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In brief: Price Huskies No. 1 QB for now

Football: Washington coach Steve Sarkisian announced that sophomore Keith Price (pictured) will be the Huskies’ starting quarterback following the conclusion of spring practice.

Sarkisian made the announcement Wednesday as the team’s post-spring depth chart was released.

Price won the job ahead of redshirt freshman Nick Montana, son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana. It was the logical choice as Price played last season and started at No. 1 Oregon in November.

Sarkisian said he’s been pleased with the progress of Montana, but that Price, “has earned the right to be our starting quarterback.”

Price will replace Jake Locker, who started at Washington for four seasons and was the No. 8 overall pick in last week’s NFL draft.

Justice asks why no playoff

Football: The Justice Department wants to know why the NCAA doesn’t have a college football playoff system and says there are “serious questions” about whether the current format to determine a national champion complies with antitrust laws.

Critics who have urged the department to investigate the Bowl Championship Series contend it unfairly gives some schools preferential access to the title championship game and top-tier end-of-the-season bowl contents.

In a letter this week, the department’s antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA President Mark Emmert why a playoff system isn’t used in football, unlike in other sports; what steps the NCAA has taken to create one; and whether Emmert thinks there are aspects of the BCS system that don’t serve the interest of fans, schools and players.

Associated Press

It’s unanimous for top rookie

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year after a landslide vote, becoming the NBA’s first unanimous choice for the award in 21 years, since David Robinson.

Griffin received every first-place vote from a panel of 118 media members.

Associated Press

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