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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.

Redskins Progressing To Great Things In The Near Future With Alex Smith’s Leadership

While facing many loses and weaknesses in last year Redskins knew they had to do something to make it all better. What gave them the chance to improve themselves in a short time to great extent is the new Quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith has come to Washington Redskins after spending 13 years of his life playing for the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. His experience and his athletic values and skills will have an impressive impact on Redskins overall performances in coming games.

With many other abilities he is smart and knows how to get back up when faced with threatening and tough situations.

“He’s a winner,” said six-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams. “Obviously going No.1 in the draft, he’s been at the pinnacle of this sport for a long time. We’re lucky to transition from one franchise quarterback and being able to not have any layoff to get another one.

Despite being the best player Redskins could have get and a Brilliant winning history Smith still want to improve himself and get even better.

“I think you want to try to continue to get better,” Smith said. “I think you try to digest all that, learn from it, take what you can and move forward. I think the thing I looked at, the common denominator amongst all I think successful veterans when I was a young player, especially quarterbacks, was that – they were tough. I mean, everybody’s going to take their licks in this game.

“It’s not easy and I think the guys that were mentally tough, that kept getting back up, that kept going at it, finding a way, getting better, never stopped improving, you know, in all aspects. For me, those guys were great examples for me and I think I’ve strived to do that, I think I still strive to do that. It never ends. You kind of continue the chase.”

His leadership and tactfulness have impressed all in the team to great levels. He has become a vital part of the team.

“The things we were really excited about when we got him, the intangibles, the leadership, his work ethic just bringing young guys along, veteran guys responding to him, it’s really impressive to see what he’s able to do in a really short amount of time with the offseason rules and what they are now,” said Redskins passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

Even Josh Doctson couldn’t stay behind in praising him.

“I’m not a quarterback guru, but he’s a vet in his 30s. I watched the Chiefs last year. We played them, so I saw how dominant they were,” Doctson said. “He was the leader of that team, so I’m looking for him to come in and be dominant like that.”

With Alex Smith on the team the Redskins are looking ahead to a brighter future. That is how their coach Jay Gruden feels about Alex:

“He is the smartest guy I have ever been around, without a doubt,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “He can move around, and he can handle a lot of different things. We are not in here to build the team around him, the team is built, and he has to lead it like right now. This isn’t a two- or three-year process. This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.”

Nationals VS Phillies Preview & Jayson Werth’s Retirement

Nationals facing another loss since the start of the June is taking a big toll on them and Jayson Werth retiring is not looking do good for them as well.

Three weeks ago, they were doing great and were 11 games over .500, their disabled list was empty, and they were practically striding off with big wins but then everything changed as June started injuries started surfacing and they have had some heavy losses since then.

After retiring from a great loss of 1-0 at the hands of Tampa Bay Rays they returned home resigned to face another big challenge standing in their way. Starting Thursday, they begin a Four-Game series against Phillies. Nationals are one game behind Phillies in NL East after being crowned at the top for two consecutive years this year is seemingly difficult for nationals.

While Nationals were facing Tampa Bay Rays, Philias were losing two or three games from Yankees. Still, they are in a better position than Nationals.

The four-game set begins after the retirement of the most prominent player in Nationals, Jayson Werth this Wednesday. The word retirement hasn’t come off Werth’ s mouth but he is officially retired after attempting to go back to the big league with Mariners. He has signed a small deal with Mariners in March. Marl Lerner, Washington Nationals have informed Werth on Thursday that the club wishes to honor him at Nationals Park. However, Werth was a great player and will be remembered by his teammates. Here are some comments to prove that:

“He’s almost 40 years old so I don’t think it was a surprise,” Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman who’s been Werth’s teammate in Washington said. “But, obviously, really good career. Awesome teammate. Hopefully, he’ll enjoy his newfound free time.”

“He’s a unique character,” Nationals reliever Ryan Madson, who has played with Werth in Philadelphia and Washington, said. “Good leader. Brings some realness to the game. He has a very unique perspective so it kind of rounds out a team. He really rounded out a team and made it fun.”

Now back to National- Phillies Game, Nationals after scoring eight runs against Phillies on Sunday night haven’t scored much. This is already more than they have scored in their last four games before Sunday and two after combined.

This eighth shut-out is nothing they have been shut-out seven times already since the start of the June and it’s more than their total for 2017. They have scored the third fewest runs in major following this month and their .635 base is good enough only from Pittsburgh Pirates and Royals.

And missing a player here and there is not playing well for them too.  Jeremy Hellickson and Stephen Strasburg have come down with injuries and are on the disabled list, while Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez are playing awkwardly these days along with Bryce Harper’s cold spell. Hellickson is expected to be back but nationals have not made that official. Suffering from a strained hamstring the right-hander has been on the disabled list long since 5th of June. He is feeling a lot better and will be back to face Phillies in their next game of the series.

