Sun burn Mystics for fifth straight loss

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Sun burn Mystics for fifth straight loss

WASHINGTON -- Asjha Jones tied her season-high with 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tina Charles added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun cruised to a 77-64 victory over the Washington Mystics Friday night. Mistie Mims added a season-high 15 points for the Sun (10-3), who never trailed. Connecticut, coming off a franchise-worst 95-61 loss at Indiana last Thursday, won for the seventh time in the last nine. Monique Currie scored a season-high 21 points and Crystal Langhorne added 11 for Washington (2-10), which lost its fifth straight. Leading by four at halftime, Connecticut pulled away in third quarter, opening the half with a 12-0 run keyed by five points from Jones. Washington didn't score until Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton's layup with 5:40 left in the quarter made it 48-34. The Sun led by 19 after three quarters and the Mystics got no closer than 11 the rest of the way. Connecticut hit its first four shots of the game and built an 18-7 lead in the first quarter. After Washington pulled to 22-21 on Jasmine Thomas' layup early in the second quarter, Mims scored four straight points on a jumper followed by a layup off an offensive rebound. Currie hit a 3-pointer to get the Mystics within two, but consecutive 3s by Tan White and Jones followed by a jumper from Jones put Connecticut up by 10 midway through the quarter.

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Orioles drop sixth straight in loss to Astros

Orioles drop sixth straight in loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel had a solid performance in his return from the disabled list, and George Springer hit a two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Keuchel (8-0), who missed one start with a pinched nerve in his neck, allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight in six innings. His eight wins this season lead the majors and he's just one win away from matching his total from last year, when he struggled in the follow-up to his stellar 2015 season during which he won 20 games and the American League Cy Young Award.

Will Harris struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

Houston led by 1 in the fourth before Springer homered off Wade Miley (1-3) to make it 4-1.

Welington Castillo had an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high skid reached six games.

Jose Altuve had three hits and an RBI and Carlos Correa added two hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Miley tied season highs by allowing eight hits and four runs in five innings to remain winless since April 14.

Springer put Houston up 1-0 in the first when he made a diving slide to evade the tag at home and score on a double by Altuve. Correa followed with a single to send Altuve home and push the lead to 2-0.

The Orioles got going in the third inning when Caleb Joseph walked with two outs. Joey Rickard singled before Joseph scored on a single by Castillo to cut the lead to 2-1.

Alex Bregman singled with one out in the fourth before Springer hit his 10th home run on a towering 447-foot shot to center field with two outs to extend Houston's lead to 4-1.

Chris Davis tripled off Tony Sipp to start the seventh and scored on a wild pitch by James Hoyt with one out to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Astros added a run in the seventh when Altuve scored on an error by Rickard.

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Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy

Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy

The Caps are going outside again.

They'll host the Toronto Maple Leafs at at the U.S. Naval Academy's Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on March 3, 2018, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin and Co. eliminated Auston Matthews and the upstart Leafs in the first round of the playoffs last month. 

Navy's stadium seats 34,000.

The game will be Washington’s third outdoor contest in the last seven years. The Caps have played in the Winter Classic twice, defeating the Penguins in 2011 at Heinz Field and the Blackhawks in 2015 at Nationals Park.

Next year's game—which has been rumored for months—will be the first outdoor game played at a U.S. service academy. It’s also one of at least three outdoor games set for next season: the Senators will host the Canadiens in the NHL100 Classic at TD Place Stadium on Dec. 16 and the Rangers will face the Sabres in the Winter Classic at Citi Field on New Year’s Day.

NHL Network announced on Saturday that the league would announce a game at Navy on Monday. The Washington Post and Associated Press first reported the teams involved and date of the game.

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