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Nationals' Rout of Mets Spurs Twitter Jokes of Cardboard Fans Leaving Early
08/11/2020 1:34am

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the typical Mets, it doesnt make it any better.Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.RELATED: MARCUS STROMAN OPTS OUT OF SEASONThe scene is something that isnt too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.Even in a season where baseball doesnt feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke.Stay connected to the Nationals with the MyTeams app.Click hereto download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.MORE NATIONALS NEWS:Soto: Watch his massive HRDangerous: Nats head on the roadStrasburg: Still has a ways to goNationals rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

WATCH: Juan Soto Cranks 463-Foot Home Run at Citi Field
08/11/2020 1:02am

After scoring just a total of six runs combined in their last three and a half games, the Washington Nationals appear to be breaking out of their offensive slump in a huge way.Through three innings against the New York Mets on Monday evening, the team scored five runs on three home runs with the last as an exclamation mark.RELATED: NATIONALS OFF TO THE ROAD, SEASONS MOST DANGEROUS SPOTAfter Asdrubal Cabreras solo shot off of Steven Matz in the second, Trea Turner hit a two-run homer in the third. Juan Soto followed Turner three batters later with a two-run bomb that traveled distances rarely seen at Citi Field. According to Statcast, Sotos home run was 463 feet.How impressive was Sotos rocket According to Wall Street Journal baseball writer Jared Diamond, its the third-farthest hit ball at Citi Field in the Statcast era since 2015. Only Kyle Scharber 467 ft and Freddie Freeman 464 ft had longer home runs.Sotos home run is also longer than any hit by a Mets player at Citi Field in the Statcast era. According to Diamond, the farthest home run hit by a Mets player is 458 feet by Pete Alonso last June.The Nationals bats didnt cool off there, either. They were up 12-0 on their NL East division foe, after a seven-run fifth inning. Hopefully for Nats fans, this is a sign of things to come as the team attempts to climb out of a 4-7 start to the season.Stay connected to the Nationals with the MyTeams app.Click hereto download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.MORE NATIONALS NEWS:Stras the dog:Meet Stras the pitcherNo contract update:Rizzo OK with itMax Scherzer:Plans to make next startWATCH: Juan Soto cranks 463-foot home run at Citi Field originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Heart Condition Linked to Coronavirus a Concern for Power 5 Programs
08/11/2020 12:55am

As the Big Ten and other Power 5 conferences decide whether or not to have fall sports, numerous factors are part of the decision. The risk of infection during the coronavirus pandemic is enough in itself to halt plans, but a potential condition linked to the virus has become a major concern for many.Myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart muscle, is a rare viral infection that studies have shown may be potentially linked to the coronavirus at a higher frequency than other viruses. It can be fatal if left untreated. Though uncommon, it has been found in several college athletes including five in the Big Ten, according to ESPN.TheMid-American Conference postponed its fall season on Saturday, in part due to initial studies onMyocarditis.What we dont know was really haunting us, and thats why we came to our final decision, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier said. Thats part of the data that our presidents used. This mom gave us a play-by-play. That stuff is extremely scary.With much still unknown about conditionsconnected to the virus, Power 5 programs and administratorsare now faced with the risk of exposing their athletes and staff to complications beyond the initial infection of COVID-19.Testing and lagsare problems that exist as well, but there is a larger body of work to show how those factors can impact a person and team. As for the rare heart condition, there are still numerous unanswered questions about the long terms effects.Though the desire is there to have football and other sports be played, many understand that the risk may outweigh the reward.We are collectively, as a sports nation, not quite ready to feel entirely comfortable with what that may look like for our young people down the line, and we are not going to put them in that situation,Dr. John MacKnight, the head primary care team physician at the University of Virginia, said during a recent availability.There have been some concerns raised for that very reason: Do you not have uneasiness about having athletes participating knowing that you dont know what that longer-range outlook is The answer is of course, yes, MacKnightsaid. We dont have enough information to say this is the likelihood that this will or will not happen.So while some players and coaches are campaigning for a season, reports that the Big Ten and others may soon announce the cancellation of the season run deeper than the fear of infection. Though that is a concern, there are additional, long term problems that could arise.Its a legitimate concern, and one that could derail the fall season for college sports.Stay connected with the MyTeams app.Click hereto download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.MORE NCAA NEWS:2020 Eligible:Terps QB TagovailoaPresident Trump:Favors CFB seasonTrevor Lawrence:Says there should be a seasonHeart condition linked to coronavirus a concern for Power 5 programs originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Indians Pitcher Mike Clevinger to Miss Start, Quarantine After Breaking Team Protocol
08/11/2020 12:19am

