Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

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Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

As the Washington Kastles (10-0) hosted the Philadelphia Freedoms (4-6) Tuesday night, the Kastles depleted squad would pose the greatest threat to Washington's historic winning streak.With Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Anastasia Rodionova competing at The Olympic Games in London, the torch would be passed to Edina Gallovits-Hall, Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Conrad Huey to help lead the Kastles to their 27th consecutive win.Huey, who was raised in Alexandria, was lethal at the net. Coupled with Gallovits-Hall's tenacious performance in women's singles the two would do just enough to set up Bobby Reynolds to close out the match, giving the Kastles a 21-16 victory.With its 27th consecutive match tonight, the Kastles have passed the 1916 New York Giants (MLB) for the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Lakers present the next hurdle with the 33-game undefeated run by Los Angeles during the 1971-72 NBA season.Following tonight's last home match of the season versus Philadelphia, the Kastles will play road matches at New York Wednesday, Kansas City on Friday and Springfield on Saturday
MXD: Treat HueyRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Jordan KerrKristyna Pliskova (PHL)Treat Huey and Raquel Kops-Jones made their debut for the Kastles Tuesday nigth and the doubles team would showcase a textbook point at 1-1. Kops-Jones would force Gregorc out wide with a solid serve, but he would manage to return the shot. Unfortunately for the Freedoms, Gregorc's shot would set Huey up perfectly for a volley that he would crush into the stands. Clockwork. The Kastles would take a 2-1 lead.The rest of the match, however, would be a battle. Point by point. Game by game.At 3 games all, 3-all with Kops-Jones on serve the fans would see an amazing doubles rally. Both Huey and Kops-Jones took turns trying to put away overhead smashes, but somehow Philly managed to get a racquet on their shots. Finally, the Freedoms were able to return a deep lob--too deep, as in about three inches long giving the Kastles the 4-3 lead.The Kastles would break Pliskova, cruising to take the set 5-3.Kastles lead Freedoms, 5-3.
WD: Gallovits-HallRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)As for ladies doubles? This pair took some time to gel and it didn't help that they faced the Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Tough to compete with siblings and in this case; twins.The Freedoms would get out to a 3-0 lead.With Gallovits on serve, up 3-2 they ladies would scrape to return every one of Karolina's slice volleys as she dictated play at the net. Karolina would would prove to be too good. Finally finishing the Kastles off with a shallow slice in the alley.Unable to use the momentum from the last point, the Freedoms would dump the next point into the net giving the Kastles the game.The Kastles would break the Freedoms on the next point, closing the gap 3-2. That's when the Kastles momentum would stop. The Pliskovas would take the set 5-2.Freedoms lead Kastles, 8-7
MD: ReynoldsTreat Conrad Huey (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL) At 2 all, Reynolds on serve and manning the baseline, Huey would put away two back to back volleys in devastating fashion giving the Kastles the 3-2 edge.At 3 all, Huey on serve, Reynolds would take a page from Huey's book by sending a crushing a volley high into the stands. Reynolds would finish the game with an beautiful drop shot in the alley to give the Kastles the 4-3 edge.Reynolds wouldn't let up, but a few errors from Huey and the Freedoms were able to force a tiebreak.Huey would redeem himself early in the tiebreak when the net chord ruled in favor of his volley prompting an applause from the crowds.At 3 all, Reynolds slammed a crisp volley between the Freedoms and let out a triumphant, 'Yeahhhhhhh!!!!'The Freedoms would respond with a deep forehand down the alley which Reynolds simply could not return.The Freedoms would take the set, 5-4.Freedoms lead Kastles, 13-11.
WS: Edina Gallovits-Hall (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL) Gallovits-Hall would jump out to an early lead at 2-0, only to lose it as quickly as she gained it.At 2 all, Gallovits-Hall would fight back to break Pliskova.On serve, her confidence back, she would cruise to a 4-2 lead without dropping a point.Gallovits-Hall would go on defeat Pliskova, 5-3.Tied at 16.MS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL)It was up to Reynolds to win the match. Reynolds who embraces his roll as 'The Closer,' rose to the occasion.Playing each point with as if it was match point at Wimbledon, Reynolds let the fans breathe a sigh of relief establishing a 2-0 lead.Then a 3-0 lead.4-0.Prior to the match Coach Murphy Jensen told Reynolds all he wanted was for Bobby to play for 'Le' Leander Paes. Reynolds did just that.On serve he would close out the match.Kastles defeat Freedoms, 21-16.

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John Wall has message for fans after agreeing to four-year extension with Wizards

John Wall has message for fans after agreeing to four-year extension with Wizards

On the first night of NBA free agency, the Wizards offered John Wall the designated player extension or better known as the supermax. It took a few weeks, but Wall agreed to sign the extension with the Wizards.

Now, he's released a message for the fans shortly after agreeing.

A formal announcement from the Wizards is expected on Saturday, but Wall took to Twitter to let everyone know.

"You know I wasn't going nowhere." Wall said, "I love being in D.C."

Wall, who has repeatedly said he wished to remain in Washington to bring a championship to the city, reiterated that once again.

"You all know what I'm going for. Definitely going to bring you all that championship." Wall added, "You know that's my ultimate goal."

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John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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By signing Wall to four more years, the Wizards have locked up their three core players, including Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, through the 2019-20 season. Like Beal and Wall, Porter is under contract through the following season, but he could choose to leave in free agency through a player option. Porter signed his new contract on July 13, a four-year max deal worth $106.5 million.

Wall had the best season of his career in 2016-17, averaging 23.1 poitns, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He was a driving force behind the Wizards' best season as a franchise since the 1970s. Not since 1979 had they won 49 games, their division or reached the seventh game of the second round of the playoffs.

Now with Wall, Beal and Porter locked up for the foreseeable future, the Wizards can continue to build on an era that has already seen three appearances in the postseason's second round. It all began with Wall getting drafted in 2010 and now it is ensured he will get to finish what he and the Wizards have started.

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