Reaction to the Ryder Cup stunner


Reaction to the Ryder Cup stunner

From Comcast SportsNetLONDON (AP) -- The Miracle of Medinah.One of sport's greatest comebacks was celebrated across the continent with those words Monday after Europe's historic and emotional victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.Nowhere was the win more special than in Spain, the home of European captain Jose Maria Olazabal and the inspirational late Ryder Cup stalwart Seve Ballesteros."This one is for you, Seve," ran the front-page headline of Spanish sports daily Marca, echoing the thoughts of Olazabal and all of Europe's players who overcame a 10-4 deficit late Saturday afternoon to win 14 12-13 12 in Medinah, Ill.Ballesteros, who died from a brain tumor in May 2011, was everywhere Sunday. His image adorned European bags and shirts, his name was sung by Europe's fans well into the night and his spirit was invoked by players wearing the navy trousers and white polo shirt that were the Spaniard's trademark.His name was on everyone's lips Monday, too."What happened yesterday went beyond sports -- what that group of individuals achieved was incredibly difficult," Ivan Ballesteros, Seve's nephew and vice president of the Seve Ballesteros foundation, told The Associated Press by telephone. "We want to thank Jose Maria for remembering Seve not just throughout the week but for always keeping his memory alive."Ballesteros' family kept it simple on their official website with the message: "Thanks Europe, Thanks Jose Maria."The British media, already spoiled by an unprecedented summer of sporting success this year that included the London Olympics, added another memorable triumph to the list."After London 2012, Bradley Wiggins, Andy Murray and the rest, we were due an anti-climax. But this sporting year is incapable of dullness, one-sidedness, hollow drama," the Daily Telegraph said.Britain had heroes everywhere -- from Luke Donald beating Bubba Watson in the opening singles to the tight victories secured by Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood.Justin Rose beat Phil Mickelson with a birdie at the 17th that was perhaps the key turning point Sunday. And then there was Ian Poulter, who started Europe's charge by making five straight birdies in the final match of Saturday's fourballs to take a crucial point and leave the score at 10-6 going into the final day."I'm officially taking two years off and I'll see you at the next one," said Poulter, who won a match-high four points and was labeled the "modern-day Seve" by McIlroy.It was a German, Martin Kaymer, who rolled in a putt on the 18th hole to beat Steve Stricker on Sunday and ensure that Europe retained the cup."I never had such a feeling before," Kaymer said. "I'll never forget it and I'll be telling my grandchildren about it."Pictures of the German celebrating his putt -- pumping both fists -- were splashed across newspaper front pages."Wunderbar," blared the headline in Britain's Daily Express.With a nod to Europe's economic troubles, the Irish Times said: "Martin Kaymer, a cool German, gave Europe a massive bailout that contributed to the most unlikeliest comeback in Ryder Cup history."Twitter was awash with Ryder reaction from sports personalities past and present who stayed up late to cheer on Europe from afar."The victory was epic!" Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, a keen golfer, tweeted.Paul Casey, an English golfer who played in three Ryder Cups from 2004-08, added: "Woke up this morning and it wasn't a dream. The most amazing Ryder Cup ever! Well done lads, especially JMO."Four-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Matthew Pinsent of Britain offered his own take."Ironic that in the cold light of morning the US played better in the team formats than we did and EUR were great individually,'" Pinsent tweeted.Belgium -- hardly a golfing stronghold -- reveled in having one of its own in the winning lineup. Nicolas Colsaerts was a virtual unknown in Belgium a few months ago, but Europe's biggest hitter graced the front pages of two of the country's main newspapers Monday after making a memorable debut that included beating Tiger Woods in Friday's fourballs."After beating Tiger Woods on Friday, Colsaerts could celebrate again last night," boasted Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws.The 2012 match, though, will forever be remembered as the one where Europe did Seve proud.Olazabal failed to fight back the tears Sunday as he dedicated victory to his close friend and playing partner at the closing ceremony. On Monday morning, "Ollie" surfaced with bags under his eyes, clutching the cup."If someone had to write a script for it, that would be the ideal one," Olazabal said. "For that to happen, Seve had to have something to do with it."

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John Wall flies through speedy recovery from knee surgeries

John Wall flies through speedy recovery from knee surgeries

ATLANTA -- The second John Wall touches the court tonight as the Wizards, he will have surpassed some expectations after he had surgeries to both knees May 5 following a miserable 41-41 season when he still managed to average 20 points and 10 assists. 

