The moment NBA fans have been waiting for is finally here; the release of the 2018-19 schedule for the upcoming season.  With opening night around the corner on October 16, here are some games that you don’t want to miss:

February 22: Spurs at Raptors, 7 PM ET.  DeMar DeRozan had this game circled since the schedule came out.  He was blindsided by Toronto’s management and on this night he will get this revenge.  This is a must watch game as he may go off for 50.  

January 3: Raptors at Spurs, 8 PM ET.  After helping them to multiple successful season, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green return to San Antonio as the opposing team.  

November 21: Lakers at Cavaliers, 8 PM ET.  LeBron returns to the O…..again.  

October 31: Pelicans at Warriors, 1030 PM ET.  DeMarcus Cousins will face his former team after joining a super team and making them basically unbeatable. 

January 14:  Hornets at Spurs, 830 PM ET.  Tony Parker returns to San Antonio as visitor for first time in his career.

November 8: Rockets at Thunder, 8 PM ET.  Its time for Carmelo Anthony to show that last season was a fluke and that he is still a offensive threat.  

March 18: Nuggets at Boston, 730PM ET.  Since his MVP type run in Boston, Isaiah Thomas is now with his second team in two years.  What better game to prove he’s still a threat then against the team that did him dirty.  

November 30: Hawks at Thunder, 8 PM ET.  After the Hawks called Dennis Schroder their future and basically franchise player, they gave him away for the younger Trae Young.  Lets see how Young plays against the combination of Westbrook and Schroder and if the Hawks made the right move.  

February 22: Wizards at Hornets, 7 PM ET.  Dwight Howard faces old team with something to prove.

November 16: Bulls at Bucks, 930 PM ET.  After injury-filled seasons in Milwaukee, Jabari Parker returns with hometown team to show he can still ball.  

December 20: Mavericks at Clippers, 730 PM ET.  After signing with the Mavericks for real this time, DeAndre Jordan returns to Los Angeles.  

October 28: Wizards at Clippers, 930 PM ET.  After some tension the last couple seasons in the locker room, let’s see how the Wizards play without Gortat.  Austin Rivers will also like to prove he doesn’t need his father to be successful. 

December 21: Pelicans at Lakers, 1030 PM ET.  The Lakers decided to part ways with Julius Randle.  This is a chance to show them they made a mistake.  

November 15: Warriors/Rockets, 8 PM ET.  The Rockets were up 3-2 in the Western Conference before Chris Paul went down with an injury.  The Warriors on the next two games and went on to win the back-to-back championships.  With the Warriors adding DeMarcus Cousins and the Rockets adding Carmelo Anthony, which team has the upper hand now??  

February 7: Lakers/Celtics, 8 PM ET.  The Lakers/Celtics rivalry is back.














WFA Football Eastern Conference Championship: Boston Renegades-DC Divas

Landover, MD, Saturday, July 14, 2018: Amanda Congialdi (6) of DC Divas scrambles and looks downfield for a receiver during the WFA Eastern Conference Championship game held at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium in Landover, MD. (Michael R. Smith/The Prince George’s Sentinel).

LANDOVER – The D.C. Divas and Boston Renegades rivalry continued on July 14 in Landover, MD at The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex during the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Division I Eastern Conference championship game.

It was the ninth playoff meeting between the two organizations over the past 10 years and last Saturday night showed the storied rivalry of these two powerhouses.

After a slow start by the Divas in the first half, D.C. rebounded in the second half to make it a more competitive game. However, for the second straight season, the Renegades knocked the Divas out of the playoffs in a nailbiter (34-32).

“We’ve seen this all year,” D.C. Divas Head Coach Greg Gaskins said. “We woke up in the second half. In the first game when they came down here, they were up 14 at halftime, and we ended up waking up in the second half and winning. The same thing happened here. It was just that they made a few more plays in the second half then we did. At the end of the day, we played 30 minutes, they played 60, and that’s what shows on the scoreboard.”

In the first quarter, both teams were evenly matched. Each squad missed out on tremendous opportunities as they respectively drove down the field. The Divas had their only turnover of the game halfway through the first, and the Renegades had a touchdown called back by a penalty, which led to a missed field goal. That left the score knotted at zero at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Boston outscored the Divas 21-7 as quarterback Allison Cahill threw four touchdowns, with two of those tosses to wide receiver Stephanie Pascual. The Divas had no answer for the fast-paced offensive attack of the Renegades and went into halftime down by two scores (21-7).

To add insult to injury, the Divas star running back D’Ajah Scott went down with a leg injury with 1:46 left in the second quarter.

“In the first half, we definitely came out flat,” said Divas linebacker Safi Mojidi, who led D.C. with 10 tackles. “We have a terrible habit of coming out flat. Defensively, I think we had some miscues. We practiced the past two weeks going over scouting tapes and watching film. We were very well-prepared, but there were some miscues, dropped personnel, and we didn’t take care of business like we should have in the first half.”

