Mystics head west to face Beard, Sparks

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Mystics head west to face Beard, Sparks

I dont have an explanation for it except that people werent ready to play and that is unacceptable and inexcusable.What Im going to do is find the five people that want to play together, that want to play defense and want to play (with) energy for the entire game.That is what Mystics coach Trudi Lacey had to say following the June 8 loss to New York, at the time Washingtons fourth straight setback. It also marked another game the revamped roster opened with a less than full-throated effort and in turn fell behind by more than 20 points in the first half.With a week to prepare before facing Indiana on Friday and Lacey staying true to her lineup shakeup pledge, Washington may have found the right mix at least the result for one night said as much. They stayed in contact early and made enough plays late for a 67-66 home win over the Fever."We have felt like this has been coming for a long time, Lacey said following the Mystics second win of the season. As I try to explain that when you have so many fresh faces to the offense the chemistry takes some time, our defense has been pretty solid. It was a total team effort.Now, starting Monday night in what is a de-facto reunion Los Angeles against Alana Beard, Washingtons all-time leading scorer, Lacey will see if the lessons learned travel as the Mystics (2-5) start a three-game road trip. Dating back to last year and including two games this season, the Mystics have dropped 11 straight away from the Verizon Center.Crystal Langhorne heads west with a streak of three straight games of 20 or more points. That level of production from the All-Star forward is baked into the Mystics winning formula recipe. Its the other ingredients enhancing her post presence that changed the taste from bitter to winning.Assertive wing guard Matee Ajavon, making her first start of the season along in the new-look backcourt with fellow newbie start Jasmine Thomas, scored 15 points, shooting 3-for-5 from three-point range. In the opening lineup for a second straight game, center Michelle Snow, one of the man y newly acquired players added this off-season, pulled down 12 rebounds. Simply new altogether, 5-foot-2 guard Shannon Bobbitt, signed as a free agent on Wednesday, finished with eight points and five assists n 19 minutes of play on Friday.
Well, she maybe the smallest player on the court but shes the toughest player on the court.The Mystics will need some toughness against the Sparks (7-3), winners of all four of their home games this season, but entering Monday on a two-game losing skid.Los Angeles defense has sparked those home wins as opponents are scoring just 68.7 points per game. Offensively, Candice Parker leads the Sparks in scoring with 19.4 points and Kristi Tolliver, Langhornes former teammate at the University of Maryland, averages 16.2 points.The current Mystics will also have to contend with all the ex-Mystics now playing on the left coast starting with Beard. After missing two seasons with injuries, the 30-year-old guard is averaging 9.8 points and shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. DeLisha Milton-Jones, Marissa Coleman and Coco Miller are also part of the Sparks rotation. No matter the players, the two sides have been even over the years. The Mystics and Sparks have split their last seven season series.

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Jimenez is brilliant as Orioles tie Blue Jays for wild-card

Jimenez is brilliant as Orioles tie Blue Jays for wild-card

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0

Winner: Jimenez (8-12)
Loser: Stroman (9-10)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just one hit in 6 2/3  innings, walking three and striking out five. 

The only hit was to leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera.

Jimenez, who recorded just one out and allowed five first-inning runs on June 12 in his last start at Rogers Centre, retired 11 straight at one point. 

WHAT WENT WRONG: Cleveland and Detroit were rained out, possibly complicating the Orioles logistical plans. That game will be made up on Monday if it has a bearing on the wild-card or playoff seeding. 

WHAT IT MEANS: The Orioles and Blue Jays are tied for the top wild-card spot. They hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Tigers. If the Orioles win their final three games, they’re guaranteed a playoff spot. 

If Toronto and Baltimore tie, the Blue Jays host Tuesday’s wild-card game because they won the season series, 10-9. 

BRACH ENDS IT: Donnie Hart recorded one out, and Brad Brach pitched two shutout innings. 

PRODUCTIVE OUTS: The Orioles’ first two runs scored on outs. Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly in the first inning scored J.J. Hardy.

Chris Davis scored the second run when Michael Bourn hit into a fielder’s choice.

KIM AGAIN: A night after hitting a two-run, ninth-inning home run, Hyun Soo Kim drove in the Orioles’ third run in the seventh inning.  

RARE STEAL: Michael Bourn stole a base for the second straight game. Bourn is now tied for second on the club with two steals. The club leader, Joey Rickard, has four, and hasn’t played in more than two months. 

Bourn’s steal was important because he scored on Kim’s single. 

TRUMBO STRETCHES: Mark Trumbo stretched a single into a double in the eighth, and he scored the fourth run on a single by Matt Wieters. 

BAUTISTA CAN’T SOLVE JIMENEZ: Jose Bautista was 0-for-3 against Jimenez, and in his career, he’s 3-for-38 against him. 

WHAT’S NEXT? The Orioles travel to Yankee Stadium for the final three games of the regular season. Yovani Gallardo (5-8, 5.63) faces Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.68). 

RELATED: Orioles want to wrap up wild-card this weekend

 

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Paisano's Facebook Live: Ryan Kerrigan takes your pre-Week 4 questions

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Paisano's Facebook Live: Ryan Kerrigan takes your pre-Week 4 questions

Ryan Kerrigan joined CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay on Thursday evening to take your questions on Facebook Live, presented by Paisano's Pizza.

What did they get to? Here's a sampling of the questions:

- Does some deep-down part of him wish Robert Griffin III were playing this week when Cleveland comes to town?

- If the Redskins defense were a pizza topping, which would they be? 

- Who is the hardest running back to take down? 

- How did he get the idea for his sack dance?

That, plus many more, were answered in the nearly 25-minute conversation. Watch it all in the video player below:

Live with Ryan Kerrigan

Our Redskins Insider JP Finlay is talking live with Ryan Kerrigan and taking your questions.

Posted by CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, September 29, 2016