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World Series drives in Fox weekly ratings win

World Series drives in Fox weekly ratings win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fox's competitors didn't have a sporting chance against its post-season baseball broadcasts even though San Francisco's sweep earned a record-low World Series rating.

The Giants' four-game victory over the Detroit Tigers was enough to put Fox atop last week's ratings, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Tuesday. CBS was close behind on the strength of its regular programming, including top-rated series ``NCIS.''

The fall classic averaged 12.7 million viewers, the smallest audience since Nielsen began measuring with People Meters in 1987.

``It's important for us to remain focused on the series relative to today's competitive environment rather than bygone years,'' Fox Sports Media Group executive Michael Mulvihill said, noting the contest remained a strong performer.

Baseball cost NBC the chance to extend its four-week grip on the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. But the resurgent network, bolstered by ``The Voice'' and Sunday Night Football, remained the front-runner among the advertiser-favored age group for the season to date.

The ratings out next week will reflect TV schedules disrupted by the superstorm and its aftermath, with shows pre-empted by news coverage and some networks airing reruns.

Fox averaged 10.69 million weekly viewers in prime time (6.4 rating, 10 share), while CBS had 10.15 million (6.5 rating, 10 share). ABC had 7.6 million (4.9, 8), NBC had 7.05 million (4.4, 7), the CW had 1.07 million (1.1, 2) and ION Television had 970,000 (0.7, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.8 million prime-time average (2.1, 3). Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura had 690,000 (0.3, 1), Estrella had 220,000 and Azteca had 160,000 (both 0.1, 0).

NBC's ``Nightly News'' topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers (5.4, 10). ABC's ``World News'' was second with 7.6 million (5.1, 11), and the ``CBS Evening News'' had 6.4 million viewers (4.4, 8).

For the week of Oct. 22-28, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Post-Game (New York at Dallas), Fox, 21.1 million; ``NCIS,'' CBS, 17.8 million; NFL Sunday Night Football (New Orleans at Denver), NBC, 17.77 million; ``The OT,'' Fox, 17 million; ``NCIS: LA,'' CBS, 16.5 million; ``Big Bang Theory,'' CBS, 15.8 million; World Series (Sunday), Fox, 15.5 million; World Series (Sunday pre-game), Fox, 15.1 million; ``Person of Interest,'' CBS, 14 million; ``Dancing With the Stars,'' ABC, 13.3 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.

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Check out the names on the Wizards' Summer League training camp roster

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Check out the names on the Wizards' Summer League training camp roster

NBA Summer League is right around the corner. While the Washington Wizards continue a search for a new president, they do have one thing pinned down: the Summer League training camp roster.

The Wizards open Summer League play in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 6, when they take on No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mini camp begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Players will participate in a two-hour practice each day.

Here is the training camp roster:

Noah Allen, G/F, Hawaii (Capital City Go-Go)
Armoni Brooke, G, Houston
Elijah Brown, G/F, Oregon (Grand Rapids Drive)
Troy Brown Jr., F, Oregon (Washington Wizards)
Dontay Caruthers, G, Buffalo
Troy Caupain Jr., G, Cincinnati (Orlando Magic)
Corey Davis, G, Houston
Dikembe Dixson, F, UIC (Capital City Go-Go)
Kellen Dunham, G, Butler (Capital City Go-Go)
John Egbunu, C, Florida
Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga
Vince Hunter, F, UTEP (AEK Athens Greece)
Garrison Mathews, G, Lipscomb
Tarik Phillip, G, Ukraine (Petrol Limpija Ukraine)
Admiral Schofield, F, Tennessee
James Thompson IV, F/C, Eastern Michigan
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas (Lavrio B.C. Greece)
Tony Wroten, G, Washington (BC Kalev-Cramo Estonia)

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Free Agency Bracket: Noel Acciari vs. Marcus Kruger

Free Agency Bracket: Noel Acciari vs. Marcus Kruger

It is almost time for NHL free agency to begin, and the Capitals certainly have needs to fill and a limited budget. Who would be the best fit? Who would be the best free agent target for Washington to pursue? That’s what NBC Sports Washington wants to find out!

Our experts got together and made a bracket of the 16 best free agent fits. The bracket is divided into four regions: Third line forward, fourth line forward, depth defenseman and Caps’ free agent. Now we want you to tell us who you want to see rocking the red next year!

Every weekday we will match two free agents up against one another and present a case for each player. Then you get to vote and decide who advances!

Check out today’s matchup:

Region: Fourth line forwards

Noel Acciari vs. Marcus Kruger

 

2018-19 stats

 

Noel Acciari (27 years old):72 games played with the Boston Bruins, 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points, 12:59 TOI

 

Playoffs: 19 games played with the Boston Bruins, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points, 13:10 TOI

 

Marcus Kruger (29 years old): 74 games played with the Chicago Blackhawks, 4 goals, 8 assists, 12 points, 10:25 TOI

 

Playoffs: None

 

Hockey-Graph contract projections

 

Noel Acciari: 2 years, $1,180,934 cap hit

 

Marcus Kruger: 1 year, $861,030 cap hit

 

The case for Noel Acciari

Plays a lot bigger than his 5-foot-10, 205-pound frame. A perfect fit at right wing on the fourth line for Washington. The native New Englander, who played at Providence, is a home-grown Bruin and might not want to leave home, but Boston also might not have the cap space to give an obvious fourth-line player a decent raise. The Capitals might not, either, but for now, they really only have to add in RFA Jakub Vrana’s new contract and figure out what they’re going to do with RFA Andre Burakovsky. 

 

Acciari is renowned for his character and toughness. He was a college captain for Providence and helped the Friars win an NCAA title in 2015. There’s never been a shot he’s unwilling to block. Acciari sustained a broken sternum in the second round against Columbus and a blocked shot with his right foot in Game 7 of the Cup Final left him in a walking boot.  

 

Acciari’s offensive upside is limited, but he did have 10 goals in 2017-18. He was a key player for the Bruins in the past two Stanley Cup playoffs and chipped in two goals in this year’s playoff run that came within a game of a championship. Acciari would help on Washington’s penalty kill, too. In 111:52 he was only on the ice for 11 power-play goals against. Only two Boston forwards were on the ice more short-handed.  

 

The case for Marcus Kruger

 

A different skill set here for the smaller Kruger (6-foot, 186 pounds). Don’t expect even double-digit goals from him, either. But Kruger will likely cost less than $1 million and can be a valuable penalty killer, where Washington needs help. That’s huge for a team that is now dealing with an $81.5 million salary cap, which is $1.5 million less than expected. Add in the overage bonus for defenseman Brooks Orpik from last season and you’re in trouble at just over $80 million.   

 

Kruger played seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and one disappointing one with the Carolina Hurricanes. Kruger has plenty of Stanley Cup experience, too, playing for Chicago’s 2013 and 2015 Cup winners. He has 87 postseason games and a triple-overtime game-winner in the Western Conference Final to his name in 2015 in Game 2 of that series against Anaheim. 

 

A defensive specialist, only two Blackhawks forwards played more short-handed minutes than Kruger (132:46) last season. There is risk here. Kruger was traded to Carolina in 2017-18, but was placed on waivers after 48 games and spent the rest of the season in the AHL before being traded to Arizona and then back to Chicago. But part of that stemmed from how much he was making on a $3.08 million cap hit. At a bargain-basement price, Kruger is more palatable. 

 

Who’s your pick? Vote here.

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