With 6:06 left in the third quarter and the score still 21-7, Scott, who had the team’s only touchdown, returned to the game. On that same drive, she checked back into the game, and the Divas scored on a quick one-yard quarterback sneak play by Amanda Congialdi to cut the deficit to 21-13. However, Boston responded right back with a score of their own that extended the Renegades lead to 28-13. With 46 seconds left in the frame, Congialdi scored her second touchdown of the game with a two-yard pass to running back Courtney Smith. As they headed into the final quarter, the Divas trailed 28-20.

“The game plan for us was to establish the run,” Congialdi said. “I think they knew our game plan was to establish the run, so in the second half, we decided to spread them out and go wide. That way, we were able to take advantage of the secondary.”

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Divas got the break that they needed. The Renegades muffed a punt, and D.C. recovered the ball. Defense leads to offense, and the Divas took advantage of that opportunity as Congialdi scored her third touchdown of the game.

However, the Divas missed out on the two-point conversion chance, which made the score 28-26. Every time the Divas scored, the Renegades came right back with an answer. Cahill threw her fourth touchdown of the night, which increased Boston’s lead yet again (34-26). Boston missed the extra point, however, which left the door wide open for the Divas to make one more push to score.

With 4:22 left in the fourth quarter, Congialdi delivered her fourth touchdown of the night with a strike over the middle to wide receiver Lois Cook, which made it a two-point game. The Divas had no choice but to go for another two-point conversion attempt but came up short once again. The Renegades got the ball back with a 34-32 lead, and after multiple first downs, they ended the Divas season for the second straight year.

After a quiet first half, wide receiver Kentrina Wilson had a big second half and ended the game with seven catches for 144 yards but unfortunately could not find the endzone. On the defensive end, Mojidi led the Divas with 10 tackles, and linebacker Tia Watkins had nine tackles. Cahill led the Renegades with four touchdowns.

“When we had a wide receiver open, that was a missed opportunity, but we came back and scored the next play,” Gaskins said. “Offensively, we missed a few passes. If we hit a couple of those passes, there’s more time on the clock. That’s what happens when you miss those passes, and you miss time.

Defensively, we missed tackles. It wasn’t that we were always out of place. We had people in place, but at the end of the day, you got to make a play.”



June 30, 2018 – Landover Maryland, – DC Divas Amanda Congialdi looks attempts a pass during the WFA (Women’s Football Alliance) playoff matchup between the Atlanta Phoenix and the Washington Divas at the Prince George’s Sports Complex. (Credit Image: Chris Thompkins/The Prince George’s County Sentinel)

LANDOVER – On July 14, the D.C. Divas will play in their third Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) National Conference Championship game in four years.

On Saturday, they have a shot at getting revenge against the team that beat them in the playoffs last season. The Boston Renegades took down the Divas 27-24 in the National Conference Semifinal game just a year ago.

Over the past three seasons, either the Divas or Renegades have made it to the WFA National Championship game, and after this weekend, one of them will be returning to play for another championship.

These two powerhouses have had an intense rivalry since the Renegades became a franchise in 2015. The Divas were dominant at first, winning the first three matchups. However, the Renegades swept the Divas last season with three wins over them. This season, they have split the games with one win for each squad.

It will be the third consecutive playoff matchup between the two, with each side getting a victory over the other further amplifying the dislike for each other.

The Divas have won six straight games while the Renegades’ last three wins have all been shutouts. Both teams ended the regular season with a 6-2 record and won their National Conference Semifinal games with ease. The Divas enjoyed a 56-0 blowout win over the Atlanta Phoenix and look to build off of that momentum.

“I think one of the things that we do really well is that we stick together,” Divas quarterback Amanda Congialdi said about her team. “We shut out any drama or any issues, and we hold our composure. Our experience of playing together is also what drives us.”

First-Team All-Americans have led the Divas in Congialdi, running back D’Ajah Scott and wide receiver Kentrina “Megatron” Wilson.

Congialdi boasted an 83.3 passer rating and one of her favorite targets was Wilson who had 41 receptions for 544 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Rounding out the All-American offensive trio and the catalyst of their last playoff game is Scott, who rushed for seven touchdowns during the regular season and rushed for 240 yards in the opening playoff round against Atlanta.

“We need to strengthen our pass game, including pass blocking, a little more and we will take the cake from there,” Scott said.

These three have led the Divas to an offense that averages 334 total offensive yards per game and 38.6 points per game.

On the defensive end, the Divas will have their hands full with the tandem of Renegades First-Team All-Americans in quarterback Allison Cahill and wide receiver Emily Beinecke. Cahill finished the regular season with 1,308 passing yards and 16 total touchdowns.

Beinecke had 30 receptions for 469 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Although the Renegades have won four of the past five matchups, the Divas have the momentum and home-field advantage. Despite a dominant victory over the Phoenix, every player knows that there is still work to be done if they want to make it to Atlanta, Georgia. for the WFA National Championship game.