Female official to work NFL game for 1st time

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Female official to work NFL game for 1st time

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Shannon Eastin will become the first female to officiate an NFL game when she works as a line judge for the Green Bay at San Diego preseason match Thursday night. The regular NFL officials have been locked out by the league. Eastin is a college referee who has worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (FCS division). She is one of the replacement officials hired by the NFL and has 16 years of experience. A resident of Tempe, Ariz., Eastin also has won six national judo championships. She was the youngest judo athlete ever to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, doing so when she was 11. The officiating team for the Hall of Fame game Sunday night included officials who have worked college games and some professional games, such as in the Arena Footbal League.

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Bradley Beal welcomes fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum to NBA, Wizards-Celtics rivalry

Bradley Beal welcomes fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum to NBA, Wizards-Celtics rivalry

Bradley Beal loves representing his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., so on Thursday night when fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum was picked third overall in the NBA Draft, he had to send a shoutout via Twitter. Unfortunately for Beal, however, Tatum got picked by the Boston Celtics, a team his Wizards have a budding rivalry with.

Here is what Beal tweeted:

Those Celtics also happened to knock the Wizards out of the playoffs by beating them in seven games in the second round. Beal added another tweet to suggest he still isn't over it:

Sounds like Beal has some serious mixed feelings.

[RELATED: D.C. native Markelle Fultz picked No. 1 in 2017 NBA Draft by Sixers]

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Speedy De'Aaron Fox says he'll model game after John Wall in the playoffs

Speedy De'Aaron Fox says he'll model game after John Wall in the playoffs

Just moments after being drafted No. 5 by the Sacramento Kings, De'Aaron Fox stepped off the stage and into an interview with ESPN

He spoke about his family and his gratitude to have made it to the NBA level, but as soon as the opportunity arose, Fox brought up his Kentucky predecessor John Wall.

A lot of the comparisons are to John Wall, and you saw how he was competing and how he was playing in the playoffs. So if I'm able to use my speed the way he was, then speed kills. And you can't really teach it.

The question was how Fox expects his speed to translate on an NBA level.

It's a conversation that Wall – also a Kentucky point guard who declared for the draft after only one year – had a lot during the draft process as well. 

As Wizards fans can attest, Wall's quickness has set him apart even in a league full of fast, athletic players.

Those wheels helped propel Washington through to the second round of the NBA playoffs this past season. They also helped land Wall the first All-NBA selection of his career. 

Prior to this year's draft, the Wizards star predicted that Fox – not Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball – would have the most successful NBA career of all the point guards in the draft. 

If Fox can live up to the hype, he may prove Wall right. 

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