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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Orioles Night is TONIGHT! Big Train Ace Alexandria 6-4; Baltimore Celebrity Camp Starts Monday!

Big Train Ace Alexandria on the Road, Win 6-4
The Big Train entered Friday night's game riding a four-game win streak, and had their eyes set on five in a row as they took on the Alexandria Aces on the road. Box Score

Justin Hepner (San Diego State) got the start for the Big Train, and would pitch five innings of one-run ball. Hepner struck out three batters while yielding just six hits and two walks.

The early Big Train offense would give Hepner the opportunity to pitch with the lead throughout his five innings of work.

The scoring would start in the first inning, After singles by David Del Grande (Sacramento State), Kevin Tatum (Cornell), and Tyler France(San Diego State), Tucker Tobin (George Mason) - pictured above - hit a three-RBI double to clear the bases and give the Big Train an early 3-0 lead.

The Aces would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, however, the Big Train bounced right back with a fourth run in the top of the second.

Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC) would lead off the inning with a walk, and then advance into scoring position by stealing second base. Willard'saggressiveness would pay off later in the inning, as he scored to re-capture the Big Train's three-run lead.

The Big Train would tack on two more runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively, both coming from Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina). Cole's run in the third inning came by his own doing, as he hit his first home run of the season to give the Big Train the 5-1 edge. Cole would then score again in the fifth on an RBI-triple by Tobin to make the score 6-1.

The Aces rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to draw back within two, however, Kit Scheetz (Virginia Teach) would come in to give the Big Train three shutout innings of relief and keep the lead in tact. Cody Mizelle(Florida Atlantic) would then come on and pitch a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side and picking up his third save of the season.

With the win, the Big Train now sit atop the standings with a 9-2 record and hold a two-game lead over the Southern Maryland Nationals (7-4) and Gaithersburg Giants (8-5). The team will look to keep it's hot streak going on Saturday night, as they host the FCA Herndon Braves at Povich Field at 7:30 P.M.

Saturday night is Orioles Night! Come out to Povich Field to meet theOriole Bird and Shakey the Lemonade Guy, and also enjoy a tent in the parking lot where fans can enjoy various sports! The first 250 fans receive Orioles eye black courtesy of! Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate!

D.C. Divas Vs Columbus Comets: Additional Game Notes

Additional Game Notes
Neal Rozendaal

Two additional notes of interest (well, to me, anyway!) about tomorrow’s playoff game with the Columbus Comets:

Saturday’s game will be the second playoff meeting between the DC Divas and Columbus Comets. In 2006, the Divas faced the Comets in the NWFA Eastern Conference championship game. The Divas came away with a 32-7 victory and went on to capture the 2006 national championship.

The DC Divas are making their tenth playoff appearance, which ranks second in the history of women’s pro football. And the Columbus Comets are no strangers to playoff football, either; the Comets are making their eighth playoff appearance, putting them among the top ten teams in the sport.

Most Playoff Appearances in Women’s Professional Football
1. Sacramento Sirens – 11
2. DC DIVAS – 10
2. Dallas Diamonds – 10
2. New York Sharks – 10
2. Chicago Force – 10
6. Jacksonville Dixie Blues – 9
6. Houston Energy (IWFL) – 9
8. Seattle Majestics – 8
8. West Michigan Mayhem – 8

Friday, June 21, 2013

Big Train Rocks Rockville 11-5

First-Place Big Train Rock Rockville 11-5  
The Big Train entered Thursday's game against the Rockville Express with momentum on offense, having defeated the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 13-1 the night before. The bats continued to thrive on Thursday.

