CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp on Tuesday for their vacant GM position.
Carolina will also interview Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman, Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton this week.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not made the interviews public.
The 39-year-old Ross is in high demand in NFL circles after the Giants' success in recent seasons, while Popp's teams have won four Grey Cup titles in 19 seasons.
The Panthers are looking to replace GM Marty Hurney, who was fired after a 1-5 start this season.
Nike released a statement Friday saying it has shared concerns to the NFL with the name of the Washington Redskins footbal team.
"We have been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change," the statement read, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Nike is the last to release a statement of the three brands to have recently received a letter from investors requesting the company end its relationship with Washington unless the name is changed. FedEx released a statement Thursday and PepsiCo earlier Friday, voicing similar concerns.
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Washington's name and apparel had been purged from the Nike website as early as Thursday evening, though it's unclear when exactly Nike made the move.
With the current pressure from sponsors, it's become 'likely' the team does change the name, according to reports. Washington announced Friday morning that it would conduct a "thorough review" of the name.
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Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.
The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.
Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.
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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season.
Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.
Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.
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