What's Up with Local Sports? 10/21/2013
Oct 21, 2013 04:10PM ● Published by Jake Russell
The Redskins and Ravens appear to be heading in opposite directions, at least for one week anyway. The Capitals try to build some regular season momentum while the Nats continue their managerial search. Maryland and Navy look to rebound after suffering tough losses in more ways than one over the weekend. D.C. United has also made MLS history but not for a good reason.
The Baltimore Ravens (3-4) put up a fight against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a late touchdown to tie the game but ultimately fell to their division foe after a 42-yard Shaun Suisham field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. Joe Flacco completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. Baltimore has a bye this week before heading to Cleveland for their second of three consecutive AFC North matchups. The team also traded offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins on Monday. Next game: at Cleveland Browns, November 3, 4:25 p.m.
The Washington Redskins (2-4) survived a 45-41 shootout against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. Tight end Jordan Reed continues to have a breakout rookie season in place of Fred Davis, who was deactivated Sunday despite being healthy. Reed caught nine passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Robert Griffin III went 18 of 29 for 298 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. He continues to look more like himself on the ground, gaining 84 yards on 1 carries. Running backs Alfred Morris (95 yards) and Roy Helu (three touchdowns) had strong days as well. Safety Brandon Meriweather is likely facing a one or two game suspension after doling out helmet-to-helmet hits to Bears receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall. Washington has its work cut out for them next Sunday when they travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Mike Shanahan’s first game back to the Mile High City since his December 2008 ouster. Next game: at Denver Broncos, October 27, 4:25 p.m.
The Washington Capitals topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 at Verizon Center Saturday night. Martin Erat, who was moved to the second line, notched his first three-assist game since Dec. 4, 2010. Braden Holtby saved 37 shots. The team also announced Friday it will opt to keep physical 19-year-old rookie winger Tom Wilson at the NHL level as opposed to sending him back down to the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. Next game: at Winnipeg Jets, October 22, 8 p.m.
The Washington Wizards topped the Miami Heat 100-82 at Verizon Center last Tuesday and followed that up with losses against the New York Knicks (98-89) at Baltimore Arena on Thursday and against the New Orleans Pelicans (93-89) Thursday in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The team has two more preseason games before opening the season on the road against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 30. Next game: at Detroit Pistons, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Washington Nationals continue to look for their next manager, having interviewed San Diego Padres front office assistant Brad Ausmus and Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams last week, according to a report Friday from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Cal Ripken, Jr., who many fans have been clamoring for, is reportedly now viewed as an unrealistic managerial candidate according to a report today from the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore. Ripken and former Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker had not yet talked to Nats general manager Mike Rizzo as of Thursday night.
The Baltimore Orioles will be looking for a new pitching coach now that Rick Adair has announced he will not be returning to the team. The O’s reportedly plan to interview Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace, Seattle Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis and Texas Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.
While the Maryland Terrapins (5-2) suffered a disheartening 34-10 defeat against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday in Winston-Salem. On top of halting their bowl eligibility, the team lost their top two wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, for the season with after breaking their legs. Diggs fractured his right fibula and Long broke his right tibia and fibula. The task does not get any easier when they face a motivated Clemson team that dropped from third overall in the country to ninth after a home loss Saturday night against Florida State. Next game: vs. Clemson Tigers, October 26, 3:30 p.m.
The Navy Midshipmen (3-3) dropped a heartbreaker Saturday against Toledo thanks to a missed extra point attempt in double overtime. The 45-44 double overtime loss means the Mids have lost three straight on the road. Running back Noah Copeland led Navy’s rushing attack with 153 yards while quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for three touchdowns. The team dominated the ground with 419 rushing yards. Next game: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, October 26, 1 p.m.
One year removed from an inspiring playoff season, D.C. United (3-23-7) ensured itself a share of the MLS record for fewest wins in a season since the league’s inception in 1996 after a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City Friday night. The team also will end the season without a road win, becoming the fifth team in league history to do so. The team will close out its season at R.F.K. Stadium this Sunday against the Houston Dynamo. Next game: vs. Houston Dynamo, October 27, 1:30 p.m.