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Citi Open preview: No. 1 seed Fish debuts

Citi Open preview: No. 1 seed Fish debuts

Serving up our daily preview for the 2012 Citi Open...Tuesday's headlines No. 1 Mardy Fish headlines the seed-heavy day scheduled on the Stadium court, making his 2012 debut against Bjorn Phau with a start time around 7 p.m.. Fish, the No. 13 ranked player, missed out on theOlympics after missing several weeks on tour earlier this year following a procedure to correct a heart problem.His return to the tour included round of 16 run at Wimbledon. Twice a quarterfinalist in Washington, most recently in 2006, Fish pulled out last year as the No. 2 seed with a heel injury.Other seeds slated for Tuesday action include No. 2 Alexandr Dolgopolov leading off at 4 p.m. and fourth-seed Tommy Haas - the last player to beat Roger Federer this year. Coming off a title triumph in Los Angeles on Sunday, No. 8 Sam Querrey caps off the session against Russia's Igor Andreev. Third-seeded Kevin Anderson plays his first-round match on Grandstand 1. Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovaplays heropening match of the tournamentat 4 p.m.with Sloane Stephens' second-round matchconcluding the action on Grandstand 2.Vania King, the No. 4 seed, also makes her debut.Looking back Three-setters were on tap for a quartet of Americans. James Blake and Stephens survived. Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, not so much.Blake, the 2002 Washington champion, won only his second match of the year, coming from a set down to upset No. 5 seed Pablo Andujar. Stephens, the third-seed in the women's draw, avoided the upset bug by overcoming a suspect second set. Oudin remains in the doubles draw, playing at 4 p.m. with Washington Kastles newcomer Edina Gallovits-Hall, who in singles action stunnedNo. 5 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in three sets.

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon thanking fans for continuing to pack Nats Park and said he looks forward to 'chasing that championship' again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Sixers

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Sixers

Here are the five best moments from the Washington Wizards' 120-115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena

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1. John Wall posted up T.J. McConnell and finished with a thunderous left-handed slam in what was clearly the play of the game.

This may go down as one of the best dunks of the entire Wizards season:

2. Wall had some great dunks, but he played a solid game overall with 28 points and eight assists. Check out this block on Markelle Fultz, a fellow No. 1 overall pick who was making his NBA debut:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a strong game with 14 points and seven rebounds. He did a great job pitching in when Jason Smith left with an injury. His best play was this ridiculous putback dunk. Everything in the universe aligned perfectly for him to put one back and rock Capital One Arena in the process:

Oubre's postgame quote on the dunk was sensational:

"Man, I don't know. I just jumped in the air and the ball was in the rim. I blacked out, honestly, in that moment. I'm just happy it happened. It was all God. God took over my soul at that point."

4. Marcin Gortat had a monster night with 16 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. Ten of his points came in the fourth quarter alone, including this powerful dunk assisted by Wall. Gortat broke out his signature celebration afterwards:

5. Wall could not be stopped in the second half. This was his second-best dunk of the night, but still a great highlight:

Afterwards, when Wall was asked about his collection of dunks, he replied: "it's Wolf Season, just keep watching."