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Redskins' latest kicker hopes he'll stick around

Redskins' latest kicker hopes he'll stick around

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Kai Forbath is the latest in a long line of Washington kickers and he isn't worried about becoming another victim of the Redskins' revolving door at the position.

``I am (aware of it) and I'm hoping to stay here for a long time,'' said the 25-year-old Forbath, who was signed Tuesday to replace struggling veteran Billy Cundiff and is Washington's 19th kicker in 18 years.

Cundiff, 32, missed two 31-yard field goals and a 41-yard attempt during the past two games. He followed:

Eddie Murray (1995, 2000), Scott Blanton (1996-98), Chris Jacke (1997), David Akers (1998), Cary Blanchard (1998), Brett Conway (1999-2002), Michael Husted (2000), Scott Bentley (2000), Kris Heppner (2000), Jose Cortez (2002), James Tuthill (2002), John Hall (2003-06), Jeff Chandler (2004), Ola Kimrin (2004), Nick Novak (2005-06), Shaun Suisham (2006-09) and Graham Gano (2009-11).

Suisham's 50 games (including the 2007 playoff loss at Seattle) are the most by a Washington kicker during that span. Hall, Gano, Conway, Blanton and Murray were the only others to last an entire season.

Forbath, the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's top kicker as a UCLA junior in 2009, spent last season on the reserve/injured list with Dallas because of a quadricep that was slow to heal. He was in training camp with Tampa Bay this summer and made all five of his kicks in preseason but didn't beat out incumbent Conor Barth.

``I knew (I would be cut) unless something went wrong with'' Barth, said Forbath, who'll debut Sunday against Minnesota. ``They gave me opportunities and I took advantage of them. I can't thank them enough. I've talked to a lot of kickers in the league and it's taken them team to team to team to stay on a team.

``Two years to (make the NFL), I'm not complaining about that. It's a huge opportunity. I worked out with (veterans Olindon Mare and Josh Brown) yesterday and I did the best I could and apparently it was good enough.''

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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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