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    Getty Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics. Over the course of the last year, the Boston Celtics have transformed their roster around their two stars. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the focal points of it all, but around them, Brad Stevens and the Celtics front office have made some major changes. Before the season last year, they brought back Al Horford, and then they followed that up by trading for Derrick White at the deadline. Then this summer, they have already made more improvements, signing Danilo Gallinari and trading for Malcolm Brogdon. And as more trade rumors swirl, particularly involving Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics have emphasized that Stevens isn’t afraid to shake things up. In an article written by Taylor Snow for the team’s official website, he noted how Stevens has never hesitated to make changes to the roster. “If Stevens made one thing clear during his first year in an executive role, it’s that he’s not afraid to shake up the roster. Not only is he willing to make changes, but he...
    Getty Jordan Matthews during an August 2019 preseason game versus the Chiefs. The early injury bug continues to hit the San Francisco 49ers during 2022 training camp. This time, the 49ers — already losing Maurice Hurst to torn biceps that’ll likely keep him away until December at the earliest — had their latest key loss revealed on Wednesday, August 3 on the offensive side of the football. And he’s a player who had “really made strides” and was becoming a contender to make the team’s final roster. ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on 49ers newsletter here! Join Heavy on 49ers! Who’s Out for the Season Per 49ers reporter Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, reserve tight end Jordan Matthews suffered a torn ACL. “49ers tight end Jordan Matthews tore his ACL and is going on injured reserve,” Inman tweeted. “Happened on a route, non-contact early in Monday’s session.” Inman added how the 6-foot-3, 215-pound veteran and former wide receiver was putting together a strong camp in...
    Getty Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during practice. The Dallas Cowboys have officially begun training camp, which means the first couple of waves of roster cuts are right around the corner. For the veterans and stars in Dallas, it’s just a tune-up before the regular season. But for the rookies and fringe players, August is all about proving they belong to head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff. One name that is doing just that in the early days is former Florida A&M safety and undrafted free agent Markquese Bell. Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Gehlken has said as much, explaining that the Cowboys rookie is proving he deserves a spot. “Very early still. But here at camp’s outset, it is difficult to imagine the Cowboys’ 53-man roster on Aug. 30 not having undrafted rookie S Markquese Bell on it. He is in strong position,” Gehlken wrote on July 28. Very early still. But here at camp’s outset, it is difficult to imagine the Cowboys’ 53-man roster on Aug. 30 not having undrafted rookie S...
    The Nationals made a minor roster move on Friday that would seem to indicate that a Juan Soto trade is coming before the MLB trade deadline.  Most MLB fans have already accepted that Juan Soto is going to be traded, likely sooner rather than later — namely before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Yet, there are still reports that the Washington Nationals could wait until this offseason in order to make sure they get the deal they want. However, if their roster moves in late July are any indication, the franchise is already bracing for a Soto trade. On Friday, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Nats had signed veteran outfielder David Dahl, who most recently spent time with the Texas Rangers. And as Heyman noted, this could be to fill an impending hole in the outfield that a Soto trade would create. Nats agree to deal with OF David Dahl. No one really qualifies as Soto insurance but interesting they added a veteran outfielder now. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 22, 2022 Juan Soto rumors: Nationals signing David...
    Getty Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics were one of the two best teams in the NBA last season, as they made it all the way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, they ended up falling just short of their ultimate goal, as they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. However, Brad Stevens has wasted no time improving the roster this summer. He inked free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari to a two-year deal and made a massive trade to acquire combo guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. That deal saw the Celtics send out five players and a protected first-round pick. Boston has a very well-rounded roster now, according to head coach Ime Udoka. The coach spoke about the team’s offseason additions on a July 12 edition of ESPN’s NBA Today. He told Malika Andrews that he now feels more confident in the Celtics’ bench. “Yeah, more experience, more veteran leadership, those guys have been around for quite a bit of time in the league, seen everything, and played at a high level,”...
    Getty JD Davison, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics are scheduled to open their Summer League season on July 9 against the Miami Heat, as they bid to get a closer look at some of their developmental talent. JD Davison, Boston’s latest draftee, will be participating throughout the four-game schedule and ensuing tournament, hoping to impress the coaching staff and earn the opportunity to make the Celtics roster next season. Speaking to the media on July 5, the Alabama native was bullish when asked about what he brings to the table, and what role he envisions himself playing. Play JD Davison: "I’m going to be a dog on both ends of the floor” | Summer League PracticeBRIGHTON, MA — Newly drafted Guard JD Davison spoke to the media for the first time since the Boston Celtics drafted him with the 53rd pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Davison spoke about the moment he was drafted, playing for Boston and what he brings to the court. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The…2022-07-05T18:15:25Z “Go out there, be me, lead my team...
