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Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas coming back in 2013

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Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas coming back in 2013

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is returning for his senior season.

The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior told the Hokies coaching staff on Tuesday, the final day to declare for the draft.

Thomas has started the past 27 games for Virginia Tech, passing for 6,096 yards and 37 touchdowns while running for 1,015 yards and 20 scores. He will enter his redshirt season year third in both career passing yards for the Hokies - 901 behind Tyrod Taylor's record of 7,017 yards - and in career total offense - 2,102 behind Taylor's record of 9,213 yards.

Thomas graduated in December with a degree in human development.

``I'm deciding to come back to Tech to better myself and this team for the future,'' Thomas said in a statement released by the school. ``I'm looking forward to what this upcoming season holds. The NFL has always been a goal of mine, but the NFL will always be there while college is only a five-year experience that you can't get back.''

Thomas had said before the Hokies left Blacksburg, Va., for the Russell Athletic Bowl that his decision would be ``up in the air'' even if the NFL draft advisory board suggested he could be a first-round draft choice. Some early draft projections had him ranked highly among quarterbacks because of his size and running ability, which have drawn comparisons to Cam Newton.

Thomas said he didn't think he was consistent enough to be a winning NFL quarterback, and that ``I love the university, I love the people here, all my friends are still here, and ... I think I need some work to do.''

Virginia Tech began last season with hopes of contending for a national championship, but those expectations were quickly derailed by early-season losses to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. When three consecutive losses dropped them to 4-6, they had to scramble to beat Boston College and Virginia to qualify for their 20th consecutive bowl game, and they did.

In the Russell Athletic Bowl, they beat Rutgers 13-10 despite a miserable day for Thomas. He was 15 for 39 for 193 yards with two interceptions, but also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10.

The Hokies won in overtime on Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal.

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Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

According to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on March 1 when the Golden State Warriors host the Washington Wizards.

This game will be second of a four-game West coast swing, starting in Utah and hitting San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before returning home.

Curry has been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken left hand. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and was ruled out at least three months.

If he does indeed return on March 1, he could play in 22 more regular season games this year. There were rumors that he would sit the entire season, but apparently Curry is focused on a return this spring, according to more from Thompson II. 

"I've been making progress," Curry said via NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors game vs Orlando on Saturday. "No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

The Wizards vs Warriors game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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John Wall takes another step in rehab, facing teammates in practice

John Wall takes another step in rehab, facing teammates in practice

WASHINGTON -- The steady progress continues for John Wall in his rehab from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, as the Wizards point guard is now facing teammates in 4-on-4 drills at practice.

Head coach Scott Brooks described the games as "controlled," noting they were not full-speed or with contact and featured a 10-second shot clock. But that remains a notable step in his road back after he had previously been playing mostly against player development coaches.

"He practiced for the whole practice. He looked great," Brooks said. "There is still a ways to go. But his energy, his enthusiasm, his strength [looks good]. His shot looks better."

Wall, 29, hasn't played in a game since Dec. 26 of 2018. He had surgery on his Achilles on Feb. 12, 2019. He is currently over 11 months into what is typically an 11-to-15 month recovery.

Brooks, though, makes a point to couch positive updates about Wall with patience. The team has indicated he may not play at all this season.

"I don't know if he plays this year," Brooks said. "We can be patient and we're going to be patient because we need him to be right for a lot of years. This is his career and we know how serious that injury is. He's taking it serious."

Part of the equation is the financial commitment the Wizards have made in Wall. He is due roughly $131.5 million over the next three seasons. They want to make sure he is good to go not just for this year, but that he can be effective for the remainder of his contract.

According to Brooks, even having Wall back to this level has added some positive energy to the Wizards' organization.

"I know the excitement is around because he's around and he's looking [good]," Brooks said. "When he comes back, he's going to be the John Wall we all love."

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