Mystics-Dream preview

Mystics-Dream preview

The matchup: Back home after opening the second half of the season with three out of four road games, the Mystics host Atlanta on Friday (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet). Washington (5-17) dropped all three of those away contests, but in between downed Chicago in overtime at the Verizon Center. The Mystics remain last in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind Chicago and New York for the final playoff spot. The Dream (11-11), third in the East, are led by gold medalist Angel McCoughtry and ex-Mystic Lindsey Harding. Playing head-to-head for the first time this season, Washington and Atlanta will meet four times over the final month of the regular season. Last season the Dream took three of five games in the series.Last time out: The Mystics became the latest victim of the sizzling San Antonio Silver Stars, falling 75-72 on Wednesday. Playing their fourth game in six days, the Mystics shot 3 of 13 in the first quarter and were outscored 26-12 in the third. Trailing by 15 points entering the final 10 minutes, Crystal Langhorne and Monique Currie sparked a rally as Washington pulled within six midway through the fourth quarter. Jasmine Thomass 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds cut the lead to three, but San Antonio dribbled out the clock for its 12th straight win."(We) came out in the first five minutes of the second half and just lost our composure and our focus, Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey said. They scored 26 points in that quarter. We fought our way back, missed some shots down the stretch, and didnt close out the game.Langhorne and Thomas paced the Mystics with 17 points while Currie added. The trio combined made 17 of 31 field goal attempts (54.8 percent) from the field while their teammates finished 10 of 31 (32.2 percent).Jumping for Jasmine: Beyond any thoughts of a playoff push, the Mystics second half of the season goal centers on generating consistent and improved production out of their younger players. Thomas, a first-round pick last season, struggled early in the season with her offense and running the Mystics attack. If the last two games are any indication, the Northern Virginia native might be turning the corner.In the win over Chicago, Thomas doled out a career-high eight assists and sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 remaining in overtime. Her 17 points and three 3-pointers against San Antonio matched her season-high.The Dream: McCoughtry, the WNBAs leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, didn't play in Wednesdays 82-71 won over Chicago for personal reasons, the Associated Press reported. The offensively gifted forwards status for Fridays game is uncertain, Dream coach and general manager Marynell Meadors said. Harding, who directed the Mystics attack during the 2009 and 2010 playoff campaigns, is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 assists.

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Redskins waive 10 players

Redskins waive 10 players

The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.

  • T Al Bond
  • T Cody Booth
  • LB Shiro Davis
  • LB Ejiro Ederaine
  • CB Jeremy Harris
  • LB Willie Jefferson
  • WR Valdez Showers
  • WR Dez Stewart
  • WR Jarvis Turner
  • RB Kelsey Young

The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.

The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Reports: News encouraging for injured Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan after MRI

Reports: News encouraging for injured Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan after MRI

The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.

Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.

The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.

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Orioles pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

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Orioles pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—After the Orioles returned from their longest road trip of the season with a 5-5 record, many of the teams’ fans were relieved. 

The Orioles were just a half-game out of first place, and the schedule was full of home games and lots of contests against American League East teams. 

Twelve games later, the Orioles are gasping. 

They’ve lost eight of 12 games, and for the fourth time in those games, have allowed more than 10 runs. 

On Saturday, they gave up 13 to the rejuvenated New York Yankees in a 13-5 loss before 38,843 at Yankee Stadium.

Three times this season, the Orioles have given up 10 or more runs in consecutive games, and in the first two games of this series, allowed 27 runs and 36 hits. 

Dylan Bundy (7-5) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. T.J. McFarland, in his first game in nearly two months, gave up four on a pair of two-run homers in two-thirds of an inning, and the normally reliable Mychal Givens gave up three runs while retiring just one batter.

Givens allowed the first five New York (67-61) batters to reach in the sixth as the game got uncontrollably out of hand. 

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The only Oriole pitcher to not allow a run was Donnie Hart, who has pitched 9 1/3 innings in his 10 big league appearances without being scored upon. 

Wunderkind Gary Sanchez hit his 11th home run in the fourth off Bundy, becoming the fastest major league player to hit 11. 

Starlin Castro, who had four hits, and Aaron Hicks hit two-run home runs off McFarland. 

Tommy Layne (1-1), the second of five New York pitchers got the win. 

Before the game, the Orioles added Julio Borbon, who started in center field because Adam Jones was out with a strained left  hamstring. The move temporarily left them with 11 pitchers, and a move could be made after the game to add another since the bullpen again had to cover major innings. 

In the past two games, Orioles relievers have thrown 10 2/3 innings, and nearly all the minor league pitchers on the 40-man roster have been used in the past eight days. Two that haven’t been are Oliver Drake and Jason Garcia, but both have been up during the season. 

In the third inning, the Orioles (70-59) actually had a 2-1 lead and thought they had something to celebrate when Chris Davis hit his 31st home run of the season to center field. 

It was the Orioles’ 200th home run of the season. This team has hit 200 homers faster than any team in franchise history except for the 1996 one that hit a team record 257 home runs. 

The Orioles have hit 200 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons. 

Mark Trumbo hit his 39th home run with one out in the sixth, and Davis followed with his 32nd. 

It was the 16th time the Orioles have hit back-to-back home runs. 

NOTES: Davis has 17 multi-home run games, two this season. … Kevin Gausman (5-10, 3.92) faces CC Sabathia (8-10, 4.33) on Sunday.