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Late Metro service funding sought again as Caps reach Stanley Cup Final

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans on getting funding for late hours

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WASHINGTON — The Metro Board chairman is putting out another call for companies to pay for extended service hours now that the Capitals have made it to the Stanley Cup Final in exchange for what he said is good publicity.

D.C. Council member Jack Evans said people started calling him up after he asked for companies to pay for an extra hour of service during the NHL Eastern Conference Final.

He laughed at the idea that Qatar, Uber and Pepco each might have provided the $100,000 for extended hours after games in that series as part of any efforts to sway city leaders on other issues.

Qatar is involved in development in the region while the District is considering changes for ride-hailing services that could require them to disclose more data critical to city planners, and the District’s public service commission regulates Pepco/Exelon.

“That was great that they stepped up to the plate though, and they got great press,” Evans said.

The Stanley Cup Final start in Las Vegas Monday night.

The series moves to D.C. for Game 3 on Saturday, June 2 and Game 4 on Monday, June 4.

If necessary, Game 6 would also be in D.C. on Sunday, June 10.

Assuming Game 3 does not go to multiple overtimes, fans probably would not need extended hours because Metro closes at 1 a.m. Saturdays.

On Mondays however, Metro closes at 11:30 p.m. and on Sundays, Metro closes at 11 p.m.

Each game in the series is set to begin at 8 p.m.

“Please, the region’s got to step up,” Evans pleaded. “We’ve got two games.”

Metro set a policy last year requiring a $100,000 deposit for each additional hour of service, up from the previous $29,500. The Capitals, Wizards and Nationals have refused to pay the money instead putting the onus on the District or Metro to arrange extended hours for fans.

Any organization that does pay gets a refund in the amount of any fares paid during the extended service.

Evans said he is only involved in the process to find groups to pay for extended service “’cause nobody else is.”

“And even if they muzzled me, I’d still go out there and yell about it,” Evans said.

Metro said about 6,500 people took the train home from the area around Capital One Arena after each of the three home games in the conference finals, although the games generally ended early enough for fans to catch the last regularly scheduled train.

“Anyone who knows any late-night sponsors, please get in touch with us so we can start signing you up again,” Evans said at Thursday’s Metro Board meeting.

“There is no truth to the rumor that North Korea is going to sponsor one — that is not true,” Evans said to a single laugh in the room. “Just a small joke,” he added.

Rail system hours remain

The Metro Board voted Thursday to maintain reduced hours for another year, as planned when the board cut back hours last June in the name of more maintenance time on the tracks.

“By next June we’ll have more information from the general manager about how this has worked, where we are, what we need to do, and where D.C. is a year from now,” Evans said. “Good lord, if Amazon chooses to come here and everything else, we’re going to be a busy place.”

As a D.C. Council member, Evans wished there were more hours but as the Metro Board chairman, Evans said the closures have been extremely valuable to maintenance.

He sees the current permission to extend hours for selected events as the best option for now, even if some events like Caps’ games get significant focus and support while others like concerts may not.

“With my Metro hat on, yeah, we’re doing the best we can under the circumstances we have to provide the late-night service on a one-off basis up to 10 times a year,” Evans said.

“This is not an easy issue.”

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Bundy fans 14, tosses 2-hitter to lead O’s past Chisox 9-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by a bunch of runs right away, Dylan Bundy dominated.

Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Thursday.

“Man, it was fun,” Bundy said. “Our offense gave us a pretty big lead today early, so just trying to attack the hitters with fastballs early in the count and try to get ahead as best I could.”

Adam Jones and Trey Mancini hit solo home runs as Baltimore jumped ahead 9-0 after three innings. Jones and Manny Machado each had three hits, and catcher Chance Sisco drove in three runs for the last-place Orioles, who won for just the third time in nine games and improved to 6-21 on the road.

Although Bundy’s heater was on, he had command of “pretty much all four pitches,” according to Sisco.

