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Auburn hires J.B. Grimes to coach offensive line

Auburn hires J.B. Grimes to coach offensive line

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn's Gus Malzahn has hired J.B. Grimes to coach the offensive line.

Grimes has more than 30 years of college experience and held the same post for Malzahn last season at Arkansas State. Auburn announced the hiring Wednesday.

Malzahn calls Grimes ``a tremendous coach who is one of the nation's top teachers at the offensive line position.''

Grimes' most recent posts before Arkansas State included stints at Kansas (2010-11) and Mississippi State (2004-08). He also has worked at East Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Arkansas among other stops.

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Nats' Eric Thames thanks cornhole for helping him perfect his underhand tosses during quarantine

Nats' Eric Thames thanks cornhole for helping him perfect his underhand tosses during quarantine

Like many other professional athletes, Nationals infielder Eric Thames did not have the proper equipment in his home to stay in shape during quarantine. Thames spoke to local reporters in May and said then that hitting off a tee was the only hitting activity he was able to do, meaning no soft toss or live batting practice.

However, the slugger did have one item in his home that unintentionally kept him in shape: cornhole.

By playing "hours of cornhole," Thames perfected his underhand toss, which is something he usually has to do multiple times in a game as a first baseman. 

On Thursday, Thames posted an Instagram picture of him during workouts at Nationals Park, underhand tossing the ball to one of the team's pitchers during pitcher fielding practice (PFP).

"Hours of quarantine cornhole definitely paying off in PFPs!' Thames wrote. "Only a few weeks to go til it’s game time."

The Nationals returned to their home stadium earlier this week to begin 'summer camp' workouts, as the 2020 MLB season is scheduled to begin on July 23. 

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Last week, Thames said that despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he's optimistic that baseball can work.

"The MLB has a strong safety protocol so we're all going to follow that. Baseball can work," Thames said. "We all need it, as players, the fans and the world. It definitely needs something to watch right now. So, we're chomping at the bit."

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Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

As the Washington Redskins continue to conduct an internal review of its name after facing public pressure from many of its largest corporate sponsors, many believe the team's moniker will be changed. Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.

ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman believes a name change is long overdue and said on Thursday he wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to apologize for not changing the name sooner.

"You will stand at a podium. You will stand at a podium and change the name," Kellerman said on Snyder. "In addition, you will apologize for not doing it sooner."

Kellerman even went a step further, saying the team should never have been nicknamed the Redskins.

"The name shouldn't have been that in the first place," Kellerman said. "It certainly should have been changed years ago."

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Public pressure has amounted towards the Redskins to change in the middle of a social justice movement in America following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking several protests nationwide demanding justice.

For Kellerman, he doesn't think it should have taken a major social reform movement -- like what's currently going on in the United States -- for Washington to consider ditching its name.

"It should not have taken a whole social, political movement, a pandemic [to change the name]," Kellerman said. "In fact, it didn't take that for people who just thought about [the name] for two seconds and could see that it would be offensive to Native Americans."

Over the past week, the Redskins' name controversy has been a major topic of conversation, and not just in the sports media world. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said she is happy to see the name change, while District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she would propose a bill for the team to build its new stadium on the old RFK Stadium site after the name is changed.

Not everyone believes a name change is on the horizon, however. FS1's Skip Bayless doubts the franchise will actually change its name, while President Donald Trump derided the move.

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On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman's First Take co-host, believes President Donald Trump's actions allowed Washington to keep its name for as long as it has.

Throughout his rant about the Redskins' name, Kellerman said multiple times how upset he has been that Washington has yet to change its name. A public apology from the team's owner for not changing the moniker sooner is the least Dan Snyder can do in Kellerman's mind. 

"The fact that this despicable name has not been changed is a national outrage and a disgrace," Kellerman said. "So I think Dan Snyder not only will change the name but owes an apology."

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