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Max Scherzer passes every test the Phillies and MLB’s ‘sticky stuff’ inspections throw at him
06/23/2021 11:18am

The Nats right-hander returned from the injured list, aced three inspections by the umpires and scored the win in a 3-2 victory to keep Washington rolling.

The impact of Carl Nassib’s message is profound, but the normalcy was striking, LGBTQ advocates say
06/22/2021 7:17am

Nassibs coming-out moment felt natural, and that may be just as momentous, gay former players said.

Soon, the NCAA as we know it will no longer exist. Good riddance.
06/22/2021 3:30am

This was an inevitable moment, and yet Mark Emmert and his lieutenants spent years and billions in legal fees trying to forestall it.

After his shoe came loose, a steeplechase runner used his wits to keep his Olympic dream alive
06/22/2021 5:13am

Fairfax native Sean McGortys preliminary heat at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials was going to plan, until somebody stepped on the back of his shoe.

The Pistons win the NBA draft lottery and need exactly what Cade Cunningham offers
06/22/2021 9:16am

Oklahoma States do-it-all playmaker, who has drawn comparisons to Luka Doncic and James Harden, is widely viewed as this years top prospect.


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NBA Playoffs: Deandre Ayton's Game-Winner Caps Wild Finish to Suns-Clippers Game 2
06/23/2021 6:08am

Aytons game-winner caps wild finish to Suns-Clippers Game 2 originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonWhat a finish in Phoenix.With the Phoenix Suns trailing the Los Angeles Clippers by one and just 0.9seconds remainingin Tuesday nightsGame 2 of the Western Conference finals, Jae Crowder found Deandre Ayton off an inbound pass for agame-winning alley-oop.EVERY ANGLE of Jae Crowders pinpoint pass to Deandre Ayton to win Game 2 for the Suns NBAPlayoffs ThatsGame NBAWCF presented by AT&T continues with Game 3 on Thursday at 9pm/et on ESPN pic.twitter.com/JMEXIj0erK NBA NBA June 23, 2021The Clippers, without any timeouts to advance the ball, couldnt get a last-second shot off in time as the Suns won 104-103 to takea 2-0 series lead.Aytons game-winning dunk capped a hectic,controversial and replay-heavy ending to Game 2. There werefivereplay reviews in the final 91 seconds of game action, three of which came inthe last 10 seconds.The last 90 seconds of the game took 33 real time minutes.There were as many reviews 5 as field goals 5 in that span. pic.twitter.com/seEbxCoKFl StatMuse statmuse June 23, 2021With the Suns trailing by one and less than 10 seconds remaining, Patrick Beverley poked the ball away from Devin Booker and out of bounds. The original call was Phoenix ball, but instant replay showed Booker actually touched the ball last even though Beverleys swipe forced it out.Patrick Beverley has done his job. Suns try to have Bridges screen for Booker with Kennard on the floor. Really nice show and recover, Beverley able to recover and get a hand on the ball. pic.twitter.com/JEJkCKR0Ss Steve Jones Jr. stevejones20 June 23, 2021Following the controversial ruling, the Suns were forced to foul and sent Paul George to the line.George had hit go-ahead shots on each of the Clippers previous two offensive possessions, but he came up small at the charity stripe. The career 87-percent free throw shootermissedhis fourth and fifth free throws of the night to keep it a one-point game.Paul George misses both clutch free throws pic.twitter.com/kgBZE0IFNE NBA Central TheNBACentral June 23, 2021Mikal Bridges then missed a good look at a corner 3-pointer, but the Clippers were unable to corral the rebound as it went out of bounds off Terance Mann. The Suns had notimeouts left, but the refs reviewing the out-of-bounds call allowed head coach Monty Williams to draw up the game-winning play.DA if he throws it, you gotta try to dunk it. Okay SOUND ON to hear Monty Williams in the Suns huddle before Deandre Aytons game-winning tip-inThatsGame NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/yCDqHmVF1L NBA NBA June 23, 2021The Clippers now find themselves in a familiar position after they overcamea 2-0 deficitin each of their first two playoff series. But this matchup could be getting even tougher for themas they return home.The Suns are optimistic Chris Paul will be back in the lineup for Game 3 after missing the start of the series due to health and safety protocols, according to ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski. Meanwhile, its unknown whether Kawhi Leonard will be able to return from his sprained right knee during this series.

