NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to air live on Comcast SportsNet

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NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to air live on Comcast SportsNet

After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Atlantic seaboard, the networks of NBC Universal will host a one-hour live benefit telethon on Friday, Nov. 2 beginning at 8 p.m. "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer will host the benefit and performers scheduled to appear include Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting.

Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams will also take part in the telethon, which will air live on Comcast SportsNet along with NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA. Proceeds collected during the telethon will benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

The American Red Cross response to Hurricane Sandy will require millions of dollars and cover much of the East Coast from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations go towards shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

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Caps' Braden Holtby could soon join some select company

Caps' Braden Holtby could soon join some select company

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby can join some elite company Tuesday night in Minnesota.

With a victory, Holtby would become just the third netminder in NHL history to record three consecutive 40 win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10).

Holtby can also become the sixth goalie to post at least three career 40 win seasons, entering the company of Brodeur, Miikka Kiprusoff, Nabokov, Jacques Plante and Terry Sawchuck. (For some perspective, Brodeur won 40 games eight times.)

Holtby would also become the only active goalie with three 40 win seasons.

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In addition, Holtby’s 39 wins are already the fourth most in Caps’ history. (Holtby posted 48 wins last season en route to claiming the Vezina Trophy, while Holtby and Olie Kolzig are tied for next on the list with 41.)

So, yeah, Holtby is on some kinda run.

On the season, the 27-year-old ranks first in the NHL in shutouts (8), second in wins, second in goals against average (2.01) and is tied for second in save percentage (.927).

If Holtby records another shutout—the Caps have only eight games remaining and at least a couple are likely to go to backup Philipp Grubauer—he can tie the franchise record for shutouts in a season with his ninth. Holtby (2014-15) and Jim Carey (1995-96) currently share that mark.

In his career against Minnesota, Holtby is 6-2-0 with a .923 save percentage, a 2.24 goals against average and one shutout. Holtby made 30 saves to beat the Wild, 4-2, in Washington earlier this month. Minnesota has already clinched a playoff berth but has lost 10 of its last 12 games.

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Wizards at Lakers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Lakers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 10 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Division, history on the line

The Wizards enter Tuesday night needing either one win or one Hawks loss to clinch the Southeast Division and win their first division title in 38 years. The Wizards could clinch before they even take the court, as the Hawks play the Suns in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.

Not only is that 38-year drought the longest in the NBA, it's the longest such streak in American professional sports. No one in the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, WNBA or MLS have waited longer. Even though NBA division titles don't mean quite what they used to, that's absolutely amazing. You can read more about that impending feat right here.

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Both teams a little banged up

The Wizards have two notable injuries to their bench in Bojan Bogdanovic, who missed Saturday night's game against the Cavs with a stiff lower back, and Ian Mahinmi, who suffered a left hip pointer in the win in Cleveland and did not return afterwards. As CSN reported on Monday, both players are expected to be fine and back in the lineup against the Lakers.

For L.A., it's a bit more serious as second overall pick Brandon Ingram is questionable due to right patellar tendinitis. He is considered questionable against the Wizards. The Lakers already shut down veterans Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, so they will be a little thin regardless.

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Lakers are in a freefall

The decisions to rest Deng and Mozgov for the rest of the season have done the Lakers no favors in the wins department. They have been an absolute trainwreck for weeks, having lost 15 of their last 17 games and 26 of their last 32. 

The 21-52 Lakers just don't have much to play for at this point and feature a roster full of young players that haven't come close to reaching their potential yet. The Wizards should have a big advantage here. We'll see if they take care of business.

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