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#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

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#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

Posted on 04 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As we shift our attention from Super Bowl XLVIII and another football season to Sochi, Russia and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it’s time to take a look at our latest #WNSTSweet16 list that recognizes the greatest local Olympic sport athletes to represent the area.

Some names may have garnered little more than 15 minutes of fame with their athletic glory while a few have become heroes who will never be forgotten in the local community as well as in the entire country. Athletes who were either born in the state of Maryland or resided here for a significant period of time during their triumphs were considered for the list.

As WNST.net’s Glenn Clark previously pointed out, winning a medal and even participating in the Olympics weren’t requirements, but the list of Marylanders to triumph in either the Winter or Summer Games is extensive, meaning Olympic triumph carried heavier influence in paring down the candidates. Other guidelines that were considered were career longevity as well as a preference to recognize individual success before team competitions.

Here’s the list of the WNST Sweet 16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes:

16. Pam Shriver, tennis

The McDonogh grad may never have won a Grand Slam singles title, but her remarkable doubles career included 21 championships in Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal playing with Zinna Garrison in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. The pair topped Jana Novotná and Helena Suková in the doubles final to take the gold.

Because this list doesn’t require Olympic triumph or participation, the argument could be made to move Shriver much higher on the list, but tennis wasn’t reintroduced as an Olympic medal sport until 1988 — after a 64-year hiatus– when her best years were winding down. Shriver did not appear in another edition of the Summer Games, but her triumph in Seoul coupled with even her late-career success made her a worthy inclusion. 

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Continue to next page for No. 15

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Pitt @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Clemson @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Soccer: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ St. Louis Ambush (Thursday 8:35pm from St. Charles, MO live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Missouri Comets (Sunday 4:10pm from Independence, MO live on YouTube); Russia @ Team USA Women (Saturday 3:30pm from Boca Raton, FL live on ussoccer.com)

10. Timonium Motorcycle Show (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory); Jim Norton (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Motor Trend International Auto Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Cecily Strong (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University); Dallas Buyers’ Club” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Monuments Men” and “The Lego Movie” out in theaters (Friday)

Everyone is saying The LEGO Movie is awesome. As awesome as this LEGO version of M&T Bank Stadium?

Also…Cecily Strong rules.

9. Steve Earle (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Karmin (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Railroad Earth (Friday & Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Travis Tritt (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Vanessa Carlton (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Arlo Guthrie (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere), Jeffrey Osborne (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Wild Feathers/Saints of Valory (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bobby McFerrin/Chick Corea (Saturday 8pm Clarence Smith Center); Lauryn Hill (Sunday 8pm Lincoln Theatre), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Monday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); John Butler Trio “Flesh & Blood” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Wild Feathers are the most important on this or any list.

Saints of Valory ain’t too bad either.

Lauryn Hill is amazing. But may it be known: I still have not forgiven her mother’s character from Sister Act 2.

I dig John Butler Trio. I’d kinda like to claim them for America if that’s still an option.

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

Posted on 02 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you’ve missed the first month of the #WNSTSweet16, you’ve missed a lot.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already four lists into the year, here’s a look back on them.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t

Which brings us to our fifth week.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to get underway this weekend in Socchi, Russia. There aren’t a whole lot of local connections to this year’s Olympiad, but that hasn’t always been the case. The state of Maryland has been well represented over the years.

For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, Luke Jones looks over the Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes.

You might have caught something in there. Yes, that’s right. Olympic SPORT athletes. The athletes included on this list are not required to have won anything at a particular Olympics or to have even competed in one. They just have to have competed in a sport that is known as an “Olympic sport”.

This is where things get interesting for Luke, isn’t it?

Look, we all know who is going to be at the top of the list-so it does take a good bit of the drama out of this-but not all of it. Plenty of other athletes have represented the state of Maryland in the Olympics besides Michael Phelps. Most recently, basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony and Angel McCoughtry have brought gold back to Charm City. Kimmie Meissner not only competed in an Olympics but won a World Championship in an Olympic sport (figure skating).

But if you’re like me, we’re not far into the list and we’re already struggling to name more. Tommy Hannan won a gold medal out of Mt. St. Joe. Dominique Dawes is from Maryland and has won four Olympic medals.

Who else?

Remember, they don’t have to have won anything in the Olympics or EVEN PARTICIPATED in them. They just have to have competed in an “Olympic Sport” (Note: baseball is no longer an Olympic sport.)

