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Beninati: Rare Win Over Buffalo

Beninati: Rare Win Over Buffalo

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 11:29pm

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-by-Play

It wasn't the most stylish game you'll ever see, but it was effective for Washington. And anytime they bring a win back from Buffalo it's cause for celebration. You realize the Caps have won just 38 of 132 meetings anywhere against the Sabres. They earned the decision tonight for a number of reasons.Let's start with Jose Theodore, who wasn't overworked by any means, but was solid when he needed to be. His third period save on Chris Butler was huge and helped preserve the lead in a tight game.

Defensively the team was in good position most of the night in front of Theodore. It was obvious that the boys took Bruce Boudreau's message to heart. The one that said they need to be sound defensively and that they can't just rely on being the best offensive team in the league.Jeff Schultz and Mike Green were really good together tonight. Schultz helped out with a pair of assists and Green cashed in the game winner with a well-timed joining of the rush. Green just has the knack for turning innocent looking plays into quality chances and he beat Ryan Miller in the third period.Miller was his usual stingy self. He had no chance on Jason Chimera's double deflection and the Green put away was unstoppable. Miller was especially good this morning addressing the Buffalo media after his Olympic efforts. He's a very likeable guy and Sabre fans are fortunate to have him.The Caps added some reinforcements today at the trade deadline. In Scott Walker they get a grizzled vet, who when healthy plays the game with a great amount of jam. Eric Belanger will add depth and speed down the middle. He's a better offensive player than most people think and his defensive responsibility is unquestioned.

Joe Corvo is a colorful character, who marches to the beat of his own drum. But he has very good offensive instincts, is built like a tank and when focused can be physical in his own zone. Caps fans know Milan Jurcina has great size. It will be a while until we see him on the ice as an Olympic injury has him on the shelf for a while.Get used to seeing the Caps at home. The first of five straight at Verizon Center is on CSN in HD Thursday night.

Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

It was only a mere three weeks ago that Francesco Molinari closed with a final round 62 en route to a dominant eight-shot victory at the 2018 Quicken Loans National. 

On Sunday, his eight-under total was good enough for a two-shot win over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

The 35-year-old played his final round alongside Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

The 14-time major winner had to settle for a closing round of 71 on Sunday. It was his first Open since missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2015.

Molinari continues to be one of the world's hottest golfers, notching his third win in the last five starts. 

Some of golf's best weighed in on Sunday: 

When it was all said and done, on a day that featured difficult Carnoustie wind conditions, Francesco Molinari emerged victorious hoisting the Claret Jug. 

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.

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