TARIK EL-BASHIR JOINS COMCASTSPORTSNET AS REDSKINS INSIDERLONGTIME WASHINGTON POST REPORTERTO PROVIDE REDSKINS COVERAGE ACROSS NETWORKS MULTIPLE PLATFORMSBethesda, Md. (May 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has named veteran sports reporter TarikEl-Bashir as Redskins Insider. In this position, the longtime Washington Post sportswriter will lead coverage ofthe Washington Redskins across Comcast SportsNets digital media platforms,which are highlighted by CSNwashington.com, and serve as a contributor for thenetworks news and entertainment programs.El-Bashir, who has more than15 years of experience as a sports reporter for major newspapers, will provide dailyRedskins news, analysis and features to CSNwashington.com, including itsRedskinsTalk blog, and across the networks mobile and social media platforms.He will also make regular appearances on the networks daily news andentertainment shows, such as RedskinsNation, and will deliver news and interviews for the award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. El-Bashir willalso serve as sideline reporter for the networks live coverage of Redskinspreseason games.Tarik has demonstratedsignificant abilities and knowledge as a reporter and writer in more than a decadecovering sports in this market, said Comcast SportsNet Vice President ofDigital Media Mark Lapidus. Adding someone of his experience and skill levelto our digital media coverage of the Redskins, and to our network, is anotherexample of why Comcast SportsNet is the regions leading multiplatform sportsmedia organization. A Washington-area native, El-Bashirjoins Comcast SportsNet after 13 years in the sports department of The Washington Post.Most recently, he spent two years as the newspapers beat writer for Georgetown University mens basketball andcontributor to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir wasThe Posts beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years asthe lead reporter covering high school sports. A Howard University graduate, hejoined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New YorkIslanders for two years.El-Bashirjoins a talented team that provides multiplatform coverage of the Redskins forComcast SportsNet, which includes Chick Hernandez and blogger Rich Tandler.Hernandez, an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has covered the Redskins fornearly two decades, is entering his first season as the networks televisionbeat reporter for the team. Hernandez will provide extensive Redskins coveragefor the networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central, and willcontinue to host Redskins Kickoff andRedskins Postgame Live. El-Bashiris the latest addition to a rapidly growing digital media department thatoperates two regional sports websites, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com,and a portfolio of successful mobile and social media platforms. Theseplatforms feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from severalprominent sportswriters, including Tandler, Ravens Insider John Eisenberg,Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley and Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, as well asa stable of digital media reporters and producers.
Before Wednesday's game between the Nats and Orioles, as players, fans and media anticipated the arrival of U.S. Olympic swimming legend - and Bethesda, Md.-native - Katie Ledecky, one National remarked how Ledecky is the 'Bryce Harper of swimming.'
Yeah, in Harper's dreams.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist has accomplished far more in her sport than Harper, or any other Nationals player for that matter, has in theirs. So, in a funny bit to go along with her first pitch, she had Harper escort her to the mound. Ledecky then took off each medal, one-by-one, and handed them to Harper. She then threw a perfect strike to reliever Shawn Kelley.
Yes, it appears there is nothing Ledecky can't do these days. The 19-year-old is now just soaking it all in as she takes just a few weeks off before she begins her preparation for the next Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
"This will probably be the longest break I take in the next four years. It's just nice to be out of the water and recharge," she said.
Ledecky said Harper is one of her favorite players. She spoke with him and his teammates, as well as manager Dusty Baker in the team's clubhouse. A Nationals fan, Ledecky enjoyed seeing them as much as they liked seeing her.
"It was cool. They all wanted to see how heavy [my medals] are and things like that. They are pretty heavy. It was kind of a different feeling for me to have them be a fan of me when I've been a huge fan of theirs for a couple years. I know the Nats played part of my race [on the scoreboard] and that meant a lot to me. To have that support means so much," she said.
Ledecky has some rare free time now and was able to get some practice in before throwing her first pitch.
"I have two neighbors that play baseball and they always get excited when I throw a first pitch, so they always wanted to go down to the park and throw with me. So, I practiced a little bit," she said.
It's still a busy time for Ledecky, who is off to Stanford to begin college later this month. All the while, she's still processing all that she accomplished in Rio.
"Slowly, but surely. I expect it will sink in as we move forward in the next few weeks, once I get back in the pool and start working towards my next goals. You just have to kind of put everything you've done behind you and start working towards the next thing," she said.
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WASHINGTON—Ubaldo Jimenez is Buck Showalter’s choice to start Thursday, and he’s not backing down from it.
“He’s actually probably the most equipped. He’s pitched well here and against these guys, and two-fold, we’ve looked at our options and [he’s] the one most worthy of getting the opportunity,” Showalter said.
“Actually, [it] makes our bullpen work a little bit better too the other four days. He’s a guy who is physically better suited to pitch, to start.”
Vance Worley threw three innings on Tuesday night, and that eliminated him.
“Here’s the part of that. If he doesn’t pitch that game last night, probably Zach [Britton] or [Brad] Brach or [Mychal] Givens or all three of them would have been in that ballgame. In order for us to be good tonight and the next night, we need somebody to do that job,” Showalter said, adding: “It’s not a given that Vance would do well as a starter.”
Jimenez has pitched well, and in 2010 had even a better year than Chris Tillman is having now.
“Ubaldo’s got that type of pedigree. He’s pitched well in this situation before. He pitched well in Minnesota that day, all things considered. It’s going to be tough on him because he hasn’t started in a while, but he’s built up and he’s the most experienced option we have. I’m not going to get into critiquing what our other options are. I do know one thing. Everybody’s getting blocked and claimed this time of year. We think Ubaldo is our best option right now,” Showalter said.
Showalter thinks that Wright will do better in this stint with the Orioles because he won’t be starting—for now.
“It’s a different role than he had before because he provided length and could fit the role that we needed because Parker [Bridwell] hadn’t pitched back-to-back much, so we have to be careful there. Parker comes in and pitches, two, three innings tonight we’d probably get somebody to replace him because we’re not going to go without arms to protect everybody. We’ll see when the smoke clears today what we’re going to do tomorrow,” Showalter said.
Showalter said that T.J. McFarland, who’s currently rehabbing with Bowie was discussed as an option for the role Wright is going to fill, and could be added if Bridwell is swapped out. He did say that ideally, he’d prefer McFarland get one or two more outings before he’s brought back.
NOTES: Joey Rickard, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, will be reexamined on Sept. 2. … Brian Duensing (elbow) threw seven pitches in the Gulf Coast League in his first rehab appearance. … LHP Ashur Tolliver (hamstring) is throwing batting practice for Norfolk.
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T.J. Oshie took up a noble cause on Wednesday, posting a video of himself doing the #22pushupchallenge, which aims to raise awareness about the issue of suicide among servicemen and servicewomen in the United States military.
Just like the Ice Bucket Challenge before it, the hope is that each shared video of someone doing the challenge will help to spur donations to the cause. Oshie's video in particular might take off -- thanks to his daughter and dog.
As he began to do pushups in a video shared to his Twitter account, his daughter begins to partake in the challenge with some unique and adorable form. The real payoff comes just moments before the video's end when his dog does his best to help by coming into the frame and stretching.