Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers

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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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Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Antonio Brown will remain a Pittsburgh Steeler for a long time. On Monday, the team announced that Antonio Brown signed a contract extension for four years that is worth $68 million. 

The deal makes Brown the highest paid NFL wide receiver and will keep him on the Steelers roster until 2021.

It also included a signing bonus of $19 million according to ESPN. The new deal does not effect the 28-year-old's salary for the 2017 season which is scheduled to be $4.7 million.

In 2014, Brown lead the league with 1,698 yards and receptions with 129. Surpassing both marks in 2015 with 1,834 yards in 136 receptions, the seven-year veteran quickly became regarded as the best wide receiver in the league. He is also a five time Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro three times, including last season.

Teammate Le'Veon Bell will stay with the team at least for one more season. Earlier on Monday, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell which is expected to earn him over $12 million based on last season's numbers.

At 25-years-old, Bell has had a career tattered with injuries since he came into the league in 2013. As a dual-threat player from the backfield and as a receiver, he has averaged over 1,500 yards from scrimmage each year.

Bell is coming off a Pro-Bowl season with 1,884 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns in only 12 games. 

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Report: Capitals trade for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

Report: Capitals trade for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

The Capitals decided not to sit out the NHL trade deadline after all as they reportedly acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

It appears the price for Shattenkirk is reportedly a first-round pick, a second-round pick and rookie forward Zach Sanford.

Check back with CSN as the story develops.

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