Double Stabbing Investigation in D.C.

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Double Stabbing Investigation in D.C.

D.C Police are searching for four men in connection with a double stabbing in Northwest early this morning.

They say it happened just before 3:00 a.m. on the 2300 block of 18th Street.

One man was stabbed in the stomach. Another was stabbed in the back. Both injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Police say they are looking for four black men.
 

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

Capitals' game plan in Game 2: Bang Letang

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Capitals' game plan in Game 2: Bang Letang

During a stoppage in Game 1 against the Capitals, after taking a hit along the boards, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang turned to the Capitals’ bench and pointed to his bicep as if to say, ‘I’m stronger than you think.”

The Capitals would like to spend the next 10 days testing that strength.

“Any time you can impose your will on defensemen … we’ve got guys like Ovi and myself and Willy and Beags and Winnie, some big guys going at you,” Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said, referring to Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson, Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik. “You ask our D-men, they don’t like getting hit going back for pucks. It’s harder to break out, for sure.

“As I’ve learned in the playoffs it may not pay dividends in Games 1 or 2, but you go 3 and 4 it starts creeping in their minds and in Games 5 and 6, if it goes that long, you just keep wearing guys out. It’s no secret you’ve got to hit guys like Letang and (Trevor) Daley and make them play hard minutes.”

In the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime victory Thursday night, the Capitals outhit the Penguins 43-29. Alex Ovechkin led the assault with seven hits, followed by Wilson (6), Beagle (6) and Matt Niskanen (5). It’s difficult to say how many of those hits were absorbed by Letang during his game-high 34:02 of ice time, but 10 might be a good round number.

``The best thing is to break out clean,” Letang said. “If you have to take the hit, you take the hit.

``Going back for the puck in our zone, you want to go as fast as you can. It’s going to allow you a little more time. You’re going to have time to shoulder check and see what’s coming at you. I think that’s the best advice I can give. As far as making a play and taking a hit, that’s playoff hockey. You’re going to take some hits and give some.’’

Letang, who stands 6-foot, 201 pounds, said he had trouble sleeping after Game 1, so he pulled out his iPad and watched video of the Caps’ different forecheck schemes.

``I couldn’t sleep. They have different line combinations that forecheck differently,” he said. “So you have to be aware of who’s on the ice against who. They have two lines that have a heavy forecheck and have two lines that rely on their skill and speed.’’

In Round 1, the Penguins used the Rangers’ aggressive forecheck to their own benefit by moving the puck quickly out of their zone to create odd-man rushes the other way. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said the key is to know when to make a safe play and when to take a hit to protect the puck.

“We use the phrase, ‘Sometimes you've gotta live to fight another day,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes the simple play is the right play, just moving the puck to an area and playing an efficient game that way. I thought in Game 1 our defensemen did a real nice job as far as making the decisions coming out of our end zone.

“We had some times when we came out clean and we had some chances off the rush, and other times we put pucks to areas and we got into foot races. That's kind of been the mantra of our game here the last couple of months and obviously we rely on our defensemen, they're a key part of that as far as helping us transition out of our own end zone.
“I think that's always a point of emphasis with our team as far as making your next play easier. The quicker you get back, the more opportunity you have for a next play. That's something that we've tried to prioritize with our guys almost to try to create the habit of getting back as quickly as possible. I just think it makes that next play a little bit easier if you have that extra fraction of a second because you can create that separation.”

Chimera said the Caps have to walk that fine line between being physical and “running around like a crazy maniac,” but it’s clear the Capitals want to keep the heat on the Penguins’ blue liners.

“We’ve got big forwards and we can play numerous ways,” Wilson said. “They’re a fast, powerful team and maybe not as gritty and as emotionally involved as Philly was, but they’re a way better team. They’ve got more speed, they’ve got more weapons. They’ve got (Evgeni) Malkin, they’ve got (Sidney) Crosby. I’m gonna be worried more about checking those guys than getting emotional and getting physical after the whistle.”

Asked specifically about Letang and his muscle flex, Wilson smiled.

