Waters gets 7-year contract from Cleveland State

Waters gets 7-year contract from Cleveland State

CLEVELAND (AP) In six seasons, coach Gary Waters has raised Cleveland State's profile among the nation's mid-major programs.

On the eve of his seventh season, Waters was rewarded for his success.

The school signed Waters to a new seven-year contract on Thursday, a package that runs through the 2018-19 season. Waters' new deal replaces the one he signed with the school in 2009.

Waters has led the Vikings to the postseason in four of the past five seasons. He took Cleveland State to its second NCAA tournament in 2009, when the Vikings shocked Wake Forest in the first round.

``Coach Waters is a highly respected leader whose teams excel on and off the basketball court,'' Cleveland State president Ronald M. Berkman said. ``Coach Waters fully expects his students-athletes to give nothing less in the classroom then they give on the basketball court. We are grateful that coach Waters has made the commitment to realize his goal of building a storied basketball program at CSU.''

Waters, who previously coached at Rutgers and Kent State, is 122-82 at Cleveland State. The Vikings will open the 2012-13 season at home on Friday against Grambling.

Cleveland State has had four 20-plus-win seasons and won two Horizon League championships (2009, 2011) under Waters, named the league's top coach in 2008.

``I am excited about the commitment that Cleveland State has made to me and my family,'' Waters said. ``With this vote of confidence, it will allow me to basically finish out my career here at Cleveland State. I love Cleveland and I love Cleveland State University and it's a marriage made in heaven. I look forward to the challenges and goals we will set to continue to make this a very successful program.''

Of the 19 seniors who have come through Cleveland State's program with Waters in charge, all have graduated.

Waters has a 293-217 career record in 15 seasons, and his teams have gone to the postseason 15 times.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.