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Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

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Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

As the Washington Kastles (10-0) hosted the Philadelphia Freedoms (4-6) Tuesday night, the Kastles depleted squad would pose the greatest threat to Washington's historic winning streak.With Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Anastasia Rodionova competing at The Olympic Games in London, the torch would be passed to Edina Gallovits-Hall, Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Conrad Huey to help lead the Kastles to their 27th consecutive win.Huey, who was raised in Alexandria, was lethal at the net. Coupled with Gallovits-Hall's tenacious performance in women's singles the two would do just enough to set up Bobby Reynolds to close out the match, giving the Kastles a 21-16 victory.With its 27th consecutive match tonight, the Kastles have passed the 1916 New York Giants (MLB) for the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Lakers present the next hurdle with the 33-game undefeated run by Los Angeles during the 1971-72 NBA season.Following tonight's last home match of the season versus Philadelphia, the Kastles will play road matches at New York Wednesday, Kansas City on Friday and Springfield on Saturday
MXD: Treat HueyRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Jordan KerrKristyna Pliskova (PHL)Treat Huey and Raquel Kops-Jones made their debut for the Kastles Tuesday nigth and the doubles team would showcase a textbook point at 1-1. Kops-Jones would force Gregorc out wide with a solid serve, but he would manage to return the shot. Unfortunately for the Freedoms, Gregorc's shot would set Huey up perfectly for a volley that he would crush into the stands. Clockwork. The Kastles would take a 2-1 lead.The rest of the match, however, would be a battle. Point by point. Game by game.At 3 games all, 3-all with Kops-Jones on serve the fans would see an amazing doubles rally. Both Huey and Kops-Jones took turns trying to put away overhead smashes, but somehow Philly managed to get a racquet on their shots. Finally, the Freedoms were able to return a deep lob--too deep, as in about three inches long giving the Kastles the 4-3 lead.The Kastles would break Pliskova, cruising to take the set 5-3.Kastles lead Freedoms, 5-3.
WD: Gallovits-HallRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)As for ladies doubles? This pair took some time to gel and it didn't help that they faced the Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Tough to compete with siblings and in this case; twins.The Freedoms would get out to a 3-0 lead.With Gallovits on serve, up 3-2 they ladies would scrape to return every one of Karolina's slice volleys as she dictated play at the net. Karolina would would prove to be too good. Finally finishing the Kastles off with a shallow slice in the alley.Unable to use the momentum from the last point, the Freedoms would dump the next point into the net giving the Kastles the game.The Kastles would break the Freedoms on the next point, closing the gap 3-2. That's when the Kastles momentum would stop. The Pliskovas would take the set 5-2.Freedoms lead Kastles, 8-7
MD: ReynoldsTreat Conrad Huey (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL) At 2 all, Reynolds on serve and manning the baseline, Huey would put away two back to back volleys in devastating fashion giving the Kastles the 3-2 edge.At 3 all, Huey on serve, Reynolds would take a page from Huey's book by sending a crushing a volley high into the stands. Reynolds would finish the game with an beautiful drop shot in the alley to give the Kastles the 4-3 edge.Reynolds wouldn't let up, but a few errors from Huey and the Freedoms were able to force a tiebreak.Huey would redeem himself early in the tiebreak when the net chord ruled in favor of his volley prompting an applause from the crowds.At 3 all, Reynolds slammed a crisp volley between the Freedoms and let out a triumphant, 'Yeahhhhhhh!!!!'The Freedoms would respond with a deep forehand down the alley which Reynolds simply could not return.The Freedoms would take the set, 5-4.Freedoms lead Kastles, 13-11.
WS: Edina Gallovits-Hall (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL) Gallovits-Hall would jump out to an early lead at 2-0, only to lose it as quickly as she gained it.At 2 all, Gallovits-Hall would fight back to break Pliskova.On serve, her confidence back, she would cruise to a 4-2 lead without dropping a point.Gallovits-Hall would go on defeat Pliskova, 5-3.Tied at 16.MS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL)It was up to Reynolds to win the match. Reynolds who embraces his roll as 'The Closer,' rose to the occasion.Playing each point with as if it was match point at Wimbledon, Reynolds let the fans breathe a sigh of relief establishing a 2-0 lead.Then a 3-0 lead.4-0.Prior to the match Coach Murphy Jensen told Reynolds all he wanted was for Bobby to play for 'Le' Leander Paes. Reynolds did just that.On serve he would close out the match.Kastles defeat Freedoms, 21-16.

