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Cougars Rose Their AP after Defeating Colorado 31-7

Finally, Washington State’s AP rankings have gone up matching with its College Football Playoff rankings. This became possible when Cougars defeated Colorado 31-7. This was indeed a very happy moment for WSU Cougars after a long time suffering during this whole season.

Maybe it’s because Apple Cup week is just around the corner but both Huskies and Cougars are making visible progress from the last few days. Huskies were almost out of the game but rose up 3 spots.

The Apple Cup is college football rivalry between Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars. This year the anticipation is flying beyond skies for the time these two largest universities of the Washington states will come face to face.

Owing to the 31-7 victory over Colorado this Saturday, The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) are still in lead over Huskies (7-3, 5-2).

Their magnificent performance during the match also pushed Washington State to No.8 in Associated Press Top 25 poll this week even leaving behind Ohio State and LSU. This the highest ranking the Cougars have been given in the last 15 years although they were No.8 for a week in 2017 as well.

While on the other hand, the Huskies managed to move 3 spots up to No. 17 this weekend other than that Utah (ranked no.21) is the only other Pac-12 team to be rank during this week.

The teams still got a lot to do before the Apple Cup week arrives. The Cougars are up against Arizona for a 7:30 p.m. game on Saturday at Martin Stadium. Arizona is 6-4 this season and the Cougars need to win this game if they still want to remain in the hunt for College Football Playoff.

 

Chicago Cubs Beat Nationals 6-4 in 10 Innings

With all the attention focused on Daniel Murphy as he is back to Washington Nationals for the first time after he got traded to the Chicago Cubs, it was his replacement in the game, David Bote who tortured the Nationals once again.

Bote made a pinch-hit RBI double and a 10th inning score as the Chicago Cubs came back to Washington and cause a 6-4 loss to Nationals Thursday night in the very first game of a four-game series.

Bote is the same player who had hit a two-out grand slam at the end of the ninth inning to make the Cubs win 4-3 over Washington on 12th of August at Wrigley Field, he even bashed a 100 mph fastball coming from Jimmy Cordero (1-2) into the right corner of the field to score.

Bote was certain nobody had forgotten what he had done with the nationals back in Chicago during the last month. Bote finished the game at the second base.

“I heard the boos today,” Bote said. “I love it. It’s fun. You love to be part of that.”

Daniel Murphy went 1-5 with one strikeout in his first game back at Washington since he was given out to the Cubs on 21st of August.

Although Chicago holds the best record in the National League and Is leading the NL Central by 4 and a half games over Milwaukee, their manager Joe Maddon is still considering work on some things and he admits that sometimes he becomes a bit of perfectionist.

“We’ve got to work better at-bats,” Maddon said. “I’m talking about October, I’m not just talking about Sept. 6. I love the fight, tremendous fight, but there are little things now that have held us back in the past that I don’t want to see hold us back now.”

On the Other hand, Washington Nationals has lost three games straight and have fallen to 69-72 in NL East. For the first time since 30th April, the Nationals are three games under .500.

In the ninth inning, Pedro Strop (5-1) Pitched score-less and Jesse Chavez was able to earn his third save.

During the fourth inning, Washington was actually able to take a 3-2 lead which was earned due to the 13th homer of Mark Reynolds was not to sustain it. Then to tie it at 3 in the fifth, Murphy scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly. And Spencer Kieboom made highest in his career three hits for Washington.

Stephen Strasburg pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals, he allowed six hits while walking three and striking out six. He gave up three runs, two earned while throwing 111 pitches which was his most since tossing a season-high 115 on 20th May.

Redskins 30-20 Collapse Against Ravens

The Redskins has a 30-20 collapse against their regional rivals the Baltimore Ravens in their final tournament of 2018 regular season. The Redskins fell to 1-3 in the preseason.

The game featured none of the likable starters from both the teams, all of the players were looking for a good spot in the roster and tried pretty hard getting it. The Redskins had a holdup in the number of the position in the roster due to this including prominent positions like running back, linebacker, wide receiver and defensive back.

Many of the Mason/Brennan Nominees were seen playing significantly from both sides and as it seems many of them were having their last chances at playing for Redskins.

Though Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson were more likely secures in the opening day’s 53 man roster, last night game was a fantastic opportunity for Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Kapri Bibbs, De’Veon Smith and Byron Marshall,(who was unable to play with the team due to injuries), to compete for what was tightened spot

Kelley initialized everything with 49 yards on 11 carries and took the widely held snaps in the first half. Then smith contributed by 7 rushes aimed at 42 yards whereas Perine ended it with 30 yards proceeding in 7 shots.