This is easily the toughest list anyone from our crew has had to tackle yet.

So Luke needs your help. Leave your ideas here in the comments or email him via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who are we missing? Who do we need to know about? You need to tell us now!

-G

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Caps John Carlson Makes a Strong Team USA Olympic Hockey Team

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Caps John Carlson Makes a Strong Team USA Olympic Hockey Team

Posted on 01 January 2014 by Ed Frankovic

Following today’s NHL Winter Classic in the “Big House” in Ann Arbor, USA Hockey announced their 25 man roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February and as predicted in this blog back in November, the Washington Capitals John Carlson made the team on defense.

Carlson, in a conference call with the media tonight, called it a “dream come true” and said that playing on this big stage would be an even greater feat than scoring the overtime game winning goal for USA in the 2010 World Juniors Gold Medal.

Washington’s #74 received a ringing endorsement from team captain Alex Ovechkin when the Gr8 said that Carlson was the team’s best defensemen and 100% deserved to be on the team. Carlson has had an outstanding season and when Mike Green was injured earlier in the year, he stepped up as the team’s #1 d-man on the power play to go along with his role of being on the #1 pairing for killing penalties. Simply put, his ability to play in all situations combined with his excellent skating and hard shot made him a perfect fit for this year’s Team USA Olympic squad.

As for the rest of the team, GM David Poile’s club that will be coached by Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma is as follows:

Goalies (3):

Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles),and Jimmy Howard (Detroit)

Defensemen (8):

Carlson, Ryan Suter (Minnesota), Ryan McDonagh (Rangers), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Kevin Faulk (Carolina), and Cam Fowler (Anaheim)

Forwards (14):

Patrick Kane (Chicago), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Joe Pavelski (San Jose), Ryan Callahan (Rangers), Derek Stepan (Rangers), James van Riemsdyk (Toronto), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), David Backes (St. Louis), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Max Pacioretty (Montreal), Paul Stastny (Colorado), and Dustin Brown (Los Angeles)

This is a very good team but the challenge, as Poile mentioned back in August, is to be able to handle the big ice surface in Sochi. Team USA has not fared well outside of North America in the Olympics so the pressure is on this club to produce. The strength of this squad, in my opinion, is the goaltending and up front. Miller, despite playing behind a weak Sabres club, has been performing at a very high level and if Quick doesn’t get healthy and play well quickly, it will be the Michigan State alum in net once again for the Americans. Up front, Kane is as good a scorer as any in the world. The defense is the question mark but this crew of eight is filled with players who can play at both ends of the rink.

The time zone change, Sochi is nine hours ahead of the east coast, will be a factor for many of the NHL players but that impacts nearly every squad. On paper, Canada and Sweden look to be the best while Russia is hoping home ice helps their cause. I see Russia’s defense and goaltending as ultimately being their downfall. There are still six weeks to go until the games start, but my prediction right now is:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Canada

Bronze – USA

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Ravens shut out, but Baltimore’s Phelps, Long claim ESPY Awards

Posted on 18 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The biggest stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment gathered in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday night to celebrate the best sports stories of the year at The 2013 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, hosted by Jon Hamm.

The Miami Heat were the winners of the night as they were honored as the year’s Best Team for the second consecutive year. LeBron James won for Best Championship Performance, Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete. This marks the second consecutive year that LeBron James won all three of those awards.

Best Game went to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, where Ray Allen forced overtime with a game tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation. The Heat would outlast the Spurs in overtime on their way to the NBA Championship.

The year that included a number of young standout athletes culminated with Colin Kaepernick taking home the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Best NHL Player went toSidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins who scored 15 goals and tallied 41 assists during the season.

It came as no surprise that Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won for Best MLB Player. Michael Phelps collected the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance for setting the all-time record for most Olympic medals with 22. (He also won this award in 2009.)

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which recognizes individuals whose contributions transcend sports, was awarded to Robin Roberts. She became known to many across the country as one of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the 1990s and today she greets viewers as the beloved co-anchor of the country’s leading morning show Good Morning America. Roberts blazed a trail for women in broadcasting, but it is her personal story that has served as an inspiration to countless people as she has overcome (faced?)  life-threatening illness twice. The award, which LeBron James presented to Roberts, honored the strength and courage that Roberts has displayed throughout her career and during her fight against cancer and MDS, a rare blood disorder.

