Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins ended their contract impasse Wednesday when the rookie quarterback signed a four-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $21.1 million. It also includes a club option for a fifth year. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback wasn’t considered a holdout because training camp doesn’t officially begin until July 26 . . . The NFL’s on-field officials said the league planned to lock them out rather than negotiate a new contract. Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down. The league has been contacting replacement officials. Scott Green, the NFLRA president, and past president Ed Hochuli, both current referees, said the NFL is jeopardizing the safety of the players, as well as the integrity of the game, by considering using officials they feel are unqualified . . . The NFL suspended Carolina Panthers backup defensive tackle Andre Neblett without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Report: Jamison to sign with Lakers
Free agent forward Antawn Jamison will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said . The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the Lakers hadn’t announced the move. The 36-year-old, who played for the Cavaliers last year, will sign for the veteran’s minimum salary, bolstering the Lakers’ bench with scoring and veteran leadership . . . The Nuggets re-signed free agent center JaVale McGee to a multiyear contract, fulfilling one of their top offseason priorities, and waived reserve center Chris ‘‘Birdman’’ Andersen. Yahoo Sports reported the McGee deal was for $44 million over four years . . . The Trail Blazers matched Minnesota’s four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million for swingman Nicolas Batum . . . Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving had successful surgery on his right hand, which he broke during summer league practice when he slapped a padded wall in frustration. The NBA’s rookie of the year is expected to need two months to recover . . . Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill, who turns 40 in October, signed a two-year deal with the Clippers . . . The Bobcats rescinded their qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Derrick Brown, freeing up $3 million in salary cap space and making Brown an unrestricted free agent . . . The Raptors signed Lithuanian 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft, to a two-year deal.
Twins shut down Capps indefinitely
The shoulder injury that sent Minnesota closer Matt Capps back to the disabled list has worsened, and the righthander will be shut down indefinitely. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the MRI on Capps’s shoulder showed more irritation in his rotator cuff. Ryan said he hopes Capps can heal with rest and therapy, rather than surgery . . . Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was fined $150 plus court costs for an Ohio speeding ticket. A charge of driving under suspension was dismissed.
Bruins sign Johnson to one-year deal
Veteran defenseman Aaron Johnson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins. Johnson, 29, most recently in the Columbus organization, will add depth in Providence . . . The Red Wings agreed to a $7.55 million, two-year contract with defenseman Kyle Quincey, avoiding arbitration . . . The Sabres signed forward Mikhail Grigorenko, the No. 12 overall pick, to a three-year, entry-level contract . . . As expected, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association resumed labor talks for more than two hours at the league offices in New York, a meeting described as cordial.
Students protecting Paterno statue
Amid calls for the removal of football coach Joe Paterno’s statue from Penn State campus, some students have begun a vigil to protect it from vandals. Seniors Mike Elliot and Kevin Berkon organized a gathering at the statue after a plane flew over the campus Tuesday with a banner that read: ‘‘Take the statue down or we will.’’ The students said they would be at the statue again Wednesday night, but weren’t sure how long they would keep the vigil. Meanwhile, the head of the Penn State board of trustees is vowing to put into effect changes recommended in a report on the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the university. Chairman Karen Peetz said the report by retired FBI director Louis Freeh recommends ‘‘structural changes for the way the university is governed to ensure greater transparency and collaboration.’’ She said she and university president Rodney Erickson have appointed a task force including board members and administration officials to ensure implementation of the measures ‘‘with care and urgency.’’ . . . The Big East dropped its lawsuit against TCU. The conference filed the suit last month in Washington, claiming TCU failed to pay the conference $5 million after the school reneged on an agreement to become a member and joined the Big 12 instead . . . The 7,000-person field for the Half Marathon as part of the BAA’s Distance Medley filled up in one hour. The Oct. 7 race starts and finishes in Boston’s Franklin Park . . . Irina Falconi dominated the super tiebreaker (7-1), lifting the host Boston Lobsters to a 20-19 victory over the Kansas City Explorers.