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Spain beats Serbia in Hopman Cup final

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Spain beats Serbia in Hopman Cup final

PERTH, Australia (AP) Spain defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup for the fourth time on Saturday.

Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

Djokovic took the first match for Serbia by overcoming a strong challenge from Verdasco 6-3, 7-5. Medina Garrigues evened it by outlasting Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2.

Serbia had been seeking its first title in Perth.

Djokovic broke back in the fifth game of the second set when Verdasco made a backhand error. Although he failed to convert two more break points at 4-4, he got a vital break to lead 6-5 when Verdasco netted a forehand.

``It's difficult to play against any player if he hits the winners from both sides and is very aggressive,'' Djokovic said. ``He was serving at over 200 kph consistently well and it was really hard for me to come back to the match.''

Ivanovic looked nervous and struggled with her first serve and at point appeared to be suffering from an illness.

She was 2-0 up but Medina Garrigues immediately broke back and tied it 4-4 before serving out the set at love with an ace.

Ivanovic led 2-0 again in the second set but called for the trainer and was given medication. She took a 5-2 lead, failed to serve out the set at 5-3 and eventually won the tiebreaker.

In the final set, Medina Garrigues led 2-0 when Ivanovic double-faulted and went on to claim victory when Ivanovic netted a backhand on break point at 5-2.

That forced the deciding mixed doubles match.

``I was dreaming all of my career of winning against a great player in a big stadium. I'm 30 years old and finally I take it, so I'm really happy,'' Medina Garrigues said. ``The crowd is like a Grand Slam and they were supporting me because they wanted a live mixed doubles.''

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper came back to the District on Monday. No baseball was played.

Rain storms cycled through the DMV starting around 6 p.m. at first delaying the series-opening game between the Nationals and Phillies, before it was finally postponed at 10 p.m. The game will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game is at 1:05 p.m., the second at 7:05 p.m.

The Tuesday starters for both teams remain the same: Patrick Corbin for the Nationals and Jake Arrieta for the Phillies.

Washington will need an extra starter during the week because it is playing seven games in six days. For instance, the Nationals could call someone up to pitch the first game Wednesday, and have Max Scherzer pitch on regular rest Wednesday night. The doubleheader being played Wednesday instead of Tuesday allows the Nationals plenty of time to import a starter for the day, if they choose to do it then.

However, Tuesday’s forecast is also rain-filled. Stay tuned.

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Washington, and all eyes have shifted toward the offseason as the Capitals look to retool for next season. But, that doesn't mean we can't stop and appreciate the magical 2018 season now and again.

A week after reminiscing about the championship run and ensuing parade, the famous game show "Jeopardy!" gave us one more moment of glory on Monday night.

One of the clues featured in the latest episode had the Capitals as the answer and even featured Alexander Ovechkin.

It appears that one of the contestants did answer it correctly. More importantly, according to the replies, it was also cleared up that no one brought up the Pittsburgh Penguins during that round. 

While it may be somewhat hard to cope with the fact that the Capitals will not be enjoying another offseason of championship partying in 2019 we can take pride in the fact that the question was about the Caps winning the Stanley Cup, and not centered around a dreaded title drought.

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