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Pregnant U.S. Soccer star to miss Olympics

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Pregnant U.S. Soccer star to miss Olympics

After playing a secondary role at last summer’s Women’s World Cup, Sydney LeRoux was expected to be one of the stars for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Instead, the 25-year-old will be taking on a totally different challenge.

LeRoux’s pregnancy announcement came a day before U.S. Soccer announced its 20-player roster for the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. The Americans must advance to the tournament’s final (Feb. 21, Houston) in order to qualify for the Rio games. The young striker’s absence opens up yet another spot in the U.S. forward rotation. The iconic Abby Wambach has retired and Olympic/World Cup champion Amy Rodriguez announced her pregnancy earlier this year.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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