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Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer

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Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
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Its as hot as it gets! Water temperatures are staying in the mid to upper 80s to just above 90! Fish are active early and slow down in the head of the day.

Tossing top waters until about 9 a.m. ET or so should produce. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cooler early in the morning as overnight lows are into the lower 70s, but things will warm up fast as 90 degrees will be reached every day with a chance of thunderstorms along with cloudy skies all week.

Water will be low with incoming tides all morning this week. For areas with matted grass, twitch Manns Super frogs on braid in areas with incoming currents. Around wood cover and along pad and grass edges, try buzzbaits and poppers. In clear water use a Lucky Craft G-Splash popped at a good pace or the bigger G-Splash 80 will work when water is a bit stained. Another topwater is the Manns Waker in RED worked on edges and along shoreline cover. This bait needs to be tossed on braid or GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. With fluorocarbon, keep it out of the water or it will make the bait dive. Braid is a good overall choice on a 7-foot rod with plenty of backbone.

As the tide comes in and the topwater bite slows, go to chatterbaits and Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits... in RED as long as the clouds are out. With a higher tide and sun, slow down and fish docks with Mizmo Tubes on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook again on Gamma Edge. With the mid day high tides, slowly swimming jigs and even swimbaits will bring the big bass out of the thickest grass or wood cover.

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Wizards hold off Pistons behind Otto Porter's huge night, John Wall's double-double

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Wizards hold off Pistons behind Otto Porter's huge night, John Wall's double-double

The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 115-111 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...

How it happened: Part of what the Wizards need from Otto Porter now that he has received a max contract is more on the offensive end, the more-than-occasional game where he takes pressure off of John Wall and Bradley Beal with a convincing offensive effort. They got just that in a win over the Pistons on Friday night.

While the team struggled mightily on defense early, Porter helped keep them in it with 20 points in the first half. He shot 9-for-13 from the field and didn't hit one three-pointer. Porter kept it going with six points in the third quarter and ended up with 26.

The Pistons had their way on offense throughout the first half. They led 65-58 and shot 55.1 percent. Despite shooting 63.2 percent themselves, the Wizards trailed by seven after two quarters.

Washington led 91-81 after three and saw that lead grow to 15 with a 7-2 run to begin the fourth. That push was keyed by mostly bench players after they struggled to maintain momentum in the first half. Once they started to lose grip and let the Pistons cut the lead to 98-90 with 8:19 remaining, Scott Brooks called a timeout and brought the starters back in. That didn't exactly stop the bleeding, as an Avery Bradley three locked the game at 102-102 with five minutes left.

Detroit kept answering the bell when the Wizards would make a push. Rookie Luke Kennard (11 points), the 13th overall pick out of Duke, was impressive off their bench. Andre Drummond grabbed 12 rebounds, but fouled out with 9:15 left in the fourth. Tobias Harris (15 points, three rebounds) didn't recreate his monster season-opener, but was effective nonetheless.

Beal helped close out the win with a pivotal and-1 layup with 2:06 left. He was challenged by Jon Leuer at the rim, but got it to go in off the glass. That put the Wizards up 111-106. Wall then secured the victory with a block on Reggie Jackson with 14 seconds left. Jackson charged the lane and Wall swatted it away with his left hand.

Wall (20 points, 10 assists, two blocks) had his first double-double of the season despite committing six turnovers. Beal dropped 20 points to go along with four assists and three boards. Marcin Gortat had an average night compared to his season-opener with 10 points and six rebounds. 

The Wizards moved to 2-0 on the year with two wins against teams that could be in the Eastern Conference playoff picture come April.

What it means: The Wizards took care of business with two wins at home before they head west. That may end up looking very important in hindsight. 

Smith sidelined: Jason Smith was held out with a sprained right shoulder. Kelly Oubre, Jr. got the start in his place and got the game started with a steal and dunk on the other end for the Wizards' first points. Overall, Oubre didn't make nearly the impact he did in the season opener. He finished with four points and six rebounds in 35 minutes.

Wall put on a show: Wall's numbers may look modest by his standards, but he was lighting up the highlight reel on both ends of the floor. He crossed up Jackson for a nasty stepback jumper in the first quarter. In the second quarter he blocked Harris, who is a power forward. How many point guards can do that, like, in the history of the game? Not many. 

Wall also had this beautiful layup on the fastbreak:

Bench a mixed bag: The Wizards were starting to take control in the third quarter when backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks helped them grow their lead. He had six points in the third and came out with an early three in the fourth. He finished with nine points in 15 minutes. The bench, however, had another uneven night. Tim Frazier went scoreless for the second straight game, but did dish four assists. 

Up next: The Wizards have the weekend off before heading out on a very early West Coast trip. They see the upstart Denver Nuggets first on Monday night. That one tips off at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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