Get set for the Historic Half

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Get set for the Historic Half

On Sunday, May 20 the Fredericksburg town crier will call for the starting musket to fire at 7 a.m. and thousands of runners will take to the streets for the fifth annual Marine Corps Historic Half.

The 13.1-mile loop begins and ends at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center and weaves through the historic downtown Fredericksburg streets where George Washington grew up and the North and South fought one of the largest Civil War battles.

This year's race will also feature a few participants you may have seen on TV. The host of the hit show "The Biggest Loser", Alison Sweeney, as well as contestants Lauren Lee and mother Gail Lindsay Lee will take part in race day.

Sweeney, who will wear Bib 1, ran her first half marathon in January and completed her first marathon in March. She plans to finish with a time of 2:00 hours. Lee and her mother are both residents of Poolesville, MD. Lauren will be running her first half marathon while Gail plans to walk the Semper Fred 5K. Lauren is even registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon this fall.

Also participating in the event is Dr. Oz's Million Dollar Challenger Stephanie Lewis Vance. Vance, hailing from Woodbridge, VA is one of 10 finalists selected to complete a full transformation toward good health in hopes of winning the top prize of one million dollars.

CSNwashington.com will have full coverage of the Marine Corps Historic Half finish line available after the race. Check back Sunday and Monday evening to see yourself, friends and family cross the Historic Half finish line.

In the meantime, check out the race course:

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Did Vernon Davis force the NFL to make TD celebration rule change?

Did Vernon Davis force the NFL to make TD celebration rule change?

Last fall, Vernon Davis scored a touchdown in a Redskins win over the Vikings. Immediately following, he used the football in place of a basketball and made a jump shot over the cross bar. It was a cool, spontaneous celebration for his second TD of the season.

Seconds later, a penalty flag hit the ground. Davis was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for using the ball as a prop. In a league with a tremendous amount of awful penalties, it ranked as one of the worst of the season. 

The good news? In 2017, Davis' celebration will no longer draw a flag.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell penned a letter explaining the changes:

We are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays. We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.

In a league committed to Thursday Night Football - which both players and fans dislike - as well as archaic policies on social media and substance abuse, this is a rare, positive development. 

It's okay to let players have a little fun, show some personality. Goodell made clear that lewd celebrations would still be flagged, and that's reasonable. Using the ball as a prop, however, shouldn't be. Now, it won't.

Did Davis break the NFL? Probably not, though his penalty is often the first thing people point to when discussing the absurdity of the ball as a prop rule. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 13 - Breaking down a possible John Wall contract extension

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 13 - Breaking down a possible John Wall contract extension

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Chase Hughes and J. Michael took a deep look into what it would take for the Wizards to sign John Wall to a new contract this summer. Wall wants to see the Wizards' long-term plan, so what do they need to prove to him?

That could mean simply a deeper bench, but what about the potential of acquiring a third star? Chase and J. Michael broke down the possibilities between Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and others. They then ranted about the NBA's upcoming awards show, Boston sports radio hosts and the NBA playoffs so far.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play.

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