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Bucks welcome back F Dunleavy

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Bucks welcome back F Dunleavy

MILWAUKEE (AP) There was no one happier to see Milwaukee reserve forward Mike Dunleavy return to the court this week than Bucks coach Scott Skiles.

Dunleavy, the Bucks' top reserve, missed seven games with a bone bruise on his left knee, leaving Milwaukee without the firepower off the bench that Skiles had gotten used to over the first few weeks of the season.

``Glad to have Mike back,'' Skiles said. ``He's been out longer than we thought, longer than he thought, longer than we wanted. He's been our best shooter so it will be good to have him back.''

Dunleavy went out and proved his coach right, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds in a 98-93 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night. He grabbed a key rebound of his own missed 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining and scored to keep the Bucks in front.

The 10-year veteran played 27 minutes in his return and was on the court when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter.

``It didn't seem like he had been out,'' Skiles said. ``He's not known for being a great athlete. He is really long and he has a really great basketball set. When he is around the rim, usually something good happens.''

Dunleavy said it just felt good to be back on the court and to contribute to the win.

``I felt very comfortable out there,'' said Dunleavy, who hit 3 of 5 3-pointers. ``I feel like my condition is a little bit down, but I felt good. I hate missing games, but it's good to be back and good to get a win. It was a dog fight. We were fortunate enough to get a win.''

Dunleavy followed up by playing 26 minutes on Wednesday night, getting seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in a 90-80 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Before Wednesday night's game, Dunleavy was averaging 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He scored 29 points Nov. 3 to help the Bucks beat Cleveland 105-102.

Skiles said Dunleavy's shooting ability will help the Bucks, who have struggled shooting in recent weeks.

``You just got to make them,'' Skiles said. ``This is professional basketball. You have to go out there and you have to make shots.''

Pacers coach Frank Vogel knows all about Dunleavy's shooting ability and was wary to see him return against the Pacers. He spent almost five seasons with Indiana, averaging 19.1 points during the 2007-08 season.

``We know what he's capable of, obviously, having been with our team for a number of years,'' Vogel said. ``They're a struggling 3-point shooting team. So to have him back in the lineup should give them a big lift.''

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Report: PepsiCo joins FedEx as latest Redskins sponsor to request name change

Report: PepsiCo joins FedEx as latest Redskins sponsor to request name change

One week after a group of shareholders and investment groups worth a combined $620 billion reportedly threatened to end their relationships with Redskins sponsors PepsiCo, FedEx and Nike if the team didn’t change its name, all three companies have made steps toward pressuring Washington to do so.

According to NBC4, PepsiCo made a formal request Friday that the team retire the controversial name Redskins despite owner Dan Snyder maintaining for years that he would never change it.

“We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue. We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership," a company spokesperson said in a statement, per NBC4.

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The request comes only a day after FedEx issued its own request for a new name and Nike removed all Redskins apparel from its website. Snyder released a statement Friday morning indicating the franchise would conduct a “thorough review” of the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said via the statement.

The franchise has had the name Redskins since its second season in 1933, when it still played in Boston. Snyder bought the team in 1999 for $750 million.

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Reports: Redskins' name review is expected to result in a name change

Reports: Redskins' name review is expected to result in a name change

The Washington Redskins are going to conduct a "thorough review" of the team's name. That review is anticipated to result in a new team name according to the Washington Post and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

“You know where this leads," a person familiar with the league discussions told the Post, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They’re working on that process [of changing the name]. It will end with a new name. (Redskins owner) Dan [Snyder] has been listening to different people over the last number of weeks.”

Apparently, the name change has been a topic of discussion between the Redskins and the NFL for a while now. If the two sides have been discussing the controversial name for weeks, this review is not directly from the increased pressure from the public and sponsors.

A statement from Roger Goodell says that he and the league "are supportive of this important step," to the review of the name. 

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There is no timetable on when the name would change according to these reports. Previous name changes, often for relocations or the formation of new name changes, take years of preparation. If there is an announced name change it may not be ready to rebrand all of the NFL properties for the 2020 season.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said in the team's statement.

Back in 2013, Snyder was strongly against the name change. However, his recent statement with pressure from sponsors FedEx, Nike and others suggest that his position is changing. Throughout the history of the controversy of the name, this appears to be the closest Washington has come to changing their moniker. 

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