NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

SAN DIEGO (4-4) At TAMPA BAY (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 4-4; Tampa Bay 5-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 8-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 16; Buccaneers No. 14

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Buccaneers 41-24, Dec. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Chiefs 31-13; Buccaneers beat Raiders 42-32





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Diego has won eight of nine games between teams, including all five played in Tampa. ... Four years ago, Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions the only time he faced Buccaneers. Ninth-year pro completed 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception in last week's 31-13 victory over AFC West rival Kansas City. ... Win over Chiefs stopped three-game slide for Chargers. Bucs have won three of four to climb back to .500 following 1-3 start. ... Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed five-year, $55.55 million contract with Tampa Bay last winter and averaging NFL-leading 22.9 yards per reception ( 31 catches for 710 yards, six touchdowns). ... Bucs offense has blossomed over past four games, with QB Josh Freeman completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,257 yards, 11 TDs and one interception. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin had 214 yards from scrimmage (135 rushing, 79 receiving) in road win at Minnesota two weeks ago. For encore, first-round draft pick out of Boise State rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to pace last week's 10-point win at Oakland. ... Tampa Bay has scored more than 28 points in four consecutive games for first time in franchise history while improving to fifth in NFL in scoring at 28.3 per game. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates shares team lead with three touchdown catches. He needs two to tie Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for most receiving TDs in club history (81). ... Chargers RB Ronnie Brown has 32 receptions, second-highest among running backs around league. ... Bucs lead NFL in rushing defense (77.3 yards per game) but last in pass defense (321.1).


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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says


Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

After already making significant changes to their roster, the Wizards may not be done this offseason, as they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN

Read this from Adrian Wojnarowski:

Still, the bidding war among Boston, Philadelphia and the Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto and Washington are among teams who've talked with San Antonio, league sources said.

The Wizards certainly make sense as a Leonard suitor. They are in the East, meaning the Spurs could trade Leonard to them and not have to worry about facing him as often. Plus, they have a solid group of tradeable assets and ones that seem to fit the Spurs model.

Otto Porter is a versatile, young player under team control who plays an unselfish style and would likely embrace playing in a small market. He also has a salary ($26M in 2018-19) that isn't far off from Leonard's ($21M in 2018-19), so the money could be easily matched.

The Wizards also have Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre, Jr., two young and up-and-coming players. Plus, they have draft picks, though ones that are unlikely to convey as lottery selections.

The Spurs have reportedly been more interested in getting players that can help now rather than draft picks to rebuild. That makes sense, as they still won 47 games last year despite Leonard only playing in nine of them due to injury.

The question in any Wizards and Spurs talks would be whether they would want one of Washington's All-Stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would be tough to imagine the Wizards parting with either guy for Leonard, who carries some risk not only because of his quadriceps injury but also because he can opt out of his contract and leave after next season.

Just because the Wizards have talked to the Spurs doesn't mean they are serious contenders for Leonard, but it does show they are serious about improving their roster this summer. If they got Leonard and didn't part with Wall and Beal, that would be some team.




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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers


Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform. 

The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports. 

That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C. 

While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.

According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.

With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.

Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.