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Nicole Darin joins Comcast SportsNet as anchor and reporter

Nicole Darin joins Comcast SportsNet as anchor and reporter

Bethesda, Md. (Nov. 1, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, has named Nicole Darin anchor and reporter. She begins her new role Nov. 5.
 
Darin, who has more than six years of sports media experience, joins a veteran team of anchors, reporters and digital media journalists who provide comprehensive regional sports coverage for Comcast SportsNet. In her new position, she will serve as an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, and will contribute to the network’s other sports news and entertainment programming.
 
Darin joins the network from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she has served as a freelance anchor and reporter since September. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for WTSP-TV (CBS) in Tampa, Fla. In addition to anchoring WTSP’s daily sports segments and covering area teams and events, she co-hosted professional and college football pre- and post-game shows and led a weekly sports program.
 
Before joining WTSP-TV, Darin spent time as an anchor and reporter covering professional, college and high school sports in Charlotte, N.C., for WBTV-TV (CBS). She also gained experience as sports director for WCBL-TV (CN2 News) in Rock Hill, S.C., and KAWE-TV (PBS) in Bemidji, Minn., where she led the stations’ sports coverage. Darin began her television career with KRDO-TV (ABC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was a reporter and producer for two years.
 
A Bronx, N.Y., native, Darin graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a communications degree. As a student, she was a broadcasting intern for Altitude Sports & Entertainment, assisting with the regional sports network’s coverage of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets.

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

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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 according to a new report by ESPN, they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard.

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

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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.

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