Play continues at storm-delayed AT&T National

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Play continues at storm-delayed AT&T National

The third round of the AT&T National has been pushed back due to the powerful storms that wreaked havoc and caused widespread power outages across the Washington D.C. area Friday night.
PGA Tour and tournament officials are aiming for a two-tee start at 1 p.m., but the course will be closed to spectators and volunteers for safety reasons. Play had been scheduled to start at 7:10 a.m.

It was really a mess out there, said Mark Russell, the PGA Tours vice president of rules and competition, speaking as the sound of chainsaws echoed throughout Congressional Country Club. Ive never seen anything like this. Its like a tornado came through here.
According to Stewart Williams of Telvent DTN, the PGAs senior meteorologist, the course received three-tenths of an inch of rain, but winds from a fast-moving derecho gusted to 70 mph around 10:30 p.m. Friday, downing as many as 40 trees at the Bethesda club, disrupting power and obstructing many roads leading to the entrance.
It was all straight line winds, said Williams, who also warned of the possibility of more severe storms Saturday evening. The heat had a lot to do with. Thats what fueled the momentum to keep it going and build on itself.
Efforts to clear fallen trees, branches and other debris began late Friday night and continued Saturday morning.
Trees fell across the fairways on holes No. 14 and 18, according to Russell. But the course was spared major damage because none of the greens were damaged.
The golf course is going to be fine, Russell said. Inside the ropes is going to be good. The periphery is a mess.
Russell also said there will be a rules meeting at noon.
Were going to take a look and see what all they can get cleaned upand see how were going to play, he said. Powerful removal, were probably will have to use that rule a little more than we usually do. Theres a lot of debris out there.
If the third round begins on time, tournament host Tiger Woods will tee off at 2:40 and leaders Hunter Mahan, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker will begin at 3:10.
The decision to ban fans and volunteers was made for safety reasons.
Its just too dangerous out here, Russell said. There are a lot of hanging limbs, a lot of debris a lot of places. We just didnt think it would be safe to get a lot of people out here. Its unfortunate, but thats just the way we have to go to protect the public.
Tickets for Saturdays round will be honored on Sunday assuming power can be restored and the spectator areas can be cleared.
Its going to take a long time to clean this up, Russell said.
Asked whether he anticipates allowing fans on the course Sunday, he added, We hope we can do that.

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Injury and maintenence day force Capitals to make two more call-ups

Injury and maintenence day force Capitals to make two more call-ups

The Washington Capitals are in the heart of the NHL season, which means their key players have logged plenty of minutes and the injuries continue to take a toll.

On Wednesday, defenseman Matt Niskanen suffered an apparent lower body injury in the second period of the Capitals' road win over the Flyers.

While the injury is not expected to be severe, head coach Barry Trotz is not going to rush him out and Niskanen could end up being held out of the Capitals' Friday home game against the Oilers.

As a precautionary measure, the team called up Hershey Bears defenseman Aaron Ness on Thursday afternoon.

Ness has scored five goals and registered 11 assists in 41 games with Hershey this season. Ness was previously recalled in December when Niskanen sat out with a minor injury, ending his lengthy consecutive games played streak.

Ness appeared in eight games last season, registering two points.

In addition to the call up of Ness, the Capitals also called up 23-year-old Riley Barber. who was tabbed as the 2015-16 Hershey Bears Rookie of the Year. Barber replaces Brooks Orpik, who Trotz is giving time off to for "maintenence."

The Capitals host the Oilers on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on CSN Mid-Atlantic. 

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Plenty of teams will line up for the services of soon to be free agent DeSean Jackson, but Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston made clear he wants D-Jax with the Bucs. 

"You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston told the the Tampa Bay Times. "I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean."

Jackson has been clear he looks forward to the free agent process. He's only hit the open market once, and that was under inauspicious terms. The Eagles released Jackson well past the start of free agency in 2014, and the Redskins moved quickly to sign the speedster. 

In three seasons with the 'Skins, Jackson has been a solid teammate and strong player. In 37 starts for the Burgundy and Gold, Jackson has more than 2,700 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. 

With elite speed and arguably the NFL's best ball tracker, Jackson makes sense for a lot of teams. Tampa, in particular, could use a deep threat to play alongside Mike Evans. Teamed with Winston, who has a strong arm and loves to go deep, the Bucs offense would be formidable. 

That does not mean Tampa is a sure thing.

While ESPN's Josina Anderson reported the Bucs could be a  "possible destination" for Jackson, Philadelphia has long been rumored to want him back. His old coach Andy Reid is in Kansas City. Former 'Skins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is now running the show in LA. For a player like Jackson, just about any potential destination could make sense. 

Like it almost always is in NFL free agency, guaranteed money will be a major factor in DeSean's decision. At 30 year's old and with a game reliant on speed and quickness, this could be the last big contract of Jackson's career. Odds are he will land a big deal, and the team with the biggest bag of cash may prove the most tempting. 

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