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Watney asks wife to carry the bag for sick caddie

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Watney asks wife to carry the bag for sick caddie

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) When heat stroke felled his caddie late in the first round of the CIMB Classic, Nick Watney's wife Amber stepped in to help.

His eventual win Sunday in the $6.1 tournament was a long way off when she volunteered to pick up the bag when regular caddie Chad Reynolds was taken to the first-aid room and put on an I-V drip at the steamy Mines Resort.

She isn't a golfer and admits she doesn't have a clue about how to read a yardage book, but she gave plenty of moral support when she heaved the bag on the 18th hole and walked with her husband to the end of his first round Thursday.

Watney used a local caddie for the second round Friday, then Reynolds was fit enough to return for work on the weekend.

Amber Watney said as the daughter of a seasoned tour caddie, she was willing to negotiate on the fees after her husband won the $1.3 million first prize. Watney narrowly missed out on a 59 in the last round when he bogeyed the last hole. Perhaps it'll come into Watney's calculations when he's buying her a gift for their second wedding anniversary, which is Tuesday.

Amber joked that the fact that it was only one hole - he made par on the 18th with her on the bag - didn't detract from her contribution.

``I was behind the rope, watching the round. Nick just waved me over and said, `Chad's going to go to the first aide tent,''' she recounted Sunday. ``I said `I'll carry the bag.'

``He's like, `Are you sure?''

Her father, Rusty Uresti, is a tour caddie in the United States. Her uncle, Omar Uresti, is professional golfer who has had a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour and two titles on the Web.com tour.

``So Nick was telling me, `It's in the blood, it's in the blood,''' she said. ``I put in my application for Friday's round, but I was denied. I was OK with that!''

Reynolds was back on the bag for the third and fourth rounds - when Watney shot 65-61 to win by a stroke - saying he didn't fly 24 hours to just sit in his room all weekend.

Watney had 11 birdies in the first 17 holes Sunday and needed only one more to join an elite club of players who've gone under 60 in a competitive round on a major tour. He had a bogey on the last hole, but it didn't bother him because, he said, the win was more important. And he praised Reynolds' contribution for keeping him level-headed.

On the 11th, Watney said Reynolds convinced him to lay up instead of going for the green, and that was the key to his birdie.

``Then, on the very next hole, I wanted to hit a 7-iron, he said it was an 8, and I hit it about 4 feet and made another birdie,'' Watney said. ``He definitely helped me. And it's good just to have somebody you're comfortable with coming down the stretch.''

As for Amber, she's planning on enjoying her first trip to Malaysia. Watney has won five times on the PGA Tour. His win in the CIMB Classic, which will become an official event on the PGA Tour next year, was his first in Asia.

``My wife carried the last hole (Thursday), so she can say that we won the tournament when she caddied,'' Watney said.

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When the Dallas Cowboys come to town on Sunday in Week 7 to face off against the Redskins, anyone who has spent anytime with a Washington fan knows it's not just another game.

In a Facebook Live on Friday, NBC Sports Washington analyst and former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell explained why it wasn't just another game for fans or players.

If it was just another game, the community and the town wouldn't act like it does. If it was just another game when you beat the Cowboys and you ride around, you wouldn't see that everyone seems to be a lot happier.

Over the course of his ten-year career with the Redskins, Mitchell faced off against the Cowboys 20 times. 

When you lose to them, it's like people lost their best friend. It wouldn't be that way if it was just another game. And no, you don't go out there and prepare differently. But you know it has more meaning than just winning. It has meaning that goes to the older generation that will always have issues with the Cowboys. It's all that stuff. It's having bragging rights. 

Watch the Facebook Live video here.

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The Wizards take to the court Saturday night looking for their first win of the season against the Toronto Raptors. 

In their first game of the season the Wizards laid an egg after the Miami Heat were missing three rotation players on the second end of a back-to-back. Similar problems emerged even with new offseason additions Jeff Green and Austin Rivers having stellar debuts. Dwight Howard did not play in the contest, still dealing with a butt injury. 

Now, the Wizards will go up against one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, the Raptors. They also acquired a former All-Star in Kwahi Leonard this offseason, trading away DeMar DeRozan. Besides the switch, this is pretty much the same squad that knocked the Wizards out of the First Round of the playoffs last season.

On Saturday the Raptors will be coming off a back-to-back after hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Once again, another big opportunity for the Wizards against an Eastern Conference foe early in the season.

The Wizards-Raptors will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

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What: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors, 2018 NBA regular season Game 2
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Raptors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Raptors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Toronto Raptors @ Wizards (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (questionable)
Raptors: Delon Wright (day-to-day), OG Anunoby (probable)

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John Wall, Wizards: After speculation on if Wall would return to his peak form, he showed out on Thursday night. With 26 points, nine assists, and four blocks, the point guard was all around the court for the Wizards. 

Otto Porter Jr./ Jeff Green, Wizards: Covering Leonard is going to be a tall task. It is anticipated that the taller Otto Porter Jr. and Jeff Green to be the duo that will be covering the lengthy guard.  Neither guy are going to light-up the stat sheet on the offensive end, but after a nice showing by Green on Thursday look for them to split time defensively. 

Khawi Leonard: Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his debut with the Raptors, picking up right where he left off before his injury. Will a back-to-back affect the star that hasn't played consistently since 2016? 

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 95 games
Regular Season Record: Raptors lead 48-37
Postseason Record: Wizards lead 6-4
Last Meeting: Raptors won 102-92
Last 10: Raptors lead 6-4

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