Max Scherzer Slams ‘Manfred Rules' on Substances: ‘This Is Not the Answer'
06/23/2021 4:22am

Scherzer slams Manfred rules for banned substances originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonMax Scherzer returned from the injured list Tuesday having only missed the minimum 10 days while he healed from a groin strain. He sat out just one turn of the Nationals rotation. But by the time he was ready to pitch again, Major League Baseball had undergone a significant change.Amid a decline in offense across the sport, MLB decided to crack down on pitchers use of foreign substances that helped themget a better grip on the baseball. The new rules, which went into effect Monday, require pitchers to submit to checks by the umpires to make sure they arent using anything other than the approved rosin bag placed behind the mound.Scherzers first experience with the policy during Washingtons game against the Philadelphia Phillies didnt go all that smoothly. After umpires checked him twice between innings, Phillies manager Joe Girardi stopped the game and asked the crew to take a look at Scherzers hair because of how often he was running his fingers through it.I would have to be an absolute fool to actually use something tonight, when everybodys antenna is so far high, Scherzer said on a Zoom call after the game. Theyd look for anything.I have absolutely zero on me. I have nothing on me. Check whatever you want. Ill take off all my clothes if you want to see me. I got nothing on me.That sparked frustration from the Nationals dugout, prompting a red-hot Davey Martinez to walk out yelling at both Girardi and the umpires. Scherzer threw his hat and glove on the ground and started unbuckling his belt before the umpires told him they only wanted to see his hair. The right-hander was especially confused because only a few pitches before, a fastball got away from him and nearly hit Phillies infielder Alec Bohm in the face.That pitch specifically is the pitch I fear the most, Scherzer said. I dont wanna throw that pitch. I never want to throw a ball near somebodys head and tonight the ball did. The previous at-bat, I was able to get a fastball by him on an inside fastball. I was literally trying to throw the same exact pitch and it slips out of my hand and it ends up near his face.Thank God, it did not hit him in the face. I dont ever want to put a fastball in somebodys face, but we almost had that tonight. Ball slipped out of my hand.MLBs decision to enforce these new rules midseason without giving pitchers a chance to adjust outside of a game setting has sparked criticism from players around the league. While some substances such as Spider Tack helped pitchers generate some absurd spin on their pitches that made them virtually unhittable, Scherzer wishes MLB wouldve consulted with players to work out a different solution.Hopefully, the players across the league understand that what were doing right now, this is not the answer, Scherzer said. I feel like theres a minority group of players here that have made it public about how they feel about pitchers and how what theyre going about. And I completely understand. Theres a problem with Spider Tack in the game and we gotta get rid of that, but theres a way to handle this in a better way.As for that better way, Scherzer proposed having the clubhouse monitors that are already stationed at every ballpark to make sure players are wearing masks start checking pitchers for foreign substances as well. He believes it would be more pragmatic to have them look at pitchers hands in the dugout rather than ask umpires to do it on the field.However, any further questions will have to be directed to Commissioner Rob Manfred. Scherzer concluded his press conference by pointing to those who put the new rules in place.These are Manfred rules, Scherzer said. Go ask him what he wants to do with this. Ive said enough. Go ask Alec Bohm how he feels about 95 at his face. I dont need to say anything more about this.

Joe Girardi Had Max Scherzer Checked for Substances Due to ‘Suspicious' Head Wiping
06/23/2021 4:11am

Girardi had Scherzer checked due to suspicious head wipes originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonFollowing Tuesdays contentious matchup between the Nationals and Phillies, a 3-2 win for the Nats,Joe Girardi gave an explanation for why he requested a third inspection of Nats ace Max Scherzer for foreign substances.Scherzer, who had already been checked twice in the game under MLBs new policy to crack down on sticky stuff, rubbed his hair more times than Girardi said he was accustomed to seeing of Scherzer. So the Phillies skipper asked umpires to check Scherzer again, in the fourth inning,a request that clearly irked the pitcher.Ive seen Max a long time, since 2010 obviously, hes going to be a hall of famer but Ive never seen him wipe his head like he was doing tonight, ever, Girardi said. It was suspicious for me. He did it about four or five times. It was suspicious. I didnt mean to offend anyone. I just got to do whats right for our club.Scherzer, who got the win with eight strikeouts and just two hits and one earned run allowed in five innings,explained after the game that rubbing his hairwasan attempt to get some moisture from sweat on his hands for a better grip.The whole night, I was sick of licking my fingers and tasting rosin the whole night. I couldnt even get sweat from the back of my head because it wasnt really a warm night, Scherzer said.For me, the only part that was sweaty on me was actually my hair. So I had to take off my hat to be able to try to get any type of moisture on my hand to try to mix with the rosin.While Girardi may not have intended to offend anyone, Scherzer was taken aback by the situation, tossing his cap and glove on the ground and completely unbuckling his pants before umpires even reached the mound. Nationals manager Davey Martinez was also incensed and let the officials hear it.After the check once again turned up no use of a substance, and Scherzer made it through the inning, he stared down Girardi as hewalkedback to thedugout. Girardi subsequently popped out of his own bench area, drawing an ejection from the game.I wasnt challenging their club. There was some coaches that were screaming at me, coaches that I know, and it bothered me, Girardi said. I mean, Im not playing games. Im trying to win games here. Im not playing games. I have respect for the other people over there, I have respect for what Max has done in his career. Again, I gotta do whats right for our team.He said he understands why the Nats mightve been upsetbut doesnt have a problem if theyre mad at him.I dont have a problem if Daveys mad at me. I dont, Girardi said. I thought they were attacking me and thats OK too. Thats all part of it. But again, were here to win games and Im here to do right by our team, and thats what Im going to do.

