Bicyclist Disappointed in Hit-and-Run Sentence

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Bicyclist Disappointed in Hit-and-Run Sentence

A bicyclist who was cursed at and run off the road in D.C. in August 2011 is disappointed in the sentence the driver received.

Evan Wilder, 34, commutes from Mt. Rainier in Prince George’s County to downtown D.C. along busy Rhode Island Avenue.

“That morning I was just riding to work,” Wilder said. “I was just coming down Rhode Island Avenue.”

The terrifying moment when an angry motorist pulled alongside him and cursed him for riding -- legally -- in a traffic lane was caught on Wilder’s bike camera.

“And I couldn't really understand him from the road noise, so I said, ‘What's that?’” Wilder said. “And then he immediately just took over the lane and knocked me down. His truck hit me; I hit the ground."

Wilder, who suffered shoulder pains, cuts and bruises and damage to his bike, told News4 he's disappointed that the driver, 57-year-old John W. Diehl of Washington, received a negotiated sentence of mandatory anger management classes, a drivers’ safety course and 25 hours of community service -- not an assault charge.

“That was what, you know, keeps me up at night and I think scares the life out of cyclists -- that you can get assaulted," Wilder said.

The influential Washington Area Bicyclist Association also critized the sentence and lack of an assault charge.

"We think drivers who intentially assault cyclists on the road shouldn't be allowed to drive," said Greg Billing, of WABA.

In a statement to News4, the U.S. Attorney's Office for D.C. said that, "We are satisfied that in this case we were able to hold Mr. Diehl accountable for his actions while avoiding protracted litigation." The U.S. attorney also said if the driver misses part of his sentence, he will face jail time.

That's little consolation to Wilder, who maintains a

blog about the joys and fears of cycling in the Washington region

. Every cyclist should have a camera, he said.

“So the camera caught his license plate, it caught his voice, it caught his face and it was critical in letting police figure out who was driving that car,” he said.

The lawyer's office representing Diehl declined to comment.

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Orpik suspended 3 games for Maatta hit

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Orpik suspended 3 games for Maatta hit

PITTSBURGH -- Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his shoulder-on-chin hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Saturday night’s 2-1 playoff loss at Verizon Center, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday.

Orpik will miss Games 3, 4 and 5 of the second-round playoff series, which resumes Monday night at Consol Energy Center.

“Brooks is a key part for us on the penalty kill but we finished second in the regular season with missing Brooks for 40 games,” Capitals left wing Daniel Winnik said before the suspension was announced.

“We’ve got guys that can fill his role. Who knows what’s going to happen for him, but I’m sure everyone is planning for him to not be in the lineup.”    

Maatta, who suffered an apparent concussion on the play, was being evaluated on Sunday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he is unlikely to play on Monday.

Orpik’s hearing occurred at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, shortly after the Capitals arrived at their hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. It is the first suspension for Orpik since he was suspended three games in 2006 for checking Carolina’s Erik Cole from behind. He also received a one-game suspension in 2003.

"Orpy's an honest hockey player,” Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson said Sunday from the team’s hotel. “He plays tough and hard and honest, I think. You know, sometimes stuff happens, I guess."

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Orpik, 35, has played in five of the Capitals’ eight playoff games and has no points, a minus-3 rating and six penalty minutes while averaging 20:15 of ice time a game, including 1:45 per game on the penalty kill. 

The Capitals have the option of replacing Orpik with 28-year-old veteran Mike Weber or 24-year-old Dmitry Orlov. Weber, who played in Game 6 against the Flyers in Round 1, seems more likely because of his ability to kill penalties. Orlov played in all 82 regular season games and the first seven games of the playoffs before he was made a healthy scratch in Game 2 against the Penguins. Orlov was on the ice for a goal by Penguins defneseman Ben Lovejoy midway through Game 1 and saw just one shift the rest of the game.

Taylor Chorney replaced Orlov in Game 2 and logged 10:10 of ice time, including 40 seconds on the penalty kill. In three playoff games Chorney has averaged 11:40 of ice time and is a minus-1 with two minor penalties.

If Maatta cannot play, the Penguins may choose between Justin Schultz and Derrick Pouliot. Schultz, 25, has just one game of NHL playoff experience, logging just 5:52 of ice time in Game 1 against the Rangers on April 13. Pouliot, 22, has just 56 games of NHL experience and has never played in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

"We have a couple of guys that are with us right now that are good players that have helped us win," Sullivan said. "The coaching staff is going to decide which guy we put in there that we think is the best to help us win."

Schultz played in the Pens’ final 18 games of the regular season and appears the most likely to replace Maatta.

