Get set for the Historic Half


Get set for the Historic Half

On Sunday, May 20 the Fredericksburg town crier will call for the starting musket to fire at 7 a.m. and thousands of runners will take to the streets for the fifth annual Marine Corps Historic Half.

The 13.1-mile loop begins and ends at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center and weaves through the historic downtown Fredericksburg streets where George Washington grew up and the North and South fought one of the largest Civil War battles.

This year's race will also feature a few participants you may have seen on TV. The host of the hit show "The Biggest Loser", Alison Sweeney, as well as contestants Lauren Lee and mother Gail Lindsay Lee will take part in race day.

Sweeney, who will wear Bib 1, ran her first half marathon in January and completed her first marathon in March. She plans to finish with a time of 2:00 hours. Lee and her mother are both residents of Poolesville, MD. Lauren will be running her first half marathon while Gail plans to walk the Semper Fred 5K. Lauren is even registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon this fall.

Also participating in the event is Dr. Oz's Million Dollar Challenger Stephanie Lewis Vance. Vance, hailing from Woodbridge, VA is one of 10 finalists selected to complete a full transformation toward good health in hopes of winning the top prize of one million dollars. will have full coverage of the Marine Corps Historic Half finish line available after the race. Check back Sunday and Monday evening to see yourself, friends and family cross the Historic Half finish line.

In the meantime, check out the race course:

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After shadowing Odell Beckham, Redskins have different plans for Josh Norman against Terrelle Pryor

After shadowing Odell Beckham, Redskins have different plans for Josh Norman against Terrelle Pryor

Mountains worth of words were used to predict and then describe Josh Norman's matchup with Odell Beckham last Sunday. On game day, the Redskins star corner ended up primarily covering the Giants star receiver. While Beckham succeeded in going for more than 100 yards, Norman's team got the win, while Beckham set the Internet meme machine ablaze by trying to fight a kicking net.

This week when the Redskins face off against the Browns there will be much less hype, yet another skilled wideout for the Washington defense to contend with in Terrelle Pryor.

"He’s a great athlete," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of Pryor. "He’s big, he’s got great ball skills."


Last week in a loss to Miami, Pryor accounted for 200 total yards - 144 receiving, 21 rushing and 35 passing - to go with one touchdown. He's been a force for the Browns this season, using his athletic skill and versatility to line up all over the field. A dual-threat quarterback in college at Ohio State, the Browns like to try Pryor in different spots. Perhaps because of his ability to play all over the field, it seems the Redskins do not intend to have Norman travel in coverage on Pryor.

"We’re still working on our game plan now and [Pryor's] all over the place. He’s been a dynamic player in the NFL," Gruden said. "Team defense is gonna have to take him away, somebody different every time possibly."

Gruden called Pryor's early season success one of the "biggest surprises" in the NFL and it's clear the Browns top wideout is on the Redskins radar. Considering Norman didn't shadow Antonio Brown or Dez Bryant during Washington's contests against those two top wideouts, the decision to cover Pryor collectively seems unsurprising. 

That could change, however, if Pryor begins to pile up catches and yards like he did last week in Miami.


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Orioles try and get out of Toronto with wild-card tie

Orioles try and get out of Toronto with wild-card tie

Tonight's Game: Baltimore Orioles (86-72) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (87-71), Rogers Centre, Toronto, 7:07 p.m. 

Starting pitchers: Ubaldo Jimenez (7-12, 5.71) vs. Marcus Stroman (9-9, 4.39)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles come out of Toronto with a win and tie the Blue Jays for the top wild-card spot? They trail Toronto by a game, lead Detroit by a game and Seattle by two. 

Can Jimenez forget about his last start in Toronto? He recorded only one out and allowed five first-inning runs. 

News and Notes:

Stroman is 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA in six games against the Orioles. 

In his last start on Saturday, Stroman allowed one hit in seven innings against New York.

Adam Jones is 6-for-11 (.545) against Stroman.

Jose Bautista is 3-for-35 (.086) against Jimenez. Michael Saunders is 9-for-19 (.474) with four home runs and nine RBIs. 

Jimenez is 6-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 17 games against the Blue Jays. He's 1-3 with an 8.41 ERA in eight games at Rogers Centre.

According to Elias, Hyun Soo Kim is the fourth active player who has started their career with at least six pinch hits in nine at-bats.