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Mystics defeat Shock, Nats continue to shine

Monday, June 27th, 2011

On a four-game losing skid, the Washington Mystics looked to get back to winning ways Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center. In front of 10,675, the Mystics came out firing from the floor, shooting 47.5 percent. That percentage helped them to a 83-63 victory over the Tulsa Shock. Both teams entered the contest with one victory on the season. The Mystics had the lead the entire game with a lead that once grew to 24. YDC asked Mystics head coach Trudi Lacey asked what about win impressed her most. She said, “Our intensity on defense finally had a good defensive game, and we’re getting better at executing in the half-court sets.”

Some other notable stats: the Mystics three-point shots were 41.7 percent successful; they were 71 percent from the free throw line. The Mystics next home game comes Saturday as they take on Seattle at 4 p.m. at the Verizon Center.

Some other breaking news this week: Jim Riggleman stepped down after a Nationals walk-off victory over the Seattle Mariners. When Riggleman left the team Thursday, June 23, the Nats had just scored their eleventh victory in 12 games. Over the weekend, bench coach John McLaren was the interim coach, The club announced Sunday that head coach veteran Davey Johnson is going to take over the club.

In all of this coaching mess, the team is still red hot and there are games to be played. Over the weekend, the Nats won the series over the Chicago White Sox defeating them 9-5 in a 14-inning marathon on Friday. The Nats bullpen blew three saves, but they still got the W. On Saturday, they fell 1-0, then won 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a Danny Espinosa homer. The Nats now travel to Anaheim to face the Angels and to finish interleague play before returning home for July Fourth weekend against Pittsburgh. At this writing, the Nats sit at 37-35, two games over the .500 mark. They sit in third place in the NL East standings.

Mystics lose home opener to Sky

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

With a record of winning three home openers in a row at the Verizon Center, the Mystics were 1-1 on the road as they took the court against the Chicago Sky Saturday night. In front of a crowd of 11,943, the Mystics slipped down a hole early trailing by 18 in the first half.

The Mystics came out with a lot better effort in the second half and cut the lead to three. Never seizing the lead, it was too-little-too-late during the comeback. Big shots by the Sky defeated the Mystics, 84-77. The Mystics fell as they struggled on defense throughout the game. The Sky scored 60 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from three. The Mystics only shot 45.6 percent and 30.8 percent from three.

Offensively, the Mystics leading scorer was Matee Ajavon with 24 points. She led both teams scoring. The Sky’s leading scorer was Sylvia Fowles with 23 points.

With her three-year history in the Mystics organization, this was Mystics coach Trudi Lacey’s first regular-season home game. She took over the coaching job Nov. 25, 2010. She is also the team’s general manager.

A bright spot of the evening came when the Mystics dropped its “2010 Eastern Conference Champions” banner from the rafters at the Verizon Center. The Mystics look for their first home win on Thursday as they tip off with the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m.

Nats before and after TJ surgery, Mystics out of playoffs, Skins to face Cards in last pre-season game, DC United eyes third US Open Cup

Monday, August 30th, 2010

An MRI of Nats rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s elbow showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament the team management described as “significant.” This injury will, according to the Nats, mean Strasburg should undergo Tommy John surgery. Signs of the injury showed up Aug. 21 in the fifth inning of his last outing on a 1-1 pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown. The Nats ended up winning that game 8-1. Strasburg’s first season record ended at 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts.

Tommy John surgery replaces the ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon harvested from another part of the patient’s body. This happens to a lot of pitchers in baseball. The procedure was developed by Dr. Frank Jobe, but named for the first pitcher whose career it saved. Like Strasburg, Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was off to a blazing start last year, but he needed Tommy John surgery by August. Last Thursday against St. Louis, Zimmermann made his first start since July 18 of last year. He went four innings giving up five runs and five hits. The Nationals won that game 11-10 in 13 innings as Ian Desmand provided a spark with a walk-off hit.

Desmond replaced Josh Willingham’s spot in the lineup because Willingham is out for the year because he will be having left knee surgery.

Sadly, the Washington Mystics season came to an excruciating halt as they got swept by the number four seed Atlanta Dream. After finishing the regular season with a six-game winning streak, the Mystics lost game one of the playoffs at the Verizon Center 90-95 last Wednesday. They then had to travel to Atlanta for an elimination game, falling Friday night 77-101. The Mystics opened that game by scoring a 9-0 run. The Dream countered with a 24-0 run in the second quarter. It’s the first time since 2004 that a number four seed upset the number one seed in WNBA divisional playoffs.

The Redskins got back the winning ways in pre-season as they defeated the New York Jets in NY 16-11. The Skins (2-1-0) final pre-season game comes Sep. 2 as hey travel to the Arizona Cardinals (2-1-0). Game time is scheduled for a 10:00 p.m. EDT kickoff to air on Comcast SportsNet.

Next up for DC United is a US Open Cup semifinal match as they take on the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium Sept. 1 with a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. That game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. DC United won the cup in 1996 and 2008.

