TARIK EL-BASHIR JOINS COMCASTSPORTSNET AS REDSKINS INSIDERLONGTIME WASHINGTON POST REPORTERTO PROVIDE REDSKINS COVERAGE ACROSS NETWORKS MULTIPLE PLATFORMSBethesda, Md. (May 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has named veteran sports reporter TarikEl-Bashir as Redskins Insider. In this position, the longtime Washington Post sportswriter will lead coverage ofthe Washington Redskins across Comcast SportsNets digital media platforms,which are highlighted by CSNwashington.com, and serve as a contributor for thenetworks news and entertainment programs.El-Bashir, who has more than15 years of experience as a sports reporter for major newspapers, will provide dailyRedskins news, analysis and features to CSNwashington.com, including itsRedskinsTalk blog, and across the networks mobile and social media platforms.He will also make regular appearances on the networks daily news andentertainment shows, such as RedskinsNation, and will deliver news and interviews for the award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. El-Bashir willalso serve as sideline reporter for the networks live coverage of Redskinspreseason games.Tarik has demonstratedsignificant abilities and knowledge as a reporter and writer in more than a decadecovering sports in this market, said Comcast SportsNet Vice President ofDigital Media Mark Lapidus. Adding someone of his experience and skill levelto our digital media coverage of the Redskins, and to our network, is anotherexample of why Comcast SportsNet is the regions leading multiplatform sportsmedia organization. A Washington-area native, El-Bashirjoins Comcast SportsNet after 13 years in the sports department of The Washington Post.Most recently, he spent two years as the newspapers beat writer for Georgetown University mens basketball andcontributor to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir wasThe Posts beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years asthe lead reporter covering high school sports. A Howard University graduate, hejoined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New YorkIslanders for two years.El-Bashirjoins a talented team that provides multiplatform coverage of the Redskins forComcast SportsNet, which includes Chick Hernandez and blogger Rich Tandler.Hernandez, an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has covered the Redskins fornearly two decades, is entering his first season as the networks televisionbeat reporter for the team. Hernandez will provide extensive Redskins coveragefor the networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central, and willcontinue to host Redskins Kickoff andRedskins Postgame Live. El-Bashiris the latest addition to a rapidly growing digital media department thatoperates two regional sports websites, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com,and a portfolio of successful mobile and social media platforms. Theseplatforms feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from severalprominent sportswriters, including Tandler, Ravens Insider John Eisenberg,Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley and Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, as well asa stable of digital media reporters and producers.
Finally some playoff success for Caps' fans to cheer for. The South Carolina Stingrays, Washington's ECHL affiliate, defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 on Wednesday to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals.
South Carolina lost both Games 1 and 2 at home but came roaring back with three straight wins. Manchester was able to force a Game 7, but the Stingrays ultimately prevailed in Game 7 thanks to a third period tally from Olivier Archambault. The win clinched South Carolina's second conference title in three years.
The Capitals currently have two prospects on the roster in South Carolina. Defenseman Cody Corbett ranks second among the team's defensemen in points this postseason with one goal and six assists. Goalie Adam Carlson is serving as the team's backup and has made only one brief appearance.
South Carolina now advances to face the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals starting on Friday in Colorado. This will be the fifth finals appearance in team history. The Stingrays have won the Kelly Cup in three of those four series.
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Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.
While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.
"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."
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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.
Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.
"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."
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