Three-time dunk champion has a new team

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Three-time dunk champion has a new team

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say they have agreed to a contract with point guard Nate Robinson. The Bulls announced the deal on Tuesday after reaching an agreement the previous day. A three-time slam dunk champion, Robinson regained his form with Golden State last season after playing in just four games with Oklahoma City the previous season following a midseason trade from Boston. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists for the Warriors. He joins veteran Kirk Hinrich at the position as the Bulls try to get by without Derrick Rose. The 2011 NBA MVP is expected to miss a big portion of the season while recovering from knee surgery. Hinrich is in his second stint with the Bulls after signing with them last week.

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Gruden hints that Josh Doctson could be ready for Redskins in Week 1 against Steelers

Gruden hints that Josh Doctson could be ready for Redskins in Week 1 against Steelers

After sitting out the Redskins first three preseason games, head coach Jay Gruden previously said that rookie first-round wide receiver Josh Doctson could play in the fourth and final preseason game. On Monday, Gruden closed the door on that possibility, but opened bigger, more important doors. 

"We're going to hold him out the fourth preseason game," Gruden said. The coach then added that Week 1 against the Steelers is "definitely" a possibility.

Doctson hasn't practiced the entire training camp session after an Achilles injury limited his ability to run. Monday, however, Doctson ran routes, with his coach playing quarterback.

"He's coming along, he ran some individual cuts," Gruden said. "I was able to throw to him a little bit, watch him in person, he looked good coming in and out of breaks, looked very good."

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Doctson still only watched practice, but it's obvious he is getting closer to being out there with his teammates. Walking off the trainer's field, Doctson complemented his coach's arm before saying he's definitely feeling better.

What playing time awaits Doctson remains a mystery, as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are locked into their roster spots while Jamison Crowder mans the slot role. In a way, that is good news for Doctson, as he won't be forced into more action than he's ready for, at least early on.  

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Nationals option Lucas Giolito to AAA Syracuse, recall Michael A. Taylor

Nationals option Lucas Giolito to AAA Syracuse, recall Michael A. Taylor

The Nationals have optioned pitcher Lucas Giolito to AAA Syracuse and recalled outfielder Michael A. Taylor, the team announced Monday. 

Giolito will return to the minors after starting Sunday in Washington's 5-3 loss to Colorado. He pitched a career-high five innings, allowing four runs on six hits (two HRs) and four walks. 

As Nationals Insider Chase Hughes noted, the rookie pitcher's velocity hasn't lived up to expectations. 

His fastball is supposed to sit comfortably in the high-90s and occasionally touch triple digits ... On Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, Giolito sat consistently around 93 miles per hour. That's not bad at all, but it's a far cry from the prodigious speed he used to have.

Taylor, meanwhile, last played for the Nationals on July 24 against the Padres. He went 0-4 at the plate in the 10-6 loss. 

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With addition of Cullen Jenkins, whose job is on the line?

With addition of Cullen Jenkins, whose job is on the line?

The Redskins have signed some veteran help for their defensive line. The inevitable ripple effects of bringing in Cullen Jenkins will take several days to play out.

At 6-3 and around 300 pounds, Jenkins is not the run stuffer that many have been expecting the team to sign all year. He is more of a pass rusher at this point, with 47.5 sacks in his 12 NFL seasons, including three with the Giants last year.

The addition of Jenkins likely puts one of the players who was going to make the 53-man roster in jeopardy of getting cut. They will keep six or seven defensive lineman. Chris Baker, Kedric Golston, Kendall Reyes, and Ricky Jean Francois are locks. Ziggy Hood has performed well enough to earn a spot and Matt Ioannidis is likely to make it because the team invested a fifth-round draft pick in him. That makes six.

The candidates for the seventh spot are Jenkins, Stephen Paea, and rookie Anthony Lanier II. If they were happy with Paea the probably would not have signed Jenkins. It looks like Paea, who has been a disappointing free agent signing, could well be on the outside looking in.

In the big picture, the addition of Jenkins puts the Redskins up to 79 players on the roster. They have to be down to the limit of 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The final cut to 53 is due at 4 p.m. on Saturday.