Two of the Mystics 12 gloomy losses this season have come against the Connecticut Sun, leaders of the Eastern Conference pack. A home-and-home scenario between the two sides tips off on Tuesday morning. Based on this seasons head-to-head and collective results, the projected forecast for Washington when it comes to avoiding another pair of defeats, ominous.After coming up with a winning formula against Phoenix on July 1, the Mystics (3-12) have dropped two straight including Sundays stunning 16-point road loss to the three-win Tulsa Shock. Looking to reverse the trend, one that has seen Washington lose seven of eight games, against surging Connecticut (12-4) is the epitome of an uphill battle. Its one the last place squad must grapple with and quickly. Only three games remain before the WNBAs month-long Olympic break. The first one tips off at 11:30 AM on Tuesday at home followed by a Wednesday road contest in Connecticut.Our goal is to play better for longer stretches of time and to put together a 40 minute game, Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said following the 78-62 loss at Tulsa. There are stretches where we play well and we look good and then we have defensive breakdowns and we turn the ball over. We allow teams to go on runs and that has to stop. After Fridays 78-73 home loss to San Antonio, center Michelle Snow offered a blunt assessment of the current situation. "It's very frustrating. I'm not used to losing,'' said Snow, a 10-year veteran playing her first season in Washington. "You just want to scream, you want to blow up, you want to fight, whatever it takes to wake everybody up. Honestly, a change is going to come. You can be part of that change here or you'll just be part of that rotation (leaving town). That's the way any job is.''The main job for Snow and her fellow post players against Connecticut involves containing Tina Charles. Good luck. The center and 2012 Olympian averages 18.6 points and ranks second in the league with 11.6 rebounds.In a 94-86 win over the Mystics on June 3, Charles exploded for a season-high 30 points, knocking down 13 of 22 field goal attempts. In the June 29 rematch,her13 and 10 double-double spurred ona 77-64 victory at the Verizon Center.Tina is a great player and she is going to do her thing, Mystics leading scorer Crystal Langhorne said after tangling the first time with Charles. We let her get some easy chip-ins in the first half, which got her going, and then she was really hot in the second half and she was hitting everything. We just needed to contain her a little better than we did.Charles is not the Suns only threat, or Olympian. Forward Asjha Jones averages 12.8 points, a number boosted by the she20 points she tallied in the road win. Collectively the Sun, winners of two straight and sixconsecutive against Washington,average 83 points per game. That's nearly 14 more than the Mystics, the leagues lowest scoring team.Only Langhorne reached double figures against Tulsa as the Mystics struggled with consistency and maintaining possession, giving away scoring opportunities with 19 turnovers. Our main focus when we play Connecticut is slowing down our offense, said Langhorne, who is averaging 18 points against the Sun and 16.6 overall. They have great post players and great shooters. We just really need to pick it up.Pick it up, and quickly.
After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York.
Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.
One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.
The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.
The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well.
Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.
REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2
Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets
What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason
When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Washington, -3
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy
REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:
5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)
Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
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Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.
He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.
"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.
Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.
There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines.
He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"
Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.
But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.
Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.
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