Fairfax, VA.-UFC events have become the 'IT' event for celebrities. Star-studded affairs. The New York Fashion Week of the sports world, if you will. The perimeters of the Octagon is THE place to see, but more importantly to BE seen. Strike that. With MMA, the fandom runs deeper. Those close enough to the cage to get a 'blood sprinkle with a chance of showers,' is arguably a fan.UFC on Fuel TV 3, The Korean Zombie vs. Dustin Poirier, at the Patriot Center was no exception. Nationals, rookie stud, Bryce Harper, who was coming off his first 2 career homeruns, was in attendance. He was by his teammate, pitcher, Edwin Jackson and NASCAR driver, Kevin Hardvick was in attendance.Art Jones has a slightly more vested interest in the sport. The defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens is the older brother of Jon 'Bones' Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and undoubtedly the face of the UFC.Although, Art's little bro was not at the fight, the DT came on his own accord, saying, "It was awesome. It was exciting, you know, a lot of great fights. I enjoy watching Cowboy is my boy, great turn out too."Giddyup! Art has love for CowboyDonald Cerrone, but what about Jonny? Bringing it closer to home, Art had some thoughts on Jon's next opponent, Dan Henderson, "It's a major match-up, you know, Hendo is a guy you can't really sleep on, he's old but he's very explosive and he has knockout power so Jon just has to stick to the gameplan and everything's going to be ok."On Jon's strategy, Art noted that he thinks his brother's advantage over Hendo will be his, "Youth and his ability to be creative. Jon is a hard guy to study for a fight and I think just his mindset and how he moves is going to be tough for him Hendo."While Hendo v. Jones is sure to be an explosive fight, a Jon Jones v. Anderson Silva showdown continues to intrigue, but does Art think it's a possibility?"Absolutely not. They're great friends and they have mutual respect. I know Jon doesn't want to hurt their friendship, you know, like how he did with RashadEvans, so, you know, I don't think it will ever happen," Art paused as a smile spread across his face, laughing he added, "I wouldn't mind seeing it though."
Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 104-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night that are worth revisiting...
1. The first half of this game was hideous on all accounts. The Wizards scored just 16 points in the first quarter and had 40 at halftime. John Wall went scoreless and the Wizards shot 34 percet as a team.
Basically, there wasn't much to highlight through the first two quarters. But there was this three by Bojan Bogdanovic to beat the shot clock buzzer:
Bogdanovic ended up with just five points in 15 minutes.
2. The second half is where all the fun started and the Wizards had some life breathed into them by their bench. In this sequence Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Brandon Jennings combined to key a 5-point rally and give the Wizards a lead:
Oubre was solid with five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. Jennings got it done again with six assists.
3. The fourth quarter was all Wall and Bradley Beal, who combined for 18 points in the frame. On this play Wall found Beal for a three and used a nifty dribble fake to set up the assist, one of 10 for him on the night:
Did you notice Oubre on the bench? Take another look:
KELLY OUBRE KNEW IT WAS GOOD. pic.twitter.com/4kZeoFUwWQ— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) March 23, 2017
4. On this play Wall found himself wide open on the fastbreak. He threw it down with emphasis:
Wall had 22 points on the night after putting up a zero in the first.
5. Beal helped put the finishing touches on this win with a huge defensive play. He stole a pass and flushed it on the other end:
Beal led the Wizards with 28 points, including four threes, and added nine rebounds. It was a strong night for Big Panda and afterwards he caught up with CSN's Chris Miller, only to have Jason Smith then mess with him during the interview:
never knew jason smith was in mumford & sons pic.twitter.com/dujTtBWnLE— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) March 23, 2017
As Beal said afterwards, the Wizards have their swag back.
Washington defeated the hottest team in the NHL on Tuesday with a win over the Calgary Flames, but the Capitals face an even bigger matchup on Thursday as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus and the Caps are fighting for the top of the division to avoid a tougher first-round matchup in the playoffs. Kevin Shattenkirk will enter Thursday's game looking for his first goal as a Cap after his goal on Tuesday was reviewed and given to Nicklas Backstrom. Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, will be sporting some special skates in honor of Russian Heritage Night.
What: Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)
How to Watch: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets will be broadcast on CSN. (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Blue Jackets game on CSN's live stream page.
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
The Capitals (47-17-8) take on the Blue Jackets (47-19-6) Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLUES JACKETS GAME ON?
The Capitals-Blue Jackets game will be broadcast on CSN. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m. (CSN channel Finder)
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
The Capitals-Blue Jackets game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, is available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
Here are the projected lines based on Tuesday's game:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney
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