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Russell Wilson trade rumors: A timeline of the power struggle between Seahawks, disgruntled QB

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Russell Wilson trade rumors: A timeline of the power struggle between Seahawks, disgruntled QB

From “Go ‘Hawks” to “No ‘Hawks.”

Wilson’s famed line he uses when closing interviews may be changing in the coming months, with trade rumors surrounding the Seahawks passer since the turn of February. What initially started as some embers of public dissatisfaction has seemingly grown to full-fledged wild fire, with Seattle’s front office currently fielding calls for the 32-year-old. 

Wilson was playing to an MVP level in the first half of 2020 before coming back down to Earth in the second half of the season. The Seahawks offense went from high-flying to relatively grounded, leading to the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; Wilson was displeased with the move, reportedly.

While a trade this offseason still might not be all that likely given Wilson’s contract, that hasn’t stopped teams from calling and asking about his availability, with the Bears reportedly making Wilson their No. 1 priority this offseason. To make matters more interesting, the Bears are one of the teams Wilson would give the OK on a trade to.

Wilson and the Seahawks have been on the forefront of Seawhawks fans’ minds and the backpages of Seattle newspapers since January. Here’s how it all breaks down:

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March 11: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Bears are prepared to make a Godfather offer for Wilson. The Bears are “desperate” per report.

March 9: The Seahawks send out a post-mortem letter to season ticket holders, as is customary among NFL teams. The letter, though, omits Russell Wilson’s name despite mentioning the franchise record-setting offensive season they had. The letter mentions wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, too. 

March 8: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the idea that Wilson could be traded is “very real,” adding more to the idea that the passer could be dealt in the coming months.

March 5: The Bears, one of the teams Wilson would supposedly OK a trade to, are making trading for the QB their No. 1 priority this offseason. While there are hurdles of cost and trade pieces, the Bears are pushing the chips in for Wilson. In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Wilson would “happily accept” a trade to the Bears.

March 4: ESPN’s Dianna Russini says that teams are calling regarding Wilson — and Seahawks brass is picking up the phone. While the team isn’t “shopping” Wilson, per Russini, they are, at least, listening on his availability.

March 4: NFL insider Dov Kleiman details the rift between the Seahawks and Wilson, and reports that Wilson’s inability to sustain his MVP-level play for an entire season is at the forefront. The team doesn’t trust Wilson to be the “focal point” of the offense moving forward.

Feb. 25: The Athletic reports that Russell Wilson “stormed out of a meeting” prior to the Seahawks’ “Thursday Night Football” matchup vs. the Cardinals. Wilson had ideas on how to fix the Seahawks’ offense, but those ideas were dismissed. The Seahawks would win 28-21. 

Feb. 25: While Russell Wilson still hasn’t formally requested a trade, Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers poked the beehive a bit more. Rodgers tweets that Wilson would accept a trade to one of four teams: the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.

Feb. 23: With speculation of a Wilson trade heating up, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that the Seahawks have clipped a pricetag to Wilson, with the cost in a trade sitting at a gaudy three first-round picks. Silver reports that as many as a third of the teams in the league have called asking for Wilson’s availability.

Feb. 11: According to Dan Patrick, the Seahawks are disappointed with the way that Russell Wilson is airing his dirty laundry in the media:

“A source told me that the Seahawks’ management is not happy with Russell Wilson and his camp for taking this to the media,” Patrick said. “You wonder if they’re going to be able to co-exist. … The current situation is not sustainable. That’s what I was told.”

Feb. 9: Former wide receiver Brandon Marshall speaks on the situation with the Seahawks and Wilson, offering a bit of inside information. Marshall, who spent time with the Seahawks in 2018, says that the Seahawks don’t “believe” in Wilson, and that Wilson is trying to find his way out of Seattle in a “classy” way.

Feb. 9: Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Wilson offers some particularly candid comments on his role with the inner workings of the team, saying he’s not involved in personnel decisions and would like to be. Wilson also says that he believes the Seahawks have gotten calls on his availability.

Feb. 8: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Wilson’s camp is dissatisfied with the organization’s inability to build an offensive line around the quarterback. Wilson has been sacked 394 times since entering the league. In a bit of foreshadowing, La Canfora reports that the “situation warrants serious monitoring.”

Jan. 12: Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The high-flying ‘Hawks offense stalled out in the second half of the season, but they still finish top 10 in points scored (459 is a franchise record).

