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Griffin Is Optimistic After Knee Surgery

  • FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶   The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶ The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

  • FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶   The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶ The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

  • FILE - This March 3, 2012 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Brian Burke during a news conference in Montreal. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

    FILE - This March 3, 2012 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Brian Burke during a news conference in Montreal. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

  • FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶   The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)
  • FILE - This April 10, 2011 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attending the year end press briefing in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. ¶   The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)
  • FILE - This March 3, 2012 file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Brian Burke during a news conference in Montreal. The Maple Leafs have fired Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout. The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

Washington — If Adrian Peterson can do it, maybe Robert Griffin III can, too.

Peterson set an incredible standard this season for NFL players returning from major knee surgery, nearly breaking the NFL single-season rushing record. Griffin need look nowhere else for an inspiration as the Washington Redskins quarterback begins the road back from an operation yesterday on two ligaments in his right knee.

“I think it gives motivation to everyone,” said Russ Paine, a physical therapist in Houston who worked with the Peterson as the Minnesota Vikings running back went through rehab.

Griffin had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his ACL reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews, who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall.

“We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season,” Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins. “The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career.”

But no two athletes — or knee surgeries, for that matter — are exactly alike, so pinning down a date for Griffin’s return is an inexact science. Complicating matters is that Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 while playing for Baylor.

University of Maryland head team physician Craig Bennett said football players typically need seven to 11 months to return from a second ACL reconstruction, but that it often takes up to a year for the ligament to be fully healed.

“Typically your first season back from an ACL reconstruction, there’s a tendency to have some struggles from time to time,” Bennett said.

That’s what made Peterson so remarkable. He tore an ACL in late December 2011 and was the league’s best back in 2012.

Men’s Hoop

No. 2 Michigan 62 Nebraska 47

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a victory over Nebraska.

The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 squad that went on to win the Big Ten title.

No. 3 Louisville 73
Seton Hall 58

Newark, n.j. — Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds — both season highs — to lead Louisville to its ninth straight win.

No. 6 Kansas 97
Iowa State 89 (ot)

Lawrence, Kan. — Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and No. 6 Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State 97-89 in overtime Wednesday night.

No. 7 Syracuse 72
Providence 66

Providence, r.i. — C.J. Fair scored 23 with 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 with six assists as Syracuse rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to beat Providence.

Women’s Hoop

No. 1 Baylor 67
No. 25 Iowa St. 39

Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner scored the game’s first five points and finished with 23 as Baylor led throughout in its first game since taking back the No. 1 spot.

No. 3 UConn 75
Georgetown 48

Washington — Kelly Faris scored 15 points and No. 3 Connecticut survived a round of sloppy-ball, bouncing back from a rare conference-opening loss to beat Georgetown in a game that included 45 turnovers.

Tennis

Isner Out of Open

Melbourne, Australia — John Isner has withdrawn from the Australian Open with bone bruising in his right knee, leaving No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked U.S. man at the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.

Isner, who spent 18 weeks in the top 10 before finishing last year at No. 14, injured his knee at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week and had to withdraw from the international mixed team competition.