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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Justin Brown is the second Penn State offensive starter to leave the team in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions. The senior wideout's name was dropped from the roster Sunday. He would have been a key target in the revamped passing game under new coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Nine players have now left the team the past week following the sanctions, which included a four-year bowl ban for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. One of those players, though -- quarterback Rob Bolden -- was given permission to look at other schools before penalties were announced. Brown is the second key loss on offense, following the defection of star tailback Silas Redd to Southern California. Brown was the leading returning receiver with 35 catches.
ATLANTA — A slow start for John Wall had to be in the cards. He played five preseason games with the Wizards, but had yet to play starter's minutes as he worked his way back from months of inactivity after surgeries to both knees.
"I got shots I wanted. Just missing," said Wall, who erred on his first eight shots and finished 3-for-15 but did manage to record a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists in Thursday's 114-99 loss at the Atlanta Hawks. "Those are shots I made in the preseason. The shots I took, I was just frustrated. Two or three layups I missed. A floater, I almost airballed. I think my adrenaline was rushing so much, being able to play the first game you get tired. You're not using your legs as much. I'll live with those shots."
Wall logged 30 minutes, six fewer than his average per game in 2015-16. He missed the first two exhibitions and was eased back in as his workouts increased. Coach Scott Brooks anticipated that Wall would play 30-32 minutes in the regular-season opener, and both said the point guard had trouble keeping up a frantic pace on both ends for his usual 8-10 minutes a game because of his conditioning.
Wall still was on the court for the first eight minutes of the first quarter. He lost his footing a few times without being pushed or touched, it appeared, in the early going.
Brooks is content he will get better because of the experience and adjustments on the offensive end. The committment Thursday, much like what Wall showed in rehabilitating since his May 5 surgeries, was there.
"He didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought he competed," Brooks said. "He had some turnovers we're going to be able to correct with better spacing. I thought for what he's been through the lasts four or five months I thought his conditioning was pretty good."
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Wizards fans were whipped up into a fury during last night's season opener after a dangerous foul on John Wall.
Wall got out on the fast break and was going up for a dunk. Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore was trailing and couldn't make a play on the ball, so he undercut Wall's legs while he was in the air.
The Wizards All-Star, who's coming off two offseason knee surgeries, leapt up in a fury and came for Bazemore. The pair were separated and a flagrant foul was assessed.
The next morning, Bazemore said he regrets his actions. He put himself in Wall's shoes and apologized to him on Twitter.
His words echo reactions in the Wizards locker room after the loss. Coach Scott Brooks said there's no place in the NBA for plays like that.
Wall took a sharper tone, reminding media of the undercut play that broke his hand in the 2015 playoffs. Many believe the injury cost the Wizards a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
That also took place on the Hawks' home court.
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