The reason why LeBron, Heat will travel to China

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The reason why LeBron, Heat will travel to China

From Comcast SportsNet
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NBA champion Miami Heat will play two preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall. The teams will meet Oct. 11 at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It's the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition. Eight NBA teams will play in eight international games in October as part of the league's international preseason schedule. The Dallas Mavericks will play games in Barcelona and Berlin and the Boston Celtics will play games in Istanbul and Milan against top Euroleague teams. Toronto and the New York Knicks will play in Montreal and Minnesota and Detroit will play in Winnipeg. In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento.

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Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.

Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.

Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:


CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:

The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.

Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.