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Caps win three straight, Skins drop to 5-6, heads up: BB&T back at Verizon Center Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

After three straight losses, the Washington Capitals have won three straight. More importantly, these victories were against Southeast Division opponents. The night before Thanksgiving, the Caps defeated on the Carolina Hurricanes on the road. On Friday, the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-0 on home ice. Sunday, a win over the Carolina Hurricanes came in the shoot out as Alexander Ovechkin was the only goal scorer of the shoot out. The Caps open the month of December on the road visiting the St. Louis Blues, and the Dallas Stars before returning home Saturday vs. the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Washington Redskins dropped to 5-6 on the season and 2-4 at FedEx Field as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 17-13. The Skins had only one turnover in the game to the Vikings’ zero, which was one reason why they lost. One improvement, however, has been the Skins third-down conversions. On Sunday, they went 7-15. Redskins quarter-back, Donovan McNabb went 21-35 throwing 211-yards. He had one touchdown and one interception. The Vikings quarterback is 41-year-old Brett Favre. The 20-year veteran went 15-23 and threw 172 yards. He had no touchdowns or interceptions. Lastly, the Redskins rushing attack was nonexistent – only had 29 rushing yards the whole game.

Next up, The Skins travel to the New Meadowland Stadium and face NFC East opponent the New York Giants for the first time this season. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

In other D.C. sports news, the Washington Wizards fell 100-99 to the Orlando Magic Saturday night due to a successful last second shot by Magic center Dwight Howard. DC United named Ben Olsen as team manager for next season.

Lastly, this Sunday marks the 16th annual BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center. Three games will be taking place starting at 2:30 p.m. University of Florida takes on American University, following that is George Washington vs. Navy, and lastly the University of Maryland takes on the Temple University.

Redskins win over Eagles, Nats end season with extra-inning victory, DC United scores on the road, Caps to launch season Oct. 8

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The game of the week turned out to be a great one for the Washington Redskins. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-12 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Quarterback Donovan McNabb made his first trip back to Philly in a Skins uniform. He was an Eagle 1999-2009. As he was announced before the game started, the Philly crowd gave him a standing ovation.

In the first quarter Eagles quarterback Michael Vick got smashed on the goal line by Redskins defenders DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore. Injured, he did not return to the game. Monday morning reported that he injured cartilage in his rib cage.

The key stat that led the Redskins to the victory was that they had their best rushing attack of the season. They rushed 169 yards. Running back Ryan Torain had 70 of those 169 yards. Another thing that stands out has to be the penalty differential. The Redskins had three penalties for 30
yards as the Eagles had eight for 80 yards.

Next up for the Burgundy and Gold is their first 1:00 p.m. kickoff of the season as they host the Green Bay Packers to FedEx Field next Sunday.

The Washington Nationals season ended Sunday in a thriller. The win in the 14th inning ended the season defeating the New York Mets in 2-1. The final record in the standings led the Nats to 69-93. They were above .500 at home this year going 41-40. The bulk of their losses came on the road as they went 28-53. One thing the Nats look to improve upon next season is their error stat. This season they were tied for first place with 126.

Some end of the season stat notables: Home Runs – Adam Dunn (38), Batting Average – Ryan Zimmerman (.307), RBI – Adam Dunn (103), Wins – Tyler Clippard (11), ERA – Livan Hernandez (3.73), strikeouts – Livan Hernandez (113).

In other D.C. sports news: D.C. United finally got another a road win as the defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0.

Also, the Washington Capitals pre-season concluded Sunday with a loss to the Nashville Predators 3-0. The Caps went 5-6 in the pre-season. The regular season starts this Friday as they travel to Atlanta with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop on Comcast SportsNet. The first regular season game at the Verizon Center will be this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as they host the New Jersey Devils.

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.

Houston, we have a problem

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Both teams coming into Sunday’s game were undefeated, so one team was going to be 2-0 and the other 1-1. Although the Skins led at halftime, 20-7, the Houston Texans scored 20 unanswered points to defeat the Washington Redskins 30-27 in overtime. The Redskins had a chance to win it with a field goal in OT but, as kicker Graham Gano attempted and made a 52-yard field goal, the Texans called time out to ice the kicker. It worked because Gano missed his second attempt wide right. In the following seven-play possession, the Texans lined up for an easy 35-yard field goal in overtime to win it.
Notable players for the Skins are: quarterback Donovan McNabb went 28-38 with 426 passing yards. Wide receiver Santana Moss had nine catches and 89 yards on the day. Safety Reed Doughty and linebacker Rocky McIntosh led the defense with 14 tackles each.
Next up for the Redskins is their first away game of the season. They travel to St. Louis with 4:00 p.m. kickoff. That game will be aired on FOX. Looks like it will be without backup running back Larry Johnson. He was cut Tuesday. Sporting News reports that the team signed free-agent running back Chad Simpson to replace Johnson on the roster.

Losing ways continue for the Washington Nationals as they got swept by the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend in Philly. The Nats return home tomorrow for the final 10 games left at Nationals Park this season. They have a four game series with the Houston Astros, and a three game series with the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies to round out the 81 home games played at Nats Park this season. At this writing, the Nats record is 62-88. Monday’s pitching matchup of Livan Hernandez against Bud Norris ended with a victory by the Astros after a three-error fifth inning. Tuesday, Nats John Lannan pitches against Astros J. A. Happ.

D.C United continued to slide as they lost Saturday night to the LA Galaxy 2-1 in LA. They return home to face the Houston Dynamo Saturday Sep. 25 at RFK Stadium. A win might salve the wounds left by Houston’s football and baseball teams.

Lastly, the Washington Capitals training camp started at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

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 ( 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.