September 10, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 85 Wizards Games During 2012-13 Season

September 10, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 85 Wizards Games During 2012-13 Season

NETWORKS COVERAGE INCLUDESALL 82 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES AND 3 PRESEASON CONTESTS WIZARDSCENTRAL AND WIZARDS POSTGAME LIVERETURN THIS SEASONBethesda, Md. (Sept. 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNetMid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sports coverage,and the Washington Wizards have announced the teams 85-game regionaltelevision schedule for the 2012-13 NBA season. The networks schedule features all 82 regular-seasongames, three preseason contests and comprehensive pregame and postgame coveragewith Wizards Central and Wizards Postgame Live. Comcast SportsNets live coverage of the Wizards this seasonbegins with the teams preseason home opener against New York on Oct. 11 (7 p.m.) The networksregular-season schedule tips off with the Wizards opener Oct. 30 at Cleveland (7 p.m.)Comcast SportsNets live game coverage will be led byfour-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and veteran analyst Phil Chenier, who are entering their 16th seasontogether. Chris Miller, the networks Wizards TV beat reporter, returns as the courtsidereporter for home games. The network will again deliver extensivehalf-hour pregame and postgame shows surrounding Wizards games on ComcastSportsNet. Wizards Central and Wizards Postgame Live will featureanalysis from Ron Thompson, with Millerhosting for road games. Complete coverage of the team will also be featured onthe networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central andSportsTalk Live, and across its digital platforms, highlighted SportsNets Wizards schedule this seasonincludes79 games on Comcast SportsNet and six games on Comcast SportsNetPlus. The networks full 85-game Wizards schedule will be available in HD toall cable and satellite providers throughout the region. For informationregarding Comcast SportsNet Plus HD carriage and channel location, check withyour provider or go to or attachment for Comcast SportsNet 2012-13 Wizardstelevision schedule)CSN Wizards 2012-13 TV Schedule

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3 bold predictions: Washington faces Coyotes team with nothing to lose

3 bold predictions: Washington faces Coyotes team with nothing to lose

The Caps need two points against the Arizona Coyotes (7 p.m., CSN Plus), but will they come ready to play against a scuffling team? Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Washington will not lead after the first period

Barry Trotz knows what’s at stake in this game. He also knows that “readiness” might be a problem. The Caps are coming off of what was their biggest game of the season on Thursday against Columbus. A Saturday game in late March against one of the worst teams in the NHL may be hard for the Caps to get up for. From the Coyotes’ point of view, they have a chance to prove themselves against one of the top teams in the NHL. They will put a scare in Washington for at least one period.

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2. Braden Holtby will allow one goal or fewer

Hockey is too random to call for shutouts, but take a look at Arizona’s roster and tell me who Braden Holtby should be worried about. It will fall on Radim Vrbata, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Tobias Rieder, Alex Goligoski and Max Domi to generate some goals for the NHL's 27th ranked offense that will also be without captain Shane Doan on Saturday. Look, those players aren’t scrubs, there’s some talent on this roster than can score if teams don’t take them seriously. Considering, however, that Braden Holtby was able to limit Columbus to one goal and Calgary to two earlier in the week, Arizona will need a lot of pucks to bounce their way to get two past Holtby on Saturday.

3. Both teams will combine for fewer than five power plays

Arizona has not generated more than two power plays in a game in each of their last four. Against Florida on Thursday, they didn’t get a single opportunity. In that same four-game stretch, they have only given up seven total power plays. Washington has been playing a disciplined game of late with only five penalty kills in their last four games. Arizona and Washington aren’t two teams with a lot of history and there’s no reason to think this will become a physical, chippy game. Both teams will stay disciplined and special teams won't be a major factor on Saturday.

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Maryland upset by Oregon, 77-63


Maryland upset by Oregon, 77-63

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the tenth-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA Tournament with a 77-63 upset win over third-seeded Maryland.

Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard added 16 points for the Ducks (23-13), who beat second-seeded Duke in the second round and advance to the first regional final in program history.

Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 16 points for Maryland, which finishes the season at 32-3.

The Maryland offense, which averages more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total this season

Oregon coach Kelly Graves said before the game that his young team that starts three freshmen may not know it is not supposed to be winning. The Ducks became the second No. 10 seed to advance to a regional final, joining the 1991 Lamar team.

Oregon led by nine points at halftime and made seven straight shots late in the third quarter to extend that to 59-45.

A steal and basket by Walker-Kimbrough cut the lead to 69-63 with just over minutes left, capping an 8-0 Maryland run. But Ionescu answered with a basket and the Terps were called for an offense foul on the other end, ending the threat.

The Terps, who average more than six 3-pointers a game, were 0-for-6 from behind the arc.

Maryland missed its first five shots and the game's first basket didn't come for more than three minutes, a short jumper by Oregon's Hebard.

Ionescu had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first 20 minutes. She finished with seven assists and six rebounds. The Terps were able to stay close in the first half thanks to Brionna Jones, who had 10 points and seven rebounds before the break.