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Bryce Harper named 2015 National League MVP:

“Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on MLB Network.

Harper, who was 22 years, 353 days old at the close of the 2015 season, is the fourth-youngest player ever to win the MVP award, and the third-youngest to take the National League honors.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

From a press release:

“RFK Stadium, once featured every Sunday throughout the NFL season, will return to hosting prime time football on Friday, September 18 for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. The annual football game pitting the 100-year storied rivals, Hampton University and Howard University, will be nationally televised live on ESPNU and streamed across the globe on ESPN platforms.

“Events DC is excited to bring the Hampton-Howard rivalry back to RFK Stadium as part of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, Sports & Entertainment Division. “When we developed the Classic in 2011, the plan was always to feature notable historically black colleges and universities on a grand scale in RFK Stadium and having ESPN as the broadcast network this year enhances the platform.

Tickets for the 2015 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® are currently on sale through ticketmaster.com. Regular priced tickets start at $25 (plus fees) with group discount rates and suite level experiences available as well. For additional information, please visit www.NationsFootballClassic.com.”


@miss_malaska tweets us:

“calling for backup and arresting 4 attorneys @ rec softball on the #Mall”

A reader also forwards an email:

“…as my team was leaving the Mall yesterday, there were 3 park police cop cars by a softball team (not our league) on the ellipse. 4 softball players were handcuffed in the back of the car. We asked the team what happened, and they said the cops came over and said they had warned teams about beer last week and were arresting people for open containers this week. Not tickets, not citations, HANDCUFFED IN COP CARS.

While this offends me on so many levels (this is an arrestable offense? you warn one softball player and assume everyone has been warned? etc), I strongly recommend you DO NOT drink beer on the Ellipse. So far I haven’t seen any action taken on the Mall side of Constitution but be careful.”

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Looks like the Virginia crisis/threat has been averted. From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a final agreement between the District government and D.C. United that clears the way for D.C. United to build a new soccer stadium in the District of Columbia. The signed agreements include improved deal terms which will result in better financial protections for District of Columbia residents, clarify the size and timeline of the stadium, and strengthen community engagement. The Bowser Administration will submit legislation to the Council of the District of Columbia for final review. (more…)

Photo courtesy Capital Rowing Club

From a press release:

“In partnership with US Rowing and Concept2, the Capital Rowing Club will host the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day  on Saturday June 6, 2015.   National Learn to Row Day is an opportunity for the greater DC community to come out and enjoy a revitalized Anacostia River. The day’s events will take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St., SE) from 12:00pm – 3:00pm in a fun, safe, pressure free environment.  The afternoon will include an introduction to the fundamentals of rowing where you will learn the basics of sweep rowing (a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, held with both hands).  People of all athletic abilities are welcomed to participate! Additionally, there will be information on hand about the wonderful programs offered by the Capital Rowing Club ranging from beginner programs for people of all ages to competitive racing for experienced rowers.

National Learn to Row Day was launched to increase visibility of the sport of rowing and create awareness of the health benefits.  Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90.  It is never too late to give rowing a try. To participate in National Learn to Row Day, follow the registration link (sign up here).  Capital Rowing Club is also recruiting volunteers to assist with National Learn to Row Day.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event contact [email protected].

Join Capital Rowing Club, the largest community rowing program in Washington, on June 6th for National Learn to Row Day! More information on Capital Rowing programs is available through the Club’s official website, www.capitalrowing.org.

Event Details:

Saturday, June 6th12pm to 3pm ET

1900 M Street SE, Washington DC (click for directions)

Questions? Email [email protected].”