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Dolphins' Pouncey on Jets' Maybin: 'He's a joke'

Dolphins' Pouncey on Jets' Maybin: 'He's a joke'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Mike Pouncey took his turn at firing up the back-and-forth banter between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

The Dolphins center was angered Thursday by comments made by Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin, who told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday that New York wants to ``knock out'' Miami running back Reggie Bush, ``but we're out to do it legally.''

``I don't even know why Aaron Maybin is talking,'' Pouncey told reporters in Miami. ``He's done nothing in this league to even open his mouth. I don't even want to talk about him. He's a joke.

``I think it's just him just wanting to get his name get said in the NFL. I think that's all it is.''

Maybin said he had ``no thoughts, no words'' in response to Pouncey's comments, and added that he never intended to stir things up with what he said.

``There was no trash talk coming from this side,'' Maybin said. ``Basically, I'll say the same thing I said yesterday: In order for us to beat Miami, we have to stop the run and that means eliminating Reggie Bush. However people wanted to take that out of context, that's fine, but I'm not going to get into it.''

Maybin insisted he wasn't offended by what was said by Pouncey, including the center taking a shot at the linebacker's limited playing time by saying he would have to be ``on punt team to say something'' on the field to him.

``Trash talk, it's all for the newspapers,'' Maybin said. ``I didn't have any of that for you yesterday. I don't have any today.''

The Jets (3-4) and Dolphins (3-3) play at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The testiness started Wednesday when Jets coach Rex Ryan said he thought Bush should apologize for his comments that Darrelle Revis getting hurt the last time the teams played was karma. Bush took exception to Ryan saying before that game on Sept. 23 that the Jets were going to put ``hot sauce'' on him. The running back ended up injuring his left knee in the game, although it wasn't serious - but his production has tailed off since he was hurt.

Ryan clarified after the game that he used ``hot sauce'' as a term to mean the Jets would put a lot of attention on Bush, not try to injure him.

``I apologized for my comment,'' Ryan said Wednesday. ``I expect him to do the same.''

Bush said he didn't buy Ryan's apology, and added that it was the Jets who caused the friction in the first place.

Jets safety LaRon Landry was told of Bush's comments, and said he didn't want to add to a war of words - but then added to it all. Landry was involved in the play in which Bush was injured.

``I'm grateful for another opportunity to play this guy, and he will remember that hit,'' Landry said Wednesday. ``Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit. If I'm in the box or I'm coming downhill, whatever, he will remember that hit. I don't worry about what those guys say.''

Pouncey heard those comments, too, but gave Landry a pass.

``I respect LaRon Landry,'' he said. ``He's a great football player. He's going to make a lot of plays. He plays hard. I can understand it from him. But Aaron Maybin? It makes no sense.''

Several Dolphins players, including Kevin Burnett, Anthony Fasano and Sean Smith preferred to brush off all the trash talk, while others said it's just a part of an always-heated rivalry.

``We'll protect our own guy,'' defensive tackle Randy Starks said. ``It's a brotherhood in here, so if something happens, you can expect some retaliation.''

Starks added that the Jets have always been the kind of team that does a lot of yapping.

``If that's what they want to do, go ahead and do that,'' he said. ``We'll do our talking on the field and we'll see what's going to happen on Sunday.''

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this story.

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

This summer is shaping up to be lucrative for NBA free agents and big man Bobby Portis is well-positioned to cash in. After spending the final three months of the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, Portis is already seeing a healthy market develop ahead of the June 30 start of the league's negotiating period, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Wizards are likely to first extend a qualifying offer on June 30 to make him a restricted free agent. According to Spotrac.com, it will be about $3.6 million and that will give the Wizards the right to match an offer sheet from another franchise.

But teams are already indicating they want Portis, who is just 24 and coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 50 games. That market includes 5-10 teams and could grow once free agency opens.

Portis is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks among others, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Despite restricted free agency, Portis has a few things working for him. For one, there are a lot of teams with cap room. Spending won't reach 2016 levels, when the new CBA spiked the salary cap, but there will a lot of money to go around.

Also, guys in Portis' tier will only be helped if the top free agent options continue to dwindle. Klay Thompson looks more likely than ever to stay in Golden State after tearing his ACL. Winning a title could increase the odds Kawhi Leonard re-signs in Toronto, according to reports. And Kevin Durant's torn Achilles has thrown a wrench into the plans of teams with the most money to spend.

There is also the possibility Kemba Walker stays in Charlotte. And Kyrie Irving signing with Brooklyn, if it happens, would leave others exploring backup plans.

Portis isn't directly competing with any of those players, but could benefit if the top options are off the market. His name will only move up the list if that is the case.

Portis also has a unique selling point going for him. He shot 39.3 percent from three this past season and held a 40.3 percent clip to close the year in his 28 games with the Wizards. Three-point shooting is more valuable than ever and he brings that to the table at 6-foot-10.

Portis, who averaged 3.8 three-point attempts per game this past season, was one of only six players 6-10 or taller to shoot at least 39 percent on 3.5 attempts or more (min. 50 G). 

The question for Portis will be whether he gets the money he wants. He turned down an extension with the Chicago Bulls last fall just hours before the deadline to sign one. According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal was worth about $50 million and he wants to be paid in the range of $16 million annually. His asking price was partly why the Bulls traded him to the Wizards in February.

Even if the Wizards clear money, and they are expected to free up some by declining Jabari Parker's $20 million team option by the June 29 deadline, Portis could price himself out of Washington. It might not even take $16 million per year for that to happen.

The Wizards are set to operate through free agency with interim team president Tommy Sheppard at the helm, as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Sheppard making the call increases Portis' odds of staying, but that doesn't mean the price will match for both sides.

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