From Comcast SportsNetBALTIMORE (AP) -- Thousands of family and friends turned out Tuesday for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including current and former players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.An important figure in the development of the league, Modell also was one of the NFL's most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him and Modell also was remembered as a loving family man on Tuesday.Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith were among current Ravens players who attended the service at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Former Ravens players Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware and Rob Burnett also went to pay their respects."He contributed so much to the NFL," Goodell said. "He was obviously a close adviser to (former NFL commissioner) Pete Rozelle. He was a big part of NFL history. He played a big role in the NFL and the NFL is going to miss him."Lewis, Baltimore's second pick in the 1996 draft after Modell moved the franchise, gave a eulogy filled with emotion."Rest in peace Pop Art,'" he said.Goodell and Modell's sons, John Modell and David Modell, also spoke during the service. John Modell followed his speech by performing a song he wrote on the guitar for his father in 1998, when the Ravens built their facility, which is now known as M&T Bank Stadium."He loved the game," John Modell said. "He loved the men who played the game. He loved football."Toward the end of the 90-minute service, Modell's pallbearers, which included Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne, carried his casket to a hearse sitting in front of the synagogue.Modell's funeral came the morning after the Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 in Baltimore. The team paid tribute to Modell by wearing commemorative T-shirts during pre-game warmups and in the locker room after the game ended."If Mr. Modell (didn't) bring the team to Baltimore, it doesn't happen for us," Ravens safety Ed Reed said following the game. "This city here loves football, too, and Mr. Modell saw that in this city, and he made us all Ravens. We're all grateful just to be here."Modell purchased the Cleveland Browns in 1961 for 4 million, an unheard of amount at the time. He won an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964 -- over the Baltimore Colts -- and those early Cleveland teams later appeared in the 1965, 1968 and 1969 title games. The Browns also reached the AFC championship in the 1986, 1987 and 1989 seasons but fell short to the Denver Broncos each time.Modell was a member of the NFL's television committee for 31 years and helped launch Monday Night Football. He served on the NFL-AFL merger committee and helped negotiate the NFL's first collective bargaining agreement as the chairman of the owners' labor committee.But it was Modell's decision in 1995 that made him a villain in the northeast Ohio. Facing a financial burden, Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore instead of selling the organization and keeping it in Cleveland.Fans in Cleveland still bear a grudge, though the Browns kept their history and received an expansion team three years later. In 2000, the Ravens won Modell his first Super Bowl title.Modell was never voted into the NFL Hall of Fame, which has been a debatable issue for many years.Though Goodell commended Modell's accomplishments as an NFL owner, he said he wouldn't judge whether he should be in or not."That's for others to make that decision," Goodell said. "I think his contributions are extraordinary. I don't want to take positions on that."
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.
This game has done wayyyy too much for me to play it that way. I've been undercut and it's not a fun feeling. My apologies bro @JohnWall— Scot Harvath (@24Bazemore) October 28, 2016
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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