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Super Bowl halftime shows

Super Bowl halftime shows

2013 - Beyonce.

2012 - Madonna.

2011 - The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash.

2010 - The Who.

2009 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

2008 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

2007 - Prince and the Florida A&M marching band.

2006 - The Rolling Stones.

2005 - Paul McCartney.

2004 - Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake.

2003 - Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting.

2002 - U2.

2001 - ``The Kings of Rock and Pop'' featuring Aerosmith, `N'Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.

2000 - ``A Tapestry of Nations'' featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir.

1999 - ``Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing'' featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover.

1998 - ``A Tribute to Motown's 40th Anniversary'' including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations.

1997- ``Blues Brothers Bash'' featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi. Also featuring ``The Godfather of Soul'' James Brown and ZZ Top.

1996 - Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt. Finale featured Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.

1995 - ``Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye'' featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers. Finale included audience participation with light sticks.

1994 - ``Rockin' Country Sunday'' featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd. Finale included flashlight stunt.

1993 - ``Heal the World'' featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. Finale included audience card stunt.

1992 - ``Winter Magic'' including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill.

1991 - ``A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl'' featuring New Kids on the Block.

1990 - ``Salute to New Orleans'' and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts' characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas.

1989 - ``Be Bop Bamboozled'' featuring 3-D effects.

1988 - ``Something Grand'' featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker.

1987 - ``Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary''.

1986 - ``Beat of the Future.''

1985 - ``A World of Children's Dreams.''

1984 - ``Super Bowl XVIII's Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen.''

1983 - ``KaleidoSUPERscope'' (a kaleidoscope of color and sound).

1982 - ``A Salute to the 60s and Motown.''

1981 - ``A Mardi Gras Festival.''

1980 - ``A Salute to the Big Band Era'' with Up with People.

1979 - ``Super Bowl XIII Carnival'' Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands.

1978 - ``From Paris to the Paris of America'' with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.

1977 - ``It's a Small World'' including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placards on cue.

1976 - ``200 Years and Just a Baby'' Tribute to America's Bicentennial.

1975 - ``Tribute to Duke Ellington'' with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State band.

1974 - ``A Musical America'' with University of Texas band.

1973 - ``Happiness Is.'' with University of Michigan marching band and Woody Herman.

1972 - ``Salute to Louis Armstrong'' with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team.

1971- Florida A&M band.

1970 - Carol Channing.

1969 - ``America Thanks'' with Florida A&M University band.

1968 - Grambling State band.

1967 - University of Arizona and Grambling State marching bands.

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Nationals set to enter defining seven-game stretch

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Nationals set to enter defining seven-game stretch

WASHINGTON -- Most baseball managers try to operate in monochromatic fashion. They see one goal each day, and it only rests in those 24 hours. Some -- like Davey Martinez -- claim they don’t look at the standings in June. His standard message is to “win today” then move to tomorrow.

Human nature often runs interference on compartmentalization. It even crept up on Martinez on Sunday morning when in the midst of an answer about Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner playing daily. 

“For me, this is a big week,” Martinez said. “We have a chance to make up some ground here. I want these guys readily available to play.”

He’s right. The claim of significance is valid for once in mid-June, not a concept drummed up by overzealous television promos or interminable Internet space. 

The Nationals have seven games in seven days against two teams near the top of the division. Damaged Philadelphia arrives Monday. The Phillies’ bullpen is hurting and ineffective. Bryce Harper could miss the All-Star Game for just the second time in his career. Philadelphia is 6-8 in June. Meanwhile, Atlanta is rolling along. Its lineup remains deep, the pitching functional and Dallas Keuchel set to make his debut here in D.C. next weekend. The Braves hold a 2 ½-game lead in the not-so-great National League East. 

“Not thinking too big picture,” Adam Eaton said. “But knowing we have an in-division rivalry, we’ve got to win those games. It’s important. We’re trying to chase at this point. Not to put too much emphasis on it, but we need to play some really competitive baseball. And we shouldn’t beat ourselves these next four games. Play good baseball and not beat ourselves. If we play the brand of baseball we know how to play, and play clean, we have a good chance.”

Washington is five games under .500. Days are clicking off the calendar. Departing along with them are opportunities to chop at an 8 1/2-game deficit in the division. Following this week, only seven games against Philadelphia remain. However, 13 with Atlanta remain on the schedule, including seven in 10 days in September. The question is if those will matter. Sink this week and they won’t. Pull off a deficit-halving six of seven and everything changes. 

This week’s ramifications will first be felt on the phone lines in a month. The non-waiver trade deadline arrives July 31. Drag back to a double-digit deficit this week and plunk down the “for sale” sign. Rocket through the week and perhaps reinforcements will be found.

Monday brings a dreaded series opener. The Nationals are 6-17 in the first games of series this season. No one knows why. It doesn’t make sense. But, here they are, incapable of winning a first game and constantly playing from behind.

Patrick Corbin will be on the mound attempting to counter the trend. He, like the team when a new opponent shows up, has been in arrears the last three games. Corbin’s ERA dipped to 2.85 following a 116-pitch shutout of Miami on May 25. He’s been bludgeoned since. His ERA is up to 4.11, he will start twice this week, and the Nationals need him to right his ills.

Friday, Corbin threw a bullpen session focused on his line to the plate. Pitching coach Paul Menhart describes what they are trying to accomplish to get Corbin back to the version he was earlier this season:

“His lines and his east-west motion have made it very difficult for him to get the ball to where he wants it to be,” Menhart said. “He needs to be more direct to the plate and have more of a north-south rotation with his upper body and being more stable lower-half wise will allow him to do that and have his deception and hide the ball better and keep that tunnel.”

Corbin agreed. He doesn’t watch much video to cure ruts. He also doesn’t want too much information. The team’s analytics trackers have informed him his arm slot remains in a good place. He thinks his body is still in a running at a high level, dismissing any correlation between his struggles and the workload against Miami. He’s also going through the most common element of reduced success: trying not to chew on it too much.

“I think when I’m away from the field, you think about it more,” Corbin told NBC Sports Washington. “You’re frustrated about it a little bit -- what the heck is going on? But when you get here, you just try to work, try to do things to get better. That’s how I approach it. I’m just looking forward to my next start on Monday going out there and trying to get back to how I know I can pitch.”

Philadelphia arrives after being thumped in Atlanta on Sunday, 15-1. Washington had the opposite day in a 15-5 win. Monday night starts a reckoning of sorts for both. The Nationals will send out their three high-end starters during the four games. Philadelphia is trying to right itself and not let the Braves get out of touch at the top of the division. So, even for the one-day-at-a-time crew, the coming seven carry significant weight, and they’re finally admitting it.

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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. 

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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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