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He coached seventh-graders Stafford and Kershaw in football

Rock Pillsbury has spent the last 13 years as athletic director at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. Before that, he was a basketball coach at Highland Park High in Texas. And, as part of his duties, he coached seventh-grade football at a Dallas middle school during a year when his quarterback was Matthew Stafford and the guy snapping the ball at center was Clayton Kershaw.

Now Stafford and Kershaw will be reunited in Los Angeles, with Stafford taking over as the Rams’ quarterback and three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw ready to continue his Hall of Fame career with the Dodgers.

“Nobody knew about Kershaw,” Pillsbury said, recalling those seventh-grade days. “He was a chunky guy. Stafford could throw a junior football 50 to 60 yards. He could throw it a country mile. They were buddies.”

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Doug Williams promoted to senior adviser to Washington Football Team president Jason Wright

Washington Football Team executive Doug Williams once made history with the franchise. Now he hopes to help shape its future.

Washington named Williams as its senior adviser to team president Jason Wright. The move from the football side to the business side of the building will give Williams a chance to impact key decisions awaiting the organization.

He became the first Black quarterback to play in, and win, a Super Bowl in January 1988, leading Washington to a win over Denver while being named MVP. He spent the past six seasons in personnel with the team, first as a senior executive and then as a senior vice president of player personnel.

But after Ron Rivera was hired last offseason, Williams was shifted to senior vice president of player development.

Now, he’ll assist Wright as Washington navigates pivotal changes, from the team name to its quest for a new stadium —

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Beth Wilkinson close to completing Washington Football Team investigation, Roger Goodell says

The comments by Goodell at his annual state-of-the-league news conference during Super Bowl week were the league’s first substantive remarks in months on the investigation and ownership dispute.

“I have not met with her yet,” Goodell said of Wilkinson and her investigation, “so I don’t have any of her recommendations. She is nearing the completion of her work. So she’ll be sharing that work with me and her review at some point in the future.”

Goodell said that Wilkinson’s findings will be shared with the team, which he initially called the “Redskins” before correcting himself at the behest of a moderator and apologizing, calling the reference to the team’s former name “a bad habit.” Goodell said the findings also will be shared with “others” but did not specify whether they will be released to the public.

“To me, the important thing in the context of this is that the Washington

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Fantasy football tips: How do you navigate the Liverpool-Man City selection headache?

Alistair Bruce-Ball

If you’re a regular listener to the Fantasy 606 podcast then you might wonder why Chris Sutton isn’t writing this column, or more pertinently his assistant manager.

That’s his son Ollie and at the moment they’re dovetailing like Brian Clough and Peter Taylor back in the day – Ollie like Taylor spotting the talent, Chris like Clough picking the team and making it sing. They’ve seen green arrows in seven of the past nine weeks and have climbed almost a million places in the overall league in the past five gameweeks.

In gameweek 18 they played the Free Hit chip and boldly backed the Sheffield United defence to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle, which they duly did.

Michail Antonio and Raheem Sterling have been excellent signings at the right time despite Sterling being a casualty of Pep Guardiola wreaking his usual havoc on fantasy managers in gameweek 21, and

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