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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Prediction recap: Caps win heated affair in Philly

Prediction recap: Caps win heated affair in Philly

The Capitals are back in the win column! Washington finally recovered from the bye week with a strong 4-1 win over Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. Washington will lead after the first period - Correct

Things looked bad when the Flyers scored 23 seconds into the game, but the goal was disallowed thanks to a heads-up coach's challenge from Barry Trotz. From there it was all Caps as they took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after the first period.

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2. Players will be given matching minors - Correct

As predicted, this was a heated affair. No one wanted to drop the gloves, however, leading to plenty of matching minors being doled out. Three sets of matching minors were issued in this game, making me not only right, but very right.

3. Washington’s third line will score - Wrong

The Caps didn’t need depth scoring with three goals from their top two lines and fourth on the power play. The third line may not have scored on Wednesday, but they were still impressive throughout. Lars Eller had another strong defensive performance while Zach Sanford looked strong on the boards.

2017 results: The third line played well, but not well enough to give me the sweep. Still, two out of three ain't bad.

Correct: 22.5
Wrong: 43.5
Push: 3

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Morning tip: Wizards remain active, see future with trade acquisitions

Morning tip: Wizards remain active, see future with trade acquisitions

The decision to trade a lottery-protected first-round draft pick and two players who were completely out of the Wizards' rotation was done with the expectation that both have a good chance to be part of the future.

The Wizards are "still talking" with the trade deadline approaching today at 3 p.m. ET, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, but that doesn't mean another move is imminent. 

After practicing Thursday, the Wizards (34-21) will travel to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday in the first game for both teams after the All-Star break. Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough, acquired from the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, are expected to join them. 

Bogdanovic's three-year contract that he signed with Brooklyn expires at the end of this season which means his acquisition comes with a risk after playing 27 regular-season games in Washington. 

But there's an anticipation that after making him a qualifying offer (125% of his $3.6 million salary) to keep the 6-8 forward as a restricted free agent gives the Wizards the leverage to retain him this summer. McCullough has a $1.2 million team option for 2017-18.

Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton were sent to Brooklyn in the deal (the latter was released), That means with one fewer shooting guards, the Wizards will look more to rookie Sheldon Mac (no longer McClellan as he legally changed his name during the break), use more lineups with three forwads with Bogdanovic or look for another shooter before the deadline closes.

The other option is to comb free agency for a shooter which isn't impacted by today's deadline. But making such an acquistion would require one of the 15 players on the roster to be waived. 

The final option isn't about acquiring another player but moving one currently on the roster to get back a draft pick. That would be a bench player not named Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith or Tomas Satoransky. All three are too valuable to coach Scott Brooks' rotation.

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