    Getty Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets dunking against the Boston Celtics. The Brooklyn Nets are the only team to be swept in the 2022 NBA playoffs. It came at the hands of All-Star Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics, who are now two wins away from raising the 18th banner in Boston. But the Celtics have had their struggles on their road to the Finals. They trailed 3-2 to the Milwaukee Bucks before winning the series in seven games and went the distance with the Miami Heat in a seven-game Eastern Conference Finals. Twitter user @DragonFlyJonez offered a strong take on Nets star Kevin Durant and his struggles in their first-round elimination which warranted a strong response from Durant. “You shot 22-83, 7-21 from 3, and had 21 turnovers in a sweep. You for sure struggled in that series vs Boston. They had your number in that series. Ain’t no way around it. I mean the confidence is admirable…you should feel that way. But the boys packed you out,” @DragonFlyJonez said to Durant. “Eye still didn’t think...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets talk during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks The Brooklyn Nets have what has been dubbed as the best offensive duo in NBA history by Magic Johnson. Naturally, from the time the two stars joined, they brought high expectations to Brooklyn. Those expectations were even higher this season in their first full year with their big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. However, things quickly changed with Kyrie unable to play in games because of the New York City vaccine mandate and rumors of James Harden wanting out of Brooklyn.  With all that happened in Brooklyn, it makes sense why the team underachieved. One of their big three stopped wanting to be part of the team, and one was only part of the team for away games. That left the Nets with the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Boston Celtics. Now, the Nets sit eliminated from the playoffs with more questions. Especially around what their roster will be next season and if they bring back Kyrie...
    Reports: Commanders made ‘strong’ offer for Russell Wilson originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   The Seattle Seahawks aren’t actively shopping quarterback Russell Wilson on the trade market, but the QB-needy Commanders reportedly reached out with a serious offer anyway in hopes of convincing them to part ways with the nine-time Pro Bowler. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Commanders offered a “strong” trade package for Wilson but talks “didn’t go anywhere.” Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post confirmed Washington made an offer, characterizing it as “competitive.” How serious are the #Commanders in their search for a QB? Sources say they made a strong offer to the #Seahawks on Russell Wilson. It didn’t go anywhere. But a sign Washington is ready to deal. And given what they have on their roster, they may be a QB away. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2022 Head coach Ron Rivera has been public about Washington’s intentions to land a quarterback this offseason, even going as far to wonder aloud, “Does anybody really care what was traded for Matthew Stafford...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jayson Tatum earned his third straight All-Star nod Thursday night, which had Celtics fans rejoicing. Jaylen Brown was not voted an All-Star reserve, however, which is not sitting well with Boston fans. Brown has some solid numbers that put him in the All-Star mix this season, averaging a robust 24.2 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 39 games. His shooting numbers are a bit down, hitting 46 percent from the floor and 36 percent from downtown, and the 14 games that he missed with a hamstring strain didn’t hep his cause either. But the 24-year-old certainly had a strong resume to earn a spot in the Feb. 20 exhibition in Cleveland. READ MORE: Mac Jones Opens Old Patriots Wounds In Skills Competition With Tyreek HillMost of the outrage centers on Bucks forward Khris Middleton making the squad over Brown and others, with Middleton averaging 19.6 points, 5.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds over 41 games. His strong play during Milwaukee’s title run last season likely played a huge part of his selection, though...
    Getty Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas. The Los Angeles Lakers have had to bring in a number of new faces recently due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols but not many of those players will have a chance to stick around for long. One of the first players brought on was veteran guard Isaiah Thomas. The two-time All-Star was with the team in 2018 and has had trouble earning a consistent spot on an NBA roster. He played in four games with the Lakers and averaged 9.3 points a game. The team lost all four games. Thomas is obviously not to blame for the team’s struggles but they decided not to renew his contract past the original 10-day deal they agreed on. The decision didn’t come as much of a surprise considering the Lakers have a full roster and Thomas didn’t do enough to warrant them cutting a player to sign him. The guard is headed back to free agency but is keeping his head held high. He simply said that he was “thankful for...
