The Washington Kastles look to hoist the Billie Jean King cup for the second year in a row this weekend at the 2012 World Team finals.Despite the momentum of their 30 match winning streak, they'll have to dismantle their rivals, the New York Sportimes, en route to the finals. The Kastles opened with a win over the Sportimes, but it was a close contest as Washington edged New York just 20-18 aided by the clutch play of, Bobby 'The Closer' Reynolds, in the final match.Reynolds, along with veteran and doubles specialist, Leander Paes, were instrumental in the Kastles victory capturing both men's singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles.The Kastles other sister act, Anastasia and Arina 'Hot Rod' Rodionova, however struggled versus the Sportimes, dropping both events.This time around, reigning Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion, Venus Williams, will be suiting up for Washington as they face the Sportimes.When Venus joined the Kastles in New York on July 21st, she defeated another former World No. 1 Martina Hingis 5-1. Williams was victorious in both overtime games and didn't drop a point during the 7 point Supertiebreaker leading the Kastles to a 21-20 win. Earlier this week, Coach Murphy Jensen noted that the Kastles success isn't the result of one superstar's 'herculean' effort, but rather the cohesiveness of the squad. But it can't hurt to have Williams' massive serve on the Kastles side of the net.If the Kastles capture the Eastern Conference title to advance to the finals, they'll face the Sacramento Capitals who swept all 5 sets to beat the Orange County Breakers, 25-15 Friday night. The Kastles know it won't be easy taking down the Capitals, whom they survived in the regular season 21-19. But luckily for the Kastles, the Caps will be without marque player Sam Querrey, who is representing the U.S. team in Davis Cup action. Meanwhile, both Reynolds and Paes opted to play in the WTT Finals this weekend versus representing their respective countries in the Davis Cup.Paes's decision caused a stir in his native India, and he said of his decision, "We come together as a team; as a community. I love playing on the Kastles team. This week the Indian Davis Cup team is playing New Zealand back in India, but the fact that I am here to support the ideals of what were trying to doshows how much I care for this team."
The NBA Draft has come and gone, but the Pacers remain active in trying to trade superstar Paul George. According to a new report, the Nuggets have emerged as a possible partner in a three-team deal to land George in Cleveland.
The report comes from ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, who tweeted these rumors on Sunday:
League sources: Cavs, Pacers and Nuggets have discussed a three-way deal that would land Paul George in Cleveland and Kevin Love in Denver— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 25, 2017
One version of potential 3-team trade involving Cleveland, Indiana, Denver, Kenneth Faried would be Cavalier-bound, league sources tell ESPN— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 25, 2017
If this were to go through, the Cavs would end up with George and Faried, while losing Love. Faried doesn't exactly qualify as a fourth star but the duo of them could, in theory, make the Cavs better than they were with just Love. Faried could fill the rebounding void and George would make them better defensively.
If Love goes to Denver, like Stein says, it would be interesting to see what goes to the Pacers. They are, after all, giving up the best player in the deal.
Nationals Park opened its gates to dogs on Sunday for "Pups in the Park." Humans and their doggos got to sit in outfield section 140-143 with tickets being $30 per person and $10 per canine.
The Nationals ended up losing to the Reds, but that didn't put a damper on the afternoon for the guests of honor.
Sometimes, its a blessing not to know what's going on. Just check out these ten happy puppers.
1. Teddy, who's cuter than any racing president
2. Steve, who looks great in hats
3. Penny, who probably wasn't easy to carry around
4. Apollo, a Nats fan from a young age
Ready for America's pastime #baseball • • • • • • • #frenchie #frenchiesofinstagram #frenchbulldog #frenchie1 #frenchiegram #frenchieoftheday #frenchiepuppy #frenchiecrew #frenchiemania #puppiesofinstagram #frenchbully #bullys #frenchielife #frenchbulldogsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy #pupsinthepark #frenchbulldogpuppy
5. Ellie, who plans to use this photo for #TongueOutTuesday
6. Auryn, who isn't even watching the game
7. Moussie, who trimmed his beard just for the occasion
8. Dasher, obviously the favorite granddog
Celebrating my Grandpa's birthday at Pups in the Park! 🐶⚾️🌭#baseball #nationals #gonats #hotdog #dachshundsofinstagram #wienerdog #dachshundpuppy #doxiesofinstagram #doxie #dasher #dachshundlovers #sausagedogcentral #sausagedogsofinstagram #dachshundoftheday #dachshundobsessed #handsomepup #getalonglittledoggie #wienerlove #doxielove #dachshundsofdc #pupsinthepark
9. Bentley and Abby, whose moms can be overbearing
10. PJ, who squeezed into this selfie at the last minute
Washington is now 13-19 in days games this season, significantly worse than their 31-11 night record. But these furry friends don't know that!
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