Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.

Griffin III will go through pace car training with Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, the raceway announced on Wednesday.

The former Heisman trophy winner was recruited by Earnhardt Jr. via Twitter last month and will also take a garage tour with NASCAR team owner and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Griffin burst onto the scene in 2012 with his electrifying play, and led the Redskins to an NFC East title. Still, the team fell apart in 2013 and Griffin struggled due to his recovery from a torn ACL as well as friction with former head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Redskins hired head coach Jay Gruden during the offseason to help improve on a 3-13 record last year.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.

Griffin III will go through pace car training with Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, the raceway announced on Wednesday.

The former Heisman trophy winner was recruited by Earnhardt Jr. via Twitter last month and will also take a garage tour with NASCAR team owner and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Griffin burst onto the scene in 2012 with his electrifying play, and led the Redskins to an NFC East title. Still, the team fell apart in 2013 and Griffin struggled due to his recovery from a torn ACL as well as friction with former head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Redskins hired head coach Jay Gruden during the offseason to help improve on a 3-13 record last year.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA’s most improved player, the league announced Wednesday.

Dragic averaged 20.3 points a game this season along with 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes to take home the award.

“Congratulations to @Goran_Dragic winning Most Improved. He is a elite player. I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to see him grow over the yrs,” Suns teammate Channing Frye tweeted after the announcement.

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers finished with 158 points and 13 first-place votes and was followed by Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans with 155 points and 16 first-place votes.

The Suns missed the playoffs after finishing 48-34, and head coach Jeff Hornacek finished second to Gregg Popovich in coach of the year voting on Tuesday.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson wants people who believe in his vision moving forward in 2014.

Jackson addressed the team’s vacant head coaching position on Wednesday and shot down the report in the New York Daily News that said owner James Dolan was not keeping his promise of letting Jackson call the shots.

“He’s been loyal to that promise,” Jackson said. “He’s been very true to his word up to this point.”

The Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson on Monday after spending two seasons with the club.

Reports surfaced that Jackson could bring in his former player with the Bulls, Steve Kerr.

“We meet very similar space about coaching in a lot of ways,” Jackson said of Kerr. “I know philosophically we have a strong connection.”

“Whether he’s able to take a job like this, I don’t know,” he continued. “I will get in a conversation with him later on this month and talk to (Kerr) about it.”

Jackson said that his girlfriend and Lakers part-owner and president Jeanie Buss suggested he take over as head coach.

“If there’s anyone that can encourage me to do anything, it’s Jeanie Buss, but I was able to withstand her arguments the whole time,” Jackson joked.

Jackson said that he’d like to find a new head coach before July.

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New Haven Police Dept(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Police in Connecticut have made an arrest in what turned out to be a costly prank at Yale University last November.

On Wednesday, New Haven Police announced that they’ve arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones in connection with a prank 911 call made on Nov. 25, 2013, in which the caller reported a pending shooting at Yale University.

This resulted in the university’s campus being locked down for about six hours and prompted a massive response by New Haven Police, at a cost of more than $30,000, according to officials.

Jones, of Westbrook, Conn., has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.

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New Haven Police Dept(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Police in Connecticut have made an arrest in what turned out to be a costly prank at Yale University last November.

On Wednesday, New Haven Police announced that they’ve arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones in connection with a prank 911 call made on Nov. 25, 2013, in which the caller reported a pending shooting at Yale University.

This resulted in the university’s campus being locked down for about six hours and prompted a massive response by New Haven Police, at a cost of more than $30,000, according to officials.

Jones, of Westbrook, Conn., has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.

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New Haven Police Dept(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Police in Connecticut have made an arrest in what turned out to be a costly prank at Yale University last November.

On Wednesday, New Haven Police announced that they’ve arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones in connection with a prank 911 call made on Nov. 25, 2013, in which the caller reported a pending shooting at Yale University.

This resulted in the university’s campus being locked down for about six hours and prompted a massive response by New Haven Police, at a cost of more than $30,000, according to officials.

Jones, of Westbrook, Conn., has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.

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iStock / 360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A frightening scene erupted in suburban Long Island, N.Y., when dozens of SWAT team members charged towards a home on Tuesday after they received a call that an armed man with multiple victims was inside.

Instead of finding a crazed killer inside the home, the SWAT team members found themselves caught in a hoax known as “swatting.”

