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Nelson disappointed not chosen Ryder Cup captain

Nelson disappointed not chosen Ryder Cup captain

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Larry Nelson thinks it was a great idea for the PGA of America to pick someone older to be Ryder Cup captain.

He's just disappointed it wasn't him.

Nelson, a three-time major champion with a 9-3-1 record in three Ryder Cup appearances, said Wednesday on Golf Channel's ``Morning Drive'' show that no one from the PGA of American contacted him about being the captain.

``And I do not have a ticket to New York, so apparently it's not going to be me,'' Nelson said.

Golf Digest reported on its website that the PGA of America planned to make Tom Watson the next U.S. captain. It would be the second time that Watson, who will be 65 when the Ryder Cup is played in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland, has been a captain. The other time was in 1993, and Watson hasn't been to a Ryder Cup since then.

``It's disappointing, certainly not devastating,'' Nelson said. ``We don't quite know how the decisions are made and what goes into those. We just to have to react to what they are.''

Nelson, a two-time PGA Championship winner, was in line to be Ryder Cup captain until being passed over for Lanny Wadkins in 1995 and Tom Kite in 1997. Nelson was thought to be too far removed from the game to be considered, though there has been a recent push for the 64-year-old Nelson to finally get his chance.

The PGA of America broke from its conventional pick and went with a veteran, but it wasn't Nelson.

``I think it's tough because it's kind of the third time this has happened,'' Nelson said. ``It seemed to gather more momentum this year than in the past, and I'm certainly appreciative of the thousands of people who tweeted or sent me emails that were hoping this might be the time. I'm flattered by all that stuff, certainly disappointed. I don't know why the decision was made the way it was, but you just have to honor that.''

Nelson is a quiet man from Georgia, though his career is remarkable beyond his three majors. He didn't take up golf until after he returned from the Vietnam War, and he turned in a career worthy of being voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Watson is celebrated worldwide for his eight majors and epic duels with Jack Nicklaus. He is particularly popular in Scotland, where he won his first major at Carnoustie in 1975. Watson won the British Open five times, four of them in Scotland.

Nelson thought it was a ``great decision'' for the PGA of America to go away from its mold of picking past major champions in their late 40s who still played on the PGA Tour. It's just that Watson already had his chance as captain in 1993, the last time the Americans won a Ryder Cup in Europe. Watson is the first repeat captain since Jack Nicklaus in 1987 at his home course of Muirfield Village.

``Tom will be a two-time captain. That I don't quite understand,'' Nelson said. ``Other than that, I think it's a great way to go.''

Nelson said he wouldn't be interested in being an assistant captain.

``There are a lot of people who probably have less credentials that have been captain, and a lot of people that have more credentials that haven't been,'' Nelson said. ``That puts me in area that it's not a decision I can make. It's a decision people I haven't even talked to made. They make the best decision they possibly can and what they think will help the Ryder Cup. You just have to go with it.

``I'm not totally surprised, just disappointed.''

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, have announced the formation of a new organization called 'Nats for Masks' that will help provide masks to underprivileged and at-risk populations in DMV area.

As part of the initiative, the Scherzers will auction off some of their personal collection of memorabilia to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the DMV. Some of the auction items available included autographed game-used jerseys, caps, and even Max’s 2019 All-Star Game nameplate.

Giving back to the community is nothing new to the Scherzer family. As animal lovers, back in 2017 during the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Scherzer’s rallied to cover adoption fees for all animals at the Washington-based Humane Rescue Alliance in order to make space for animals brought in from Houston.

Erica is also on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and Max has also contributed in the past in a PSA to raise awareness for the shelter.

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As if we needed another reason to adore the Scherzer family and what they do for our community, just add this to the list.

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