Marino withdraws from AT&T National

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Marino withdraws from AT&T National

One day after saying his health had improved, local favorite Steve Marino withdrew from this weeks AT&T National due to injury, a PGA Tour spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.
It wasnt immediately known whether the injury that caused Marino to withdraw was connected to his balky left knee.
Marino, however, was sidelined for four months this season because of a condition in the joint called avascular necrosis. The W.T. Woodson and UVA graduate also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee last October.
Marino said on Tuesday that the knee was feeling stronger and, because of that, was looking forward to playing in his hometown tournament.
I expect to go out there and hopefully play well, Marino said. Ive been working hard on my game. Hopefully Ive knocked most of the rust off.
The 32-year-old had competed in three tournaments since returning from the sidelines, but missed the cut in each event, including the U.S. Open earlier this month.
Marino will be replaced by Brendon Todd since Bill Lunde withdrew from the list of alternates, according to the PGA.

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Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Nats (93-66) vs. Miami Marlins (78-80) at Nationals Park

At long last, we've reached the final series of the regular season. The Nationals will host the Miami Marlins in a weekend set that will likely determine playoff seeding. Washington's magic number to clinch home-field advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series is two, so a win and a Los Angeles loss could sew it up on Friday night.

Seeding aside, the biggest development heading into this game is the return of Bryce Harper, who's back in the lineup after missing four games with a thumb injury. Prior to the injury, Harper had hits in five out of his previous seven games. The Nats have to hope he can pick up where he left off.   

Right hander A.J. Cole, who is currently appealing his five-game suspension as a result of Sunday’s brouhaha with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will get the start tonight. The 24-year-old is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA. He’ll be opposed by the Marlins Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.13 ERA).

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Miami Marlins - Andrew Cashner

NATS 

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Stephen Drew
1B Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP A.J. Cole

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Despite focus on Terrelle Pryor, Redskins need to stop Browns run game

Despite focus on Terrelle Pryor, Redskins need to stop Browns run game

Yes, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor accounted for 200 total yards last week in a loss to the Dolphins. While the yardage total is impressive, and Pryor has shown breakout potential this young season, the Redskins defensive focus needs to be on another Cleveland player: Isaiah Crowell.

"That's a power running game. They do a lot of good things in the running game," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "The No. 1 guy is Crowell. He's an excellent back."

Through three games, Crowell has 45 carries for 274 yards, good for an average of more than 6 yards-per-carry and second in the NFL in rush yards. He's shown both power and speed, including an 85-yard touchdown run against the Ravens in Week 2.

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What makes Crowell especially difficult to stop is that the Browns offense is so varied. With a guy like Pryor, Cleveland will run the Wildcat and the read option in addition to their normal pro set.

"You start worrying about all the stuff going on with the formations and then all of a sudden they bang you with Crowell right up the middle with a power play," Gruden said. "It's hard to stop."

In three games, the Redskins have given up nearly 370 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Washington is allowing 123 yards-per-game on the ground, good for 24th in the league. 

With DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland out for Sunday's game, the Redskins will face the Browns with a revamped secondary. That won't matter much, however, if the defense can't slow down The Crow.