“I don’t want to sell the rivalry short with the Penguins,” he said. “There’s definitely no love lost. Philly was a different series. You saw a lot more stick work, a lot more cheap kind of work. Pittsburgh, you’ve gotta respect their talent. There’s going to be some extra antics after the whistle, it’s an emotional game.

I’m chirping Fehrsie (Eric Fehr), Fehrsie’s chirping me. That’s the fun part of the game. You have a friendship off the ice but once the puck drops we’re at each other’s throats. Letang’s an emotional guy and we’re going to stay on him and make sure he doesn’t have an easy series.”

VIDEO: Josh Norman slyly exits dance circle at Redskins draft party

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VIDEO: Josh Norman slyly exits dance circle at Redskins draft party

Josh Norman was at the Redskins' draft introduction on Saturday at FedEx Field when a dance circle, comprised mostly of Washington cheerleaders and Santana Moss, formed around him. 

Norman didn't seem all too into it, so thus was born a highly reusable reaction Vine, as captured by CSN photographer Mitch Tischler.

Enjoy, Internet.

Ross strong in return as Nats roll past Cardinals in St. Louis

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Ross strong in return as Nats roll past Cardinals in St. Louis

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium: 

How it happened: Sometimes baseball can be so unpredictable that it almost doesn't even make sense. Trends can reverse in an instant and make all those who cast predictions look like fools. Baseball laughs at your 'educated' guess.

Take this weekend and the Nationals for instance. Somehow, after getting swept at home by the worst team in baseball in 2015, they now find themselves one game away from sweeping a team that led the majors with 100 wins a year ago. The Nats looked like no match for the Phillies in D.C., but now they're dominating the juggernaut Cardinals in St. Louis. Okay, sure. That makes sense.

Amazingly, that's where the Nats find themselves after Saturday's 6-1 win. Joe Ross closed his excellent April with six strong innings, Jayson Werth smacked a three-run homer in the top of the first and the Nats rolled past the Cardinals in St. Louis for the second straight day. They have won their first series at Busch Stadium since 2007. 

What it means: The Nats are off to a terrific start on their toughest road trip of the season. With two wins against the Cardinals, they have a chance to sweep before heading to Kansas City to face the defending champion Royals. These have been two very impressive wins and the Nats are proving well so far that their hot start against bad teams this season was not a mirage.

Ross strong in return: Ross returned from an injury - albeit a minor one - and it was not an easy situation for the right-hander to transition back, on the road at the Cardinals who boast one of baseball's best lineups. The right-hander, though, showed no rust at all from skipping his last start. Ross threw six innings of one-run ball on six hits and two walks. The one run - on a sac fly in the fifth - was the first charged to Ross since the first inning of his season debut. He had a 20 1/3 scoreless innings streak snapped, which is the second-longest in the NL so far this season only to Jake Arrieta's 23-inning streak. Ross now has a 0.79 ERA through four outings.

Werth comes through again: Werth added two hits (and 4 RBI) on Saturday including his big swing in the first inning to give the Nats a nice early lead. His three-run homer was his fourth of the season through 21 games. That's a 31-homer pace over a full 162. Power numbers were a concern for Werth after his shoulder surgery last offseason, but he now has 13 homers in his last 55 games dating back to last August. That's a 38-homer pace over a full season. He needs to get on base more, but lately he's been a significant home run threat.

Harper in a mini-slump: It's not often you see Bryce Harper struggle for several games in a row, but that has been the case over his last four outings. Harper had one walk and a run, but went hitless again on Saturday. He is now 0-for his last 11 at-bats and has one hit in his last four games. Harper's batting average dipped to .289 after Saturday's game, but he still holds a 1.128 OPS, which shows how good he has been overall this season.

Murphy keeps hitting: Daniel Murphy added two singles for his MLB-best 11th multi-hit game in 22 outings this season. His first single drove in the Nats' first run of the afternoon ahead of Werth's homer. Murphy is now batting .370 with a 1.013 OPS.

Up next: The Nationals have a chance to sweep the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon with another 2:15 p.m. first pitch. Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.35) will try to rebound after an uneven start to the season, while 24-year-old budding star Carlos Martinez (4-0, 1.93) will pitch for St. Louis.