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Cook beats Frost in playoff on Champions Tour

Cook beats Frost in playoff on Champions Tour

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) John Cook caught David Frost on the final hole of regulation, then beat him with birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday.

Cook closed with a 5-under-67 at Hualalai Golf Club to catch Frost at 17-under 199. Cook drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

Frost shot 69, not able to match Cook's birdie on the 54th hole of the Champions Tour season-opener.

Frost had held the lead alone since the 12th hole Saturday.

Both birdied the first playoff hole (No. 18) from inside 10 feet and went to the 17th tee. Cook hit his tee shot about 15 feet left of the hole and drained it after Frost had come up short with his birdie try.

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Virginia General Assembly issues proclamation to commend Nationals for World Series run

Virginia General Assembly issues proclamation to commend Nationals for World Series run

“Baby Shark” may forever be ingrained in the memories of Nationals fans, but now the song—as well as many other key contributors to the team’s World Series run—is officially a part of Virginia history after the General Assembly issued a joint proclamation Tuesday commending the club on its title.

With general manager Mike Rizzo and the commissioner’s trophy in attendance, lawmakers met Tuesday and agreed to issue a proclamation to “commend the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, 2019 World Series champions, on the occasion of their monumental victory.”

They also asked that the clerk send a copy of the document to the Lerner family “as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the team’s success and its contributions to the Commonwealth.”

The proclamation details the path that led to the Nationals’ improbable championship run, including its 19-31 start, five comeback wins in elevation games, UVA alumni Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle, dugout dances and, of course, “Baby Shark.”

“The Washington Nationals demonstrated to young players all over the world what can be accomplished through grit and determination and gave fans a moment they will cherish for the rest of their lives,” the document reads.

It’s been a whirlwind of an offseason for the Nationals, who won the World Series and paraded down the streets of D.C. only for a slew of key contributors to hit free agency days later. The Nationals have re-signed several of the players, including the aforementioned Zimmerman, as they look to defend their title in 2020.

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Two former Redskins on DC Defenders' opening roster

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Two former Redskins on DC Defenders' opening roster

With the first season of the revamped XFL starting just a couple of weeks away, all eight teams were required to release their initial 52-man rosters on Monday following training camp.

For a pair of wide receivers that made the D.C. Defenders initial roster, their home games at Audi Field will only be a dozen miles away from where the stadium they previously played professional football in the past: both Rashad Ross and Simmie Cobbs had previously suited up for the Redskins.

Ross joined the Redskins in 2014 as a practice squad player and made the initial 53-man roster in 2015 after a standout preseason. He served as the Burgundy and Gold's primary kick returner in 2015, including taking one back 101 yards for a touchdown against the Giants. After a diminished role in 2016, he was released.

Cobbs was signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He impressed during the preseason, but was unable to make Washington's 53-man roster. He joined the Redskins practice squad and spent much of the season there before the Saints signed him to their active roster in December. He was waived this past August by New Orleans during final roster cuts.

The Defenders open the XFL season on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they host the Seattle Dragons.

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