See how T.O. avoided jail time


See how T.O. avoided jail time

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Former NFL star Terrell Owens has made child support payments that he owed to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter, avoiding the threat of jail time. Owens appeared in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta Thursday, after failing to appear for a court date in the case last week. His lawyer and a lawyer for Melanie Smith had come to an agreement before the hearing and signed it in front of the judge. Owens made the back payments he owed to Smith and agreed to pay her legal fees, according to court documents. "We're pleased. It's too bad it took this long," Smith's lawyer Randy Kessler said after the agreement was signed. "If he's not going to be there physically, he needs to be there financially." Owens left the court without speaking to reporters. A lawyer for Owens didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A previous agreement requires Owens to pay Smith 5,000 a month. This was the third case Smith has brought against Owens for non-payment of child support, Kessler said. In previous instances, Owens has settled and paid up right before the cases were to go to court but then failed to make subsequent payments, Kessler said. Smith, who lives in northwest Georgia, is glad to have the signed agreement, but would really like for Owens to be more involved in their daughter's life, Kessler said. "What she really wants is for him to have a relationship with his child," Kessler said. Smith, who was also present in court Thursday, said her daughter has seen Owens about eight to 10 times. Owens has raised the possibility of lowering his monthly child support payments since he's no longer drawing an NFL salary, and Smith is willing to discuss that, Kessler said. The 38-year-old wide receiver who's known as T.O. played 15 years in the NFL, most recently for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 season. Before his single season with the Bengals, Owens played one season with the Buffalo Bills, three with the Dallas Cowboys, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and eight with the San Francisco 49ers.

John Wall makes video asking fans for prayers before knee surgeries


John Wall makes video asking fans for prayers before knee surgeries

Wizards guard John Wall had surgery on both knees Thursday morning, the team announced in a press release. Before going in for the procedures, he made a video explaining the situation to fans and asking for their prayers. 

If Wall seemed nervous in the video, it's because he'd never needed surgery before in his career. Not even for the broken hand that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs. 

For an athlete's first surgical experience to involve both knees had to be unnerving. 

The three-time All-Star had bone spurs interfering with the patellar tendon removed from his left knee, while his right knee required a more routine athroscopic procedure to remove debris from the joint. 

He will rehab the knees over the summer and is expected to be ready by the start of the 2016-17 season, according to the Wizards. 

And if Wall is right that his troublesome knee has hampered him on the court for the last few seasons, he should be better than ever next year. That's good news for everyone. 

With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes


With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes

Although John Wall still was a long-shot to make the 2016 Rio Olympics for USA Basketball, even with Chris Paul recusing himself from the team, it's certain he won't be an option to participate after Monday's surgeries to both knees and the now Wizards will consider a plan to preserve him during 82-game seasons, persons with knowledge of the situation told

Wall had calcium deposits, or bone spurs, removed from his left knee tendon. His right knee had to be flushed out of loose bodies that also caused him discomfort for most of the season. That was on top of soreness in both ankles, too.

Wall missed the last five games of the regular season because of right knee swelling. He is expected to be ready to play when the 2016-17 regular season begins. The Rio Games are Aug. 5-21 and Wall was listed among those in consideration for the 12-man roster though it was difficult to see him beating out the likes of Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Mike Conley at point guard.

Under then-coach Randy Wittman, if Wall wanted to play through pain -- and consider he put himself at risk by playing two playoff games a year ago with five broke bones in his left wrist and hand -- he'd be allowed to play. The same was true for Bradley Beal, who has had four consecutive seasons of stress reactions in his lower right leg.

In part because the Wizards have been so inconsistent and unable to put enough room between themselves and others in the playoff race, Wall doesn't get chances to rest the way other elite players tend to in season. This was part of a discussion had during exit interviews for Wall with managment, physicicans and his representatives.

During the 2014-15 season, Wall contemplated resting going into a West coast trip before the All-Star break but they were struggling and he played through it. The Wizards lost 6 of 8. After starting 6-5 in 2015-16, the Wizards were never able to get over .500 again and Wall consistently played during stretches in which he would've been better served resting.

How are these situations managed under coach Scott Brooks?  

For his career, Wall averages 36 minutes per game and exactly that for the last two seasons. By comparisons to other All-Star point guards, Curry has averaged 32-34 minutes in the last two seasons and Westbrook is at 34.

Paul averages 36 for his career but he is at 34 in his last two NBA seasons, too. 

Wall is entering his seventh year. He has played 82 games, 79 and 77 in each of the last three seasons.

Redskins get a draft pick in the fold


Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.

Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.

The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.

He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.

“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”