    Getty Former San Diego State prospect Nick Bawden has fought his way onto the New York Jets active roster. The New York Jets may have lost in Week 11 but certain players had really positive outings, including fullback Nick Bawden. For the second straight week, the 6-foot-2 bruiser out of San Diego State was utilized as a practice squad elevation to assist a Jets rushing attack that has struggled this season. Bawden didn’t get many opportunities with his team down big in Week 10, but he took advantage of the limited reps in Week 11 providing a stellar outing with moments that were reminiscent of San Francisco 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk. On November 24, ESPN’s Rich Cimini announced that Bawden has earned a role on the active roster for the time being. The Jets have signed FB Nick Bawden to the active roster. He played 8 offensive snaps on Sunday. #Jets — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 24, 2021 ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on...
    San Francisco Giants reportedly seeking out veteran free agent right handed pitcher in Alex Cobb. Will a deal be made? The San Francisco Giants are reportedly interested in adding an experienced right handed pitcher to their roster. According to a tweet from Susan Slusser, San Francisco sure seems interested in potentially signing the 34-year-old Alex Cobb. According to Slusser, a source indicated that the Giants are making a “strong push” to land Cobb, who was most recently with the Los Angeles Angels. Sounds as if the Giants are making a strong push for Alex Cobb. One source telling me he thinks it looks like a match. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 22, 2021 Cobb is potentially an interesting choice for the Giants. It never hurts to have an experienced pitcher on a roster, but there are potentially better options available out there for San Francisco to pursue.San Francisco Giants free agency: Giants reportedly interested in adding Alex Cobb Cobb’s upside doesn’t seem to compare well to some other free agents, but he might be able to provide a steady...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild placed rookie left wing Matt Boldy on the injured non-roster list with a broken ankle as they set their roster Tuesday to start the regular season. Boldy, a 2019 first-round draft pick and one of the team’s top prospects, was hurt in a preseason game last week to spoil a strong training camp. Because he was injured prior to the regular season, he received the non-roster designation. He’s expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. “This is just something that he’s got to grind through now and be mentally strong to get through it and go from there,” general manager Bill Guerin said last week. “But you’ve got to look at things in a positive manner. It could have been worse.” Boldy’s injury paved the way for rookie Brandon Duhaime to make the club. He spent the past two seasons with the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa. Recent acquisition Rem Pitlick, a former University of Minnesota standout claimed off waivers from Nashville, made the 22-man roster as a spare...
    Getty Isaiah Thomas has been linked to the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the teams that have been linked to Isaiah Thomas and the free-agent point guard made it clear he sees a potential championship in the team’s future. During an interview on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby show, Thomas was asked to give his thoughts on the Lakers’ recent roster moves. “I think they’re getting ready for that NBA championship run,” Thomas noted. “The guys that they got on their team, they’re playoff-ready. They’ve been in every situation possible. So, when it comes to the moment, nothing’s too big for them. So, a guy like Westbrook and LeBron, people are saying those guys are too old, they might not be able to mesh. Those are killers, bro. They gonna figure it out. If they get put in the right situation come playoff time, teams is gonna be scared to play them boys, for real.” When asked about his future, Thomas explained he is in discussions with three to four teams. Thomas declined to...
    Getty Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in action against the New York Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden on April 11, 2021 in New York City. Kyle Lowry gave his first press conference as a member of the Miami Heat on Friday, and it finally started to sink in that the six-time All-Star is officially part of the team. Lowry was obtained in a sign-and-trade deal that sent Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa to the Toronto Raptors. Lowry signed his three-year $85 million contract on August 6, and despite his age, is expected to be a dominant offensive force. The 35-year-old remains one of the top point guards in the entire league. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. After nine seasons with the Raptors, Lowry is pumped to take his talents to South Beach, especially after the Heat acquired P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, and resigned Duncan Robinson. Not to mention the team’s core All-Star duo that is Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. The latest Heat news straight...
    Getty Wide receiver Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers smiles from the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. An underdog wide receiver hoping to earn a place with the Green Bay Packers over the next several months just got a big-time shoutout from one of the franchise’s finest. Packers Hall of Famer and record-setting receiver Donald Driver sent a belated congratulations message to one of the team’s newest pass-catchers on Thursday on Twitter, welcoming fellow Alcorn State alum Chris Blair to Green Bay and giving him a small stamp of approval for 2021. Congratulations to @BRAVESSPORTS Chris Blair. Welcome to @packers https://t.co/DGiUyMSpBX — Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) May 20, 2021 Blair, a second-year wide receiver and big-play threat, signed his reserve/futures contract with the Packers on Jan. 8 and is one of 10 wideouts on Green Bay’s 90-man offseason roster who will be competing for a roster spot during this summer’s training camp. The 23-year-old offers a unique combination of speed (4.47...
