Chad Johnson lobbied to stay with the Dolphins

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Chad Johnson lobbied to stay with the Dolphins

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Chad Johnson briefly lobbied in vain to keep his job when he was cut by Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. The six-time Pro Bowl receiver failed to make the case, and after bidding Philbin farewell with a handshake, he walked out of the Dolphins' complex for good. The scene was captured on the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," which is chronicling the Dolphins' preseason. They terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife, Evelyn Lozada. She subsequently announced plans to file for divorce, ending their marriage after barely a month. Johnson met with Philbin in the coach's office, and their conversation was brief. Johnson noted that he had been scolded earlier by the coach for a profanity-laced session with reporters, and had not done an interview since. "Coach, I've never been in trouble before. Ever," said Johnson, who signed with the Dolphins in June. "And I buy into your program, most definitely. Because after that talk we had, I was hushed from that point on. And I was going stay that way the entire year." Regarding his arrest, Johnson said: "I let you down a little bit. A lot. I apologize for embarrassing you, and our organization, my teammates." But Philbin's mind was made up. "It's not really just (Saturday) night," he said. "It's where we are as a program, and where you are, and where we're headed. I just don't see the mesh right now. ... "I just think it's best for both of us that we kind of part ways at this point in time. It's not like I'm trying to flex my muscle to say, I'm the head coach, and let's make an example of Chad Johnson.' It has nothing to do with that. "It's more about how you fit in, and how we fit in together, and where this thing is heading. I just don't see it being where I thought it would be, or what I hoped it would be. I'm sure it's not good news. It's not good news for us either. But I'm certain you can overcome this thing."

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Wizards at Knicks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Knicks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Thursday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at NEW YORK KNICKS

Where: Madison Square Garden
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Live stream: NBA.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Back-to-backs

After Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was asked a question about his team's struggles in the second game of back-to-backs. The reporter (okay, it was me) mentioned they have trouble in those games and Brooks quipped: "Ya think?"

It has truly been that bad. The Wizards are just 1-7 this season with zero days rest despite being 21-11 in all other scenarios. That one win was against the Knicks, on Nov. 17 after they had played the Sixers the night before. Not once this year have they taken both games in a back-to-back set.

Luckily for the Wizards, they go up against a team they have already beaten. The Knicks are also playing the second game of a back-to-back and they are terrible in those too at 1-8.

[RELATED: Wizards take stock at midpoint of season]

Road troubles

In addition to struggling in back-to-back sets, the Wizards have also found major trouble on the road. At the Verizon Center they have won 13 straight and are 18-6, tied with the Cavs for the second-most home wins behind the Warriors (19). But away from Washington, the Wizards have lost four of five and are 4-13 overall, second-worst in the NBA only to the Brooklyn Nets. 

This may be a good time to see if the Wizards can finally get over that hump. They have won six of their last seven games and nine of 12 overall, while five of their next six games are on the road. Will the road slow their roll or can they stay hot?

Porzingis likely out

The Wizards are probably not going to see Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, as he is set for an MRI on his left Achilles'. He has missed four straight games and seven out of his last 11. The Wizards found success guarding Kristaps Porzingis in the first matchup between these two teams, when he shot 7-for-16 from the field, but things will surely be easier if they don't have to deal with his versatility on both ends of the floor.

The Knicks, on the other hand, can use all the help they can get. They have lost 11 of their last 14 games and now Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are heating up again. Seeing them at this time, and without Porzingis, should offer the Wizards a good opportunity to keep it rolling with a win.

[RELATED: Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters]

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Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

The Redskins have conducted interviews with a number of candidates at defensive coordinator, but a new name emerged Thursday morning. 

Thurman played cornerback in the NFL for nine years from 1978 to 1986, recording 36 career interceptions in 137 games. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Dallas Cowboys, but he played his final season with the then St. Louis Rams. 

In coaching since 1988, Thurman's coaching career started working with the secondary for the Cardinals before an eight-year run at his alma mater, Southern Cal. From there, Thurman came back to the pros, joining the Ravens coaching staff in 2002 working under Rex Ryan. In 2008, Thurman moved on with Ryan to the New York Jets, and in 2013, was named Jets defensive coordinator In 2014, he went to Buffalo with Ryan to serve as their defensive coordinator when Ryan was named head coach.

In four seasons as a coordinator, two in New York, two in Buffalo, Thurman's defenses ranked no worse than 19th, per Pro Football Reference.

A football lifer like Thurman likely has connections all over the league, but it's interesting to note he has worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn since 2009. The two were on staffs both with the Jets and the Bills. Another Redskins coordinator candidate Gus Bradley has often been linked with Lynn, though the two have never been on the same staff.

Meeting with Thurman will satisfy the NFL's guidelines to interview minority candidates for coordinator positions. The Rooney Rule, as it was instituted, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs, but only suggests that teams extend the practice to coordinator positions. Washington had set an interview with Carolina's Steve Wilks, but then he was promoted internally to be the Panthers defensive coordinator and the meeting never took place. 

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