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Bill Callahan has made his first major move as the Redskins' interim head coach.
Quarterback Case Keenum, apparently sufficiently recovered from a foot injury, will start Sunday against the Dolphins, the Redskins coach confirmed Friday.
Case Keenum has been named the starting QB for #WASvsMIA pic.twitter.com/Gg8NVNKx6H
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 11, 2019
Keenum opened the season as the team's starter but was pulled for rookie Dwayne Haskins in Washington's Week 4 loss to the Giants and later replaced by Colt McCoy in a Week 5 loss to the Patriots.
Callahan also said that first-round pick Dwayne Haskins will be active for the game because he’s the future of the franchise, ESPN.com reported. That likely means McCoy will be inactive for Sunday's game.
Callahan made it clear earlier this week that Haskins would receive more reps with the first team in practice, though he clarified that Haskins was not a candidate for the starting role at this time — and possibly all of 2019.
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P.J. Walker was on his way to winning XFL MVP with the Houston Roughnecks before that league's reboot season was cut short due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020. Now that he's back in the NFL with the Panthers, does he have any chance of starting at quarterback?
Depends on whom you ask. With Kyle Allen traded to the Redskins and Cam Newton expected to be released soon, Walker — signed to a two-year deal — will presumably battle Will Grier for the No. 2 position behind Teddy Bridgewater, whom the Panthers signed to a three-year, $63 million deal last week.
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On one hand, Walker's dynamic athleticism and impressive arm strength might be a combination that makes Bridgewater sweat, if there's open competition for the starting job.
Don’t be caught off guard when PJ Walker is clearly the more explosive athlete and plays just as good/better than Bridgewater as a passer. This will be a underrated QB situation to watch.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 23, 2020
On the other hand, there's a case to be made that Walker is the typical "camp arm" (and legs), and that he wasn't the best quarterback prospect out of the XFL pr[......]
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Ever see a GOAT on the move?
Make no mistake, Brady is still a baaaaa-d man, and he likely is ready to empty the tank in the twilight of his career. It just doesn't seem like the end of his career is going to come on the team with which he won six Lombardi Trophies.
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With the Patriots and Brady playing cat-and-mouse on the back pages, it seems increasingly likely that the three-time All-Pro will finish his career away from New England. Of course, that means there are countless teams ready to (reportedly) break the bank to secure TB12's services.
But just because Brady is an option doesn't mean he is the best option. What happened in New England last season — the Patriots' failure to advance beyond the wild-card round of the playoffs — was equal parts lack of true weapons and Brady's performance.
If Brady is going to be a bridge or Band-Aid QB, he is going to be the best on the market, even at age 42. But not all situations are created equally.
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The start of NFL free agency in 2020 should be wild, if nothing else because of the high-profile names scheduled to hit the open market this year. Yes, a handful of those players will be retained by their teams via the franchise tag before free agency starts March 18 (effectively March 16 with the legal tampering period), but plenty will available for any team to sign.
The most notable of those players is Tom Brady, and the ripple effects of his decision in free agency will be felt league-wide. At this point, whether the 42-year-old quarterback will return to the Patriots for a 21st season or play for a new team for the first time in his career is anybody's guess.
Headlined by Brady, quarterbacks are the biggest dominoes in 2020 NFL free agency. While Drew Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints, Philip Rivers will not return to the Chargers. Dak Prescott is expected to be tagged by the Cowboys, but Ryan Tannehill and Jamies Winston should hit the open market. Even a QB who is not a free agent, Cam Newton, could be on the move via trade.
Including the latest rumors regarding those quarterbacks and the other top players set to hit the market, below is all you need to know about NFL free agency in 2020.
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The primary waves of 2020 NFL free agency in March resulted in most top players getting re-signed, franchise-tagged or signed by new teams. Then came the NFL Draft in April, when teams addressed many of their remaining depth chart concerns with rookies.
The market for veteran players has gone quiet of late with more notable releases than movement toward unsigned, unrestricted free agents. There are, however, a few big names still available in free agency and some valuable role players who can fill some lingering roster holes.
IYER: Where will Cam Newton land in free agency?
The most prominent free agents left are two players who were drafted No. 1 overall not so long ago, quarterback Cam Newton (2011) and edge rusher Jadeven Clowney (2014). With both players, past injuries and future durability have come into play, and many teams feel the cost of the risk outweighs the potential reward. While Newton might need to keep waiting with most teams having settled their quarterback situations, Clowney, coming off an elite season with the Seahawks when healthy, should find a home soon.
Going through every position, here are the other free agents who are still available in 2020.
NFL free agents 2020: The best players still available at each position
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The final Raiders game at the Oakland Coliseum — yes, it was officially RingCentral Coliseum at the time, whatever — ended not with cheers and a standing ovation for the players walking off the field, but rather a chorus of boos and trash on the field.