Lakers Guard Alex Caruso Arrested in Texas for Marijuana Possession
06/23/2021 3:32am

This was not the offseason move that Alex Caruso expected.The 27-year-old guard for the Los Angeles Lakers was arrested on Tuesday for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia according to arrest records.The arrest records show that Caruso was arrested by Texas A&M University Police, where the Lakers star played his collegiate ball. He was booked and released on Tuesday. The arrest records also show Carusos address as Manhattan Beach, CA.According to ESPNs Ramona Shelburne, who spoke to Lieutenant Bobby Richardson of the Texas A&M Police Department, around 2 p.m. local time, Caruso tried to board a flight at McKinsey Airport, which is located on the A&M campus.The Transportation and Security Administration searched Carusos bags and found a herb grinder that contained marijuana, Richardson told Shelburne.Caruso was born in College Station, Texas and his family still resides there. He played for the Texas A&M Aggies from 2012-2016 before going undrafted in 2016. He was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team in 2015, and the Second-team All-SEC defense in 2016.Caruso played for the Oklahoma City Blue G-League Affiliate and then the South Bay Lakers before he was promoted to the active roster in 2019. He was a huge piece for the Lakers during their 2020 NBA Championship run in the bubble in Orlando, Florida. Caruso even started the clinching Game 6 against the Miami Heat.The Lakers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs in six games by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the postseason on June 4. Caruso is a free agent at the end of the NBA season, and the Lakers have expressed interest in re-signing him.Marijuana is legal for recreational use in California, but still remains illegal in Texas.Carusos teammate LeBron James had some fun with the news on Twitter.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Exclusive: Jaylen Twyman's Mother Speaks About Her Son's Recovery After Shooting
06/23/2021 2:53am

The mother of Minnesota Vikings player Jaylen Twyman, who was shot multiple times in D.C. yesterday, spoke about her sons recovery exclusively to News4s Shomari Stone Tuesday.Through the camera intercom on her Ring doorbell, Stephanie Twyman answered questions while at a hospital with her son.Im hurt and I know that it can happen to anyone, she said. I want people to know that Jaylen is fine. Hes strong. Hes going to make a 100 recovery.Minnesota VikingsJun 22Vikings Rookie Jaylen Twyman Shot While Visiting Family in DCwnba12 hours agoMegan Gustafson Calls Joining the Mystics a Post Player&039s Dream&039On Monday evening, Jaylen Twyman was shot on 50th Street while visiting his aunt. Police said the gunman also shot three other people, whose names have not been released.The 21-year-old defensive tackle was born in D.C. and played in a No. 55 jersey at H.D. Woodson High School. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and had recently signed a rookie contract with the Vikings.Im feeling blessed. Im feeling blessed that my son is alive. My son is well, Stephanie Twyman said.She said her son miraculously survived because the shots made superficial exit wounds. The other victims are also expected to be OK.They were shooting at everyone, anyone that was outside. It was not a targeted shooting, Stephanie Twyman said.They were shooting at everyone. It just so happens he was leaving his aunts house and he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police released photos of the suspects SUV. While police search for the shooter, Stephanie Twyman thanked the community.We thank everyone for their well wishes and their prayers and Jaylen will be coming home soon and hell be going back to camp, she said, referring to training camp with the Vikings.Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to give them a call.


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Meet David Kopay: A former Washington Football Team player and trailblazer for LGBTQ athletes
06/22/2021 5:06pm

Kopay was the first retired NFL player to publicly come out as gay in 1975.

NFL to match $100k donation from Carl Nassib to the Trevor Project
06/22/2021 4:16pm

The league is hoping the move will further support suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth, and is part of a year-long effort on diversity and inclusion.

George Mason baseball player dies after complications with surgery, family says
06/22/2021 1:50pm

Sang was an incredible teammate who was loved by everyone associated with Mason baseball. He will be missed and forever cherished in our hearts.

Waldorf native Christina Clemons places in Olympic trials wearing Doritos bag earrings
06/22/2021 1:25pm

It will be the first time the 31-year-old Maryland native has made the US Olympic Team.

Reigning world champion, Rio bronze medalist both fail to qualify for Tokyo
06/21/2021 10:42pm

The favorite to win the mens 800 meters came in last while the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters is out.

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