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Young looks forward to new challenge with Phillies

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Young looks forward to new challenge with Phillies

DALLAS (AP) Michael Young had an easy decision from a baseball perspective.

After spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texas Rangers, it was stay with the only team ever played with in the majors as a part-timer without a set position, or the seven-time All-Star could go to Philadelphia to be the everyday third baseman for another playoff-contending team.

``Baseball was easy. I wanted to go. ... It was a great opportunity in Philadelphia,'' Young said Monday. ``I was very pleased with the role outlined for me. I was ready, ready for a different challenge. I like the fact that it's something new for me at this point. I'm ready to kind of see what that's like.''

Speaking publicly for the first time since waiving his no-trade clause last week and the deal getting finalized a day earlier, the 36-year-old Young said goodbye to Rangers fans and talked about how he would miss his teammates in Texas.

Young spent the past two seasons as a designated hitter while playing all four infield positions.

He was originally a second baseman in Texas, moved to shortstop after Alex Rodriguez was traded before spring training in 2004 and switched to third base when the team promoted Elvis Andrus from the minor leagues five years later. He took on the utility role after third baseman Adrian Beltre joined the Rangers.

When the Rangers approached Young's agent weeks before the winter meetings, they said that Young would get maybe 300 at-bats next season. He was initially told that he would get a chance to earn more at-bats, and welcomed having to compete for more playing time. But it quickly became more apparent to him that probably wouldn't happen.

``At that point, the Phillies deal started making more and more sense,'' said Young, who had 611 at-bats or more in nine of the last 10 seasons.

Young said he had spoken to his Rangers teammates and coaches since the trade, but had no conversations with front-office personnel.

``There's no relationship there, but that's fine with me,'' Young said. ``My relationship is with the guys in uniform and what they've meant to me.''

Young, with one season left on an $80 million, five-year contract, has played all 1,823 of his major league games for Texas and is the franchise leader in games played and hits, and several other offensive categories. He is a .301 career hitter.

He once was hopeful of being one of the players to spend his full career with one team, but realized that might not happen.

The trade possibility was presented to Young on Wednesday night. After talking things over with his wife the next day, and how the change would affect them and their three sons born in Texas, Young told his agent Friday that he would accept the trade to Philadelphia.

Describing the Phillies as a championship-caliber team, Young said he already feels comfortable with a group of new teammates that include Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Laynce Nix and Roy Halladay. Lee was with the Rangers for the second half of the 2010 season when they went to their first of consecutive World Series and Nix is a former Texas outfielder.

Last season, Young started 71 games at DH, 40 at first base, 14 at second base, 25 at third and four at shortstop. He played 134 games at third base in 2009, and 157 games in 2010.

Young looks forward to being able to concentrate again on one position, and ``just pour everything I have into third.'' He was a five-time All-Star shortstop, an All-Star third baseman in 2009 and got another nod in 2011 in his utility role.

``Switching around the field is tough, it is really hard,'' Young said. ``It's just really tough to stay in a rhythm when you're doing different things on defense. ... I'd be with Adrian Beltre, the best defensive third baseman I have ever seen. In spring training, he'd be taking groundball after groundball after groundball. I'd be right there with him, and then I'd go pick up my second base glove and go over there. So I missed out on countless reps. Doing an equal amount of work, but at different spots.''

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.

'PREDICT THE GAME' HOW TO WATCH

What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS TV SCHEDULE

1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)

WIZARDS 2019-20 'PREDICT THE GAME' SCHEDULE

January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

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