Transition to Redskins 'weird' for Beck

August 04, 2010|By Sports Digest

Transition to 'Skins 'definitely kind of weird' for Beck

Quarterback John Beck took part in his first Washington Redskins practice a day after he was acquired in a trade with the Ravens. "It was definitely kind of weird playing with one team in the morning and then meeting with another team at night," he said. "The offenses are very different, so I kind of feel like a rookie coming in. Your head's spinning a little bit." Beck will compete with Rex Grossman and Richard Bartel for the backup job behind Donovan McNabb.

Baltimore Convention Center hosts sports collectibles show

The 31st Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, the largest collectibles show in the country, will be held today through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. The show will include vintage and new card dealers, game-used and vintage memorabilia dealers, major trading manufacturers, grading/authentication services companies and sports/entertainment auction houses. There will be more than 600 collectible exhibitor booths and 100 corporate booths. Among the 80-plus athletes and former players scheduled to sign autographs are Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray. For tickets, go to and Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Mystics top Dream, 86-78; McCoughtry's 27 not enough

Katie Smith had 18 points and the visiting Washington Mystics came from behind to beat the Atlanta Dream, 86-78, on Tuesday night. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) added 15 points and 12 rebounds. The victory moved the Mystics (16-10) into a second-place tie with Indiana and to within a game of first-place Atlanta (18-10) in the WNBA's Eastern Conference.

Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 27 points for Atlanta, which had won four straight and led by six with less than six minutes left.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: UMBC announced that it will open the season Nov. 14 against Virginia Military Institute at RAC Arena. Games at Big East heavyweights Connecticut (Dec. 3) and Notre Dame (Dec. 22) highlight the Retrievers' nonconference schedule. The team will also play at home against Towson on Dec. 30, at Loyola on Nov. 17, at Coppin State on Nov. 23 and at Morgan State on Dec. 18.

TENNIS: Third-seeded Fernando Verdasco fended off two match points and narrowly avoided a second-round upset at the ATP Legg Mason Classic in Washington, while Mardy Fish extended the longest winning streak of his career to 11 matches. Verdasco twice faced match point in the second set before coming back to beat Michael Berrer, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6). Fish, who is seeded 15th, beat Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3.

NBA: The Washington Wizards will begin their 2009-10 season on the road in Orlando on Oct. 28 on TNT. The game will mark the debut of No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall. "We're proud to be on the national stage as we open the season on the road, and that fans across the country can watch as we usher in a new era of Wizards basketball," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said.

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