Sixers vs. Wizards, 2010 Draft Represent

Sixers vs. Wizards, 2010 Draft Represent

The careers of John Wall and Evan Turner, the respective #1 and #2 picks
in the 2010 draft have made for some interesting contrast. Out of the
gate, Wall was the far more accomplished player, averaging 16 and 8 and
making first-team All Rookie as Turner struggled badly to contribute in
his rookie season. The next year, Wall either regressed a little or
failed to show the evolution most projected for him, while playing on
one of the league's worst teams, and Turner improved steadily on a
playoff-bound squad. These days, most would still take Wall over ET, but
the gap between the players has narrowed considerably—in a recent ESPN
ranking of the best players under 25, Wall finished #26, while Turner finished just two spots lower at #28.

The
two players aren't even compared all that much anymore, but when they
face off—as they will tonight, for the first of four times this
season—it still makes for some minorly interesting drama. Wall, out for
the first two months of the season with knee issues, has helped gear the
Wizards back to respectability since his return, the team winning five
straight at home and emerging from the East's cellar as Wall posts the
best PER of his career, while after a seemingly interminable shooting
funk, Evan Turner has come back to score 20+ in three straight games for
the first time in his career. A home game against the Wizards is
usually cause for celebration, but this one might be tighter than you'd
think.

7:00 tip from the WFC. It's a long ride up the
anti-gravity treadmill for the Sixers to march back to .500, but
securing this winnable game after Monday night's Memphis heartbreak
would be a nice start.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.