Mystics fall to Lynx

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Mystics fall to Lynx

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lindsay Whalen put back her own miss with a second remaining to give Minnesota a 79-77 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night after the Lynx blew a 24-point lead.Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx (5-0) with 16 points and Seimone Augustus added 15. Minnesota shot 65.6 percent (21 of 32) in the first half and led 59-35 with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter before turnovers and inspired play by the Mystics changed the flow.The Mystics used a 21-4 to pull closer at 63-54 late in the third quarter, tied the game at 68 on Matee Ajavon's jumper with 6:27 remaining and took their first lead at 73-72 on Michelle Snow's layup with 3:25 left.Ajavon led the Mystics (1-2) with 20 points.

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Loss of Jarrett to injury will have long term effects on Redskins defense

Loss of Jarrett to injury will have long term effects on Redskins defense

The Redskins’ most talked about injury loss on Monday dealt with the Achilles tear suffered by Junior Galette. However, the loss of Kyshoen Jarrett, who was waived with a failed physical designation with neck and shoulder injuries, may have more long-term impact on the defense.

Galette may have been a one-year rental. If he had enjoyed a big 2016 season the Redskins may not have been able to afford to re-sign him. Jarrett appeared to be set to be a long-term piece of the Redskins’ secondary.

The news on the 23-year-old Jarrett didn’t draw the headlines or discussion that Galette’s injury did because the his release was not unexpected. After he was injured in a collision in the “meaningless” regular-season finale in Dallas there was great concern about the seriousness of the injury. He saw a number of specialists (flying to some visits on owner Dan Snyder’s personal jet) in an attempt to find a solution. But when he was seen on the sidelines during minicamp still having obvious issues with his right arm the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Jarrett was drafted as a safety but early in training camp last year the team was short on cornerbacks after a rash of injuries so he volunteered to line up at nickel corner. He played there during the regular season and was a safety in some packages. Jarrett played 616 snaps, had 38 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Replacing a guy like Jarrett is hard to do because you don’t know how versatile a player can be in the NFL until he gets there. The Redskins are hoping that second-round pick Su’a Cravens will be able to play a jack of all trades type of role on defense but we will have to see how it develops.

Right now Jarrett’s NFL future is very much up in the air. The first step, however, would be for Jarrett to get enough use of his right arm so that he can live a normal life. I’m sure all Redskins fans wish him well in his recovery.

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Orioles' Chris Tillman goes for 15th win against Colorado

Orioles' Chris Tillman goes for 15th win against Colorado

Tonight's Game: Colorado Rockies (47-52) vs. Baltimore Orioles (58-40), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Chad Bettis (8-6, 5.31) vs. Chris Tillman (14-2, 3.18)

Keys to the Game:

Can Chris Tillman stay on his roll? In each of his last four starts, he's pitched seven innings and allowed a run. He's averaged four hits allowed in those starts. 

Can the Orioles continue to win without scoring tons of runs? They haven't scored more than six in their last 14 games, and they're 9-5 in those games.

News and Notes:

Bettis pitched here on Aug. 17, 2013, allowing eight runs – six of them unearned – in 2 2/3 innings. 

Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to be activated from the paternity list. 

Hyun Soo Kim could be activated from the disabled list. Dariel Alvarez was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. 

The Orioles have won five straight. They have five winning streaks of five or more. 

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Report: Padres trade Melvin Upton to AL East, but not Orioles

Report: Padres trade Melvin Upton to AL East, but not Orioles

The Orioles had spoken with San Diego about a proposed Ubaldo Jimenez for Melvin Upton, Jr. swap. It didn’t happen. 

According to a report from FOXsports.com, the Padres have agreed to send the outfielder to the Toronto Blue Jays for a minor league prospect. 

Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs while Jimenez, who is scheduled to come off the paternity list is 5-9 with a 7.38 ERA. 

The Orioles basically wanted to swap contracts. Jimenez who the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in Feb. 2014, is signed through next season. 

Upton, who is also signed through next year is owed about 40 percent of his $15,450,000 salary this year and $16,450,000 next year. 

On Friday, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the team was focusing on acquiring starting pitching, and not outfield help, but a few hours later, reports circulated that the team was making a play for Upton.

With Joey Rickard sidelined for several weeks, an Upton acquisition could have made sense for this year—and next. 

Mark Trumbo is unsigned for next year, and the Orioles could have used Upton as a possible replacement in 2017. 

Meanwhile, the search for pitching continues. Andrew Cashner (San Diego), Jeremy Hellickson (Philadelphia), Rich Hill (Oakland) and Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels) are possible targets. 

The Orioles don’t have many top shelf pitching prospects that may entice other teams, and they’re competing against many others. 

There was an indication from Buck Showalter on Monday that the deal wasn’t likely to occur when he said he was contemplating giving Jimenez another start, perhaps Thursday in Minnesota. 

While the Orioles would like to be rid of Jimenez’s onerous deal, it’s unlikely they’ll find a team willing to take on that salary by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver trades.