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Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers

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Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers

Saturday night, the Washington Kastles had their biggest comeback to date stunning the New York Sportimes 21-20, in order to capture their 25th straight victory.Trailing 19-13 in the fifth set, Venus Williams crushed Martina Hingis 5-1 in women's singles to lead the Kastles to a victory.
Tonight the Kastles (9-0) will host the Kansas City Explorers (3-6) as Washington looks to extend their historic streak to 26 consecutive wins.Interestingly enough, the Explorers are 3-1 all-time versus Washington. However, the Kastles edged Kansas City, 21-18 in their last meeting. It also marked the inaugural match at Kastles Stadium on July 5, 2011.The 2012 Explorers will be headed by World No. 12 doubles player and 2010 US Open finalist Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who is a new addition to the squad that came to our nation's capital last season.Venus Williams, will serve as the Kastles' marquee player, competing in her third Kastles match of the last seven days. She is expected to play the first two sets before flying to London, where she look to capture a fourth medal and in doing so a tennis-record as well.Now 7-0 with the Kastles, Venus Williams is filling in for sister Serena Williams, who is cautiously resting a back injury in preparation for the Olympics.When asked about Serena bowing out of her Kastles duties, Washington owner Mark Ein said, "we love Serena, but Venus loves being on this team. She was so excited for the opportunity to come back. She loves this. She loves the team, loves the environment and she's a teammate -so we're totally thrilled by it."Venus (USA) will be joined by fellow Kastles, Leander Paes (India) and Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) who will compete for the Kastles for the last time during the regular season before heading to London.Tonight's match will air live on Comcast SportsNet. For more information log onto www.WashingtonKastles.com.
PROJECTED MATCH-UPSMS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (KCE)WS: Anastasia Rodionova (WAS) vs. Chanel Simmonds (KCE) MD: ReynoldsLeander Paes (WAS) vs. QureshiNick Monroe (KCE) WD: An. RodionovaVenus Williams(WAS) vs. SimmondsTetiana Luzhanska (KCE)MXD: PaesWilliams (WAS) vs. QureshiLuzhanska (KCE)

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LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back

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LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back

John Wall, when asked about Lonzo and LaVar Ball over the weekend on our Wizards Tipoff podcast, said that Lonzo is a "nice kid" but the trash-talking his father does will be "taken personally" by other NBA players. He explained how Lonzo will "be targeted" because of those comments.

Wall stopped short of saying whether he himself had taken them personally. Well, now LaVar is going after his Wizards.

In a video posted by Ball Is Life on Monday, Ball calls out the Wizards, who they host on Wednesday at the Staples Center:

"Washington is coming in here Wednesday? They better beware because Lonzo ain't losing again, not in the same week."

Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw the video soon after it was posted and tweeted that Wall is going to "torture" Ball for 48 minutes:

The Wizards play the Nuggets on Monday night, but it's hard not to look ahead at Wizards-Lakers which just got even more interesting.

For Wall's full comments on the Ball family, plus his explanation of 'Wolf Season,' check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Ravens offense continues to be haunted by injuries in loss to Vikings

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Ravens offense continues to be haunted by injuries in loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even though he was signed to help the Vikings replace Adrian Peterson, Latavius Murray has been behind nearly from the day he stepped foot in Minnesota.

Plowing through the Baltimore Ravens as he did on Sunday should help him catch up in a hurry.

Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kai Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Ravens.

After making the decision to move on from the face of the franchise, the Vikings signed Murray away from the Oakland Raiders to help fill the void. But ankle surgery kept him out of the entire offseason program, all of training camp and most of the preseason and buried him on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook, who was lost for the season with a knee injury on Oct. 1, and Jerick McKinnon.

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"I just think it was a matter of me just trying to find my rhythm, try to get a groove going," Murray said after averaging 6.3 yards per carry. "I said eventually I know I would have some success. I knew I had to continue to keep doing what I do and continue to keep working, and hopefully like today, those big runs will pop."

Forbath made kicks of 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards to back another suffocating effort from the defense for the Vikings (5-2).

Minnesota sacked Joe Flacco five times and allowed just 208 yards. Everson Griffen had two sacks and has nine for the season.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for the Ravens (3-4), including a 57-yarder in the first half. Flacco completed 26 of 38 passes for 186 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to Chris Moore as time expired.

"Those clich?s like `worn down' and `gap control,' it's just all meaningless chatter," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after his team gave up 169 yards rushing. "We've got to do a better job against the run and get them stopped. They did a good job and we didn't."

The nine combined field goals tied an NFL record for most made field goals in a game.

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Murray was off to a slow start this season with just 97 yards rushing through the first six games. But he burst through a big hole in the third quarter, made one cut and surged to the end zone to give the Vikings an 18-6 lead.

"It's good to see him going," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It adds a dimension on the offense with a guy like Jerick and a guy like him."

Case Keenum had an erratic afternoon, completing 20 of 31 passes for 188 yards and one interception for the Vikings.

Flacco, who entered the day with a 66.1 rating that was good for 31st in the league, was stuck under 100 yards passing until well into the fourth quarter.