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Patriots Rumors: Former DC Matt Patricia Trending Toward Being Offensive Play-Caller

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Patriots Rumors: Former DC Matt Patricia Trending Toward Being Offensive Play-Caller

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From 2012 to 2017, Matt Patricia helped Bill Belichick run the New England Patriots defense.

Now it appears he’ll be running the other side of the ball.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported Patricia is “trending” to be the next offensive play-caller in New England, though Bill Belichick has not made a decision.

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The Patriots are looking to replace Josh McDaniels, who spent the previous decade as their offensive coordinator before leaving for the Las Vegas Raiders’ head-coaching job this offseason. Belichick has not formally hired an offensive coordinator in McDaniels’ place.

Patricia is currently listed as a senior football advisor on the Patriots website. He began his career in New England as an offensive assistant under Belichick in 2004 before eventually moving up the ranks and becoming defensive coordinator in 2012. The Lions hired him as their head coach in 2018, and he spent three seasons in Detroit before returning to New England last season.

Patricia is joined on the Patriots staff by fellow former head coach Joe Judge, who was fired by the New York Giants after the 2021 season. Judge worked with special teams and the Patriots’ wide receiving corps before being hired by the Giants.

Longtime assistant Nick Caley was also expected to be in the running to call plays next season.

Howe reported the Patriots are not expected to change their offensive system much in 2022 but are “simplifying” terminology.

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Lilly King Finishes 7th in 50m Breaststroke at 2022 World Swimming Championships

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Team USA’s Lilly King failed to medal in the 50-meter women’s breaststroke event at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte took gold with a time of 29.70 seconds, while King finished in 30.40 seconds, settling for seventh place.

Here is a full rundown of the finishing order from Saturday’s final with Meilutyte, Italy’s Benedetta Pilato and South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk occupying the top three spots on the podium:

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1. Ruta Meilutyte: 29.70

2. Benedetta Pilato: 29.80

3. Lara van Niekerk: 29.90

4. Qianting Tang: 30.21

5. Anna Elendt: 30.22

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6. Eneli Jefimova: 30.25

7. Lilly King: 30.40

8. Jhennifer Conceicao: 30.45

The 50-meter breaststroke marked the second time in four races at the 2022 world championships that King finished off the podium, as she previously finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke.

King isn’t leaving Budapest empty-handed, however, as she won gold in both the 200-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter women’s medley relay events.

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This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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Deandre Ayton Rumors: Pistons May Back Off Pursuit of Suns C After Jalen Duren Trade

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The Detroit Pistons’ rumored push for impending restricted free agent Deandre Ayton may be “less likely” following the team’s successful draft night.

James L. Edwards III of The Athletic provided word on the situation Friday, a day after the Pistons had selected Purdue guard Jaden Ivey and traded for Memphis center Jalen Duren during the NBA draft:

“However, while all signs have pointed to Detroit making a serious run at Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton over the last few days, that appears less likely after the Pistons walked away with two of the players highest on the organization’s big board. Per sources, Detroit is eager to continue to build back toward playoff contention with the aforementioned young core, and the Pistons are expected to use the majority of their remaining cap space to add multiple veteran pieces rather than just one big swing this offseason, per sources.”

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Ayton, 23, has spent four seasons with the Phoenix Suns, who selected the ex-Arizona center No. 1 overall in the 2018 draft. He averaged 17.2 points on 63.4 percent shooting and 10.2 rebounds last year.

Ayton has played an instrumental part in the Suns’ turnaround over the last few years from the bottom of the league to a title contender. Phoenix won the Western Conference in 2021 and posted the league’s best record in 2022 before falling in the second round of the playoffs.

At his best, Ayton is an uber-efficient offensive player and rebounder.

Rumors of the Pistons’ interest in Ayton seemed to fit, especially after their trade of Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers created salary-cap space. Edwards provided more information Wednesday:

“This deal opens up Ay-Ton of cap space for the Pistons. (See what I did there?) Prior to the trade, Detroit entered the season with roughly $30 million in cap space at its disposal, which was among the league leaders. After the trade, the Pistons have roughly $43 million at their disposal. Per sources, Detroit is heavily expected to pursue Phoenix Suns big man and 2018 No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in the open market. The Pistons may also look to the trade block to make use of that cap space if Ayton stays put in Phoenix or lands elsewhere.”

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Edwards and John Hollinger reported in early June that Ayton had “more likely than not” played his last game with the Suns.

However, it now appears that Detroit may not be a landing spot for Ayton after it acquired Duren from the New York Knicks in a draft-day trade. Duren could be the long-term answer for the Pistons at center, and Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer wrote that the ex-Memphis star couldn’t have landed in a better spot with the new backcourt of Ivey and Cade Cunningham.

Ayton shouldn’t have a shortage of suitors, especially given his age and production, but Detroit may not be the place for him after all.

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Rafael Nadal Says Treatment on Foot Injury Has Been ‘Positive’ Ahead of Wimbledon

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Rafael Nadal told reporters in the lead-up to Wimbledon that treatment on a chronic foot injury has been effective of late (h/t ESPN’s Tom Hamilton).

“The feeling and overall feelings are positive … because I am in a positive way in terms of pain, and that’s the main thing,”

Nadal, 36, has won a men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles. He’s won the first two majors this year in the Australian Open and French Open.

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He’s excelled this year despite suffering from Mueller-Weiss syndrome, a degenerative disease that causes foot pain, which forced him off the ATP Tour for five months in 2021.

Days have been better for Nadal of late as he manages the injury, although he said he can’t be “super happy” right now with it being unknown how the ailment may affect him down the road.

“Well, is obvious that if I am here, it’s because things are going better. If not, I would not be here. So quite happy about the things, how evolved. I can’t be super happy because I don’t know what can happen.

“First of all, I can walk normal most of the days, almost every single day. That’s for me the main issue. When I wake up, I don’t have this pain that I was having for the last year and a half, so quite happy about that. And second thing, practicing. I have been in overall better, honestly, no? Since the last two weeks, I didn’t have not one day of these terrible days that I can’t move at all. Of course, days better; days a little bit worse.”

Nadal previously revealed that he needed pain-killing injections in his foot just to play in the French Open.

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Ultimately, the injury is something Nadal will have to deal with for the foreseeable future. At this point, it’s a matter of whether the treatment can enable him to play tennis.

“I can’t tell you if I going to be in that positive moment for one week, for two days, or for three months,” Nadal said. “Of course, the treatment that I did, didn’t fix my injury. Not improving my injury at all but can take out a little bit the pain. That’s the main goal.”

Nadal is halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam right now. He’d be the first professional tennis player to do so since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat in 1988.

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