The most up to the minute competitions that was seen in the preseason was in the middle of Kevin Hogan and Connor Jessop, the new addition to the Redskins who united with them after the early parting from Colt McCoy against Denver. Hogan played the full games posting the stat line of 22-38 in 272 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Both of them lay a strong play back to back and it will be very interesting to watch further games if the Redskins decided on keeping three quarterbacks.

An additional piece of information concerning the quarterback department is that Robert Griffin III alongside his fellow teammates Joe Flacco and the rookie player and past Heisman Winner Lamar Jackson worked toward earning a spot in the Baltimore Roster. Unfortunately, he was not named in the roster for the competition which makes you think has he done enough to actually earn the spot on the team or not. In the meantime, Jackson finished off the evening with passing 109 yards and 25 on the ground yards and a touchdown in addition.

From the defense side, Zach Vigil and Shaun Dion Hamilton both the players had done a fantastic job while in their attempts at earning spots in what it seemed was a contest between Martell Spaight and Josh Harvey-Clemons. Dion Hamilton played the role of the statistical leader against the Ravens, afflicting 7 tackles which includes one for the loss.

Against Broncos last week, the second defense team had a bad hand at allowing the long plays through the air and struggling to mark poem field tackles and these troubles made their way in the last night’s game as well. While in the game against Ravens Troy Apke was able to make only one tackle, while Greg Stroman did enough to through back Quin Blanding, Danny Johnson, and Kenny Ladler.

Now the preseason games have ended its time for the front office to make the decisions on who is staying and who needs to go. Even if your comments wouldn’t make any difference, still we would like to know what’s going through your mind as we look ahead to the end of the 2018’s Preseason.

Natasha Cloud last Second Jumper Lift the Mystics to Top Sparks (69-67)

Natasha Cloud made the final jump at the end of the buzzer to earn Mystics the (69-67) win over Sparks. Cloud Last-minute shot made the tables turn on Friday’s Night.

The time was almost up but Cloud took the chance to make her team win in a flash. Usually, this type of safe would have been made by Elena Delle Donne or Kristi Toliver but both of them were not free at the time. Even cloud was not free when she got the ball in her hand the game was obviously moving toward overtime with (67-67) tie looming over but Cloud had some other plans going through her mind. She made a quick crossover and falling down on this attempt but the ball went right down the hole and a score in Mystics name before the buzzer could go off.

 

The shot in itself was magnificent but that is not the end of the glory as the shot was made against Alana Beard, who has played for Mystics in past from 2004-2011 and is the 2017 WNBA Defensive player of the year. It’s quite astonishing how she missed the move Cloud was about to make even though she tried her hardest to stop her from making the shot.

Cloud took upon her shoulders to make this a bigger deal than just a win. Washington Mystics who were less than average in most of the season, with an average looking standing of 18-16 when they made into the 2017 WNBA semifinals. In 2010 the team made 22-12 and it seems the shape team is in now after the Natasha Cloud’s win they are no less than being equal to that time. In fact, I would go as beyond to say that 2018’s version of the team is the best ever in the history of the franchise.

Cloud agrees on this one as she very much stated this as a matter of fact tone when she was interviewed by color analyst Christy Winters-Scott after the game.

She said, “This is a championship team — YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!”

She once again said so after leaving the court.

Though no one was saying Mystics are not a good team but very few of them expected them to be of championship material, but after the line of wins in this season they have risen to be in such conversations.

The Mystics are not one of the best of the bests but winning streaks have put them as a potential candidate to win a championship. Mystics have a good player in Delle Donne and a team full of player who is working great with her.

Though many may think otherwise as team was not in a position to win like this at the start of the season and neither anyone expected them to win at all but the way team has improved now and the long win streak definitely make them a potential candidate to win WNBA Championship and there are chances they even top that.

Washington DC Will be Entering Major League Rugby Nearing 2020

Washington Dc announced this Tuesday the attention of joining Major League Rugby by the time of 2020. The selection of the D.C. Rugby Team is still in process but is lined with various picks. They have also been previously linked with plans for Pro14 Team based in the US.

MLR is featuring seven pro rugby teams from both west and south states and even has completed the fourth round of the first season. The Denver based Glendale Raptors are in a lead to Seattle Seawolves and the San Diego Legion. The games will be broadcasted by CBS and ESPN over 12 weeks and there is a championship game falling on 7th of July.

Another team, eighth in line, Rugby United New York is due in 2019 to enter MLR has played several exhibition games in April. Ontario and Dallas Teams are still in the building process and a Los Angeles team is almost complete as compared to the developments in Boston and Vancouver according to the sources.

