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3P ET: Dibble Takes "A Few Days" Off After Critical Comments About Strasburg, Raiders' Gradkowski Ready To Return, Big Ten Football Divisional Alignment Plans

NATIONALS ANNOUNCER ROB DIBBLE TAKES "A FEW DAYS OFF" AFTER CRITICAL COMMENTS ABOUT STRASBURG:

MASN spokesman Todd Webster said Rob Dibble would not work Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs and is "taking a few days off." Webster said Dibble requested the time off but did not say whether the absence was related to the comments about Strasburg. Dibble on Monday lashed out at the young pitcher, who has been placed on the disabled list twice in the last month. Dibble said on Sirius XM Radio that "You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."

RAIDERS' QB BRUCE GRADKOWSKI READY TO RETURN VS 49ERS ON SATURDAY:

Gradkowski tore ligaments in both his knees in December of last season, and then he tore his pectoral muscle in the offseason and strained his groin at training camp. Now, eight months later, he'll finally get back under center Saturday.

WISCONSIN, IOWA TO BE PLACED IN DIFFERENT DIVISIONS WHEN BIG TEN ALIGNMENT IS REVEALED:

The new alignments aren't expected to be revealed until mid-September. But according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez also told the newspaper the Big Ten will adopt a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2015. He also stated, that UW will be in the same division as Minnesota but in a different division than Iowa when the Big Ten Conference expands in 2011. The decision to place UW and Minnesota in the same division when Nebraska joins the league – a no-brainer -- means the longest running rivalry among Football Bowl Subdivision programs (119 games) will continue.