June 18, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Wins Six Capital Region Emmy Awards

June 18, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Wins Six Capital Region Emmy Awards

COMCAST SPORTSNET WINS SIX EMMY AWARDSNETWORK WINS LIVE SPORTING EVENT AWARD FOR REDSKINS PRESEASON COVERAGEBENINATI, MATICH AND JENKINS EARN HONORS IN INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIESBethesda, Md. (June 18, 2012) The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recognized Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with six 2011 Emmy Awards at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on Saturday, June 16. The networks six awards were won for its live event, news and original programming, as well as individual categories for sports play-by-play, sports analyst and program hostmoderator.Comcast SportsNets coverage of Redskins preseason games, in conjunction with the Redskins Broadcast Network, won the award for live, unedited sporting event (Larry Michael and Bill Bell). The network has earned the top honor in this category seven times since 2001, including last year for its coverage of the Washington Capitals.Comcast SportsNets My Life 365: Dominique Dawes earned the award for dailyweekly sports program. The long-running biographical My Life series, hosted by Ron Thompson, also won the award in this category in 2009 for its episode featuring Allen Iverson. Jill Sorensons Geico SportsNet Central feature on Bruce Boudreaus recollection of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks won the prize for sports news story.Joe Beninati claimed his third consecutive Emmy Award as the networks play-by-play announcer for its coverage of the Washington Capitals. This years award is the seventh for Beninati in the sports play-by-play category. He also won the top honor in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.Trevor Matich was named the regions top sports analyst for his contributions to Comcast SportsNets NFL coverage, including Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. Matich has now won five Emmy Awards in the past five years, including four as the regions top sports analyst (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007) and one for Redskins Kickoff.Comcast SportsNet anchor and reporter Michael Jenkins was recognized with the award for program hostmoderator for leading the networks special live coverage of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. Jenkins has also earned Capital Region Emmys for sports reporter (2008) and sports anchor (2004).Comcast SportsNet won the top award in each of the six categories it earned nominations in this year. Since 2001, the network has been honored with 94 nominations and 52 Emmy Awards.Comcast SportsNets Six 2011 Emmy Awards: SportsPlay-by-Play Joe Beninati SportsAnalyst Trevor Matich Program HostModerator Michael Jenkins, Marine Corps Marathon Sporting EventGame, LiveUnedited Redskins Preseason Game (Larry Michael, Bill Bell) Sports, DailyWeekly Program My Life 365: Dominique Dawes (Andre Jones, Ron Thompson, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether) Sports, News Single StorySeries Remembering 911: Bruce Boudreau (Jill Sorenson, David Letourneau, Brooks Meriwether, Trevor Nau, Mike DiVenere)

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Morning tip: John Wall balances taking what's given and forcing the issue

Morning tip: John Wall balances taking what's given and forcing the issue

Ideally, this is how the Wizards prefer to play. One game, like the previous win over the Denver Nuggets, Bradley Beal carries a lion's share of the load. The next game, such as Saturday's 110-105 win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, it's John Wall taking the lead. 

That balance opens up all sorts of other possiblities for teammates, too, such as Kelly Oubre (career-high 19 points) and Markieff Morris (15 points). Beal (20 points, six assists) scored 16 of his in the first three quarters. Wall finished it.

The Bucks are long everywhere, and to offset those advantages Wall had to push the tempo even off makes by not allowing them to set their defense. Even when he met resistance trying to turn the corner, he kept his dribble alive and forced the issue. When they trapped, he accepted it and got rid of the ball early. He combined with Beal for 17 assists.

"We kind of knew that," Wall said of the aggressive way in which Milwaukee covered the pick-and-roll and gave up the dive to the basket by the screen-setter. "They're a great defensive team and they use their length a lot. Knowing them in the past, on the pick-and-roll we get it to our big most of the time."

Wall had two bad passes that were turnovers in the middle of the fourth as the Wizards (9-13) were trying to erase a deficit. But he had two drives for layups, the second past Greg Monroe which gave them a 101-100 lead they'd never relinquish with 3:03 left. That negated the Bucks' length and neturalized their shot-blocking ability. 

The Wizards actually had one more shot block in the game with four. 

Beal closed out quarters Wednesday in a 92-85 win vs. Denver. Wall, who had a favorable matchup with Matthew Dellavedova, did most of the work in this one. Both were 7-for-8 from the line as the Wizards were plus-10 in makes.

The decision-making and IQ plays down the stretch, a problem for the Wizards just a week or two ago, were much better. Wall finished with his 12th double-double of the season with 24 points and a game-high 11 assists.

"Their best player had the ball in his hands and he made plays," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said of Wall. "It was getting to the basket or free-throw line. It was finding guys."

[RELATED: Kelly Oubre breaks out for Wizards against Bucks]

 

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Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 11, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles 1 p.m.

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 13; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Lanier (leg)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Baker (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (groin)
Final injury report

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The Redskins have not stopped a team in a goal to go situation since September. The Eagles are good in such situations, converting TDs 84 percent of the time. If the Redskins can get a stop and force a field goal try when the first time the Eagles get down there that would be a big psychological boost for the visitors. Or, better yet, maybe they can just not let the Eagles get any first and goal opportunities. That’s what happened when the teams played in Week 6.

—In that Week 6 meeting the Redskins rushed for 230 yards, their best performance on the ground this season by 79 yards. Matt Jones picked up 135 yards on 16 attempts, Rob Kelley had 5-59, and Chris Thompson kicked in with 9-37. It’s unlikely that Jones will be active so it will be up to Kelley to get things rolling on the ground.

—For all the talk about Kirk Cousins having the Eagles’ number, he had one of his worst statistical games of the year against them in Week 6. He completed just 52.9 percent of his passes, his lowest completion percentage of the season. Cousins also threw perhaps his worst interception of the year, a pick six that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. The bottom line was that he made some plays and the Redskins won but he likely will have to play better this time for his team to prevail today.

—Carson Wentz has six interceptions in his last three games, including three last week against the Bengals. Josh Norman is due to get an interception, overdue, in fact. Don’t know what will happen but the chances seem good that a Redskin will get his hands on a Wentz pass today.

—We saw last week that the Redskins are not a lock to go on the road and win against a team that is desperately fighting for its playoff life. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Eagles do not have players who are the equals of David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Patrick Peterson. While plenty can go wrong I think the Redskins come away with with the win.

Redskins 28, Eagles 24

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