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2 top college hoops games aboard ships called off

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2 top college hoops games aboard ships called off

The next time No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 Florida, Georgetown and Marquette try to play aboard a ship, they might need more than their jump shots and fast breaks.

They may want to bring mops and buckets, too.

A pair of big men's college basketball openers were called off Friday night when the makeshift courts were hardly shipshape. Instead, the floors became too wet because of condensation and the matchups were canceled.

Florida led Georgetown 27-23 at halftime in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla., when it was stopped. The game will not count and will not be made up.

``It's just tough around this time, the weather,'' Florida guard Kenny Boynton said. ``I'm not sure what caused the water, but it's definitely tough. We've got to get an indoor event, I guess.''

Ohio State and Marquette never got started aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The tipoff was delayed for about a half-hour as coaches, players and officials waited for the conditions to improve. The weather didn't get better, and the teams are unlikely to reschedule the meeting this season.

``All were apprehensive about playing the game,'' referee John Cahill said. ``You could feel the wet spots on the floor. Our primary concern is with the student-athlete. The last thing we want is any kid who's got a future in the game of basketball to be injured as a result of this.''

No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State are set to play Sunday afternoon on the USS Midway in San Diego. The game aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier was originally scheduled for Friday night, but moved back because of a strong chance of rain and wind.

``The purpose of the game is to play it on the Midway,'' SDSU coach Steve Fisher said.

Late Friday afternoon, the Yorktown hosted a women's game as No. 7 Notre Dame beat No. 19 Ohio State 57-51 without any problems on the court.

The Ohio State-Marquette matchup was part of the second Carrier Classic, the first a magnificent spectacle last year between North Carolina and Michigan State attended by President Barack Obama on the USS Carl Vinson outside San Diego.

The contest raises money for several groups that help troops and veterans. It was a showcase for Veterans Day weekend.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams said the lost game wouldn't change his mind about playing again on an aircraft carrier.

``We'll play anywhere, anytime in this type of event for this type of purpose,'' he said.

Florida and Georgetown had no problems on the court in the first half. The teams warmed up after the break, then players, coaches and the referees tried to no avail to dry the surface on the 388-foot amphibious assault ship.

Event organizers said they want to try to play it again next year.

``We've got to go back to work and maybe become meteorologists and do some things different. We and the Navy are committed to the event and doing it right,'' said Alan Verlander, director of sports and entertainment for the city of Jacksonville.

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Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season. In episode 1 titled "The Future Starts Now" the Redskins begin their journey toward improvement following the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

The episode begins immediately following the disappointing end to Washington's season as players participated in locker cleanout day. A somewhat somber atmosphere, the likes of Shaun Dion Hamilton, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams reflect on the season and look ahead to 2019.

Following that, it's on to the additions and changes on the coaching staff. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on new defensive staff hirings Ray Horton and Rob Ryan as well as Kevin O'Connell's jump to offensive coordinator. Ryan and O'Connell also explain their excitement for next season in their respective roles.

With the coaching staff puzzle becoming clear, the episode transitions to the NFL Combine. Gruden along with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, President Bruce Allen and Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith take you through the Combine process. Discussions about the interview process and what the Redskins are looking for in players give insight into how evaluations are done. 

The Combine portion has a heavy focus on players Kyler Murray, D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat among others. Released on March 20, one can see and hear from Sweat before the idea of him becoming a Redskin came to fruition and listen to Metcalf's thoughts on Jay Gruden.

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart also makes an appearance, discussing his viral moment with Ed Oliver at the combine and the fraternity-type bond conditioning coaches in the NFL share.

Washington's journey toward success in 2019 began the moment the clock ran out on the 2018 season. Episode 1 of "Redskins365" picks up right in that preliminary stage.

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SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

Fans of both crossword puzzles and the Washington Wizards had a leg-up when completing the New York Times crossword puzzle on Sunday. 

The clue: "Wizards, but not witches."

The answer: 7 letters, "NBATEAM." 

This isn't the first time famous crosswords have included sports-related clues. The Washington Post and LA Times have used Bobby Orr as an answer many of times (trust me, we always have a half-finished crossword puzzle hiding somewhere in our living room). 

But athletes aren't the only answers to clues. Remember when the Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan revealed the Washington Capitals' "cult of crossword men" back in 2016?

The New York Times even published a list of the top-10 sports names to know for crossword fanatics everywhere. 

Just further proof that sports continue to permeate every aspect of life. 

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