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Predictions for Steelers-Ravens

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Predictions for Steelers-Ravens

There's plenty of guess about and predict for Sunday night's Ravens-Steelers game.  Here's a few guesses about what's coming:

1. The defense won't shut down the Pittsburgh offense, but will turn in a strong performance-- No Big Ben will help the Ravens, but the defense has been getting better the last few weeks. Are they back to last year's level? No, not yet. But there's no question they're doing better. Terrell Suggs is back and getting towards last year's form. Haloti Ngata's been off a few weeks, and he can make a differennce. Plus, the Ravens might have an easier time with Byron Leftwich at quarterback. Don't forget that he's an experienced NFL guy.

2. Even though the WRs will have some big plays, the Ravens are going to rely heavily on Joe Flacco and Ray Rice-- Those two players are what the Ravens need each week. If both of them turn in strong performances, then that sets up everything else on the Ravens' offense. The Ravens need to get the ball into Rice's hands as often as possible. You're not going to get a lot of big plays against the Steelers, but if the Ravens can move the ball and keep possession, it would help them control the game.

3. The Ravens can't make mistakes-- Now, this is something that can be said for just about every game, but it really holds water here. The Pittsburgh defense is so tough that they could keep the Ravens quiet on offense for stretches, something that's happened to them in road games throughout the season. The Ravens cannot hand the Steelers easy points. If so, that could easily make the difference.

PREDICTION: Ravens 21, Steelers 16-- Don't be fooled, boys and girls. The Steelers might not have Ben Roethlisberger, but they're still a good football team. But the loss of Big Ben will affect them enough to give the Ravens a little help. That should be enough to pull out this win. 

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

TOM WILSON IS ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW. 

17 minutes into Game 7 and Tom Wilson is already out here doing Tom Wilson things. 

First, there were these shenanigans:

Pretty standard stuff. Some anger words, some glove pulling. Nothing special. Then, friends - then it gets real:

Let this marinate a little bit. Wilson got a minor for fighting, served his time, and then IMMEDIATELY came out of the box and did literally the exact same thing. 

He punched a guys helmet off. Those helmets have straps to stay on for this exact reason, and it didn't matter. If this was medieval jousting, Braydon Coburn would be declared the loser on the spot. 

Get you a friend like Tom Wilson. 

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