Venus, Kastles advance to WTT finals


Venus, Kastles advance to WTT finals

CHARLESTON, S.C. September 15, 2012 Defending World TeamTennis champions Washington Kastles defeated their arch-rival, the New York Sportimes, 19-15 in the WTT Eastern Conference final, propelling the team into Sundays championship match for the second consecutive year and extending the teams historic win streak to 31 matches.

With the match tied and one set remaining, four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams blasted her way past Ashley Harkleroad 5-1 in women's singles to clinch a spot for the Kastles in the WTT Finals for the third time in four years.

Weve been in this situation before and we knew how to win. There was a lot of pressure on us, but we just knew we had to put the ball in play and go for the shot, said Venus Williams. It shows why we are a great team.

The arch-rival Sportimes had been the Kastles toughest opponent during the regular season, including a thrilling 21-20 Washington win on July 21, when Venus Williams rallied from six games down in the final set to complete the franchise's largest comeback ever.

Next up is the Western Conference champion Sacramento Capitals. They defeated the Orange County Breakers 25-15 on Friday to advance to the WTT championship match. The Kastles defeated Sacramento 21-19 on July 18.

In posting 31 straight victories, the Kastles have the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. professional sports history and are within range of the 33-game streak by the NBAs 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers. They have already passed the respective records of 17 straight wins set by the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-1993, 21 straight wins by the NFLs New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and 26 wins by the 1916 MLB New York Giants.

This years 14-0 regular season by the Kastles marked the first time in major U.S. professional sports history in which a team has had consecutive unbeaten regular seasons. Last season, in addition to winning a second WTT title in three years, the Kastles posted a perfect 16-0 record a first in WTT history.

Kastles closer Bobby Reynolds was named the 2012 WTT Male Most Valuable Player. Kastles Coach Murphy Jensen was selected as 2012 Coach of the Year, the second straight season he has won that honor.

The 37th WTT regular season ran July 9-28. The championship is being played this year in September to accommodate players who participated in the Olympics and US Open.

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Kent Bazemore apologizes to Wizards' John Wall for flagrant foul undercutting him

Kent Bazemore apologizes to Wizards' John Wall for flagrant foul undercutting him

Wizards fans were whipped up into a fury during last night's season opener after a dangerous foul on John Wall.

Wall got out on the fast break and was going up for a dunk. Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore was trailing and couldn't make a play on the ball, so he undercut Wall's legs while he was in the air. 

The Wizards All-Star, who's coming off two offseason knee surgeries, leapt up in a fury and came for Bazemore. The pair were separated and a flagrant foul was assessed. 

The next morning, Bazemore said he regrets his actions. He put himself in Wall's shoes and apologized to him on Twitter. 

His words echo reactions in the Wizards locker room after the loss. Coach Scott Brooks said there's no place in the NBA for plays like that. 

Wall took a sharper tone, reminding media of the undercut play that broke his hand in the 2015 playoffs. Many believe the injury cost the Wizards a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

That also took place on the Hawks' home court. 

MORE WIZARDS: What went right in Wizards season opener

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Penn Quarter Q&A: What's wrong with the special teams?


Penn Quarter Q&A: What's wrong with the special teams?

If it's Friday then it's time for the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A.

Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir and Capitals correspondent J.J. Regan went on Facebook to take your questions on the power play, the penalty kill, fan panic after losing two games and more. Check it out.

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