Reynolds proves clutch for Kastles in 19th straight win

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Reynolds proves clutch for Kastles in 19th straight win

The Washington Kastles kicked off their home opener with a ring ceremony to commemorate the 2011 season, a season in which the Kastles went 16-0 en route to capture their second King Cup. Naturally, owner Mark Ein likened the 2011 Kastles to the 1972 Dolphins.

All the Kastles received rings, except for newcomer Anastasia Rodionova. Ein ensured Rodionova would receive a ring this time next year.

The Kastles are well on their way to continued dominance. The Kastles, already 2-0 on the season, improved their record to 3-0 with a narrow 20-18 victory over the New York Sportimes.

Mixed Doubles

Mixed Doubles was a star-studded affair with five-time gland slam winner Martina Hingis and her partner Robert Kendrick taking on the Kastles' pair of Anastasia Rodionova and Leander Paes. Paes reached the Wimbledon finals earlier this year with a different partner, Elena Vesnina.

After a shaky start, Kastles rookie Anastasia Rodionova was able to redeem herself. On serve, trailing the Sportimes 4-2, Anastasia didn't allow New York on the board. Then the great Martina was broken, the event was tied at 4 all, and headed to a deciding tiebreaker.

From there the Kastles cruised, giving Washington a 5-4 lead heading into women's doubles.

Women's Doubles

The ladies were up next, Hingis and the notorious Ashley Harkleroad versus the Kastles other sister act of Anastasia and Arina Rodionova.

The Kastles struggled at first, trailing 3-1, but fought back. With Anastasia relentless on serve, the Rodionova sisters were able to tie the match at 3.

Down 4-3 with Arina serving for the Kastles, the Sportimes took over. Hingis and Harkleroad allowed just 1 point before closing out the match at 5-3 and giving New York the 9-8 lead.

Men's Doubles

Ladies first, up next the men. New York sent Jesse Witten and Robert Kendrick to take on Bobby Reynolds and Leander Paes for Washington.

Prior to the match, Paes said that Reynolds "made his job" easy, and it showed. Jokingly, Paes added that Coach Murphy Jensen did not make his life any easier.

The men's doubles matchwas no contest as the Kastles jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Bobby Reynolds then effortlessly closed out the match, giving the Kastles a 13-9 overall lead.
Women's Singles

Anastasia vs. Hingis. Anastasia's inexperience showed as Hingis had no problem dismantling the Kastles newest edition 5-2. Hingis' victory cut the Washington lead to 15-14 with just the men's singles match remaining.

Men's Singles

Bobby Reynolds wasted no time setting the tone of the match against Jesse Witten, sending a volley winner straight into the stands.

However, shutting Witten out would prove tough for "the closer" and Reynolds quickly found the match tied at 3.

On serve, Reynolds delivered back to back aces giving him a 4-3 lead. But Witten would answer the call, and at 4-all the Kastles and Sportimes were headed to a tiebreak.

Reynolds would show his home court confidence by taking the tiebreak 5-1, giving the Kastles the 20-18 victory over their conference foe.

After the match, Reynolds noted that he embraced his role as the Kastles clutch player. For Washington, that's a good thing, because Reynolds is good at what he does.

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Report: Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested on drug charges

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Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges early Sunday morning in Miami, according to Pro Football Talk.

"We have just been made aware of this and are looking into the situation," Ravens Vice President of Public Relations Chad Steele said via email. Steele later added that "Matt Elam is not in our (Ravens) plans."

The arrest, which reportedly occurred at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, is the latest disappointment for one of the biggest draft busts in Ravens history. Elam was a first-round pick in 2013, but he never came close to reaching expectations due to injuries and poor play. The Ravens did not pick up Elam’s fifth-year option making him a free agent in March. He has only played nine games the past two seasons, and he was suspended for one game in 2015 for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

Now Elam has more to worry about than his disappointing NFL career, and finding another team to play for.  According to the report, Elam was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. Elam was initially pulled over for reckless driving, according to police, who then found 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone in his car.

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