Tampa Bay Bucs sign paralyzed player

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Tampa Bay Bucs sign paralyzed player

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Paralyzed defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury on Oct. 16, 2010 during a kickoff return against Army. His coach at Rutgers then, Greg Schiano, now is coach of the Bucs. LeGrand became an inspiration to the Scarlet Knights, eventually being able to stand upright with the help of a metal frame. He resumed his studies via video conferences for the 2011 spring semester, and on Oct. 29, 2011, led the team onto the field before a game. He also has done some broadcast work for the school. Schiano called the signing a "small gesture ... to recognize his character, spirit and perseverance." LeGrand is on pace to graduate from Rutgers in the fall.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 6 win over Hawks behind John Wall's huge night

5 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 6 win over Hawks behind John Wall's huge night

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 115-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisting...

1. John Wall had the best playoff game of his career on Friday night, a 42-point masterpiece that included eight assists, four steals and two blocks. He had 19 points in the fourth quarter alone and made sure that the Wizards would not be returning home for a Game 7.

Wall got started early with this emphatic dunk. It was one of many amazing left-handed slams he has had this series:

2. Dwight Howard didn't look good there and neither did he on this play. Howard got Jason Smith twice in the face with his eblow and somehow the refs deemed it not a flagrant foul:

3. That was contentious, but nothing like what happened just minutes later. Bradley Beal was undercut on a fastbreak dunk by Kent Bazemore and both teams got into it:

4. Wall made his mark in the fourth quarter when he completely took over the game and ensured the Wizards would be moving on to the second round. He had 19 points in the frame, but also this chasedown block which may be the best of his career considering the stakes:

5. On this play, Wall made a difficult move to split two defenders, then finished despite contact with Howard. The athleticism required to make this play is off the charts:

Here's an honorable mention. Once the game was in hand, Wall gave a little wave to the crowd to tell them the series was over:

On to Boston where the Wizards have a quick turnaround with Game 1 on Sunday at 1 p.m. CSN will have pregame coverage beginning at 12 p.m. with Wizards Gametime.

[RELATED: FOUL ON BEAL SPARKS CONFRONTATION BETWEEN WIZARDS AND HAWKS]

 

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Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 29, 25 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

At Redskins Park—Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft; conference calls with players selected; Gruden will speak to media shortly after Redskins’ final pick.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 13
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 25
—Training camp starts (7/27) 89
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 134

The Redskins’ best late-round picks since of the last 10 years

While no aspect of drafting in the NFL is easy, it is much harder to find key contributors on the last day of the draft than it is in the first three rounds. The Redskins will have seven picks in this afternoon's draft to try to find one or two of them. 

Since the 2007 draft the Redskins have taken 56 players from the fourth round on. Of those, 45 played in at least one NFL game but only 12 of them were the Redskins’ primary starter at their positions for at least one season. Here are the five best of those players.

QB Kirk Cousins (round 4, 2012)—He was probably the most controversial pick on this list since the Redskins had just drafted Robert Griffin III a couple of days earlier. History proved Mike Shanahan right.

RB Alfred Morris (6, 2012)—This pick came a few hours after and with much less noise than the Cousins pick did. Many believed that the Redskins were set a running back with Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Morris not only surprised many by making the team but he lined up as the Week 1 starter. He went on to break the team’s single-season rushing record by piling up 1,613 yards rushing.

LB Perry Riley (4, 2010)—He didn’t get into the lineup until midway through his second season. Riley was always solid for four-plus seasons as the starter but never spectacular. The team let him go last year in training camp and he played well for the Raiders after they picked him up.

CB Bashaud Breeland (4, 2014)—Breeland started 15 games as a rookie. At first he was in the slot but after DeAngelo Hall was injured in Week 3, Breeland moved to the outside and he has stayed there ever since. He has seven career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

WR Jamison Crowder (4, 2015)—At 5-9, many teams thought Crowder was undersized and he didn’t run a great 40 at the combine. But he was big enough and fast enough to break the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season and then to lead the team in touchdowns with eight last year.

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