- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009


“If there were anything that I could share or report that I’ve learned over the course of my career, it would simply be one’s value in life is not determined by accolades or worldly success.” - Bruce Smith during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech


Del Potro repeats at Legg Mason - His name doesn’t carry the cachet of an Andy Roddick, but Juan Martin del Potro continues to make himself known in the District. The 20-year-old, the youngest player ranked in the top 10, dropped the first set of Sunday’s title match against Roddick but roared back to capture the next two - including the third-set tiebreaker by winning the final point after Roddick’s challenge was denied.

Smith headlines Hall class - Former Bills, Redskins and Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith retired with 200 sacks, an NFL record, and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of the most celebrated pass-rushers in league history. While he acknowledged he would be most remembered for his time in Buffalo, Smith took time to thank Redskins owner Dan Snyder: “I will forever treasure the special relationship that you and I forged when you extended the opportunity for me to play for the Washington Redskins.”


1. Nationals 6, Marlins 4 (Tuesday) - Trailing 4-0 in the eighth, the Nationals erupted for six runs, capped by Adam Dunn’s winning two-run bomb.

2. Nationals 5, Pirates 3 (Aug. 2) - Can’t have a winning streak without a win, and Josh Willingham’s go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh started the Nationals off in style.

3. Nationals 7, D’backs 6 (Friday) - Another day, another comeback victory. The Nationals were down 5-0 before Willingham’s two-run single in the seventh sealed the win.

4. Nationals 5, Marlins 4 (Wednesday) - The Nationals started early: Ryan Zimmerman and Dunn went back-to-back in the first inning to give the team a lead it would not relinquish.

5. Nationals 5, D’backs 2 (Saturday) - Dan Haren often looks unhittable, but that didn’t stop Josh Bard - yes, Josh Bard - from crushing a Haren offering for only his second homer.

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