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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on ESPN2), Washington Mystics @ Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on WNBA Live Access); WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday 3:30pm from Phoenix live on ESPN); MLS: Chivas USA @ DC United (Sunday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet/Univision); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jim Miller (Wednesday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Fox Sports 1), UFC Fight Night Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao (Saturday 3pm from Dublin live on UFC Fight Pass)

10. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Purge: Anarchy“, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and “Sex Tape” out in theaters (Friday); Rio 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Artscape is so much better when Robert McClintock is involved. For example,

I’ll bet “Sex Tape” is horrible, but it doesn’t change how much this appears to be a nice scene.

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Kelly Bell Band (Friday 7:30pm Artscape), Ozomatli/Galactic (Saturday 5:30pm Artscape), Anthony Hamilton (Sunday 6:30pm Artscape); New Edition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Queens of the Stone Age/St. Vincent (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), O.A.R./Phillip Phillips (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Queen + Adam Lambert (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Fray (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Huey Lewis & The News (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage), Dennis DeYoung (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), De La Soul (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Puss N Boots (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Edwin McCain (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); B.B. King (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Folds (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Veruca Salt (Monday 8pm Black Cat); John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Rise Against “The Black Market”, Jason Mraz “Yes!”, Bleachers “Strange Desire” and “Weird Al” Yankovic “Mandatory Fun” available (Tuesday)

Sharon Jones is a DAMN fine Artscape headliner. Maybe the best since Robert Randolph.

Ozomatli is also quite good at the music stuff.

The guy with two hands up? He’ll be at O.A.R. Saturday night.

And when it comes to guys who have the same first and last names (or close enough), I’ll take Phillip Phillips over Cam Cameron.

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Rice leads way as Wizards top T-Wolves in Summer League play

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

The Washington Wizards downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 67-59 in the final game of the day in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 played on the campus of UNLV.

Glen Rice Jr. came out of the gate on fire scoring 13 of the Wizards 26 first quarter points on 3 for 3 from three-point range and connecting on four -of-seven from the charity stripe. Washington held a 26-21 advantage after the first quarter of play due to Rice’s sharp shooting. Zach LaVine and Alexey Shved combined for 12 of the Timberwolves 21 points.

Both teams cooled off in the second quarter and the game was tied at 35 at the end of the half. Minnesota held Washington to just nine second quarter points. Washington finished the half 12-of-29 while Minnesota finished 11-of-32.

Rice and Jamil Wilson combined for 14 third quarter points for the Wizards and sparked an 11-0 run late in the quarter and to take a 10 point lead, with just over a minute to play in the quarter Minnesota stopped the run on a pair of free-throws made by LaVine. Washington held a ten point lead, 57-47, at the end of the quarter.

Both teams will take Monday off and will return to close out pool play on Tuesday, the Timberwolves will take on the Houston Rockets at 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center while the Wizards will take on the Miami Heat at 3:30 p.m. in the same venue.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Rice, Porter lead Wizards past Hawks in Summer League play

Posted on 12 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Wizards 90, Hawks 74

Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter combined for 47 points as they powered the Washington Wizards to a 90-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on the second day of play in the summer dessert classic in Las Vegas.

The Wizards trailed by as many as eight points in the game and were held to just 12 points in the second quarter. However, the second half was all Wizards as they outscored the Hawks 55 to 33.

Porter led all scorers with 25 points for the Wizards while Adreian Payne chipped in a team-high 12 points for the Hawks.

The Wizards held a 23-17 lead after the opening quarter of play. The Hawks struggled out of the gate connecting on just one basket in the first eight minutes of the quarter. Mike Muscala and Walter Tavares both tallied four points for the Hawks in the quarter while Rice chipped in eight for the Wizards.

The Hawks closed the second quarter on a 6-2 run and held a seven point lead, 41-35, at halftime. Atlanta’s offensive output was driven by Larmar Patterson who chipped in eight points and Steven Holt who added five. The Wizards were held to just 12 second quarter points.

The third quarter was all Wizards as they fought back and tied the game up at 47, at the 6:40 mark in the quarter. They continued to dominate the quarter earning their largest lead of the quarter at 13. Washington continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, expanding their lead to as many as 20.

Paul Millsap was on hand to watch his younger brother Abraham who is a member of the Hawks summer league team.

