Venus, Kastles face Capitals in WTT Finals

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Venus, Kastles face Capitals in WTT Finals

Venus Williams isn't retiring anytime soon. She curtly addressed the issue in a pre-match interview, but cemented her staying power on the court versus the New York Sportimes in the World Team Tennis Eastern Conference finals.With the score tied at 14 all, heading into the last event, Williams proved why she was a master of her craft. After Ashley Harkleroad broke her to lead 1-0, Venus regained her focus and armed with her serve cruised through the next 5 games, leading the Kastles to a 19-15 victory.The victory allowed the Kastles to extend their win streak to 31 consecutive matches, clench the Eastern Conference title, but most importantly land a spot in the World Team Tennis finals. It marks the Kastles third trip to the finals in the past four years.Williams now has an opportunity to win one of the few titles that has eluded the star during her illustrious career.
On why the Kastles have been so successful, Venus simply said, "because we are the dream team!"While the Kastles were able to edge their rivals, the Sacramento Capitals could prove just as tough in the finals. Washington survived the Capitals in the regular season 21-19 and the Capitals are coming off a solid performance as they swept all 5 sets to beat the Orange County Breakers, 25-15 Friday night in the Western Conference finals.
The Caps will be without marque player Sam Querrey, who is representing the U.S. team in Davis Cup action, but will be joined by Coco Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe is starting to make some noise on the circuit having had a solid run in the Bank of the West Classic, eventually falling to Serena Williams in the finals; 7-5, 6-3. The Kastles are now one win away from completing a second consecutive 16-0 season, which would also draw them within one of the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Los Angeles Lakers won 33 straight NBA games in 1971-72.The Kastles will seek to add to their 2009 and 2011 WTT titles when they meet the Sacramento Capitals this afternoon at 3:30 pm live on NBC Sports Network.

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New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.

But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.  

“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,

“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”

If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.

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Redskins draft Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson in second round

Redskins draft Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson in second round

Some NFL teams have been hesitant to draft Alabama defenders. Not the Redskins. They have added two in two days.

With their second-round pick, the Redskins have drafted linebacker Ryan Anderson of the Crimson Tide. He had nine sacks and an interception for the national runners up last year.

Anderson was a five-star recruit coming out of high school but he didn’t become a full time starter until 2016.

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The Redskins may use him at outside linebacker as an edge rusher. At 6-2, 253 they may want him to add a few pounds to defend against the run. Some scouts believe he also could play at inside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 base defense.

On Thursday the Redskins made Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen their top pick.

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