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Batum sends Blazers to 89-85 win over 76ers

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Batum sends Blazers to 89-85 win over 76ers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 89-85 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory at home.

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points.

Jrue Holiday had 29 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to lead the Sixers, who have lost eight of 10. Thaddeus Young added 17 points.

Portland led 84-76 late in the game, but Young made two big baskets, including a three-point play to cut the lead to three. Spencer Hawes and Dorell Wright missed 3-pointers for the Sixers, however, and Batum hit three of four free throws to seal it.

Reports: Big Ten to cancel fall football season, hopes to play in spring

Reports: Big Ten to cancel fall football season, hopes to play in spring

The Big Ten is canceling the 2020 fall football season and will attempt to play in the spring, according to multiple reports. Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports was first to break the news.

The decision does not come as much of a surprise.

On Sunday, the commissioners of the Power Five conferences had an emergency meeting to discuss the outlook of playing this fall, and the large majority of Big Ten presidents want to postpone the season due to concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten is the first Power Five conference to postpone its season. The league had postponed padded practices earlier this week until more protocols were put in place. Earlier this month, the Big Ten announced it would conduct a revised, conference-only schedule in 2020.

Several college football stars, including Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields, have advocated for playing this fall. Players across the country have attempted to unionize in one last effort to save the season, too.

President Donald Trump has also sided with the players, saying the players have worked too hard for their season to be canceled.

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Washington Football radio broadcast to feature DeAngelo Hall, Bram Weinstein

Washington Football radio broadcast to feature DeAngelo Hall, Bram Weinstein

The revamped Washington Football Team radio broadcast will feature Julie Donaldson as the host and anchor working alongside DeAngelo Hall as analyst and Bram Weinstein working play-by-play, sources informed NBC Sports Washington and the team later announced.

Donaldson's role as the lead voice in the new broadcast had already been announced but there was some mystery regarding the play-by-play and analyst roles. The new crew replaces long-time voice of the team Larry Michael as well as analysts Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker from last season. Michael abruptly resigned last month amid allegations in a Washington Post story of inappropriate behavior

Hall played in Washington for 10 seasons from 2008 until he retired after the 2017 season. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010. For multiple seasons he served as defensive captain and was a fan favorite. Always a playmaker, he logged 23 career interceptions for the Burgundy and Gold and six defensive touchdowns. Hall has done television work with NBC Sports Washington and NFL Network since he retired from playing.

Weinstein is a long-time D.C.-area radio broadcaster who has previously worked at The Team 980 and currently hosts an afternoon show on ESPN630. Weinstein also served as a SportsCenter host at ESPN for a stint and has done local television work for Fox 5. 

Donaldson took over as the team's lead broadcaster and head of media last month. She will be the first woman to run an NFL radio broadcast this fall. Donaldson previously worked at NBC Sports Washington before taking the job with the Washington Football Team. 

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