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Begay joins NBC, Golf Channel as reporter

Begay joins NBC, Golf Channel as reporter

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The next time Notah Begay is inside the ropes on the PGA Tour, he'll be holding a microphone instead of a golf club.

Begay starts a new line of work this week at the Sony Open as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel. He will be a walking course reporter at Waialae Country Club

An opening was created when Dottie Pepper, who joined the board of the PGA of America, retired from NBC last year to pursue programs geared toward junior golf.

Begay is a Navajo, the only full-blooded American Indian to play on the PGA Tour. He won four times on the Tour until his career was slowed by back injuries.

``I'm absolutely thrilled to join the Golf Channel and NBC golf broadcast teams,'' Begay said in a statement. ``The game of golf is as exciting as ever, and I look forward to utilizing my extensive experience to provide viewers with insight into the competition and its players.''

The full NBC production and talent staff - including Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller in the tower - will be at the Sony Open.

A former teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford, Begay has been devoting much of his time to his foundation that he established in 2005, providing health and wellness education for Indian youth. He hosts the annual NB3 Challenge at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York, which attracts Woods and other top players.

Until now, most of his work has been in the studio.

Begay made his TV debut in 2010 during Golf Channel's ``Live from the Masters'' news coverage, and he has contributed to Golf Channel's coverage at the Masters and U.S. Open the last three years.

Along with being a walking reporter, he will contribute to Golf Channel news programs and coverage from majors.

``Notah has a wealth of knowledge, experience and a tremendous passion for the game of golf, and we are excited for him to be expanding his role within the NBC Sports Group,'' Golf Channel executive producer Molly Solomon said. ``He already has demonstrated a knack for honest and candid analysis during Golf Channel's `Live From' coverage, and our viewers can expect the same when he reports from the golf course.''

Golf Channel televises the first three PGA Tour events, ending with the Humana Challenge next week in Palm Desert, Calif. CBS Sports typically does the West Coast Swing, although NBC will have the Phoenix Open because of the Super Bowl. NBC also has the Florida Swing and two stops in Texas leading up to the Masters.

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Should the Redskins follow the recent trend and update their uniforms?

Should the Redskins follow the recent trend and update their uniforms?

The first wave of NFL free agency is in the books and the NFL Draft is still a couple of weeks away, meaning there is some downtime in the league's offseason right now.

There's even more time now in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic with stay-at-home orders in almost every city in the United States.

So earlier this week, two NFC South teams took advantage of the unexpected free time and released updated uniform designs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released three different uniforms on Tuesday that were a little bit of a throwback style, similar to the uniforms the squad wore in the early 2000s. A day later, the Atlanta Falcons released a completely new arsenal of jerseys and they were quite controversial. Even another NFC South opponent took the opportunity to troll the new Falcons design on Twitter.

The Redskins have made minor alterations to their uniforms over the years, but they've had the same basic design since 1983. So, is it time for the Burgundy and Gold to join the recent trend and give the fans a new design?

Honestly, there's no better time to make a change.

The team is entering a new era of Redskins football. Longtime team president Bruce Allen has been ousted, along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. The team has brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera to turn the culture around in Ashburn, and there's more optimism surrounding Redskins Park than there has been in years. Heck, even the team's official Twitter account reads "new vibe. new szn. new rivERA."

If the Redskins were to release new uniforms, they have two options: rebrand an old uniform (there are several good ones to choose from), or completely make a new design. Let's start with the first option.

Over the past decade, the Redskins have sported four regular uniform combinations: Burgundy jersey with gold pants; burgundy jersey with white pants; white jersey with burgundy pants; and white jersey with gold pants. 

The team has shied away from a burgundy-on-burgundy or a white-on-white look, arguably the two cleanest uniform combinations the Redskins currently have. Bringing these back would be a super easy, yet worthwhile change.

The one-color uniform was worn often by the Redskins during the 2000s, as some of the team's best memories with Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Sean Taylor came in the white-on-whites. Multiple current Redskins still love the white-on-white design and sported the look at practice at times last season.

But if Washington was to alter the uniform design slightly, it wouldn't have to look far to find an easy solution. Some of the Redskins throwback uniforms could easily be modernized, and as a result, be turned into one of the cleanest looks in football.

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The helmet is one of the easiest things that could be upgraded, and the Redskins have two options they could turn to.

During the 1960s, the Redskins wore a spear on the side of their helmet. It was fierce, intimidating and clean. The spear is one of the Redskins' best helmets in franchise history. The spear was last donned during the Steve Spurrier era, but only as an alternate. 

The other helmet the Redskins could revert back to would be the classic 'R' logo, inspired by Vince Lombardi. The Redskins wore this helmet for just two seasons in the early 1970s, but it certainly made its mark on the fans. It has also been used as a Redskins alternate uniform but not on a game day since 2007.

This uniform as a whole deserves to be modernized and brought back. The retro logo is terrific, as are the yellow helmets, single red stripe and gray facemasks. The striping on the shoulder pad, meanwhile, looks nice, and the red numbers set on top of the pristine white jersey complete it all.

Of course, the team could also release a completely new design that no Redskins fan has seen before. With the burgundy, gold and white color scheme, the Redskins certainly would have options with a new design. 

But if the Redskins were to learn one thing from recent uniform releases, avoid gradient color meshes. It doesn't look good. If you don't believe me, just ask the Falcons or Jaguars.

Deion Sanders once said, "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."

Well, maybe it's time for the Redskins to listen to Primetime.

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NBA will pay players full paychecks on April 15 amid coronavirus hiatus

NBA will pay players full paychecks on April 15 amid coronavirus hiatus

The NBA does not plan to make a decision on whether to restart the 2019-20 season until at least May 1, meaning at least 259 games, while not officially canceled, will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In response to the league's suspension, the NBA had been in talks with players for weeks about withholding a percentage of their salaries in an escrow account to protect from losses caused by canceled games. 

According to ESPN, the league sent a memo Thursday assuring players they would receive their full paychecks on the next scheduled payday, April 15. Players are paid on the first and 15th of every month. 

While the players get their full salary for this pay cycle, that doesn't necessarily mean they will receive the same pay in May. A "force majeure event" could still come into play where players lose 1.08% of their yearly salary per game canceled. 

The NBA indefinitely suspended its season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. 

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