The first run for the Big Train came in the third inning, as a sacrifice fly from David Del Grande (Sacramento State) plated Harrison Bruce (San Francisco).
Two innings later, Tim Yandel (Tulane), Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC),BruceDel GrandeKyle Wernicki (Virginia Tech), Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina), and Ricky Santiago (Florida Atlantic) would all cross home plate, making it an 8-1 Big Train lead.
A quality start by Zach Morris (Maryland) - pictured above - held the Express to just one run through six innings. Morris allowed just eight total base-runners. With his great pitching and the significant run support, he picked up his first win of the season.
After the bullpen took over for Morris, the offense would continue to provide run support, as Cole and Kevin Tatum (Cornell) would drive in runs in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively. Shutout innings on the mound by Brock Larson (San Francisco) and Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) in the seventh and eighth would keep the Express off the board heading into the ninth.
The runs would ultimately prove to be a useful cushion for the Big Train, as the Express would rally for four runs in the ninth. However, the 10-run deficit would prove to be too much to overcome for Rockville, as Trevor Charpie (Tennessee) would finish the game retiring three consecutive batters to secure the 11-5 victory for the Big Train.
With Thursday night's victory, the Big Train have now pieced together a four-game winning streak. With an 8-2 record, they hold a two-game lead over the Gaithersburg Giants (5-3) and Southern Maryland Nationals (6-4) for first place in the CRCBL standings.
The Big Train hit the road on Friday night, seeking their fifth straight win as they face the Alexandria Aces at Frank Mann Field. The team then returns home on Saturday night to host the FCA Herndon Braves at Povich Field at 7:30 PMSaturday night is Orioles Night! Come out to Povich Field to meet the Oriole Bird and Shakey the Lemonade Guy, and also enjoy a tent in the parking lot where fans can enjoy various sports! The first 250 fans receive Orioles eye black courtesy of! Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pumphrey and Lee Named to Beyond Sports Network Pre-Season All-American

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Pumphrey and Lee Named to Beyond Sports Network Pre-Season All-American

Bowie State University sophomore Curtis Pumphrey and junior tight end Khari Lee were named Beyond Sports Network Division II Preseason Football Second and Third Team All-American respectively.

Pumphrey and Lee were members of the 2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference Team. Pumphrey also earned CIAA Rookie of the Year, Don Hansen Super Region I All-Region Team and Beyond Sports Network D-II All-American honors last season.

Defensive end T.J. Batchelor of Chowan University was named to the preseason first team and offensive guard Nathaniel Hartung of Winston-Salem State University was a second-team selection. Cornerback Nigel Rios of Elizabeth City State University made the third team and defensive end Javarous Faulk of St. Augustine’s University was an Honorable Mention pick.

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Big Train Thrash T-Bolts, Tighten Hold on Standings

Big Train Thrash T-Bolts, Tighten Grip on Standings 
The Big Train sought their third consecutive win on Wednesday night, as they hosted the Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunderbolts at Povich Field. 
Box Score | VIDEO: Post Game Interviews (Colangelo & Willard)

Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech) - pictured above - got the start for the Big Train, his second of the season. Collazo gave the team five quality innings, giving up just one run on three hits and one walk, striking out an impressive eight batters. But for the second time in as many starts, the Big Train did not score very much while he was on the mound.

Heading into the sixth, the score was tied at one. That's when the Big Train bats came to life.

Three straight singles led to a run to make it 2-1 and another run was tacked on at the end of the inning.

However, the Big Train were not done.

Two more runs in the seventh would leave the Big Train with a 5-1 lead that was plenty for Bubba Derby (San Diego State), who was dealing on the mound. He would pick up the win as he threw three innings of shutout relief. He gave up just two hits and struckout six without walking a batter.

Coming into last night's game, the most runs the Big Train had scored in a single game was seven. However, that mark would be outpaced in the bottom of the eighth alone.

A one-out double by David Del Grande (Sacramento State) got the onslaught started in the eighth, scoring Harrison Bruce (San Francisco) and giving the Big Train a 6-2 lead. Del Grande, Ricky Santiago (Florida Atlantic), Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina), Ty France (San Diego State),Tucker Tobin (George Mason), Josh Spano (High Point) and Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC) would then cross the plate, stretching the lead to 12 runs.

Willard smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to finish the rally. It is the only grand slam so far this season in the CRCBL.

Michael Judge (Methodist (NC)) would come on to pitch a perfect ninth inning, securing the Big Train's 13-1 victory over the T-Bolts.

Seven players recorded a hit in Wednesday night's victory, and five players had two hits or more. Del Grande led the way with four hits and a hit-by-pitch.

The pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts, just one walk, and five hits over nine innings, and the bullpen came in to give the Big Train four shutout innings.

While the win allowed the Big Train to hold on to their lead over the Gaithersburg Giants in the standings, it was also by far the team's most dominating performance of the season.  The Big Train will look to carry their momentum on both sides of the ball into tonight's game against the 2012 Regular-Season Champion Rockville Express.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM at Povich Field, and it's Disney Night!Buzz Lightyear and others will all be in attendance, and make sure to get out to the ballpark early so you can be one of the 250 fans to receive Big Train Rally Towels! Tickets to the game can be purchasedhere or at the gate! 


Divas To Meet Familiar Foe in Playoff Opener
Neal Rozendaal

Washington, DC – The path to the WFA Eastern Conference championship game is littered with familiar foes for the DC Divas.

