Coach Denies He's Joining Nationals

Coach Denies He's Joining Nationals
May 6, 2010, 2:06 pm
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Thursday, May 6, 2010, 10:06 a.m.CSNwashington.comDraft Player, Sign Coach?
The Nationals are expected to make 17-year old College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper the first overall pick in next months draft. General manager Mike Rizzo spent last weekend watching Harper in person.Harper may not be the only member of that program the Nationals are pursuing. SI.com reported on Wednesday that the Nationals are working to hire coach Tim Chambers as a scout. Nationals assistant general manager Roy Clark told the website the events are unrelated, citing the years they worked together in Atlanta.Of the report, Chambers told the Las Vegas Sun: Thats pretty funny. I have never been offered a job by them. Those reports are wrong.Allen Not Helping Himself
Brad Biggs from the National Football Post made a good point Wednesday night amid reports that the Redskins had started the purging of their scouting staff by releasing Don Warren and Russ Bollinger.Warren is a former Redskin Super Bowl winner who was brought back to the organization during Joe Gibbs second tour as coach.Allen has made re-connecting with Redskins alumni a priority since he was hired as general manager last December.But Allens efforts to reach out to Redskins of the past might be undermined by the decisions made in the front office, specifically the move not to renew the contract of pro scout Donnie Warren, a 19-year employee of the organization, Biggs writes.Interesting Summer For Wizards
Following a debacle-of-a-season, the Wizards enter the off-season with a new owner (Ted Leonsis) and salary cap space to acquire a difference-making free agent. But will the Wizards flub another opportunity to get better?Matthew Brown of the Bleacher Report writes: There are plenty of things to be hopeful for in the future of the Wizards. The question is, will any of that hope come to fruition in the coming draft and free agency period?Brown advises the Wizards to be wary of bringing back Josh Howard, the center-piece of the Dallas trade that shipped Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks.Josh Howard was shaping up to be a decent option before he went down for the season with an ACL injury, Brown writes. Now it isn't certain that the team will exercise the option on his contract, making him a free agent. The Wizards cant afford to invest in an injury-prone player, as Howard has become in recent years.Jagr Staying In Russia
It appears Capitals fans wont have the chance to boo Jaromir Jagr next year. Old No. 68 has signed a one-year extension with the Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.Around the Olympics, there was speculation Jagr would take one final twirl in the NHL.Next year I will be 39; I dont believe many clubs would like to have me on their team, Jagr said. One has to be realistic.Jagr is playing for the Czech Republic in this months World Championships. If he plays Russia, Jagr will probably have his head up after being freight-trained by Alex Ovechkin in the Olympics.