WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 6, 2012 - USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced it has awarded grants to two Washington D.C.-area programs. The Recreation Wish List Committee received 12,500 and theWashington Tennis & Education Foundation received 15,000. .
The Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) started in 1995 and has worked to support and create a safe environment for the District of Columbias youth to grow and play. We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant from USTA, said Cora Masters Barry, President and CEO of the Recreation Wish List Committee. We continue to see great growth and success in our Tennis Scholars and are honored to be recognized for our work.
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) was founded in 1955 as an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children by helping them toapply the lessons learned on the tennis court and in the classroom.
OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace was back on the practice field Friday, after passing his conditioning test on the second try.
Wallace missed Thursday’s practice after he failed the test on his first attempt. Joining him on the field Friday was wide receiver Dobson Collins, who also passed the test on his second attempt.
The Ravens hope Wallace will return to the form he had early in his career, when he was a consistent deep threat for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Wallace was a disappointment during stints with the Dolphins and Vikings, but Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the deep ball could help Wallace rejuvenate his career.
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In other practice news, cornerback Jerraud Powers missed practice for the second straight day and remained the only player yet to pass the conditioning test. Running back Kenneth Dixon, who sprained his left knee Thursday, also did not practice.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was hoping the team would stay disciplined during the first day of practice in pads on Saturday.
“The biggest message when you put the pads on is, ‘You’ve been in pads before,’’’ Harbaugh said. ‘“Don’t overreact. It’s going to be fine.’…I want to get right into executing and keep building on what we’ve done the last two days.
“We’re not going to be out here tackling too much – especially the veteran guys. Let’s just go play football.”
With Aroldis Chapman now in Chicago, the Nationals have moved on to other options in their search for bullpen help.
They have been linked to Andrew Miller of the Yankees and Wade Davis of the Royals.
On Friday, another veteran name emerged on the rumor mill. That would be All-Star closer Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Melancon, like Chapman, would be a rental, as his contract expires after this season. He is a three-time All-Star who finished eighth in NL Cy Young voting in 2015.
Melancon has been brilliant for Pittsburgh this year with a 1.51 ERA and 30 saves in 33 chances. He led the majors last season with 51 saves in 53 tries.
What stands out about this rumor, though, is that the Pirates would even be willing to part with Melancon. They are currently just two games out of an NL wild card spot. Teams in their position do not usually become sellers.
Because of that, one would have to imagine the price would be high for Melancon, as Pittsburgh has no urgency to move him. One could argue they have no reason to in the first place.
Regardless, it's good news for the Nats if the Pirates will listen to offers. Melancon would be a rare commodity on the trade market as a closer with experience and a long track record of proven results.
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OWINGS MILLS – Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore left practice early Friday with a hamstring injury and was scheduled to have an MRI.
However, it was another strong day for tight end Dennis Pitta, who continued to make strides toward a successful comeback after missing all of the 2015 season with his second major hip injury.
Gillmore led the Ravens’ tight ends last season with 33 catches, 412 yards, and four touchdowns.
He is locked in a battle for playing time with a deep tight end group that also features Dennis Pitta, Ben Watson, and Maxx Williams. If Gillmore misses significant time in camp, there will be more practice reps for others in the tight end group.
The Ravens will practice in pads for the first time on Saturday, which means more contact for Pitta. However, Pitta wasn’t worried about his hip following Friday’s practice.
“My hip feels good, two days in, not worried about it at all,” Pitta said following Friday’s practice. Moving like I want to. Just continue to stay the course. Everything’s on track so far.
“I don’t anticipate tomorrow (Saturday) being a big hurdle for me to clear. It’s just another practice for me. Last year when I was trying to come off PUP, it still didn’t quite feel right…I’m at this point, and feel good, and don’t have any lingering issues or thoughts about it.”
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