Mystics ranked top seed in WNBA playoffs, Nats suffer the DL blues, DC United wins over Philly Union, Ravens trounce Skins

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Washington Mystics enter the 2010 WNBA playoffs on a six-game winning streak. Game one is tonight at the Verizon Center. The Mystics, seeded number one, face-off against the number four team, the Atlanta Dream. Game two is Friday in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. and game three, if necessary, is Sunday back at Verizon Center at 4:00 p.m. The WNBA playoffs are a best two-out-of-three series. Playoff tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 1-877-DC-HOOP-1). Tickets start at $22.00. The Mystics are currently one game out of first place with a 20-11 record.

In Nats injury and suspension news, left-fielder Josh Willingham is headed to the 15-day DL. He has a torn meniscus in his left knee. This cartilage makes sure that the thigh and shin bones are distributing weight properly. The Washington Post speculates that the injury requires season-ending surgery for Willingham. Also, the Nats re-called center-fielder Njyer Morgan from the DL. However, he is now suspended seven days due to throwing a ball in the stands in Philadelphia. Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the 15 day DL with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Strasburg is going to be having a second MRI on Thursday.

DC United defeated the newest team in the league, the Philadelphia Union, 2-0. This was the Unions first trip to the Nation’s Capital.

Lastly, Saturday, Aug. 21, 7:00 p.m. the Redskins took on their I-95 rivals, as the Baltimore Ravens traveled to FedEx Field. The Skins fell 23-3. This was going to be the Skins last pre-season home game at FedEx Field. The next game is Friday as they travel to New Jersey to take on the New York Jets at the new stadium in New York.

Legg Mason Classic opens, Mystics end slide, Nats dominate division leaders but trade Matt Capps, United can’t get Real

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

After the first two days of qualifying matches, the Legg Mason Classic match play starts today. The big name today is James Blake of USA taking on another US opponent, Ryan Sweeting. Blake is ranked 105 and Sweeting is ranked 119 in the world. The tennis classic lasts till Sunday. Three Top Ten and six Top 20 ATP World Tour players committed to the draw list this year. We’ll know more about Andy Roddick’s status after today’s 4:30 practice.

After a three-game losing slide, the Washington Mystics win two in a row over the Indiana Fever, 77-73. Sunday, the Mystics claimed its most crushing win of the season over the Tulsa Shock, 87-62. Two special guests watched the Tulsa game at Verizon Center – President Barak Obama and his younger daughter Sasha. The Mystics have a three-game road trip up ahead and will not return home until Aug. 10 to face the Connecticut Sun. The Sun handed the Mystics two big defeats in the three games the teams have played earlier this summer. The Mystics are standing in third place in the Eastern Conference and only two games back of first-place Atlanta.

Last week the Nationals took two out of three games from the first-place Atlanta Braves. Their three home games against division second-place Philadelphia Phillies also ended with the Nats taking two. While great to report that the Nats dominated the two top teams in the MLB National League East Division, the home team is still 13.5 games out of first place. Of the six games against these division leaders, Saturday brought fans one to note. The Nats gave up a run in the top of the ninth and the Phillies led, 5-4. In the bottom of the ninth with Michael Morse and Adam Kennedy on base, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run to straight away center field. Nats won the game 7-5.

The trade deadline came and went and the Nationals were very busy. They dealt all-star closer Matt Capps to the Minnesota Twins for prized catching prospect Wilson Ramos. Cristian Guzman, on the Nats roster since the move to D.C., was traded to the Rangers for pitching prospects Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark.
Next up for the Nats is a long West Coast trip with stops in Arizona and L.A. before coming back home Aug. 10.

Lastly, DC United got shut out again at Real Salt Lake Saturday 3-0.

Mystics and United keep fans watching; Nats offer t-shirts, bobble heads and Strasburg; Skins prep for training camp

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Basketball
Trailing 1.5 games out of first place, the Washington Mystics tried to stay in second place when the played the Indiana Fever Saturday night at Verizon Center. The Mystics were down the whole game, so a comeback fell short as time ran out. Final score: 78-73. Wednesday brought a special 11:30 a.m. start for kids’ camp day – 14,000+ saw the Mystics crush the Atlanta Dream 82-72. Next up for the Mystics comes Tuesday. They play the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, about 40 miles north of New London. The Mystics return home Thursday to face off against the San Antonio Silver Spurs.

Soccer
D.C. United won its friendly match 4-0 vs. Portsmouth FC at RFK Stadium Saturday night. Three of those four goals came by Danny Allsopp. United gets back into MLS play as they take on Real Salt Lake in Utah.

Baseball
After the MLB all-star break, the Nationals finally return home after a 3-7 road trip. The Nats made stops in Florida, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Tuesday, July 27, Stephen Strasburg makes his 10th major league start against the Atlanta Braves. Tuesday is also a “T-Shirt Tuesday” for the first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles.
After the three game series vs. Atlanta, the Nats host a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The first 15,000 fans on Saturday, July 31, get a Nyjer Morgan bobble head.
Off the field, Bill Ladner reported on MLB.com last Friday that Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is expected to coach the team next year.

Football
Redskins upside: July 29 – Aug. 19 is training camp. The Redskins training camp is held at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Virginia. Redskins downside: after a 10-year pro career, tackle Chris Samuels retired this week.

That’s this week’s D.C. sports news. Check back for next week.