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John Wall predicts playoffs for Washington Wizards

It’s been a long time since the term playoffs was used in conjunction with the Washington Wizards.

The team’s leader/point guard John Wall is ready to back up the statements that he made to ESPN. 

“The goal is the playoffs,” Wall said. “We’ve got the pieces.”

The newly-minted $80 million man pointed to the addition of a veteran as for the piece that will put them over the top.

“We got what we needed with Al Harrington,” Wall said. “He looks healthy, and to bring in a true veteran who knows what it takes to win was important for us.”

Injuries can’t be predicted and Wall stated that they were the only caveat in his proclamation.

“That’s the only thing that can hold us back: health,” Wall said.

Having spent the a large chunk of 2012 on the shelf, he personally knows how sitting on the bench in a suit can derail his club.

Despite his new contract, Wall stated that pressure would be on his back to succeed regardless of what his new price tag is.

“There would be pressure on me either way,” he said. “But I love the pressure.”

“I like it and use stuff like that as motivation,” Wall said. “This is the first time I’ll have a full year where I need to be. I feel like I’m a top-5 point guard in the league, but I’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

Wall has been working on his jump shot and he’s ready to unleash the new weapon in his arsenal.

“I never had to shoot, but now I’m more confident,” Wall said. “I can miss seven or eight shots now and I don’t get discouraged.”

Talk is talk and action is action.

The start of the 2013-14 NBA season is looming.

We will see what is what soon enough.

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2015 NHL Winter Classic Game to be held in Washington DC

The NHL announced on September 21 that its annual outdoor game, known as the Winter Classic, will take place in Washington D.C. in 2015. As usual, the contest will take place on New Year’s Day and will be broadcast live across North America. The location had been speculated for some time, but it was made official when Ted Leonsis, the majority owner of the Washington Capitals and John Collins, the chief operating officer of the NHL confirmed it.

The annual game is typically played in an MLB baseball or NFL football stadium where it can hold upwards of 40,000 fans. The 2014 edition of the game will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs and it’s expected to attract a world-record crowd of about 100,000 people.

Leonsis said he’s been interested in hosting an outdoor game ever since he was the inaugural Winter Classic in 2008 in Buffalo. He said he’s been emailing the league ever since then and his badgering has finally paid off. He told the press, “It’s an event that really signifies that we’ve come a long way as a hockey community.” Leonsis said a venue hasn’t been chosen as of yet and neither has an opponent, but it’s believed it could be the Philadelphia Flyers.

There are several venues that could be used to hold the game in the Washington area. These include RFK Stadium, Fed Ex Field and Nationals Park. Collins said the league will investigate all of them before coming to a final decision. Collins claimed that Washington deserved a Winter Classic game because about 30,000 Capitals fans traveled to Pittsburgh to watch their club take on the Penguins in the 2011 game at Heinz Field. Collins said after witnessing that firsthand the league felt Washington, D.C. was owed a game.

Other cities that have already hosted the Winter Classic showdown are Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. Collins said the game has proved to be very popular wherever it’s been held. He remarked, “It’s an event unlike any other. We approach it like the Super Bowl. The Stanley Cup is our biggest moment as a league, but the Winter Classic has become our spotlight event, our crown jewel.”

However, there are some fans who feel the NHL is getting carried away with outdoor games. Along with the 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, the league will also be holding outdoor contests at Soldier Field in Chicago, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a game called the Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver and a pair of games at Yankee Stadium in the week before Super Bowl. That makes a total of six outdoor games in the upcoming 2013/14 season.

Some fans believe the novelty of outdoor games will soon disappear if the league insists on holding so many of them each season. The NHL knows a good thing when it sees one though and is eager to cash in on as many outdoor games as possible before fans tire of them.

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The Phils take the series from the Nats, as they win, 3-1.

Kyle KendrickThe Phils give Kyle Kendrick his eighth win of the season, as they take the series from the Nationals, winning, 3-1.

