NFL team owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday in Sterling, Va., it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing Washington's nickname.

"We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality."

Challenged by those who consider the name offensive, Snyder and his staff recently traveled to Native American reservations and last month established a foundation to assist American Indian tribes. He had declined requests to answer questions about the foundation until Tuesday.

Snyder has insisted he will not change the name, calling it a "badge of honor." He did not directly answer when asked to respond to those who say the foundation is a way of throwing money at the problem to placate critics. He instead cited the work behind the creation of the foundation.

  • The Baltimore Ravens have put middle linebacker Rolando McClain, a former Raider, on the reserve-retired list for a second time. McClain retired last year, but recently announced his intent to return to the NFL. After being reinstated by the Ravens last week, McClain abruptly said he was retiring for good.

  • A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The person confirmed Monday that Hill failed another drug test.


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  • Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith isn't sure when receiver Julio Jones will return to full speed. Smith said Jones, whose 2013 season ended with a broken foot in Week 5, is "progressing well" following surgery last October.

  • The NFL says 30 top prospects, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, will attend the draft next month in New York. The first round will be Thursday, May 8, with rounds 2-3 the next day.

  • An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season. The league said that a wild-card matchup will be broadcast on ESPN in January. As with "Monday Night Football," the game will be simulcast on local channels in the teams' home markets.

    College basketball

    Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections.

    College baseball

    Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is taking a leave of absence from his job as San Diego State's baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues. The school is not commenting on Gwynn's medical condition, at his request. Gwynn has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010

    Miscellany

    Overwhelmed by the giant task of replacing Alex Ferguson, Britain's greatest ever manager, David Moyes was fired by Manchester United after exhausting the patience and losing the support of the club's American owners, the Glazer family.

  • Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist.

  • Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open.

    The R&A says Tuesday that Dawson will step down in September 2015. He will also be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews.