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NFL Capsule: Panthers at Chargers

NFL Capsule: Panthers at Chargers

CAROLINA (4-9) At SAN DIEGO (5-8)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 6-7; San Diego 6-7

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 21; Panthers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Chargers 26-24, Sept. 7, 2008

LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Falcons 30-20; Chargers beat Steelers 34-24

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11T), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (21), PASS (12)

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (19)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (4), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Second-year Carolina coach Ron Rivera faces former employer. Was inside linebackers coach from 2007 until being promoted to defensive coordinator after Ted Cottrell fired following eighth game of 2008 season. ... Scott Turner, son of Chargers coach Norv Turner, is Carolina's offensive quality control coach. ... Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski followed Rivera from San Diego to Carolina; was Chargers' tight ends coach from 2005-06, 2009-10. ... Teams ``switched'' defensive backs coaches before season, with Steven Wilks going from Chargers to Panthers and Ron Meeks from Panthers to Chargers. ... Former Chargers assistant GM Marty Hurney fired as Carolina's GM after 1-5 start. ... Norv Turner 112-121-1 overall in head coaching stints with Washington, Oakland, San Diego. ... Panthers looking for first back-to-back wins since last December. ... Panthers LB Luke Kuechly making strong push for defensive rookie of year by leading NFL with 131 tackles. ... Panthers held Falcons to 35 yards rushing. ... Panthers QB Cam Newton coming off huge game vs. Falcons, completing 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns; ran for 116 yards. Completed 72-yard scoring run with somersault into end zone before getting to feet, pretending to rip open shirt like Superman. ... By comparison, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has no 100-yard games this season. His best was 95 yards in loss at Cleveland. ... Newton leads Panthers with 640 yards rushing; Mathews leads Chargers with 685 yards. ... Newton became first in NFL history with 250-plus yards passing, 100-plus yards rushing, a passing TD and a rushing TD in game. ... Dante Rosario, now backup TE for Chargers, caught game-winning, 14-yard TD pass from Jake Delhomme as time expired to lift Panthers to win at San Diego in 2008 season-opener. Rosario has five receptions since three-TD performance in win vs. Tennessee Sept. 16. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates hasn't caught TD pass in four games, leaving him one shy of matching Lance Alworth's team record 81. ... Chargers WR Robert Meachem, signed as free agent to help replace Vincent Jackson, hasn't been thrown a pass in three straight games. Meachem fell out of favor after dropping potential TD pass in 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Oct. 28. ... Chargers expecting third straight TV blackout in Southern California and fourth this season.

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Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Rui Hachimura has had an impressive rookie season, even if there were some struggles along the way. But, was his first NBA campaign impressive enough to land an NBA All-Rookie First Team nod?

According to NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh, the answer is a clear yes.

“He does, in my book he’s first-team all-rookie," Haberstroh said Sunday on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Pregame Live.

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Haberstroh understands that Hachimura may not get the same attention as other big-name rookies such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, but that shouldn't take away from his body of work. Though there were some tough showings at points during the campaign, which is to be expected, Hachimura established himself as a solid scorer. 

Yet, what is more impressive to Haberstroh than the 13.4 points per game as a rookie is how Hachimura kept that scoring total despite Washington's situation. The forward was thrown right into the middle of a young roster and asked to create shots. The analyst also noted that Hachimura started playing the sport of basketball at a much later age than other rookies and he's still competing at the same level.

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Hachimura also didn't have the luxury of John Wall, a point guard who could've helped him find more shot opportunities. For times throughout the season, he was asked to be one of "the guys" in Washington, which is no easy task for a rookie. When looking at what he did and who he did it with, Haberstroh thinks the All-Rookie honor makes sense. 

“The minutes that he played, the consistency from a scoring standpoint and the fact that he didn’t have a true playmaker to work with, John Wall out for the season," Haberstroh said. “It’s really been an impressive year for Rui Hachimura and I think he’s done a very, very good job considering the environment that seemed like guys were dropping left and right.”

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‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

Stephen Strasburg made his 2020 debut Sunday after missing the first two and a half weeks of the season with a nerve issue in his throwing hand. But before he could take the mound, the Nationals put up a video on the jumbotron of another Stephen Strasburg catching the first pitch.

“Stephen Strasburg” was adopted from the Humane Rescue Center by Nationals fan Mary Elizabeth Pratt just before last fall’s World Series. Her pitch was a little bit outside but Stephen had no problem scooping it up and running it back over to her.

The baseball-playing Stephen Strasburg is coming off a year in which he won World Series MVP honors and signed a seven-year extension to remain with the Nationals.

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