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Washington Wizards make most of remaining options in NBA free agency

By Leo Versel Last updated: 07/18/16 7:00pm

For the Washington Wizards, a volatile NBA free agency period presented a chance to rebuild their team after a disappointing season.With hopes of signing a star this summer, the Wizards proceeded to make offers to players that they hoped would fit their needs looking ahead.Along with the Boston Celtics, Washington was in the running to acquire the Dominican combo power forward and center Al Horford. Though Horford eventually decided to join the Celtics, the Wizards quickly acted on a Plan B, signing French ...

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Washington Nationals send four All-Stars to 2016 MLB All-Star Game

By Jennifer Reyes Last updated: 07/09/16 6:11pm

Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos and Stephen Strasburg will represent the Washington Nationals in the 2016 MLB All-Star game. The four selections tie a franchise record for the club.Harper, the 23-year old reigning National League Most Valuable Player, earns his third career start. Second-baseman Murphy and catcher Ramos will serve as reserves while Strasburg rounds out the star-studded NL pitching staff.Harper, while showing significant decline from his hot start to 2016, earns his fourth ...

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Washington Wizards must make decisions on offseason additions

By Leo Versel Last updated: 06/30/16 3:48pm

For the Washington Wizards and their fans, last season didn't pan out as well as both may have hoped. All-Star guard John Wall was overworked. None of the new additions to the team served as a spark for the Wizards. The team barely managed to keep in the race to reach the playoffs. When all was said and done, the Wizards finished with a 41-41 record, ended out of contention for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, and parted ways with Randy Wittman, their coach for the last ...

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This week in DC Sports: Nats soar, D.C. United struggles

By Vincent Salandro Last updated: 06/17/16 9:29pm

Each week, The Dynasty will highlight the top sports stories in Washington D.C.Last week, the red hot Nationals offense was highlighted as the big story of the week on the Dynasty. It would be redundant to include the streaking Nationals two weeks in a row. In short, the Nationals have won five of their last six, including taking two of three at home against the Major League best Chicago Cubs. The Nationals’ strong two weeks have seen Washington extend their lead in the National League East to ...

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This week in DC Sports

By Vincent Salandro Last updated: 06/11/16 12:04am

Each week, The Dynasty will highlight the top sports stories in Washington D.C. The D.C. sports scene was quiet for the week of June 6 with only one team in action. Major League Soccer’s brief hiatus means that the Washington Nationals are the only D.C. team to see the field until D.C. United takes on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 15.  The Nationals, however, provided plenty for D.C. sports fans this past week by scoring over ten runs in three ...

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Local ties in United States’ Final Copa America roster

By Vincent Salandro Last updated: 05/23/16 4:10pm

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum and former United midfielder Perry Kitchen were named to the United States Men’s National Team final roster ahead of the Copa America Centenario this summer. Birnbaum has made 54 appearances for United since being selected with the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft. Kitchen, a member of D.C. United from 2011-2014, recently signed with Hearts of Midlothian in the Scottish Premier League.Birnbaum, 25, has earned four previous caps for the National Team, ...

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Questions abound after Washington Capitals’ early playoff exit

By Leo Versel, Vincent Salandro Last updated: 05/12/16 2:52pm

A 4-3 loss in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night marked the end of the Washington Capitals’ landmark season. After leading the rest of the National Hockey League for most of the year, a team that showed so much promise suffered a second-round exit in the playoffs.Eagle staffers Leo Versel and Vincent Salandro address the three major questions that face the Capitals after an abrupt end to their season.Should this season be considered a failure ...

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Top Athletes of 2015

By Gabe Bichinho, Jennifer Reyes, Leo Versel, Shannon Scovel, Vincent Salandro, Matt Holt, Haley Samsel, John Slights Last updated: 01/01/16 1:24am

The Eagle Sports staff discuss the top professional athletes of 2015. It was a big year of sports, so we had a lot of athletes to choose from for our (long) list. Matt HoltStephen Curry: Basketball, Point Guard, Golden State WarriorsHas anybody had a better 2015 than Stephen Curry? He’s been on fire the entire year. He’s got a picture-perfect family. And he’s got an MVP and NBA championship to match. Curry has made the Warriors must-watch TV. After coming out of nowhere to lead Davidson ...

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We Went There: Kobe's last game in D.C.

By Matt Holt Last updated: 12/03/15 6:47pm

Last night, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to see Kobe Bryant play his last game at the Verizon Center. I bought the tickets a week in advance, mostly to see Kobe. I have seen my fair share of great players in the NBA -- Lebron, Durant, Duncan, Westbrook, Melo -- but I had never seen Kobe play. Even though Kobe is not the player he used to be, he’s the last of a dying breed. I had to see him in play in person. On November 29th, Kobe announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year ...

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Final Thoughts on Kobe Bryant

By John Slights Last updated: 12/03/15 6:43pm

As a young child growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, I didn’t really have a basketball team. There was no team that played down the street or in my city. There were the 76ers, who played about 45 minutes away from my house (and I got great pleasure out of watching Allen Iverson in his prime), but I never really treated the 76ers as “my team.” I had my favorite players growing up. Jason Kidd was my idol; I wore his New Jersey Nets jersey so much that it had accumulated several holes.Going ...