Both teams return to action on Sunday, the Hawks (0-1) taking on the NBA D-League Select team at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards (1-0) will host Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Bovada makes Cavs favorite to win title with LeBron, Wizards 33/1

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
“There is no question that with the recent news of LeBron going back home to Cleveland that they are the favorites to win the NBA Championship next season at 4-1. With the Eastern Conference being much weaker and essentially only a handful of teams that can give LeBron and the Cavs a run for their money, it would be a shock if they do not at least make the Conference Finals. The Heat in turn, who now may lose Bosh also, have gone from 4-1 to 50-1, basically the Cavs and Heat flipping odds from what we had them the day after the Spurs won the Championship. This shows how much of an impact a player like LeBron has on odds. The last comparable situation was when Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos dropped them from 75-1 to 10-1 in a blink of an eye.”

Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager

 

Odds to win 2015 NBA Championship 

Cleveland Cavaliers                   4/1

San Antonio Spurs                    5/1

Oklahoma City Thunder              6/1

Chicago Bulls                            7/1

Houston Rockets                      8/1

Los Angeles Clippers                10/1

Indiana Pacers                          18/1

Golden State Warriors               25/1

Portland Trailblazers                  25/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   33/1

Washington Wizards                  33/1

Brooklyn Nets                           40/1

New York Knicks                       40/1

Toronto Raptors                        40/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     50/1

Miami Heat                                50/1

New Orleans Pelicans                50/1

Denver Nuggets                        66/1

Phoenix Suns                            66/1

Atlanta Hawks                           75/1

Boston Celtics                          75/1

Charlotte Hornets                      75/1

Detroit Pistons                          100/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            100/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       200/1

Orlando Magic                          200/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     200/1

Sacramento Kings                     200/1

Utah Jazz                                  200/1

 

Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James        

Over/Under                   25.5

 

Average Rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James  

Over/Under                   7.5                                           

 

Average Assists per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James       

Over/Under                   7

 

Will LeBron James win the 2014-2015 NBA MVP?

Yes      3/2

No        1/2

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NBA HOFer Barry thinks Cavaliers favorites in East after LeBron sigining

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Audio

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Andre Johnson’s Best Destination and Domino Effect of NBA Free Agency

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Andre Johnson’s Best Destination and Domino Effect of NBA Free Agency

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Andre Johnson

The longtime Texan star is entering the 12th season of his career and Andre Johnson wants out of Houston. Johnson is 33 years old and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting just a bit brighter. After going through a 2-14 season while hauling in passes from Case Keenum on a consistent basis, Johnson deserves an opportunity to be dealt to a contender.

Houston is not far out from contending for the AFC South division title and a shot back into the AFC playoff race, but they are missing the most crucial piece of a franchise. Johnson was patient enough to see if general manager Rick Smith would add a potential franchise quarterback through the draft, but Smith waited around to the fourth round to draft former Pitt QB Tom Savage.

With a quarterback battle ahead in training camp featuring Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, Johnson has a right to be displeased with his situation. A player that has accounted for 221 receptions and 3,005 receiving yards the past two seasons deserves better than the weak QB depth he is presented with at this point in his career.

There are four teams rumored to be interested in the former Hurricane standouts services according to sources around the league. Two of the rumored teams standout as the perfect fit for the six-time pro-bowler.

After an off-season that featured an arms race between two AFC powerhouses, New England might not be done yet making big moves. Everyone saw the struggles Tom Brady had to endure last year with inconsistency at the wide receiver position. New England would be the number one ideal fit for Johnson at this time.

Tom Brady is desperate for a number one receiver and getting a dependable target like Johnson would certainly tickle his fancy. With the uncertainty of Amendola and Gronk’s health, bringing in Johnson would ease Brady’s comfort since Johnson hasn’t missed a game during the last two seasons.

This transaction is a possibility with the familiarity between new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichick. The Patriots front office has pulled off trades for aging wide outs before such as Randy Moss and Chad Johnson, so this situation is not unrealistic.

There were all kinds of rumors during the off-season about O’Briens interest in acquiring Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. With New England selecting Jimmy Garoppolo early in the 2014 NFL draft, Mallett is an asset that could be dealt. The Texans need another potential starting quarterback to at least compete in training camp and O’Brien has coached the former Razorback.

With the potential interest in Mallett, the Patriots front office could make this trade a possibility. New England would most likely have to give up a draft pick or two to go along with Mallett to get Johnson in a Pats uniform. This trade would certainly be worth the price because it would make New England the front-runner to represent the AFC in next year’s Super Bowl.

