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Djokovic treats media with chocolates after win

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Djokovic treats media with chocolates after win

LONDON (AP) Always the joker, Novak Djokovic was a man bearing gifts after reaching the championship match at the ATP finals.

The top-ranked Serb beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament, then handed out chocolates to thank journalists for their ``cooperation throughout the whole year.''

``I have a little chocolate treat for everybody,'' Djokovic said after answering English questions. ``If you would be kind and accept my present to you.''

The Australian Open champion then stepped off the podium and handed out chocolates to anyone who wanted one.

After each tennis match, players are obligated to hold a news conference. Most players, including Djokovic, normally answer questions in English from the international media first and then switch to their native language for journalists from their home countries.

Djokovic, who last week walked out on court at the Paris Masters with a Darth Vader mask to celebrate Halloween, is known for his good humor. Some videos on YouTube of him impersonating rival players have gone viral.

Djokovic was originally scheduled to have his news conference about 1 hour, 20 minutes after his match ended on Sunday. But that was delayed by 15 minutes, and he didn't actually start until about 30 minutes after that.

Of course, Djokovic had a witty answer as to why he was so late - after his serious response.

``We just took a little more time to do all the post-match recovery program because I'm going to play tomorrow,'' Djokovic said. ``I needed to be fresh and ready for a press conference, as you guys always can be very challenging.''

Although Djokovic handed out the chocolates on Sunday, he'll be back for one final match on Monday. He will face Roger Federer in the final at the O2 Arena.

After Federer's 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Andy Murray in the other semifinal, the six-time champion was surprised when told of Djokovic's actions.

``That's very nice and thoughtful,'' Federer said. ``I must say, I'm impressed.''

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Not everyone thinks the Redskins need to invest more at wide receiver

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Not everyone thinks the Redskins need to invest more at wide receiver

While the rumors about the Redskins potentially trading for Marvin Jones from over the weekend were total nonsense, a reason they resonated so much with fans is because many believe Washington needs major help at wide receiver.

But during a segment of Monday's Redskins 100 show, analyst Trevor Matich assessed the position group and actually thinks that, as a whole, the team should be relatively pleased with the talent it has outside.

"I like it better than I have in recent years, especially if Paul Richardson stays healthy," Matich said.

His "especially" qualifier is a common one, and that's because Richardson is the most established wideout currently on the roster — and he still has just 1,564 career receiving yards to his name. However, a healthy Richardson (which the 'Skins never really saw in his first year, considering he got injured early in training camp and was never the same) provides Jay Gruden the field stretcher he loves to have.

Richardson isn't the only player Matich is anxious to see, though.

"Terry McLaurin, their draft choice from Ohio State, is legitimately a 4.3 guy," he said. "He gets deep down the field and catches the ball in space."

One of the biggest issues for the 2018 Redskins was a lack of speed at every single spot. In Richardson and McLaurin, the Burgundy and Gold now have a pair of pass catchers who can fly past corners, do damage 30-plus yards down the sideline and open things up for other targets as well.

Overall, in reacting to the Jones storyline, Matich really doesn't see a huge need for the organization to make any additions to that collection of pieces. 

"I think that when you take a look at all the other guys, Trey Quinn in the slot, things like that, this receiving corps is fine," he said. "It's not desperate. They don't need to invest resources to bring extra people in."

Now, is "fine" and "not desperate" the level the front office and coaches want their receivers to be? Of course not. But Matich's stance is intriguing, because he's content with who'll be lining up there while plenty of others absolutely don't see it that way and feel a trade would be prudent.

If you're in that second group, recent history indicates this is the dead zone for NFL deals. So try not to waste your time refreshing Twitter over and over and over.

Perhaps Washington gets to Richmond and, after a few weeks of practices and a couple of exhibition contests, realizes their depth chart could use another name. Or maybe an injury happens and forces their hand. But according to Matich, as of now, the offense can function with the parts it has in place.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Aside from the battle at left guard, the Ravens also have a battle going on at wide receiver. 13 of the 90-man roster are wide receivers, and when asked who have been standouts at practice thus far, many said Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster. 

2. Just for fun: The Ravens' team photographer Shawn Hubbard took these amazing portraits of the team that will get you hyped up for this season.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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