Serving up our daily preview for the 2012 Citi Open...Tuesday's headlines No. 1 Mardy Fish headlines the seed-heavy day scheduled on the Stadium court, making his 2012 debut against Bjorn Phau with a start time around 7 p.m.. Fish, the No. 13 ranked player, missed out on theOlympics after missing several weeks on tour earlier this year following a procedure to correct a heart problem.His return to the tour included round of 16 run at Wimbledon. Twice a quarterfinalist in Washington, most recently in 2006, Fish pulled out last year as the No. 2 seed with a heel injury.Other seeds slated for Tuesday action include No. 2 Alexandr Dolgopolov leading off at 4 p.m. and fourth-seed Tommy Haas - the last player to beat Roger Federer this year. Coming off a title triumph in Los Angeles on Sunday, No. 8 Sam Querrey caps off the session against Russia's Igor Andreev. Third-seeded Kevin Anderson plays his first-round match on Grandstand 1. Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovaplays heropening match of the tournamentat 4 p.m.with Sloane Stephens' second-round matchconcluding the action on Grandstand 2.Vania King, the No. 4 seed, also makes her debut.Looking back Three-setters were on tap for a quartet of Americans. James Blake and Stephens survived. Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, not so much.Blake, the 2002 Washington champion, won only his second match of the year, coming from a set down to upset No. 5 seed Pablo Andujar. Stephens, the third-seed in the women's draw, avoided the upset bug by overcoming a suspect second set. Oudin remains in the doubles draw, playing at 4 p.m. with Washington Kastles newcomer Edina Gallovits-Hall, who in singles action stunnedNo. 5 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in three sets.
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but there could be a big name hitting the free agent market very soon. According to Yahoo! Sports, former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is likely to be bought out by the Dallas Mavericks.
Here is the story from Shams Charania:
Vertical Sources: Deron Williams, Dallas have started discussions toward contract buyout. Cleveland, Utah, Atlanta expressed trade interest.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2017
Williams, 32, is a former All-Star but a guy who is very far removed from his prime. This year he's averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists per game on the lowly Mavs.
Despite all that, Williams is expected to garner interest. David Aldridge of NBA.com says the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavy favorites to sign him.
If Mavericks waive (not a buyout) Deron Williams, all signs point to DWill quickly working out a deal with the Cavs, per league sources.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 23, 2017
If he is let go, it's certainly something to watch for the Wizards, who could possibly use a backup guard themselves. At the very least, any improvement for the Cavaliers could affect the rest of the Eastern Conference come playoff time.
The Washington Capitals are in the heart of the NHL season, which means their key players have logged plenty of minutes and the injuries continue to take a toll.
While the injury is not expected to be severe, head coach Barry Trotz is not going to rush him out and Niskanen could end up being held out of the Capitals' Friday home game against the Oilers.
As a precautionary measure, the team called up Hershey Bears defenseman Aaron Ness on Thursday afternoon.
Ness has scored five goals and registered 11 assists in 41 games with Hershey this season. Ness was previously recalled in December when Niskanen sat out with a minor injury, ending his lengthy consecutive games played streak.
Ness appeared in eight games last season, registering two points.
In addition to the call up of Ness, the Capitals also called up 23-year-old Riley Barber. who was tabbed as the 2015-16 Hershey Bears Rookie of the Year. Barber replaces Brooks Orpik, who Trotz is giving time off to for "maintenence."
The Capitals host the Oilers on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on CSN Mid-Atlantic.
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