Sebastian Salazar getting mentally prepared for Spartan Race


Sebastian Salazar getting mentally prepared for Spartan Race

So, last week a couple of our managers here at Comcast SportsNet called me in for a meeting. It felt a bit like being summoned to the principal’s office in school, only the punishment dolled out during this session might turn out far worse than anything the good folks of Montgomery County Public Schools ever conjured up back in the 90’s.  It will involve fire, mud, water and barbed wire - and that’s just what they're advertising.  

Spartan Race is coming to the D.C. area for a couple events this summer, and - as a result of aforementioned meeting - I’ll be representing Comcast SportsNet in the very reluctant, slightly skinny-fat, Over-30 division at the Spartan Race Sprint event on August 1st in Mechanicsville, Maryland.  

I hope they hand out participation ribbons.

This will be a challenge for many reasons, but mostly, because I don’t like working out.  In fact I hate it. Any sport with a ball and a goal can keep me moving for hours, but there’s a better chance you’ll find me on Mars than in a weight room.  Though after watching a couple Spartan Race videos, that may have to change in the coming months. 

Next Step: Recruiting

Before shredding my abs like Gerard Butler in 300, I’m hoping to gather some help.  I’ve been told we can field a CSN team, so I’ll put this out to my colleagues first:

Anybody up for joining me on August 1st?

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Capitals re-sign forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract

Capitals re-sign forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract

WASHINGTON — The Capitals bolstered their forward depth and its penalty kill by re-signing two-time Stanley Cup champion Carl Hagelin before he hit unrestricted free agency next month. 

Washington has officially re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, a move that goes a long way toward re-establishing a third line that had some openings entering the offseason. 

Hagelin, 30, was a pending unrestricted free agent. Washington acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21 just four days before the NHL trade deadline. Hagelin played primarily on the third line – although injuries in the Stanley Cup playoffs pushed him onto the second line.

Hagelin had three goals and 11 assists in 20 regular-season games with the Capitals and became an instant staple on the penalty kill. His 47 minutes, six seconds on the PK in those 20 games were enough to rank sixth among all forwards on the team.

Traded twice last season, Hagelin had a total of five goals and 14 assists with the Capitals, Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins in 58 games. He had a sprained knee (medial collateral ligament) with Los Angeles that kept him out for 20 games.  

"[Hagelin] was a good fit,” Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said on April 26. “I thought he fit seamlessly from day one. Really liked him on the third line, the way we used him, we bumped him up obviously with the [T.J.] Oshie injury. Our PK got a lot better. Fits in well with his teammates. It's a really good fit for us, yes." 

The Penguins traded Hagelin to the Kings on Nov. 14. He was a key part of Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup winners in 2016 and 2017, which came at the expense of Washington in the playoffs each time. 

This was the last year of a four-year, $16 million deal that Hagelin signed with the Anaheim Ducks in 2015. He was always viewed as a likely trade chip for Los Angeles, which finished in last place in the Pacific Division and eventually flipped him to the Capitals. 

Even after the disappointing first-round Stanley Cup playoff loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Hagelin said he was open to re-signing with the Capitals before he hit unrestricted free agency on July 1. His signing follows the trade of defenseman Matt Niskanen on Friday. The NHL Draft is this coming weekend in Vancouver with more moves expected.   

“I liked the fact that I got a good look from the coaches,” Hagelin said on April 26 of his time with the Capitals. “I got to play with good players, I got to play in key situations. I felt comfortable here.”



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Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

The Orioles helped make one family's Father's Day a day that they will never forget. 

Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.