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List of MCM road closures

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List of MCM road closures

The upcoming 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and the MCM10K on Sunday, October 28 are set to close many of the roads in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The event begins at 7:40 a.m. as runners take off from Route 110 in Arlington, VA. Only the roads below will be affected on race day and will be reopened as soon as the event ends. The course officially closes at 3 p.m.

4:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street

4:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Route 110 from I-66 to U.S. Highway 1

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway

4:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street

4:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Route 110 ramp from Washington Blvd. to Route 110

5:00 a.m.-1:07 p.m. Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street SW to 14th Street SW

7:23 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to North Kirkwood Street

7:30 a.m.-9:25 a.m. Spout Run Parkway from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP)

7:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m. GWMP from Spout Run to Key Bridge off ramp (one northbound lane remains open) 7:33 a.m.-9:40 a.m. Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)

7:35 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Canal Road NW from M Street NW to Reservoir Road NW

7:35 a.m.-1:17 p.m. 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes

7:35 a.m.-1:45 p.m. HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

7:40 a.m.-2:00 p.m. South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive

7:42 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Reservoir Road NW from MacArthur Blvd. NW to Canal Road NW

7:42 a.m.-10:25 a.m. MacArthur Blvd. NW from Foxhall Road NW to Reservoir Road NW

7:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Foxhall Road NW from Canal Road NW to MacArthur Boulevard NW

7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Army Navy Drive from South Fern to 12th Street South

7:47 a.m.-10:36 a.m. M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW

7:48 a.m.-10:40 a.m. Wisconsin Avenue from M Street NW to K Street NW

7:49 a.m.-10:45 a.m. K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW

7:50 a.m.-11:04 a.m. Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from K Street NW to Independence Avenue

7:52 a.m.-11:05 p.m. Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street NW to 23rd Street SW

7:53 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Ohio Drive SW at West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue SW around East Potomac Park to Maine Avenue SW

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to Eads Street

8:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. 12th Street from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive

8:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Crystal Drive from 12th Street to 23rd Street

8:00 a.m.- 2:35 p.m. 23rd Street from Crystal Drive to North Clark Street

8:00 a.m.- 2:40 p.m. South Clark Street from 23rd Street to 12th Street

8:00 a.m.- 2:43 p.m. South Fern Street from Army Navy Drive to South Rotary Road

8:00 a.m.- 2:45 p.m. South Rotary Road from South Fern Street to Columbia Pike

8:00 a.m.- 2:45 p.m. Columbia Pike from South Rotary Road to Washington Blvd. on ramp

8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Route 110 off ramp

8:02 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue SW

8:03 a.m.-12:25 p.m. East Basin Drive from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive

8:06 a.m.-12:28 p.m. Independence Avenue SW from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive SW

8:13 a.m.-12:35 p.m. 15th Street NW/SW from Constitution Avenue NW to Maine Ave. SW

8:13 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW

8:15 a.m.-12:55 p.m. 3rd Street; Pennsylvania Avenue to Maryland Avenue SW

8:16 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to E. Capitol Circle

8:16 a.m.-12:50 p.m. 1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW

8:16 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to East Capitol Circle

8:16 a.m.-12:50 p.m. 1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW

8:17 a.m.-12:52 p.m. Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street

Visit the Marine Corps Marathon website at www.marinemarathon.com for more information.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: X-factors that could swing the series

Stanley Cup Final 2018: X-factors that could swing the series

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights have met only twice in their history. Neither team was expected to get to this point so you can go ahead and throw away the stats, the matchups, the data and the history. A new story will be written in the Stanley Cup FInal.

Who will ultimately win the Cup? Here are four factors that could ultaimtely swing the series.

1. Goaltending

The Caps have faced elimination only twice in the playoffs and Braden Holtby did not allow a single goal in either game. He enters the Stanley Cup Final having not allowed a single goal in 159:27. Andrei Vasilevskiy began to take over the series with his performance in Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5, but Holtby outplayed him to finish off the series in Washington’s favor.

Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, has been the best player in the playoffs. Not the best goalie, the best player.

Through 15 games, Fleury has a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. As good as Vegas has been this postseason, Fleury has stolen several games for the Golden Knights.

Both of these goalies are certainly capable of stealing away a series for their respective teams. Which one will outplay the other?

2. Time off

Rust is a real thing in hockey. Just any team when they come off a bye week. When the Caps and Golden Knights take the ice on Monday, May 28, it will be the first game for Vegas since May 20. That’s over a week off.

Yes, getting rest at this time of the year is important, but too much rest leads to rust and that should be a major concern for Vegas, especially for a team that was playing so well and has so much momentum.

In the Eastern Conference Final, the Caps stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning by winning both Game 1 and Game 2 in Tampa. Could they do it again with a rusty Vegas team? Will the long layoff cost the Golden Knights one or even two home games to start the series?

3. The McPhee factor

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee was the Caps’ general manager for 17 years starting with the 1997-98 season. He was fired in 2014, but was ultimately responsible for building the core of the Washington team that is now headed to the Stanley Cup Final.

But that also means he knows those players very, very well.

Nicklas Backstrom, Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Christian Djoos, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Tom Wilson, Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer and of course, Alex Ovechkin were all drafted by McPhee. Jay Beagle was also signed by as an undrafted free agent.

A general manager does not sign or draft anyone without knowing a good deal about the kind of player they are. Does that give McPhee a bit of an edge when it comes to facing the Caps?

4. Speed

The Golden Knights are fast. When the expansion draft was all said and done it was clear McPhee had targeted two things specifically: defensemen and speed. The result is an exceptionally fast Golden Knights team that no one has been able to keep up with so far.

Vegas' speed mixed with the goaltending of Fleury has proven to be a lethal combination. Their mobility makes it hard to get the puck from them or even keep it in the offensive zone. Once they get it, it’s going down the ice very quickly and you better keep up with them or it's going to end up in the back of the net. Once they build a lead, it is very difficult for teams to dig their way out as evidenced by their 10-1 record this postseason when scoring first.

Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh were both fast teams as well and the Capitals were able to combat that with strong play in the neutral zone. The 1-3-1 trap has given opponents fits and generated a lot of odd-man breaks for the Caps. Will it be as effective against a speedy Vegas team?

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