Morning Sports Update: Redskins doing their best to take country’s focus off Deflategate

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan’s wife, Jessica McCloughan, has apologized for "disparaging" and "unfounded" comments on her Twitter account about an ESPN reporter. –AP

The Washington Redskins are doing their best to take the country’s focus off Deflategate, class is now in session as Judge Berman’s decision awaits, the Patriots have their final dress rehearsal tonight, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Thursday.

Students were pumped up for Michael McCann’s Deflategate class at UNH last night:

It was an amazing first class of Deflategate. The students were well prepared and very thoughtful in their remarks. They...

Posted by Michael McCann on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Redskins are doing their best to take the country’s focus off Deflategate: “Earlier tonight, the Washington football team released a statement on behalf of GM Scot McCloughan’s wife Jessica, apologizing for having sent tweets accusing an ESPN reporter of trading sexual favors for access.

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“But just a few hours before releasing the statement, Washington PR svengali Tony Wyllie told both Black Sports Online and Pro Football Talk that the Twitter account was a fake and that the team had reported it to NFL security.’’ (Deadspin.com)

Patriots take on Giants at Gillette in final dress rehearsal tonight: “The Patriots hope this is the last time Jimmy Garoppolo plays until next summer, barring mop-up duty or a meaningless cameo late in the regular season, but they’d like to see the ascension continue just in case he’s the Week 1 starter. Garoppolo has been remarkably efficient this preseason, completing 61-of-80 passes (76.3 percent) for 554 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, he has gotten away with four other passes this preseason that should have been picked off, so consistency must be a focal point. Excluding Garoppolo’s first three series against the Packers, when he forced it downfield too much and ignored his strengths, Garoppolo is 58-of-72 (80.6 percent) for 504 yards. He is pretty good when he keeps it simple.’’ (Boston Herald)

#TBT: Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick prepares for the Super Bowl:

New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, center, talks with other coaches as the Giants prepare for Super Bowl XXV against the Buffalo Bills, in this Jan. 23, 1991 photo. —AP

Concussion director responds to charges that Sony revised movie script to protect NFL: “In response to a New York Times article that created the impression that Sony revised the script for the film due to concerns that it would antagonize the NFL even though Sony has no business relationship with the league, writer/director Peter Landesman accuses the New York Times of unfairly making Sony look worthless and weak.

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“’It does seem to me like the New York Times is working for the NFL,’ Landesman tells Deadline.com. ‘That’s how it seems to me. It seems like a hatchet job has been done here, and came out of the NFL’s offices, that’s how it seems to me.’’’ (ProFootballTalk.com)

Sarah Thomas, NFL’s first female ref, to work Patriots preseason finale tonight: “Thomas, the NFL’s first female full-time referee, will serve as a line judge on veteran referee Pete Morelli’s crew on Thursday night in Foxborough, continuing her ascent through the refereeing ranks.

“Thomas was hired in early April. Before that, she became the first female official to work a major college football game when she served as line judge for Memphis-Jacksonville State in 2007. Two years later, she was an official in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, becoming the first female to ref a bowl game.’’ (New York Daily News)

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Rusney Castillo looks good in left field debut: “’It was nice that I got to put into practice what we’ve been practicing with Arnie for the past few days or weeks,’ Castillo said through interpreter Adrian Lorenzo. ‘It was an overall positive experience, especially being able to play it for the first time not just in the major leagues but at Fenway Park. I felt pretty comfortable out there. I thought it went well.’

“The next step is to get Mookie Betts some time in the corners, particularly in right field. That work will begin with Beyeler soon, and when ready, Betts is likely to slide over to right with Jackie Bradley, Jr. taking over in center. That appears to be Boston’s preferred alignment moving forward, with Bradley’s tremendous range in center ranking higher on the list of priorities than his strong arm from right.’’ (Providence Journal)

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Schilling to return to Sunday Night Baseball coverage: “ESPN analyst Curt Schilling will return to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball coverage this weekend after sending an offensive tweet on Aug. 25, according to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch.’’ (SI.com)

Comcast SportsNet New England apologizes for Minihane joke about Roger Goodell:

We apologize for the sarcastic comments that guest Kirk Minihane said on our air last night. While clearly joking, it was a poor choice of words and obviously not representative of the network's views.

Posted by Comcast SportsNet New England on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Another fan injury at Fenway Park as man taken away in stretcher after fall: “In a statement, the team said the man was sitting in the last row of field box seats behind the first base dugout and fell over onto the aisle behind him when he tried to catch a foul ball.

“The fan, who was attended to by emergency medical personnel for a possible concussion, was then transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for further treatment and is expected to be released later tonight,’’ the statement said.’’ (The Boston Globe)

Boston city council approve ban on smokeless tobacco at ballparks, including Fenway: “The Boston ordinance prohibits smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products at sites used for professional, collegiate, high school, and amateur events, including open spaces, enclosed structures, and stadium parking lots. Signs describing the ban must be posted at every entrance and in dugouts, bullpens, training rooms, locker rooms, press boxes, and restrooms. Violations carry a $250 fine per offense.’’ (The Boston Globe)

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