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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Moten honored for academics

Former New London-Spicer basketball standout Jayme Moten was among Minnesota-State Mankato student-athletes earning the fifth-annual NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards for 2012-13.

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The award honors Division II athletes that achieve a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale, for a minimum of two years on the college level, and is an active member of a intercollegiate team.

Moten, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound Mavericks sophomore, averaged 3.2 points, 1.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game last season, averaging 14 minutes per game in 33 games. He is a prospective business major.

Diamondbacks designate OF Kubel for assignment

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment.

The move made room for the team to select David Holmberg from Double-A Mobile in time for the left-hander to start Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres.

Kubel, in his ninth major league season, was struggling at the plate and had seen his role limited mostly to pinch hitting. The31-year-old left-handed batter was hitting .220 with five home runs and 32 RBIs.

Kubel was signed as a free agent in December 2011 and got off to a strong start last season before tailing off in the late stages. Still, he hit .253 with a career-high 30 home runs and 90 RBIs.

The 22-year-old Holmberg was 5-7 with a 2.66 ERA in 25 starts for Mobile.

RG3 could get OK

from doctor today

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III could get the all-clear to play in the regular season when he meets with his surgeon Thursday night.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Griffin will meet with Dr. James Andrews while the Redskins are in Florida for their final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Said Shanahan: “I know Dr. Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation.”

Andrews cleared Griffin for practice before the start of training camp but has yet to clear the quarterback to play in games. Griffin has sat out the preseason, but he's looked good in practice and told ESPN 980 on Tuesday that he's “not below 100 percent.”

Griffin had reconstructive surgery on his right knee in January.

— Associated Press/Staff reports

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