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Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin scores 742nd career goal, passes Brett Hull for fourth place on all-time goals list

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin continues to place his name among the all-time greats. In Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ovechkin scored the 742nd goal of his NHL career and passed Brett Hull for sole possession of fourth place on the league’s all-time goals list.

Ovechkin got the puck past Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to tie the score at 1 at the 10:19 mark of the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson assisted on the play. 

Shortly after Ovechkin’s record-setting goal, the Capitals tweeted a video of Hull offering kudos to the 36-year-old Russian who just passed him on the all-time goal scoring list. 

“Alex, congratulations on moving into No. 4 on the all-time goal scoring list,” Hull said. “I have a great friend, Wayne Gretzky, and he has a saying whenever he makes a long putt or a great shot on the golf course.

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Kenny Mayne says he was on ESPN Twitter watch list

1. I’m torn.

There is a part of me that feels bad ESPN gets labeled (unfairly) as being “too political” because that narrative is nonsense.

SportsCenter anchors aren’t covering the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Stephen A. Smith isn’t talking about people not taking jobs because they are getting unemployment money. College GameDay isn’t explaining Joe Biden’s infrastructure deal.

So to say ESPN covers politics is disingenuous.

Now, do ESPN personalities tweet about politics? Sure. I think they tweet more about social justice issues than politics, but I know people don’t appreciate nuance these days.

It doesn’t appear ESPN’s executive senior vice president Norby Williamson appreciates any of it, though.

In a new (and excellent) interview with The Ringer, former SportsCenter stalwart, Kenny Mayne discussed his departure from the network and shared some hard-to-believe stories about just how paranoid and sensitive ESPN is about the whole politics thing.

“They were

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Former Blue Valley High School standout Aidan Shaw cuts list to KU, MU, four others

The Kansas and Missouri men’s basketball teams have emerged as two of six finalists for Aidan Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound senior small forward recruit from Link Academy in Branson, Missouri.

Shaw, the No. 51-ranked prospect in the high school basketball recruiting Class of 2022 by 247sports.com and No. 56-ranked player by Rivals.com, on Thursday revealed a list of KU, MU, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Maryland and Arkansas on Twitter.

Shaw, a member of the Mokan Elite AAU program who played two seasons at Blue Valley High School, will visit Arkansas on Aug. 6-8. He has visited each of his other finalists.

At Link Academy, Shaw will be a teammate of major college prospects Bryson Warren, Tarris Reed and Trey Green.

At one time Shaw also had Kansas State, Wichita State, USC, Texas Tech, Creighton, Iowa State, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest on his list.

Shaw has said he’d

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El Pasoan Jordan O’Hara makes ESPN No. 1 SportsCenter top ten list

Jordan O’Hara admits he wasn’t sure why his parents were getting him out of bed at 11 p.m. Monday to watch a little television, but what flashed across ESPN’s SportsCenter was worth it.

The just-turned 8-year-old Jordan got to relive his spectacular moment in the Southwest Baseball League, his walk-off unassisted double play that was SportsCenter’s No. 1 highlight in their nightly top 10.

“Pretty cool,” Jordan said.

The play happened three weeks ago, with Jordan’s team leading 4-3 in the final inning of the 7U championship game.

“Technically, I got the ball on first base, it went past me a little,” Jordan said. “I got it and I was going to dive to first, but I saw I didn’t have to. I stepped on it. Then I saw the runner going to score. Technically I ran to him and I got him.”

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