“That gives you an idea of the repertoire he had today working for him — strong,” manager Buck Showalter said. “That was a good old-school outing. You don’t get to see many people carry their stuff that long.”

Jose Rondon hit a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth for the first hit off Bundy. It was Rondon’s second career homer and second in two days.

Earlier in the day, White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office cited use of Erythropoietin (EPO).

The 31-year-old Castillo was signed in the offseason by the rebuilding White Sox to help guide their young pitching staff. Barring rainouts, Castillo would be able to return on Aug. 24.

Bundy (3-6) had been roughed up in losing four of five previous starts, but sparkled once again in an afternoon contest. The 25-year-old right-hander improved to 2-1 with 1.32 ERA in five day games.

Omar Narvaez’s single in the seventh was the only other hit off Bundy, who walked one and hit a batter. His other complete game was last Aug. 29 against Seattle.

Chicago manager Rick Renteria said his team wasn’t fazed by the news about Castillo. The day belonged to Bundy.

“I don’t see this (loss) being the result of the information that transpired this morning,” Renteria said. “We just had a young man on the other side that’s commanding the strike zone pretty good.”

The Orioles sent 25 batters to the plate in the first three innings to build the lead off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (3-5) and Chris Beck, the first of five Chicago relievers.

Giolito and Beck each walked three in the first three innings, with Giolito forcing in two runs on bases-loaded passes and Beck pushing across one.

“Today was just one those days where I didn’t have it and didn’t battle through it,” Giolito said.

Giolito increased his league-leading walk total to 37, and wildness doomed the right-hander from outset as Baltimore scored four times in the first. Giolito issued three straight walks to force home Baltimore’s first two runs. Sisco’s single drove in two more.

When Giolito got the ball over the plate in the second, the Orioles hit it out as Mancini and Jones led off the inning with homers.

Beck replaced Giolito with one out in the second after Giolito hit Chris Davis with a pitch to put runners at first and second. After getting Alvarez to pop out, Beck walked Craig Gentry and Sisco to force in another run and make it 7-0.

RBI singles by Machado and Alvarez in the third upped Baltimore’s lead 9-0.

Rondon launched his homer in the fourth after Bundy hit Yolmer Sanchez with a pitch and Daniel Palka reached on a third strike that turned into a wild pitch.


White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar will toss the ceremonial first pitch on June 1 against Milwaukee. It will be Farquhar’s first time back on the mound since he suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during a home game on April 20 vs. Houston.


To take Castillo’s place, the White Sox purchased the contract of C Alfred Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago then claimed C Dustin Garneau off waivers from Oakland and optioned him the farm club. OF Charlie Tilson also was recalled from Charlotte on Thursday.


Orioles: OF/DH Mark Trumbo was out of the lineup for a second straight day after hurting his right knee sliding into second base on Tuesday. Showalter said Trumbo might have a precautionary MRI in Florida on Friday after the team travels to Tampa Bay for a weekend series. … RHP Darren O’Day (hyperextended elbow) could get a cortisone injection on Friday.

White Sox: INF/OF Leury Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain, sustained when he stole third base on Wednesday night. … DH Matt Davidson (stiff back) was scratched for a second straight day. . RHP Miguel Gonzalez (right rotator cuff inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.


Orioles: Following Thursday’s game, Showalter still hadn’t yet named a starter for Friday’s opener at Tampa Bay.

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 2.98) faces the Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.57) at Detroit on Friday night.

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Ravens’ Joe Flacco welcomes Lamar Jackson with ‘open arms’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco laughed at the notion that he holds a grudge against first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson.

“We welcomed Lamar here with open arms,” Flacco said.

The two quarterbacks appeared amiable as they rotated snaps, along with Robert Griffin III, in workouts this week. Flacco was clearly the most polished of the three, zipping passes downfield with almost pinpoint accuracy.

Nonetheless, it is shaping up to be an important season for the veteran Flacco.

