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Jets appear close to hiring new GM

Jets appear close to hiring new GM

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets were closing in on hiring a general manager, with Seattle executive John Idzik the apparent front-runner.

The Jets, who fired Mike Tannenbaum on Dec. 31, have held a thorough interview process with the help of a search firm with about 10 candidates.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday night that the Jets were close to offering the job to Idzik, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration.

No announcement - of an offer or hiring - was expected until Friday, at the earliest.

Idzik and Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan, along with Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen, are among the finalists being considered by owner Woody Johnson and team president Neil Glat.

Johnson fired Tannenbaum after seven seasons, but chose to keep coach Rex Ryan aboard despite the team going 6-10 and missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

At a season-ending news conference last week, Johnson praised Ryan and added that a condition set for all GM candidates was that they would have to be willing to work with Ryan.

That setup - having a coach already in place for an incoming GM - was considered a possible drawback by some, but Johnson insisted it would not cause any hangups in finding a replacement for Tannenbaum.

``I never looked at it (as) kind of a precedent in terms of management,'' Johnson said. ``I've never looked at it that way. I'm looking at what's best for the New York Jets going forward, and so I made the decision on that basis.''

Johnson also said Ryan would be involved in the process, which has gone on for more than two weeks. Seven jobs opened up after the season, but only the Jets and Cleveland Browns are still looking for general managers.

The Jets have been using Jed Hughes of the search firm Korn/Ferry International to aid them in the search, which has included Tom Gamble - considered the front-runner a week ago - David Caldwell, Jerry Angelo, Marc Ross, Brian Gaine and Ted Sundquist as candidates.

Idzik has a unique skillset that may put him over the top for the Jets. His strengths include managing salaries and the salary cap, but has also worked in player personnel. He has been with the Seahawks the past six seasons after previously working in the front office for Tampa Bay and Arizona.

Idzik has a math degree from Dartmouth, where he played college football before coaching two seasons at the collegiate level at Duke and SUNY Buffalo. Idzik's father, John, was a long-time NFL coach, including a stint as the Jets' offensive coordinator from 1976-79.

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Nationals Roundup: Late Victor Robles magic not enough as Braves walk-off Nats

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Nationals Roundup: Late Victor Robles magic not enough as Braves walk-off Nats

As you would expect a first-place NL East team to do, the Atlanta Braves bounced back to even the series with Washington Friday night inside SunTrust Park. Josh Donaldson erased Victor Robles' game-tying, two-run home run with his walk-off single in the ninth. Atlanta improved to 59-40 and increased its lead over the Nationals to 6.5 games with a 4-3 final. 

Consider these notes as Washington grinds through a pivotal series in Atlanta: 

Player Notes:

Washington's first-year lefty didn't have his best stuff going Friday night in Atlanta. Patrick Corbin tossed just five innings allowing eight hits, two runs, two walks on 100 pitches. He struck out five Braves on his 30th birthday. 

The Nationals' third baseman has brought new meaning to the word 'consistency' all year long in his first season as an All-Star. Two games into this four-game series in Atlanta, Anthony Rendon has five hits, a walk, and 2 RBI.  

Victor Robles brought the fireworks in the ninth at SunTrust Park. The 22-year-old delivered a game-tying, two-run home run off Luke Jackson. The long-ball traveled a whopping 446 feet. 

The Fernando Rodney experience was alive and well. Davey Martinez made the questionable decision to bring his 42-year-old back out in the ninth for a second consecutive inning. It backfired. Just 14 of his 32 pitches were thrown for strikes. 

Injuries: 

SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 25

RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26

Coming Up:

Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Monday 7/22: Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park 

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Prospect Joe Snively was cheering outside Capital One Arena when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup

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Prospect Joe Snively was cheering outside Capital One Arena when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup

There were many incredible aspects to the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup run, but one of the best was how fans took over the streets in the Stanley Cup Final. Little did we know that a future Cap was among the faithful outside of Capital One Arena.

Forward prospect and Herndon, Va. native Joe Snively was signed as a college free agent in March 2019. He is an alum of the Little Capitals local youth hockey program and, not surprisingly given his background, he grew up as a Caps fan.

For all Washington fans, June 7, 2018, is a day that will never be forgotten as it was the day the team won its first Stanley Cup. We all have our own story of where we were that day and how we watched. Snively is no different.

“I was downtown DC outside the arena watching on the big screen,” he told Mike Vogel in an interview at the team’s development camp.

“It was a great feeling,” Snively continued. “At that time I didn’t know I’d have the opportunity to sign with the Capitals and it was an amazing feeling. I’ve been a Caps fan ever since I started watching hockey and it was great to see them after all those years in the playoffs to win the Cup. It was amazing.”

The Alex Ovechkin era is important to Washington hockey not just because he brought the city a Cup, but because of the increased interest at the youth level. Interest early on should increase the sport and the team’s popularity. That, in turn, should lead to more youth participation which should lead to a more competitive youth program and homegrown talent entering professional hockey. The increased interest from that should further boost hockey in the region thus repeating the cycle.

Snively is just the first example.

It kind of makes you wonder how many other future Caps were in that crowd watching the team win the Cup.

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