Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

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Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

As the Washington Kastles (10-0) hosted the Philadelphia Freedoms (4-6) Tuesday night, the Kastles depleted squad would pose the greatest threat to Washington's historic winning streak.With Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Anastasia Rodionova competing at The Olympic Games in London, the torch would be passed to Edina Gallovits-Hall, Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Conrad Huey to help lead the Kastles to their 27th consecutive win.Huey, who was raised in Alexandria, was lethal at the net. Coupled with Gallovits-Hall's tenacious performance in women's singles the two would do just enough to set up Bobby Reynolds to close out the match, giving the Kastles a 21-16 victory.With its 27th consecutive match tonight, the Kastles have passed the 1916 New York Giants (MLB) for the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Lakers present the next hurdle with the 33-game undefeated run by Los Angeles during the 1971-72 NBA season.Following tonight's last home match of the season versus Philadelphia, the Kastles will play road matches at New York Wednesday, Kansas City on Friday and Springfield on Saturday
MXD: Treat HueyRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Jordan KerrKristyna Pliskova (PHL)Treat Huey and Raquel Kops-Jones made their debut for the Kastles Tuesday nigth and the doubles team would showcase a textbook point at 1-1. Kops-Jones would force Gregorc out wide with a solid serve, but he would manage to return the shot. Unfortunately for the Freedoms, Gregorc's shot would set Huey up perfectly for a volley that he would crush into the stands. Clockwork. The Kastles would take a 2-1 lead.The rest of the match, however, would be a battle. Point by point. Game by game.At 3 games all, 3-all with Kops-Jones on serve the fans would see an amazing doubles rally. Both Huey and Kops-Jones took turns trying to put away overhead smashes, but somehow Philly managed to get a racquet on their shots. Finally, the Freedoms were able to return a deep lob--too deep, as in about three inches long giving the Kastles the 4-3 lead.The Kastles would break Pliskova, cruising to take the set 5-3.Kastles lead Freedoms, 5-3.
WD: Gallovits-HallRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)As for ladies doubles? This pair took some time to gel and it didn't help that they faced the Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Tough to compete with siblings and in this case; twins.The Freedoms would get out to a 3-0 lead.With Gallovits on serve, up 3-2 they ladies would scrape to return every one of Karolina's slice volleys as she dictated play at the net. Karolina would would prove to be too good. Finally finishing the Kastles off with a shallow slice in the alley.Unable to use the momentum from the last point, the Freedoms would dump the next point into the net giving the Kastles the game.The Kastles would break the Freedoms on the next point, closing the gap 3-2. That's when the Kastles momentum would stop. The Pliskovas would take the set 5-2.Freedoms lead Kastles, 8-7
MD: ReynoldsTreat Conrad Huey (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL) At 2 all, Reynolds on serve and manning the baseline, Huey would put away two back to back volleys in devastating fashion giving the Kastles the 3-2 edge.At 3 all, Huey on serve, Reynolds would take a page from Huey's book by sending a crushing a volley high into the stands. Reynolds would finish the game with an beautiful drop shot in the alley to give the Kastles the 4-3 edge.Reynolds wouldn't let up, but a few errors from Huey and the Freedoms were able to force a tiebreak.Huey would redeem himself early in the tiebreak when the net chord ruled in favor of his volley prompting an applause from the crowds.At 3 all, Reynolds slammed a crisp volley between the Freedoms and let out a triumphant, 'Yeahhhhhhh!!!!'The Freedoms would respond with a deep forehand down the alley which Reynolds simply could not return.The Freedoms would take the set, 5-4.Freedoms lead Kastles, 13-11.
WS: Edina Gallovits-Hall (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL) Gallovits-Hall would jump out to an early lead at 2-0, only to lose it as quickly as she gained it.At 2 all, Gallovits-Hall would fight back to break Pliskova.On serve, her confidence back, she would cruise to a 4-2 lead without dropping a point.Gallovits-Hall would go on defeat Pliskova, 5-3.Tied at 16.MS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL)It was up to Reynolds to win the match. Reynolds who embraces his roll as 'The Closer,' rose to the occasion.Playing each point with as if it was match point at Wimbledon, Reynolds let the fans breathe a sigh of relief establishing a 2-0 lead.Then a 3-0 lead.4-0.Prior to the match Coach Murphy Jensen told Reynolds all he wanted was for Bobby to play for 'Le' Leander Paes. Reynolds did just that.On serve he would close out the match.Kastles defeat Freedoms, 21-16.

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Capitals Daily Quote: 'We need to be a little more gritty'

Capitals Daily Quote: 'We need to be a little more gritty'

With the Capitals’ offense mired in a protracted drought, Nicklas Backstrom got right to the point when asked how the team can generate more scoring during 5-on-5 situations.

I think we need to be a little more gritty, go in front of the net instead of all three guys trying to cycle the puck all the time. I mean, we need a least one guy in front of the net. Shots, rebounds—that’s the kind of goals that goes in these days. We have to be able to go in front of the net and go to the dirty areas and create second chances.

After 23 games, the Capitals have 42 goals while skating 5-on-5, which is tied for 15th. For comparison’s sake, the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers have a league-best 66 goals at 5-on-5 through 26 games. 

To boost their number, Backstrom says the Caps need to make a change, both in tactics and mentality. We'll see in the coming days if he and his teammates are willing to make the necessary adjustments.

RELATED: PREDICTION RECAP: OFFENSE AT A PREMIUM FOR CAPS, LIGHTNING

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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