The other destination that could be a reality is the Carolina Panthers. After losing Steve Smith and other parts of the wide receiver corps, Carolina is lacking a true number one target.

The Panthers selected former Seminole Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, but that is not enough for Cam Newton. In a division that features the Saints with the Falcons and Bucs back on the rise, Carolina needs to make this move.

Getting a reliable target like Johnson as Newton’s go-to wide out would keep Carolina in contention for the NFC South title. Adding Johnson to the mix to go along with Benjamin and Olsen would make for a good three-headed receiving corps for Newton to work with.

Benjamin is entering his rookie season and will have to adjust to the speed of the next level. With Johnson entering the mix, it would allow for Benjamin to excel in the red zone while learning to stretch the rest of the field. It would than be up to Johnson and Olsen to work the rest of the field.

NBA Free Agency Dominoes

The NBA free agency period is unlike any other professional sports free agency. The NHL and NFL free agent markets open and teams rush right away to sign the top tier prospects. The NBA period is just a waiting game to see where the first star chooses to go and then the dominoes fall at a fast rate.

The first domino is LeBron James and his decision has the biggest impact on the league. Everyone is awaiting the “Decision 2.0” on whether he goes back home to Cleveland or South Beach because it determines where the rest of the stars of the free agent market go.

Every fan of the sport is frustrated in playing this waiting game, but is there anyone who can be more disturbed than Chris Bosh? The former member of the Heat’s big three has a max deal offer from the Houston Rockets on the table. Bosh is waiting on LeBron because if the King heads back down south, he will follow.

Bosh is playing this waiting game with LeBron, but he should take the max deal offer and become a Houston Rocket. Although the Rockets are in the more difficult Western Conference, the Rockets would have a much better shot at winning than the Heat.

With Bosh entering the mix with James Harden and Dwight Howard, there would be a new big three in the NBA. Harden is a versatile player who can get the rest of his teammates involved regularly or take over a game himself. Howard would make for a dominant presence inside and Bosh would compliment that style the best.

Chris Bosh during his days with the Heat tended to favor shooting around the perimeter. With Howard running the show inside, it would allow for Bosh to do what he feels most comfortable doing at this point in his career.

The Rockets need to react fast with Chandler Parsons signing an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. If LeBron does not make a decision within the next few days, Houston will have to essentially make a salary cap decision to either match the Mavericks offer or hope that Bosh comes to Texas.

The Kings decision does more than just change up destinations for the free agent pool, it changes the landscape of the league. When the Akron native elected to go to south beach, the league went into a power team format. Franchises were signing several stars to one team in attempt to grab the Larry O’Brien trophy.

If the King elects to go back to Cleveland, the short era of superstar teams comes to an end. The Super team era showed its success during the four-season run as the Heat won two out of four championships. The other two losses were to teams that weren’t considered lineups with one or two superstars, but teams that played well together with several different complimentary pieces.
With the success that the Spurs have had in the past few years showing how they all work and play together as one unit, the landscape of the league could be swinging back to that style. When LeBron makes his decision final, that will be something to watch out for as the rest of the players find their homes.

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Basketball Insiders’ Kyler thinks Melo’s future in New York, LA or Chicago

Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Wednesday 12:30pm from Chicago live on WNBA All-Access), Washington Mystics @ Tulsa Shock (Saturday 8pm from Tulsa live on WNBA All-Access); Auto Racing: NASCAR Camping World RV Sales 301 (Sunday 1pm from Loudon, NH live on TNT); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Ice Gardens Laurel)

10. John Witherspoon (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Sandra Bernhard (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jim Jeffries (Friday 7pm & 10pm Lincoln Theatre); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” out in theaters (Friday); Bad Words” and “Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & Vol. 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Jim Jeffries uses the F word a lot. So if you enjoy the F word and laughing, you’d probably enjoy him. (I’m looking at you, grandma.) (Not even remotely safe for work.)

Also, national Pecan Pie Day is coming up this Saturday. So here’s this. (Oddly enough, if you’re like me this isn’t safe for work either. I’ll be staying at this desk for a bit.)