The Phils break up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Bryce Harper, who had just tripled. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch-runner John McDonald, who was pinch running for Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a double, before moving up to third base on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Dom Brown’s fly out to right, would score on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Michael Young, as he beat the wide throw to the plate by second baseman Anthony Rendon, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.75) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving a run on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the season as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Zimmermann (12-4, 2.58) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out six. Ian Krol pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Drew Storen pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double), Michael Young (Double, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two sacrifice bunts (Kyle Kendrick, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (46-47, 3rd NL East) will begin a three-game series with the White Sox (36-53, 5th AL Central), their final Interleague Series, and their final series before the All-Star break. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT, weather permitting. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 7, as he went five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to get the Phils back at .500. The White Sox will counter with John Dinks (2-6, 4.31), who is coming off a lost to the Rays on July 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the ChiSox’s 3-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500.

The Phils hold on to win the opener of their four-game series with the Nats, winning 3-2.

Ben RevereJohn Lannan threw eight scoreless inning against his old club, before the Phils hang on in the ninth to defeat the Nats, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected to first baseman Adam LaRoche by starting pitcher Dan Haren, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then was the leader in a double steal, reaching third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as the back end of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then increased their lead later in the inning as, with the bases loaded, after Brown had moved up to second base on Haren’s wild pitch, and then Michael Young walked, and with two men out, Darin Ruf forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Brown and M. Young. The Phils added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Nats finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Zimmerman, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Nats then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead one batter later as LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Zimmerman. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would finally record his nineteenth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) got the win as he threw eight shut-out innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season as he went an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Dan Haren took the lost (4-10, 6.00) as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, three walks, and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Michael Young (Singles), with two hits each. Dom Brown (RBI), Delmon Young and Darin Ruf (RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Brown, M. Young, Ruf) and two stolen bases (Revere (21), Rollins (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (44-46, 3rd) continue their series with the Nats (46-43) with a game tonight, already in progress.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as they defeat Washington, 4-2.

Cliff LeeThe Phils gain a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington, as they defeat the Nats, 4-2.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Young, who had started the inning of with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cliff Lee tried to help his on cause with a single to center, as Delmon Young, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score. but is gunned down at the plate by a strong throw home by center fielder Denard Span, 8-2, with catcher Kurt Suzuki applying the tag before D. Young could cross the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 4-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rollins, sending M. Young to third base, and Howard being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and with two men out, Frandsen hits a two-run single, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Nats got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Jeff Kobernus hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out four. Craig Stammen and Drew Storen combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Stammen (2), Storen (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all doubles. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hit batters (Delmon Young, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, T-2nd) will conclude their series with the Nats (34-35, T-2nd) with a ballgame tonight, looking for the sweep.

The Phils defeat the Nats in walk-off fashion with a run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 5-4.

Domonic BrownThe Phils defeat the Nats in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single, winning 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Anthony Rendon, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base as Ryan Zimmerman is hit by a pitch, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a triple by Michael Young, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, who then stole second base, and a walk by Howard, and with two men out, Delmon Young hits a two-run double to right, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, before Howard is thrown out at the plate, 9-4-5, for the inning’s third out. The Nats got a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI double, knocking in Kurt Suzuki, who had just doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Werth’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Nats tied the game up at four-all in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Chad Tracy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils won the game in their half of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Rollins’ single, before Rollins moved up to second base on defensive indifference, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he threw five innings in his first start since his injury back in April, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out four. Michael Stutes collected his second hold of the season as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Adams collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon committed his first blown save of the season, before getting the win (1-0, 1.75) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three. Ian Krol and Tyler Clippard combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Clippard) and a hit batter (Clippard) between them, while striking out two (Clippard). Fernando Abad (0-2, 1.69) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Domonic Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Triple), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Delmon Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Humberto Qunitero (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown), two stolen bases (Rollins (7), Revere (17)) and a hit batter (Qunitero) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (34-35, 2nd), with a game that is presently being delayed by rain.

New York Giants’ Rolle on Robert Griffin III: He’s a Huge Playmaker

Prior to the 2012 season, the Washington Redskins were the perennial laughing stock of the NFC East. While the New York Giants were developing Eli Manning into a Super Bowl MVP, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman and Jon Beck all consistently turned in mediocre performances at quarterback for Washington, which despite talent at several skill positions, relegated the Redskins to the basement of the division on a fairly regular basis. However, last year’s arrival of Robert Griffin III rejuvenated not just a fan base that was starving for success, but a team that now has the talent to do some serious damage around the league.

