Washington AFL team name revealed: Valor

Washington AFL team name revealed: Valor

Washington D.C.'s Arena Football League team finally has an identity.

On Thursday morning at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Monumental Sports & Entertainment — the group headed by Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis — unveiled the logo and nickname for the city's new AFL team.

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The Washington Valor. 

The logo pays homage to the flag of Washington, D.C., with the one white stripe surrounded by two red stripes, and the three horizontal white stars. 

The team joins the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Nationals as Washington, D.C. teams to have the traditional red, white and blue color scheme. 

The deal to bring an AFL team to Washington, D.C., was made official on March 10, 2016, and less than two months later tabbed longtime AFL coach Dean Cokinos as the franchise's first head coach.

The team will play its games at Verizon Center starting at the beginning of the 2017 season.

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Elena Delle Donne led all scorers in impressive start to Mystics career

Elena Delle Donne led all scorers in impressive start to Mystics career

WASHINGTON (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points in her Washington debut and the Mystics never trailed in their WNBA season opener, beating the San Antonio Stars 89-74 on Sunday.

The 2015 MVP, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Chicago, played just 23 minutes as she dealt with foul trouble. Tayler Hill and Emma Meesseman, Washington's top two scorers for last season's 13-21 team, added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Delle Donne, who spent four seasons with the Sky, made the game-opening basket and had a driving layup to start a 10-0 run. With Meesseman converting a three-point play and Delle Donne adding five more points the Mystics took a 21-11 lead. Kristi Tolliver, who signed as a free agent after helping Los Angeles win the league title, had the last five points as Washington, ranked fourth in the AP preseason power poll, took a 26-16 lead at the break.

San Antonio, which lost its season-opener in New York on Saturday, got within three midway through the third quarter but Washington pushed the lead back to 13 entering the fourth quarter.

Former Mystic Monique Currie had a career-high 31 points for San Antonio, which was without its top two scorers from last year and No. 1 overall draft pick Kelsey Plum because of injuries.

Elena Delle Donne selected as WNBA favorite for Most Valuable Player

Elena Delle Donne selected as WNBA favorite for Most Valuable Player

Picked up this off-season by the Washington Mystics, Elena Delle Donne is already expected to have a huge impact for her new franchise.

In the annual 2017 WNBA.com GM Survey, Delle Donne was selected as the favorite to win the league's Most Valuable Player award for the upcoming season. The 6'5" forward received 42 percent of the possible vote followed by Tina Charles of the New York Liberty as the runner-up with 25 percent. 

Over her four year career, Delle Donne has averaged over 20 points a game, in addition to winning the 2015 WNBA MVP award with the Chicago Sky. In that season she had career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and minutes played. 

Joining the Mystics, she will be a instant factor for a team that has never had a superstar of her status. Finishing dead last in the East during the 2016 season and the third worst in the league, the off-season moves, which was noted as the best in the league by the GMs, will surely propel the team back into the playoffs. 

However, just making the playoffs is not the only goal for the Mystics. The team has now vaulted into a championship contender. 

Elsewhere in the survey, Washington was the third in line to win the title with 17 percent of the vote (Minnesota led with 42, Los Angeles with 33). Washington also was projected to have the most wins in the East by 33 percent of the GMs.  For the full release of the GM survey, click here.

The Mystics kick off their 2017 campaign this Sunday, May 14 against the San Antonio Stars at the Verizon Center.

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