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Washington D.C.'s XFL team unveiled as the Defenders

Washington D.C.'s XFL team unveiled as the Defenders

It's one of the most exciting components during the beginning of a new franchise or league: finding out the team names.

On Wednesday, the XFL finally revealed the names for their debut franchises.

Within the group is a team that's based out of a nation's capital. Sticking with that theme, they'll be known as the D.C. Defenders.

Whether you like the name or not, one thing is for sure: The defensive side better be stout or the jokes will fly.

In addition to the Defenders, the Seattle Dragons and Dallas Renegades are among the seven other teams in the league.

The XFL is preparing to launch in 2020, with Pep Hamilton in line to be the head coach of the Defenders. Hamilton last spent time at the University of Michigan as an assistant head coach during the 2017-18 season and carries with him a great deal of NFL coaching experience.

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Ravens vs. Eagles preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Ravens vs. Eagles preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The preseason doesn't count, but if it did the Ravens would be in pretty good shape. Two weeks in, the team has picked up two victories against the Jaguars and Packers. 

Though the results don't mean much in the grand scheme of things, the first eight quarters of action have allowed for different players in different positions to gain valuable reps and try and make a name for themselves as roster cuts and final decisions loom.

Week 3, however, should give us a more in-depth or first-look at some of the probable starters for Baltimore on both offense and defense. Even with Week 3 typically being the game when the main guys take a more extended role, things won't change for Lamar Jackson. He'll still take his standard 20 reps as the Ravens don't want to switch things up.

Making some dazzling plays at times, how will Jackson and the rest of the offense look against the talented Philadelphia defense? Will the defense continue its dominance? That and more will be answered on Thursday.

Here's everything you need to know.

Ravens vs. Eagles Preseason Game

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles

What: Preseason Week 3

When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

TV Channel: NBC (WBAL-TV)

Live Stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 AM, 98Rock WBAL, 101.5 FM

Point Spread: Baltimore, -5

Over/Under: 35.5

Weather: 91 degrees, chance of thunderstorms during the evening

Ravens Preseason Schedule

Week 1: Thursday, August 8 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (29-0, W)

Week 2: Thursday, August 15 vs. Green Bay Packers, M&T Bank Stadium (26-13, W)

Week 3: Thursday, August 22 @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field

Week 4: Thursday, August 29 @ Washington Redskins, FedEx Field

Ravens 2019 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, September 8 @ Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m., Hard Rock Stadium

Week 2: Sunday, September 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 3: Sunday, September 22 @ Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium

Week 4: Sunday, September 29 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 5: Sunday, October 6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m., Heinz Field

Week 6: Sunday, October 13 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 7: Sunday, October 20 @ Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field

Week 8: Sunday, October 27: BYE

Week 9: Sunday, November 3 vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 10: Sunday, November 10 @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium

Week 11: Sunday, November 17 vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 12: Monday, November 25 @ Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m., LA Memorial Coliseum

Week 13: Sunday, December 1 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Week 14: Sunday, December 8 @ Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m., New Era Field

Week 15: Thursday, December 12 vs. New York Jets, 8:20 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Week 16: Sunday, December 22 @ Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m., FirstEnergy Stadium

Week 17: Sunday, December 29 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

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Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

With the search on to find some replacement depth following DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating all options and available players. In the group of potential matches, there's no shortage of players with D.C. ties.

First, it was center Dwight Howard who appeared on the radar. It was reported on Sunday that the Lakers were preparing to open up discussions with the 33-year old center. Howard, who played for L.A. during the 2012-13 season, only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season while dealing with injury issues.

But, he's not the only former-Wizard in the discussions. A new report states that while the Lakers are preparing to host a workout for Howard, they will also potentially be giving Marcin Gortat a look, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gortat spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 47 games. Prior to that, he spent five seasons in Washington, proving to be a valuable asset at times. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.

It's still relatively unknown who the Lakers will go with when it comes time to add depth, but there seems to be a good chance that a former-Wizard could be joining Lebron and company for the upcoming season. 

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