The Divas (5-3) start their playoff journey at home on Saturday in a conference quarterfinal matchup. Their opponent, the Columbus Comets, is a team the Divas have already battled twice this year. The winner of Saturday’s game between the Divas and Comets will advance to play either the Boston Militia or the Pittsburgh Passion, two more teams the Divas have already faced twice this season.

The Comets (6-4) displayed two vastly different offensive attacks in their two contests with the Divas this season. In their first meeting on April 13 – which resulted in a 53-20 victory for DC – the Comets relied mainly on the passing of quarterback Crystal Davis, the 2010 WFA Offensive Player of the Year. The Divas defense made the difference in the game, picking off seven interceptions and returning three of them for touchdowns.

The last time the DC Divas took the field two weeks ago, they defeated the Comets again, this time by a 42-20 score. But in that game, Columbus featured a much more balanced offensive game plan, thanks to a deep running back corps led by 1,000-plus-yard rusher Shelley Gates.

“They really came out of their passing game and went more to the ground in our last meeting,” DC Divas head coach Alison Fischer observed. “It seems like they kept it on the ground quite a bit, and that’s been their trend the last few games.”

Columbus’ change in offensive tactics contributed to yet another sluggish first quarter for the Divas, which has been a problem for the team all season long. “We got off to another slow start on offense and defense against Columbus. That’s something we’re still trying to correct,” Coach Fischer remarked.

But once the Divas adjusted to the new-look Comets, they took control of the game. DC countered Columbus with a strong running game of its own. “It was good to see not only Kenyetta Grigsby banging out yards…but also Donna Wilkinson, Arica Walker, Elise Pittman, Stacy Bruce, and Kieva Perry. It was great that those running backs could get yardage against Columbus as well,” Fischer said.

The victory over the Comets two weeks ago clinched a division championship for the Divas, their tenth in franchise history. It also gave the Divas a bye week last weekend, and Coach Fischer appreciated being able to give her team some rest. “It was really good to get the bye week,” she declared. “I think we needed it, because it’s been a physical regular season for us. The week off really helped us heal.”

While the Divas were taking last weekend off, the Comets earned their way into the conference quarterfinals by winning on the road against the New York Sharks, 22-20. The Divas simultaneously know what to expect from the Comets but don’t know what their offensive game plan will be.

“We know Columbus; they always come in fighting, and we know they’re going to give us a battle,” Fischer noted. “But we will need to be prepared for both a passing offense and a running offense, whatever they come at us with.”

Although the Divas won the first two meetings against the Comets, Coach Fischer knows that a playoff game will be a real learning experience for her young team’s many rookies. “A playoff game is just a whole different feeling, a whole different intensity,” Fischer said.

Even if they defeat the Comets and advance, this could be the last home game of the season for the DC Divas depending on the outcome of the Pittsburgh/Boston game. That, along with being the Divas’ playoff opener, will make for a special atmosphere Saturday evening. “It’s great to have a playoff game at home. The fans enjoy it, and we enjoy playing in front of them,” Fischer observed.

“It’s win or go home,” she concluded, before adding with a smile, “or stay home, in our case.”

Around the WFA

The Pittsburgh Passion easily dispatched the Cincinnati Sizzle, 63-0. The Passion move on to play the Boston Militia in Boston Saturday. The Divas’ division of DC, Pittsburgh, and Columbus is the only one in the entire league to have three teams make it to the conference quarterfinal round.

On the other side of the Eastern (National) Conference bracket, four undefeated teams remain. The Cleveland Fusion travel to Chicago to face the Force, and the Miami Fury hit the road to play the Atlanta Phoenix. The Fury picked up their first playoff win in franchise history by forfeit Saturday over the Savannah Sabers, but they’ll try to notch their first playoff win on the field in Atlanta.

In the Western (American) Conference, two games feature division rivals squaring off for state bragging rights. The St. Louis Slam visit the Kansas City Titans in one matchup, while in Texas, the Austin Outlaws will take on the Dallas Diamonds.

The other side of the Western Conference bracket contains three California teams and the Utah Jynx, who authored the most surprising upset of the first round of the playoffs. The Jynx went into Seattle and toppled the previously undefeated Majestics, 36-26. Utah now advances to take on the Fresno-based Central Cal War Angels. Meanwhile, the defending WFA champion San Diego Surge will host the Sacramento Sirens in the other conference quarterfinal matchup.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The little seed that helps prevent cancer

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Can one tiny seed put the
brakes on cancer?