9. Justin Timberlake (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Bruno Mars (Friday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Jennifer Nettles (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Sara Bareilles (Monday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Neon Trees/Smallpools (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); All Time Low/Cinder Road (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Brand New (Sunday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); The Original Wailers (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 7pm Echostage); Peter Frampton (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Natalie Merchant (Saturday & Sunday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Dirty Heads “Sound of Change”, John Mellencamp “Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall” and Blackberry Smoke “Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina” available (Tuesday)

I’ll see you Monday night. Don’t even try to act like he’s not amazing.

Remember back when we could pretend like we didn’t know how good Bruno Mars was?

Smallpools is responsible for one of the more notable songs of the last couple years.

Support our boys from All Time Low. They’re good boys.

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Morgan’s Chiles, Baltimore native English to play for Wizards Summer League team

Posted on 07 July 2014 by WNST Staff

WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

WASHINGTON DC - The Washington Wizards announced the roster that will compete in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas beginning on July 12.  Otto Porter and Glen Rice, both coming off of their rookie seasons with the Wizards in 2013-14, headline the team’s Summer League squad.

 

WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER MINI-CAMP ROSTER
NO. PLAYER POS HT WT BORN LAST PLAYED FOR COLLEGE/FROM NBA EXP.
44 Khem Birch F 6-9 220 lbs 9/28/91 UNLV UNLV/USA  R
27 Deonte Burton G 6-1 190 lbs 6/26/91  Nevada Nevada/USA  R
54 Ian Chiles C 7-2 260 lbs 7/30/90  Morgan State Morgan State/USA  R
21 Jarell Eddie F 6-7 220 lbs 10/30/91 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech/USA  R
20 Kim English G 6-6 200 lbs 9/24/88  Chorale Roanne (France) Missouri/USA  1
40 Charles Garcia F 6-10  229 lbs 10/13/88  Ali Muharraq (Bahrain) Seattle/USA  R
15 Christian Kabongo G 6-4 200 lbs 10/9/90 Idaho Stampede New Mexico St/Canada  1
12 Frantz Massenat G 6-4 190 lbs 1/17/92 Drexel Drexel/USA  R
55 Daniel Miller C 6-11 275 lbs 6/24/90 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech/USA  R
33 Daniel Orton C 6-10  256 lbs 8/6/90 Maine Redclaws Kentucky/USA  4
22 Otto Porter F 6-9 205 lbs 6/3/93 Washington Wizards Georgetown/USA  1
14 Glen Rice Jr. G 6-6 252 lbs 1/1/91  Washington Wizards Georgia Tech./USA  1
52 Daniel Theis F 6-9 215 lbs 4/4/92 Brose Bask (Germany) Germany  R
5 Kwame Vaughn G 6-3 195 lbs 5/31/90 Agrigento (Italy) Cal St. Fullerton/USA  R
6 Maalik Wayns G 6-1 195 lbs 5/2/91  Rio Grande Valley   Villanova/USA  2
30 Jamil Wilson F 6-7 230 lbs 11/20/90  Marquette Marquette/USA  R

 

Prior to beginning Summer League play, the Wizards will hold a mini-camp at Verizon Center.  The mini-camp schedule is as follows:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER LEAGUE MINI-CAMP SCHEDULE

 

DATE                                    TIME   

Monday, July 7                    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, July 8                    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, July 9              10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, July 10                 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Media is invited to attend and shoot the final 15 minutes of each practice.  Players will be available to the media following each practice.  Media members are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the announced conclusion time of each practice.

The Wizards will play in three preliminary round games from July 12-15 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 21.  Washington will play its first game on Saturday, July 12 vs. Atlanta at 4:30 p.m. EDT.  Their next two games are scheduled for Sunday, July 13 vs. Minnesota at 10:30 p.m. EDT and Tuesday, July 15 vs. Miami at 6:30 p.m. EDT.  All three of the Wizards’ preliminary games will take place at the Thomas and Mack Center and all will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

 

DATE                                    OPPONENT                        TIME                    TV         

Saturday, July 12                Atlanta Hawks                     4:30 pm EDT     Comcast SportsNet

Sunday, July 13                   Minnesota Timberwolves      10:30 EDT       Comcast SportsNet

Tuesday, July 15                 Miami Heat                          6:30 EDT          Comcast SportsNet

The 67-game NBA Summer League schedule will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and will feature 22 NBA teams as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players competing for the inaugural NBA Summer League title.  Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.

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Local prospects Fair, Usher, Smith headed to NBA Summer League

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.

Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.

Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.

Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.

To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87′ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.

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