Kastles look to extend streak vs. Freedoms


Kastles look to extend streak vs. Freedoms

The Kastles are off to a 4-0 start this season as they host the Freedoms, can they extend streak to 21 consecutive wins?The last time these two Eastern conference rivals saw one another, Washington dealt Philadelphia a 25-21 loss.Anastasia and Arina Rodionova face double trouble with Freedoms' twins Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova, who were both Junior Grand Slam champions.Moving over to men's doubles,the Leander Paes Bobby Reynolds tandem will be a challenge for WTT newcomers Luka Gregorc and Jordan Kerr.Beginning tonight against Philadelphia, the Kastles head into a four-match homestead, having already survived the most difficult leg of it's title defense without a loss.
PROJECTED MATCHUPS:MS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL) WS: Anastasia Rodionova (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL)MD: ReynoldsLeander Paes (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL)WD: An. RodionovaArina Rodionova (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)MXD: PaesAn. Rodionova (WAS) vs. KerrKr. Pliskova (PHL)
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NHL Power Rankings: Where do the Caps stand after taking their first regulation loss?

NHL Power Rankings: Where do the Caps stand after taking their first regulation loss?

After starting the season 3-0-1, the Washington Capitals were handed their first loss on Saturday at the hands of the New York Rangers.

It was a tough way to close out the week, especially considering that the team now has to pack its bags and hit the road for a four-game road trip through Western Canada.

But there's one important thing to remember: Teams lose in the regular season. It happens.


The reaction after a loss like Saturday's is to drop the Caps like a stone in the power rankings, but it's important not to overreact to every game. Just four days before the loss, Washington dominated the Colorado Avalanche and they did it with backup Philipp Grubauer in net.

Here's what we know. In their first five games, the Caps earned seven out of a possible 10 points. As of Monday, the team sits second in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Alex Ovechkin put it best.

"You can't win 82 games in a row," he said following Saturday's loss. "Sometimes you have to lose. It's hard lessons for us."

So who Are the Capitals? Are they the team that squandered a two-goal lead at home against the New York Rangers or the one that thoroughly outplayed the Colorado Avalanche?

Find out just where the Caps stand in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick critical of organization's trust in him after Jets' win over Ravens

Ryan Fitzpatrick critical of organization's trust in him after Jets' win over Ravens

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the Jets' Week 7 game against the Ravens with an NFL-high 11 interceptions.

He also entered the game with a firm spot on the bench. Fitzpatrick, who was engaged in a tenuous contract debate in the offseason, was benched after the team's ugly 26-3 loss to the Cardinals in Week 6.

But on Sunday, Fitzpatrick came to the rescue after Geno Smith left the game in with a knee injury, immediately driving the ball down the field for a touchdown. 


Fitzpatrick finished 9-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown in the Jets' 24-16 win.

But following the game, Fitzpatrick let it be known that his Week 6 performance was because he believed in himself because the organization and coaching staff didn't.

"The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself," Fitzpatrick said, following the win. "Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. So, that's kind of something I've had to deal with before, something I'm dealing with now."

When asked if he felt like coach Jeff Bowles, general manager Mike Maccagnan and owner Woody Johnson did not believe in him, Fitzpatrick was blunt. "Yeah, when you get put on the bench," he said, "I think that's the reason why."

The Jets, now 2-5, face the winless Browns in Week 8, and with Smith's status still uncertain, so too is Fitzpatrick's place under center.

"I don't know what decision they're going to make or what Geno's health is going to be like," he said. 

"But, yeah, I think I should start every week."