    Michelle Trachtenberg to Host ‘Meet, Marry, Murder’ Docu-Series Oil Pares Gains With Market Awaiting Clarity on Demand Strength By adding Azzi Fudd, can UConn return to championship glory, or will another contender steal the show? A week after the confetti fell on Stanford, we’re turning the page to 2021–22 and taking an early look at which teams in women’s college basketball are looking strongest for next season. While the WNBA draft deadline has passed ahead of Thursday’s event, there are still some roster decisions to be made this spring (namely transfers and whether some seniors will take advantage of the extra year the NCAA granted all winter sport athletes due to COVID-19). However, here’s where things stand now.1. UConnGeno Auriemma hasn’t reached the national title game since 2016, but his program will be in a great position to finally return in 2022. Not only is he not losing any key players, he will welcome top recruit Azzi Fudd to play alongside Paige Bueckers in Storrs. UConn will also add two other top-30 recruits. Bueckers stole much of the spotlight...
    Fans and critics have often expressed that Natalya and Tamina are two of the most underrated superstars on the SmackDown roster. In the latest episode of Talking Smack, “The Queen of Harts” finally let out her frustration with the company in front of hosts Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman. As of now, there are only two matches confirmed for WrestleMania, featuring the two women’s championships. On the last SmackDown, Natalya defeated one half of the Tag Team Champions, Shayna Baszler, in under 60 seconds, causing a major controversy. On Talking Smack, Braxton asked Natalya where she and Tamina were going with their narrative. Natalya snapped completely and ranted about her disappointment with the division. She was tired of being the “good girl” and being treated as a “doormat.” “We are the directive,” Natalya ranted in frustration. “Am I enough for you anymore? Or should I knock on Vince McMahon’s door and ask him what the hell he wants from me? Because I’m tired of being a good girl. Being a good girl, being a doormat, got me nowhere, and doormats...
    Stephanie McMahon never fails to speak up for the women in wrestling, especially the women who are working with WWE. Her aim has always been to make the male-dominated industry conducive for the rising crop of female talents. Even to this day, her missions and vision remain the same. In a recent post, she dedicated a Women’s History Month post to all the women who are currently working with WWE and who have come before. She posted the photograph as a token of appreciation for all the Superstars who have shown the world “that women can do anything.” Some of the Superstars who feature in the photograph are Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, The Bella Sisters, Alexa Bliss, and many more. Apart from the Superstars, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are present as well. The legacy of Stephanie McMahon She was raised around the wrestling industry, and it’s no surprise she wanted to make a career in it. Stephanie McMahon started making contributions to WWE from a young age. She was cataloging T-shirts for the WWE...
    Yankees: Mike Tauchman is making a strong push for a roster spot By: Andres Chavez March 24, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditFour New York Yankees players are currently battling for a couple of spots in the team bench to start the season. The Bombers are expected to open the 2021 campaign with a four-man bench, and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka and outfielder Brett Gardner have two spots pretty much locked up. That leaves a couple of spots for outfielders Jay Bruce and Mike Tauchman and infielders Derek Dietrich and Tyler Wade. The Yankees have a difficult decision to make in the upcoming days, and Bruce can opt out of his deal on March 25. Tauchman is viewed as a flawed batter and didn’t have a good 2020 defensively, either. However, last season represented a tiny sample, and the Yankees know that. He could attract suitors in the trade market, but the Bombers shouldn’t give him away. In fact, he is making a late push for one of the remaining roster spots. With a home...
    LAKELAND, Fla. — As the Yankees held their breath for Justin Wilson’s MRI exam on Tuesday afternoon, one of the relievers who could step up in his potential absence reinforced his value. Nick Nelson may have already staked a claim to a bullpen spot even before Wilson exited Monday’s game with left shoulder tightness, but he didn’t hurt his case Tuesday against the Tigers. He delivered more than three outs again, this time striking out three over 2 ¹/₃ innings at Joker Marchant Stadium. The right-handed Nelson gave up his first run of the spring — on a triple down the right-field line that came around to score on a double play — but otherwise was sharp, flashing a 97 mph fastball and the strong changeup that has become his calling card. “Obviously he’s got great stuff,” manager Aaron Boone said before the game. “He’s thrown the ball really well and he’s a guy that’s pitching with a lot of confidence, rightfully so. As a result, we have a lot of confidence in him right now. I’m excited about the...
