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Murray, Djokovic reach Shanghai Masters semis

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Murray, Djokovic reach Shanghai Masters semis

SHANGHAI (AP) Two-time defending champion Andy Murray reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek on Friday.

Murray, who improved to 11-0 in Shanghai, will next play either top-seeded Roger Federer or Marin Cilic.

``I just managed to turn it around in time,'' Murray said. ``I played actually very well I thought the last 10, 15 minutes of the match.''

Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating unseeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-3, 6-3. The second-seeded Serb will next face Tomas Berdych, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Stepanek dominated the first set and never offered the third-seeded Murray an opportunity to break serve. The Czech had 10 winners to only three for Murray.

Murray rebounded in the second set, breaking serve to go ahead 4-2. Stepanek had two opportunities to break back in the seventh game, but Murray held on to his lead.

Stepanek saved two set points on his serve in the eighth game, but netted a forehand on the third set point.

``It was quite a scrappy first couple of sets,'' Murray said. ``Obviously, the second set I managed to get a break, got a bit of momentum.''

In the third, the 41st-ranked Stepanek was up a break at 2-1 and had a game point for a 3-1 lead. But Murray broke back, winning 21 of 26 points to clinch the match.

The fourth-seeded Berdych had an ace against Tsonga on match point.

``I think it was a really solid game and solid performance from the beginning until the end,'' Berdych said. ``I was feeling quite well on the court.

``The biggest difference between me and Jo was I was able to take the small chances during even the first, and especially the second set.''

Tsonga's only two wobbles cost him. He had a shaky eighth service game in the first set and lost his serve at love. The second-set tiebreaker was tied 4-4 when Tsonga double-faulted.

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3 things to watch in Caps vs. Panthers

The Capitals play their last home game of October on Friday as they host the Florida Panthers (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Here’s what you need to watch.

Dmitrij Jaskin is back in

Todd Reirden has made one adjustment to the lineup for Friday’s game, putting Dmitrij Jaskin back in on the fourth line in place of Nathan Walker. Jaskin has yet to record a point since joining the Capitals, but that has a lot to do with where he was coming from.

“This team is based on being creative and it's probably something that I missed in the last few years,” Jaskin said following Friday’s morning skate.

In St. Louis, Jaskin was coached by Mike Yeo and, before him, Ken Hitchcock. Both coaches preach a hard-nosed offensive style based more on effort and being defensively responsible than skill. Coming to a team like Washington then, a team that encourages skill and creativity on offense, is a pretty dramatic change.

Jaskin has played a very safe style since coming into the lineup. It’s good to be defensively responsible, but not if it completely chokes the life out of the offense. Jaskin is hardly generating any offense at all thus far since coming to Washington.

After a few more practices, can it finally spark some skill and creativity from Jaskin?

Can the Caps get the bottom six back on track?

The Caps have gotten only two goals in six games from their bottom six and both came in the team’s blowout opening win against Boston. The third and fourth lines generated some chances on Wednesday, but afterward, Reirden stressed that the team needed to see more production from its depth forwards.

“We've got to continue to get scoring depth wise if we want to have success in this league,” he said. “That's where everything's headed is you can't rely on your top guys to come through for you every night and we'll continue to focus on finding the right chemistry with that third and fourth line to be able to give us some added offense there as well.”

Florida could provide a good opportunity for those players to get some points on the board.

Starting goalie Roberto Luongo is out with an injury and James Reimer will get the start on Friday. In three games, Reimer has a GAA of 3.62 and save percentage of .885.

As a team, the Panthers currently rank 24th in goals against per game with 3.50.

Two teams in need of a win

Florida is still searching for its first win of the season with a 0-2-2 record. It is still early, but this is a Panthers team with playoff aspirations and you don’t want to dig yourself in too deep a hole to start or it becomes very difficult to dig out.

The Caps, meanwhile, will be playing in their final home game of October. They leave Saturday for Vancouver to kick-off a three-game Western Canada trip. They then will face the Canadiens in Montreal on Nov. 1 before finally returning home.

Washington’s next home game will not come until Nov. 3. That makes Friday’s game a big one for the Caps as they try to secure two points before hitting the road.

“It's definitely a big game,” Reirden said. “We want to build on some of the things we were able to accomplish last game. It's difficult anytime you go out west with time changes and different stuff. We know that [Florida is] going to be a desperate team that hasn't had the start that they want and they're talented so it's an important game for us to go on the road on a winning note.”

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Most Redskins fans wait all year for this particular Sunday, the Cowboys are coming to Fed Ex Field

The problem is the Redskins have not faired well in this rivalry over the last few years. The Cowboys have won five straight and eight of 10 against the 'Skins. Dallas has struggled away from Jerry's World this season, going 0-3 in road games. 

The Cowboys offense exploded against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the top defenses in the NFL. Ezekial Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott was effective through the air and on the ground, rushing for 82 yards and touchdown and throwing for a pair of scores. Prescott connected with Cole Beasley nine times for 101 yards and both touchdowns.

Dallas' offense isn't cured yet. The Cowboys still remain 29th in the NFL in total yards per game.

The Cowboys strength is on defense. Dallas is second in the league in points allowed per game (17.2) and fourth in yards allowed per game (315.2). Demarcus Lawrence can wreak havoc coming off the edge. He has 5.5 sacks this season. The Cowboys MLBs of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have been very active this year, both ranking in the top 10 in tackles. 

That's what the Redskins have to deal with in Week 7.

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REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS WEEK 7

Who: Washington Redskins (3-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

What: Game 6 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Where: FedEx Field. Landover, Md. 

TV Channel: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial. You can also watch pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Weather Report: Partly Sunny, 55 degrees. Wind gusts up to 25 mph.

REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS TV SCHEDULE:

8:00 AM: Pro Football Weekly
8:30 AM: Redskins Nation
9:00 AM: Redskins 100
9:30 AM: Redskins Kickoff Preview
10:00 AM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live
11:00 AM: Redskins Coach's Show
11:30 AM: Inside the Redskins
3:30 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
4:25 PM: Redskins vs. Cowboys (CBS)
7:30 PM: Redskins Postgame Live
8:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live

REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: Sun., 12/23, @ Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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