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Eagles' Reid names QB Foles starter rest of season

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Eagles' Reid names QB Foles starter rest of season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles is the quarterback of the present for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Andy Reid said Foles will remain the starter for the rest of the season, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion. The Eagles (3-9) have lost eight straight games, a strong factor in Reid's decision.

``No. 1, I just think he's playing well enough to where I think he can win football games for us,'' Reid said Monday. ``And No. 2, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I think it's the right thing to do.''

Reid made the announcement a day after Foles had his best performance in a 38-33 loss at Dallas on Sunday night. Foles, a third-round pick, has started the last three games since Vick was injured on Nov. 11.

Foles was 22 of 34 for 251 yards and one touchdown against the Cowboys. He has thrown for 793 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions and has a passer rating of 73.3.

``You see the footwork is better when he's throwing the football,'' Reid said. ``It's allowing us to add more into his repertoire of throws and he's been working very hard on that.''

Vick has struggled this season, committing 14 turnovers in nine games. He has 2,165 yards passing, 11 TDs and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 79.2.

``With Michael, we need to make sure he gets healthy,'' Reid said. ``This thing has carried on a while here now and I want to make sure he is good to go.''

Vick remains in stage four of five in his recovery and has yet to pass the final test that would allow him to be cleared to practice. The team has a five-phase recovery protocol, which is separate from the NFL-mandated concussion program.

Reid didn't even commit to having Vick back up Foles. Trent Edwards currently is the No. 2 quarterback.

``I haven't got that far, but most likely, he'll be the second guy,'' Reid said. ``We'll see how that goes. The No. 1 thing I want him to do is get healthy. That's what I want. This obviously has taken a bit and he's working his tail off to try to get it right and I just want him to get that right so he can have a nice, long career here.''

Frustrated fans have been calling for Foles to replace Vick since he had an impressive preseason playing against backups and guys who didn't make NFL rosters. His first 2 1/2 games didn't suggest he could be the team's long-term answer, but Foles played well against the Cowboys.

The Eagles are facing a critical offseason that could shape the organization for years to come. First, owner Jeffrey Lurie must decide whether to bring Reid back for a 15th season.

Whoever coaches the team, however, has to start with finding a franchise QB. If Foles stays healthy the rest of the way, he'll have seven starts under his belt. That's a decent sample for an evaluation, though not a definite indication of his potential.

The last time the Eagles had such debate over their quarterback of the future was in 1997. Bobby Hoying, a third-round pick like Foles, had a strong start. He threw for 835 yards, six TDs, one interception and had a 60.4 completion percentage and 98.0 passer rating while going 2-0-1 in his first three starts.

It was all downhill from there.

Hoying went 1-9 in his next 10 starts and lasted just two more seasons, throwing just five passes, after leaving Philadelphia following the 1998 season. Donovan McNabb was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by Reid in his first year here in 1999. McNabb was the solution for a decade, leading the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

Kevin Kolb was supposed to be McNabb's successor, but Vick stole the show with his sensational play in 2010.

Now, though, Vick appears on his way out.

Vick had a remarkable season two years ago, leading the Eagles to an NFC East title, earning a spot as the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and winning the AP Comeback Player of the Year award.

Vick then was rewarded with a $100 million contract in August 2011. Only $35.5 million of that deal is guaranteed money and Vick is due to make $15.5 million in 2013. He certainly won't get that as a backup.

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NOTES: Reid fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn and replaced him with Tommy Brasher, who served in that role with the Eagles in 1985 and from 1999-2005. ... RB LeSean McCoy is in stage three of his concussion rehab. McCoy has missed two straight games. ... Reid hinted that there could be changes in the secondary. The Eagles have allowed 16 TD passes and have no interceptions in the last six games.

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Wizards, Mystics have discussed turning Capital One Arena into a place to vote

Wizards, Mystics have discussed turning Capital One Arena into a place to vote

With a growing list of NBA teams offering their arenas as presidential polling places for this November's election, members of the Wizards and Mystics are hoping the same can be done in Washington with Capital One Arena.

Wizards center Ian Mahinmi said there have been discussions on the matter among Wizards and Mystics players, as well as members of the front office. He mentioned several by name: Bradley Beal, Natasha Cloud, Ish Smith and LaToya Sanders, a group he described as leading the charge on using the teams' platforms to create social justice change.

"This is something that we have talked about and that would be amazing," Mahinmi said.

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Voting rights and awareness has become a central issue for Mahinmi, who is originally from France. He has been studying social justice matters worldwide and feels voting can create necessary change in the United States. Mahinmi has been motivated, as many have, by recent events such as the death of George Floyd in the custody of police officers in Minneapolis.

"I think it's our job to provide a platform and to help the people that are lacking space and time to do and exercise their right. When you look around the country, across the country, and what's going on as far as the ability to vote, providing this for the people would be such a great move. I think it would be the right move for our organization," Mahinmi said.

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Mahinmi said recently he plans to wear the word 'vote' on the back of his Wizards jersey when NBA games return in Orlando. The league is allowing players to replace their names with nessages centered around social justice.

Clearly for Mahinmi, it's about more than a slogan. He, his teammates and his friends from the Mystics are looking to take action.

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Making a case for Red Tails as Washington football's new name

Making a case for Red Tails as Washington football's new name

The Washington NFL football franchise announced Monday that it would be retiring the Redskins name and logo, as has been anticipated since the team started a review of its name in the wake of sponsors calling for a change. Along with a new moniker, the change means a new brand, a new image and a new front-facing representation of how the team will be perceived by a massive audience. In the short time since FedEx became the first known sponsor to formally ask Washington to change its name, several options have been suggested online. I spoke with several marketing experts about each name, and this series uses those responses to make a case for some of the most popular suggestions.

Case for: Washington Red Tails

“Red Tails” might’ve been the favorite among fans and others on social media before “Red Wolves” started gaining traction towards the end of last week.

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The origin of the name comes from the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black pilots in the United States military. A group of Tuskegee Airmen known as the Red Tails -- because of the paint on the tails of their planes -- made up the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. The Red Tails had one of the lowest loss records of all escort fighter groups.

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Brad Nierenberg, CEO of RedPeg Marketing, an Alexandria, Virginia-based marketing agency, thinks the history of the Red Tails provides an opportunity for Washington to attach itself to a powerful story, particularly in a time where conversations about social justice have been amplified.

“The Red Tails is an incredible opportunity for [Washington]," Nierenberg said. "I don’t know of it as a major team name. I think that it allows them at this time to take a leadership role in this time of changing of understanding of social justice. And I think that their recognition of the Red Tails could be a dramatic, great first step for them as a brand that I think is overcoming… there’s a great story behind it. They can run with that story that already exists.

"And at the time to actually capitalize on this, you can get a lot of wind beneath your wings on that one. I think there’s a lot of energy there with society. I think this town would wrap their arms around it. As a company and as a team, as an ownership group, recognizing this incredible story could be powerful forever. And it’s a fighter group, it’s a fighter, it’s an overcoming odds -- there’s a tremendous story there, and I think that with today’s society doing what it is, I think it could be an incredible time for them to take advantage of this groundswell of energy. And it’s not going backwards, it’s only going forward, so I think they could be in a very positive position.”

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