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NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls

NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls

The NFL has decided on the locations of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls. The vote took place at the NFL owners meetings in Charlotte on Tuesday. 

Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, while South Florida (Miami) will get the event in 2020 and Los Angeles will host in 2021. 

The cities chosen each included new or upgraded stadiums in their pitches to the league. 

Atlanta will be home to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening in 2017. 

Miami's stadium (Sun Life Stadium from 2010-2016) is undergoing a $400 million renovation that will include an open-air canopy to provide shade for 92 percent of seats, according to Sports Illustrated. Construction should be complete before the 2017 season. 

And Los Angeles will boast a new 300-acre, campus-style stadium housing the Rams and potentially a second team. The $2.6 billion project will be the most expensive sports arena in the world, reports CNN, and should be ready before the 2019 NFL season. 


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Five things to know about new Wizards forward Davis Bertans

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Five things to know about new Wizards forward Davis Bertans

The Wizards traded for forward Davis Bertans as part of a three-team deal on Sunday. A contender for the starting power forward job in Washington, the former San Antonio Spur could play a critical role next season. 

What do fans need to know about the guy? Here's a primer full of some important and some just fun facts to know. 

1. He's a great three-point shooter

This falls into to the 'important facts' category. Bertans shot 42.9 percent from beyond the arc last season, attempting 4.4 threes per game. For some perspective, he only attempted 6 total shots per game. 

The former Spur clearly isn't shy shooting the long ball, which is a skill the Wizards certainly need. Last season, Washington's best three-point shooter by percentage was Bobby Portis, who hit 40.3 percent from downtown on 4.3 attempts per game. 

Bertans represents a vast improvement as a long-range specialst. 

2. He's from Latvia

Fun fact! Like Kristaps Porzingis, Bertans is from Latvia. Other Latvians in the NBA include Bertans' brother, Dairis (Pelicans) and Rodions Kurucs (Nets). All four are members of the Latvian national basketball team. 

3. He has an all-time great nickname

Also like Porzingis, Bertans has an all-time great nickname: the Latvian Laser. Three-point shooting plus a cool nickname to go along with it? That's the perfect combo. 

4. He's missing part of his ring finger

Bertans' shot is all the more impressive considering he lost part of his right ring finger when he was 13 years old.

He was cutting wood with an electric saw to help heat his grandfather's house when the accident happened, he told the the San Antonio Express-News

5. He's been playing professional basketball since he was 15

Though Bertans has been playing professional basketball since 2007, he first came to the NBA in 2016. He won three championships in the Serbian league before joining the Spurs. 


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Wizards reportedly apply for Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, what would that mean?

Wizards reportedly apply for Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, what would that mean?

The Wizards have applied for the Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, according to The Athletic's Sam Vecine. 

Wall underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on January 8, 2019.

At the NBA Awards, he told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller that he expected to begin jogging in two weeks, but the recovery timeline for a ruptured Achilles could hold Wall out all of next season. 

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis insisted in May that no one would rush Wall back onto the court, whether that would cost him a whole NBA season or not. 

That in mind, here's what fans need to know about the DPE and what it means for the Wizards:

What is the Disabled Player Exception?

Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ defines the DPE as follows:

This exception allows a team which is over the cap to replace a disabled player who will be out for the remainder of that season (it can also be granted in the event of a player's death). This exception is granted by the league, based on an application from the team and a determination by an NBA-designated physician or Fitness to Play panel (see question number 62) that the player is substantially more likely than not to be unable to play through the following June 15. 

A few additional items to note: The DPE grants a team the right to sign a replacement player, not a chunk of money for salary cap relief. Additionally, the disabled player is allowed to return to play if ready earlier than expected, which will not impact the replacement player's status and salary with the team. 

What are the rules to apply for the DPE?

Also from Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ:

Teams can apply for this exception from July 1 through January 15, and cannot apply after January 15. Once granted, the exception expires when a player is acquired, when the disabled player is traded or returns to the team, or on March 10 of that season, whichever comes first. This exception is granted on a season-by-season basis -- if the player will also be out the following season, the team needs to apply for this exception again the following season.

The Wizards applied for the DPE when they lost Wall to injury last season, then applied again for this coming year. 

How much money would the Wizards get if granted the DPE?

The Wizards would recoup the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, a little over $9 million, to spend on a player for next season only.

What would this mean for the Wizards roster next season?

For a team maneuvering under a tight salary cap situation with John Wall and Bradley Beal signed to supermax and max contracts, respectively, the replacement player could provide some breathing room elsewhere. 

The major takeaway from this move comes from the DPE definition itself.

Essentially, the Wizards would not have applied for the exception unless they believed an NBA-designated physician or Fitness to Play panel would conclude that Wall is "substantially" unlikely to play until at least next June 15.

That's not inconsistent with the Wizards' patient approach to his rehab, but it's important to note that receiving a DPE won't prevent Wall from coming back next season if he's healthy enough.