Monday In Sports

The Washington Capitals

The Team Without a Cup, and a Coach

Dale Hunter
In case you didn't know, head coach for the former 2012 Stanley Cup bound Washington Capitals, Dale Hunter, has resigned.  Hunter helped the Caps get as far as Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the team failed to stave off the New York Rangers in a devastating 3-2 loss Saturday in New York.

Hunter was signed to coach the Capitals in a one-year deal that replaced outgoing coach Bruce Broudreau midway of last season.

Hunter cites "running the family hockey business" in London as the main reason for his resignation.

"I guess we're all fathers and have our priorities in life, and Dale needs to go home", said Caps manager George McPhee, who wooed Hunter into coming to Washngton to coach the Caps for the remainder of the season.

"I thought he did a good job coming in and helping us out."

Calling the decision to step aside a "tough choice", Hunter said, “It's like it wasn't an easy choice to make, we had a good thing going here but the biggest thing is that the guys believe in themselves and the players are the key to the game.”

The Washington Redskins

The Redskins  re-sign running back Tim Hightower to the roster.
Hightower, 25, returns for his fifth NFL season in 2012 and his second with the Redskins after joining the team via trade during the 2011 offseason. Last season, he started all five games in which he appeared, totaling 321 yards on 84 carries with one rushing touchdown. He also added 10 receptions for 78 yards and recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Hightower (6-0, 222) played three seasons for the Arizona Cardinals, the team that originally selected him with a fifth-round (149th overall) pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In his time with the Cardinals, he rushed 439 times for 1,733 yards (3.9 avg.) with 23 touchdowns. He also had 118 receptions for 801 yards (6.8 avg.) and helped the Cardinals to a Super Bowl berth in his rookie season in 2008.
Hightower played collegiately at Richmond, where he established school career-records for rushing yards (3,617), all-purpose yards (4,448), rushing touchdowns (34) and total touchdowns (39) in 49 career games. In 2007, he earned first-team All-American and unanimous All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior after setting school single-season rushing records for yardage (1,924) and touchdowns (20).
Hightower was born on May 23, 1986. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., where he earned All-State honors in both his junior and senior years.
What a pleasant early birthday present for him. 
Hightower and Mark Zuckerberg, who celebrates his birthday today; just days before his Facebook company goes public, have got to be the happiest May birthday guys on the East Coast right about now.

VCU Moving on Up

As a former VCU student, I like this news:

The VCU news comes days after George Mason announced last week that after kicking some Atlantic 10 tires, it was staying put in the CAA. Perhaps, according to the CBSSports report, the Patriots were simply not invited.
"On Friday, George Mason, which along with VCU and Butler had discussions with the Atlantic 10, announced it was staying in the CAA. However, sources told at the present time the Atlantic 10 was looking to add only one more school and VCU got the nod over Mason."