He has been assured that he will remain the starter in 2018 but also must consider how his future will be influenced by the presence of the rookie Jackson.

“Obviously, when you pick a quarterback, when you pick anybody in the first round, it means something,” Flacco said. “I don’t know what that means. I don’t know exactly what it is. That’s not my job to worry about what it is. My job is to keep my approach exactly what it’s been the last 10 years and help my team win football games.”

Flacco, 32 threw for 3,141 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017. Baltimore’s passing attack was ranked 29th in the NFL, and that played a key part in the team missing the playoffs for a third straight year.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome signed three free agent receivers — Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead — to help improve the passing game. He also selected a pair of tight ends — Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews — in the first three rounds of this year’s draft.

The Ravens also took Jackson with the 32nd overall pick. He ran for 50 touchdowns and threw for 69 more during an impressive three-run at Louisville.

While Jackson needs more time to develop into effective passer, he is a dynamic athlete that could push for playing time, especially inside the red zone. Flacco, however, is not worried about Jackson taking snaps from him.

“Listen, I want to win football games,” Flacco said. “Whatever’s going to help us win. I’m probably going to maintain that myself under center is our best chance to win football games. But whatever helps us win football games, I’m game.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been impressed with Jackson over the recent offseason workouts.

“He is a very talented guy,” Harbaugh said. “He has practiced well everytime he has been out here. The toughest thing for him right now is calling the plays. He has never been in that type of system. So, I would say he has made a big jump calling the plays and annunciating the offense.”

Harbaugh is not worried about having any type of quarterback controversy on his hands. He dismissed any potential friction between Flacco, Jackson and even Griffin.

“It was much ado about nothing,” Harbaugh said. “I never thought it was anything and I know it’s not anything.”

As for Flacco, he is just concerned about getting the Ravens back on track and ending the postseason drought. He welcomes anyone ready to contribute to that goal.

“I’m worried about right now, myself getting these guys ready to win football games,” Flacco said. “Nothing is ever promised to us. That’s the reality.”


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Stanley Cup fever reaches Capitol Hill with friendly bet between 2 politicians

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WASHINGTON — Two politicians on Capitol Hill have a friendly wager running for the Stanley Cup Final.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., agreed to the bet Thursday ahead of the matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, according to a press release.

If the Caps hoist the cup, Titus and her staff will wear D.C. statehood shirts and give Norton a gift basket of Las Vegas Goodies.

If the Golden Knights come out on top, Norton and her staff will have to show their opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository outside Las Vegas and provide a basket of D.C. goodies.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final kicks off in Las Vegas on Monday, May 28. See the full schedule here.

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NHL releases Caps’ schedule for Stanley Cup Final

WASHINGTON — The Capitals will be taking on the upstart Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

For your planning purposes, here’s the schedule:

  • Game 1: Capitals at Golden Knights — Monday, May 28, 8 p.m.
  • Game 2: Capitals at Golden Knights — Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m.
  • Game 3: Golden Knights at Capitals — Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
  • Game 4: Golden Knights at Capitals — Monday, June 4, 8 p.m.
  • Game 5*: Capitals at Knights — Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m.
  • Game 6*: Golden Knights at Capitals — Sunday, June 10, 8 p.m.
  • Game 7*: Capitals at Golden Knights — Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m.

*if necessary

This is the Caps’ second trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The only other time the team made it this far was in 1998, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

This is Golden Knights’ very first season in existence. No other expansion team has ever made it this far before in any sport.

In case you were wondering, the Caps played and lost to the Golden Knights twice during the regular season.

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Yankees delayed by plane trouble after Texas loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Travel problems have delayed the New York Yankees from getting home from Texas.

Newsday reports the team’s charted Delta flight took off after Wednesday night’s 12-10 loss to the Rangers. But the flight had to return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because of a mechanical problem.

The plane safely landed and the flight resumed early Thursday morning.

Last week, the Yankees were forced to spend the night at Dulles International Airport outside Washington because of a mechanical problem, rough weather and rules that limit the number of hours that a flight crew can work.

