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Skins and Bears spin tale of turnovers; Caps thrash Thrashers; Wizards on the road; Jaime Moreno retires from DC United

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Equaling its win total of last year, the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears Oct. 24 at Soldier Field 17-14. Even with the win, it was ugly. There were nine turnovers. The Redskins had three of those nine turnovers, while the Bears had six. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four turnovers in the second half to Skins corner back DeAngelo Hall. This tied an NFL record with four interceptions in a game Hall returned one of those four interceptions 92 yards for a touchdown.Also, Redskins defense tackle Albert Haynesworth played in the game after sitting out last week due to various issues.

Next up, the Skins travel to Detroit’s Ford Field to face the Detroit Lions Halloween at 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

After losing two games to the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 in overtime Saturday night, Oct. 23, at the Verizon Center. Three of those four goals netted for the Caps came by Alexander Semin. That equals a hat trick. In overtime, Tomas Fleischmann lit the lamp when he deflected a Eric Fehr slap shot to give the Caps the victory. Another stat for the Caps: the Verizon Center’s 65th consecutive sell-out.

This week the Caps play back-to-back at the Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild, Wednesday and Thursday.

Also this week, the Washington Wizards 2010/2011 season campaign starts Thursday night as the Wizards travel to Orlando to face the Orlando Magic with a 8:00 p.m. tip-off on nationally televised TNT.

Lastly, DC United’s season came to an end Saturday night as they fell 2-3 to Toronto FC. This marked DC United’s captain Jaime Moreno good-bye. Moreno played 14 seasons with DC United and is the only MLS player to score over 100 goals and 100 assists. Moreno was also, on every DC United team that won a championship. United ended the 2010 season in dead last of the Eastern Conference with a record of six wins, 20 losses, and four ties.

Revenge of the fallen: Skins look to revitalize their season as Nats look to end on a high note

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

After starting the season 1-0, the Washington Redskins have lost two consecutive starts. They lost Sunday to the 0-2 Rams 30-16 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams had not won a home game in 14 games and they had not won a game in September in four seasons. Well, all of that changed Sunday as they defeated the Redskins. There were certainly a lot of mistakes for Washington. They were 1-10 on third down conversions, 0-3 in the red zone, had nine penalties for 65 yards, and two critical turnovers (one fumble and one interception). Also time of possession was a big difference with the Skins having the ball for 25:10 and the Rams for 34:50.

The Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, a number one draft pick in last year’s NFL draft, got his first career win. He went 23/37 with 235 yards and scored one touchdown. His opponent Donovan McNabb had his worst outing in a Redskins jersey throwing 236 yards as he went 19-32. He also had one touchdown.

Next week is a huge game for the Skins as they look to get back to .500 and travel to visit the Philadelphia Eagles. This will be McNabb’s first visit to Philly to play against his old team since he was traded in the off season to the Redskins. Game time on October 3rd is scheduled for a 4:15 kickoff on FOX.

The Nats ended their week on a high note defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 at Nationals Park. There are three more home games left at Nationals Park. They are currently in a three game series with Philadelphia Phillies, tieing the series 1-1 with Adam Dunns walk off homer for the Nationals 2-1 victory on Tuesday. This month is fan appreciation month for the Nats. They have some last-minute giveaways during the final three games of the season. Monday, Sept. 27, they gave away a team poster and early bird 2011 team schedule for the first 20,000 fans. Tuesday was the last t-shirt Tuesday of the season and the first 10,000 fans get t-shirts. Lastly, for the final home game of the season on Wednesday they are giving away knit beanies for the first 20,000 fans. This weekend is the final three game series for the Nats as they travel to face the New York Mets to close out the 2010 campaign.

Some other news and notes: DC United fell to the Houston Dynamo 3-1 Saturday night after having a 1-0 lead in the first half. Also, Monday, Sept. 27 was Midnight Madness for the Washington Wizards at the Patriot Center. Doors opened at 11:00 p.m. as practice lasted from 12:00 to 1:00 a.m. The first Wizards pre-season game is Oct. 5 at the Dallas Mavericks. Finally, The Washington Capitals are 2-0 in pre-season as they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in their last outing.

Rock the red: Caps push to win first Stanley Cup in franchise history

Monday, April 12th, 2010

What a year it was for the Washington Capitals. They finished in first place in the Eastern Conference, and first place in the NHL, winning The Presidents’ Trophy with a record of 54-15-13 and 121 points. The trophy gives them home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Capitals were also Southeast Division champions for the third straight year. For the fourth time in five years, Alex Ovechkin scored 50 goals. His setup man, Nicholas Backstrom, recorded 101 points for a career best. The Caps had seven 20-goal scorers. Play-offs start against the Montreal Canadians Thursday at Verizon Center.
The Wizards have two games remaining on their 2009/2010 schedule: an away matchup at the New York Knicks, Monday at 7:30 p.m. and the season finale Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center vs. the Indiana Pacers.
The Nationals went 3-3 in the first week of their new season. Losing the season series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies 1-2. Nevertheless they took two out of three from the New York Mets over the weekend.
Saturday April 10 marked a very special evening for the Philadelphia Union as they beat D.C. United 3-2 in their club’s franchise opener at Lincoln Financial Field. D.C. United is still looking for their first win. They have the opportunity against the Chicago Fire Saturday at RFK.

Opening daze and playoff puzzles: week of 3/28/10

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

In front of a crowd of 20,664, D.C. United’s new head coach Curt Onalfo made his RFK Stadium debut at the home opener on Saturday night. The New England Revolution turned to be Kenny Mansally show, as he scored two goals in the 80th and the 82nd min. That took the lead 2-0, and it was the final score of the game.

Also this week the Wizards snapped their 16- game-losing streak with a win over the New Orleans Hornets 96-91. They then lost the next night to the Chicago Bulls 95-87. There are seven games left in this season’s campaign.

On Tuesday, the Capitals lost in overtime 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators. They then won their next two games against the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1, and the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. The Caps have four games left on their schedule, with a fourth and final meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will be nationally televised on Versus .

As the NHL and NBA seasons are entering the playoffs, Monday, April 5, is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The Washington Nationals begin their season at today at Nationals Park with a 1 p.m. first pitch vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. John Lannan takes the mound for the Nats against Roy Holliday for the Phillies. Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg is starting in the minors, for more practice with the Nats AA affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators.

D.C. Sports in Review: March 28, 2010

Monday, March 29th, 2010

What a week it was in D.C. sports. We start off with the red hot Capitals as they achieved a franchise record in points with 108 after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in the shoot out in Raleigh. Rookie defensemen John Carlson got his first career NHL goal. Besides the loss, the Caps won the highly anticipated matchup on Wednesday night at Verizon Center in D.C. as they beat rival Sidney Crosby and the Penguins 4-3 in the shoot out. In that game the Caps were down 2-1 but came rolling back with two third-period markers to send the game into overtime. The Caps are 3-0 against the Penguins this year. The next matchup is April 6 in Pittsburgh.

Although the Caps, on top of the Eastern Conference standings, are rolling right into the playoffs, the Wizards are close to the basement. They are currently on a 13-game losing streak. There have been a lot of off and on the court distractions this season. In the middle of the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, F/C Andray Blatche was benched by head coach Flip Saunders. The Wizards were in that game most of the time, but lost in overtime 95-86. The also lost the second game of a back-to-back stint with the Indiana Pacers 99-82 on Wednesday. We will see what happens next week. The Wizards could play out of their slide.