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Van Pelt wilts in the clutch

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Van Pelt wilts in the clutch

There were moments late Sunday afternoon when Bo Van Pelt appeared poised to outduel Tiger Woods in the clutch at Woods own tournament, nonetheless.
But, as it turned out, there would be no dramatic upset.
Woods scored his PGA Tour - leading third victory at the AT&T National, while Van Pelt left Congressional Country Club dejected, knowing he had allowed a rare opportunity slip from his grasp.
Its disappointing, said Van Pelt, whose only Tour victory came three years ago in Milwaukee. I felt when Woods hit it over the green on 16 that I had my opportunity to take advantage.
I felt like on the back nine that if I could just keep putting pressure on him that maybe hed give me an opening, and he did on 16, the 37-year-old Indiana-native added.
But it was Van Pelt who wilted under the pressure on another sweltering afternoon in Bethesda.
He smashed a perfect tee-shot on No. 16, a par-5, driving the ball 345 yards down the middle of the fairway. Woods drive, meantime, found the rough.
Van Pelt, however, couldnt cash in. Swinging a 6-iron on his second shot, his ball landed in the rough along a left side bunker, forcing him to take a precarious stance in the sand and grip his wedge on the shaft.
The next shot was no better; it traveled merely a matter of yards.
I didnt hit a bad shot with that 6-iron, he explained. I just ended up in a really tough spot and didnt get the ball on the green. Obviously, if I get the ball on the green there and make 5, who knows.
Both Van Pelt and Woods scored bogeys on what had been the tournaments easiest hole, adding to the tension as they headed to the final two holes, still knotted at 8-under par.
Then Van Pelt then gave it away.
His second shot on the par-4 No. 17 flew over the green and landed down a steep slope. His third shot sailed past the green, too, settling in the first cut.
Two putts later, Van Pelt was at 7-under and found himself trailing Woods for the first time since No. 11.
After challenging the worlds No. 4-ranked golfer hole-for-hole for much of the afternoon, Van Pelt finished the round with three consecutive bogeys and eager for a week away from the links. Ill be disappointed for a while, probably on my flight home tonight and about two hours tomorrow driving up to my boat, he said, asked how long he would be haunted by the blown opportunity. Then, once I get on that boat for the rest of the week, I probably wont think about it much.

Tarik El-Bashir - Capitals Insider

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Tarik El-Bashir - Capitals Insider

Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for CSN for four seasons.
 
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He is also a regular contributor to CSN’s television coverage of the team, including live gameday shows and studio programming.
 
A Washington-area native, El-Bashir joined CSN in May 2012 from The Washington Post, where he spent 13 years in the sports department. During his last two years with the newspaper, he served as the beat writer for Georgetown University men’s basketball and contributed to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir was The Post’s beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years as the lead reporter covering high school sports.
 
A Howard University graduate, he joined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New York Islanders for two years.

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Former Wizard Jason Collins came out to Clintons before sports world

Former Wizard Jason Collins came out to Clintons before sports world

Jason Collins came out as gay at the end of the 2012-13 NBA season after spending that spring with the Wizards. In doing so, he became the first active male athlete in one of America's four major pro sports to publically identify as gay. 

But before he told the sports world, he told the Clintons. That's right, those Clintons, whose daughter Chelsea he befriended as a college freshman at Stanford. 

Collins revealed that he'd confided in the former first family during a speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. 

“Before I came out to the world on the cover of Sports llustrated, I came out privately to the Clinton family," the 7-foot center declared to the audience at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. "I have known their family for almost 20 years. I knew that they would accept me for who I was; and that they would help pave a path for others to do the same.

"I am forever grateful for their words of wisdom back then and their unconditional support. They know that my sexual orientation made no difference in my ability to play basketball, just as someone’s gender makes no difference in his or HER ability to lead our nation.”

Collins was never a star in the NBA, but carved out a 13-year career for himself as a contributor before retiring with the Nets in 2014. 

“My dream was to play in the NBA and live my authentic life as a proud gay man at the same time,” Collins said. “I was able to accomplish both of those goals because of the people who have supported me throughout my life.”

“As both an African American and a member of the LGBT community, the choice for continued progress is clear: This November, we must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president. Thank you.”

You can watch video of the speech here. 

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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.