Dogs Rescued From Va. Puppy Mill Get Free Care

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Dogs Rescued From Va. Puppy Mill Get Free Care

Dozens of puppies and dogs seized from a puppy mill in Page County are getting free medical care.

Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE) said the Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield was treating almost 100 canines on Tuesday.

CHASE said in a news release that the dogs and puppies are among 132 seized from a breeding facility at a home last week by the Page County Sheriff's Office. Four parrots also were taken.

The dogs had untreated eye infections, respiratory conditions, severe matting and dental issues, CHASE said. The parrots were in dirty cages and didn't have access to adequate water.

Caring Hands veterinarian Dr. Carole Richards told Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey she's amazed at the disposition of the dogs despite their tough lives.

"These dogs have been so sweet," she said. "I'm actually really surprised. A lot of them, we know they haven't had a lot of contact with people, and they've been so good. We haven't had any biting dogs. They've been a little bit nervous, but they've just been super sweet. I don't think these dogs are going to have any problems finding loving homes because they're just so loving."

The owner surrendered the canines to the Animal Rescue Corps, which spent most of the holiday weekend seizing the animals, then making arrangements for them in what was dubbed Operation Liberty Dogs.

Once the dogs are medically checked out, they will be placed in foster homes where they will await their new permanent homes.

Copyright Associated Press

Photo Credit: Ambrose Vurnis, NBCWashington.com

McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

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McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

When it comes to drafting running back, Scot McCloughan prefers low-mileage models.

Last year, McCloughan took Matt Jones, who had 297 rushing attempts in three seasons at Florida, in the third round. This year the running back pick was Keith Marshall, a seventh-round pick who carried the ball 253 times in four years as a Georgia Bulldog.

In contrast, Heisman Trophy winning back Derrick Henry had 395 carries in 2015 alone.

Of course, Henry got the ball a lot because he was consistently productive for the Crimson Tide. Injuries kept Marshall from having a bigger role at Georgia and Jones couldn’t break out of a running back by committee arrangement with the Gators.

McCloughan sees the positive in each of his backs’ situations.

“The thing I like about it, and it was the thing with Matt Jones last year, is the amount of carries he’s had,” he said when asked about Marshall’s lack of college production. “He hasn’t been beat up. With running backs, it’s so important to have the health. The more hits you take, the worse off it is. Again, we’ll see how it shakes out.”

McCloughan may just be trying to put some lipstick on a pig here in talking about the Redskins’ still uncertain running back situation. But it’s a fact that heavy college workloads taken on by backs like Henry do drop their draft stocks. So it makes sense that all other things being equal a back who had a light workload prior to entering the draft should be somewhat more valuable.

As McCloughan said, we’ll see how it shakes out.

NL East: Bartolo Colon passes Pedro Martinez on career wins list

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NL East: Bartolo Colon passes Pedro Martinez on career wins list

When the New York Mets signed Bartolo Colon prior at 40 years old prior to the 2014 season, many in The Big Apple probably saw him as nothing more than a veteran stop-gap arm for the starting rotation. 

But at 42 — the oldest player in the big leagues — Colon is still doing his thing with the Mets, and he's making history while he's at it. 

After pitching eight shutout innings in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Braves, Colon earned his 220th career win, passing Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to become the second-winningest Domican-born pitcher in MLB history. 

"I think it's truly a great honor," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Colon's achievement, via MLB.com. "Pedro -- as great as he was -- to move ahead of him in wins, it shows the durability of what Bartolo's had to go through to get to this point." 

To Collins' point, Colon's durability has been remarkable in New York; since 2014, he's pitched 428 2/3 innings in 70 games, amassing a 31-27 record with a 4.01 ERA in that span. This year he's off to another solid start at 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 27-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He may not have the arsenal he once did a young phenom with the Cleveland Indians, but continues to find ways to give the Mets just what they need. 

"I mean, I'm amazed he goes out there every fifth day and just goes through it, and nothing seems to faze him," Collins said. 

At 220 career wins, Colon still has a ways to go to catch the all-time winningest Dominican-born pitcher, Juan Marichal, who has 243 victories. But as he nears his 43rd birthday, Colon and the Mets are probably right to only worry about the here and now. 

"I can't think about [Marichal's record]," Colon said. "You just can't get your mind set like that. Right now, I'm just thinking about 221."

Capitals to host viewing party for Game 4

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Capitals to host viewing party for Game 4

The Capitals will host a Game 4 Viewing Party at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., with Game 4 between the Capitals and Penguins broadcast on the jumbotron at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

The night will be co-hosted by Caps Erin and public address announcer Wes Johnson. The evening also features special performances by the Secret Service Dunkers and Red Rockers, the opportunity for fans to win prizes, and exclusive Team Store discounts.

Fans are encouraged to RSVP on WashingtonCaps.com/ViewingParty.