Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer

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Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

Its as hot as it gets! Water temperatures are staying in the mid to upper 80s to just above 90! Fish are active early and slow down in the head of the day.

Tossing top waters until about 9 a.m. ET or so should produce. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cooler early in the morning as overnight lows are into the lower 70s, but things will warm up fast as 90 degrees will be reached every day with a chance of thunderstorms along with cloudy skies all week.

Water will be low with incoming tides all morning this week. For areas with matted grass, twitch Manns Super frogs on braid in areas with incoming currents. Around wood cover and along pad and grass edges, try buzzbaits and poppers. In clear water use a Lucky Craft G-Splash popped at a good pace or the bigger G-Splash 80 will work when water is a bit stained. Another topwater is the Manns Waker in RED worked on edges and along shoreline cover. This bait needs to be tossed on braid or GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. With fluorocarbon, keep it out of the water or it will make the bait dive. Braid is a good overall choice on a 7-foot rod with plenty of backbone.

As the tide comes in and the topwater bite slows, go to chatterbaits and Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits... in RED as long as the clouds are out. With a higher tide and sun, slow down and fish docks with Mizmo Tubes on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook again on Gamma Edge. With the mid day high tides, slowly swimming jigs and even swimbaits will bring the big bass out of the thickest grass or wood cover.

Orioles fall to Mookie Betts' three homers and Red Sox

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Orioles fall to Mookie Betts' three homers and Red Sox

BALTIMORE—The Orioles have lost seven of nine, and it didn’t help that Mookie Betts had the best night of his career on Tuesday night.

The Boston Red Sox right fielder slugged three home runs, driving in five runs as Boston beat the Orioles 6-2 before 17,664 at Oriole Park. 

Boston (32-20) has won the first two games of the four-game series and leads the Orioles (28-22) by three in the AL East. 

It was the first three home run night of Betts’ career, and the first time an opponent had hit three in Baltimore since Ryan Zimmerman did it on May 29, 2013. 

Betts, who now has 12 home runs this season, hit two off Kevin Gausman and the third off Dylan Bundy. 

Gausman (0-3) allowed home runs to the first two Boston batters, Betts and Dustin Pedroia. 

It was the first time an Orioles pitcher had allowed two home runs to start a game since June 14, 2006 when Rodrigo Lopez did it in Toronto, and it hadn’t been done at home in 20 years. 

Betts hit a three-run home run in the second inning, and Gausman was abruptly behind 5-0. 

“It's frustrating definitely. You just try to take it pitch by pitch after that. The biggest thing is just trying to stay in there as long as you can and give your team a chance to win. Just take it pitch by pitch, 
try to get groundballs and quick outs,” Gausman said. 

Eduardo Rodriguez, who the Orioles traded for Andrew Miller in July 2014, started his first game of 2016. 

Rodriguez (1-0), who had been out with a knee injury, gave up a run on a single to Joey Rickard in the third and a two-out double by Nolan Reimold. 

Manny Machado nearly drove in Reimold, but his long fly ball to deep center was caught by Boston center fielder Chris Young, whose leap robbed Machado of at least a double—and maybe more. 

Paul Janish led off the fifth with a double to right and scored on Adam Jones’ single to cut Boston’s lead to 5-2. 

Gausman threw 113 pitches, the most he’s thrown in his career, and managed to make it through six innings. He didn’t allow a hit in his final 3 1/3 innings. 

Bundy came on to start the seventh, and with one out, Betts hit his third home run.

The Red Sox had some help. Janish was robbed of a hit to end the seventh when Betts dove in to snatch the ball. 

“I’m thinking to myself, ‘Mookie is having a pretty good night. I can do without him adding to it with that catch, right?’ He’s one of the better young players in the game obviously. At this juncture in time, I could use the hit,” Janish said. 

Janish says there’s no easy explanation for the Orioles’ rough patch.

“It’s one of those where I don’t think there’s anything in particular to pinpoint. As quickly as the game goes the other way, it can go our way, too, and that’s we’re waiting for, and we look forward to that happening sooner or later,” Janish said. 

Chris Davis, who hasn’t hit a home run since May 20, thought he hit a two-run shot in the eighth that would have cut the deficit from four runs to two. 

First base umpire Doug Eddings called the ball foul. First base coach Wayne Kirby immediately signaled it was a home run, but after a review, the call stood.

