WASHINGTON -- If the Washington Wizards are going to win their first game of the season, avoiding another late collapse would be a good step.Also on the to-do list? Trying to slow down Toronto Raptors scoring star DeMar DeRozan when the Eastern Conference foes meet in Washington on Wednesday night.The Wizards opened the season with back-to-back losses, including Sundays 112-103 overtime setback at the Memphis Grizzlies after leading 96-88 with under four minutes remaining. Grizzlies center Marc Gasols 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds remaining tied the game at 100 and Washington faded as Memphis opened the extra session with 12-0 run.We let it slip out of our hands. We didnt play a great game, guard Bradley Beal said after Washington fell to 0-2 in Memphis. I think weve just got to figure out a way to close out games. We had a chance to win. In overtime the first couple minutes are crucial and once youve got that momentum, its pretty much a gut check. They got a big lead on us and we couldnt score and they won.Washington fell at Atlanta on Thursday 114-99 after the Hawks outscored the Wizards 33-19 in the fourth quarter.DeRozan hasnt trouble scoring in Torontos first three games, including depositing 33 points in Mondays 105-102 home win over the Denver Nuggets. Signed to a five-year, $139 million contract this summer, DeRozan became the first player in Raptors history to open the season with at least 30 points in each of the first three games.Point guard Kyle Lowry added 29 points and put Toronto (2-1) in the lead for good with his first of two field goals over the final 96 seconds.DeMars been great. His offensive (game) right now is unreal, Raptors coach Dwane Casey told the Toronto Star. Kyle stepped up (Monday) and gave him a little boost.DeRozan is averaging 36.0 points while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.Weve got to maintain that and not wear that out, but hes been doing a great job, Casey said of DeRozan.Thats not something many are saying about the Wizards perimeter defense. Washington is allowing opponents to shoot a league-high 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Memphis sank 15 of 31 3-pointers.We have to guard the 3-point line, first-year Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. Thats what the league is about. You have to be able to do two things. You have to guard the 3-point line and protect the paint. The good teams do that every night.We are building to be a good team and we have to be able to do that. I have a lot of confidence in our guys to do that but its just going to take some time but nobody waits for you. We have to expedite that as soon as we can, but we have to be able to guard the line and the paint. 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Saturdays Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park is the final prep race for the best 2-year-old males training on the West Coast in advance of the Sentient Jet Breeders Cup Juvenile on Nov. 4.The FrontRunner is a Win and Youre In qualifying race for the Juvenile and will be televised on NBC Sports Network during Saturdays 5:30-8 p.m. ET telecast. It also is a key race to watch for fans eager for an early look at possible horses to follow on the Triple Crown trail next year. The last two Kentucky Derby winners, Nyquist and American Pharoah, both won the FrontRunner.Horseplayers should approach this years edition of the FrontRunner with those recent results in mind, as buzz has built around another California-based horse as a leading divisional contender. Klimt (#6) enters the FrontRunner on a three-race winning streak for owner Kaleem Shah and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, and has won those races by a combined margin of 12-1/4 lengths.Klimts last two wins came in Del Mars two marquee stakes for 2-year-olds: the Grade 2 Best Pal and the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. He hasnt won in a two-turn race yet but appears more than capable of handling the FrontRunners 1-1/16 miles.Klimt has shown the ability to sit close to the pace and stalk before taking command, and in the Del Mar Futurity he made a smooth, professional move to engage pacesetter Straight Fire (#5 in the FrontRunner) with little asking from jockey Rafael Bejarano. Bejarano has the ride again on Saturday.Klimts pedigree should helpp him get the distance, too.dddddddddddd He is by the young sire Quality Road, who won the Florida Derby and was a leading Kentucky Derby contender before being injured, and his dams (mothers) family includes 1994 Breeders Cup Classic winner Concern.In terms of accomplishment, Klimt towers over the other six contenders in the FrontRunner, but each of them has every right to improve as they continue to gain experience, and 2-year-olds often take giant steps from start to start. With this in mind, I will use Plum Dandy (#2) and Midnight Pleasure (#4) in a $2 exacta box with Klimt.Plum Dandy broke his maiden handily in his second start in a one-mile, two-turn race at Del Mar, and his connections have tabbed Hall of Famer Mike Smith to ride.Midnight Pleasure contested Straight Fires early lead in the Del Mar Futurity, fell back through the turn, but then rallied and kept on well to finish third. His jockey, Martin Garcia, is a very good judge of pace in route races, as is Mike Smith. Midnight Pleasure merits consideration at odds of 10-1 or higher.I will also key Klimt in an exacta over those two other contenders for $4, which would make for a $6 total exacta if he wins and either Plum Dandy or Midnight Pleasure finishes second.Strategy on a $20 Budget$2 exacta box: 2,5,6 ($12) $4 exacta: 6 with 2,5 ($8) Total: $20For more stories like this check out Americas Best Racing. NFL Jerseys From China Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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