Chargers' win not expected to save Turner's job

Chargers' win not expected to save Turner's job

SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers President Dean Spanos presented Norv Turner with a game ball after San Diego stunned the Steelers, its first regular-season victory in Pittsburgh in 15 tries.

That's the same Dean Spanos who is expected to fire Turner, most likely along with general manager A.J. Smith, shortly after this dismal season ends.

The 34-24 victory Sunday isn't expected to change anything, other than keep the Chargers mathematically, if not realistically, alive for a wild-card playoff berth at 5-8.

Turner tried to deflect talk of his future Monday, trying to keep the focus on the next opponent, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (4-9), who beat Atlanta 30-20 on Sunday.

``That's not the thing that's on my mind,'' Turner said about his job status. ``We're trying to get ready for Carolina and trying to build on what we did last week. That's where I'm at.''

Turner did say that Spanos has not yet told him he's going to be fired.

Turner and Smith got a reprieve last year when the Chargers ended the year 4-1 to finish 8-8. But Spanos said then that they'd need to win this year to save their jobs. Turner said then he expected the Chargers would have to make the playoffs this year to save their jobs.

With the Chargers apparently headed toward a third straight year out of the playoffs, Spanos isn't expected to grant another reprieve.

The best the Chargers can do this year is 8-8, which still requires them to win out. One more loss will guarantee their first losing season since 2003.

After Carolina, the Chargers travel to face the New York Jets and finish at home with the lowly Oakland Raiders.

Indianapolis leads the wild-card race at 9-4. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are next at 7-6, followed by the Jets at 6-7 and the Chargers, Buffalo, Miami and Cleveland at 5-8.

After the Chargers lost seven of their previous eight games, the victory over the Steelers left many fans wondering: ``Where has that been all season?''

``I mean, it's been there, it's just about execution,'' running back Ronnie Brown said Monday. ``You know, like we've been saying all season, when we execute, when we do it the way we're capable of doing it, the results are usually good. But unfortunately, we haven't been able to be consistent and do it for four quarters throughout the whole season.''

It was San Diego's first victory against a winning team this year.

``I don't think our effort has been an issue in the games we played,'' Turner said. ``We haven't been as efficient as we were yesterday.''

One of the biggest factors was that Philip Rivers didn't commit any turnovers and was sacked only once. The Chargers converted 12 of 22 third downs and came up with a game-changing play on a turnover. Backed up deep in his own territory, Ben Roethlisberger tried to throw a screen pass but it caromed off tight end David Paulson's rear and rolled into the end zone, where Quentin Jammer fell on it for a TD that gave the Chargers a 27-3 lead in the third quarter.

``We've been in that game a number of times, and that one play has gone against us,'' Turner said. ``Their lateral that we ended up falling on for a touchdown gave us a lead that they were not able to get back in terms of after that play. We've had some of those plays go against us.''

NOTES: Turner's son, Scott, is offensive quality control coach for the Panthers. ... Carolina coach Ron Rivera was San Diego's defensive coordinator from midway through the 2008 season through 2010. ... The Chargers are headed for another local TV blackout because nearly 13,000 tickets remain unsold before Thursday's deadline. It would be the third straight blackout and fourth this season for Southern California's only NFL team.


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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET


  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

These 2K simulations certainly do agree with the Wizards. Coming off a stunning victory over the Bucks Friday, Washington turned around on the second night of a back-to-back and beat the Lakers 73-66 at virtual Capital One Arena. 

LeBron James was a one-man wrecking crew for LA, Bradley Beal led the scoring attack for the Wizards and Thomas Bryant got revenge on the team that waived him. 

Here's how the Wizards picked up their fourth-straight 2K win. 

Offensive rebounds

The Lakers are one of the biggest teams in the NBA with James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard playing heavy minutes, but it was the Wizards who dominated the boards in this one. 

Bryant led the way for Washington on the glass with seven of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Lakers shot the ball significantly better than the Wizards (47% to 39%) but Washington was simply overwhelming them on the glass to create more opportunities. 

Washington grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and it ended being the major difference in the result. 

LeBron's one-man show

The real-life Lakers' biggest weakness is their lack of playmaking outside of James. In a game where James had everything working for him, the Lakers struggled to get anything going whenever he didn't have the ball. 

Rajon Rondo struggled mightily despite tallying eight assists (2-11 FG) and Davis had a bad game relative to his standards (10 points, one rebound, three blocks).

I'd be curious to see what virtual LeBron would have to say about his teammates after this particular game. 

Thomas Bryant's revenge

As we stated before, Bryant was waived by the Lakers after his rookie season and his virtual self took it all out on his former team Saturday night. 

He dominated the boards and once again protected the paint in a way that would make Elvin Hayes proud. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. 

With Bryant playing the way he has been the last few simulations, the Wizards' defense has been exceptional. Outside of defensive versatility, having a strong defensive center anchoring the defense is paramount to an effective unit. 

Other parting thoughts

Jerome Robinson continues to play well as a starter, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. The Wizards didn't get that long of a look at Robinson before the NBA suspended its season.

After acquiring him at the trade deadline in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, it'd be another steal by Tommy Sheppard if Robinson can play like this consistently in real life. 

Instead of erupting in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards secure a win, Beal went off for 14 points in the third this time. He finished with 24 points and went 12-for-30 from the field.

Markieff Morris made a return to DC in this one. The Lakers uniform looks weird on him. 

It's hard to capture just how quick Ish Smith is in a video game, but this spin move came pretty close. 

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