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Need to Know: Will Zach Brown stay with the Redskins or go?

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Need to Know: Will Zach Brown stay with the Redskins or go?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 23, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 42
—NFL Draft (4/26) 93
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 229

Five Redskins free agents—Stay or go?

Kirk Cousins isn’t the only Redskins free agent whose future with the team is up in the air. Let’s break out some imaginary casino chips and budget a maximum of $100 on whether each of the following free agents stays with the Redskins or plays elsewhere in 2018.

ILB Zach Brown—I’m starting with the toughest one first. He seems to be a good fit in the Redskins’ defense and he had a good year playing in it. The six-year veteran didn’t express any great desire to stay in Washington when talking to the media but that is just the smart thing to do. At age 28 this probably is his best shot at getting a big contract and he may simply go to the highest bidder. If he has to go to his fourth different team in four seasons to get it, he probably will. $55 on stay

OLB Junior Galette—Galette still has the Redskins tattoo on his arm but he might have to start calling it a buffalo nickel tat if the wants to get more playing time. He’s still grateful that the Redskins stuck with him through two seasons lost to Achilles injuries. But he can read a depth chart and he knows that his playing time will be limited as long as Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith are around. $80 on go

OLB Trent Murphy—You can’t have too much pass rush. If Galette leaves, the Redskins could have too little if Murphy also bolts in free agency. Ryan Anderson may develop but he is not someone the Redskins can count on as their first option off the bench. It’s easy to forget the nine sacks and 45 pressures Murphy had in 2016 before tearing his ACL in a preseason game last summer. Although another team could swoop in and grab him, a one-year deal with some performance incentives should work for both sides. $60 on stay

OL Spencer Long—The easy talking point is that the Redskins will keep Chase Roullier at center, let free agent Shawn Lauvao walk, and have Long play left guard. But the word is that the Redskins are looking for an upgrade at LG in either the draft or in free agency. That would leave the 2014 third-round pick looking for a new employer. It’s possible that the Redskins will look for a replacement and not be able to find one who is both significantly better and affordable, leading back to Long. $65 on go

WR Ryan Grant—This is a simple case of Grant likely being worth more to the Redskins than he is to other teams. Jay Gruden and the other coaches appreciate his hard work in practice and his ability to line up at any wide receiver spot on the offense. After three years of learning, his work finally showed up on Sundays as he exceeded the combined production of his first three seasons with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns. It seems likely that the team and player will continue their mutually beneficial relationship. $75 on stay

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John Wall and J.J. Barea continue Wizards-Mavs beef with postgame war of words

John Wall and J.J. Barea continue Wizards-Mavs beef with postgame war of words

Add the Dallas Mavericks to the list of teams the Wizards just plain do not like.

The Wizards have had beef with a host of their opponents over the past several seasons between the Celtics, Warriors, Suns, Magic and many others. Now the Mavericks can be included and one could argue they were the instigators.

On Monday night in Dallas, the Wizards and Mavs got into it several times. First, Bradley Beal and rookie Dennis Smith, Jr. got tied up at midcourt and Beal gave Smith an earful afterwards. Smith grabbed Beal's arm and the Wizards shooting guard did not like it.

Beal's displeasure was understandable, as this could have caused a shoulder injury:

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Soon after that, Mavericks center Salah Mejri was ejected and as he left the court, Kelly Oubre, Jr. waved him off. Mejri didn't like that too much:

Those incidents were all precursors to this, a dustup between John Wall and J.J. Barea. First, they had words for each other on the court and it resulted in a technical for Barea, one of five total handed out during the game:

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After the game, they kept talking. Wall poked fun at Barea's height by saying this:

"It was cool. It was funny. It was just a little midget trying to get mad. So, I paid him no mind."

Barea then fired back with this to Dallas reporters:

"Now I have somebody in the NBA that I don't like. But I don't think his teammates like him either."

That's some decent trash-talking. But because they won in a blowout, the Mavs had the last laugh. 

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