Venus Williams leads Washington Kastles to another title

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Venus Williams leads Washington Kastles to another title

CHARLESTON, S.C. Right from the start, the Sacramento Capitals let the Washington Kastles know that defending their World Team Tennis title would not come easy. In the end, aided by the clutch play of seven time Grand Slam Champion, Venus Williams, the Kastles edged the Capitals 20-19 giving the squad back-to-back WTT titles.It was deja vu all over again, as the Kastles found themselves tied with their opponents going into the final event, women's singles. After battling it out to reach 4 all, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe headed to a tiebreaker. Sacramento would get an early 2-0 off of Williams's unforced errors, but Venus 'refusing to lose' won the next five consecutive points.As a result of her thrilling performance, Venus Williams, earned the tournaments Most Valuable Player honors.I have been waiting for this title for 12 years. When I was down 2-0 (in the tiebreaker), I was inspired by what I saw in my team. I could not let up. I was going to win that last point for the team. Its everything I imagined.Accolades also went to the Kastles regular closer Bobby Reynolds, who was named the 2012 WTT Male Most Valuable Player. Kastles Coach Murphy Jensen was selected as 2012 Coach of the Year, marking the second straight season.To bring the King Trophy back to DC is the best feeling of my life, said Kastles coach Murphy Jensen. This season and these players has shown the power of teamwork. We have truly become a family.This victory puts the Kastles in an elite category as the only team in professional sports (and WTT) history to have two consecutive perfect seasons. The team is also one win away from tying the all-time unbeaten major professional sports streak of 33 wins, set by the NBAs 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers.

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Capitals ECHL affiliate wins conference, headed to Kelly Cup Finals

Capitals ECHL affiliate wins conference, headed to Kelly Cup Finals

Finally some playoff success for Caps' fans to cheer for. The South Carolina Stingrays, Washington's ECHL affiliate, defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 on Wednesday to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals.

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South Carolina lost both Games 1 and 2 at home but came roaring back with three straight wins. Manchester was able to force a Game 7, but the Stingrays ultimately prevailed in Game 7 thanks to a third period tally from Olivier Archambault. The win clinched South Carolina's second conference title in three years.

The Capitals currently have two prospects on the roster in South Carolina. Defenseman Cody Corbett ranks second among the team's defensemen in points this postseason with one goal and six assists. Goalie Adam Carlson is serving as the team's backup and has made only one brief appearance.

South Carolina now advances to face the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals starting on Saturday in Colorado. This will be the fifth finals appearance in team history. The Stingrays have won the Kelly Cup in three of those four series.

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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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