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First-timer wins 37th MCM

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First-timer wins 37th MCM

Despite hurricane warnings and windy conditions 30,000 runners braved the 37th Marine Corps Marathon. Among them, Spc. Augustus Maiyo, a first-time marathoner and this year’s winner with an unofficial time of 2:20:20.

“I didn’t really have control [of the race] until the last mile, ” said Maiyo. “At the 18 Mile I was feeling strong. I didn’t know what was in front of me, it was busy but at the 20 Mile everyone was gone.”

Maiyo’s training team friend Capt. Kenneth Foster, also representing the U.S. Army finished second with an unofficial time of 2:22:34 and was followed by Birhanu Tadesse, a native of Ethiopia, who clocked in at 2:23:03.

Foster, currently stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona is a military intelligence officer in the process of completing the Captain’s Career Course.

“I have a final exam actually on Tuesday so during the flight and all last week I’ve been studying pretty intensely,” said Foster. “I probably didn’t get as much sleep as I should have but I just wanted to represent the Army and do well.”

The top female finisher Hirut Guanqul, of Ellicott City, MD, surprised everyone by snagging first place with an unofficial time of 2:42:03. She was followed by Abebe Wayinshet Hailu (2:47:03) and Erin Richard (2:48:10) of Rochester Hills, MI.

“I loved the loop.  Everywhere you went was something different and there were people everywhere cheering for you,” said Richard after completing her third marathon and first MCM.

Richard led the ladies for the first 19 miles of the course. After only running in marathon time trials, her goal at the MCM was to claim first.

“I was in a pack of guys the whole time and [Guanqul] was right behind me. At 19 I backed off a little bit and she took a couple steps ahead of me and the next thing I knew it was 100 feet. I was by myself for a while and was caught again just before 25 miles. [Hailu] went by me and was like, ‘Come on girl!’ I tried to go but even though you know you’re so close it’s so hard.”

"My target was to win this race so when I passed [Richard] I can imagine to win and I was very happy and comfortable," said Guanqul through an interpreter.  From that point on she knew she would finish first.  Guanqul was thrilled with her performance and the result, particularly after suffering a pulled left calf while running another marathon just last week.

The approaching storm held off for the start of the race, with dry, slightly windy conditions and temperatures in the low 60s.

“I prefer this weather but without the wind,” said Maiyo of the gusts that picked up shortly after the race began and continued through the morning.

Maiyo wasn’t the only runner affected by the 17 mph gusts.

“The conditions were ideal aside from the wind,” said Foster. “The temperature was great, the crowd support was great and you’re running in the nation’s capital and doing it with all four military branches here.”

“When you start to get tired and it starts to get windy it’s like a double hit,” said Richard. “I felt it more [at the end] but I don’t know if I was just getting tired or if it was picking up more.”

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Wizards training camp Day 1 recap: Injury news, Redskins fandom, Brooks isn't nervous anymore

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Wizards training camp Day 1 recap: Injury news, Redskins fandom, Brooks isn't nervous anymore

The Wizards held their first day of 2017-18 training camp on Tuesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Here's what you need to know...

Robinson is injured

The NBA career of Wizards' forward Devin Robinson did not get off to a great start. He has an unspecified foot injury that is expected to sideline him for the foreseeable future. Robinson wasn't walking with a limp, but sat out of practice and Brooks said the rookie does not have a timetable to return. 

Scott is a huge Redskins fan

New Wizards forward Mike Scott is a massive Redskins fan and not just in a casual sense. The guy plans to get a Redskins tattoo some time in the near future (he has tons of tattoos already, including lots of emojis) and probably speaks for the rest of the fanbase when he says he's taking a wait-and-see approach. When someone (me) mentioned how the Skins finally have a defense, he cautioned that it was just one game. He has to see them repeat that performance on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs before he completely buys in. Though Scott is now playing for his hometown team in the Wizards, he will be outnumbered by Cowboys fans in the Wizards' locker room. John Wall and Markieff Morris are huge Dallas fans and are not afraid to show it.

Brooks did better this time

The Wizards met as a team on Monday night after media day on the eve of training camp and there is a big difference in Brooks from Year 1 to Year 2, at least in the players' eyes.

"John [Wall] brought to my attention how I did a much better job at the team dinner. He said I looked a little nervous last year," Brooks said.

"Last night with our team meeting, I even told him last year 'you seem like you're a little bit more comfortable," Bradley Beal added. "Last year he didn't know what to expect from us and we were just trying to get to know him. We know who he is and what he's capable of. We know what he wants from us so everything is a lot smoother."

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Oubre added two inches to his vertical

Kelly Oubre, Jr. mentioned at media day on Monday how he added to his vertical this offseason. He revealed today that he added two inches. It was all through hard work, but extra impressive considering he began the offseason recovering from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.

Beal comments on FBI case involving college coaches

A major sports news story broke just before the Wizards took the court on Tuesday, that four NCAA assistant coaches and others like an apparel company executive have been implicated in an investigation of bribery and other charges. Beal was a star player at the University of Florida before the Wizards drafted him third overall in 2012. He was asked about the allegations. They didn't involve his former school or anything, but he had an interesting take:

"I was always by-the-book, even in my recruiting process. I had coaches who wanted to offer me stuff or offer my family stuff, but that wasn't what I was about and that wasn't what my family was about. At the end of the day, I went to a program where Coach [Billy Donovan] didn't guarantee my anything. He didn't guarantee I was going to start or that I was going to play. That was something that I respected. Coming out of college, I was actually about to go back to college. I decided to come out on the last deadline day. For me, it wasn't like that. It's crazy what today's generation is like. Kids are taking stuff in high school, taking things in college and stuff like that. For me, my story wasn't like that."

Frazier is fitting in well

Tim Frazier is already one of the more vocal guys on the team, trash-talking both on the court and off of it. He was also hitting his three-point shot consistently in practice. Perhaps he has improved that part of his game from year to year.

Beal already thinks Frazier will help the Wizards' bench fix their reputation.

"You guys are going to be surprised. You killed our bench last year. You killed our bench," he said. "These guys are really working their tails off. They know the game and they play it the right way. That's what we need. Guys are going to defend, for sure, and get after it. They challenge us as starters... last year it was like one of us always had to be on the floor, but it won't be like that this year... last year was definitely tough on us and it weared on us down the line."

Morris still absent

Markieff Morris is not with the team yet following the sports hernia surgery he had on Friday.

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Caps make six more cuts Tuesday, trim roster to 30

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Caps make six more cuts Tuesday, trim roster to 30

The Capitals made another round of cuts on Tuesday afternoon, reassigning three players to Hershey, waiving two more and releasing another.

Forward Riley Barber, defenseman Colby Williams and goalie Parker Milner were sent to the Bears, while forwards Liam O’Brien and Zach Sill were place on waivers with the intention of sending them to Hershey.

Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, who was signed to a tryout agreement earlier this month, was released from his PTO.

None of the moves were surprising given the lines and pairs in practice the past couple of days.

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Here’s what the roster looks like now:

The Caps host New Jersey on Wednesday, then close out the exhibition slate with games at Carolina on Friday and at St. Louis on Sunday.

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