Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers


Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers

Saturday night, the Washington Kastles had their biggest comeback to date stunning the New York Sportimes 21-20, in order to capture their 25th straight victory.Trailing 19-13 in the fifth set, Venus Williams crushed Martina Hingis 5-1 in women's singles to lead the Kastles to a victory.
Tonight the Kastles (9-0) will host the Kansas City Explorers (3-6) as Washington looks to extend their historic streak to 26 consecutive wins.Interestingly enough, the Explorers are 3-1 all-time versus Washington. However, the Kastles edged Kansas City, 21-18 in their last meeting. It also marked the inaugural match at Kastles Stadium on July 5, 2011.The 2012 Explorers will be headed by World No. 12 doubles player and 2010 US Open finalist Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who is a new addition to the squad that came to our nation's capital last season.Venus Williams, will serve as the Kastles' marquee player, competing in her third Kastles match of the last seven days. She is expected to play the first two sets before flying to London, where she look to capture a fourth medal and in doing so a tennis-record as well.Now 7-0 with the Kastles, Venus Williams is filling in for sister Serena Williams, who is cautiously resting a back injury in preparation for the Olympics.When asked about Serena bowing out of her Kastles duties, Washington owner Mark Ein said, "we love Serena, but Venus loves being on this team. She was so excited for the opportunity to come back. She loves this. She loves the team, loves the environment and she's a teammate -so we're totally thrilled by it."Venus (USA) will be joined by fellow Kastles, Leander Paes (India) and Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) who will compete for the Kastles for the last time during the regular season before heading to London.Tonight's match will air live on Comcast SportsNet. For more information log onto www.WashingtonKastles.com.
PROJECTED MATCH-UPSMS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (KCE)WS: Anastasia Rodionova (WAS) vs. Chanel Simmonds (KCE) MD: ReynoldsLeander Paes (WAS) vs. QureshiNick Monroe (KCE) WD: An. RodionovaVenus Williams(WAS) vs. SimmondsTetiana Luzhanska (KCE)MXD: PaesWilliams (WAS) vs. QureshiLuzhanska (KCE)

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Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

The Nationals visited several Washington D.C.-area little league baseball teams on Saturday before their afternoon game against the Padres.

The Nats’ Youth Baseball Uniform Program enables the team to get involved in their community. In addition to visiting local youth teams, the Nationals give all each player a jersey, a hat and the opportunity to come to a game at Nats Park.


The goal of the program is to “breakdown and minimize financial barriers that can prevent kids from playing baseball.”

Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer were among the 10 Nats who went on the community visits.

Harper at one point encouraged kids not to settle for losing, saying “as much as they might tell you it’s okay you lost - no.”

Giving back to the community has always been important for the Washington Nationals, and all the players - from little leaguers to major leaguers - seem to enjoy it. 


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All signs point towards Boston Celtics being major players in NBA free agency, trade market

All signs point towards Boston Celtics being major players in NBA free agency, trade market

The Boston Celtics have what some might call an embarrassment of riches between a deep roster that made the Eastern Conference Finals, many draft picks - including this year's No. 1 - and money to spend in free agency. According to multiple reports, they plan to go big this offseason as they aim to reach the next level.

CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely reported on Friday that Boston wants to acquire another star in free agency or by trade. Here is what he wrote:

Multiple league sources have told CSNNE.com in recent weeks that the Celtics are focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt.

That should add legs to the rumors they will pursue Gordon Hayward this summer. An All-Star small forward, Hayward will be one of the top free agents available and happened to play in college under Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

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Also set to hit the open market will be other frontcourt stars like Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap. But they could acquire one via trade with guys like Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony already having been linked to them in rumors over the past few months.

All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, for one, seems to want his Celtics to go the free agency route and he is ready to make a recruiting pitch. This is what he told ESPN:

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more."

The Celtics are in an enviable spot with many ways to get better this offseason. And running the show is one of the best GMs in the business in Ainge. 

Acquiring stars is easier said than done, but the Celtics look like the team to watch this summer as they appear ready to get very aggressive in trying to improve. The Wizards will certainly be paying attention as they do their own work to get better.

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