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Bills induct Polian to Wall of Fame

Bills induct Polian to Wall of Fame

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) When he took charge of a Bills team that had won only four times over their previous two seasons, Bill Polian was confident they would one day achieve success.

His dreams quickly became reality.

Polian, the architect of the Bills' glory years when the team won four straight AFC championships in the early 1990s, became the 28th member of the Bills' Wall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony at halftime of their game against the Tennessee Titans.

``We talked about (the Super Bowl) almost from Day 1,'' Polian said. ``That was our goal. So we weren't surprised when we got there. We reached our goal, but didn't quite finish the job. But no one else is ever going to go to four Super Bowls again. It was truly one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL.''

Hired in 1986, Polian was the Bills' general manager for seven seasons. In one of his first moves, he was able to convince quarterback Jim Kelly to sign with the Bills to start the `86 season after Kelly had played three seasons in the USFL. He then hired coach Marv Levy midway through the 1986 season.

From there, Polian molded a team that featured Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas, as well as stalwarts such as receiver Andre Reed and linebacker Darryl Talley. The Bills played in five AFC championships in six years, and went to four consecutive Super Bowls.

``They were a great and unique team,'' Polian said. ``To have the resiliency to come back after you're defeated in the biggest game of the year, and the biggest game of your life, and to be able to bounce back and do what they did speaks volumes about what Marv taught them, and what they are as people.''

Levy came to Sunday's game to show his support for Polian, who was the NFL executive of the year twice during his Buffalo tenure.

Polian eventually did win a Super Bowl when he was president of the Indianapolis Colts, but acknowledged that being honored by the Bills ranks higher in his mind.

``This is right at the top,'' he said. ``You learn as you go through a long career that the accolades and the rings and the trophies don't mean much. In the end, what you're left with is the experiences, the friendships, and the memories ... and I wouldn't trade my time here for anything in the world.''

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Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

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Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

The Stanley Cup champion Caps will open their seven-game exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 season against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.  

Washington will face Boston, Carolina and St. Louis twice apiece—once on the road, once at home—and the 

Canadiens one time. The game against the Habs will be played at Videotron Arena in Quebec City.

NBC Sports Washington’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the preseason entire slate:

Date                    Opponent           Location                      Time
Sun., Sept. 16      at Boston          TD Garden                  1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18    vs. Boston         Capital One Arena     7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20  at Montreal      Quebec City, Que.      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21        at Carolina        PNC Arena                  7:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25    at St. Louis        Enterprise Center      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28        vs. Carolina       Capital One Arena    7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30      vs. St. Louis      Capital One Arena     3 p.m.

Monday's announcement kicked off a busy week for the Caps.

On Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will pick up his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicklas Backstrom will also be on hand for media interviews; key members of the Cup-winning team are typically in attendance.

On Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Washington will make selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds of the 2018 Entry Draft at American Airlines Center. (Their fifth-round pick was dealt to Minnesota in the Tyler Graovac deal.)

Next Monday, many of the organization’s prospects, including this year’s picks, will report to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the start of development camp. The schedule and roster will be announced this week.

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Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

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Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

The MLB All-Star Game is at Nationals Park and is now less than a month away, so let's check in on how D.C.'s top players and fan favorites are doing in the voting. 

After the first National League All-Star Game ballot update last week, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams were the three Nationals among the top players receiving votes. And while that's still the case, they've all dropped one position since last week. Perhaps because of the Nats' recent slump?

Opening as the No. 1 outfielder, Harper is now No. 2 in the voting with 1,002,696 tallies, behind Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis with 1,173,653 votes. They are, however, the only two outfielders with more than a million votes and 2-of-5 overall in the voting. 

Adams — who was 14th among outfielders last week — slid one spot to No. 15 with 237,165 votes.

Last week, Turner was the No. 4 shortstop on the ballot, but he has since dropped to No. 4 with 279,071 votes. He's behind San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, Braves' Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell and Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story — who was the one to jump Turner this time around. 

If you're a Nats fan who doesn't like these results, don't worry. You can keep voting until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and you can vote up to five times every 24 hours. Read more about how to vote for your favorite players in the MLB All-Star Game HERE

The 2018 NL-AL matchup is in Washington, D.C. on July 17.

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