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SI celebrates region on cover

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SI celebrates region on cover

There is no question that sports in D.C. are looking up. After a decade as rough as any sports city has endured, the fortune of all Washington teams has seemingly turned in the last few years. Each team has been graced with a potential superstar, or several, and each team looks to be on the rise.

Hey, even the Wizards with John Wall and Bradley Beal.

While none of the D.C. teams have won anything as concrete as a championship yet, the time we are in does deserve some recognition. And Sports Illustrated has decided to dedicate their newest issue to the cause. They call it "Washington and Baltimore: The Unlikely Sports Capital."

On the next issue of SI shipped out to regional customers, the cover will look like this:

It is a pretty nice moment for fans in the region and the fact that Baltimore and D.C. are doing well justifies their claim. But in reality, Washington teams have been here before.

In 2008 the Redskins, Wizards, and Capitals were in the playoffs and look what has happened since (see Zorn, Jim; Arenas, Gilbert; Halak, Jaroslav). It is a cool gesture by Sports Illustrated, but it only means something if the trend continues.

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Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.

If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017. 

Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season. 

Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015. 

According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.

Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work. 

With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017. 

Related: Tanner Roark to replace Max Scherzer on World Baseball Classic roster

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LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket. 

He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special. 

If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket. 

There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper." 

He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet. 

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