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Boston College hires Addazio away from Temple

Boston College hires Addazio away from Temple

BOSTON (AP) When Brad Bates arrived at Boston College as the new athletic director, he had in his mind a list of football coaches he might someday want to hire.

He didn't have to wait long to use it.

Two months after arriving in Chestnut Hill and nine days after firing Frank Spaziani following a 2-10 season, Bates hired Steve Addazio away from Temple.

``Any athletic director has a list of names that they're perpetually following,'' Bates told reporters after meeting with the football team to tell them of the new hire. ``What you're trying to do is match with the perfect fit. Not every great coach is a great fit for Boston College at this time.''

A Connecticut native who also worked at Notre Dame and Florida, Addazio went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden. He replaces Spaziani, who was fired after four consecutive seasons of worsening records and two straight years without a bowl appearance.

Addazio, who is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, was given a six-year contract; financial terms were not disclosed.

``I've only been here six weeks. I'm looking for a partner who I can be joined at the hip with,'' Bates said. ``This is a guy who grew up in the Northeast and has dreamed about being at Boston College.''

Spaziani was fired after going 22-29 in four-plus seasons as head coach and 16 overall at BC.

Addazio, 53, led the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and their first bowl win in 32 years - a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. A school-record three Owls were selected in the 2012 NFL draft: running back Bernard Pierce in the third round, tight end Evan Rodriguez in the fourth, and linebacker Tahir Whitehead in the fifth.

Nine other players from the Class of 2012 signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, another school record.

But this season the Owls went 4-7 (2-5 Big East) after leaving the Mid-American Conference and returning to the conference that booted them out in 2004.

``Steve Addazio has done a tremendous job with Temple football in his two years at the university, and we wish him nothing but the best,'' Owls athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. ``Temple football has never been stronger, and I am confident we will be able to attract a high-level pool of candidates for the position and the program will continue its upward momentum.''

Before going to Temple, Addazio was also the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer. Addazio was on the Gators' staff when they won BCS National Championships in 2006 and `08.

Addazio also worked at Indiana, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Western Connecticut State. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State, where he was a four-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines.

``This is a well-connected guy in the football community,'' Bates said, adding that he had only spoken generally to Addazio about assistant coaches. ``He's going to have an amazing collection of coaches that he can assemble.''

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Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

You know what’s fun? Winning Metropolitan Division titles. 

No, it’s not as good as the big prize. The Capitals will never top their 2018 Stanley Cup championship. But winning a competitive division against their biggest rivals five years in a row? Pretty, pretty good. 

Washington took its fifth in a row officially on Tuesday when the NHL announced that the regular season had concluded thanks to the ongoing coronavirus. The Capitals just outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers with 90 standings points to 89. The difference over 69 games? One extra Caps game going into overtime for a single point. 

Credit to the Flyers for making a late run. No one was playing better in the NHL than Philadelphia just before the season was halted. Whether that carries over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs remains to be seen. 

But the Capitals should take pride in that streak. It’s hard to do in an age of parity. They play in a division where the Pittsburgh Penguins won two Stanley Cups in the previous four seasons. The two teams slugged it out three times in the second round. That’s the luck of the draw, and so four straight division titles -- and two Presidents’ Trophies -- meant just one Cup for Washington. 

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It’s also rare to dominate a division the way the Capitals have for five years. The Anaheim Ducks won the Pacific Division title every year from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, the Detroit Red Wings won the Central Division an astounding eight times from 2001 to 2009. It doesn’t get you a championship -- Washington won the expired Southeast Division from 2008 to 2011 -- but it does mean you played great hockey year after year.

And to do it in the reconstituted Patrick Division, where long-time rivals like the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Islanders and Devils joined with newer rivals Carolina and Columbus, makes it even sweeter. Add another banner to the rafters at Capital One Arena. The Caps are the class of the Metropolitan Division yet again. 

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Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

The Washington Nationals decided to use “partial furloughs” to keep their baseball and business employees at work through the end of their contracts or the calendar year.

The road map works like this:

All full-time business and baseball employees will receive a reduction in pay and hours ranging from 10 to 30 percent. If the employee’s contract runs to the end of baseball season -- typically Oct. 31 -- then these parameters apply from now until then. If the employee is not on contract, these reductions persist until Dec. 31.

No full-time employee is being laid off because of the economic impact from coronavirus.

An example: If a person works a 40-hour week, and has the 10 percent reduction in pay and hours, they are down to a 36-hour week at 10 percent pay cut.

The reduction scale slides. The highest-paid employees, like Mike Rizzo, are taking the largest reduction in pay. Then on down the line.

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The Nationals deciding to do this now allows their staff to know what the future holds as opposed to wondering month-to-month what decision the organization will make in regard to their job status.

Major League Baseball organizations remain uneasy about their financial future in 2020 since the season has stalled. The league and its team owners are in the midst of negotiations with the MLBPA while attempting to find a safe, revenue-satisfactory path back to the field.

Meanwhile, teams across the league are assessing their non-player finances, and the approach varies. For instance, the Anaheim Angels decided last week to furlough some non-playing employees.

In Washington, no full-time employee will be laid off because of this salary adjustment.

USA Today was first to report the Nationals’ overall decision.

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