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Brees: Payton, Vitt, Loomis part of TD record

Brees: Payton, Vitt, Loomis part of TD record

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees says Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt all played an important role in putting him in position to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. They deserve a chance to be in the Superdome if it happens Sunday night.

Brees says he appreciates NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to allow Payton, Loomis and Vitt, who are all serving various suspensions in connection with the league's bounty investigation, to attend the game if they wish.

Brees says he hopes they'll all come. The NFL says the three men may watch in a private area, but may not have contact with the team.

If Brees throws a touchdown pass against San Diego, it will be the 48th straight game he's done so.

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Trea Turner hits for cycle against Rockies for the second time in his career

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Trea Turner hits for cycle against Rockies for the second time in his career

For the second time in his career, Trea Turner has hit for the cycle against the Rockies. This time, he did it in Nats Park. 

Turner started his day in the first inning with a solo shot to left-center to open the scoring for the Nationals. A fortunate bounce yielded an infield single in the second inning, and he smashed a liner into the right-field corner in the fifth. A double for most players, Turner's trademark speed enabled him to stretch it into a triple.

With a comfortable 8-0 lead in the seventh, Turner sent a 98 mph fastball into the gap in right-center field, completing the cycle and capping off an incredible night for the Nats. 

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season, and the 27th since 1908 to do it multiple times in his career

 

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Mark Sanchez makes the jump to ESPN after surviving Josh Norman's Broadcasting Bootcamp

Mark Sanchez makes the jump to ESPN after surviving Josh Norman's Broadcasting Bootcamp

In case you haven't heard, eight-year NFL veteran Mark Sanchez called it a career on Tuesday. He'll move on to television, working with ESPN as a college football analyst.

Former Redskins teammate, albeit briefly, Josh Norman shared his congratulations on Twitter.

According to our records, this is the first Josh Norman Broadcasting Bootcamp attendee to make the jump to ESPN. He is also the only attendee according to our records.

Last season Sanchez played two games in Washington before he suffered a season-ending injury. 

As comical as it was at times to see 'the Sanchize' on the field, he's due to be as entertaining in the booth. As evidenced in the video he has no issue poking fun at himself. Moving to college football goes back to where he had a majority of his success on the gridiron. 

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