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Hawks edge Pistons in 2 OTs

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Hawks edge Pistons in 2 OTs

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Smith scored 31 points, Al Horford added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

The Hawks blew a 22-point, fourth-quarter lead as Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored a combined 26 points in the final period of regulation.

Atlanta has won two straight and eight of 12. Detroit has lost seven of nine.

Bynum finished with 31 points, one less than his career high, and assisted on the last two baskets of regulation, when Andre Drummond's dunk cut the lead to two and Austin Daye's 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 101-100 lead with 4 seconds remaining.

Five items for the Washington sports fan on Amazon Prime Day

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Five items for the Washington sports fan on Amazon Prime Day

It's Amazon Prime day! Everyone who doesn't have a Prime account will be asking for your log in (especially if you have a student account), but shopping this sale is worth your time. We've selected some awesome DMV sports gear you must grab before training camp, tailgates, and the second half of baseball season.

1. Custom Stitched Sean Taylor Jersey

Yeah, this should be your tailgate uniform. A fraction of the price of an authentic jersey, your gameday closet needs this hand-stitched jersey. Phanatic Sports Memorabilia sells jerseys in burgundy and white, including everyone from Taylor and Theismann to Collins and Guice. Have you seriously not clicked that link yet?

2. NFL Cooler Quad Chair

 

Once you're dressed, it's time to sit back and enjoy the party. What better chair to bring to a tailgate than one with multiple pouches, a cupholder and your team's logo on the back? You're ready to rock gameday.

3. Nationals Desk Caddy

 

Bring your spirit to the office and stay hype for the second half of the season post All-Star break. This might make you some friends in the office, and it might make you some enemies. Choose your lunch dates wisely.

4. Washington Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup Champions DVD

What makes a D.C. sports fan feel warm and fuzzy like rewatching the first Stanley Cup championship? If you still own a DVD player, this purchase is great for the whole family (according to reviews, it's kid friendly). 

5. 2018 Stanley Cup National Hockey League Championship Ring 

No joke, at $16.79 these babies are 20% off today and come in myriad sizes through the Gloral HIF shop. Definitely worth a look and affordable for every Caps fan to represent their favorites at their leisure. Warning: may be blinding.

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Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

It's been a long road to recovery for Redskins quarterback Alex Smith after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans last November.

Following the original break, Smith's injury became infected, requiring more surgery and for him to wear an external fixator on his injured leg, a large metal, circular device that ran from his knee down to his foot with metal screws to hold bones in place.

Smith had been wearing the fixator for the past eight months, but on Monday, the brace was finally removed. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on her Instagram account a picture of Smith holding the recently removed metal device.

"The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy," Elizabeth Smith wrote on her Instagram. "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched."

This is a major step in Smith's recovery process, as he still hopes to play football again.

"That's the plan," Smith said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay of returning to the field. "I got to conquer some more steps before I get there."

But first, he must learn how to run and change direction again.

Earlier this summer, Smith was seen throwing passes at Redskins OTAs. He most certainly won't play in 2020, and his future on Washington has a lot to do with the success of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Washington's first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While Smith won't help the Redskins on the field, don't be surprised if Smith has a positive role in the development of Haskins. A team captain in 2018, many of his teammates have praised Smith of the leadership he displayed a season ago.

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