Chris Dunlavey, the partner in the Washington-based programme management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey and chairman of DCMLR, said in a statement: “We’re extremely excited at the prospect of bringing professional rugby to DC. Our experience, our network, our intuition and our market research all tell us the same thing: there is a big appetite for rugby in the DC region, with more than 190 active clubs featuring over 7,500 players. That’s a lot of potential supporters for this team. If professional rugby can work anywhere in the US, it can work in DC.”

It is expected that like that of Los Angeles the D.C. MLR Team can also play games in 2019 but would not be fully ready for the competitive plays until the succeeding year.

Dunlavey who is the primary aspect of the Washington Irish Club is joined by Paul Sheehy in D.C. MLR ownership. Paul Sheehy was the strong back leading US Eagles back in the time of 1991 World Cup, now runs a car dealership store namely “Sheehy Auto Stores” and also coaches at a High School.

Sheehy has been reported to being extensively involved in moves of North America by Pro14. The Pro14 has not hinted on Washington’s Plans of joining MLR just yet.

The US Capital has also hosted the South African Nation Team on June 2nd, the time when the Springboks played Wales at RFK Stadium.

Dunlavey said he expected the game to “help us get the word out in the rugby and local community and start to generate momentum for MLR”.

“We are planning a lot of activities around that match to get people excited,” he said. “We’re even thinking about giving the fans the opportunity to help us name our team.”

DCMLR said it was “working to finalize the location of the team’s home games”.

Dean Howes, the commissioner of MLR, said: “We think Washington DC will be an exciting and growing market for us. With New York committed and now DC coming on board, we can envision a robust rivalry blossoming between those two clubs.

“As important, having these professional teams in major east coast cities shows all of the young players in this part of the country that there is a future for them in our sport.”

Bill Hamid Is Back to D.C. United Through To the 2019 Season

After player one year for Midtjylland, Bill Hamid returns to D.C. United and will be playing for his debut team once more throughout the 2019 season. D.C. United has re-signed Hamid on a loan.

Hamid went Europe and joined Danish side FC Midtjylland at the conclusion of the 2017 season over an offer from Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. He wanted to test himself and this offer provided the best opportunity there was. He went there on a promise to start but returned a year later after making three appearances with Midtjylland all while backing Jesper Hansen.

The 27-years-old then decided to come back to his former team D.C. United in hopes of getting preferred to start over David Ousted, the Denmark native has started 16 out of 19 games for D.C. United this season and Steve Clark, who handled the other three.

“Bill moved to FC Midtjylland at the end of last year and it was an important step in his personal and professional development,” D.C. GM Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He’s a major part of the fabric of this club with his local ties, homegrown history, and on-field accomplishments so bringing him back on loan is a great acquisition as we make a push for playoffs at Audi Field.” In another statement, he stated, “He’s a leader on and off the field and we’re excited to welcome him back to the club he worked tirelessly for over eight seasons.”

Hamid joined the academy in 2007 and two years later in September 2009 became the United’s First Homegrown Goalkeeper. He played for D.C. United from 2009 to 2017 onwards. He has set a record of 184 starts, 66 wins, 642 saves and 49 shutouts. Then in 2014 he was nominated for MLS All-Star, was selected among MLS Best XI and was even named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He has also earned six caps for the US national team, which includes three shutouts.

And if we go back a year there was a strong possibility for Hamid to have been one of the regular goalkeepers for the United States along with Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Rimando, who are almost at the end of their careers.

When Bill Hamid appears on the field for the first time after his return to D.C United he will be entering a new era with a new number. Yes, it was decided that Hamid will be wearing Number 24 jersey in his second time with D.C. United team.

When he first played for the team he used to wear Number 28 jersey but that number is no more available for Joseph Mora currently wears that who was acquired by the team in the offseason this year. Hamid had a choice to choose the same number he used to wears with FC Midtjylland that is number 16 and also Number 14 but he chose to wear 24 instead.

Many fans who are hoping to see the player in his former number would be disappointed but the anticipation to see him play again for D.C. United remains the same. We hope that the new number will bring about new and better changes for the player as well as the team in coming years.

Washington Capitals Will Miss Jay Beagle

Capitals move ahead in the game, they will miss Jay Beagle because there might be some young and competent players on the team there is no Jay Beagle who can go 58.5 percent on faceoffs.

They will certainly not miss the three-years or the $12 million they got from Vancouver Canucks but still, there is no one on the team that can even come close to the ability Beagle possessed.

He won 584 out of 998 last year the only person who comes a bit close to competing with that is Nicklas Backstrom with 51.2 percentage but with this much of the percentage, there is no valid player getting on with faceoffs anymore.