Alex Smith’s Enormous Experience Proved Gainful To Redskins Coaches

The Massive Experience and all the things Alex Smith has learned through his scars in battles proves to be highly beneficial to Washington Redskins. He has received the Pro Bowl selections throughout 13 seasons and have had been a Super Bowl Team member along with 49ers where he received training from three different coaches and six Coordinators altogether. Three of the most offensive coordinators have shaped up Smith including the recent Eagles Coach Doug Pederson other than him two other mind-blowing coaching he got was from Jim Harbaugh and Andy Reid respectively.

The 49ers were a piece of work before Smith’s arrival and that’s how they got to pick their quarterback first and that turned out great for them as they rose to be NFC Champions. With Smith right beside them on the tracks they easily went through four of five seasons in competitions.

Alex Smith’s Enormous Experience Proved Gainful To Redskins Coaches

Kevin O’Connell who is the Redskins’ passing game coordinator said that due to Smith being on the team the offensive coaching staffs have change the way they operated before.

“When I was in Cleveland I coached Josh McCown and the one thing I learned real quick was you’re wasting a lot of knowledge if you don’t rely on those guys,” O’Connell said. “And Alex has reps in a lot of different systems. … There’s a lot of times we call a play, we execute it, we go in and watch the tape and he can call back to a play they either had in Kansas City or San Francisco and say, ‘Hey, we might’ve read it like this or this is how we attacked this coverage.’”

Redskins have undergone little changes here and there to prepare in accordance to their new quarterback.

“Maybe it’s a little tweak here and there that people may not notice, but from our standpoint in the system, it’s a big deal to get it implemented,” O’Connell said. “But we’re doing that to make him as comfortable as we possibly can.

“Then there’s other times where you say, ‘No, we’ve really done it like this and here’s why.’ I think that’s the key word, ‘why.’ Why are we doing the things we’re doing offensively? If there’s a better way to do it that he’s done somewhere else, we’ll incorporate that. But if we feel strongly about how we’ve done it here or how Jay’s done it, even going back to his time in Cincinnati or Tampa, we’re always trying to incorporate things to make what is a really good offensive system even better.”

During the offseason the quarterback coach O’Connell got promoted to be the passing game coordinator and now have bigger impact on the entire offense schemes. The changes that have been made will be noteworthy during 2018 including new quarterback, wide receivers and running back.

In 2017 the Redskins have been ranked 16th in points (21.4 and total offence (324.9 yards of each game). The pass game was ranked 12th (234.4 yards) and the run game was 28th (90.5).

“The influence [has changed] on what this year’s version of the Redskins are going to be with a new quarterback, with some new personnel, a guy like Paul Richardson, Derrius Guice,” O’Connell said. “Obviously, from a standpoint of incorporating Jordan [Reed] back in, hopefully, full time and Chris Thompson coming back. We’re trying to put together a system that maximizes everybody’s skill sets.”

“Obviously, Jay has had a ton of success calling plays in this league. But to not only learn from him, but for him to ask what do you like here or how would you guys have done [it] there at other stops as a player or coach? It’s a constant round table of information to lead to putting these guys in the best possible situation. You only get so many shots at it. Once you establish a system, these guys learn it and you like to make things concrete, so they can move forward with set rules and examples of how we want them to operate.”

Washington Nationals Settled On Mason Denaburg Among The Choice of 27 General Picks

The Washington Nationals took a chance on filling up their pitching depths by adding Mason Denaburg into the team by 27th pick.

They had a choice on 27 general picks in total from which the Washington Nationals have chose right-handed Pitcher Mason Denaburg from Merritt Island High School out of Merritt Island, Florida. the simulated draft showed Mason at the 27th position by ESPN and also by the Baseball America.

Mason I might say is one of the sturdiest players in this year’s draft. This 18-year-old baseball player not is also a kicker and punter in football. He played as a Pitcher, Catcher and outfielder for Merritt Island this year but most of all his performance at the mound was incomparable, jotting down a 5-1 record along with a 0.99 ERA though taking off 73 batters he has a walking of only 10 in 35 1/3 innings pitched. He has also done a blast in 2017 summer when he helped USA Baseball’s 18-and-under team to win a gold medal. Washington Nationals tickets are selling very fast. You should also get your cheap Washington Nationals tickets in advance from BBTIX.com.

Mason Denaburg has proved himself to be worthy hitting 97 mph once in a while and sits about 94. He also performs a dirty break with his power breaking ball move and have thrown a changeup as well. Denaburg can do a lot more of this at university but Nationals are in hope of getting him signed with them, so he can play on as a pro.