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Wieters in a streak to forget

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Wieters in a streak to forget

Matt Wieters started Wednesday nights game as the designated hitter. He began the game in a 1-for-23 slump and ended the first inning with a strike out.Its something you cant really worry about. Its just when you are feeling good to keep that streak going on the hot side as long as you can, Wieters said.Try and turn it around when youre not feeling good. Its been a year of trying to find a good stroke and keep it for the whole year. Hopefully, it comes soon.Orioles hitters have been extremely streaky. Mark Reynolds began the game batting .206, J.J. Hardy. 218, and Chris Davis, who wasnt in the starting lineup, has struck out his last six at-bats.You try to stay away from emotional at-bats up here, manager Buck Showalter said.He says the best hitters are unemotional.Its like theyre playing in the backyard with nobody there, Showalter said. You see the game slow down for those guys. Showalter thinks Wieters slumps arent as important because he contributes so much when hes catching.He goes through periods where he feels better physically. I give him a lot of rope, Showalter said. Hes done a lot of things for us. When we need him, hes been there for us.Wieters never complains about injuries.Everybodys body is going to go through wear and tear whether youre playing the outfield or catching, Wieters said.

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

Annually, Forbes releases the worth of all professional sports franchises in the world. Once again, the Washington Redskins are sitting near the top. 

This year the Redskins are ranked the fourth most valuable NFL franchise at $3.1 billion. 

That marks a five percent worth increase from a year ago. They leapfrogged the San Francisco 49ers for a spot in the top four after placing fifth in 2017. They still trail the Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), and the New York Giants ($3.3 billion).

Compared to other leagues and franchises, the Redskins jumped into the top-10. They are tied for the tenth overall value with the Golden State Warriors who are coming off of their third NBA title in four years.

From year-to-year there is never much movement from the top of the ranking. Once again, the Cowboys are the top team in the world by over $600 million. They were followed by three European soccer teams. In total four NFL teams made up the top-10, the most of any sport. 

2018 Top-10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams according to Forbes:

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion (NFL)

2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion ( Soccer)

3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion (Soccer)

4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion (Soccer)

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion (MLB)

6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion (NBA)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion (NFL)

T-10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion (NBA)

T-10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion (NFL)

Next five NFL franchises:

13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion

T-14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion 

17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion 

T-19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion

21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion

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