Kastles go for 27 without Olympians

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Kastles go for 27 without Olympians

For the second season in a row, the Washington Kastles have the best record in World TeamTennis at 10-0 allowing them to notch the No. 1 seed for WTT Finals.Washington has won 26 consecutive matches and will look to keep the streak alive through Saturday with four matches remaining in the regular season.Following tonight's last home match of the season versus Philadelphia, the Kastles will play road matches at New York Wednesday, Kansas City on Friday and Springfield on Saturday.If Washington wins its 27th consecutive match tonight, the Kastles will pass the 1916 New York Giants (MLB) for the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Lakers present the next hurdle with the 33-game undefeated run by Los Angeles during the 1971-72 NBA season.The challenge tonight will be posed not only by the Freedoms (4-6), but the Kastles' own depleted squad as Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Anastasia Rodionova will be competing at The Olympic Games in London.Paes and Rodionova have passed the torch for two of the top doubles players in the world, 19th-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones and 45th-ranked Treat Conrad Huey, to make their debut tonight for Washington.For Huey, who was born in Washington, raised in Alexandria and graduated from the University of Virginia, playing for the Kastles is somewhat of a homecoming. Before becoming a two-time All-American for the Cavaliers, Huey was a three-time Washington Post Player of the Year while attending St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. Meanwhile, Bobby 'The Closer' Reynolds doesn't seem too worried about stepping up in Leander's absence, "It's going to be tough, obviously to fill-in for a six-time Olympian and obviously Anastasia and Venus, but we have a lot of good people coming inso we'll see what happens."
PROJECTED MATCH-UPSMS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL)WS: Edina Gallovits-Hall (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL) MD: ReynoldsTreat Conrad Huey (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL) WD: Gallovits-HallRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)MXD: HueyKops-Jones (WAS) vs. KerrKr. Pliskova (PHL)

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Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder: John Wall and Bradley Beal are 'probably' the NBA's best backcourt

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder: John Wall and Bradley Beal are 'probably' the NBA's best backcourt

The Utah Jazz don't see the Wizards often as members of the Western Conference. They are more used to battling teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. But that doesn't mean Jazz coach Quin Snyder is unaware of what makes the Wizards one of the best teams in the East.

Snyder, in fact, thinks the Wizards' guard combination of John Wall and Bradley Beal may be the best in the NBA.

"I would probably say they are the best backcourt. They fit each other so well. John Wall being able to score but also create and be mindful of his teammates. And then for Beal to have the ability to get a shot and get a bucket. Those two guys together are very, very difficult to play against," Snyder said. 

As for Wall, it's his speed that really stands out to Snyder.

"The whole team has to run back or Wall will be laying it in."

As for Beal, who like Wall is having a career season, Snyder thinks his breakout year was a long time coming.

"I think he just got healthy. He's been a great player since he came in the league. It's no different than some of our guys. It's dealing with your health. That makes it harder. Everything is harder. I think we're seeing a guy who is the same guy, but has gotten better because he works at it. I think Scott [Brooks] does a great job with him. He's a heck of a coach. Clearly there is a comfort level that they have found as a team. In Beal's case, he's doing the things that he can do. There's no mystery to it, he's just a very, very good player."

Are Wall and Beal better than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Clearly Snyder thinks a case can be made.

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A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

This week in Indianapolis the NFL world will converge at the Scouting Combine to watch college football players work out, sprint and lift weights in anticipation of the upcoming draft. For the Redskins front office, this draft needs to be a win.

The 2016 Draft could still yield strong results for Washington, but overall the class did not play particularly well as rookies. This year, Scot McCloughan has nine picks at his disposal, with the extra picks late in the draft in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

It's no secret that the 'Skins need help along the defensive line, a lot of help. That should be a major area of focus for the Redskins scouts and coaches, and that will make next Sunday arguably the most important of the week in Indianapolis. 

The combine divides players into 11 position groups, but Groups 7, 8 and 9 will matter most. Groups 7 and 8 represent defensive linemen and 9 are the linebackers. That group officially arrives on Thursday but won't work out on the field until Sunday. The days in between include interviews, psychological testing and the bench press.

Obviously the Redskins won't spend all nine picks on only defensive linemen. The team will likely invest in the offensive line as well, and that group will arrive earlier in the week and work out on Friday. Cornerbacks and safeties are the last to work out on Monday, March 6. 

With the likely departure of at least one of DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon, and the possible departure of both, it would make sense for the 'Skins to bring in another receiver via the draft. They work out on Saturday, and should the Redskins decide to take a quarterback in the draft, the passers will work out that day too. 

Running back could be another spot the 'Skins invest. Jay Gruden said that Robert Kelley is locked into the RB1 role, but still the team might want increased competition at the position. The backs will work out Friday.

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