What's buzzing:

Cardinals player gets probation for assault plea

AP - Sports
Cardinals player gets probation for assault plea
.

View photo

FILe - In this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo, Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington jogs off the field after the Cardinals beat the Seahawks 17-10 in an NFL football game, in Seattle. A judge in Maricopa County Superior Court, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, sentenced Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.

Now Washington, one of the team's top defensive players, will wait to see what punishment he may face from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

He was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago in Maricopa County Superior Court to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the woman.

Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.

Washington was sentenced by Judge M. Scott McCoy.

Possible punishments for Washington had ranged from probation to 18 months in jail, though his plea agreement with prosecutors called for probation.

Investigators said the argument arose out of a visit that Washington paid to his daughter at the apartment where the child's mother lives. They said the mother panicked after Washington left the apartment with the child to go to a restaurant and wouldn't answer her calls to his cellphone.

Once the child was back at the apartment, police said, Washington left with the mother's cellphone, prompting her to run after him and strike his vehicle with a hand-woven basket. Washington shoved the woman as she tried to run toward the driver's side door of his vehicle, causing her to hit the ground and break her right collarbone, police said.

Washington, a second-round draft pick out of TCU in 2010, has started 53 games over four seasons for Arizona. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles in 2012 with 140, making the Pro Bowl that year.

Last month, the Cardinals picked up Washington's $10 million player option.

View Comments (39)
  • Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61

    Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State. … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 minutes 32 seconds ago
  • Poulter has 3-shot lead at Honda Classic

    Poulter has 3-shot lead at Honda Classic

    Ian Poulter took a big step toward ending his two-year victory drought Sunday by playing bogey-free on rain-softened PGA National for a 4-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Honda Classic. It was the first time … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 34 minutes ago
  • Blackhawks praise additions, deny talk of locker room strife

    Blackhawks praise additions, deny talk of locker room strife

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks say newcomers Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen are walking into a cohesive locker room. … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Castillo, Betts try to impress in CF for Red Sox

    Castillo, Betts try to impress in CF for Red Sox

    Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. ''I don't look at it as a competition,'' Betts said Sunday. I just look at it as getting ready … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Arizona sends Keith Yandle to Rangers for 2 players, picks

    Arizona sends Keith Yandle to Rangers for 2 players, picks

    The New York Rangers acquired a big piece in their push for another deep playoff run, picking up All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago