Fish, Haas to meet in Citi semifinals


Fish, Haas to meet in Citi semifinals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas will meet in the Citi Open semifinals Saturday, their first matchup since 2007.

They have still seen plenty of each other.

After beating Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 on Friday, the top-seeded Fish said he and Haas are "good friends" who live near each other in Los Angeles, often hanging out and practicing together.

"This is a guy that's trying to take my lunch away tomorrow, and I'm going to try to beat him any way I can," Fish said. "We'll remain friends off the court."

The fourth-seeded Haas routed Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-2. Haas is 3-1 against Fish.

"He seems to be pretty close to back to 100 percent with his health and hitting the ball as well as I've seen him hit it in a long time," Fish said.

Fish reached the semifinals in the tournament for the first time in seven tries. Haas, also making his seventh appearance in the event, reached the semifinals in 2008, too.

Eighth-seeded Sam Querrey beat third-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in another quarterfinal. Second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov faced James Blake later Friday.

Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the women's final with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Vania King. Pavlyuchenkova will face Magdalena Rybarikova, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over third-seeded Sloane Stephens.

Pavlyuchenkova received treatment for a heat-related illness on the humid, 94-degree day.

"It was ridiculously hot out there," Pavlyuchenkova said. "I don't know seriously how people live here. It's unbelievable. I think they should consider changing the date of the tournament. . I've been in Australia for six years, and I know what is hot, and I know it's the same for everyone. But today, it just hit me."

Navy unveils crisp, classic uniforms for Army-Navy Game


Navy unveils crisp, classic uniforms for Army-Navy Game

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Army and Navy take the field at M&T Bank Stadium in the 117th annual Army-Navy Game, the most prestigious rivalry in college football.

Unlike most other rivalries, which are built on hatred and blind fandom, the Army-Navy Game is one built on competition, sportsmanship and respect.

On Monday afternoon, the Army football program unveiled the World War II-inspired uniforms the Black Knights will wear on Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Navy unveiled its uniforms, and before the game even begins, we have to give the slight edge to Navy in the uniform department.

The Midshipman have won 14 consecutive games against their rivals and hold a 60-49-7 lead in all-time meetings.

The 2016 Army-Navy Game kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:00 PM ET on CBS.


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Barry Trotz, Alex Ovechkin meet to discuss Capitals captain's penalty problem

Barry Trotz, Alex Ovechkin meet to discuss Capitals captain's penalty problem

Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz met Tuesday morning to discuss the Capitals captain’s spate of penalties in recent games.

“We did [talk],” Trotz said. “It actually went well. You know and I know that we have a very straightforward relationship. Alex doesn’t hide from anything. He mans up. It was good. He understands that the best way to help his team is to not be in the penalty box. Especially some of the stick penalties and stuff, he can get those out of his game [and] he knows that.”

Ovechkin has been whistled for a team-high 11 minor penalties through 24 games, including six over the past five contests.

“He knows as the leader of our team that he can’t be putting us down a man as often as he has lately,” Trotz said. “I know he’ll clean it up.”

Ovechkin also described the discussion as productive.

“We did [talk] and obviously I have to be on the ice, not in penalty box,” said Ovechkin, who hasn't scored in five games. “It’s a good thing we talk. It’s my mistakes. I just have to handle it and not take all of those penalties.”

Of  the 11 minors, six have been for slashing. Trotz said Ovechkin has been repeatedly warned by referees at the bench.

“Some of the referees have come by and said, ‘Hey, Alex, next time I’m going to call you.’ And then he gets called,” Trotz said. “They’ve been very fair in warning him. He’ll respond the right way.”

Trotz added: “One of the things that Alex understands that to be the captain, you have to be the front guy, you have to man up. It’s a big weight to carry the ‘C’ because you have to be the leader of a hockey team. You have to be the guy that, when things aren’t going right, you have to help be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Ovechkin’s latest penalty was a slashing infraction in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres. Although he did not hit Marcus Foligno very hard, Ovechkin owned up to the fact that he shouldn’t have put himself in that position.

Although Trotz says he’s confident Ovechkin will make the necessary adjustments, the veteran coach also acknowledged that he won’t hesitate to hold the three time MVP accountable.

“If it’s going on again, then there’s not going to be a lot of power play and playing time,” Trotz said. “If my message is not getting through the only thing I have is really ice time.”

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