Anderson edges Benneteau to reach Sydney final

Anderson edges Benneteau to reach Sydney final

SYDNEY (AP) South Africa's Kevin Anderson beat Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Friday in a match between players separated by a single ranking point to reach the final of the Sydney International.

Last year's runner-up, Benneteau edged Anderson by the single point to claim the 32nd and last seeding place at next week's Australian Open after Anderson passed up the chance to earn ranking points by representing South Africa at the Hopman Cup.

Anderson gained a small measure of revenge Friday when he beat Benneteau in a thrilling match of almost 2 1/2 hours. He will now face the winner of the second semifinal between Australia's Bernard Tomic and third-seeded Andreas Seppi.

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Bradley Beal says he played the role of Wizards recruiter at All-Star Weekend

Bradley Beal says he played the role of Wizards recruiter at All-Star Weekend

CHARLOTTE -- Wizards guard Bradley Beal enjoyed every part of All-Star weekend in Charlotte. He met countless fans at charity events and autograph signings. He mingled with rapper J. Cole and actor Chris Tucker at the All-Star Game. He dropped 11 points for Team LeBron and threw down a big two-handed dunk.

Beal had a lot of fun. But he was also there with business on his mind. He recognized an opportunity, being in the locker room and on the floor with 25 other All-Stars, to do some recruiting.

Yes, Beal wants some help in Washington and believes he may be able to find it by selling other stars on the Wizards' future. After trading Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris, the Wizards could have some money to play with in free agency and Beal wants to help them use it.

"The recruiting process is really going alright. It's going alright. I'm trying," Beal said. "This is new for me. I'm definitely getting some ears and seeing what guys are looking for."

Beal wouldn't name names for fear of reprimand from the league. But he did share some details about how those conversations went.

He said he asked players about their situations and whether they were happy playing where they are. And to his surprise, some players came up to him and started the conversation themselves. Some asked about his situation, likely wondering if he would want to leave.

But it sounds like some may have inquired about what it would be like to play for the Wizards.

Beal said he got questions like: "So, what are y'all doing in D.C.?" and "How is D.C.?"

Whenever he was pressed for further details by reporters, Beal brushed the questions off. 

"I'm gonna keep it in my piggy bank, in my back pocket. Hopefully we can do something," he said.

Though Beal could technically have asked players who aren't set to hit free agency, ones that could join the Wizards via trade, it is more likely he was going after those who could sign a contract this summer. 

The point guards can probably be eliminated because John Wall is about to enter a supermax contract next season. That leaves Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, and Nikola Vucevic.

The first two can be set aside. Durant said he doesn't want to play at home and Leonard seems to have a good thing going in Toronto.

Thompson has been assumed to be headed for Los Angeles or to stay in Golden State. Though, he would be a fantastic complement to Beal and Wall.

Middleton and Vucevic are the two most realistic options, but may not be perfect fits.

If Beal was seeking out players who might be attainable in trades, Anthony Davis is, of course, the big name. Wouldn't that be something?

Hey, he did say all 29 teams are on his list of trade destinations.


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Know why the Redskins will add another QB? Doug Williams says so

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Know why the Redskins will add another QB? Doug Williams says so

Everybody knows the deal by now. The Redskins likely won't have Alex Smith this season as he works to overcome a compound fracture in his right leg and significant complications during his recovery. 

The injury was serious, and the infections after surgery were too. At this point, Smith's rehab is not about getting back on the football field, it's about getting his leg back in use first. 

With that in mind, it makes plenty of sense for the Redskins to add another quarterback this year. Colt McCoy is under contract for 2019, but that's it right now.

Washington might bring back Josh Johnson, who started down the stretch for the Redskins with mixed results. Another veteran passer could land in D.C., if the price is right, and certainly the NFL Draft could deliver a new QB for Washington.

One way or another, Redskins VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams wants another quarterback. 

It’s our job in the personnel department to find somebody who can play. Thank God we have Colt coming back from an injury. We just gotta find somebody to mix in there and we know we gotta have that guy, but we gotta build around whoever it is. I think that’s the most important thing.

Williams' comments came via SiriusXM NFL Radio, and while not a surprise, it will bring more interesting questions next week when the Redskins brass descends on Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. 

While the TV cameras focus on the draft prospects in Indy, every agent and NFL executive frequents the same restaurants and coffee shops, prompting the very visible but very unofficial beginning to free agency. 

Whatever the Redskins plans are to add a quarterback, in free agency or the draft, much of the scheme might be figured out at the Combine.

Williams made it clear: The Redskins have to find somebody who can play.