July 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 3 Wizards Games During 2012 NBA Summer League

July 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 3 Wizards Games During 2012 NBA Summer League

COVERAGE TIPS OFF WITHBRADLEY BEALS WIZARDS DEBUT VS. HAWKS ON FRIDAY, JULY 13
Bethesda, Md. (July 9, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatformsports coverage, will provide live coverage and primetime encores of threeWashington Wizards games during the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July13-18. The networks coverage will feature Bradley Beals first appearance withthe Wizards since being selected third overall by the team in the 2012 NBADraft on June 28. ComcastSportsNets schedule of 2012 NBA Summer League action begins when the Wizardsface Atlanta onJuly 13 at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. encore), which is the opening match-up of the 60-gameleague. The network will also televise the Wizards games against Memphis on July 17 at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. encore) and Milwaukee on July 18 at 4p.m. (7 p.m. encore). Coverage will be led by Comcast SportsNets Wizardsplay-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and analyst Phil Chenier. Comcast SportsNet will also deliver comprehensive news anddigital media coverage of the 24-team NBA Summer League, which will be playedat the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada,Las Vegas July13-22. For more information on the Wizards 2012 NBA Summer League roster andschedule, please visit www.washingtonwizards.com.
Comcast SportsNets Wizards SummerLeague TV Schedule:DayDate Opponent Live Encore Friday, July 13 Atlanta Hawks 4p.m. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17 Memphis Grizzlies 6 p.m. 8 p.m.Wednesday, July 18 Milwaukee Bucks 4 p.m. 7 p.m.All times Eastern

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Need to Know: Redskins stay in house for both coordinator jobs

Need to Know: Redskins stay in house for both coordinator jobs

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 23, 37 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.

Timeline

Days until:

NFL free agency starts 45
—NFL Draft 94
First Sunday of 2017 season 230

Staying in house

­There are reasons to dislike the hire of Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator but the notion that he got the job because he is buddies with Jay Gruden really doesn’t hold water. They had no connection prior to last year and with them working on opposite sides of the ball they didn’t work side by side. I’ve heard the two have a friendly relationship but it’s not like he’s out of the Tampa Bay Yacht Club or anything.

I know that everyone is obsessed with yardage rankings, which is a pretty weak indicator of the quality of a defense. Since you want to know, in Manusky’s nine seasons as a defensive coordinator his defenses have finished ranked 18th in yards allowed on average. In reality, Football Outsiders’  DVOA is a more accurate measure of the effectiveness of a defense since it takes the strength of the opponents into account. There isn’t much difference there, Manusky’s average DVOA ranking was about 17. In other words, he’s run middle of the pack defenses. Sure, you'd like them to do better but having a defense that's around average would represent an improvement over most of the last seven seasons.

How has his talent been? Three different players have been first-team All-Pro selections. LB Patrick Willis made it three times, S Eric Weddle and DE Robert Mathias once each. Players under him made the Pro Bowl 13 times with Willis (3), Mathis (2), and DE Justin Smith (2) making it more than once. His defenses had three Pro Bowlers on one occasion when LB D’Qwell Jackson, CB Vonta Davia, and S Mike Adams all made it. That year the Colts defense was ranked 11th in yards and 13th in DVOA.

It remains to be seen how much the Redskins will change schematically. Manusky has run both 4-3 fronts and 3-4’s so the Redskins could make a switch. Even if they go with a 3-4 base the unit is likely to be more aggressive than it was under Joe Barry. Some fans seem to be worried that promoting an assistant coach means that thinks will be done the same. Let me ask you this: If your boss was fired for not getting the job done and you were promoted into his position, would you do things the same way he did? I didn’t think so.

­There will be continuity on the offensive side of the ball as Matt Cavanaugh is going to get moved into the offensive coordinator job. It’s Gruden’s offense anyway so there would not have been much change even if they had brought someone in from the outside. It seems likely that Gruden will call the plays, although we won’t know for sure for a while. The only immediate question on that side of the ball is if Wes Phillips will stay on as the tight ends coach or if he will follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. That should be resolved over the next several days.

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This was in response to a tweet saying that Kyle Shanahan is likely to get roster and personnel control when he becomes the head coac of the 49ers.

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Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.

Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

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