    Getty Images LeBron James, Damian Lillard and Rudy Gobert during the NBA All-Star Game. The Los Angeles Lakers are weighing their options to improve the roster for a championship repeat run, but superstar LeBron James appears happy with what the team currently has in its arsenal. The Lakers held practice for the first time since the All-Star Game on Thursday and James shared his thoughts on the team’s status. “I’m not in the mind frame of what needs to happen as far as our roster,” James told reporters, per Mike Trudell of Spectrum Sports. “We just need to play better with the group that we’ve got. I believe in every guy that’s in our locker room. I love what we have. When we’re whole and we’re full, we can compete with anyone in the world.” * @KingJames: “We want to play better w/t group that we’ve got. I believe in every guy that’s in our locker room … I love what we have … we’ve had some injuries (biggest one being AD). But I believe when we’re whole,...
    New York Yankees: Jay Bruce continues to make a strong case for a roster spot with another home run By: Nathan Solomon March 9, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditJay Bruce has been one of the biggest surprises for the New York Yankees this Spring Training, starting 4-for-8 with a home run and a 1.500 OPS through a week of games. The three-time all-star is looking for a roster spot after a disappointing two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. In Tuesday’s game against Detroit Tigers, Bruce boosted his chances for a roster spot even more. The lefty took a 1-0 fastball opposite field, clearing the fence for a line-drive two-run home run. Jay Bruce launches his second home run of the spring, going deep to the opposite field. He continues to make a case for an Opening Day roster spot… pic.twitter.com/E6z85sna5z — Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) March 9, 2021 Bruce has been in a position battle with Mike Tauchman for the final outfield position, and right now, he’s winning. Aaron Boone said that Clint...
    The former Chicago Bears bust getting another chance What was once a strong offseason for the San Francisco 49ers has turned into a nightmare in recent months. The 49ers have lost wide receivers Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Richie James to injury, forcing general manager John Lynch to bring in reinforcements. With Aiyuk being diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain this past Tuesday, the 49ers are giving a former first-round pick an opportunity. According to reports, the 49ers have signed former Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White to a one-year contract. The 49ers have signed former Bears WR Kevin White. He’s back. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 27, 2020 White has been out of the league for the past yearBack in 2015, White was dubbed the best wide receiver in the NFL Draft, which can be attributed to his strong senior season at West Virginia (1,447 yard and 10 touchdowns). The Bears, looking to give quarterback Jay Cutler a premier weapon in the passing game, selected White with the seventh-overall pick. White’s tenure got off to an...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Outfielder Luis Basabe has never played above Double-A, but the 24-year-old switch-hitter could make his major league debut on Thursday. Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced the club will add Basabe as its 29th man for the second game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Teams are allowed to add one additional player for the second game of doubleheaders and the Giants settled on Basabe instead of a pitcher with the hope that starters Logan Webb and Kevin Gausman can save the bullpen with long outings. Basabe was acquired in exchange for cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox in an August 9 trade. Kapler didn’t go into detail on why the Giants selected Basabe over other outfield options at the Sacramento alternate site including Jaylin Davis, but complimented his work since joining the organization. “We felt like Basabe’s work at the alternate site was really strong and we wanted to get a good look at him,” Kapler said. “He’s prepared for this.” It’s unclear if Basabe will be included in the lineup for game two...
    David Peterson can circle Sunday on his calendar. The rookie left-hander will remain in the Mets rotation, manager Luis Rojas confirmed Wednesday, a day after Peterson earned the victory in his MLB debut with a solid outing against the Red Sox. “We talked about [Marcus] Stroman as week-to-week, but Peterson is our fifth starter right now,” Rojas said before the Mets lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, at Citi Field. Stroman, who is on the injured list with a torn left calf, has been throwing “full tilt” bullpen sessions, according to Rojas, but there is still the question of when he will be healthy enough to show he can field his position. Peterson allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over 5²/₃ innings against the Red Sox. His next start would also come on the road, in Atlanta. David PetersonGetty Images Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner was asked what he took from Peterson’s performance. “I didn’t have much to do with Petey — that was a big win for the organization, for our player development system,” Hefner said....
    Getty Mike Ford makes a play against the Eagles. The Detroit Lions have a motivated player on the roster at cornerback, and he doesn’t want to see any of your training camp bubble projections. Mike Ford, who defied the odds once before to make the team as an undrafted free agent, doesn’t get how he could possibly be considered on the roster bubble thanks to the fact that he played a leading role in a couple of wins for the team last season. I’m on the bubble? We had 3 win I played a big part in 2 of them..
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