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Washington AFL team name revealed: Valor

Washington AFL team name revealed: Valor

Washington D.C.'s Arena Football League team finally has an identity.

On Thursday morning at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Monumental Sports & Entertainment — the group headed by Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis — unveiled the logo and nickname for the city's new AFL team.


The Washington Valor. 

The logo pays homage to the flag of Washington, D.C., with the one white stripe surrounded by two red stripes, and the three horizontal white stars. 

The team joins the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Nationals as Washington, D.C. teams to have the traditional red, white and blue color scheme. 

The deal to bring an AFL team to Washington, D.C., was made official on March 10, 2016, and less than two months later tabbed longtime AFL coach Dean Cokinos as the franchise's first head coach.

The team will play its games at Verizon Center starting at the beginning of the 2017 season.


Natasha Cloud turns heads Friday night, sinks buzzer-beater to lift Mystics past Sparks

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Natasha Cloud turns heads Friday night, sinks buzzer-beater to lift Mystics past Sparks

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud burst onto Friday night's sports scene converting a floater that beat the buzzer lifting her team past the Los Angeles Sparks, 69-67. 

The win came during the team's regular-season finale at Capital One Arena and assured head coach Mike Thibault's squad a third-place finish or better. In order to lock up second place, the Mystics have to win Sunday and need Atlanta (22-11) to lose to Las Vegas. 

The Mystics play one more game before playoffs Sunday in Minneapolis against the Lynx at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. 

Cloud is a big reason why the Mystics have won eight straight games to tie a franchise record for wins in a season. 

"This is a championship team. This is a championship team and we're about to speak it into existence," Cloud told Christy Winters-Scott and Frank Hanrahan on Monumental Sports Network. 


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Katie Ledecky's impact away from competition at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

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Katie Ledecky's impact away from competition at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are officially under two years away, which will mark Japan's fourth time hosting the Games. 

Just this week wrapped up the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships from Tokyo serving as a preview for not only next year's world championships, but the 2020 Games itself. 

21-year-old American swimming phenom Katie Ledecky continued to make her dominant presence felt finishing with three individual gold medals (400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle races) in the meet.  The 1,500-meter wasn't even close. 

What she did with her time away from competition, though, was just as impactful. 

The Washington, D.C. native held a Sports Diplomacy swimming clinic in Setagaya Ward. This will be the site of Team USA training camps ahead of Tokyo 2020. 

The U.S. Department of State thanked Ledecky for "deepening US-Japan cultural bonds & educational exchanges." 

So far Ledecky has won five Olympic gold medals and 14 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. 

2019 World Swimming Championships are set to be held in Gwangju, South Korea next July.