Uh, thanks for the memories?
A loss to the Jaguars on Dec. 15, 2019, shut the door on the Raiders' time in Oakland. The franchise kicked off the 2020 season in Las Vegas after calling Oakland home for more than two decades following a previous move from Los Angeles in 1995.
So why exactly did this shift to Sin City happen? Here's the reasoning behind the move and what comes next.
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Why did the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas?
Relocation basically came down to one issue: finding an appropriate venue for home games.
"The commissioner and membership had found in 2016, in the context of considering an application by the Raiders to relocate to Los Angeles, that the Raiders' current home stadium is not adequate for NFL football, and must be replaced, a conclusion agreed to by the civic leadership in Oakland," the league said in a statement shared back in April 2017. "Notwithstanding the established preference for clubs to continue to serve their existing fans and communities, the member clubs concluded that the Raiders shou[......]
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It was any other hit.
Concussions happen, injuries happen. That's the nature of football.
But when Jets linebacker Mo Lewis drilled Drew Bledsoe along the sideline in 2001, it wasn't just the end of the Bledsoe era in New England — it was the catalyst that would lead to the birth of a dynasty that would last two decades.
With Bledsoe exiting the game with a brutal injury, it wasn't as much about Bledsoe's future with the team as it was the QB2 on the depth chart. Enter Tom Brady, the Patriots' sixth-round pick from the 2000 NFL Draft.
Brady would finish the game for the injured Bledsoe, going 5-for-10 passing for 46 yards in the loss. What happened in the games, years and decades that followed, no one could have predicted.
But it still all started with Drew Bledsoe.
What happened to Drew Bledsoe?
Bledsoe, the team's No. 1 pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, had recently signed a mega-contract to remain with the Patriots for the forseeable future. The Pats starter was one of the sparkplugs for New England picking itself up from being on the the worst organizations in the NFL to respectability.
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CLEVELAND — Mark Price's limited head-coaching experience may not matter to the Cavaliers.
A four-time All-Star point guard during nine seasons with Cleveland, Price interviewed Tuesday with the Cavs, who fired Mike Brown nearly a month ago and have been on a twisting search for his successor. Price spent last season as an assistant in Charlotte and Hornets coach Steve Clifford believes the 50-year-old is ready to be a head coach.
Price's only head coaching jobs were in Australia in 2005 and with Orlando's summer league team.
There's been a recent trend of NBA teams signing unproven coaches. The hirings of Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher — former guards without extensive head coaching resumes — could prompt the Cavaliers to take a shot with Price.
Price is the sixth known candidate to meet with the Cavs.
Kevin Durant has signed an endorsement deal with Sparkling Ice, moving away from the typical sports drink associations for athletes of Gatorade and Powerade, Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports.
Durant, who last has a contract with Gatorade, told ESPN.com that he wants to set trends away from the basketball court, where he has become one of the NBA's household names.
"I've always challenged myself on the basketball court, but this offseason is really the first year I'm challenging myself off of it -- on the business side," Durant told ESPN.com. "This is a brand I drink every day that I love and I wanted to be a part of it. I want to help them get to the next level."
Sparkling Ice is a growing brand, and its association with Durant should only help sales. The company, which pulled in $25 million in business in 2010, expects to make $500 million in revenue in 2014, according to ESPN.com.
Durant steered himself toward the Sparkling Ice brand, Michael Yormark, president and chief strategy officer of Roc Nation Sports, told ESPN.com.
"He told us that this brand was already a part of him and he wanted to have an official relationship," Yormark said.
Some people don't have the gift of gab. For example, Reggie Miller could trash-talk so well it would get players off their games.
The Lopez brothers? Not so much.
Robin and Brook have been trading "insults" all week in anticipation for their face-off Saturday at the Moda Center. It's apparent they're still not used to facing each other. Brook was asked to explain the difference between him and Robin in an interview with the New York Post.
"Robin's an idiot," Brook said. "Yeah, yeah... Robin's a complete moron."
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According to Comcast Sportsnet, Robin shrugged it off by saying that's the "best [Brook] can come up with." Then he fired back with his own jab about his brother being out for as long as he was.
"It's no surprise that they held him out as long as they did last year," Robin said. "I'm sure people were just sick of traveling and being around him. So, they probably didn't want him around the team or anything."
From there Robin didn't let up.
"I don't think he's too concerned with basketball," Robin said. "I think he's a little more concerned that he's not the best looking Lopez. That's something that would bother him. I usually let my game do the talking. If anything, I just have to warn him not to come to the [Moda Center]. Just don't even bother stepping foot in there because it's going to be an embarrassment from st[......]
The 76ers haven’t closed the door on Andrei Kirilenko joining them — yet.
Philadelphia coach Bretty Brown told CSNPhilly.com that the team did not acquire the veteran with the intention of releasing him.
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The 76ers have suspended Kirilenko for not reporting to the team.
