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Boston College hires Temple's Addazio as coach

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Boston College hires Temple's Addazio as coach

BOSTON (AP) New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio paced back and forth behind the podium. He waved his arms as he spoke. His voice got louder as he hammered home his points.

The Eagles have upgraded their pregame pep talks since firing Frank Spaziani.

But will they win any more games?

``You're going to get the best out of Steve Addazio, my family and my staff. I'm proud to be a Boston College Eagle, and I won't let you down,'' he said on Wednesday after being introduced to the media and the BC community.

``I've got drive and I've got energy. And I've got a passion for what I do, for these student-athletes and for Boston College. We're one family, and together, we're going to have success.

``Go Eagles.''

A Connecticut native who spent the last two years at Temple, Addazio said Boston College had been his dream job - even while he was working his way up through the coaching ranks at top-tier programs like Notre Dame and Florida.

``Dreams do come true,'' he said. ``I've been a lot of great places. All the people who knew me and the friends that I've worked with knew that I wanted to be here at Boston College.''

Addazio said he had conversations about the Boston College job the last time it was open, and he also talked to current BC athletic director Brad Bates about the coaching position at his previous job, Miami of Ohio. Bates, who has only been in Chestnut Hill for two months, said he had a list of names for potential openings and Addazio's name quickly rose to the top; the hiring only took nine days.

Bates said the search was ``thorough, meticulous and deliberate,'' and he said he talked to executives and coaches in the NFL as well as other colleges and conferences. Addazio's enthusiasm was one of the things that sold him on the hire.

``He wants to have a relationship with his team and the BC community,'' Bates said. ``He has a contagious passion for his students and the sport that inspires people to excel.

``For those of you who have yet to meet Steve, buckle up.''

Bates said he also sought opinions from current and former BC players, he said. Some members of last year's team attended the news conference, including quarterback Chase Rettig.

``He grabs everyone's attention,'' Rettig said. ``He's excited about the program, so it's going to rub off.''

Spaziani was fired after going 22-29 in four-plus seasons as head coach and 16 overall at BC. The Eagles went 2-10 this year - the fourth consecutive season they won fewer games than the year before.

Addazio, 53, led the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and their first bowl win in 32 years - a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. But this season Temple went 4-7 (2-5 Big East) after leaving the Mid-American Conference and returning to the conference that booted them out in 2004.

Addazio echoed Bates, who said on Tuesday night that he and his new football coach were ``joined at the hip.''

``To have a good football program, he and I have got to be joined at the hip, and share a common vision and be aligned,'' Addazio said. ``That's the fundamental foundation of the development of this football program, and I couldn't feel better about that.''

In a speech that referred to BC stars like Matt Ryan and Luke Kuechly, Addazio said he thought he could compete for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and, eventually, a national title. He also hearkened back to 1984, recalling sitting in his family room watching Doug Flutie's ``Hail Mary'' against Miami, a play Addazio referred to simply as ``the pass.''

But Addazio also knows that BC's recent history isn't quite so glorious.

Spaziani, a lifetime assistant, coached the team for four years and won fewer games in each successive season. His predecessor, Jeff Jagodzinski, was fired for looking for an NFL job, and the coach before that, Tom O'Brien, made a horizontal move to North Carolina State.

Addazio promised that he would not treat BC as a stepping stone, noting that he has a home on Cape Cod.

``I want to be here and finish my career here. This is where I want to be,'' he said.

``I'm at the most wonderful place I can possibly be at,'' he added, motioning to his wife, Kathy, who was nodding her head in the front row, ``you can ask that lady in the red jacket over there.''

``It's not red,'' Kathy Addazio said.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said more than 75 people have shown interest in his program's vacancy, ranging from BCS coaches, assistants and NFL assistants. He said there is no timetable to hire a replacement. Speaking at halftime of Wednesday night's Temple basketball game against Villanova, Bradshaw said Temple ties are ``very important'' in his search.

``I know Temple people really would love to have somebody who would embrace the job, wants to be there and would be a good fit,'' he said.

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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