Mystics dreaming of a win over Atlanta

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Mystics dreaming of a win over Atlanta

The matchup: If familiarity breeds contempt, the Mystics must be sick Atlanta. They surely must be tired of losing to the Dream, something Washington has twice since late August and hopes to avoid now in early September.\The Mystics (5-23) current seven-game skid includes a 12-point loss to the Dream (xxx) on Aug. 24 and an 82-59 thrashing six days later in Atlanta, site of Sundays contest (3 p.m.).
Washington committed 38 turnovers in the setbacks while shooting 38 percent (46 of 121) from the field. Crystal Langhorne, the Mystics leading scorer and rebounder, is averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals against the Dream, winners of three of four games.Atlantas success against Washington came without the services of leading scorer Angel McCoughtry, who missed time while serving a suspension for violating team rules. The Olympian has since returned and scored 30 points Friday in a loss to WNBA champion Minnesota.Ex-Mystic Lindsay Harding had 16 points and five assists in the previous meeting, leading a Dream attack that scored 24 fastbreak points compared to the Mystics eight.Last time out: Any hopes of spoiling Alana Beards return to the Verizon Center on Friday went away quickly as Washington trailed the Los Angeles Sparks by double digits in a 96-68 loss. The Mystics trailed by 12 points after the first quarter and it only got worse. Monique Currie lad the Mystics with 16 points and Jasmine Thomas added 15. Beard scored 16 points with five assists and two steals for the Sparks, who shot 61 percent from the field.Rotating centers: Ashley Robinson opened the season as the Mystics starting center, but after a slow start for the stylish center and the team, Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey looked elsewhere for interior production. Michelle Snow took over the center role and immediately provided an assertive presence in the paint, pulling down 12 rebounds in back-to-back June games against New York and Indiana.However the 6-foot-5 Snows minutes have been slashed over the past three games, losing the starting gig back to Robinson in the process. She played only 11 minutes against New York and Connecticut, totaling four points and two rebounds, but Snow grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes during the blowout loss against Los Angeles.Robinson is averaging 3.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 block and 23 minutes over the last three games, slightly above season numbers of 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.

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Redskins Playbook: Determining rotation of Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith

Redskins Playbook: Determining rotation of Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith

Last practice before the Browns come to town, and while the Redskins are still locking down their O-line plans, another subplot has emerged on defense. Jay Gruden's crew will most likely hit the bubble for practice at noon, and here's what we're watching:

  1. No fluke - In Last Sunday's win over the Giants, it became obvious that the Redskins were rotating outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. That idea would have seemed crazy during the summer, but with Murphy's improved play, it's working. "I think the nice thing is we got three guys that are playing well. So, if we can get a nice rotation and keep them and set a plan, 60 or 70 plays, if we can all keep them around 40 plays, it’s going to benefit them obviously during the game, but also as we get going all through the season," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of the three-man OLB group.
  2. More help at safety? - With D-Hall done for the year with a torn ACL the easy move for Washington is Will Blackmon starting in Hall's spot. That's obvious: Blackmon has played well in his time with the 'Skins and knows the defense well. Down the road, however, it will be interesting to see what happens with rookie Su'a Cravens. He's a player that could move alongside Blackmon and potentially replace or supplement David Bruton at the strong safety spot. Here's Barry on that possibility, "I think that is potentially something that could happen down the road with the more comfortable he gets but we got quite a bit on his plate right now and he’s handling it well."
  3. Crowder's emergence - Through three games this season it isn't DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon that leads the Redskins recievers in catches, it's slot man Jamison Crowder. He also leads all Redskins pass catchers in touchdowns with two. Last week in New York, Crowder had an impressive TD taken the distance off a wideout screen, not to mention a remarkable punt return that flipped field position. Gruden on Crowder, "He’s all about business. He’s got great football intelligence, great instincts for the position. He can play inside/outside. Shown he’s a great returner. Just tough as nails. You know, he’s got every quality you want as far as checking the box, as far as intangibles. He’s got them all."

For live updates from practice check out @JPFinlayCSN. Aslo newest episode of #RedskinsTalk podcast below.

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DeMaurice Smith: The NFLPA once audited the NFL for $100 million

DeMaurice Smith: The NFLPA once audited the NFL for $100 million

The NFL Players Association once audited the NFL for a nine-figure amount, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told the Sports Junkies during an in-studio appearance on Friday.

"We have the right to audit revenue, so we went through a huge fight where we found $100 million," Smith said.

"That they were trying to hide?" Jason Bishop asked.

"Yes," Smith said. "As some would say, you bend over in the street to pick that up."

"It was labeled as — they came up with a new term — called 'waived gate,' that doesn't appear anywhere in the collective bargaining agreement, and it just said, 'Oh, simply, that's not money that goes into revenue,'" Smith continued. "Well, yes it is. And then they made us a ridiculous offer to settle for pennies on the dollar, we had to go to trial, we go to trial and we win the case."

The process that ended up uncovering that huge sum is something that happens on a regular basis, according to Smith.

"We send our auditors to audit revenue every year," Smith said.

As for whether the person who discovered the $100 milliion was rewarded for his efforts, Smith left little doubt.

"Yes, he got a bonus."

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