Jan. 9: Seahawks fizzle out to end their season, losing to the Rams in a 30-20 NFL Super Wild Card weekend matchup. 

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NBA playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for play-in, playoff games

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NBA playoff scenarios 2021: Updated playoff picture, seeds ahead of play-in tournament, first round

It hasn’t been an easy NBA season, but the league managed to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and reach the playoff stage.

This year’s postseason will look slightly different with the addition of the play-in tournament, which will expand the field from 16 to 20 total teams. But when it comes down to the playoff bracket, the mission is still the same: Win 16 games, and capture the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Here’s everything you need to know about watching the 2021 NBA playoffs, including TV schedules for play-in and playoff games.

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How to watch NBA playoff games

NBA playoff games will once again be split between ESPN and TNT. First- and second-round games are scattered across both networks. Every NBA Finals game will be shown exclusively on ABC.

The primary outlets for live-streaming 2021 NBA playoff games are Watch ESPN and Watch TNT, both available on desktop and by downloading the mobile apps.

Games on ESPN can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

NBA playoff schedule 2021

Note: This section will be updated when first-round matchups are finalized.

May 18

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Pacers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wizards vs. Celtics 9 p.m. TNT

May 19

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Grizzlies 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Warriors vs. West No. 7 10 p.m. ESPN

May 20

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Loser 8 p.m. TNT

May 21

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser TBD ESPN

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Wizards’ Scott Brooks pokes fun at LeBron James with play-in tournament comments

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Wizards' Scott Brooks pokes fun at LeBron James with play-in tournament comments

The Wizards closed the 2020-21 NBA regular season with a torrid stretch. They were 17-6 in their final 23 games and went from a likely lottery team to a participant in the NBA’s inaugural play-in tournament.

Washington finished its climb up the standings Sunday. It defeated the Hornets 115-110 to secure eighth place in the Eastern Conference, which is a win-and-in spot in the conference’s four-team tournament.

Under the old playoff format, the Wizards would’ve clinched the No. 8 seed and guaranteed themselves a spot in the posteason with Sunday’s win. They would have started playing for their lives in a seven-game series, not a one- or two-game set.

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks saw that as an opportunity to poke fun at the play-in tournament and LeBron James’ recent comments about it.

“I’m with the King,” Brooks said. “Who created this play-in thing? Whoever did that, they need to be fired.”

Seconds later, Brooks affirmed that he was just kidding. He was paraphrasing James’ comments from May 2 when the Lakers star said that “whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired.”

Unlike James, Brooks thinks the play-in tournament is a net positive for the NBA, despite his team finishing eighth in the East.

MORE: How the play-in tournament works

“I love this [format]. It created so much excitement the last two weeks and, as we all know, any time you can create excitement and meaningful games in the last 10 games of the season is great for everyone involved,” Brooks said. “Fans, TV partners, everybody. I love it. Even though we’re not the 8-seed, I still love it.”

The play-in tournament gave fringe playoff teams like the Wizards incentive to compete later into the season. Brooks is right about that. Now, it’s a matter of whether the on-court product will match the late-season chase to make (or avoid) the tournament.

With stars like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Domantas Sabonis and one of James or Damian Lillard guaranteed to participate in the play-in, there is a good chance it will live up to the hype.

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adds to highlight reel with go-ahead HR in 9th off one of MLB’s top closers

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Matt Barnes was one out away from sealing a Red Sox victory when Angels DH Shohei Ohtani stepped into the box.

It was a mano a mano battle between one of baseball’s best pitchers and the emerging two-way superstar.

Ohtani won the battle.

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He hit a monster two-run home run that curled around the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park to give the Angels a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. LA went on to win by that score.

Teeing off against Barnes is no easy feat. Before Ohtani batted in the ninth, Barnes had allowed two hits and no runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. For the season, he was averaging 15.6 strikeouts per nine innings and had allowed just one home run in 18 appearances. At one point, he had a negative FIP, something that is unheard of. 

But Ohtani managed to get the best of him Sunday and add another highlight to his superb season.

Ohtani’s homer was his 12th in 2021, tying him for the MLB lead with the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger. His 29 RBIs are tied for the Angels’ team lead with Jared Walsh. His .597 slugging percentage is second on the team only to Mike Trout.

Ohtani has been spectacular as a pitcher as well. He has thrown 25 2/3 innings over five outings, with a sparkling 2.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts per nine.

In short, he is one of the game’s most electric players right now. Barnes knows that.

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