Citi Open preview: ATP and WTA tours invading D.C.

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Citi Open preview: ATP and WTA tours invading D.C.

Starting Monday professional tennis is backin Washington and with a double your fun kind of vibe, not to mention a new name. Traditionally thistournament is all about the mens (ATP)tour, but the first year under the Citi Open label the Rock Creek hard courts will also host the womens (WTA) version. As for who is specifically in the field, your familiarity with the names may vary. Mardy Fish headlines the ATP side of the aisle, but the second-highest ranked American in the world also sports one of the few recognizablenames in the event, previously known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. With the stars of the tennis world competing for gold, silver and bronze over in London, familiar names like Andy Roddick and John Isner, not to mention notable international stars are not in D.C.Same goes for the WTA field, which includes a trio of young seeded American women led by Sloane Stephens, plus former it-girl Melanie Oudin, working her way back up the charts. After playing in College Park last year during a different week, organizers folded that event into one that has been played in the D.C. area since 1969.Fish, one of two top 20 players competing this week in either draw, is the obvious men's favorite. However, despite the lack of star power in the field, do not assume winning this week will be yes, I am going there - shooting fish in a barrel easy for the thirteenth ranked player in the world. No. 17 Alexandr Dolgopolov, South Africa's Kevin Anderson and former top-10 player Tommy Haas round out the top four seeds. All have impressive wins on tour this season and Anderson and Haas have accomplished what Fish has not: win a title in 2012.Fish is also recovering from an ankle injury suffered 10 days ago, which forced him to withdraw in Atlanta. He also has not had much recent success in Washington, but a win this week could springboard the 30-year-old toward a strong close to the season and a successful U.S. Open. Taking home the winners portion of the 1.049 million purse would not be too shabby either (playing in significantly lesserevent compared to the men in terms of their respective tours,the women'stotal purse is220,000).Here is what else you need to know about the 2012 Citi Open:Mens Draw- Finals on August 5Top seed: A six-time tour winner, Fish has twice reached the quarterfinals in Washington, most recently in 2006, but has not won more than a single match in a given year since. He pulled out last year as the No. 2 seed with a heel injury. Others to watch: The Ukrainian Dolgopolov, the No.2 seed, reached the finals in Brisbane earlier this year34-year-old and former top 10 player Hass is the last man to have defeated Roger Federer this year, taking down the eventual Wimbledon champ in the finals at HalleThe 6-foot-8 Anderson defeated Roddick and Isner on his way to way winning a hard courts title in Delray Beach back in FebruaryAmerican Sam Querry is seeded eighth.Blast from the past: Longtime American stalwart and 2002 Washington champion James Blake returns to D.C. for the ninth time. Perhaps being on familiar turf or rather, hard courts will turn around what has been a losing season.Womens Draw- Finals on August 4Top seed: Ranked 28th in the world, 21-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is aiming for her fourth career title and first in 2012. Though she prefers clay, Pavlyuchenkova showed her court diversity with a run to the quarters on the grass at Eastbourne this summer.Others to watch: No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens tops the three Americans seeded in Washington, including Vania King (4) and Coco Vandeweghe. Stephens, ranked 52 in the world and a rising 19-year African-American talent from Florida, reached the round of 16 at the French Open and round of 32 at Wimbledon. South African Chanelle Scheppers is the No. 2 seed.Blast from the past: Melanie Oudin, remember her? The precocious 17-year-old American stormed the tennis gates in 2009 including a run to the quarters at the U.S. Open and reached a ranking of 31 in 2010. Since there have been more downs then ups, but while currently outside the top 100, Oudin has recently begin move back in the right direction.

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Who plays where in the AL wild-card race?

Who plays where in the AL wild-card race?

BALTIMORE – What’s left for the Orioles? After an off day on Monday, they go to Toronto for three games and end the regular season at Yankee Stadium beginning Friday. 

They’ll start Tuesday’s series at the Rogers Centre trailing the Blue Jays by 1 ½ games in the wild card race. Toronto leads 9-7 in the season series, and the Orioles must sweep the three games in order to secure home field advantage if the two teams tie for the wild card.

With Detroit losing to Kansas City 12-9 on Sunday, the Orioles have a 1 ½ game lead over Detroit. Seattle remains 2 ½ games back and Houston is three out. 

While the Orioles are playing in Toronto, the Tigers play four at Cleveland beginning Monday, and conclude the season with three games at Atlanta. 

Toronto concludes its regular season with three games at Boston. 

If the Orioles and Tigers finish for the second wild card, they would play one game here on Oct. 3.

The wild card game is Oct. 4, and the American League Division Series begins Oct. 6. 

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Report: Redskins' DeAngelo Hall was told he'd torn ACL, MRI scheduled

Report: Redskins' DeAngelo Hall was told he'd torn ACL, MRI scheduled

Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall injured his knee in the first half of Washington's 29-27 win over the Giants Sunday. 

After the game, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he was told he'd torn his ACL, but would undergo an MRI to confirm. Anderson notes that Hall seems to be walking normally. 

Jay Gruden said in his postgame comments that Hall was scheduled for an MRI Monday. 

When the veteran DB was first injured, he was unable to put any weight on his leg and needed assistance to exit the field. 

A defensive captain for Washington, Hall made the trasition from cornerback to safety this season. The only major injury of his career came in September of 2014 when he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon and missed the remainder of that season. 

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