Beckham shows up in NYC ... in his underwear

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Beckham shows up in NYC ... in his underwear

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- David Beckham, sporting designer underwear, is making appearances around New York City -- in the form of 10-foot-tall metallic statues, that is.
The massive sculptures have gone up as part of a promotion for the soccer player's new underwear line for H&M.
The Daily News say three of the larger-than-life statues have been placed inside H&M's midtown-Manhattan store. There's also one in Central Park and another at the South Street Seaport.
There are also two statues in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.
They'll remain on display until Aug. 31.

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Wizards vs. Nuggets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Nuggets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. DENVER NUGGETS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: CSN (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Can they rebound defensively?

The Wizards put in an ugly defensive performance on Tuesday night in their loss to the Orlando Magic, one that saw the worst scoring team in the East blow up for a season-high 124 points. The Magic shot 51.8 percent and got 73 points from their bench alone. It was a night that the Wizards will want to put behind them as quickly as possible.

They get their first chance for a rebound on Thursday night against the Nuggets, a team happens to be very good on offense. They are eighth in points per game (106.5) and boast five players averaging double-figures, and nine players averaging at least 8.9 points per game. They are deep with scorers and play a fast-paced style, getting up the fifth-most shots per game of any team. Last year the Wizards lost both matchups against the Nuggets and allowed 116 and 117 points in those games.

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Can Wall keep it going?

John Wall is coming off the game of his life, a 52-point explosion on Tuesday night against the Magic that was unfortunately soured by a disappointing loss. On Thursday night he has the chance for an encore against a team not known for their defense. The Nuggets give up 109.3 points per game which ranks 26th among 30 NBA teams.

Wall has actually been shooting very well going back three games. In his last three outings, Wall is averaging 31.3 points on 54.5 percent shooting, including 50 percent from three on 4.7 attempts per night. That's to go along with 12 assists and three steals per game during this stretch. Not bad.

Rebounding margin

Thursday night will present a stark contrast between two teams on the opposite end of the NBA rebounding spectrum. The Nuggets are the best team in basketball at cleaning the glass, averaging a league-high 49.8 boards per game. The Wizards, on the other hand, are among the league's worst teams at rebounding, averaging 42.9 boards per game which is the second-fewest of anyone.

For the Wizards, that is despite having Marcin Gortat, who is fifth in the NBA with 12.1 rebounds per game. The Nuggets, meanwhile, get it done by committee. They have seven players pulling in four boards or more per game. Their leaders are Kenneth Faried (8.5/g), Wilson Chandler (7.6), Jusuf Nurkic (7.3) and Nikola Jokic (6.9).

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Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

The day after the Eagles 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Doug Peterson said that he didn’t think that all his players played hard.

Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” Pederson said, via the Birds 24/7 blog. “I hold coaches accountable for that; I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me. I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go, but at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player. This is a business where we have to be ready to go every single weekend because every team in the league — there are some teams that are better than others, but for the most part anything can happen any weekend.”

This sort of vague shot fired at the team did not sit well with the players. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most respected voices on the team, said that the comments put players in a bad spot.

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with every day, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’”

Some in the media in Philadelphia surmised that two of the players Pederson was talking about were tight end Zach Ertz and safety Rodney McLeod. One on play it looked like Ertz failed to block Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a Carson Wentz scramble.

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“I’m not going to get into the details of every thought I had on that play,” said Ertz. “I’m focused on giving this city everything I have on each and every play. I promise going forward, I will do that. I think I have done that in the past.”

It didn’t look like McLeod did everything he could to keep Bengals running back Jeremy Hill from scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

“I thought the ball was going to hit somewhere else, and then obviously it came through. By the time I could react, Hill already crossed the plane,” said McLeod. “Just got caught flat-footed, tried to react and by the time I did, I feel like if I were to hit him it could possibly be late. Just a tough situation.”

You can see both of the plays in question here.

We don’t know if Ertz and McLeod are among the players that Pederson was talking about when he spoke of issues with effort. Leaving things vague like that doesn’t do much for the coach’s credibility in the locker room. And when that starts to be in doubt the coach gets asked about his job security. Pederson said that owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman have been supportive.

“From both of them, it’s been 100 percent support on everything. I meet with Jeffrey and Howie every week and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things. Every week, it’s very positive,” Pederson said. “I just don’t think you can base a guy’s career on one season. I think you got to give it time to develop.

But the fact that these questions are being asked after he has been in his job for a dozen games is an indication that he is facing at least a minor crisis as his team prepares for four games that are likely to be meaningless in terms of the playoff picture. We will see if he can get the train back on the tracks by Sunday.