An email seeking comment from the team was not returned.

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Caps get early-morning champion’s welcome at Dulles Airport (Video)

DULLES, Va. — At the end of a historic night for the Washington Capitals, several dozen superfans were favored with a glimpse of the Prince of Wales Trophy at Dulles International Airport.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, approximately four hours after the final horn at Amalie Arena where the Caps won the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in 20 years, the team’s chartered Delta flight arrived at Dulles Airport.

First off the plane was captain Alex Ovechkin, holding the championship trophy in his right hand, rolling his luggage with his left.

As fans — many sporting Ovechkin replica jerseys with number 8 — rang cowbells and exhorted the team to “go for the Cup,” Ovi hoisted the trophy and smiled.

As players walked to their cars, some stopped to shake hands and pose for pictures with thrilled fans.

Fan Andy Altman and his family watched the game on their big TV screen at home.

“We decided, once we knew the game was done, that we’d come out and meet them again, like we did after the Pittsburgh win,” he said, holding one end of a homemade “Stanley Cup!!!” sign.

Within five minutes, as team personnel and Airports Authority Police officers provided security, the players were on their way home to get some sleep.

They’ll be back at the airport soon enough when they fly out for Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas.

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Covey earns 1st win, White Sox hit 3 homers in rout of O’s

CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Covey’s first major league win was both impressive and worth the wait.

Covey tossed seven strong innings, Yoan Moncada and Adam Engel each hit three-run homers and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Baltimore Orioles 11-1 on Wednesday night.

Covey (1-1) allowed one run on six hits and struck out eight in his 20th game and 14th start — and longest outing — in the majors.

“It took a while to get it,” Covey said. “It’s just been a process for me.

“I learned a lot in Triple-A this year. I think I just became more comfortable with myself on the mound. I don’t fight myself anymore.”

The 26-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday to take Carson Fulmer’s spot the in rotation after Fulmer was assigned to the farm club.

Covey made one start with Chicago earlier this season, losing on April 28 at Kansas City. He was 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 starts and six relief appearances in 2017.

In this one, Covey attacked the strike zone with “90 percent fastballs in the first five innings or so,” and then got a feel for his off-speed and breaking pitches the third time through the Orioles lineup.

“That was nice for him, his first career victory in pretty convincing fashion,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Jose Rondon added his first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh, as last-place Chicago rolled to its fifth win in seven games.

“It was a very impressive game, a nice game for us,” Rondon said through a translator. “Dylan got his first victory and for me it was my first homer. We were having fun with this game and it felt good.”

Baltimore, last in the AL East, has lost four of five overall and is 5-21 on the road.

Moncada’s shot to center in a four-run third inning put the White Sox ahead for good after Jace Peterson singled in Baltimore’s lone run in the second. Moncada’s seventh homer was his first since April 26, a stretch that included time on the disabled list with left hamstring tightness.

Engel, who entered hitting .183, added three singles and matched a career high with four hits. His drive to left in the fifth was his first homer since last September.

Alex Cobb (1-6) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since April 19. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits.

“It’s the worst feeling when you’re out on the mound and you go through the checklist of adjustments that you normally make to get the ball to do what you want, and it’s still not doing it,” Cobb said.

Covey looked shaky only in the second, when Baltimore used two singles and a walk to take a 1-0 lead.

In the third, Tim Anderson walked and Engel singled with one out before Moncada connected on a 1-2 pitch from Cobb.

Chicago tacked on two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu.

Engel’s shot with two outs in the in the fifth off Pedro Araujo made it 9-1. Rondon’s drive complete the scoring.


Orioles: DH/OF Mark Trumbo was unavailable on Wednesday night because of a sore right knee and is day-to-day. Manager Buck Showalter said Trumbo suffered the injury sliding into second base on Tuesday night. … Showalter said closer Zach Britton (right Achilles tendon) “feels good” after throwing 20 pitches in a one-inning simulated game on Tuesday. Britton is scheduled to toss a two-inning simulated game on Saturday before beginning a rehab assignment. … RHP Darren O’Day (hyperextended elbow) “didn’t feel good enough” to throw a side session on Wednesday, Showalter said.