    Not just any seed, mind you...

    But scientists believe flaxseed may pack a powerful punch to knock out estrogen-dependent cancers including breast and prostate cancer.

    A literature review by the American Institute for Cancer Research found that just a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily can alter estrogen levels in a way that may protect you from this deadly disease. That modest dose was enough to reduce tumor formation.

    I eat ground flaxseeds myself. Keep reading and you'll see why. . .

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    Imagine, entire generations born with a natural immunity to cancer?

    And now one brilliant M.D. has discovered a way you can get it, too.

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    Specifically, the compound called lignans—a phytoestrogen found in flax, wheat and vegetables—seems to provide some top-notch cancer protection.

    And according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, boosting lignan intake may improve survival rates in postmenopausal women who've had breast cancer.

    A research team from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg said this could be because lignans are about the same shape as those estrogens in the body that are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

    Their shape enables lignans to bind up estrogen receptors—which blocks stronger forms of estrogens from doing so. It's as if lignans take up all the available seats in a theater, and there's nowhere for estrogens to sit.

    Some types of cancer cells need estrogen in order to multiply and form tumors. Because lignan prevents these hormones from binding to estrogen receptors, cancer cells can't grow.

    Lead researcher Jenny Chang-Claude said that the study provided "clear evidence showing that lignans lower not only the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer, but also the mortality risk."
More of the lowdown on lignan…
    Lignans, isoflavones and coumestans are the three major classes of compounds that are collectively known as phytoestrogens.

    These compounds are known to play a role in everything from keeping your arteries healthy and your brain sharp to sexual maturation and reproduction.

    The two lignans that play the largest role in keeping humans healthy are calledenterodiol and enterolactone.

    These "mammalian lignans" form when gut bacteria interact with lignans in the foods you eat.
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    But there's another lignan called podophyllotoxin, that is so effective at targeting and destroying cancer cells—the medical establishment has even modified it for use in chemotherapy.

    And that's not all. Podophyllotoxin's semi-synthetic derivatives—etoposide, teniposide, and etoposide phosphate—are used regularly to battle deadly lung cancer.
Scores of studies showcase lignans' promising performance!
    Scientists have produced some impressive study results that demonstrate the beneficial health results of a diet rich in flaxseed lignans.

    Consider just a few examples:
  • Flax seed curbs hot flashes!—a pilot study conducted by Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that 28 women who consumed four tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily for six weeks experienced a decrease in hot flashes, from 7.3 to 3.6 a day.
  • Diabetes is decimated!—Animal study results published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry showed that the SDG component of flaxseed is an antioxidant that was found to help reduce by 75 percent the development of diabetes in rodents.
  • Provides superior prostate protection!—A recent study found that Scottish men with the highest intake of lignans have the lowest incidence of prostate cancer.
  • Colon cancer is crushed!—A Dutch study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention associated a high intake of lignans with a reduced risk of colorectal adenomas—growths that are precursors to colon cancer.
    These are just a few of the studies that highlight some of the health-restoring benefits of lignans.

    So if you're ready to get your hands on some of this stuff—look no farther than your local grocery store!

    I eat oatmeal four or five mornings a week, and I make a point of adding several tablespoons of fresh, ground flaxseeds. Flax seeds are by far the richest source of healthy lignan nutrients.

    I grind them in a coffee grinder. (You don't want to use the same grinder for actually grinding coffee beans; I don't think you'll care for flaxseed-flavored coffee). And just to be clear — you don't cook the flaxseed in the oatmeal. You add it raw after the oatmeal is cooked.

    Of course you can add ground flaxseed to anything you want — yogurt, for example. I just happen to be a regular oatmeal eater.
Grocery shopping just became therapeutic
    Although especially rich in lignans, flaxseeds aren't the only seeds to provide this nutrient. Sesame and sunflower seeds, as well as cashews and peanuts, provide a healthy dose of lignans. You haven't lived if you've never eaten fresh-made cashew butter. It puts peanut butter in the shade as far as I'm concerned.

    You can also buy whole grain flaxseed bread as another tasty spin on boosting your lignan intake. I like Sam's millet-flax bread, if you can get it.

    Not only can you add a crunchy taste to some of your favorite foods—but you'll also find that flaxseeds can help reduce constipation to give you a "smooth move."

    Although foods that are high in lignans have been shown to play a positive role in breast cancer prevention, the truth is that many women do not eat enough of the types of foods that provide a significant amount of this cancer-fighting nutrient.