 

Jay Beagle will be earning $3 Million in next four years with Vancouver Canucks which was out of the possibilities if he had stayed with Washington Capitals. However, now the Capitals will need to do a lot of work in their faceoffs as well as draws department.

Faceoffs are a big part of the game and if you can’t handle the puck on time it can be a great loss for the team. Likewise losing Beagle is going to cost Capitals this season. If you draw back to the last season’s games of the Capitals you’ll see that almost every critical draw was also taken by Beagle. He would sometime go beyond his capabilities and start a 3 on 3 in an overtime.

Also, Beagle was a big source of gathering the attention of the media as well. His charm and favorable personality won the hearts of those around him. He was the joy of the locker room and media all the same. Moreover, other teams also enjoyed playing with Capitals which actually was due to Beagle in a big sense.

To overcome the deficit they will be facing without Beagle, Capitals center, the Team as a whole needs to enhance their overall efficiency in the area of faceoffs or they will be losing lots of points when faced with a critical situation. And on the other hand, they also need to fill in the hole in their penalty kills which can be best done if Wilson, Lars Eller, Chandler Stephenson and others can step up their game.

Wizards Sign Dwight Howard: Does That Mean They Are A Better Team Now Or Worst?

Wizards signed free agent Dwight Howard this off-season with an aim to get towards a bigger and brighter future. Ernie Grunfeld has high hopes for the player that displays in his following comment.

“Dwight has been known throughout his career as one of the league’s best defenders, rebounders, and finishers around the rim, all areas that we needed to improve heading into next season,” said Grunfeld. “His inside presence and athleticism will give us a much different look and will open up opportunities for us on both ends of the floor.”

Howard (6-11, 265) has an average of 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists shooting .585 from the floor in 1035 NBA games (1034 starts) completed during 14 NBA seasons with Orlando, L.A. Lakers, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte.

Though the last few seasons were not so good with the player he also sees being a part of the Wizards as a chance to show his much-improved abilities and regain his status. He expressed his gratitude to Ernie Grunfeld and The Wizards Team in a recent interview.

“Thank you to Ernie [Grunfeld],” Howard said, “and thanks for believing in me as a player and wanting me here in D.C.”

All of us have something to prove, and we want to do it together,” Howard said of his Wizards teammates. “I feel like this city and this team is a place where I want to end my career.”

As a fun-loving player that he is, he said some very notable things pointing toward all of his career journey from Orland to Wizards in a comment:

“I learned Magic for eight years. Traveled to La La Land. Learned how to work with Rockets. And then I went and learned how to fly with some Hawks. Got stung by the Hornets. Just a joke. But through all of that, it’s taught me how to be a Wizard.”

Although Howard is a bit risky but considering his all-time record from history he is still a lot better option than Marcin Gortat for Wizards. The Wizards Team is getting better with new addition including Howards and some others like Austin Rivers, Jeff Green and Troy Brown, Jr.

The question remain does this makes them a better team or worst? According to Grunfeld, it is moving forward, and we have to agree that their performances are getting that a few of last years.

“This is probably the deepest team that we’ve had and maybe the most talented,” Grunfeld said.

John Walls also agrees with the Grunfeld statement and stated the following when asked if he thinks it’s the deepest roster they have yet:

“Yeah, for sure. I definitely think so,” He said. “I think it gives us the opportunity where we don’t have to play as many minutes… I think those guys can take a little of the burden and pressure off of us at times.”

Only the time can tell where these a few additions will take the team. For now, we can only hope that Grunfeld and Walls are right. If not for other unforeseen circumstances, we might get to see a lot better performances from Wizards in the upcoming season that we have in last few years.

How Would the Washington Redskins Take On The Old Rivalry With Philadelphia Eagles During Their Next Encounter?

After the match against Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Night, the Redskins have an opportunity to get better before their week 13 feud with their old-time rivals Philadelphia Eagles on “Monday Night Football”. This will be their 2 of the 3 repeated game against them and They have this break time to come forth as a stronger team if they don’t want a repeat of last year.

Also, this time this competition with Super Bowl Champions holds more significance as they are up against star quarterback Carson Wentz at Lincoln Financial Field. This year Redskins have many of new faces in the team including Alex Smith as the new quarterback, running back Derrius Guice and wide receiver Paul Richardson. It is expected that the team will do a lot better than the last year. Last years performances lacked so much that they came up short in both games against The Eagles.