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Trying to make sense of Steph Curry

By Matt Holt Last updated: 11/06/15 2:34am

I don’t know what to make of Steph Curry. The reigning MVP and NBA champ put on a show last night against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 13 straight points in the fourth quarter to secure a thrilling 112-10 as the Golden State Warriors improve to 5-0. Sure, 13 points in a row is impressive, but it’s how he scored them which made it so spectacular.  Look at these back-to-back three pointers. In the first one, Curry gets a screen from Draymond Green, who forces a switch -- leaving ...

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Mourning the loss of Grantland

By Matt Holt Last updated: 11/02/15 11:08pm

On Friday, ESPN announced that Grantland, a sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons, would stop publication. The announcement came nine days after ESPN announced that the company would be laying off 300 employees. The news does not come as a big surprise. Simmons, the architect of the website, was fired back in May after his criticism of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Soon after ESPN let Simmons go, he signed a deal with HBO and brought most of his editorial staff from Grantland ...

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The Dynasty Washington Wizards Preview

By Leo Versel, John Slights Last updated: 10/15/15 6:00pm

What was the most rewarding offseason move for the Wizards?John: That’s a tough one, but I’ll say Alan Anderson. The Wizards added depth to their bench when they acquired Anderson for a low price from the Brooklyn Nets. Anderson is a skilled ball handler who possesses a strong shot as well. As a bench player, Anderson has averaged 7.9 points per game throughout his six seasons in the NBA (he spent quite a few years in China as well, let’s not forget). He’s a strong veteran presence and ...

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Nationals fail to bring fans a postseason bid

By John Slights Last updated: 10/07/15 10:39pm

The last time one of the major four Washington professional sports teams won a championship of any kind was in 1991-92 when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXVI. The Nationals, however, expected that to change in 2015. After signing former Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, the Nationals were Las Vegas to become the next champions of baseball. Analysts sung their praises. Even the face of the franchise proclaimed, "where's my ring?"Things were going swimmingly ...

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No Nattitude: Washington Nationals surrender to the Phillies 8-2 to a disappointed crowd

By John Slights Last updated: 09/30/15 9:02pm

Jordan Zimmermann has been a Nationals fan favorite since his first Major League start in 2009.  His toughness, grit and pitching ability are undeniable, and each of these characteristics have certainly resonated with Nationals fans.  Zimmermann established himself in the Nationals record books when he became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the club last September. On Friday night, Zimmermann was celebrated with a bobblehead on what would likely be his final start ...

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Contract Negotiations, 5 goals in 9 minutes and the Greatest Dunk of All Time.

By Matt Holt Last updated: 09/26/15 4:22pm

Although there wasn't a whole lot that happened in this sports this past week, here are a few things that caught my eye. 1. Tristan Thompson resigns with the Cavaliers? Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard forgot to turn his caps lock off when he tweeted that free agent power forward Tristan Thompson resigned with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a three year, $53 million deal. This was exciting news for Cavs fans, because Thompson had a phenomenal postseason last year and is arguably the best ...

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Dear Fantasy Football: I love you, and I hate you.

By Last updated: 09/18/15 6:26pm

Hello. My name is Matthew Holt, and I’m an addict. My addiction started in my sophomore year of high school, when my friends and I decided to create a fantasy football league. We each threw $10 in a pot before our draft for a little bit of incentive, and from that moment on, I was hooked. If you don’t know anything about fantasy football, the basis is quite simple. You draft players from around the league onto your team and win points based on their performances in games. A passing touchdown ...

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Football, futbol and the power of sports

By Matt Holt Last updated: 09/12/15 1:47am

From lawsuits to tennis victories, athletes around the country put on a show for sports fans this week. Here is one writer’s take on five of the biggest stories in sports news right now. 1. It looks like Deflategate isn't going anywhere.   Please, make it stop. For the past seven months, the biggest headline out of the NFL has been this mess between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For the complete summary and timeline of events, follow ...

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AU student joins nation in celebrating Women’s World Cup victory

By Jackson W. Pincus Last updated: 07/09/15 1:55am

On July 5, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team completed a Women's World Cup run that saw them clinch a third Women’s World Cup title with a 5-2 win over Japan. The U.S. women dominated from start to finish, igniting passionate celebrations across the country. Just one day before I began my two-day Eagle Summit session at AU, I arrived in Washington to watch the USWNT take on the Japanese in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, a rematch of the World Cup Final that took place just ...

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A champion is crowned, a Folk Hero is born and a conspiracy in the NHL?

By Matt Holt Last updated: 06/12/15 5:14pm

Although I say this all the time, June is the best time for sports fans. Out of the four major leagues in the US (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) two are playing their championship series, one is in full swing and the other is about to start their training camps. On top of that, the Women’s World Cup is happening. What a time to be alive. Here’s what I saw this week in sports. Barcelona is crowned champions of Europe. In my last post, I predicted that Barcelona would triumph ...

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