Ex-Terp Stoglin headed to Vegas, as a Raptor

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Ex-Terp Stoglin headed to Vegas, as a Raptor

Terrell Stoglin's shot at being drafted came up snake eyes. Now the former University of Maryland will try his luck in Las Vegas, summer league style.Stoglin, the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, will play in the Las Vegas Summer League as a member of the Toronto Raptors, according to a source familiar with Stoglin's plans..The 6-foot-1 scoring guard faced long odds when it came to hearing his name called in the two-round draft conducted on June 28. Stoglin declared for the draft after his sophomore campaign and after being suspended for one year by the university.Last season Stoglin averaged 21.6 points and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point territory.CSNwashington has also learned that former DeMatha product and Clemson star Jerai Grant will also participate in the summer league with the Houston Rockets. The 6-foot-8 power forward played for season for the Tigers and averaged 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior during the 2010-1 campaign.

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Finlay: Excited to take over as Redskins Insider

Finlay: Excited to take over as Redskins Insider

It’s an exciting day for me to take over the Redskins beat from Tarik El-Bashir. As a native Washingtonian, it’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve wanted this job since I was a kid. 

In fact, in sixth grade, after months of writing nothing but Darrell Green stories and turning them in for English homework, Miss Girard said I was no longer allowed to write about the Redskins. Who got the last laugh, Miss Girard?

Working with Tarik and Rich Tandler covering the Skins at CSN the last few years helped me learn a lot, as did my earlier work with Mr. Irrelevant, SB Nation DC and the Washingtonian. My approach to the beat will be to cover all the angles relevant for fans, and try to look ahead to what might happen and find stories that fall under the radar. In an era of information overload, readers expect more than just stats and quotes from coverage, and I know I will be able to deliver that experience.

This beat means a lot to me. I’ve watched the Redskins my whole life, I’ve cheered for them for most of it. One of the things I hate to hear is when somebody moves to the D.C. area and says ‘nobody is from here.’ 

I’m from here. My wife is from here. My friends are from here. Go to a Redskins game any Sunday, and thousands and thousands of people will show you, loudly, they are from here too. 

If you can, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (jpfinlay3) and Facebook. I think social media is a vital part of covering a team, and I will be very active across all platforms. 

Most of all, I like to have fun. I recognize not everyone gets to watch football for their job, and I want to enjoy all of it. I’m open to talking with readers, even disagreeing here and there, so feel free to reach out. 

And before I forget - thank you. Thanks for reading, for arguing on Twitter, and please keep it coming. 

CSN Mid-Atlantic names Tarik El-Bashir Capitals Insider, J.P. Finlay Redskins Insider

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CSN Mid-Atlantic names Tarik El-Bashir Capitals Insider, J.P. Finlay Redskins Insider

BETHESDA, Md. – July 26, 2016 – CSN Mid-Atlantic announced today that Tarik El-Bashir has been named Capitals Insider and that J.P. Finlay will now serve as Redskins Insider. The longtime CSN contributors have significant experience covering their new assignments.   

In their new roles, El-Bashir and Finlay will lead coverage of the Washington Capitals and Washington Redskins, respectively, for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms, including CSNmidatlantic.com. The veteran reporters will also contribute regularly to the CSN’s television news, analysis and feature programming, including its live gameday coverage.

El-Bashir, who has covered the Redskins since joining CSN in 2012, served as the Capitals beat writer for The Washington Post from 2005 to 2010. He continued to provide Capitals commentary and analysis to The Post from 2010 to 2012 while covering other assignments for the newspaper. The Washington-area native also previously covered the New York Islanders as a New York Times reporter for two seasons. Overall, El-Bashir has nearly 20 years of experience covering high school, college and professional sports.

Finlay has contributed as a reporter to CSN’s multiplatform coverage of the Redskins for four years while serving as a digital media manager and producer. Prior to joining CSN, where he most recently held the position of manager of content integration, the Washington-area native covered the Redskins for SB Nation and the Washingtonian. Finlay also served as a reporter for Roll Call and SNL Financial before being named a CSN digital media producer in 2012.

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CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, ACC and CAA. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.5 million homes. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow CSN Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

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Tarik El-Bashir: Thrilled to return to hockey beat as CSN's Capitals Insider

Tarik El-Bashir: Thrilled to return to hockey beat as CSN's Capitals Insider

After covering the Redskins for the past four seasons, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m returning to the hockey beat as CSN’s Capitals Insider.

In a lot of ways, this feels like a homecoming for me. 

For those of you who don’t know my backstory, here’s the CliffsNotes version:

I’m a native Washingtonian who learned to play hockey at Wheaton Ice Rink, went to games at Capitals Centre and had a Scott Stevens ‘drink your milk’ poster on my bedroom door. 

One of my first jobs in the business was contributing to The New York Times’ coverage of the Islanders, Rangers and Devils in the late 1990’s. Then, in 2005, I realized a dream of mine: I was named Capitals beat writer at The Washington Post and, over the next seven years, was fortunate enough to cover the highs and lows of the franchise I grew up cheering for. 

I was at Verizon Center for Ovechkin’s board-rattling NHL debut and witnessed “The Goal” from the press box in Glendale, Ariz. I was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex when Boudreau was hired on Thanksgiving and covered the dueling hat tricks by Ovechkin and Crosby in 2009 playoffs. I also worked the locker room after the Caps were humbled by Halak and the Habs in 2010 and after they got swept from the playoffs by Stamkos and Co. a year later.

Although I stopped writing about the Caps in 2012 and left The Post to join CSN a little while later, I never stopped following my hometown hockey team. I didn’t miss many games, but when work or my son’s crazy travel hockey schedule didn’t allow me to watch, I almost always dialed up the highlights on my laptop in the morning. 

This past April, I jumped at the opportunity to join CSN’s playoff coverage as an analyst on our post, postgame show, #CapitalsTalk. Although I hadn’t covered hockey in four years, it was like lacing up on an old, broken-in pair of skates; it just felt right. So when the chance to cover the Caps full-time was presented to me recently, I’m pretty sure I said, ‘Yes’ before my boss finished his thought.   

So, here we are. 

I’ve watched and covered a lot of Caps hockey over the years and now, after a scratching my NFL itch, I’m back for more. I’m pumped to join CSN’s deep and talented roster of analysts, reporters and producers. In my new role, I’ll lead our network’s coverage on the web and contribute to our coverage on the air. 

My first day on the job is today.

Please give me a follow on Twitter (@TarikCSN) and a like on Facebook (facebook.com/TarikCSN).

Talk to ya’ll soon.