Citi Open: Blake, Stephens headline Monday's slate

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Citi Open: Blake, Stephens headline Monday's slate

Serving up our daily preview for the 2012 Citi Open...Monday'sheadlines Perennial Washington participant - and 2003 champ - James Blake opens the night session on the Stadium Court against Spain's Pablo Andujar, one of two ATP seeds playing on Monday. Based on his performance year to date, this might be the once chance to see the 32-year-old Blake, who has a 1-8 record on the ATP Tour this season. At least thelone victory came two weeks ago in Atlanta. Andujar, the No. 5 seed, won his second career ATP event this year. France'sJeremy Chardy, the No. 6 seed, faces Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final match on the Stadium Court. Fiveseeds are scheduled for action on the WTA side, including Sloane Stephens (3)and Coco Vandeweghe (7) along with fellow American Melanie Oudin. The 19-year-old Stephens - thehighest seeded American in the field - opens the night session on grandstand court 1against Sesil Kararantcheva while Oudin, who burst onto the scene with a stunning run during the 2009 U.S. Open as a 17-year-old, does the same on the other Grandstand court. If both advance, Oudin and Vandeweghe would play in the second round. No. 2 Chanelle Scheepers, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (5) and Olga Govortsova (8) alsoopen their respective tournament's on Monday.Looking back The women's draw began playSunday with No. 6 seed Iveta Benesova defeating Kai-Chen Chang, 6-3, 6-2Notes...Top seed Mardy Fish's scheduled 2012 debut comesTuesday against Bjorn Phau. Other seeds slated for Tuesday action are No. 2 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 4 Tommy Haas and No. 8 Sam Querrey, who enters Washington coming off a tournament title in Los Angeles.

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Caps auctioning off opportunity to name starting lineup for preseason game

Caps auctioning off opportunity to name starting lineup for preseason game

Think you could put together a better starting lineup than the coaches? Well, one lucky fan will get that chance. The Washington Capitals are auctioning off the opportunity to name the starting lineup for the team’s final preseason game on Oct. 9 against the New York Islanders.

According to the description, “Winner will meet Barry Trotz before the game to discuss what players are available to play in that night's game. Winner will determine starting lineup and will announce the starters to the team in the locker room prior to the game. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as no one other than Barry Trotz gets to announce the starting lineup to the team, and no one is allowed in the locker room before the game other than the players and coaches.”

Notice that it specifies that Trotz will “discuss what players are available” so you won’t be able to declare Evgeny Kuznetsov as the starting goalie. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to try.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Martha’s Table’s Joyful Food Markets through So Kids Can and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The auction closes at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.

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Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

On Sunday Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins booted five field goals against the Giants, including the game winner with 1:51 left to play. Today he received reccognition for his day. 

Hopkins was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first member of the Redskins to get the honor since Kai Forbath got in Week 8 in 2014. 

Hopkins has not missed a field goal all year, hitting 11 of 11. His 5 for 5 performance on Sunday tied the team record for field goals in a game without a miss, somthing that has been accomplished only five times. 

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