NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to air live on Comcast SportsNet

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NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to air live on Comcast SportsNet

After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Atlantic seaboard, the networks of NBC Universal will host a one-hour live benefit telethon on Friday, Nov. 2 beginning at 8 p.m. "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer will host the benefit and performers scheduled to appear include Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting.

Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams will also take part in the telethon, which will air live on Comcast SportsNet along with NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA. Proceeds collected during the telethon will benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

The American Red Cross response to Hurricane Sandy will require millions of dollars and cover much of the East Coast from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations go towards shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

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Three starters out of practice for the Redskins

Three starters out of practice for the Redskins

The Redskins were missing three starters at practice on Wednesday as they began preparations to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle), guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle), and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle) all were out of practice. Breeland and Lauvao are expected to miss the Browns game; Jackson seems likely to play but we will have to see how things develop this week before that determination can be made.

WR Josh Doctson (Achilles) and CB Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) also were out on Wednesday.

Doctson, the team’s top draft pick who spend training camp and all of the preseason games on the physically unable to perform list, was a last- minute scratch for the game against the Giants last Sunday.

“He just didn't feel comfortable, couldn't push off the way he wanted to,” said Jay Gruden.

The injury has been hard to deal with from the beginning.

“We're trying different treatments for him to try to get him back in action as soon as possible,” said Gruden. “He'll take it easy this week, next couple of days then see what he can do on Friday. It's a wait and see kind of thing.”

Limited in practice were DL Chris Baker (elbow/tow), LB Trent Murphy (elbow/shoulder), and DL Kendall Reyes.

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Harper and Murphy remain out, as Gio makes final playoff tuneup

Harper and Murphy remain out, as Gio makes final playoff tuneup

Nats (92-65) vs. Diamondbacks (65-92) at Nationals Park

The Nationals have reached their final five games of the regular season, which means each start made by their rotation will be that pitcher's final tuneup for the playoffs. On Wednesday, it's Gio Gonzalez (11-10, 4.51) on the mound making his final start before he likely pitches in Game 3 against the Dodgers. The lefty will be making his 32nd start of the season.

That is, of course, if weather permits. Heavy rain is in the forecast and Wednesday night's game could be affected by it. If Gonzalez can't pitch due to the weather, he will skip his start to attend Jose Fernandez' funeral in Florida.

Bryce Harper (thumb) and Daniel Murphy (buttock) remain out of the Nationals' lineup. Harper could have played, but the Nats want to play it safe on the wet field given what happened to Wilson Ramos on Monday.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Diamondbacks - Shelby Miller

NATS

2B Trea Turner
CF Ben Revere
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Clint Robinson
LF Jayson Werth
RF Brian Goodwin
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DIAMONDBACKS

TBA
RHP Shelby Miller

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