The matchup: The Mystics (2-7) finish their three-game road trip with a stop Sunday in Seattle (7 p.m. ET), a locale that has hardly been accommodating over the years, but where they now hope to salvage their left coast excursion. After being routed in Los Angeles, Washington blew a late lead at Phoenix on Wednesday for its second straight loss and sixth in seven games. Now the Mystics look to snap a six-game skidon the Storms home court, a place they have not emerged victorious from since2005. Their timing is not ideal, as the Storm (4-7) have found their way with three straight victories and alsoswept the 2011 season series. The home-and home scenario concludes Tuesday when the two sides meet at the Verizon Center.Last time out: Behind another sterling interior effort from center Michelle Snow and Monique Curries bench scoring, the Mystics led the shorthanded Mercury 74-69 with 2:26 remaining. It did not go so well from there, outscored 11-3 the rest of the way for an 80-77 loss. Phoenixs eight active players struggled from distance throughout, but drilled consecutive 3-pointers in the closing stretch and made their free throws, something the Mystics failed to accomplish.One, we left them Mercury open for two wide-open threes, and really down the stretch we missed our free throws, Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said after he squad shot 46.7 percent (7 of 15) from the foul line. If we hadnt missed our free throws, it wouldnt have been the game. I think that those two things really hurt us down the stretch...we just needed to close it out and we didnt.Still Snow-ing: Starting her fourth straight game, Snow led the Mystics with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. The 10-year veteran, one of the several new players added this offseason, has scored 36 points in her last two games after scoring 32 over the first seven games. The 6-foot-5 glass-eating center has averaged 10 rebounds per game during the four-game starting stretch.Mo Currie required: A career 37-percent shooter from beyond the arc, Currie entered Phoenix having missed all nine of her 3-point attempts over her previous four games.Perhapstaking to her bench role,Currie got hot from deep and elsewhere in the Valley of the Sun, sinking 3 of 5 from long range and 8 of 16 overall. We just need to win, so whatever I can bring to the table, or what anyone can bring to the table, were willing to do it and trying to do it, Currie said of adjusting to not being in the starting lineup. Were just trying to get the best out of everyone. Storm clouds lifting: Without all-everything center Lauren Jackson the Aussie is preparing for the upcoming summer Olympics the Storm labored early in the season with losses in six of seven games. Now, Seattles remaining stars are directing a charge back up the standings, led by point guard Sue Bird (12.4 points, 5.3 assists). Former Mystics Katie Smith (7.5 points) and Victoria Dunlap are also part of the Storms roster. Smith scored 13 points and knocked down three 3-pointers in Friday's 92-76 win over San Antonio. Dunlap, part of the trade that brought Crystal Robinson to Washington, could missSunday's game while recovering from a concussion.
Josh Norman's bow and arrow celebration isn't just a football thing anymore.
Committed Redskins fan Luke Harper, who is a pro wrestler in the WWE, brought out Norman's signature move inside the ring during a recent match. And he did his best to let Norman know about it afterward — as well as Roger Goodell.
In a post on Twitter, Harper made sure not only to tag the Washington corner, but the NFL's main account, in hopes of drawing the eye of the commissioner. "I'll celebrate for ya," he wrote to Norman.
Also in that tweet is this video, which shows Harper's rendition of the celebration. It's pretty on the money:
Unlike Norman, it doesn't look like Harper was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by the referee.
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There was a scary moment for Daniel Winnik in the Caps' 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
With the Caps clinging to a one-goal lead in the third period, Winnik went for the shot block but mistimed his dive. As his momentum carried his body, the shot ended up hitting him in the side of the head as he turned to try and protect his face.
Winnik stayed down for several seconds but was able to skate off under his own power. He even returned to the ice several minutes later and finished the game.
Following the game, head coach Barry Trotz provided an update.
"Trainers looked at him, he was just fine, he's missing a piece of his ear."
Trotz followed that by saying, "It's just a small piece."
Oh, well that's no big deal then. You can see Trotz's full comments in the video above.
There are moments in hockey that always make you realize how tough these guys are. Losing a part of your ear after taking a puck to the head? Yeah, that qualifies.