Sleet Possible for Thursday Evening

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Sleet Possible for Thursday Evening

To the chagrin of winter-weary Washingtonians, the Season that Won't End is sending us yet another icy-cold commute Thursday evening.

Sleet is possible as a rain system moves into our region between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Storm Team4 reported.

Temperatures will fall quickly as the storm approaches, said Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer. They will reach the mid to low 40s, which will turn the rain into a rain/sleet mix.

It's part of a long cool early spring that has lingered in our region. This morning, temperatures in many places were below freezing. This afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Shenandoah Valley.

Virginia Tech actually cancelled classes Thursday due to snow. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg reported almost 5 inches of snow by 6 p.m., and areas around Blacksburg saw even more.

And we're not alone: Last month, an Ohio prosecutor filed court papers indicting Punxsutawney Phil for fraud for predicting an early spring - and that was before a freak spring storm brought several inches to much of the East Coast.

March 2013 was three degrees below average temperatures, and April is off to a worse start: it's already 5 degrees below average. But it may seem worse because we had the warmest March ever on record last year.

One small benefit to 2013's chilly spring: last year, the pollen levels were off the charts, said Storm Team4 Meteorologist Veronica Johnson.

And how about Washington's other famous blossoms of spring? The cold has kept cherry blossoms from showing up so far - and the National Park Service just pushed back the expectation for peak bloom.

But this storm isn't likely to hurt the blooms. The sleet might "knock the cherry blossoms around a bit," Johnson said, but there would be "no heavy damage."

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Revere makes his return to the lineup as Nats hope to rebound vs. Cubs

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Revere makes his return to the lineup as Nats hope to rebound vs. Cubs

Nationals (19-9) vs. Cubs (21-6) at Wrigley Field 

On Thursday night, the Nationals found out the hard way what makes the Cubs the best team in baseball. Despite a quality outing by Joe Ross, Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist drove in four of Chicago's five runs en route to a 5-2 series-opening win for the home team. 

But the Nats will head into Friday's game with what they hope is a big boost to their offense: Centerfielder Ben Revere makes his return to the lineup for the first time since his Opening Day oblique injury, replacing Michael Taylor atop the batting order. How long will it take him to get in a groove? 

As for the pitching matchup, the Nats will send out their ace Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.55 ERA) to oppose John Lackey (3-1, 4.32 ERA), who was one of the Cubs' big offseason acquisitions. 

First pitch: 2:20 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Cubs - John Lackey

NATS

CF Ben Revere 

3B Anthony Rendon

RF Bryce Harper 

1B Ryan Zimmerman 

2B Daniel Murphy

LF Jayson Werth 

C Wilson Ramos

SS Danny Espinosa 

P Max Scherzer

 

CUBS

CF Dexter Fowler 

RF Jayson Heyward 

LF Kris Bryant 

1B Anthony Rizzo 

2B Ben Zobrist 

3B Tommy La Stella 

SS Javy Baez 

C David Ross

P John Lackey 

 

Follow along with GameView here.

Ravens sign fourth-round pick RB Kenneth Dixon

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Ravens sign fourth-round pick RB Kenneth Dixon

The Ravens have signed running back Kenneth Dixon, one of their five fourth-round draft picks, CSN has confirmed.

Dixon became the second of the Ravens’ 11 draft picks to sign, joining defensive end -- linebacker Matt Judon, their fifth-round pick who signed Thursday night. Terms of Dixon’s four-year contract were not immediately known.

Dixon is part of a crowded Ravens backfield picture that also includes Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, Trent Richardson, and Terrence Magee.  

However, Dixon could earn playing time immediately if his production per carry translates from college to the NFL.

The Ravens struggled to run the ball in short-yardage situations and in the red zone last year, two areas were Dixon might help.

Dixon had 4,480 rushing yards and 72 rushing touchdowns during his college career at Louisiana Tech. He also caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns, and some scouts rated Dixon as the best pass-catching back in the draft.

Dixon will begin trying to earn the coaching staff’s immediate confidence during the Ravens’ two-day rookie minicamp which begins Friday.

'He's so good': What Tomas Satoransky could mean for the Wizards

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'He's so good': What Tomas Satoransky could mean for the Wizards

If Tomas Satoransky wanted to play in the for the team that owns his rights, the 2016-17 season seemed like a good time.

No playing the third string point guard role behind John Wall and either Andre Miller or Ramon Sessions.

The third guard slot if not the sixth man slot is available with only five players under contract for next season plus restricted free agent Bradley Beal.

Speaking of Beal, his injury history suggests even more playing time opportunity for a 6-foot-7 talent capable of playing multiple wing spots.

The Wizards can add free agents, but are unlikely to have any picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.

For now, let's wonder this: What exactly would the Wizards get in this international man of mystery? 

"He is already one the toughest, best two-way guards in Europe," said David Pick, one of the leading international basketball reporters. 

When Satoransky, Washington's second-round pick in 2012, signed a four-year contract extension in March with FC Barcelona, one of the top international teams outside of the NBA, it appeared that immediate window had closed. The Wizards haven't ruled out bringing over Satoransky for the upcoming season but a buyout with Barcelona is involved. According to an overseas report Friday, the Wizards are actively pursuing that option. Otherwise there are opt out clauses during the offseasons in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Wizards met with Satoransky, 24, before he signed his extension, Wizards Insider J. Michael previously reported.

During an email conversation with CSNmidatlatic.com late in the NBA season, Pick explained that "Barcelona decided to put all its eggs in Tomas' basket going forward as its No. 1 PG in the near future" with Marcelo Huertas playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. "It made a lot of sense for them to lure him back with a nice contract and lock him up long-term."

While Satoransky went with the immediate security and clear, he hasn't given up on the NBA. Pick believed at the time the odds were good he would eventually join the NBA.

Should that happen, what would the Wizards get?

In terms of numbers, Satoransky averaged 9.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 24 minutes in 58 games -- Euroleague and La Liga -- for Barcelona this past season while shooting 38.9 percent from behind the international 3-point line. Game often translates more than stats so don't put too much stock in those numbers, though the perimeter shooting is promisng. (For those wth Jan Vesely fears, Satoransky is career 79% free throw shooter). 

Blessed with good vision, athleticism and aggression have arguably been the most impressive parts of his game dating back to when Washington selected him.

"He is SO GOOD," Pick wrote. "Hits game winning shots. ... super-athletic, probably the most athletic PG overseas."

With Satoransky on board, the Wizards could have a true high-flying and lengthy lineup at times with 6-foot-8 Otto Porter and 6-foot-10 Markieff Morris in the frontcourt, 6-foot-5 Beal, 6-foot-4 Wall and Satoransky in the backcourt. On paper, that's far closer to a young, pass-happy, shot-making, pace-and-space lineup then what Washington could put on the court much of this past season.

That's if Satoransky comes over. Ultimately, it sounds more like when then if, but now would make a lot of sense.