leon Washington and Bryant McFadden all changed teams on the final day of the draft.
With Donovan McNabb now in Washington, Campbell became expendable and was sent to Oakland for a fourth-round pick in 2012. Where that leaves JaMarcus Russell, the top overall pick of 2007 who has struggled with the Raiders, is anyone’s guess.
The Tennessee Titans dealt White to Seattle, reuniting the running back with his college coach, Pete Carroll. Later, the Seahawks acquired another runner, versatile Leon Washington, from the Jets — who also released standout guard Alan Faneca.
“Just a great one-two punch to add to our team,” Carroll said of the new runners, both of whom come with question marks. “We’re real excited about Leon Washington. Our guys loved him.”
Washington missed half of 2009 because of a severe leg injury. He recently re-signed with the Jets, for whom he has starred as a kick returner, runner and receiver.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m just excited.”
The burly and bruising White helped Carroll win a national championship with the Trojans. But he lost his starting job to Chris Johnson and had problems being on time for meetings.
“As far as LenDale falling out of favor, he practiced,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “He was prepared to play. I think I can’t blame him for wanting to play more. That’s the kind of players you want on your roster. Considering the circumstances, he handled things. There were issues I don’t need to bring up. I thought he handled things reasonably well.”
Oakland also sent starting middle linebacker Morrison to Jacksonville as the bartering got heavy in Round 4.
The fourth round began with St. Louis further bolstering its anemic offense by taking wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who once lost his scholarship at Cincinnati and even lived out of his car.
K-State’s Coffman excels
Manhattan — At the conclusion of Kansas State’s spring practices, no Wildcat quarterback had established himself as the leading candidate for starter.
On Saturday, Carson Coffman made his case.
Coffman completed 38 of 51 passes for 440 yards and seven touchdowns at Kansas State’s annual Purple-White scrimmage at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Coffman hit Brodrick Smith on a 15-yard scoring strike with 9:57 remaining in the first quarter and stayed hot for the rest of the night. No other quarterback threw for more than 73 yards.
Coffman started the first four games of the 2009 season before being replaced by Grant Gregory.
Coach Bill Snyder had said the position battle had been narrowed to Coffman and Collin Klein, who played receiver last season. Klein suited up but did not play in the scrimmage.
Paterno: Expand to 14
State College, Pa. — If it were up to him, Penn State coach Joe Paterno would expand the Big Ten by three members to 14, adding two schools from the east and one from the west.
Paterno said Saturday before the Nittany Lions’ spring game that it’s just his preference, and he doesn’t know if anyone else in the conference agrees with him.
Wizards, Galaxy tie
Kansas City, Kan. — Kansas City shut down Los Angeles’ Edson Buddle for the first time this season, but Kei Kamara’s goal-line blunder meant the Wizards had to settle for a scoreless tie with the unbeaten Galaxy on Saturday night.
Buddle had seven goals in the first four games for Los Angeles (4-0-1), but got off only one shot on goal against the Wizards.
Kansas City (2-1-1) remained unbeaten in three home matches, but missed a point-blank chance early on. Kamara found himself alone in front of Los Angeles’ goalmouth in the 16th minute, but slipped on the wet grass and whiffed on the shot. When he fell, his arm knocked the ball into the net and he was called for a handball.
Bean, Lu lead at Legends
Savannah, Ga. — Andy Bean and Lu Chien-soon teamed to shoot a better-ball 12-under 60 in a light, steady rain Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Bean and Lu played the final 10 holes in 10-under par to total 125 and pull ahead of Blaine McCallister and Bob Tway (63) and first-round co-leaders Nick Price and Mark O’Meara (64). John Cook and Joey Sindelar (65), who shared the first-round lead, were alone in fourth place at 127.
Bohn leads Zurich Classic
Avondale, La. — Jason Bohn had a three-stroke lead Saturday when third-round play in the weather-plagued Zurich Classic was suspended because of darkness. Bohn, celebrating his 37th birthday, shot a 5-under 67 in the completion of the second round and was even par through six holes in the third. Greg Chalmers and Alex Cejka were tied for second at 9 under. Chalmers played seven holes in the third round, and Cejka completed six at TPC Louisiana.
Daytona to repave track
Talladega, Ala. — The Daytona 500 will have an improved look. Daytona International Speedway will be repaved for the second time in history after a pothole on the track during this year’s Daytona 500 forced two delays that totaled more than two hours during the Feb. 14 race. The repaving project will begin immediately after the July 3 Sprint Cup race, with completion targeted for Jan. 1, 2011.
Weather plagues NASCAR
Talladega, Ala. — NASCAR canceled all Saturday track activity at Talladega Superspeedway because of threats of extended periods of severe weather.
Track officials said the decision was made on advice from the Talladega County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service, which said Talladega County was one of the areas in Alabama facing a high risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes on Saturday.
The Nationwide Series race scheduled for Saturday will now be held today following the Sprint Cup Series race. It’s the second consecutive weekend that NASCAR will attempt a doubleheader.
U.S., Russia tied in Fed Cup
Birmingham, Ala. — Elena Dementieva beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-4, 6-3, to even the U.S.-Russia matchup in the Fed Cup semifinals. Melanie Odin won the first match in the best-of-five event for the U.S., 6-3, 6-3, over Alla Kudryavtseva.