“Chris hits a home run and we can’t get a camera angle that will show it. We finally got one that showed it was fair,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

“So those are some of those things that you present for yourself that matter a lot when you get into some deficits early. You’ve got to stay away from that kind of, I don’t want to say that ‘here we go again’ mentality, but certainly that something where you follow a pattern for a few games early in the game and it challenges you.”

The Orioles need to win Wednesday and Thursday to salvage a split. 

“It's pretty obvious that we're struggling right now, but hopefully we can turn around and even this series up. They're the best team in baseball right now, so you have to be on your game. If you're not, it's tough against this team, against this lineup, against their bullpen. Their starters are pitching well too right now, so it kind of seems like everything's clicking for them right now,” Gausman said. 

NOTES: Yovani Gallardo will start the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Frederick. Game time is 5 p.m. … Joe Kelly (2-0, 6.30) faces Mike Wright (2-3, 5.05) on Wednesday night.  

 

Crowdfunding account created for purpose of bringing Durant to DC

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Crowdfunding account created for purpose of bringing Durant to DC

Whenever Kevin Durant signs his next contract, whether to stay with Oklahoma City or perhaps join an NBA team in the general area of his childhood, there will be two commas in the yearly salary and the first number will be a two. 

Some fans of the Wizards are hoping to defray the cost should the four-time scoring champion pick Washington by starting a crowd fundraising campaign on the website GoFundMe.com.

Yes, fans are so dedicated to the idea of bringing one of the game's best players to the Wizards they in theory want to help an ownership group wealthy enough to in fact own the team (and lots more) to pay an athlete who has already banked around $90 million in salary alone. Adorable and probably not at all kosher, but admirable, kinda sorta in a (crazy) sports fan way.

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Let's let the fans explain their motives:

We love KD, we've seen him since his days as a high schooler in the DMV at Montrosse Christian. Now, our guy is an NBA superstar, possibly one of the greatest players on the planet. 

He loves DC, he named his shoes after PG County, he loves spending time here in the offseason and listening to GOGO. He wants to Come back to DC but he cant unless we show that we love him!

Imagine having KD, John Wall, Bradley Beal, and a new coach next season! The Wizards are on the way! 

Once we reach our goal we will either donate the 20 million to the Wizards to get the Durantula or we will donate it to Kevin Durant's favorite charity since he loves our community so much!

He needs us! Please donate now and share with a friend!

Clearly they're jacked with the idea of Durant coming home. The charity angle works so that's cool. Anyway, we may not know anything about Durant's plans until sometime after the NBA's fiscal calendar starts anew on July 1. That leaves plenty of time for donations or life ponderng. As an aside, I know a local sports reporter in need of a new living room set if you're open to spending money on random things.

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Report: Agent spoke with Celtics about players Durant would want brought in

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Report: Agent spoke with Celtics about players Durant would want brought in

If the Washington Wizards still plan to pursue hometown hero Kevin Durant, they will have some competition. One team that appears to be in on the Durant sweepstakes appears to be the Boston Celtics. In fact, Boston may already be having preliminary talks with Durant's agent.

Butch Stears of WEEI had this to say on The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on Monday:

I have this on pretty good authority. The Celtics have sat with his agent and other representatives of Durant. The Celtics do know, I don’t know who it is, but they do know who he would prefer to be brought here in a LeBron-Chris Bosh–Dwyane Wade-like way. Because that’s how it works in the NBA. You need to know who the guy or guys that that guy wants, which would be a factor. Now, I don’t know if Durant’s told them that. But the Celtics know. They know. They’ve been told what group of guys he would want to come here.

Following Oklahoma City's Game 7 loss to Golden State on Tuesday, Durant told reporters that he had not thought about free agency yet. If this report proves true, it would seem that Durant has at least considered Boston as a possible destination. There would be no reason for his agent to declare who Durant would like to play with if the Celtics were not a possibility.

Have the Wizards gotten a similar wish list?

Of course there is a potential problem with all this, namely that Durant is still under contract with Oklahoma City and his agent shouldn't be having this kind of discussion with other teams. If this report is indeed true, Oklahoma City could potentially file a complaint to with the league for tampering which could result in suspensions and fines up to $50,000, per the CBA.

So while the Celtics may have gotten a jump on the compeitions, it coudl potentially cost them.

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