Virginia guard Evans could be sidelined for opener


Virginia guard Evans could be sidelined for opener

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia could be without point guard Jontel Evans when it opens the season at George Mason.

Evans, the Cavaliers' lone scholarship senior, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot while in practice in late September and had surgery Oct. 2. Evans says he expects to be back in about six weeks.

The Cavaliers will also be without Malcolm Brogdon, who can also play point guard, while he rehabs from foot surgery last March. Brogdon says he's not sure when he will be cleared to play.

Evans started all 32 games last season as the Cavaliers reached the NCAA tournament. He was an ACC All-Defensive selection, averaged 7.3 points and led the team with 124 assists and 50 steals.

Virginia plays at George Mason on Nov. 9.

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Johansen, Vanecek to make NHL debut in Caps' preseason opener

Johansen, Vanecek to make NHL debut in Caps' preseason opener

Capitals fans won't have to wait long to get a look at the team's 2016 first-round pick. Defenseman Lucas Johansen will be in the lineup Monday as the Caps open their preseason against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.

Johansen, 18, was selected 28th overall in the 2016 draft. Monday will be his first NHL experience. Last season Johansen played 69 games in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets, tallying 10 goals and 39 assists. Based on the morning skate, he will be paired with Taylor Chorney.

Goalie Vitek Vanecek will also be making his NHL debut as he will get the start in net for the Caps. The Czech netminder played his first season of North American hockey in 2015-16 with South Carolina of the ECHL. He managed a 2.03 goals against average and .917 save percentage while with the Stingrays and also played in one game in the AHL with Hershey.

Also of note is that the newly acquired Lars Eller will be in the lineup for the Caps. He is someone fans should certainly keep an eye on as he continues to adjust to his new team.

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Here are the lines from Monday's morning skate:

Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Stanislav Galiev

Nathan Walker - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik - Riley Barber - Brad Malone

Chris Bourque - Chandler Stephenson - Paul Carey

Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Lucas Johansen - Taylor Chorney

Aaron Ness - Tyler Lewington

Facing the Caps on Monday will be a Carolina Hurricanes team led by Jordan Staal. You can watch the game at 7 p.m. on CSN.

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MRI reveals Redskins' DeAngelo Hall has completely torn ACL

MRI reveals Redskins' DeAngelo Hall has completely torn ACL

A veteran and a leader for the Redskins defense, it appears DeAngelo Hall's season is now finished just three games into 2016.

Hall injured his knee in the first half of Sunday's game against the Giants. The play looked bad in real time and Hall looked to be in much pain leaving the field.

Somewhat encouragingly, Hall was spotted on the sidelines after the play he was injured on, though Redskins PR announced the safety would not return to the game.

In the moments following Washington's dramatic win, Hall told the media he believed his ACL was torn, certainly putting a damper on the jubilant scene.

Beyond Hall, the Redskins are waiting for further diagnosis on starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland as well as offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger.

Assuming Hall misses significant time, the Redskins will be forced to juggle their secondary, especially if Breeland also misses time. When Hall went out in New York, veteran Will Blackmon picked up much of the slack and played well.

Going forward, defensive coordinator Joe Barry can also look to players like Duke Ihenacho or Deshazor Everett for help. Ihenacho is an experienced NFL safety while Everett showed in the preseason he's not just a special teams player but can play safety at the pro level.

Beyond Ihenacho and Everett, the Redskins may also consider some playing time for rookie Su'a Cravens in the secondary. Drafted as a hybrid linebacker/safety, Cravens made a big-time impact in the win over the Giants and has proven he needs to be on the field a lot for Barry's defense.