"Justin's another puck mover," Sullivan said. "He's a guy that can help us get out of our end zone. He has a real good shot. He can join the rush. He can play on the power play. So, he has the ability to help us in a lot of areas.

"I really like his shooting ability. He has a great one-timer. He can help us in that regard, but once again, he's another guy that we could put in the lineup that's a real good puck mover that can make that first pass and help us get out of our end zone."

Whoever replaces Maatta, look for veteran Trevor Daley to be paired with Kris Letang on the Penguins’ top defensive unit.

Letang logged a game-high 34:02 of ice time in Game 1 and 35:22 in Game 2 and was back on the ice for the Penguins’ optional skate on Sunday in nearby Cranberry Twp.

“He’s a freak,” Lovejoy said after Saturday night’s game. 

“We are so lucky to have a guy like him. He was able to absorb basically all of Olli’s minutes tonight. He was the best player on the ice, like he’s been since Christmas time.”

Caps left wing Daniel Winnik said the Caps made it too easy on Letang in Game 2, allowing him to break out of his own zone without enough physical consequence. That, Winnik said, must change in Game 3 Monday night.    

“When you have a chance to dump the puck in you want to try to put it in his corner,” Winnik said. “I don’t think that’s a secret throughout the NHL. You see it with a lot of top defensemen. We try to make them work as much as we can. Last night I don’t think we did a good job of that as a forward group. I didn’t think we spent enough time in the (offensive) zone. That’s pretty evident with the shots on net (35-24 in favor of Pittsburgh). If we do that he probably can’t play 35 minutes. We made it an easy game for him last night.”

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Cody Kessler to compete with RG3 for Cleveland starting job

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Cody Kessler to compete with RG3 for Cleveland starting job

Robert Griffin III signed with the Cleveland Browns presumably to be the starting quarterback there, but he is going to have to beat out rookie Cody Kessler for the job.

After drafting Kessler in the third round of the draft on Friday, Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown would not declare Griffin the starter for the upcoming season and said the starting job would be an open competition.

"I do think Cody is a guy that I would not want to sleep on at all if I wanted to be the starting quarterback of the Browns," Brown said at a press conference on Saturday (via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com). "He's going to come in serious ready to work. Robert has four years of NFL experience, is tremendously athletic and serious about becoming a starting quarterback in this league. There's no reason he can't, but this is going to be a competition.''

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Griffin signed a two-year contract for $15 million in the offseason with $6.75 million guaranteed. Those numbers suggest this is a "show me" deal for Griffin so it is perhaps no surprise to see the Browns bring in another arm in the draft. Considering Griffin's history in which the Redskins drafted Cousins in the same year they drafted Griffin in the first round, it is interesting to see Cleveland bring in another quarterback to compete

Kessler was very accurate in college while starting for USC, but is considered a project the team will have to develop over several years. It seems unlikely that he would be able to beat out Griffin for the job as a rookie.

"We would not have made the investment we made in (Griffin) if we didn't feel like he was capable of being our starter,'' Brown said.

The issue, however, is what happens if Griffin gets injured.

Griffin certainly has struggled to stay healthy in his career and has yet to play a full 16 games in any of his seasons. If the Browns believe they have the quarterback of the future and he does well in Griffin's place, will Griffin ever get the starting role back?

It's an interesting question and one that has to be on Griffin's mind as he prepares to try and rejuvenate his career. Before he worries about getting replaced, however, he still has to win the job.

Said Brown, "I hope the best for all of our quarterbacks. We'll let it play out.''

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Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

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Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

Maryland linebacker Abner Logan intends to transfer out of the program and expend his final year of college eligibility elsewhere, he announced via Instagram on Saturday. 

"I want to thank everyone that has stood by me and supported me throughout my career at Maryland," he wrote. "I especially want to acknowledge the unbelievable bond I've created with my brothers that will last a lifetime."

Logan, a native of Massachusetts, was a four-star recruit out of high school, rated as the 24th-best outside lineback in the country according to Rivals.com. He redshirted his first season at Maryland in 2012 and played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013. 

In May 2014, Logan was placed on disciplinary probation. He appealed the ruling in October of that year and was cleared to play in the team's final seven games. He did not play in 2015 after tearing his ACL during preseason camp.

He was projected to be a starter for Maryland in the linebacking corps under new head coach DJ Durkin in 2016. 

Players who attain their degree with college eligibility still remaining can transfer to another institution and play immediately under the graduate transfer exemption. The linebacker's message on Instagram appears to reflect that the grad transfer route is part of his plan going forward.