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NFL Capsule: Colts at Jaguars

NFL Capsule: Colts at Jaguars

INDIANAPOLIS (5-3) At JACKSONVILLE (1-7)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Colts by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD- Indianapolis 5-3; Jacksonville 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Colts lead 15-8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 12; Jaguars No. 31

LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Colts 22-17, Sept. 23

LAST WEEK - Colts beat Dolphins 23-20; Jaguars lost to Lions 31-14

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (19T), PASS (6)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (25), PASS (11T)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (28), PASS (32)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Road teams in Thursday night games are 2-6 this season. Road teams went 2-7 on Thursdays in 2011. ... Colts have won three in row, pulling out close games against Cleveland, Tennessee and Miami. ... Indy has dropped three in row in series, franchise's longest losing streak against Jags. ... Colts lost first meeting against Jacksonville this season on an 80-yard TD pass from Blaine Gabbert to Cecil Shorts III in final minute. Indy took 17-16 lead with 56 seconds remaining only to see it evaporate with one play. ... Colts finished with 516 yards last week against Miami, most since amassing 567 against Tennessee in 2004. QB Andrew Luck threw for 433 yards, breaking NFL rookie record for a single game. ... Jaguars 6-21 in their last 27 games, with three wins coming against Colts. ... Jacksonville has dropped five in row since beating Indianapolis and is 0-4 at home, losing to Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago and Detroit by combined score of 126-34. ... Jaguars have lost eight of last nine prime-time games, including three straight on Thursday. ... PK Josh Scobee has made 20 consecutive field-goal attempts, tying franchise record set by Mike Hollis. ... Jaguars have gone 19 games without scoring touchdown on opening possession. ... Game part of Jacksonville's tribute to military. More than 8,000 tickets were donated to active, retired and reserve military members and their dependents. Goal posts will be wrapped in camouflage. World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans will be recognized during pre-game festivities. And more than 200 military recruits will be inducted into service at halftime.

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Beats by Scherz: Why Scherzer chose Dr. Dre song as his walk-up music

Beats by Scherz: Why Scherzer chose Dr. Dre song as his walk-up music

NEW YORK – A few constants remain during this wayward Nationals season. One is Max Scherzer.

Scherzer comes into Tuesday leading the National League in innings pitched and strikeouts. He's second in strikeouts per nine innings and third in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Scherzer's 3.72 ERA is well above his average of 2.71 since arriving in Washington in 2015. However, his FIP (fielding-independent pitching) is a league-leading 2.45, showing he has been victimized by bad defense more than bad pitching.

He hopped on a pop-up edition of The Racing Presidents podcast Tuesday in New York. Sitting in the visitors dugout a day ahead of another matchup with 2018 Cy Young Award Jacob deGrom, Scherzer touched on lighter topics, like his selection of Dr. Dre's "Still Dre" as his walkup song, and addressed who is responsible for the Nationals being seven games under .500 the last year-plus.

We're all responsible," Scherzer said. "When you wear a hat and jersey that says Nationals on it, we're all in the same position. It's frustrating to not have a winning record. It's frustrating not to be winning as a team. [Since] I've been here, we've won a couple division titles and you know that feeling of what it's like to win. You know you have the core group of players who have won here in the past that can win here again. It's just a matter of figuring out what the right chemistry is and going out there and getting it done."

Scherzer is in his 12th major-league season. He's made at least 30 starts for 10 consecutive seasons. One of the reasons for his lack of injuries and durability is not because he goes through extensive recuperation during the offseason. Instead, Scherzer keeps pushing both his arm and body. 

"I try to find a way to continue to do more, to take more on my body even as I age," Scherzer said.

And, about that walkup song, which is part-protest, part-comeback song? He was out to dinner with reliever Aaron Barrett when it popped on and Barrett suggested it as this year's entrance music.

So, click below to listen to everything Scherzer had to say in our exclusive interview. Also, don't forget to download, rate and subscribe to The Racing Presidents podcast. We're with you after every game and with marquee interviews and insight you can't find elsewhere.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Bruno Fernando

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Bruno Fernando

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Bruno Fernando

School: Maryland
Position: Center
Age: 20 (turns 21 in August)
Height: 6-10
Weight: 237
Wingspan: 7-3
Max vertical: 33.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 13.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.9 bpg, 60.7 FG% (5.1/8.4), 30.0 3PT% (0.1/0.3), 77.9 FT%

Player comparison: Jusuf Nurkic, Bam Adebayo

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 24th, NBADraft.net 12th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 28th, Ringer 37th

5 things to know:

*Fernando tested the NBA draft waters last year before returning to school and clearly helped his stock by doing so. He went from a likely second round pick to someone who could fall in the lottery. Fernando is ranked in most mock drafts as the third-best big man in this draft behind Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes.

*He is one of the best rebounders in this class. He averaged 10.9 boards per game as a sophomore and had five games of 15 or more. That includes a 19-rebound performance against Nebraska on Feb. 6. Fernando is a strong, physical forward so there is reason to believe those skills will translate to the next level.

*Concerns about Fernando include his lack of an outside shot. He attempted only 13 threes in college and did most of his damage around the rim. But the potential for Fernando to become a reliable scorer in the NBA appear to be there. He has soft touch around the rim and can finish with power.

*Defensively, Fernando needs some work. He has the physical tools with his size and long arms, and he averaged 1.9 blocks per game in college, but some evaluatiors criticize his defensive instincts and discipline. As long as Fernando can block shots and rebound in the NBA, he should be fine on that end of the floor.

*Fernando is originally from the country of Angola and has played for their national team in several international tournaments. Angola basketball is famous for being the subject of one of Charles Barkley's most memorable quotes. During the 1992 Olympics, he said of USA's next opponent: "I don't know anything about Angola, but I know they're in trouble."

Fit with Wizards: Fernando would fit the Wizards in a variety of ways. Rim protection and rebounding are their biggest needs and he would help them to different degrees in both areas. With rebounding in particular, he could be a big plus.

But two questions about Fernando could give the Wizards pause. One is if they can justify taking him ninth when he may fall into the teens and second is what his ceiling will ultimately be. Does he have All-Star potential or will he top out as an Enes Kanter-type rebounding specialist?

Ideally, the Wizards would find someone with very high upside to give them hope for a true franchise building block moving forward. There may be better options than Fernando at No. 9, even if they play positions that are less of a need for the Wizards.

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