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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Matt Johns will be Virginias starting quarterback on Saturday at Georgia Tech.Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Monday, saying that Johns, who started every Cavaliers game last season, will replace struggling transfer Kurt Benkert.The Cavaliers (2-8, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost their fifth straight on Saturday, 34-14 against Miami. Benkert fumbled the ball away twice after halftime, and Johns replaced him with about five minutes to play.Mendenhall was effusive in his praise of Johns for his leadership all season, even after losing the starting job.Im genuine, authentic when I say this, Mendenhall said. He is an amazing human being and a really good player and a good leader. I think our team recognizes that and no one wants success for him more than his teammates.The coach says Benkert, who has started the first 10 games this year, has reached the point of needing to take a step back after his recent struggles. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns, but also 11 interceptions, and has struggled under pressure, which has been plentiful. Virginia has allowed 31 sacks.I think its the best thing for our team. I also think its the best thing to do for Kurt, Mendenhall said. I think hell grow and develop more by playing this role for a little bit, and I have to let Matt have his chance. Hes done way too much for the program.Linebacker Zach Bradshaw, like Johns a senior, believes the team will get a boost from the switch.Obviously we love both Kurt and Matt, and Matts been around forever ... he started last year, Bradshaw said. Im really happy for him that he has this opportunity. If theres anyone on the team that deserves it, its him, especially being put in the situation that he was put in, he hasnt complained once.Johns threw for 20 touchdowns with 17 interceptions last season as Virginia finished 4-8. His interception total led the nation, and when the stronger-armed Benkert arrived as a transfer from East Carolina, he was a better fit with the up-tempo offense preferred by Mendenhall and his staff. Benkert was eligible to play immediately because hed earned his degree and he won the starting job.Johns had only been in games as the holder on field goals before Saturday, and threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal against North Carolina. He was 3 for 7 and had three passes dropped against the Hurricanes.Johns was not made available to the media on Monday, but after the loss to Miami, said he remains on board with what Mendenhall is trying to build at Virginia. The Cavaliers have not been to a bowl game since 2011.The culture is changing, and thats something you see on the inside of the walls, not something you see from the outside looking in, he said after the game. Moving forward, the culture will be established and coach Mendenhall has done a great job of that.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Hank on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hankkurzjr Tramon Williams Super Bowl Jersey . Zvonareva, who won the tournament in 2009 and 10, couldnt handle her opponents big groundstrokes in only her third event back after 17 months out with a shoulder injury. Zvonareva made her comeback in January in Shenzhen and played in the Australian Open but lost her first matches at both tournaments. Davante Adams Super Bowl Jersey . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. 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TROON, Scotland -- Former British Open champion Ben Curtis managed a chuckle when he came off the course with a 10 on his scoreboard.He wasnt in such a good mood a few hours earlier, when he knocked his ball in three different bunkers on the way to a sextuple bogey.I wanted to go jump in the ocean, Curtis said with a weak smile.His troubles began when he drove into a fairway bunker at the 377-yard third hole, the second-shortest of all the par 4s at Royal Troon.Curtis had a decent lie in the sand and thought he could possibly get it to the front of the green, but that was far too optimistic for a player whose game has been in disarray. His shot clipped the lip of the bunker, the ball plugging when it fell back in, leaving him with no real shot. It took two more swings just to get onto the fairway.Turns out, there was more havoc to come. Curtis dumped his fifth shot in a bunker in front of the green, needed two more swings to escape that patch of sand -- only to watch helplessly as the ball rolled into another bunker behind the green. He finally got the next one to stay on the short grass and two-putted for his 10.Youve got to stay out of them, he said of the devilish bunkers dotting the linkks course.dddddddddddd I should have just chipped out the first time. But when youre 6 over, you need to make some birdies.With no chance to make the cut, Curtis meandered through the rest of a rainy round with seven bogeys on the next 14 holes, before a birdie at No. 18 left him at 12-over 83 -- his worst Open round ever.Curtis finished a most forgettable week with a cumulative score of 18-over 160, missing out on the weekend for the third year in a row and seventh time in the last eight years.This is typical of how Ive been playing all year, he said. The motivation, the heart, it kind of goes out you (after a 10). At that point, you just want to finish.Since his improbable win as an Open rookie in 2003, Curtis has missed the cut 10 times and hasnt finished higher that a tie for seventh in 2008.He can take some solace from his Troon debacle.I wont be the last person to ever do that in the Open, he said, maybe not even today.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ' ' '
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