A day after it was reported that Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was sent home by the team to quarantine after he went out in Chicago on Saturday night with friends, the Indians announced that pitcher Mike Clevinger was sent home on Monday for violating team protocols as well.Clevinger was set to start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, but will now be replaced by Adam Plutko.ESPNs Jeff Passan reported that Clevinger was with Plesac on Saturday night in Chicago, but then flew with the team on Sunday.While Clevingers quarantine is not specified, Plesac is reportedly quarantining for 72 hours and facing testing every day.Plesac and Clevingers decision to break protocol is shocking for multiple reasons, besides the fact that it puts themselves and others in danger. The first is that MLB has tightened up its regulations as of late in order to try and limit players exposure to the outside world. That leads to the second factor, which is that multiple teams have dealt with outbreaks that have postponed games.RELATED: ASTROS AND AS HAVE A NON-SOCIALLY DISTANT BRAWLThe Miami Marlins missed several games after positive tests impacted half of the roster, and the St. Louis Cardinals have now missed upwards of 15 games as they continue to delay a restart after members of the organization tested positive.AMajor League Baseballseason during a pandemic was always going to provide problems, but just a few weeks into the campaign, the league continues to receive blow after blow.Stay connected to the Orioles with the MyTeams app.Click hereto download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.MORE ORIOLESNEWS:WhatWeird exception postpones Os gameKeegan Akin:Gets the call to the majorsTwitter Troll:Orioles gets NationalsIndians pitcher Mike Clevinger to miss start, quarantine after breaking team protocol originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

New York Rangers Land No. 1 Pick in 2020 NHL Draft Lottery
08/10/2020 11:16pm

Just a few days ago, the New York Rangers were competing for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, they are the owners of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.New York landed the first pick during Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, as they were the lucky team to have their ping pong ball sitting at the top of the order.The league switched it up this season, as teams that fell in the qualifying round of the NHL restart were all eligible for the first pick. This was decided during Phase 1 of the NHL Draft Lottery when Team E ended up in the top spot.Heres how the draft shakes out now, before other teams are added after playoff results:New York RangersLos Angeles KingsOttawa Senators from San JoseDetroit Red WingsOttawa SenatorsAnaheim DucksNew Jersey DevilsBuffalo SabresMinnesota WildWinnipeg JetsNashville PredatorsFlorida PanthersCarolina Hurricanes from TorontoEdmonton OilersPittsburgh Penguins optional to MinnesotaCLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAPITALS TALK PODCASTThere was an interesting moment leading up to the selection, as the ball with the Rangers logo was dropped prematurely before commissioner Gary Bettman was able to confirm that it was the correct ping pong ball. Twitter immediately went into conspiracy mode, given that the Rangers had the second pick last year, but the fact of the matter is New York is now on the clock.For the Rangers, that most likely means the addition ofAlexis Lafrenire, an 18-year-old Canadien winger who is considered to be the bell of this years ball. WhileLafrenire is certainly talented, hes not yet viewed as a franchise-altering selection such as Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.Still, there is reason for excitement in New York. A team that contended for a playoff spot in 2020 will now add another important piece for next season. 2019 first-round pickKaapo Kakko, who struggled at times during his rookie season, is another talented scorer that carries lofty expectations. On paper, the future is bright for the Rangers.However, dominating the lottery doesnt guarantee instant success. Dating back to 2015 when phenom Connor McDavid was selected by the Edmonton Oilers, the owner of the No. 1 pick has only made it past the first round of the playoffs once. That includes the New Jersey Devils, who have picked first overall in two of the last three years.In terms of how this impacts the Capitals, it does potentially make Washingtons matchups with the Rangers more challenging in the future. Its never ideal to see a division foe pick up another talented individual. Yet, the Rangers winning the lottery means the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were eligible, did not. Thats always good news for the Capitals.Stay connected to the Capitals with the MyTeams app.Click hereto download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.MORE CAPITALS NEWS:Productive break:Holtby improves gameNo big deal:Caps-Isles coaches downplay matchupPower Rankings:Where do Caps fallNew York Rangers land No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft Lottery originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.


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Rangers NHL lottery luck brings comparisons to Ewing, Knicks 1985 draft conspiracy theory
08/10/2020 9:09pm

The controversial 1985 NBA Draft Lottery has caused many basketball fans to come up with conspiracy theories over the decades. NHL fans may follow suit.

10 years after fight ended his career, Jason LaRue is living a good life – despite lingering concussion side effects
08/10/2020 8:05pm

The lingering side effects will never go away. Its not traumatic or anything. Its not life-threatening that I know of, but there are still some side effects.

Reports: Big Ten votes to cancel 2020 football season
08/10/2020 12:08pm

According to The Detroit Free Press, the Big Ten has voted to cancel its 2020 college football season.

Morikawa delivers great shot in quiet moment to win PGA Championship
08/09/2020 10:13pm

The shot will be remembered as one of the best in a major that hardly anyone witnessed, not with spectators banned during the COVID-19 era for majors.

'More than just golf courses' | DC municipals to see major restorations over the coming years
08/09/2020 4:41pm

As the PGA Championship is played at the historic municipal course -- TPC Harding Park, in San Francisco -- heres what could become of DCs beloved public links.

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