May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

Bethesda, Md. (May 11, 2010) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leader in television and online sports coverage, has been recognized for excellence with 12 nominations for 2009 Capital Region Emmy Awards, it was announced by the Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Monday.

Comcast SportsNet was recognized in 10 different categories, with multiple nominations in two categories; Sports One-Time Special (O What a Night, Remembering Abe) and Sports Regularly Scheduled Weekly or Daily Program (Redskins Kickoff, My Life 365).

The networks on-air talent also received nominations for their work, with Joe Beninati in the Sports Play-by-Play category, Kelli Johnson for Sports Reporter and Trevor Matich for his work as a Sports Analyst. Beninati, who serves as the networks play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Capitals, has previously captured four Capital Region Emmy Awards for his work with Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNets 12 nominations, which led all cable networks and ranked fourth overall in the region, equal the all-time high set by the network in 2003. Since the network launched in 2001, Comcast SportsNet has been recognized with 68 nominations and has been honored with 32 Capital Region Emmy Awards.

The winners will be announced at the 52nd Emmy Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 5, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Comcast SportsNets 12 Nominations:

Sports News Single Story: VMI Basketball (Mitch Tischler)

Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: Redskins Kickoff (Leslie Reader, Andy Siegel, James Scibilia, Brad Bode, Chick Hernandez, Kelli Johnson, Trevor Matich, Ernie Baur, Tom Pahnke, Tony Burke, Gary Carter)
Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: My Life 365 Allen Iverson (Andre Jones, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether, Ron Thompson)

Sports One-time Special: Remembering Abe (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Russ Thaler)

Sports One-time Special: Washington Post Live Presents O What A Night (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Eric Shuster)
Promotion News Promo, Image: Ready to Watch? (Jason Pavelko)

Editor Short Form: The Puck Drops Here (Jason Pavelko)

Graphics: Washington Post Live (Steve McIntosh)

Editor Sports: Brad Bode

Sports Reporter: Kelli Johnson

Sports Analyst: Trevor Matich

Sports Play-by-Play: Joe Beninati

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.6 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNets digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, is the regions leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS. Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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Grading the Caps' offseason moves: Caps sign Zach Sanford

Grading the Caps' offseason moves: Caps sign Zach Sanford

The quest for the Stanley Cup doesn't begin on the ice, but during the offseason as general managers build their teams for the upcoming campaign. The Caps have made a number of moves this summer to try to make their team better and get over the playoff hump.

Let's break down and grade each move the team made this offseason to help figure out whether it was the right move for the team.

Today's move: Signing Zach Sanford

Every year at development camp there is always one or two players who stand out. This year, it was Zach Sanford. Not only was his physical prowess on display, (6-foot-4, 191 pounds), but his skill was as well. He looked comfortable with and without the puck and was miles ahead of most of the other prospects in terms of development.

Even so, it was a bit surprising to hear the Caps were pushing to sign him to an entry level contract. He still had two years of eligibility at Boston College and the Caps' roster is loaded. Why push for him to sign just to spend the season in the AHL?

The reason why the Caps did it most likely has something to do with Jimmy Vesey.

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Vesey was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2012. By staying in college for four years without signing with Nashville, he will become a free agent on Aug. 15 and looks set to test the market. The same thing may be playing out between Washington and Thomas DiPauli, the Caps' fourth round pick from 2012 who remains unsigned. This type of thing is rare and it certainly seemed to catch Nashville off guard, but it did serve as a reminder to teams: sign your prospects before they have the chance to leave.

Sanford was drafted in 2013 out of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. The rules for players drafted out of junior leagues are similar to those drafted out of college. Full disclosure, I do not speak legalese, but based on my understanding of the collective bargaining agreement that sets the rules for signing players, by playing one year in juniors after getting drafted, Sanford could have become a free agent in August of 2017. It does not technically matter that he will have played only three years of college, all that matters is that it will have been four years after he was drafted.

So what does that mean for him this season? The Caps are set at center with Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle. Plus, Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky can play if need be. Barring injury then, Sanford will spend the season in Hershey.

Brian MacLellan has hinted at trying to keep room under the salary cap open for prospects to cycle in and get some NHL experience throughout the season. Sanford will have to adjust from playing in the NCAA to the AHL, which is quite a jump, but don't be surprised if Sanford gets his first taste of the NHL later in the 2016-17 season.

Grade: Incomplete

Vesey may have changed the game when it comes to prospects. Teams need to get these guys signed when they can or risk losing them. The Caps may well lose DiPauli and they didn't want the same thing to happen to Sanford.

This gets an incomplete, however, until what position Sanford plays this season. He played wing and center in college. Considering his size, he could be a good power forward and someone the Caps are tempted to call up to plug into the bottom six, but I absolutely do not want to see this unless it is at center. You can never have enough centers and it would be better for the team in the long-term to commit to developing him as a center rather than rushing him as a wing.

Granted, I am not a scout. If the Caps have determined he has no NHL future as a center, then they should ignore this and develop him as a wing. That's not what I saw at development camp, however.

If Sanford spends the season in Hershey as a center, then this move is a solid A. If the Caps try to rush him into their lineup as a winger this year, however, that would be a mistake. Patience is a virtue.

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NFL finds no credible evidence Peyton Manning used HGH

NFL finds no credible evidence Peyton Manning used HGH

The NFL released a statement on Monday in which the league cleared former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning after a seven-month investigation to determine if the two-time Super Bowl champion was provided with or took performance-enhancing drugs.

The investigation stemmed from an Al-Jazeera America report in December that listed Manning among the professional athletes to receive shipments ofhuman growth hormones.

The five-time NFL MVP vehemently denied the claims and welcomed the league to investigate the matter.

"Following a comprehensive seven-month investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, the NFL found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances," the league said in a statement.

"The Mannings were fully cooperative with the investigation and provided both interviews and access to all records sought by the investigators."

The Al-Jazeera America report alleged that Manning was sent shipments of HGH to his house under his wife's name from Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who worked at an anti-aging clinic in Indianapolis in 2011. Sly was Al Jazeera's key source, but then recanted his statements making the report all the more questionable.

Manning retired from the NFL in February following the Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.

Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Who should the Nationals target before the deadline?

MLB Trade Rumors: Who should the Nationals target before the deadline?

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

The Nationals may be good — very good — but they're not perfect, not yet. 

With the trade deadline fast approaching, GM Mike Rizzo's hunt to turn the roster he assembled into a legitimate World Series contender will grab the spotlight.

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There's speculation around the league that Rizzo's plans start and end with adding a commanding bullpen arm, capable of shortening each game by three outs, at least.

Nevertheless, Washington has the assets on hand and in their farm system to secure anyone they fancy, whether it's an arm, a bat ... or both.

Fortunately for baseball fans (but unfortunately for the Nats) the 2016 season has been competitive all around, leaving teams deemed surefire sellers few and far between.

Still, Rizzo's team is in a desirable position with the always appreciated ability of flexibility, so which players will the Nats target before the July 31 trade deadline.

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