Bayhawks face expansion Ohio Machine on Saturday

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Bayhawks face expansion Ohio Machine on Saturday

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After going on the road in the season opening win against Long Island, the Chesapeake Bayhawks will make their home debut against the Ohio Machine on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Midfielder and Bud Light MVP Ben Hunt will lead the Bayhawks against the expansion Machine. Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said he does not know how the Machine will play as a team even though he is familiar with some Machine players. Regardless, at this early stage of the season, Cottle is focused on building the Bayhawks identity.

Right now, our complete focus is on trying to improve ourselves. We need to get better from week to week if we want to be a factor in this league, Cottle said.

In the win over Long Island, rookie goalie T.C. DiBartolo made 15 saves while Hunt totaled five points.

Bryce Harper hopes to play Tuesday after injury scare against Phillies

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Bryce Harper hopes to play Tuesday after injury scare against Phillies

Here is the update from the Associated Press on Bryce Harper's injury after the right fielder left Monday's Nationals win over the Phillies:

Bryce Harper left the game shortly after taking a fastball off the outside part of his right knee in the seventh. The reigning NL MVP went to first base, got doubled off on Murphy's fly out to left and was replaced by Chris Heisey in right field in the bottom half.

"It hurts," Harper said. "Whenever you get squared up like that, it doesn't feel good. We'll evaluate tomorrow and see how it feels. If I don't feel good, I'm not going to play. If I feel fine, then I'll be in there."

Murphy homers, lands go-ahead hit in Nats' 4-3 win vs. Phillies

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Murphy homers, lands go-ahead hit in Nats' 4-3 win vs. Phillies

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.

How it happened: Right now, two months into the 2016 MLB season, is there any other player you'd rather have up in a key spot than Daniel Murphy?

The Nats second baseman continued his months-long Ted Williams impression on Monday night with three hits, one of them his eighth homer of the season and another the go-ahead swing in the bottom of the eighth in a 4-3 Nats victory over the Phillies. 

On a night Bryce Harper left with an injury, Murphy helped save the day with three runs driven in. The other was pushed across by Jayson Werth, who tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth to help set up Murphy's heroics. 

The Nationals hung on in the ninth, but closer Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting by allowing back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame, the second to score a run. Papelbon has surrendered six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings with two blown saves against the Phillies since he was traded from them to the Nats last summer.

Tanner Roark pitched seven solid innings with two earned runs allowed. He earned his fourth win of the season.

What it means: The Nationals moved to 10 games over .500 and 3-4 against the Phillies this season, all three of those wins having come at Citizens Bank Park. The Nats remain in first place with a 31-21 record after 52 games. That puts them two wins ahead of their 2015 pace (29-23 after 52). In 2014 when they won 96 games and the NL East, they were 25-27. And in 2012 when they won 98 games and the division, they were 30-22. The Nats are playing at a 97-win pace right now.

Murphy's big day: Who is this guy? As impressive as Murphy's 2016 had already been, he put in one of his best games as a National on Tuesday. Murphy smacked his eighth homer of the season in the top of the fourth which put him more than halfway to his career-high of 14, which he set just last year. This is in just 50 games, which puts Murphy on pace for about 25 by the end of this season. That would not only far exceed his best season ever, it would significantly change his value as an offensive player. Murphy has six homers in the month of May, a personal career-best for the regular season. The only other month he's hit more was last October when he clubbed seven for the Mets in the playoffs. Murphy also landed a double in the second inning on Monday to notch his 25th mutli-hit game of the season, exactly half of the game he's played. This was all on top of his go-ahead, two-RBI single in the top of the eighth. Murphy is now batting a cool .395 and we're one day away from June. That's just amazing.

Harper leaves with apparent injury: In a sight that will scare the living hell out of any Nationals fan, Harper left in the top of the seventh with what appeared to be a right leg injury. He exited after taking an 88 mile per hour fastball either off his knee or off his thigh muscle right above it. Harper stayed in the game for one play by taking first, but left after getting out on a double play. Murphy flew out and Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel beat Harper with a throw to first before he got back. Chris Heisey replaced Harper in right field in the bottom of the seventh. It could be just a bruise, but Nats fans will certainly worry until they hear otherwise.

Werth's game-tying double: Aside from Murphy's three knocks, Werth was one of only two other Nationals to land a hit on Monday night. For Werth, it was a single to left field that scored Danny Espinosa from second in the top of the eighth. The RBI hit came off Phillies reliever Hector Neris, who also gave up the deciding blow against Murphy. Werth's big swing came just one day after he launched a pinch-hit grand slam in the Nats' win over the Cardinals on Sunday. 

Up next: The Nationals send Joe Ross (4-4, 2.52) to the mound for Tuesday's game with right-hander Aaron Nola (4-3, 2.86) set to pitch for Philly. It's another 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

The most defining image of the 2016 NCAA Tournament had little to do with lacrosse

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The most defining image of the 2016 NCAA Tournament had little to do with lacrosse

It was yet another heartbreaking Memorial Day afternoon for the Maryland Terrapins and head men's lacrosse coach John Tillman.

For the fourth time since 2011, the Terps fell short in the NCAA Championship game, this time with a heartbreaking, 14-13 overtime loss against North Carolina.

But even a heartbreaking championship loss can serve as a canvas for something better.

After all, this was just a sport, and sports are at there very best, a distraction from the rigors of everyday life.

Take five-year-old Fionn Crimmins, who in June of 2014 was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.

Fionn has become the embodiment of Maryland lacrosse; overcoming odds while performing with pure happiness and childlike passion.

Fionn is, unquestionable, the biggest fan of the 2016 Terps' team. There was no one more distraught following Chris Cloutier's overtime goal than the enthusiastic kid from Kensington, Md.

And there may be no greater image from the 2016 NCAA Tournament than the one captured moments after the Terps' crushing loss.

Fionn cheered for the Terps all season long, and in turn they played for him, both in the two early-season losses and the sixteen consecutive wins before Monday's loss.

But it isn't the result that matters, but the journey to get there, and more importantly, the people you meet along the way.

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