Archive for August, 2010

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.

Legg Mason round up, DC United captain Moreno won’t be back for 2011, Skins preseason includes Bills, Ravens, Jets, Cardinals

Friday, August 13th, 2010

More then 75,000 fans attended the 42nd Legg Mason Classic at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. The ATP tournament drew ranked players including Andy Roddick, John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Tomas Berdych, Sam Querrey, Marin Cilic and the Bryan Brothers. Surprisingly none of those top players won the final. The winner of the Legg Mason Classic this year was David Nalbandian who defeated Marcos Baghdatis (6-2, 7-6). Nalbandian won $1.4 million. Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles defeated Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (4-6, 7-6, 10-7). They earned $76,950.
Save the dates–next year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic is schedule for July 30 – Aug. 7 at the tennis center in Rock Creek Park.

In soccer news Kevin Payne, DC United president, confirmed captain Jaime Moreno will not return to the team next year. Moreno has played 14 MLS seasons and is a seven-time all star. He’s collected a career 132 goals. United’s next match is Saturday, Aug. 14. They take on FC Dallas.

Football is back as the Redskins take on the Buffalo Bills in preseason action Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Skins have two pre-season games at FedEx Field, facing the Baltimore Ravens after the Bills. They play the Ravens Aug. 21. Then the Skins hit the road for two more preseason games versus the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. All preseason games will be aired on Comcast SportsNet.
The first regular season game will air Sept. 12 on NBC Sunday Night Football as the Skins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Legg Mason sets round of 16

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The round of 16 is set at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Andy Roddick won his first match Tuesday night and is set to play his second match tonight vs. Gilles Simon from France. American Mardy Fish, takes on Marin Cilic in another notable match to start at at 4 p.m. at the stadium court. Between the Roddick-Simon and Fish-Cilic matches, American John Isner will face off against Xavier Malisse.

One big upset happened Wednesday as Alejandro Falla defeated Lleyton Hewitt 7-5 in the first set and 3-2 in the second set. Hewitt had to leave the second set early due to a right leg muscle injury. Before the tourney, Hewitt was ranked 30th on the ATP ranking and Falla was 61st.

The Tennis Channel airs the Legg Mason Classic tonight, 4:00-8:00 pm. ESPN 2 airs it on Friday from 12:00 noon-2:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm. Saturday 7:00-9:00 pm and Sunday from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.

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.