Final second proving worst second for Mystics

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Final second proving worst second for Mystics

Analysis of the Washington Mystics last six quarters indicates theoverhauled roster is starting to gel, the overall play improved.However, their last second defensive execution as in literally, the finalsecond - needs some work.The Mystics (1-3) enter Sundays road contest against the Connecticut Sun(3-1) having lost two straight games just before the game clock ran out. On Friday night, Washington led Chicago by eight points with less than threeminutes remaining and 63-58 with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Two turnoversand a missed shot later the lead was no more. With the game tied, Sky centerSylvia Fowles scored the game-winning layup with 0.2 seconds as the Mysticsfell 65-63. That stomach-punch of a setback came after Wednesday's similarly ill-fatedresult against reigning WNBA champion Minnesota. The Mystics rallied from 24points down at home and led twice in the closing minutes before allowing theLynx a put back with one second remaining.There is a positive spin to offer, especially after opening the season withtwo subpar outings even though one came in a win. The ferocious second halfrally against the Lynx nearly turned epic and the effort carried over forstretches against the Sky. Of course, so did the losing."We're getting better. We just had some breakdowns at the end of thegame, Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne told reporters following the loss tothe Sky. We were up six, eight points. We just needed to close the game atthat point but we didn't."After starting the season with a week gap between their first two games,Sundays tilt will be the Mystics third in five days. Getting Langhorne, theMystics leading scorer last season, more involved in the offense would go along way toward getting a win against the potent Sun. Last season Washington lost all four games to itsEastern Conference rival.The all-star forward scored 12 points against the Sky and has reached doublefigures in all four games this season. However, Langhornes 13.5 points pergame average is nearly five points below her 2011 average and ranks third onthe team this season.Even though the former University of Maryland star didnt pass the buckregarding her down production -things aren't going well for me Langhornesfield goal and free throw percentages are in line with her career numbers.Instead, look to her number of shots as an indicator. Last season, Langhorneaveraged 13.7 field goal attempts per game. This season, 9.5. The Sun are having no problem getting the ball to their top three scorers,all former University of Connecticut stars. Center Tina Charles averages adouble-double with 20.5 points and 11 rebounds while guard Renee Montgomery(16.3) and forward Asjha Jones (14.0) handle the perimeter production. Despite receiving 20 and 12 from Charles on Friday, the Sun fell to 85-72 athome game to the undefeated Lynx.Monique Currie, out most of the 2011 season with a knee injury, scored ateam-high 15 points against Chicago and leads Washington in scoring this seasonwith 14.3 points.

John Wall, Kendall Jenner hang at White House Correspondents Dinner

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John Wall, Kendall Jenner hang at White House Correspondents Dinner

Show up in the Washington Wizards locker room after games and there's a good chance John Wall puts on a fashion show. The All-Star point guard often sports different and creative looks. For his latest public appearance, Wall went for the presdential look.

Wall was a guest at Saturday's White House Coorespondent dinner. The annual black tie affair brings celebrity and politics together in the nation's capitol. Wall, a guest of USA Today's, took his mother, Frances.

As for the celebrity sightings, we know Wall had at least one. Whether it shows up on a certain reality show is unclear.

D.C. United draws even with Chicago on the road

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D.C. United draws even with Chicago on the road

Patrick Nyarko scored for D.C. United in the 64th minute and the Washington club tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 in rainy conditions Saturday.

Nyarko headed in a cross on a short corner against his former team.

Chicago rookie Jonathan Campbell scored off Arturo Alvarez' cross in the 41st minute.

D.C. United is 2-3-4, and Chicago 1-2-4.