“I sat down with him and had coffee with him the last time we were here. I wanted to get in his head and see what he was thinking. I went through that exercise and got excited. I wanted him to share his wealth of knowledge with the team along with Luc (Mbah a Moute). That we always intended to release him — that is not accurate,” Brown said.
It’s been nearly two months since Kirilenko, 33, last played for the Nets. The German-born big man has only played games in the New York area due to personal reasons.
The Spurs demolished the Thunder 130-91 on Wednesday night, but we're not here to talk about the result. We're here to talk about Tim Duncan's second-half 3-point attempt.
Here he is taking a rare 3-pointer, and posing for his accomplishment. Watch the video, but stick around because things are about to get interesting.
Now check this out. Here is a tweet from Duncan's girlfriend:
Tim's BFF from college bet Tim $100 to make a 3-pointer... What a happy loss! pic.twitter.com/x0c3OLCZVS
— Vanessa Macias (@VanessaLMacias) March 26, 2015
Macias seems to be indicating that Duncan bet his friend from college that he would make a 3-pointer, and by the Vine above, he won the bet.
Here's the thing: While it seems like a harmless act, making such a wager could be seen as a violation of Article 35(f) of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws.
Granted, the 3-pointer came in a rout and didn't impact the outcome of the game, but still, gambling is something league offices take pretty seriously. The NBA in particular has had to defend itself for years against claims that games and playoff series have been less than completely honest. Google "Tim Donaghy," "David Stern fix" or "Kings-Lakers Game 6" and you'll get the idea.
Kawhi Leonard began his NBA career on a team with three future Hall of Famers who had won multiple championships together. Fitting in, then, was complicated.
The Spurs have an established culture, built around Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The trio had led San Antonio to three titles before Leonard arrived in 2011. And for rookies simply looking to make it, to find a role in the NBA, landing on the Spurs is a dream scenario. Coach Gregg Popovich repeatedly has developed young talents into stellar role players who have played key roles on great teams.
But Leonard is far from a role player, and that's becoming clear at the perfect time for the Spurs.
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While San Antonio's "Big Three" remain the faces of the franchise in many ways, they aren't what they used to be. Duncan, while still shockingly productive for his age, cannot log the miles he used to burn. Neither can Ginobili. Parker's numbers and minutes slowly have decreased over the past three seasons. Even with a good supporting cast, these three wouldn't be able to will the Spurs through four NBA playoff series the way they could 10 years ago.
That's where Leonard, the NBA's newly awarded Defensive Player of the Year, comes in. Fresh off a 2014 NBA Finals MVP, Leonard has turned into one of the NBA's elite two-way players, a process that Popovich has tried to expedite this seas[......]
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All employees who work in Quicken Loans Arena and with the Cavaliers organization will be getting an NBA championship ring, thanks to owner Dan Gilbert.
Gilbert and his partners will be giving more than 1,000 championship rings to full- and part-time workers, including janitors, ticket takers, security guards, ushers and vendors, Cleveland.com reported.
Naturally, the employee's rings won't be encrusted with diamonds like the team members', but they have all been fitted for a ring.
MORE: 8 NBA players with the most to prove in 2016-17
The estimated cost for the extra rings is at least $1 million.
This is shaping up to be a great year for fans of basketball video games, as "NBA 2K19" continues to capitalize on the series' advanced gameplay, impressive depth and variety of its modes, while "NBA Live 19" acts as a viable alternative because of its career mode and more accommodating nature.
While both games don't release until Sept. 7, there are opportunities available now to play them early.
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"NBA 2K19" has The Prelude, which is free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Acting as a demo of sorts, The Prelude delivers the ability to play an early portion of the game's MyCareer story mode along with a scrimmage tutorial. This year, it stars the likes of Anthony Mackie and involves trips to China and the G League before reaching the NBA.
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There is also a free demo for "NBA Live 19" out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The demo has early stages of the career mode known as The ONE, standard five-on-five games between the Warriors and Celtics and the Sparks and Lynx, custom court creation and a number of practice drills.
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Want to go to sleep as the NBA trade deadline approaches? Don't be silly.
A little after 2 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday morning, the 76ers and Clippers reportedly agreed to a stunning deal that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. The trade came only hours after Harris had hit a game-winning jumper to lift the Clippers over the Hornets on Tuesday night. That's the NBA for you.
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While the move pushes Philadelphia and Los Angeles in different directions for now, it accomplishes the intended goals for both sides. It could be a rare win-win trade, but the final grades won't be known until months (and maybe years) down the road.
Let's break it all down and examine the short- and long-term ramifications.
Tobias Harris trade grades
76ers receive: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott
Clippers receive: Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick, 2021 second-round pick, 2023 second-round pick
Philadelphia is pushing all of its chips to the center of the table. This is a win-now move that tells the Eastern Conference's top t[......]