On another note its not just Redskins that have had many changes during this new year. There have been a few of major changes also happening at Philadelphia’s side as well like additions of WR Mike Wallace, Markus Wheaton, DT Haloti Ngata, DE Micheal Bennett and Drafted TE Dallas Goedert. There are also some subtractions like RB LeGarette Blount, TE Trey Burton, DE Vinny Curry, CB Partrick Robinson, S Corey Graham and WR Torrey Smith.

Even though the Eagles took on the win in both games last year they weren’t able to slip out that easily from Jay Gruden’s Side.

Last year in Week 1 at FedEx Field the Eagles acted smart and pulled away late in the fourth quarter next to the defensive tackle of former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins for a 22-yard touchdown, that gave the Eagles an 11 points lead which they later made into 30-17 with a two-point conversion. If that game had been set well in Redskins court, the whole campaign would have another story.

Though this offseason the Eagles have had many of the major player departures most significantly LeGarette Blount. These departures hold some weight for Redskins but are not the basis of their future win over the Eagles. Their victory will depend on their defense against Carson Wentz. Wentz has stood strong against almost all defenses made against him in the last year and is a fine threat to Redskins. The best options for Redskins would be to prevent the Eagles from making a vertical. Which have been made into one of the biggest challenges by Mike Wallace addition, he has been the most dangerous vertical options in NFL since last 10 years.

“I don’t feel like we’re going to miss a beat at all, honestly,” Quinton Dunbar said during OTAs. “We’ve got [Orlando] Scandrick coming in, who’s proving himself. Very smart player. Probably one of the smartest players I’ve been around as far as breaking down concepts, knowing different things and stuff like that. Then you’ve got one of the top cornerbacks in the league, [Josh] Norman. And then you have the young talent like me and Fabian [Moreau] with tremendous upside and things like that. I feel like we won’t miss a beat.”

The Additions of LeGarette Blount, Greg Stroman, and Adonis Alexander gives off good vibes among Redskins Secondary Defensive Line and hopefully, that will increase their chances of giving off a good answer to the Eagles fiery offense. It can’t be said that they would be able to completely shut down Wentz Lincoln Financial Field, but if they are able to prevent the big plays somehow, there is a chance that they can walk out the stadium being victorious against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nationals Stars Rising Again Against NY Mets, Scherzer and homers by Rendon & Harper Led Them To Victory (5-4)

The Nationals, Max Scherzer isn’t letting anyone off the hook this season just like in the recent game against New York Mets, he proved that he is one that should be starting the All-Star Game for National League.

Scherzer’s wonderful pitching and two homers by Rendon and one from Harper led the team to their marvelous victory against NY Mets. Scherzer didn’t lead in his seven innings but managed to strike out five leading his team by a total of 182 in the league.

The 3 times CY Young Award winner, Max Scherzer exited the game with an ERA of 2.41 and is perfect to pitch first on Tuesday night for the big All-Star Game at Nationals Park. On inquiring him on this he deflected saying it’s an all-star decision, but the Nationals Manager Dave Martinez has a definite opinion on this:

“I don’t want to be biased,” he said, “but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.”

“Max is Max. He wants to be the best at everything. Pitching, hitting, bunting,” Martinez said. “He tells me he can play the outfield if need be.”    

On the other hand, Rendon hit two home runs off Steven Matz (4-7) in the first inning plus a solo drive in the third inning. It was his fourth multi-homer that gave him a record of a total of six homers in 13 games this season.

In the sixth inning, he singled once off Tim Peterson and then it was Harper’s turn.

Harper been named the second-best hitter among eight participants in the 2013’s HR Derby. He will be participating in 2018’s version as well.

“If we weren’t in D.C., I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Harper acknowledged. “But looking forward to going out there and represent the Nationals and hopefully bring home a trophy.”

MLB released T-Mobile HR derby bracket last night, and it had Harper at the second for the most home runs in the Nationals League Right now following Atlanta Braves’ slugger Freddie Freeman.

On asking him if he was expecting to win it or not he replied something like this:

“I think doing it is going to be a lot of fun,” Harper said: “I participated in New York the first time and it was a lot of fun.”

“If I win I win, if I don’t, it’s part of it,” he added, “I’m just excited to hopefully share that again with my dad if I do have him throw to me, but just excited for the fans to be able to do that in front of them as well. That’s the main reason why I’m doing it.”

Now back to the game, the All-star, Harper hit his 23rd homer to greet the lefty Jerry Blevins, giving a lead 5-2 to the Nationals Team.

Bautista hit an RBI single in the first inning then a solo homer in the fourth inning. Then Plawecki made a home run in the seventh inning off the Washington ace. After that Kelvin Herrera began the eighth inning and gave up a solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. Then Ryan Madson closed with his fourth save.