June 18, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Wins Six Capital Region Emmy Awards

June 18, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Wins Six Capital Region Emmy Awards

COMCAST SPORTSNET WINS SIX EMMY AWARDSNETWORK WINS LIVE SPORTING EVENT AWARD FOR REDSKINS PRESEASON COVERAGEBENINATI, MATICH AND JENKINS EARN HONORS IN INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIESBethesda, Md. (June 18, 2012) The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recognized Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with six 2011 Emmy Awards at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on Saturday, June 16. The networks six awards were won for its live event, news and original programming, as well as individual categories for sports play-by-play, sports analyst and program hostmoderator.Comcast SportsNets coverage of Redskins preseason games, in conjunction with the Redskins Broadcast Network, won the award for live, unedited sporting event (Larry Michael and Bill Bell). The network has earned the top honor in this category seven times since 2001, including last year for its coverage of the Washington Capitals.Comcast SportsNets My Life 365: Dominique Dawes earned the award for dailyweekly sports program. The long-running biographical My Life series, hosted by Ron Thompson, also won the award in this category in 2009 for its episode featuring Allen Iverson. Jill Sorensons Geico SportsNet Central feature on Bruce Boudreaus recollection of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks won the prize for sports news story.Joe Beninati claimed his third consecutive Emmy Award as the networks play-by-play announcer for its coverage of the Washington Capitals. This years award is the seventh for Beninati in the sports play-by-play category. He also won the top honor in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.Trevor Matich was named the regions top sports analyst for his contributions to Comcast SportsNets NFL coverage, including Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. Matich has now won five Emmy Awards in the past five years, including four as the regions top sports analyst (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007) and one for Redskins Kickoff.Comcast SportsNet anchor and reporter Michael Jenkins was recognized with the award for program hostmoderator for leading the networks special live coverage of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. Jenkins has also earned Capital Region Emmys for sports reporter (2008) and sports anchor (2004).Comcast SportsNet won the top award in each of the six categories it earned nominations in this year. Since 2001, the network has been honored with 94 nominations and 52 Emmy Awards.Comcast SportsNets Six 2011 Emmy Awards: SportsPlay-by-Play Joe Beninati SportsAnalyst Trevor Matich Program HostModerator Michael Jenkins, Marine Corps Marathon Sporting EventGame, LiveUnedited Redskins Preseason Game (Larry Michael, Bill Bell) Sports, DailyWeekly Program My Life 365: Dominique Dawes (Andre Jones, Ron Thompson, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether) Sports, News Single StorySeries Remembering 911: Bruce Boudreau (Jill Sorenson, David Letourneau, Brooks Meriwether, Trevor Nau, Mike DiVenere)

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Anthony Rendon homers in third straight game, but Nationals fall to Mariners in series finale

Anthony Rendon homers in third straight game, but Nationals fall to Mariners in series finale

WASHINGTON -- Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

Gio Gonzalez took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, when Jean Segura singled leading off and Guillermo Heredia took a called third strike. That prompted Seattle manager Scott Servais to complain from the dugout, which led to his ejection by plate umpire Adam Hamari.

Robinson Cano singled, and Washington manager Dusty Baker brought in Turner (2-3), despite Cruz having just one hit in 15 at-bats against Gonzalez. Cruz drove a belt-high slider over the fence in left-center for his 12th homer this season and a 3-2 lead. Cruz leads the AL with 40 RBIs.

Cano added an RBI single off Turner in the seventh. Seattle scored multiple runs for the first time since May 18.

Ariel Miranda (4-2) allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in five innings. Edwin Diaz, Seattle's sixth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth that completed a six-hitter. Diaz got his first save since May 9 and has eight in 10 chances overall.

Gonzalez gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight.

Washington's Anthony Rendon homered in the fifth, his ninth this season and fourth in the three-game series. Jayson Werth added an RBI single later in the inning.

FAMILY FIRST

Baker will be leaving the Nationals for their weekend series against San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in Northern California and will rejoin the team Monday in San Francisco.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (forearm strain) could return to the rotation in the first or second game of a homestand that starts Wednesday, Servais said. ... 1B Danny Valencia was in the lineup for a second straight day after sitting out three games with a wrist injury.

Nationals: Baker may continue to use an eight-man bullpen. Baker said the decision depends the progress of INF Stephen Drew's rehabilitation from a hamstring strain. Drew is at extended spring training.

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Mariners: RHP Yovani Gallardo is 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA against Boston, where Seattle begins a three-game set on Friday.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (4-3, 3.02) has allowed two runs or fewer in his last three starts against San Diego, which opens a three-game series in Washington on Friday.

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Josh Norman critiques Roger Goodell, fires warning shot about coming penalties

Josh Norman critiques Roger Goodell, fires warning shot about coming penalties

Josh Norman is great talker. He almost always has something provocative to say, and his Bleacher Report interview published Thursday didn't buck the trend. 

Norman's sneering at NFC East receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant drew immediate, look-what-he-just-said attention.

But let's not gloss over the larger theme of this interview: Norman thinks the NFL is headed down the wrong path. The timid path. 

In his five seasons, the Redskins corner has been on the receiving end of flags and fines for taunting and excess contact. And yet he told Bleacher Report that he's never once met commissioner Roger Goodell. 

Asked how he would handle the commissioner job differently, Norman started with interpersonal basics. 

"First, I would change how I handle people. For one, you don't show up anywhere. You don't show up where the players show up. So how are you going to know what they want?"

"If this is the guy who is your commissioner, who makes all these rules, wouldn't you think you'd want to see him other than when you get in trouble?" he continued. "Why would I see you if I'm in trouble—what's the point? Why wouldn't I see you before then so you can eliminate that?"

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But Norman's criticism morphed from finding fault with Goodell to dissatisfaction with the overall evolution of the league.

You're going to recognize this argument. It starts with defensive players lamenting how NFL rules have moved to limit contact, turning guys timid. 

"Now you have to stop and think about it before you actually hit somebody or you're going to get fined," Norman said. "But where's the offense getting fined?"

Then comes the nostalgia for the old days when football players were tough, as opposed to today, when everyone is Mary's little lamb. 

"Playing the way people used to play it in the old days. Like Mike Haynes. Those kinds of guys. Lester Hayes. People who played it with violence and ruthlessness," Norman said when asked what kind of legacy he wants to leave. "Lockjaw. No pussyfooting around. No inching off. None of that softness."

It's that soft mindset of the modern world that's diluting football, and the young guys are part of the problem. 

"We have too many soft guys, too many guys coming up saying, 'I don't know....' Playing their little off, soft technique," he complained. "That's how the soft mind-set of this world has us thinking now."

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This line of reasoning should be very familiar so far, but most that espouse it stop short of saying what they're going to do about it.

Not Norman. 

"You can't touch guys after five yards. ... Screw that! Hands on. Call it if you call it. So what. You're going to have to call it all game."

"I want him to see me with my hands in his face. That's what I want you to see. In their chest, their breast plate, so they cough up air. They skip a beat in their heart kind of thing," Norman said. 

So ... expect some rule-stretching this season? Perhaps against NFC East opponents?

"Trust me when I tell you, it's going to be bad blood this year," he warned. "There's going to be a lot of fines and maybe some suspensions. I'm going to be honest with you: This s--- is going to get really ugly. Because I do have a safety that don't give a f--- and I definitely don't."

"I'm letting all hell break loose."

Well, then. Noted. We'll let the league – and the Redskins – decide how to feel about this plan. 

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