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ORIOLES-NATIONALS PPD

Orioles, Nationals postponed by rain, makeup Aug 4

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tuesday night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals was postponed by rain following a delay of approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.

The interleague matchup between crosstown rivals will be made up on Aug. 4.

The Orioles came into the game having won seven of eight. They activated right-hander Bud Norris from the disabled list to make his first start since June 21. He had been sidelined with a strained groin.

Doug Fister was scheduled to start for Washington. The Nationals lost the opener of the series 8-2 in 11 innings on Monday.

The home-and-home series was slated to move to Baltimore on Wednesday. The Orioles own a 27-20 advantage in the series.

REDSKINS-NAME

Blogger hired to defend Redskins name resigns

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - A blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend the team's name has quit after two weeks.

Ben Tribbett announced his resignation on Twitter late Monday, saying he didn't want to be a distraction because of personal attacks directed toward him.

Tribbett is well-known in Virginia politics as an advocate for liberal issues. He is perhaps best known for leading the attacks on Sen. George Allen for using the word "macaca" to describe an American of Indian descent during Allen's ill-fated re-election campaign in 2006.

Tribbett tweeted that he supports the Redskins name but doesn't "see eye to eye with some friends" over the issue.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name but is facing unprecedented opposition from those who consider it a racial slur.

FREE AGENCY-GORTAT

Gortat happy to feel 'love' to stay in Washington

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Feeling appreciated went a long way in helping Marcin Gortat's time on the free agent market this summer be short and sweet.

The 6-foot-11 center says the "love" he received during a surprise visit to his basketball camp in Poland from a delegation of Wizards executives and coaches prior to the start of free agency was a gesture he didn't forget.

It's why he barely spent a day mulling potential offers before agreeing to sign a five-year, $60 million deal to remain in Washington.

Fresh off helping the Wizards reach the playoffs for the first time since, Gortat says he feels like he's found a long-term home, and is anxious to continue playing alongside all-star point guard John Wall and guard Bradley Beal.

NASCAR-BUSCH PENALIZED

NASCAR penalizes Busch for Daytona infraction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch's Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday's rain-shortened and rescheduled race.

Busch was also docked 10 driver points, and Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

The penalty dropped Busch from 24th to 26th in the standings. But the 2004 NASCAR champion still has a 156-point advantage on the 31st-place driver. Busch only needs to be ranked in the top 30 to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

HORNETS-INEXPERIENCED FORWARDS

Hornets counting on youth to fill McRoberts' shoes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Hornets are turning to a pair of young, inexperienced power forwards after losing Josh McRoberts in free agency.

McRoberts was the one player coach Steve Clifford said the team couldn't afford to lose this offseason.

Yet he's headed out the door.

The Miami Heat announced Monday they intend to sign McRoberts when the NBA's moratorium on deals being formally struck ends on Thursday.

Second-year player Cody Zeller is expected to take McRoberts' spot in the starting lineup with Noah Vonleh, the ninth overall pick in last month's draft, likely to see playing time.

Zeller played in 82 games with three starts as a rookie, but says he's ready to take on a more prominent role.

Zeller says, "It'll definitely be different but I'm looking forward to it."

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