Nicole Darin joins Comcast SportsNet as anchor and reporter

Nicole Darin joins Comcast SportsNet as anchor and reporter

Bethesda, Md. (Nov. 1, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, has named Nicole Darin anchor and reporter. She begins her new role Nov. 5.
Darin, who has more than six years of sports media experience, joins a veteran team of anchors, reporters and digital media journalists who provide comprehensive regional sports coverage for Comcast SportsNet. In her new position, she will serve as an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, and will contribute to the network’s other sports news and entertainment programming.
Darin joins the network from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she has served as a freelance anchor and reporter since September. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for WTSP-TV (CBS) in Tampa, Fla. In addition to anchoring WTSP’s daily sports segments and covering area teams and events, she co-hosted professional and college football pre- and post-game shows and led a weekly sports program.
Before joining WTSP-TV, Darin spent time as an anchor and reporter covering professional, college and high school sports in Charlotte, N.C., for WBTV-TV (CBS). She also gained experience as sports director for WCBL-TV (CN2 News) in Rock Hill, S.C., and KAWE-TV (PBS) in Bemidji, Minn., where she led the stations’ sports coverage. Darin began her television career with KRDO-TV (ABC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was a reporter and producer for two years.
A Bronx, N.Y., native, Darin graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a communications degree. As a student, she was a broadcasting intern for Altitude Sports & Entertainment, assisting with the regional sports network’s coverage of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets.

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Capitals' Wilson pulled from Monday's game for precautionary reasons

Capitals' Wilson pulled from Monday's game for precautionary reasons

Capitals winger Tom Wilson left Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury, associate coach Todd Reirden said.

Reirden said the decision to pull Wilson late in the second period was for precautionary reasons.

“He was getting evaluated tonight and will be reevaluated tomorrow morning and see where he’s at,” Reirden said.

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Wilson was hurt when he tangled with Jordan Staal in the corner. Staal’s shoulder/upper arm caught Wilson in the mouth area. The Carolina center was whistled for elbowing.

Wilson and Staal had been jawing at one another for much of the game leading up to the hit. Wilson finished with a shot, four hits, a blocked shot and a giveaway in 11:45 of ice time.

“It was just kind of a normal hockey play,” Reirden said. “And we’ll how he is tomorrow, but at this point in the season it gives us a chance to be precautionary on that.”

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Nats fall to Diamondbacks after Wilson Ramos leaves with injury

Nats fall to Diamondbacks after Wilson Ramos leaves with injury

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Nationals Park.

How it happened: The Nationals have little to gain at this point in the regular season with their division locked up and their playoff opponent set. They do, though, have plenty to lose.

The Nationals lost 14-4 to the Diamondbacks on Monday night, but more important was the exit of All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos with an apparent right leg injury in the sixth inning. He fell down on a throw to home and grabbed the same knee that he had his ACL and MCL repaired in back in 2012. It happened on a wet field after a 20-minute rain delay.

Before Ramos went down, the game was already out of hand. Nats starter Tanner Roark made it just four innings with five earned runs allowed. The Nats got it to 5-4 before the Diamondbacks added five more runs in the sixth inning off reliever Yusmeiro Petit.

Jean Segura and Yasmany Tomas both homered off Roark in the fourth inning. Tomas then got the five-run rally started in the sixth with a two-RBI double off Petit in the sixth. Mitch Haniger added a two-run bomb off Petit later in the frame. Segura then homered again with a two-run shot off Lucas Giolito in the eighth. Jake Lamb then hit another off Giolito to make it 13-4, the fifth homer for Arizona on the night. That's a season-high allowed by the Nats.

The Diamondbacks then got another run, their 14th, on a groundout by Chris Owings in the top of the ninth. That came against Giolito, who walked off the mound with a 6.75 ERA through 21 1/3 big league innings.

The Nats got their first run on an RBI triple by Brian Goodwin in the second inning. The rookie brought in another on a walk with the bases loaded. 

Trea Turner doubled home two more runs in the fourth on his second of three hits on the night. It was Turner's 32nd multi-hit game of the season and his 11th time with three hits or more. That effort helped bounce Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley after 3 2/3 innings with four runs allowed on six hits and four walks.

The Nationals have lost five of their last eight games. This was their first defeat to the Diamondbacks in 2016 after sweeping them in Arizona back in August.

What it means: The Nats dropped to 91-65 on the year and now lead the Dodgers by just one game in their race for home field advantage in the NL Division Series. 

Roark not at his best: Roark was off to a brilliant start through three innings with no baserunners allowed and five strikeouts. But he quickly found trouble in the fourth inning with the solo homer by Segura. He later allowed an RBI single to Brandon Drury and then the three-run bomb to Tomas. 

It was Roark's shortest start since June 5 against the Reds. He also only went four innings in his season debut on April 7. Generally, Roark can be counted on to go deep in starts. But after giving up five runs in one inning, the Nats had seen enough. Roark only threw 70 pitches before he was lifted by manager Dusty Baker. It was also in part due to an opportunity Baker saw for a pinch-hitter, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth. The Nats were down 5-2 with one out, so Baker called on Chris Heisey to bat. He ended up striking out on a pitch that just barely caught the outer edge of the plate.

Roark is still searching for his 16th win after taking a loss in his last start against the Marlins. He should have one more opportunity on Saturday to get No. 16, which would be a career-high. 

Drew keeps producing: Stephen Drew left the Nats in late July with vertigo-like symptoms after establishing himself as their best bench player and one of the best bench players in baseball. He's returned even better. With a double, a walk and two runs on Monday, Drew is now 10-for-28 (.357) with three doubles, eight runs and six walks in 15 games. He's batting .282 on the season, which is impressive for a guy who gets sparing at-bats. Drew has been a perfect temporary fill-in for Daniel Murphy in the last few days and he could play a very important role in the playoffs as the Nats' first bench off the bench.

Petit struggles again: Maybe this is why we didn't see Petit more than once from Aug. 27 to Sept. 23. He hasn't been effective in either of the two outings he's made in the last four days. On Sept. 23, he gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning against the Pirates. And on Monday he allowed five runs in four innings. Petit was signed to be the team's longman and they know what he's capable off in October. But he has not been effective in months now. Petit has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 18 2/3 innings going back to July 30.

Goodwin is heating up: Drew's spot on the postseason roster is safe, Goodwin's is not. But Goodwin has been making it very, very interesting lately and now looks to be on the bubble with an outside chance of playing in October. Goodwin drove in the Nats' first run with his first career triple. He also collected another RBI by drawing a walk against Bradley with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Goodwin is now batting .333 on the year. It's only through 18 games, but he's clearly making an impact.

Up next: The Nats and Diamondbacks play the second of their four-game series. Tuesday night will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch with Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.82) on the mound. The D'Backs have not announced their starter.

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