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Staggering Suns 'part ways' with coach Gentry

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Staggering Suns 'part ways' with coach Gentry

PHOENIX (AP) Alvin Gentry had a successful run with Steve Nash and the previous version of the Phoenix Suns, leading them to the 2010 Western Conference finals.

Gentry didn't mesh quite as well with the new bunch at Planet Orange and it cost him his job.

Unable to get a revamped roster headed in the right direction, Gentry and the last-place Suns agreed to part ways on Friday, ending the five-year run of one of the franchise's most popular coaches.

The team said an interim coach from within the organization is expected to be named in the next 24 to 48 hours.

``Alvin Gentry is a good coach and a good person,'' Suns vice president of basketball operations Lon Babby said from the US Airways Center. ``He was the perfect coach for our previous group. But with the current group, all of us, including Alvin himself, realized that it just wasn't working, the pieces just weren't fitting.''

Phoenix's head coach since Terry Porter was fired at the All-Star break in 2009, Gentry got the Suns back to the freewheeling ways of former coach Mike D'Antoni, his one-time boss.

Led by Nash, a two-time league MVP, the fast-paced style worked early on, with the Suns going 54-28 and reaching the Western Conference finals in Gentry's first full season as coach.

After that, Phoenix had mixed results, struggling to find a go-to scorer when power forward Amar'e Stoudemire turned down a deal to return to the desert and signed with the New York Knicks.

The Suns underwent a complete overhaul over the summer, when Nash went to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal, All-Star forward Grant Hill left for the Clippers and nine new players were added to the roster.

The new-look Suns struggled from the start and went into a deeper tailspin over the past month or so, losing 13 of 15 and four straight at home. Their 13-28 record is the worst in the Western Conference and leaves them 18 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division heading into Friday's games.

After a 98-94 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night, one that ended the Bucks' 24-game losing streak in Phoenix, Gentry met with Babby and Suns managing partner Robert Sarver, coming to the conclusion that his tenure in the desert should end.

Gentry went 158-144 during his stint with the Suns.

``After nine years with the Suns, the organization and I came to a mutual agreement to go in different directions,'' Gentry said in a statement. ``I have the utmost respect for Robert and what he's done with the organization. It's unfortunate that I was unable to accomplish what I set out to do here.''

Gentry, who was in the final year of his contract, has been in coaching for three decades, including stints as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat.

He came to the Suns as an assistant to D'Antoni and stayed on Porter's staff when D'Antoni left for the Knicks. Gentry was named interim coach when Porter was fired and stayed on as the permanent head coach.

He had some success with the up-tempo style D'Antoni had championed, but the Suns lacked a true scorer and struggled defensively, missing the playoffs the previous two seasons.

When Phoenix opted not to sign Nash with an eye toward rebuilding, Babby and general manager Lance Blanks blew up its roster. Gentry continuously tried new lineups to find a spark, but nothing seemed to work as crowds at the once boisterous US Airways Center started to dwindle.

Gentry recently said it might be better for the team to turn to its younger players and look toward the future, but now it will be without him at the helm.

``It wasn't that we weren't winning enough games so much as a feel that we weren't progressing, that we were regressing,'' Babby said. ``We can't have that. We've got to have our closure moving forward. We didn't feel like we were moving forward and I don't think Alvin felt like we were moving forward.''

The Suns don't play again until Wednesday, when they're at Sacramento.

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Who is Josh Woodrum? Three facts about the former AAF and new Redskins QB

Who is Josh Woodrum? Three facts about the former AAF and new Redskins QB

The search for "QBX" — the term the Redskins Talk podcast has given to the unidentified third passer the team should add to their roster — is over.

Well, it probably isn't. But regardless, Washington does have a new signal caller. 

On Thursday, the Redskins reportedly signed Josh Woodrum, who last played in the AAF for the Salt Lake Stallions. He's also been a part of plenty of NFL teams, but mostly in practice squad stints and for brief preseason action.

Here are three things to know about the 26-year-old.

1) He was at his best with the Ravens in 2017

This comes with the caveat, of course, that he has yet to appear in a real NFL game. With that being said, he did ball out for Baltimore in the 2017 exhibition portion.

Overall, he finished 25 of 36 for 321 yards and four total TDs. He was still cut before Week 1, but for someone who's bounced around with other franchises like Giants, Bears, Colts, Browns and Bills, it was by far his best stretch.

