Nationals' Denard Span leaves game with sore right knee

The Washington Nationals' game Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds was fairly well decided by the time Denard Span left it in the eighth inning. If it were closer, Nationals manager Matt Williams said, Span would not have left at all. But the center fielder has been dealing with pain in the patella tendon of his right knee since a quirky play against the Chicago Cubs last week on which he lost his footing before recovering to make a tough catch in the Wrigley wind. As Span chased a line drive by Zack Cozart in the sixth inning Sunday, he felt the pain again. “It’s been kind of off and on since [Chicago],” Span said. “It’s been bothering me. Certain movements  sprinting, trying to decelerate, coming down on it.” Span said the trainers have examined the knee, and that they found “no structural damage.” His prognosis as of Sunday afternoon, then, is to deal with the lingering soreness as best he can.

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Tennis: Single-session/daily tickets for the Citi Open on Aug. 1-9 at Rock Creek Tennis Center in Washington are on sale at Early commitments include Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori.


Zumbathon: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will make an appearance at the Zumbathon for ALS on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Merritt Athletic Club at 210 E. Centre St. The event is sponsored by Merritt and the Brigance Brigade Foundation. Proceeds will help the foundation equip, encourage and empower people with Lou Gehrig's disease. A second Zumbathon for ALS at the same time will be held at Merritt's Eldersburg location at 1388 Progress Way; the Ravens cheerleaders will make an appearance. Registration is $25 per person. More information:

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