Stern retiring in 2014, Adam Silver to replace him

Stern retiring in 2014, Adam Silver to replace him

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

The announcement came at an NBA Board of Governors meeting Thursday.

Stern told owners during their two days of meetings of his plans, and the board unanimously decided Silver would be his successor.

Stern, who turned 70 last month, became commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. He has been the NBA's longest-serving commissioner, establishing the league's brand around the world, presiding over team expansion and overseeing the establishment of the WNBA.

``You'll be remembered as the best of all-time,'' Silver told Stern, sitting to his left on a podium during a news conference.

Stern said he decided on his plans about six months ago, having guided the league through a lockout that ended nearly a year ago. He said the league is in great shape and he is confident in Silver, who has been the league's No. 2 since 2006.

``I don't know what else to say other than to recite what I told the owners yesterday in executive session,'' Stern said. ``I told them that it's been a great run, it will continue for another 15 months, that the league is in, I think, terrific condition.''

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Harbaugh defends Kaepernick's right to protest anthem

Harbaugh defends Kaepernick's right to protest anthem

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that regardless of whether he agreed with Colin Kaepernick’s actions, he defended Kaepernick’s right not to stand for the national anthem, as the protest by the 49ers quarterback continued to draw significant attention.

“We are talking about a free country,” Harbaugh said following Monday’s practice. “I’m grateful for the right to express my displeasure, and that is what Colin chose to do. It is certainly his right to do it.”

Harbaugh’s brother, Jim Harbaugh, coached Kaepernick with the 49ers for four seasons.

“I know Colin through Jim,” Harbaugh said. “He comes from a great family. He has been brought up the right way with good people who care about him and love him. He reflects that in how successful he has been. I know Jim really likes him a lot, so I respect him. I respect his choice for whatever it is.”

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Harbaugh said if a Ravens’ player decided to take a controversial stand, he hoped the player would take great thought before doing so.

“As far as our players go, it becomes about respect,” Harbaugh said. “I think you respect the opinions of everybody in the room and respect their right to express their opinion. Voltaire (French philosopher) so eloquently stated, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend until death your right to say it.’

“That is the principle our country is founded on. I don’t think you can deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anyone else’s opinion. You stand on your opinion, and when you state your opinion, it takes a little bit of courage, and there are going to be people that disagree with it. I tell our guys, ‘If you are going to say something publicly, think about it. Make sure you really believe that, because when you speak out there, it is out there, and it belongs to you now.’

“The other part of it is that we are a team. Anything that we do should never…You respect our team, our organization and the other players, and you respect the mission that were are on and what we are trying to accomplish. None of us ever want to do anything that is going to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. I think that is the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that.”

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Assistant coach Todd Reirden receives a promotion from the Capitals

Assistant coach Todd Reirden receives a promotion from the Capitals

Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden has been promoted to associate coach, the team announced Monday.

Reirden, 45, will run Washington's training camp next month while head coach Barry Trotz works as an assistant for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Reirden, who is entering his third season on the Capitals' bench, was a finalist for the head coaching position in Calgary earlier this summer. He was also considered for the New Jersey vacancy the year before. In coaching circles, Reirden is considered a future bench boss and the question is when, not if, he’ll get that opportunity.

Reirden oversees the Capitals’ defensemen, who overcame a host of injuries last season, and a power play that ranked fifth in 2015-16.

Reirden and Trotz will speak to reporters on Tuesday.

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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.