“Swattings are hoax calls calling out SWAT teams to make-believe, typically hostage-barricade murder situations,” explained Brad Garrett, ABC News’ crime and terrorism analyst.

The target of the hoax in this case was a 17-year-old boy who had been playing the online video game Call of Duty inside the home, police said.

When the boy, who was not identified, reportedly beat his opponent at the game, the opponent called the police pretending to be the boy and claiming he’d killed his mother and brother, police said.

“They actually have a system, I believe, where they get points for the type of tactical response the police give, if the helicopters are involved, the SWAT team with controlled entry,” said Long Beach Police Chief Michael Tangney.

“Swatting” pranks have been used on some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Miley Cyrus, whose North Hollywood home was swarmed by police in 2012 after a prank 911 call.

In Long Island, the boy’s family expressed their shock at seeing police in riot gear storm their home.

“Something happened, the police at my house…everything is okay,” the boy’s mother Maria Castillo told ABC News station WABC.

“I’m in shock. It’s crazy,” his brother, Juan Castillo, told WABC.

Authorities confiscated the game console in the family’s home to try to identify the 911 caller.

“The message is for parents to pay attention to what their kids are doing online,” Tangney said.

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iStock / 360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A frightening scene erupted in suburban Long Island, N.Y., when dozens of SWAT team members charged towards a home on Tuesday after they received a call that an armed man with multiple victims was inside.

Instead of finding a crazed killer inside the home, the SWAT team members found themselves caught in a hoax known as “swatting.”

“Swattings are hoax calls calling out SWAT teams to make-believe, typically hostage-barricade murder situations,” explained Brad Garrett, ABC News’ crime and terrorism analyst.

The target of the hoax in this case was a 17-year-old boy who had been playing the online video game Call of Duty inside the home, police said.

When the boy, who was not identified, reportedly beat his opponent at the game, the opponent called the police pretending to be the boy and claiming he’d killed his mother and brother, police said.

“They actually have a system, I believe, where they get points for the type of tactical response the police give, if the helicopters are involved, the SWAT team with controlled entry,” said Long Beach Police Chief Michael Tangney.

“Swatting” pranks have been used on some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Miley Cyrus, whose North Hollywood home was swarmed by police in 2012 after a prank 911 call.

In Long Island, the boy’s family expressed their shock at seeing police in riot gear storm their home.

“Something happened, the police at my house…everything is okay,” the boy’s mother Maria Castillo told ABC News station WABC.

“I’m in shock. It’s crazy,” his brother, Juan Castillo, told WABC.

Authorities confiscated the game console in the family’s home to try to identify the 911 caller.

“The message is for parents to pay attention to what their kids are doing online,” Tangney said.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in the plane before the jetliner took off.

The teen, the son of a California cab driver, is a junior at Santa Clara High School. He reportedly moved to the school this year.

Student Emanuael Golla said the student is shy. “He really didn’t speak that much,” he added. “We were all surprised at what happened. We really didn’t believe it was him.”

The teen told authorities he left home after a fight with his father and step-mother. He scaled a fence at the San Jose Airport at about 1 a.m. Sunday, hiding in the Hawaiian Airlines 767 wheel well for nearly seven hours before the plane took off at 7:55 a.m.

While it’s not clear how the teen spent all that time, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen was sleeping in the plane before takeoff. He “literally just slept on the plane overnight,” Simon said.

The boy told authorities that he chose the specific plane because it was the closest one. The teen’s actions were caught on tape, but were undetected by security.

Once the plane landed in Maui, officials said airport surveillance video captured the boy crawling out of the wheel well. Authorities believe the boy survived the five-plus hour flight, despite little oxygen and temperatures of at least -50 degrees.

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spoke with the stowaway after airport employees found him wandering the tarmac. He said the teen told him he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. It’s not clear if that was the purpose of the teen’s incredible journey.

The boy was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii’s Department of Human Services said child welfare officials were arranging his safe return to California.

The big concern Wednesday is airport security. A camera caught the teen climbing into the wheel well, but nobody knew until Hawaiian officials called the San Jose International Airport and asked them to look.

“We are looking at what we need to improve so that what happened on Sunday will not occur again,” said Rosemary Barnes, the airport’s spokesperson.

The Federal Aviation Administration said about one-quarter of the 105 stowaways who have sneaked aboard flights worldwide since 1947 have survived. Some wheel-well stowaways survived deadly cold and a lack of oxygen because their breathing, heart rate and brain activity slow down.

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