2) He's a former first-round pick... of the AAF QB Draft

OK, so he was undrafted by the NFL. When it comes to the AAF, though, Woodrum was a first-rounder. 

Actually, "first-rounder" might be a better way to put it. The Stallions took him eighth overall (of eight teams) in the league's four-round QB Draft.

In seven starts for Salt Lake, Woodrum completed just over 64 percent of his passes and posted a 6:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The team finished 3-5 before, well, the whole thing shut down.

3) He's a local guy   

Sure, it's not like he's from right down the road from the team's headquarters, but Woodrum's hometown is Roanoke, Va. and he played at Liberty University. Joining the Burgundy and Gold will be a quasi-homecoming for a QB who just spent a good chunk of time out in Utah.

Here's a bonus fact, since you've made it this far into a Josh Woodrum blog: It looks like he likes the Chainsmokers. That means he should get a long-term deal immediately and probably also start in September, too.

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2019 NFL Draft: Updated Big Board expands to 100, Nick Bosa rises above all

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2019 NFL Draft: Updated Big Board expands to 100, Nick Bosa rises above all

We are officially one week away from the start of the three-day 2019 NFL Draft. Therefore, it’s time for a Big Board update.

This Big Board doubles in size from 50 to 100. Two defensive linemen, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, remain at the top while Maryland safety Darnell Savage steadily keeps moving up the list.

Make sure to check out the updated two-round NFL mock draft and our look at different 7-round, Redskins-only mock drafts. Paths oneand two are available now. But first…

Here is the updated Big Board of the top 100 prospects in the NFL Draft. Consider this a combination of some film review, homework and NFL voices rather than just my personal list.

1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State                                      

2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama                                          

3. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky                                      

4. Devin White, LB, LSU                               

5. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston                                           

6. Montez Sweat, DE, Miss. St.                                  

7. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa                                       

8. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma                                 

9. Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan                                      

10. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson                                          

11. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida                                  

12. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama                                            

13. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson                          

14. Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma                                  

15. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Miss. State                       

16. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia                                              

17. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington                                        

18. Brian Burns, DE, Florida State                                            

19. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU                                    

20. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson                                                  

21. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma                                      

22. Johnathan Abram, S, Miss. St.                                            

23. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame                              

24. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State                                        

25. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State                                            

26. Andre Dillard, OT, Wash. State                                          

27. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State  

28. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State                                       

29. Chris Lindstrom, G, BC                                          

30. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington                                

31. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi                                 

32. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa                              

33. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi                                            

34. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M                                  

35. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama                                  

36.Daniel Jones, QB, Duke                                      

37. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri                                          

38. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple                                      

39. Darnell Savage, S, Maryland                                

40. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama                                         

41. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington                                        

42. Nassir Adderley, FS, Delaware                                           

43. Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan                                           

44. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State                                       

45. Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech                                           

46. L.J Collier, DE, TCU                                 

47. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia                                     

48. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama                                  

49. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State                                        

50. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida                                           

51. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State                                           

52. Oshane Ximines, DE, ODU                                   

53. Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State                                 

54. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State                                       

55. Connor McGovern, G, Penn State                                     

56. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia                                    

57. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame                              

58. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State                                   

59. Gerald Willis, DT, Miami                                       

60. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama                                        

61. Ryan Finley, QB, NC State      

62. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson                                            

63. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State                                 

64. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis                                      

65. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford                                

66. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College                                          

67. Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky                                      

68. Damian Harris, RB, Alabama                               

69. Jachai Polite, LB, Florida                                      

70. Chuma Edoga, T, USC                                           

71. David Long, CB, Michigan                                    

72. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State                                        

73. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State                                     

74. Joe Jackson, DE, Miami                                        

75. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa                                         

76. Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia                                         

77. Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State                                

78. Chuma Edoga, T, USC                                           

79. David Long, CB, Michigan                                    

80. Greg Little, T, Mississippi                                     

81. Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M                                  

82. Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas                                

83. D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia                              

84. Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State                                           

85. Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi                                            

86. David Edwards, T, Wisconsin                              

87. Andy Isabella, WR, Umass                                   

88. Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma                                      

89. Christian Miller, LB, Alabama                              

90. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic                               

91. Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri                                

92. Nate Davis, G, Charlotte                                      

93. Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia                                        

94. Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford                              

95. Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin                              

96. Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma                                   

97. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt                                       

98. Marvell Tell, S, USC                                

99. Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan                                 

100. Terrill Hanks, ILB, New Mexico State               

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