"I was listening to what the doctors were telling me throughout the whole process. They didn't know if I was going to be able to play either," said Wall, who had a minor procedure to clean out loose particles in his right knee and had bone spurs dealt with in his left knee, before tonight's regular-season opener vs. the Atlanta Hawks. "It's about dedication, a lot of hard work, rehabbing this summer and listening to my trainers."

Wall was hesitant about even being able to play in the preseason back in June, when he hosted a basketball camp in Fairfax, Va. He didn't want to go through the same experience he had in 2015-16 when there were doubts about his ability to suit up on some nights. He required hours of acupuncture, hot tubs, cold tubs and massages just to get ready on game days. By about the fourth game of that regular season, his ability to be effective on defense, where he'd been an All-NBA performer, was compromised.

"They didn't know. Five to six months. Maybe seven," Wall said about how long doctors told him it could take him to get back on the court after surgery. "You don't know how it's going to react after a surgery or how my body would react to it."

Wall's left knee sported a noticeable scar and he wasn't able to walk properly as he even headed into July. But he was focused during rehabilitation and didn't let up.

"I was able to do anything I wanted off the right (knee) away. It was my left leg where I coldn't do (anything)," he said. "Couldn't run. Couldn't play basketball. Couldn't do the little things and that was the most furstating part about it all."

By the time training camp opened Sept. 27, the outlook was promising. Wall never scrimmaged 5 on 5, but he was going 3 on 3. The speed was there and it was a matter of time for him to play and that came by the third preseason game. He made five appearances to get ready for tonight's game (CSN, 6:30 p.m. ET). 

Coach Scott Brooks has projected that he'll play his point guard 30-32 minutes which is just short of the 34-35 minute that's ideal for an 82-game season.

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CSN reporters make predictions for Wizards, 2016-17 NBA season

CSN reporters make predictions for Wizards, 2016-17 NBA season

Here are some predictions for the Washington Wizards and the 2016-17 NBA season as a whole from CSN reporters...

J. Michael, CSN Wizards Insider

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 44-38

How will their season end? 1st round playoff loss

Biggest key for Wizards: Wall and Beal play like All-Stars.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavaliers in 6

NBA MVP: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Chris Miller, CSN Wizards reporter

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 42-20

How will their season end? 7th seed, 1st round playoff loss

Biggest key for Wizards: The key for them is obviously Wall and Beal playing at an All-Star level. Then, staying healthy as possible and defending the rim.

NBA Finals prediction: Cavaliers over Spurs in 6

NBA MVP: Kyrie Irving, Cavs

Steve Buckhantz, CSN Wizards play-by-play announcer

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 45-37

How will their season end? Wiz will lose in 7 games in second round to Boston

Biggest key for Wizards: Key is the health of Bradley Beal and John Wall, and the continued improvement of Kelly Oubre, Jr.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavs in 6

NBA MVP: LeBron James, Cavs

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Tony Massenburg, CSN Wizards studio analyst

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 40-42

Biggest key for Wizards: Wizards will have to play great team basketball this year that involves everyone not just John and Brad.

NBA Finals prediction: Cavaliers over Warriors in 7

Chase Hughes,

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 45-37

How will their season end? Lose in second round of playoffs to Celtics.

Biggest key for Wizards: Defense. They need to get back to what made them a playoff team. Mahinmi should help when healthy.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavaliers in 6

NBA MVP: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Keely Diven,

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 41-41

How will their season end? Squeeze into playoffs, lose in the first round

Biggest key for Wizards: Bradley Beal has to stay healthy, especially avoiding the stress reaction that has plagued him all four years of his NBA career. His per game numbers haven’t seen the kind of upward trajectory year over year that you’d expect of a player as young and talented as Beal, I suspect because he’s missed large portions of every season injured. If he can stay healthy, and establish an offensive rhythm, he has a good chance to make the big leap that has been anticipated the past two seasons and earn that contract. Honorable mention: Scoring off the bench!

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors beat Cavaliers in 7 (boring, I know)

NBA MVP: Russell Westbrook, Thunder

Sebastian Salazar, CSN studio host

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 43-39

How will their season end? 2nd round defeat (CLE)

Biggest key for Wizards: 3 point shooting. A lot of guys on roster have shown potential as three-point shooters, but need to bring their percentages up. If that happens, defensive improvements should be enough to make them very competitive in wide open SE Division.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavs in 7

NBA MVP: Russell Westbrook, Thunder

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