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Fox toyed with idea of using NBA buzzer at Republican debate

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Fox toyed with idea of using NBA buzzer at Republican debate

Fox News faces the unenviable task of moderating a field of ten candidates at Thursday's Republican National Debate. Add Donald Trump's outsized personality and the whole thing could descend into chaos. 

So what options did Fox consider to control the conversation? An NBA buzzer, moderator Bret Baier told the New York Times

That's only possible because the debate will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

“You could make it about synergy in that arena: Use the very same buzzer that LeBron James hears on the court when the shot clock runs out,” said Baier, who came up with the idea over beers at a restaurant. 

Ultimately, the network scrapped that thought in favor of a more traditional, polite bell sound. 

For basketball fans, it's not hard to imagine the broadcast going the other way.

Put each candidate on a 24-second shot clock. If he doesn't answer within that time, sound the buzzer and give an opponent ten seconds to respond. 

Hire NBA referee Joey Crawford to whistle candidates for a travel when they get off topic, turning over the mic to the next guy. Name-calling is a personal foul, interrupting is a goal-tend. 

Six whistles and you're ejected from the debate. 

Sounds pretty reasonable, right Wizards fans?

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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