Singleton provides latest spark for Wizards

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Singleton provides latest spark for Wizards

In their first three games – all losses – the Wizards have had someone come off the bench to ignite a run.

In their season-opening loss to the Cavaliers it was Jordan Crawford scoring a team-high 11 points. In their home opener against the Celtics it was Crawford [21 points] and Kevin Seraphin [19 points] leading a charger off the bench.

And in Wednesday night’s 100-94 overtime loss to the Celtics it was Chris Singleton coming up big in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime.

“We had guys come off the bench again that gave us a spark,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Singleton played just 18 seconds in Saturday night’s loss to the Celtics, but when Wittman tapped his shoulder in Boston Wednesday night the second-year forward responded with 14 points – 12 of them in the final quarter.

He finished the night shooting 6-for-10 from the floor with five rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes. His 14 points were two short of his career high set as a rookie last season.

Singleton drained a pair of free throws to tie the score at 86-86 with 33.1 seconds left. Then, after Rajon Rondo hit a jumper to give the Celtics a two-point lead, Singleton tied it at 88-88 with a thunderous dunk with 9.4 seconds to play.

Singleton showed incredible poise on the play, waiting for Rondo to jump past him. When Brandon Bass darted toward a wide-open Bradley Beal in the far corner, Singleton alertly streaked down the lane for the stuff that sent the game into overtime.

But as was the case in the Wizards’ three-point loss to the Celts on Saturday night, mistakes down the stretch cost them a victory.

With the Wizards trailing 95-92 in the closing minute of overtime, Singleton had an attempt blocked by Kevin Garnett, who dished to Rondo, who found Bass streaking down the lane for a game-clinching dunk.

“We’ve got to learn how to play down the stretch of games,” Wittman said. “A lot of these guys have never been in a position like this before. It’s a learning process of taking care of the ball, executing, making a play down the stretch. It’s disappointing because we lost, but there were a lot of good things.”

 The Wizards will look for their first win of the season Friday night at Verizon Center when the Milwaukee Bucks [2-1] make their first visit to D.C.

 

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Machado, Schoop pull off crazy around the horn double play

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Machado, Schoop pull off crazy around the horn double play

Quietly the Baltimore Orioles are trying to move back into the American League playoff picture. With more defensive plays like the team saw in the first inning on Monday, their odds will greatly improve.

Facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series, Manny Machado started what would be a key play for Baltimore. 

With one out and a runner on first base, Machado scooped up an Evan Longoria grounder that was flying down the third base line. Running into foul territory the 25-year-old threw across his body to Johnathan Schoop, who made a high-reaching grab at second and delivered a perfect throw down to first. Ending the inning, the Orioles kept the Rays scoreless with only one hit in the bottom half of the first inning. 

Schoop is coming off his first American League player of the week honor after an impressive stretch in seven games. Mainly the award was for his offensive numbers, but he proved to be a valuable double play partner as well. 

Not only is it a huge play in the moment, but it had to be an empowering play for the psyche of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. On the mound for the Orioles against the Rays, Gausman was struggling post All-Star break. In three games had allowed 14 earned runs, 20 hits, and six home runs. 

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.