Bad news for tennis fans

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Bad news for tennis fans

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam count will stay stuck at 11 for now, sidetracked by another knee problem. The third-ranked Spaniard withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Tendinitis has kept him out of action since his stunning loss at Wimbledon in late June. The injury already forced him out of the London Olympics, where he was supposed to defend his title and carry Spain's flag in the opening ceremony. "I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers," Nadal wrote on his Twitter account. Nadal is still only 26, but the withdrawals raise questions about the future of a player who has had recurring knee problems in the past. His 11 Grand Slam titles include a record seven on the red clay of the French Open, yet his hard-charging, hard-hitting style of play takes a toll on his body, particularly his knees. Roger Federer, in contrast, has played in every Grand Slam tournament since the start of 2000, a streak of 51 in a row. In 2009, Nadal missed Wimbledon because of aching knees shortly after falling in the round of 16 at the French Open -- the only time in eight appearances he hasn't won at Roland Garros. He was just the second men's champion in 35 years to decline to defend his title at the All England Club. But Nadal eventually came back stronger than ever from that layoff. After failing to reach the final at the 2009 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open, he won the French to start a run of three straight major titles, capped by completing the career Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows. Nadal's absence immediately leaves a trio of heavy favorites at the last Grand Slam event of the year: defending champion Novak Djokovic; five-time U.S. Open winner and currently top-ranked Federer; and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Murray, who won the gold medal in singles at the London Games by beating Federer in the final. Nadal lost in the U.S. Open final to Djokovic last year, part of a stretch of three straight defeats to the Serb in championship matches at major tournaments. But he seemed to be closing the gap, and at Roland Garros in June, he beat Djokovic in the final for his record seventh title there. Then came the stunning loss at Wimbledon, and Nadal hasn't played since. On June 28, 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol upset him in the second round at the All England Club. Shortly after that defeat, Nadal canceled a scheduled charity match against Djokovic in Spain, citing tendon problems in his left knee. The two-week U.S. Open starts Aug. 27. "Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament," tournament director David Brewer said in a statement on Wednesday. "We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year."

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Caps make special arrangements for T.J. Oshie's dad, who has Alzheimer's

Caps make special arrangements for T.J. Oshie's dad, who has Alzheimer's

With the annual dads trip coming up, the Capitals are making special arrangements for T.J. Oshie. The team is allowing both his biological father, Tim Oshie, and his father-in-law, Dave Cosgrove, to come along. 

Tim, whom Oshie calls "Coach," has been battling Alzheimer's disease since at least 2012, according to an in-depth ESPN story published in 2014. 

Then playing for the Blues, Oshie described the episodes of disorientation and forgetfulness that led to his father's diagnosis. He and his family have been open about his father's Alzheimer's in hopes of raising awareness and letting people know they're not alone. 

The father and son due also participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's back in 2014. 

"We have nothing right now as far as getting rid of it. With all the medicines and all the doctors in the world, I think it's something that hopefully we'll be able to stop – and get rid of sooner than later," Oshie told ESPN. "So that's why we talk about it, that's why we're open about it. Maybe not soon enough for my dad or for me, if that happens to be the case eventually down the road, but hopefully for my kids and my grandkids."

With Tim needing assistance to accompany his son on the Capitals' road trip, his father-in-law will there to help. 

The Caps pride themselves on a family atmosphere, so it's no surprise that the team would welcome an extra dad with open arms. 

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The Wizards' '90's Night' has Tag Team and NBA Jam; sounds awesome

The Wizards' '90's Night' has Tag Team and NBA Jam; sounds awesome

The Wizards continue to win at Verizon Center.

After a slow start to the season, the John Wall-led Wizards have won five of their last six games and have not lost a game at home since a 124-116 loss to the Magic on Dec. 6. That's 12 consecutive wins at home. But if the winning wasn't enough, the organization ahs made sure that every game night has a party atmosphere to it.

Iconic R&B group New Edition performed for the fans who watched Wall and the Wizards beat the Nets 118-95 on Dec. 30 and following the team's 112-105 win over the Timberwolves on Jan. 6, the fans were treated to a concert from local go-go legends "The Backyard Band."

When the Wizards host the Celtics on Tuesday, Jan. 24 the organization will turn back the clocks to a more simple time, when they host "90's Night."

No trip back to the 1990's would be complete without a halftime concert from Tag Team, the hip-hop group responsible for the killer sports anthem "Whoomp, There It Is."

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On top of that (and perhaps we're burrying the lede here), the pregame player introductions will be done by none other than Tim Kitzrow. Who is Tim Kitzrow? He's the man who provided the iconic voice for "NBA Jam."

Yes, THAT "NBA Jam."

I cannot begin to tell you how many hours of "NBA Jam" I logged on Sega Genesis. There's also a good chance I logged good minutes on NBA Jam WHILE listening to Tag Team's "Whoomop, There It Is."

The Wizards will also celebrate the 90's welcoming back famous former players Mark Alarie (1987-91), Tom Hammonds (1989-01) and Gheorghe Muresan (1993-97).

NBA Jam, Tag Team and Gheorghe Mursean?

That's how you do a 90's Night.

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