Another special moment in the show was the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, in honor of the late Jim Valvano and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.Ben Affleck presented the award to the father-and-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have participated in over 1,000 endurance events including 31 Boston Marathons. Rick Hoyt, 51, was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands and legs. His father, 73, pushes him in a custom-made running chair during events including 5K and 10K races, marathons and triathlons.

Other 2013 ESPY winners included Serena Williams (Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player), Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager) and Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player).Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter) Missy Franklin won Best Female Olympian for winning four Gold Medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Usain Bolt won Best International Athlete and Thierry Henry won the ESPY for best MLS Player.

With three wins this year, LeBron James has collected a total of nineESPY Awards over the course of his career.  This marks Serena Williams’ eighth ESPY Award.  Floyd Mayweatherwon Best Fighter for the second consecutive year and fifth time in his career.

This year’s guest presenters included Michelle Obama (First Lady), Ben Affleck (Two time Academy Award Winner), Kevin Bacon (R.I.P.D.), Malin Ackerman (The Trophy Wife), Paula Patton (2 Guns), Tate Donovan (Hostages), Bill Hader (Turbo), Kerri Walsh Jennings, Tony Gonzalez, Adrian Peterson, LeBron James, Jason Sudeikis (We Are The Millers), Lake Bell(Million Dollar Arm), Michael Phelps, Ray Lewis, Gabby Douglas, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Morgan, Victor Cruz, Steve Nash, Selena Gomez (Stars Dance), Katherine Webb, Chrissy Teigen (TV Host), Sean “Diddy” Combs (Grammy Award Winner).

Below is a complete list of 2013 winners.

SPECIAL AWARDS

ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD: Robin Roberts

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE: Dick and Rick Hoyt

 

BEST IN SPORT

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Serena Williams

BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN: Missy Franklin

BEST MALE OLYMPIAN: Michael Phelps

BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson

BEST COACH/MANAGER: Rick Pitino

BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, NBA Finals

BEST PLAY:

BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Colin Kaepernick

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps 22 Olympic medals

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Johnny Manziel

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jeremy Campbell

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera

BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James

BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker

BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson

BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby

BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Nyjah Huston

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Stephanie Gilmore

BEST BOWLER: Pete Weber

BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather

BEST MALE GOLFER: Tiger Woods

BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Stacey Lewis

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Usain Bolt

BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Serena Williams

 

SPONSORED AWARD

CAPITAL ONE CUP: North Carolina Women’s Athletics and UCLA Men’s Athletics

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Capitals’ facility to host Olympic hockey orientation

Posted on 29 June 2013 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the official practice facility of the Washington Capitals, will host the 2013 United States Olympic Men’s National Team Orientation Camp from Aug. 25-29, Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee, Kettler Capitals Iceplex and USA Hockey announced today.

The camp is designed to assist in the preparation of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the XXII Olympic Winter Games to be held from Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

“We are thrilled that Kettler Capitals Iceplex has been chosen by USA Hockey to host their 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp,” said McPhee. “This selection is a testament to the growing popularity of hockey in the Washington area and we feel there is no better place to hold the U.S. Olympic camp than the Nation’s capital.”

Details surrounding the five-day orientation camp will be released by the Capitals and USA Hockey at a later date.

“This is a great recognition of how far we have come as a hockey community in the last decade,” said Capitals assistant general manager Don Fishman. “The Capitals have enjoyed tremendous support from our great fans and our youth hockey programs have continued to grow with record numbers. We are excited to have the opportunity to host the U.S. National team at our practice facility in Arlington.”

The Washington Capitals ushered in a new era for the franchise in 2006 with the opening of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a community ice rink in Arlington, Va., that serves as the Capitals’ training facility and home to the team’s administrative offices. The 137,000-square-foot facility includes two NHL-size ice rinks with seating for approximately 1,200, office space, two pro shops, a snack bar, media facilities and additional space for special events. The 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training center for the Capitals features a large weight and fitness room, extensive athletic-training and medical facilities, spacious locker-room and lounge areas, a theater-style classroom and a high-tech video room.

Kettler Capitals Iceplex hosted Capitals training camp for the sixth year in 2012. It has also played host to five Capitals summer development camps and the unveiling of the team’s new logos and jerseys in 2007.

