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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Strasburg dominates, Turner shines as Nats top Indians

Strasburg dominates, Turner shines as Nats top Indians

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

How it happened: Having lost six of eight, with their bullpen wilting and their lineup being openly called out by manager Dusty Baker, Wednesday was about as good a time as any for the Nationals to receive a pick-me-up performance from a starting pitcher. That's exactly what they got, as Stephen Strasburg bounced back from an uneven outing to return to his All-Star form and dominate the Indians in the Nats' 4-1 win on a sunny afternoon in the place now known as Believeland.

Strasburg stared down one of baseball's best lineups and came out on top with seven scoreless innings and just three hits allowed. He was the star in the field. At the plate it was Trea Turner who once again clocked in with a well-rounded effort atop their lineup. Turner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Daniel Murphy added the Nats' other run on his 20th homer of the season. Jayson Werth walked to set a new career-high of 30 consecutive games reaching base. Ryan Zimmerman landed a single for his first hit since returning from the disabled list.

The Indians got their one run off Felipe Rivero in the ninth inning in yet another scary late-game performance by the Nats' bullpen. After getting the first batter out, Rivero issued a walk and then back-to-back singles, the second an RBI knock by Tyler Naquin. That brought Blake Treinen in to record the final two outs and close out the game.

The Nats avoided the two-game sweep at Cleveland and now head west to see Denard Span and the San Francisco Giants.

What it means: The Nats snapped a two-game losing streak just in time before they play the Giants. San Francisco has won seven of their last 11 head-to-head matchups including the 2014 playoffs. The Nats will play four games there, but will not have to face Madison Bumgarner, a good thing for both their lineup and their pitching staff.

Strasburg deals: Strasburg was untouchable on Wednesday afternoon as he baffled an Indians lineup that was mostly seeing him for the first time. He tossed seven scoreless frames with seven strikeouts and two walks on 110 pitches. It was the 18th time in 19 starts this season that Strasburg has gone at least six innings and the fifth time in his last seven starts that he's gone at least seven.

Strasburg earned his 14th win of the season, tied for most in the majors. He stepped off the mound with a 2.68 ERA, which ranks seventh among MLB starters.

Turner shines again: Baker was bought an extra few days with his team playing in an AL park when it comes to who is the odd-man out of their suddenly crowded lineup mix. With Zimmerman back, someone - likely Turner or Ben Revere - eventally has to sit. With the way things have gone over the last week, however, it would be an absolute shock to see Turner be on the bench when they go to San Francisco and return to NL play.

Turner has been impressive when given opportunities this year, but this was his best game. He tied a career-high with three hits and set new career-bests with two doubles and three RBI. His best at-bat came in the top of the second after Revere drew a 12-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs. Turner roped a single to left field to score two runs off Carlos Carrasco. That had to bring a smile to Baker's face, as he recently expressed frustration with his team's two-out approach.

Murphy hits No. 20: Murphy pulled another solo homer to right field, as he's been prone to do. This one came in the sixth inning on Wednesday and put the Nats up 3-0. It was Murphy's 20th of the season, which ties Bryce Harper for most on the team. The Nats have two 20-homer players now after only having one in 2015. Harper, though, did hit 42 by himself last season.

Murphy's home run was his sixth in his last 13 games. He has 19 RBI, 11 runs, eight doubles and a .396 BA (19-for-48) during that span.

Murphy also doubled on Wednesday and now has a 13-game hitting streak, the longest by any Nats player this season. It is the second-longest of Murphy's career, just short of the 14-game streak he had from Sept. of 2013 to April of 2014.

Up next: The Nats move on to San Francisco to take on the Giants, who are currently in first place in the NL West. Tanner Roark (9-6, 3.05) will pitch the opener for Washington opposite NL All-Star Game starter Johnny Cueto (13-2, 2.53).

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Madden ranked its top five tight ends. Jordan Reed isn't one of them

Madden ranked its top five tight ends. Jordan Reed isn't one of them

Jordan Reed had 39 more catches, 347 more yards and nine more touchdowns than Jimmy Graham last season, but in Madden's recently released rankings of its top five tight ends, Graham's name makes the list while Reed's doesn't.

Is this Madden 15 or Madden 17?

Other than the developers mixing up the years, it's hard to see how the Redskins' top pass catcher can be given a rating that's lower than Graham's in the upcoming edition of the popular video game franchise. And as it turns out, Reed's team is just as confused as anyone:

Fortunately, the official Madden Twitter account sent this response back to the Redskins. Unfortunately, it provided zero clarification for their selection of Graham over Reed:

The newest Madden hasn't even been made available to the public yet, but it already has one major glitch.

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Rearranging priorities helped make 2015 Redskins more successful

Rearranging priorities helped make 2015 Redskins more successful

RICHMOND—Redskins training camp gets underway tomorrow here at the Bon Secours Training Center.

The team has high expectations after winning the NFC East last year. The priorities have shifted since Jay Gruden took over as the head coach in 2014.

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“I want to make sure we make the right decisions on players, No. 1,” he said during a press conference during his first training camp.

“We have to make sure we get a good look at all the young guys, all the free agents, all the undrafted free agents, the draft picks, the veteran free agents, and make sure when we make our final cut-down we make the right choices and hopefully these players will make it very difficult on us in making those decisions.”

That all sounds great but what about winning games? Where was that in the pecking order or priorities? The young guys and undrafted free agents can help you out here and there. But if you miss on a couple of them it’s not going to kill you. Failure to make preparing to win games during the coming season the top priority will kill you. The Redskins went 4-12.

Gruden was singing a different tune when he was asked what the priorities were as the team started camp a year ago.

“We’re trying to improve as a football team, number one,” he said near the start of training camp in 2015. “That’s all we’re trying to do every day is improve a certain area of our game. Then, we’re also trying to critique our players and find out who our best 53 are.”

So the emphasis on improving the team seemed to work as the Redskins went 9-7 and were surprise NFC East winners.

Sure, there’s an element of coach speak in all of this. But don’t underestimate the importance of what the head coach is focused on. If the coaches spend an inordinate amount of time in meetings trying to sort out the last half dozen players on the roster there is less time to prepare the starters for Week 1 and beyond.

I expect Gruden to order his priorities the same way this year. Focusing on the play at the top of the roster will bear more fruit that worrying about which fifth cornerback or tenth offensive lineman to keep.

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