Beninati: New Caps Neuvirth & Carlson

Beninati: New Caps Neuvirth & Carlson

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Caps almost pulled the rabbit out of their hat in the final threeminutes tonight but a determined Carey Price and a Canadiens defenseemerged with a hard fought victory.

Any team coached by Jacques Martinis going to be structurally sound in the neutral zone and Montrealproved to be very frustrating to Washington's speedsters.

After alackadaisical start in the first ten minutes, Mathieu Perreault andEric Fehr continued to demonstrate good chemistry together and theyclicked to give the Capitals the lead. Fehr put that snap shot awaylike the goal scorer the club hopes he can be.

That gave surprisestarter Michal Neuvirth a lead to protect in goal for the home team.Neuvirth was victimized by two deflection goals and a bullet power playtally from Mike Cammalleri. Otherwise the 21-year-old net minder wassolid, not necessarily spectacular.

The Caps broke in 19-year-olddefender John Carlson tonight, and it was great to see the emotionalreactions of his family, particular his mom Angela in the stands. Theyoung man didn't appear flustered much by his surroundings. He threwhis weight around, he ripped a hard shot off the post, and kept hiscomposure as his ice time mounted.

The Caps lost Tom Poti to an upperbody injury in the 2nd period, which means they are likely to recallanother blue liner from Hershey in time for Saturday night's action inToronto.

The fans were treated to a big time strap between GeorgesLaraque and John Erskine in the first period. Erskine more than heldhis own against one of the league's heavyweight champs.

You could makethe argument the Caps outplayed the Canadiens this evening. Montrealwas bound and determined to hook and hold and slow the tempo down, andthey squeaked out the victory. Now we turn our attention to the Capsand Maple Leafs tomorrow at Air Canada Center. You can find that gameon CSN.

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Gausman allows three first-inning home runs in 6-5 loss

Gausman allows three first-inning home runs in 6-5 loss

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5

Winner-Estrada (6-4)
Loser-Gausman (2-8)
Save-Osuna (21)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Orioles scored five runs, equaling their most since the All-Star break. They haven’t scored six or more since July 6.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Kevin Gausman allowed three home runs in the first inning to Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki. 

The Orioles (58-44) lost for the fourth straight time and have just a half-game lead over Toronto (58-45). 

HUSTLE RUN: Manny Machado scored all the way from first base on an infield out by Chris Davis in the third. Machado, who had taken second, decided to sprint for third, which wasn’t covered. He beat the throw, and Toronto catcher Russell Martin, who was near third, made an error, allowing Machado to score.

NOT KING OF THE ROAD: Not only is Gausman nearing the second anniversary of his last road win, but he had travel issues getting to Toronto. 

Gausman was left back in Baltimore on Wednesday night when the Orioles flew to Minnesota for a one-game makeup. His Thursday flight to Toronto was cancelled, so he flew to Detroit and drove from there. 

UNHAPPY WIETERS: Matt Wieters growled at home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez when he objected to a called strike in the eighth inning. Buck Showalter ran out to intercede. 

Wieters has been ejected twice in his major league career. Both have come in games against Toronto. 

VANIMAL HELPS: Vance Worley allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings following Gausman. 

BUNTING FOR KIM: Hyun Soo Kim bunted for a base hit in the first inning. 

UP NEXT: Yovani Gallardo (3-2, 5.37) faces J.A. Happ (13-3, 3.27) on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. 

The Orioles must win to maintain their AL East lead. 

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The Warriors are giving JaVale McGee a shot to make their roster in training camp

The Warriors are giving JaVale McGee a shot to make their roster in training camp

The Warriors have signed a lanky forward in his late-20's who's capable of doing things that were previously thought to be impossible on a basketball court.

No, not Kevin Durant. That dude is old news. According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, it's JaVale McGee time in Oakland. 

Well, sort of.

Stein says that Golden State has signed McGee to a "make-good deal," meaning he'll be auditioning for a spot on their regular season roster during the team's training camp.

The eventual back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back NBA champions do have a need at center, though, after trading Andrew Bogut and letting Festus Ezeli walk. Therefore, it appears that the former Wizard (and Nugget and 76er and Maverick) does have a decent chance at sticking with the Warriors.

In 34 games with Dallas in 2015/16, McGee averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and .8 blocks a night. Zaza Pachulia, Anderson Varejao and David West are other big men currently under contract with the team.

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When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

What do Chris Harris Jr., Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis have in common? They're all excellent NFL corners — and they all rank behind Josh Norman when it comes to ratings in Madden 17.

The Bronco (93 overall), the Seahawk (92), the Cardinal (91) and the Jet (91) should be proud of the grades handed to them for the next edition of the legendary video game. It's Norman, though, who's at the top of these top-notch defenders, checking in with a skillset that's good enough for a 94 in the eyes of EA Sports.

"Norman is expected to be a lock down corner for the Redskins this season," reads the description underneath Norman's name in a post ranking the elite cornerbacks that was published Thursday. "He is best in zone with his 97 zone coverage rating, but has the ability to match up in man to man situations with 90 speed and 92 man coverage."

These numbers are subject to change during the course of the season, so if No. 24 has a rough outing or two, he could tumble down a few points and give up the crown to someone else. As it stands now, however, Madden thinks he's the preeminent man at his position. 

And that's something Odell Beckham Jr. can't say.

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