The facility is the first indoor ice rink inside the Capitol Beltway in Virginia and just the second facility of its kind anywhere inside the Beltway (Ft. Dupont Ice Rink in D.C. is the other). The two ice sheets offer an estimated 12,000 hours of ice time per year for use by youth, high school and college hockey teams, figure skating, synchronized skating, recreational skating, learn-to-skate programs and hockey and broomball. The Washington Little Capitals, a top tier 1 program, play at the facility as well as the recently developed Capitals Academy Travel teams and Rooftop Hockey House League.

In June, USA Hockey named the Kettler Capitals as one of four USA Hockey Model Association programs.

With the designation, the four organizations have committed to follow the American Development Model (ADM) in full at the 8-and-under, 10-and-under and 12-and-under age groups. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their hockey and overall athletic development.

 

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Baltimore native Gould wins mountain bike bronze

Posted on 11 August 2012 by WNST Staff

HADLEIGH, England (AP) — Julie Bresset crested the final climb of Hadleigh Farm and glanced over her shoulder, and the only thing she saw was thousands of fans cheering her on.

The rest of the field was that far behind.

The 23-year-old mountain biker from France, competing at her first Olympics, smiled and soaked in the applause. She grabbed a French flag as she coasted toward the gold medal, crossing the finish line and then raising her bike triumphantly over her head.

Her entire season boiled down to one moment of unbridled joy.

“This season I decided to focus only on the Olympics, and it paid off,” Bresset said. “The World Cup was not important this season. The only race that mattered was today’s race, and I won it.”

In the most dominating way.

Bresset took advantage of a mistake by defending gold medalist Sabine Spitz of Germany on a rough section of the picturesque course in the English countryside, then gradually pulled away from the rest of the field, rolling through the last of six laps all alone.

Her time was 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Spitz, who took the silver medal.

“I took the front of the race and I managed it well,” said Bresset, who crashed during a practice ride Thursday and needed seven stitches to close the cuts.

“When I had a gap, I told myself, ‘Now I should go,’” she said. “I led until the finish.”

Spitz rounded out her collection of medals — along with gold in Beijing, she won bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. Georgia Gould of the United States earned bronze Saturday, the first medal for an American mountain biker since Susan DeMattai’s bronze in 1996.

“I knew that a medal was possible. I knew that on my best day I was capable of winning the race,” Gould said. “Julie rode a great race today. She was at the front at the start, which was smart.”

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway, who won gold in Athens, was never in contention after puncturing a tire on a remote section of the course and hiking back to her support team.

Maja Wlosczowska of Poland, the silver medalist from Beijing, didn’t start the race. She broke a bone in her foot during a training ride in Italy and was unable to compete.

Bresset’s victory could be just the start for France. Julien Absalon will go for an unprecedented third straight gold medal in the men’s race Sunday.

“I hope he will do the same. He’s capable of it,” Bresset said. “Sharing this result with him would be amazing. I hope my achievement can bring good luck to the French team.”

The women’s race went off under blue skies at Hadleigh Farm, where a 2.9-mile course was carved out of rolling hills and woodlands overlooking an estuary of the River Thames.

Britain’s Annie Last took the initiative on the opening loop, generating a massive cheer from thousands of fans who packed into the natural amphitheater near the start-finish line.

Last remained in the lead when the riders headed onto the main course, which was changed from the Olympic test event to make it more demanding. Bresset eventually attacked on a flat section, and the under-23 world champion opened a small gap on the field as it finished Lap 1.

Last started to struggle with the pace, falling away by the second lap, and Canada’s Catharine Pendrel — one of the favorites — soon joined her in trailing the leaders. Spitz and Gould began giving chase, and the three of them worked together to put nearly 30 seconds on the rest of the field.

Bresset’s big break came when Spitz crashed in a technical section of the course called “the rock garden” that also slowed Gould and left Bresset alone at the front.

“When I went over my handlebar, I hurt my knee a bit,” Spitz said. “That broke my rhythm for a short time. Thank God nothing was wrong with the bike so I could keep going.”

Bresset took advantage of the delay behind her to build on the lead, blazing over the downhill sections of the course. Even though Spitz and Gould appeared stronger on the short, punchy climbs, the two of them struggled to reel in the strongest rider in the field.