Giants safety Antrel Rolle says that he’s dreading seeing Griffin take the field once he recovers fully from ACL surgery.

“I’m gonna let him take his time, get his rehab,” he continued. “I want him 100 percent. He’s a huge playmaker in this league.”

The NFL is more than just a league of 32 professional teams competing for a championship. In many respects, it’s an exclusive fraternity of talented players that regardless of team affiliation, genuinely respect each other. RG3 is a great quarterback, and if healthy, he’s going to wreak havoc on the Giants defense for the foreseeable future. But the bond between professional football players extends much farther than the playing field.

With a full offseason to learn how to defend the read-option offense, the Giants are going to have a more complex and effective gameplan on how to defend mobile quarterbacks next season. Additionally, Griffin is undoubtedly going to be encouraged to run less and throw more this season in order to avoid another serious injury, which will partially limit his versatility.

As talented as RG3 is, the Giants need to stop publicly bowing down to him in the media. Griffin is a great quarterback, a strong leader and if he can fully recover from surgery, will win a lot of games in the NFL. But Big Blue is going to take the field against Washington twice every season, and for Griffin to see a bevy of players singing his praises in the media is only going to give him a confidence boost when he sees those players out on the field.

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The Phils score two runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Nats, 5-3.

Domonic BrownBefore a national television audience, the Phils break up a 3-3 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth inning, before going on to defeat the second place Nats, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run, his team leading ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Erik Kratz followed with a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. The Nats got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Denard Span, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Bryce Harper’s single, then went to third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s line out to center, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Nats tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Span hits an RBI single, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, as he reached base on an infield single, before going on to second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error, then went to third on Jonathan Pettibone’s wild pitch. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins redeemed himself with an RBI double, knocking in Pettibone, who had earlier doubled, his second career hit, and the first double of his career, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats would retie the game at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on first and with two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, that went down the right field line far enough to allow Michael Young, who had just walked, to score, as he went around the backside of the plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run as, after D. Young was replaced by pinch-runner Michael Martinez, Brown hits an RBI double which split the right center field gap, knocking in Martinez, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out sixth. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks. Chad Durbin (1-0, 7.71) got the win as he also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon would received his ninth save of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out ten Phils. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter. Drew Storen (0-1, 5.21) took the lost as he went an innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, as he walked a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a home run, and a double, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Jonathan Pettibone (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, D. Young, pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero) and a hit batter (pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen), in the game.

The Phils (24-25, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Nats (25-24, 2nd), with an afternoon game already in progress, as they hope to win the series and put themselves in a second place tie with the Nats.

Nats Bryce Harper does not have a concussion

The Washington Nationals Bryce Harper left Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning after he went  face-first into the right field wall at Dodger Stadium.

Harper was running down a ball from A.J. Ellis when the incident took place.

The worst was feared, as rumors of concussion-like symptoms spread without any confirmed results from the Nationals.

The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore has tweeted that Harper does not have a concussion.

We will update this space as more information on Harper’s status becomes available.

Video: Bryce Harper slams into right field wall

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greatest day in Northeast sports history?

For a mid-April Saturday, it has been one of the most incredible sports days in the Northeast I can ever remember.

- Red Sox triumphantly return to Fenway with a great ceremony, dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to win it; Ortiz returns and contributes, Buchholz goes to 4-0

- Yankees win in 11 innings; Kuroda pitches a gem and Rivera saves the game

- Knicks matched up with the Celtics in playoff action

- Brooklyn Nets trampled the Bulls in a dominant playoff debut

- New York Rangers win in a shootout

- Devils win big

- Bruins returned to home-ice action with an emotional ceremony and played a great game

- Mets played a great game with the Nationals and at least got to see Bryce Harper show some magic

Traveling a little farther south but still in the region…

- Baltimore Orioles swept a double header on the memorial day for the late Earl Weaver

- Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the first-place Braves

- Pittsburgh Penguins won their hockey game in dramatic fashion

- Philadelphia Flyers took care of business

- Afore-mentioned Washington Nationals won in dramatic fashion

- Washington Capitals won big over division-leading Canadiens

On a day with no rings or trophies awarded, what more could you ask for?

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