The Washington Mystics have fired coach and general manager Trudi Lacey, President and Managing Partner Sheila C. Johnson announced on Monday.In two seasons under Lacey's direction, the Mystics posted a combined 11-57 record, including a WNBA worst 5-29 mark in the just completed campaign. Washington ended the 2012 season Saturday with a loss at Chicago, the team's 13th consecutive defeat. In addition to establishing a franchise-worst losing streak, the Mystics had only one victory in 15 post-Olympic break games and just one win away from the Verizon Center this season."Everyone in our organization recognizes how frustrating the season has been and would like to thank our fans for their support," Johnson said. "We thank Trudi for her dedicated work and wish her well in her future endeavors. Lacey joined the Mystics initially as an assistant coach under Julie Plank in 2009 before taking over the head coaching reigns from Plank and the player personnel duties from Angela Taylor after the 2010 campaign. In two seasons with Plank on the sideline, the Mystics reached the postseason twice, including winning the Eastern Conference regular season title in 2010.After not renewing Taylor's contract, Mystics ownership attempted to have Plank take on both roles. When those talks broke down, out went Plank and in came Lacey, who previously served as the coach and general manager for the now-defunct Charlotte Sting.Washington overhauled the roster entering the 2012 season with seven newfaces joining the 11-player roster. Expect more changes during the offseason with the team needing an interior presence opposite forward and leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, a true pass-first point guard and additional perimeter shooting.The Mystics enter Wednesday's draft lottery with the best odds among the four non-playoff teams. Baylor's All-American enter Britney Griner is projected as the top overall pick in the 2013 draft.We are looking forward to a fresh start with our core returning players, a high draft pick that will yield an impact player and a new direction in basketball operations, Johnson said.In addition to Laceys departure, the Mystics also announced they would not retain the team's assistant coaches.
The Ravens will be huge Redskins fans this weekend.
The Redskins can do the Ravens a favor by beating the Bengals on Sunday in London. The Bengals (3-4) are tied with the Ravens (3-4) for second place in the AFC North.
Both the Ravens and Steelers have byes this weekend. And despite a winless October, the Ravens are just one game behind the AFC North-leading Steelers (4-3). Not only that, the Ravens will lead the AFC North after Week 10 if:
1. The Redskins beat the Bengals on Sunday.
2. The Ravens beat the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 9.
3. The Ravens beat the winless Browns (0-7) at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 10.
With nobody running away with the AFC North, Ravens coach John Harbaugh can still take a glass half-full perspective, dealing with his first four-game losing streak as a head coach.
“What can we accomplish?” Harbaugh asked on Monday. “We can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. That’s the thing that’s exciting.”
And if they get some help from the Redskins on Sunday, the Ravens will gladly take it.
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LONDON—The Redskins borrowed a field from the Wasps rugby football club to make their final preparations for their game against the Bengals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
London traffic delayed their scheduled 1:30 arrival by about 15 minutes. They got off the bus and went right to work, conducting walkthroughs on offense, defense, and special teams.
Tight end Jordan Reed, who missed the last two games with a concussion, appeared to take part in the walkthrough fully. He said earlier this week that he feels 100 percent and ready to play on Sunday. Reed will still have to get cleared by Redskins doctors in order to play.
Running back Matt Jones, who has an injured knee, was a spectator during the part of practice that was open to the media. Cornerback Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, watched during the walkthrough but he did participate in individual drills.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden will speak the the media after practice and he will update us on how the injured players are doing and who will be questionable, doubtful, and out against the Bengals.
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