John Harkes - D.C. United Analyst


John Harkes - D.C. United Analyst

John Harkes is the analyst for Comcast SportsNet’s live coverage of D.C. United games. He returned to Comcast SportsNet in 2012 after previously serving as the network’s soccer analyst in 2005 and 2006.

Harkes played 14 seasons of professional soccer in the United States and England, including three years with D.C. United. He also represented the United States in several international tournaments, including the World Cup and Olympics. As team captain from 1996 to 1998, he led D.C. United to five major titles, including back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 1996 and 1997 and the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Harkes was the first player named to a D.C. United roster and the first player inducted to the Hall of Tradition. A four-time MLS All-Star, he appeared in 167 MLS matches over eight seasons with United, New England and Columbus.

Prior to joining D.C. United, Harkes spent six seasons in England with Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and West Ham from 1990-91 to 1995-96, which included two years in the Premier League. Overall, he appeared in 160 games in England’s Premier League, First Division and Second Division, recording 12 goals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, his extensive experience representing the United States in international competition is highlighted by the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1988 Olympics.

In additional to his work with Comcast SportsNet, Harkes has previously served as an analyst for ESPN, calling MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team games from 2006 to 2011, as well as World Cup matches in 2006 and 2010. He also currently hosts two shows on Sirius XM, The Football Show and Counter Attack.

Born in Kearney, N.J., Harkes played collegiately at the University of Virginia.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

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Tarik's 3 Stars: Nick Backstrom the OT hero in series-changing Game 5 win

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Tarik's 3 Stars: Nick Backstrom the OT hero in series-changing Game 5 win

Nicklas Backstrom tipped in a Dmitry Orlov shot in overtime, and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 5 to take a three-games-to-two series lead in their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

Washington can now clinch the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Monday night in Columbus.

The Capitals gave up the first goal in the game for the first time in the series. But the Capitals had an answer. The Capitals then took the lead. But the Blue Jackets had an answer. The Capitals took the lead again in the second period, but the Blue Jackets tied the game in the third.

But Nicklas Backstrom had the answer in overtime.

Tarik El-Bashir's 3 Stars of Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 3 

1. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

Backstrom delivered the Caps’ biggest goal of the season 11:53 into the extra session by knocking a point shot by Dmitry Orlov down and past Sergei Bobrovsky, who was the Blue Jackets’ best player in overtime.

The goal was Backstrom’s first of the series.

He also recorded an assist.

2. Matt Calvert, Blue Jackets

The third line winger scored nine goals in the regular season. After popping a couple in Game 5, he’s now got three in this series.

And Saturday’s was a doozy. After T.J. Oshie mishandled the puck at the blue line, Calvert was off to the races. He whiffed on his wrist shot but still managed to get the puck (and himself) in the net to even things, 2-2, early in the second period.

3. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals

Kuzy was arguably the Caps’ most active forward.

Early in the second period, the smooth-skating center finished a three-on-one with a sneaky wrister that slithered through Bobrovsky’s pads. Kuznetsov also nearly set up Alex Ovechkin at the doorstep with a ridiculous slap pass. Alas, Ovi was turned by Bob, who went into the full splits to get a piece of the puck.


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