Reynolds chosen as 2012 WTT MVP; Jensen Earns Coach of the Year


Reynolds chosen as 2012 WTT MVP; Jensen Earns Coach of the Year

Today, the World TeamTennis Pro League presented by GEICO named Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles the 2012 WTT Male MVP.

After earning the 2010 Rookie of the Year award, Reynolds has followed up with an even better campaign in 2012 to earn the WTT Male MVP honors. Boasting a 64-41 record for a .610 winning percentage, Reynolds finished as the top ranked player in men's singles. He also paired up with the 2011 Male MVP Leander Paes to finish as the League's top-ranked doubles team with a .620 winning percentage. Yet after Paes left to compete in the Olympics, Reynolds kept the Kastles on track and helped lead them to a second consecutive undefeated regular season. "It's an honor to be named MVP," said Bobby Reynolds. "There have been so many great players who have been MVP over the years of World TeamTennis. The team has been behind me the whole year. I just hope we keep the streak alive."

Additionally, Murphy Jensen of the Washington Kastles was named WTT Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Kastles have had two consecutive undefeated regular seasons and won 30 matches in a row, the second longest win streak in pro team sports history. This is Jensen's fourth season coaching the Kastles. He led the franchise to the WTT title in 2009 and 2011, and the Kastles are now the top seed in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals as they look to win another championship.
"It feels unreal to be named Coach of the Year for two years in a row," said Jensen. "It means the world to me because I got an opportunity this month to serve some extraordinary athletes. I'm a cheap imitation of all the people who have mentored me along the way, starting with my mom and dad."

All of the 2012 WTT Award winners as well as the WTT Finals Weekend Schedule follow below:

WTT FEMALE MVP: Martina Hingis (New York Sportimes)
WTT MALE MVP: Bobby Reynolds (Washington Kastles)
WTT FEMALE ROOKIE: Kristyna Pliskova (Philadelphia Freedoms)
WTT MALE ROOKIE: John-Patrick Smith (Orange County Breakers)
WTT COACH OF THE YEAR: Murphy Jensen (Washington Kastles)

2012 WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO Schedule:
September 14-16 - Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
Friday, Sept. 14 - 6:30 p.m. EDT : Western Conference Championship - 1 Orange County Breakers (8-6) vs. 2 Sacramento Capitals (7-7)
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 6:30 p.m. EDT: Eastern Conference Championship - 1 Washington Kastles (14-0) vs. 2 New York Sportimes (9-5)
Sunday, Sept. 16 - 3:30 p.m. EDT: WTT Finals - Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion

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Redskins' Matt Jones misses another practice, in doubt for Sunday

Redskins' Matt Jones misses another practice, in doubt for Sunday

Redskins running back Matt Jones did not not participate in practice on Thursday, one day after sitting out practice with knee soreness. His availability for Sunday's game against the Bengals in London looks very much in doubt. 

Coach Jay Gruden told the media after Wednesday's practice that Jones was reporting knee soreness with lateral movement. 

If the second-year back can't play Sunday, Gruden said rookie Robert Kelley would get the majority of carries and Chris Thompson would continue playing third-down back as normal. 

The game could represent a big opportunity for Kelley after Jones fumbled twice in last week's loss to the Lions. 

Gruden is expected to update the media on his players' health at Thursday's postgame press conference. 

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Wizards at Hawks preview: TV and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Hawks preview: TV and radio info, things to watch


Where: Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream:
Radio: 1500 AM

The Wizards begin their 2016-17 campaign on Thursday night in Atlanta with a matchup against the Hawks. Here are three things to watch…

John Wall's minutes

The All-Star point guard has no problem moving around and playing at full-speed, despite the fact he had surgery on both knees back in May and was limited early on in training camp. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's ready to go a full 48 on Thursday night. Wall and head coach Scott Brooks have indicated that 32 minutes is a solid goal for Wall in the opener. That's not far off from the 36.2 minutes Wall averaged last season, good for fifth in the NBA.

More important than Wall's nightly total could be how long he can play at a given time. Wall said this week the next step for him is to go full bore for eight to 10 minutes and not have it affect his energy particularly on the defensive end of the floor. 

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Changes for Atlanta

The Hawks have been a perennial playoff team in the Eastern Conference with an impressive nine straight postseason appearances. This year, though, they will look much different with Al Horford now playing in Boston and Jeff Teague having moved on to Indiana. That's two All-Stars gone from a team that won 48 games last year and 60 the season before.

The two players replacing them in the Hawks' lineup aren't half-bad themselves. In comes former first round pick Dennis Schroder and eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard. They could again lead the Hawks to the playoffs, but it may take time for the team to gel after making significant changes to their personnel. 

How will Brooks use his bench?

As Insider J. Michael detailed on Wednesday, Brooks has a lot of options on his bench, but it may take some time to sort out his rotation. At backup point guard, he has Trey Burke and Tomas Satoransky. At shooting guard, Marcus Thornton will be a fixture. Kelly Oubre will back up Otto Porter at small forward and certainly hopes for more minutes than he got as a rookie. And behind Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat down low will be Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith. Further down the bench, they have three undrafted rookies in Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu. 

Can Satoransky push Burke for more minutes behind Wall? Can Oubre earn Brooks' trust and take minutes away from Porter? Will any of the rookies earn meaningful minutes early in the season? Thursday night will provide the first answers to those questions. It will also be interesting to see how Brooks decides to mix-and-match his lineups, particularly at the guard position with Satoransky presenting a wild card with his size.

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