Bresset’s lead was so large on the final lap that she had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, starting her celebration with the finishing banner — and none of her competitors — within sight.

“It was crucial to take a strong start and then to race cleverly, and not to dig deep in my limits,” Bresset said. “I hoped to win a medal, and a gold medal is unbelievable.”

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AA County runner Centrowitz fourth in 1500 meters

Posted on 07 August 2012 by WNST Staff

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON – Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won the 1,500-meter gold medal at the London Olympics on Tuesday night, only a day after being reinstated to the final.

Makhloufi was disqualified from the games after track and field officials ruled he didn’t try hard enough during a heat in the 800. He had already qualified for the 1,500 final at that stage.

But the disqualification was overturned after a medical officer reviewed the evidence, and Makhloufi made his second chance count, winning the 1,500 title in 3 minutes, 34.08 seconds.

Leonel Manzano of the United States took silver in 3:34.79 and Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco earned bronze in 3:35.13. Matt Centrowitz (Broadneck) finished 4th at 3:35.17.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 August 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MLS DC United @ Sporting Kansas City (Saturday 8:30pm from Kansas City live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Denver Outlaws @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on ESPN3.com); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Evanescence/Chevelle (Tuesday 4pm Pier Six Pavilion); American Idol Live feat. Phillip Phillips (Thursday 7pm First Mariner Arena Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); O.A.R. (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); System of a Down/Deftones (Tuesday 8pm Verizon Center); Linkin Park (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Aerosmith/Cheap Trick (Sunday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Steve Miller Band (Friday & Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap), Joe Walsh (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Little Feat (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Howie Day (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lucinda Williams (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Alternate Routes (Friday 8pm Jammin’ Java); Boston/Kansas/Grand Funk Railroad (Saturday 7pm Aberdeen Proving Ground); Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw (Sunday 4:30pm FedEx Field); The Wailers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Silopanna feat. Cake, Citizen Cope, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, G. Love & Special Sauce, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds)

You may not have heard this, but I enjoy the tunes of the band Of A Revolution…

Do you think the Bosstones ultimately fell off because they just couldn’t shake the stigma that came with being the band from Clueless? They were so freaking good…

I’m looking forward to seeing Citizen Cope Sunday in Annapolis…

I’m looking forward to seeing Robert Randolph even more…

9. Chris Tucker (Saturday 7pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Ian Bagg (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Mike Birbiglia (Tuesday-Thursday DC Improv); Michael McDonald (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); “Nitro Circus The Movie 3D” (Wednesday), “The Bourne Legacy” and “The Campaign” out in theaters (Friday)

I pray “The Campaign” doesn’t suck. There’s been far too much good thus far.

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NBC’s Epic Fail

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NBC’s Epic Fail

Posted on 06 August 2012 by Brett Dickinson

The Olympics, on video alone, have been everything anyone could ask for; excitement, drama, scandal and glory wrapped into about a half a month. The ratings have done well, while a rivalry has brewed between the U.S.A and China; other than politics and general stance of human decency. We have seen history made with Phelps, Bolt and several others, with still about a week left.

Bob Costas has been the front man for the coverage by NBC and as one of the most respected Sports Journalists in the country, has lived up to expectations. But that is the peak for NBC, as the rest of their coverage has really fallen flat to such a colossal event.

The tape delay is an issue into itself but witnessing Andrea Kramer’s post-swim interview after every race in the pool has been nothing short of terrible. After Ryan Lochte’s devastating fourth place finish in the 200M Freestyle, (where he is the outright favorite in basically any event not involving Phelps), Kramer had the tenacity to ask “Are you disappointed in your finish?”; it is actually surprising he didn’t throw her in the pool.

And that is the only the beginning. The gymnastics announcers put the jinx on the top rated, Mykala Maroney, in the vault by declaring her the winner before she even made her first attempt; Maroney finished with a Silver medal. Top notch journalism.

But the worst comes from the fact that Ryan Seacrest is even reporting in London; a guy who brought the world the Kardashians should not be covering the ultimate athletic competition. NBC obviously is floating him out there to gain younger viewership but loses respectability in the process. It is surprising he was not there to cover who Kobe Bryant hooked up with, or what underage athletes are caught drinking. In 2016, Joan Rivers will be reporting on Missy Franklin’s bathing suit.

Rio may have a lot more issues ahead then they expected, if this is NBC’s idea of Sports Journalism.

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