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

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.

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