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Lions GM Mayhew looking forward after 4-12 season

Lions GM Mayhew looking forward after 4-12 season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Martin Mayhew was asked almost immediately if he expects to return as Detroit's general manager - and if Lions coach Jim Schwartz will be back to after a disappointing 4-12 season.

``As far as I know, we're going to be back,'' he said matter-of-factly, adding that he's already spoken with ownership and discussed his plans going forward.

With that out of the way, Mayhew spoke with reporters for about 45 minutes Wednesday night about how the Lions can improve after losing their final eight games of the season. Mayhew helped rebuild Detroit into a playoff team in 2011, but this year was a humbling one, and the pressure is on.

``I think that's the nature of the NFL,'' Mayhew said. ``You're here to win football games, so any time you only win four you better have a sense of urgency.''

Mayhew said wide receiver Titus Young was back at the team's facility for an exit physical. Young was exiled by the Lions in November for what Schwartz described as poor behavior. Mayhew now seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach on whether Young will return to the team.

``I had a great conversation with him, and he met with Jim,'' Mayhew said. ``A lot of time between now and when he has to come back, and I think there's a lot that has to happen between now and then, and we'll decide that at the appropriate time.''

Running back Jahvid Best also faces an uncertain future after missing the whole season because of a concussion sustained in 2011. Mayhew said he made a mistake last offseason by counting on Best to return.

``This is a new era with regard to treatment of head injuries and the caution that we're taking with head injuries,'' Mayhew said.

Last offseason, Detroit signed Calvin Johnson to a new contract, and he responded with a record 1,964 yards receiving. Quarterback Matthew Stafford could be the next key player with a new deal, especially if it can help Detroit clear salary cap space.

``We'll make an effort to renegotiate or extend Matthew Stafford,'' Mayhew said. ``We'll free up some cap room doing that, hopefully.''

The Lions will pick fifth in this year's draft. It's their highest selection since taking defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh second overall in 2010, but it's also their fourth top-five pick since 2007. Stafford (first in 2009) and Johnson (second in 2007) were drafted high and helped give the Lions an impressive young nucleus.

But after a failed attempt to go back to the postseason, Mayhew has to be open to making changes to the rest of the roster.

``Obviously, coming off this season, we want to take a look at everything that we're doing,'' Mayhew said. ``Clearly, we're not good enough.''

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

At the start of the Women's World Cup, Team USA's third match––against Sweden––was marked as a key game in the group stage of the tournament. 

While the U.S. entered the tournament as the reigning champions and the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history, the pain of an early exit in the 2016 Olympics still lingered in the air. Back in Rio, it was Sweden that ended the USWNT's fight for the gold, keeping the U.S. off the podium for the first time in history. 

Both Sweden and the U.S. enter the final match of the group stage with six points, after they each defeated Thailand and Chile. While both teams have already secured spots in the knockout round, in order for the U.S. to top the group it needs a win over Sweden on Thursday. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. SWEDEN

Who: Team USA vs. Sweden, Group F
What: Game 3 Women's World Cup
When: Thursday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Océane, Le Havre, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • On a Roll: When Carli Lloyd scored agaisnt Chile on Sunday, it marked the sixth consecutive World Cup game in which the forward had scored. 
  • Saving the Day: Both goalkeepers, Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl and the U.S.'s Alyssa Naeher, have three saves apiece after two games. Lindahl has given up one goal, while Naeher has held opponents scoreless so far in the tournament. 

 

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Norway (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Nigeria (1-2-0, 3 pts.), Korea Republic (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Germany (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Spain (1-1-1, 4 pts.), China PR (1-1-1, 4 pts.), South Africa (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Italy (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Australia ((2-1-0, 6 pts.), Brazil (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Jamaica (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Japan (1-0-1, 4 pts.), Argentina (0-1-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Canada (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 pts.), New Zealand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Sweden (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Chile (0-2-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)


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Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to the Jazz

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Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to the Jazz

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah Jazz.

The person says the Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade.

ESPN.com first reported the deal, which it says also includes Utah's No. 23 pick overall in Thursday night's draft. 

Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left in 2017 as free agents, and Memphis traded Marc Gasol to Toronto in February, splitting up a duo that had been the NBA's longest-tenured teammates. Gasol went on to help the Raptors win their first NBA title.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has since confirmed that Memphis will also be receiving a 2020 protected first-round pick, which will either convey as a late-lottery pick in 2020 and 2021 or become a lightly-protected pick from 2022-2024. 

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