    Because these nutrients pass through your system within 24 to 48 hours, it's important to eat enough daily to enjoy their protective benefits.

    If you think your diet might not provide enough lignans, don't worry. In the U.S. you can purchase supplements containing lignans from flaxseed without a prescription.

    Considering the anti-cancer benefits that lignans provide, you might think it's well worth the time to add some lignan-rich foods to your next grocery shopping list.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tonight's Game Postponed; Halloween Night Tomorrow!

Tonight's scheduled game against the Vienna River Dogs has been postponed due to inclement weather and unplayable field conditions. The game will be made up onMonday, June 24th beginning at 5PM and played as a double header. Tickets for tonight's game may be used for any future home game. Bunt Mini Bobbleheads will be given out on July 21st.
The next Big Train home game is tomorrowWednesdayJune 19th at 7:30 at Povich Field against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Povich Field will be costume filled for Halloween Night! If your child comes in costume, Kids admission is free and they can trick-or-treat around the park. In case the night wasn't hectic enough, the first 250 fans will receive Big Train Whistles!
Tickets are available online here or at the gate. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Big Train Alone Atop Standings After Shutout Win

Big Train Clinch Sole Possession of First Place
The Big Train and Gaithersburg Giants entered Monday night's game tied at the top of the standings, setting the stage for an intense battle for the rights to sole possession of first place. The game certainly contained the excitement you'd expect in such a showdown.

Michael Boyle (Radford) - pictured above - got the start for the Big Train, and gave the team six shutout innings. Boyle struck out five batters, while allowing just five total base runners (four hits and a walk). 

While runs were generally hard to come by, the Big Train did manage to push across three.

The first two runs of the game would come in the third inning off the bat of right fielder Kyle Wernicki (Virginia Tech). After back-to-back one-out singles by second baseman Tim Yandel (Tulane) and center fielder David Del Grande (Sacramento State), Wernicki hit a two-RBI double to give the Big Train a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, the Giants would manage to get a runner on base. However, Yandel made what is the early favorite for defensive play of the year at second base, throwing himself into the air to deny Gaithersburg's Jay Graham a single up the middle and kill any chance of a big inning. 

After four shutout innings by Boyle and reliever Will Resnik (High Point), the Big Train would manage to add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

After a one-out single by first baseman Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina), outfielder Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) would pinch run, and after being moved to second base on a single by third baseman Tyler France(Florida Atlantic), would steal his way over to third base. Then with two outs, Farrar would score on a passed ball to give the Big Train a 3-0 lead heading into the ninth.

Cody Mizelle (Florida Atlantic) would come in for the save for the second consecutive night, and for the second consecutive night, he would hold down the fort. Mizelle struck out the side in the ninth, giving up no runs en route to picking up his second save of the season, and the sixth win of the season for the Big Train.

With the victory, the Big Train now sit alone at the top of the CRCBL standings, boasting a league-best 6-2 record. They'll look to add to their one-game lead on the Giants tonight, as they host the Vienna Riverdogs at5:00 PM at Povich Field. It's Bunt Bobblehead Night, so come on out to the ballpark to get a free bobblehead of Homer's partner in crime! Tickets to the game can be purchased here or at the gate!

Bryan Wilson Receives Victory Scholarship Award

Philadelphia, Pa. - Typically being a student-athlete ends after your senior season in college, but this isn't the case for Bowie State University's Bryan Wilson and The Lincoln University's Brittney Waters.

Wilson started 14 games for the CIAA Champion Bulldogs of Bowie State, The Upper Marlboro, MD native averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and was the third leading 3-point shooter on the team making 32.3 % of his attempts behind the arc.

Waters and Wilson have been selected to receive the Victory Scholarship Award by Sport Changes Life (SCL). SCL awards student-athlete recipients the opportunity to study for their master's degree while continuing their career in sports. Victory Scholars provide its recipients with full tuition fees for graduate school, accommodation expenses, subsistence expenses, and an opportunity to continue their athletic career.

"I am delighted and feel blessed to be one of the Victory Scholarship recipients," said Waters. "This is an opportunity of a lifetime and certainly a dream come true for me."

A native of Capitol Heights, MD, Waters averaged 5.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Lady Lions. Her experience at the University was enriched and filled with the joy of meeting new people and playing basketball.

Waters and Wilson are scheduled to attend the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Waters will play for the Belfast Rockets, a professional team in the Irish Women's Superleague. In addition both players will coach and work with at-risk youths as part of the Sport Changes Life program.