White Sox: LF Leury Garcia left the game in the fifth inning with a left knee sprain after stealing third. He was replaced by Trayce Thompson. … DH Matt Davidson (stiff back) was a last-minute scratch before the game. Rondon took his spot. Renteria said both Garcia and Davidson would be re-evaluated on Thursday.


Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (2-6, 4.70) faces White Sox righty Lucas Giolito (3-4, 6.42) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Bundy has been roughed up in four of his last five starts, going 1-4. He was 1-2 with a 1.42 ERA after his first five outings. Giolito has allowed a combined five runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts, both wins. His 34 walks allowed are most in the AL.


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Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table.

The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

A decade of playoff frustration is fading fast.

“I think Ovie has been on a mission,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “They wanted this game, no question.”

Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals as the Caps continued to shed a label as postseason underachievers.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds of the series — a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Ovechkin, who had never advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”

“The first goal was very important,” Ovechkin said. “After that you could see we have all the momentum on our side. Holts was unstoppable today. He was special. Everybody was all in. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies. I think we all deserve the win.”

To earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Vegas Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this postseason.

It’s Washington’s first Cup Final appearance since 1998, and the first during Ovechkin’s 13-year career.

“We played a great game,” defenseman John Carlson said. “We deserved to win this.”

Two games after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, Burakovsky became the 17th player to score a goal for Washington in the playoffs this year — four shy of the NHL record — when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 8:59 of the second period.

The winger, who played two games in the first round against Columbus before sitting out 10 straight with an upper-body injury, added a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 heading into the last period.

Nicklas Backstrom had an empty-netter to complete the rout.

“What a game. What an experience. We had a lot of guys pitching in,” winger T.J. Oshie said. “The biggest guy of all had to be Holts. He played fantastic, back to back shutouts.”

Tampa Bay, which rebounded from losing the first two games at home to win three straight for a 3-2 series lead, had plenty of chances. A couple of shots clanged off the post, Yanni Gourde was unable to get his stick on a loose puck in front on an empty net and the game gradually slipped away.

Washington was the more physical team in evening the series with a bruising 3-0 victory in Game 6. They played with urgency from the start again Wednesday night and never let up.

Tampa Bay’s last goal in the series came 33 seconds into the second period of Game 5, which the Lightning went on to win 3-2.

“We’re here to win as team, no matter who gets the credit,” said Holtby, the fifth goalie to deliver a Game 7 shutout to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

“I felt we could have won every game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We ran into a tough Washington team that was probably feeling the same thing, and once you get this far you’ve probably done some magical things on the way.”

It was the 33rd time in league history that a Game 7 was required to determine a Stanley Cup finalist. Home teams are 21-12 in those games.

Tampa Bay also played Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final in 2015, when they blanked the New York Rangers, and again two years ago, when they lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh.

Both of those deciding games were on the road. The Lightning had never lost a Game 7 at home before Wednesday night.

“It’s going to take a few days to digest this. It’s tough to sit here right now and think of positive things and how it was a pretty great season,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “It doesn’t seem that way when you have this group — and we’ve been to this position before — and you can’t find a way to give yourself a chance a win. We thought we had that group. It’s just an empty feeling right now.”

Notes: Ovechkin and Backstrom made their 11th career Game 7 appearance, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12). … Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assist on Ovechkin’s early goal extended his points streak to 10 games. … Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Lightning outshot the Capitals (29-23) for the first time in the series.


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Photos: Washington Capitals win Game 7, head to Stanley Cup Final

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 and head to the Stanley Cup Final to face the Vegas Golden Knights.

After Wednesday night’s win, Caps fans excitedly celebrated in D.C. See photos in the gallery below.

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