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Titus Young says little about exile from Lions

Titus Young says little about exile from Lions

DETROIT (AP) Titus Young had little to say about his brief exile from the Detroit Lions.

The second-year receiver spoke with reporters Friday for the first time since returning to practice. He was deactivated for Detroit's loss to Houston on Thanksgiving. Young rejoined the team for practice Wednesday.

Sitting in front of his locker wearing a pair of sunglasses, Young spoke for less than two minutes before the session was cut short by media relations personnel.

``What happens in house, stays in house,'' Young said - and that was about as thorough a response as he gave to any of the questions.

Detroit hosts Indianapolis on Sunday, and it's not clear yet if Young will be active.

``When we get to Sunday, we'll make a decision on who the best 46 are to give us a chance,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. ``We're taking it day by day.''

Young was banished for what Schwartz called ``unacceptable'' behavior during a loss to Green Bay two weekends ago. The second-round draft pick from Boise State has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six TDs as a rookie.

Young's latest setback was part of a disturbing trend. He was involved in an altercation with teammate Louis Delmas last offseason. When he was in college, he missed most of the 2008 season for disciplinary reasons.

When asked if he's becoming more accountable and more mature now that he's back with the team, Young said: ``Well, you'll have to talk to coach about that.''

Asked if he was disappointed in himself, he said: ``I'm not here to comment about the past.''

Teammate Dominic Raiola's patience is wearing thin.

``I don't know what to say. He has a chance to be a part of a great group on offense. ... You're either on the ship or you're off the ship,'' Raiola said. ``We're not here to baby-sit, we're here to try and get wins. ... You feel bad, because you want a guy like that, with so much talent, to last, and that's not how you last in this league.

``Just put your head down, go to work, do the right thing, and let your talent rule. If you could just make that point to some of these guys - you just can't make it sometimes, and I think that's where Jim stepped in and took over.''

Running back Mikel Leshoure, another 2011 draft pick by Detroit, sounded more optimistic.

``He'll better the team if he's out there making plays,'' Leshoure said. ``I don't think it's going to be anything that he won't be able to overcome. It's just going to take some time.''

Notes: Schwartz says injured OT Jeff Backus (hamstring) will likely be a game-day decision. ``It was encouraging to get Jeff back on the practice field, but we'll just see where he gets to by Sunday.''

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

Amid the longest regular season in NBA history, the offseason shenanigans begin (for some). The NBA Draft Lottery! 

Now granted, no players will be selected during the lottery and no team's future is decided. There will be no trades and not even every team will participate. It simply states the draft order based on a flurry of ping pong balls. Still, it is one of the most intriguing dates on the NBA's calendar.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery tips off the offseason's festivities on Thursday, August 20, even though a lot of teams will still be starting playoff competition. Teams will then know their fate and can begin preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. 

Only the 14 teams that did not play in the postseason will partake in the NBA Draft Lottery — the final lottery slot will be determined at the conclusion of the Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA playoffs play-in tournament which begins Saturday, August 15th at 2:30 p.m.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery?

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is Thursday, August 20. This event sets up the draft order for the 2020 NBA Draft on October 16. 

This year's draft lottery will be hosted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the NBA Draft Lottery?

The NBA Draft Lottery is a process to determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams in the upcoming NBA Draft. Based on a team's record in the 2019-20 regular season, they receive odds to land certain picks in the draft. 

This year there is a new system factoring in the pick order. The worst three teams in the NBA all will have the same odds (14 percent) to get the top pick in the draft. This is the first year under this structure is used to prevent teams from entirely tanking at the end of the year. The odds descend from there as the teams' records get better in relation to their placement in the standings. 

How to watch or stream the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery:

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held virtually on Thursday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

You can also stream the draft on the ESPN or WatchESPN apps. 

What are the Wizards Lottery Odds?

Washington has the ninth-best odds in the lottery, which means they have a chance to select anywhere from 1-4 and 9-13. The most realistic scenario would be the team selecting ninth overall with their odds at 50.7 percent in said slot.

It's worthy to note that if any of the five teams below them jump, there is a chance they could slide below nine. Washington has a 25.9percent chance of picking 10th, 3.0 percent chance of picking 11th and a 0.1-or-less percent chance of picking either 12th or 13th.

NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities:

1. Golden State Warriors (15-50) - 14 percent
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46) - 14 percent
3. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45) - 14 percent
4. Atlanta Hawks (20-47) - 12.5 percent
5. Detroit Pistons (20-45) - 10.5 percent
6. New York Knicks (21-45) - 9 percent
7. Chicago Bulls (22-43) - 7.5 percent
8. Charlotte Hornets (23-42) - 6 percent
9. Washington Wizards (25-47) - 4.5 percent
10. Phoenix Suns (34-49) - 3 percent
11. San Antonio Spurs (32-39) - 2 percent
12. New Orleans Pelicans (30-42) - 1.3 percent
13. Sacramento Kings (31-41) - 1.2 percent
14. Memphis Grizzlies (34-39)/Portland Trailblazers (35-39) - 0.5 percent

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Why this year is different than 2018, Ovechkin's big game and the Caps are in trouble

Why this year is different than 2018, Ovechkin's big game and the Caps are in trouble

The Capitals find themselves in a 2-0 series hole after an ugly 5-2 loss in Game 2 against the New York Islanders on Friday.

Check out a recap of the game here.

Observations from the loss

This is different than 2018

You are going to hear a lot of talk about 2018 until Sunday's game. With the Caps down 2-0 in the series, the comparisons are inevitable.

In 2018, Washington lost its first two games of the first round series to the Columbus Blue Jackets and rallied back to win it 4-2.

The problem is that in 2018, the Caps were the better team in both games. They had confidence they could win because they should have won both of those games, plus they got a confidence boost from starting Braden Holtby in Game 3. Philipp Grubauer had started Games 1 and 2. In 2020, they just look bad. Both losses were bad losses and, unless Nicklas Backstrom is ready to go for Sunday, they don't have anyone waiting in the wings that they can plug into the lineup to provide the same kind of spark.

Don't be fooled by the 2018 comparisons. This team is not going anywhere unless it dramatically improves its play from the first two games.

Coming unglued

If you wanted to encapsulate this game in a single moment, it was in the second period when Garnet Hathaway was called for boarding just 21 seconds after Washington gave up a breakaway, go-ahead goal to Brock Nelson in the second period. Hathaway was hauled off to the box by the linesman with his gloves off looking for someone to fight. It was one of five power plays Washington gave up on the night.  Jakub Vrana continued his rough postseason with an early slash and Tom Wilson hit Ryan Pulock before giving him an unnecessary elbow, which sent him to the box. The team also took two too many men penalties. In addition, New York's second goal came off a defensive zone turnover as Lars Eller was attacked by two forecheckers behind the net and no one reacted to give him a target to pass to. The game-winner was scored on a breakaway as Vrana tried to corral the puck at the offensive blue line with his back turned to the pressure. Brock Nelson stole it away to launch himself on the breakaway.

The Islanders deserve credit for the way they have played, but all of these are self-inflicted mistakes by the Caps who look like they have completely lost their composure.

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They have to change something

After how badly the team has played in the first two games, you cannot come back with the same lineup for Game 3. Something has to change beyond just Backstrom returning - if he does in fact return. Whether this means changing lines, defensive pairs or putting in the black aces, the Caps cannot take a wait-and-see approach as they already trail 2-0.

Turning point

Alex Ovechkin had just scored his second of the game to tie it at 2. With the Caps in the offensive zone, Vrana grabbed the puck at the blue line and, with his back towards the goal, tried to swing around and pass the puck off. But with his back turned, Vrana did not see Brock Nelson coming. Nelson stole the puck away and was off to the races, scoring the breakaway goal just 15 seconds after Ovechkin tied the game.

That goal proved to be the game-winner. It was horrible puck management from Vrana who did not play again in the second period.

Play of the game

Ovechkin deflected in a shot from Brenden Dillon to tie the game at 2 in the second period, Ovechkin's second goal of the game.

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Stat of the game

Another milestone for Ovechkin who deserved one as he tried to single-handedly carry the team on his back.

Quote of the game

Despite how bad this game looked, Ovechkin very nearly tied it at 3 in the third period with an open net opportunity on a power play. He won't miss many of those, but this time he hit the side of the net. When asked about the miss after the game, he was blunt.


Fan predictions

Score was off, but you were right about Ovechkin and the Caps still losing.

Close. Let's hope you're right about the second part.

Three people sent me this exact same GIF so kudos to you, Ryan, for getting there first. And, unfortunately, you were right....

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