When the story of Manti Te’o’s alleged deceased girlfriend broke Wednesday, it pushed immediately to the forefront of every sports desk in America, overshadowing many other very relevant sports stories.
Here’s some local stories you may have missed in the cloud of Te’o dust:
Nats Trade Morse
The Nationals traded fan favorite Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners, in a three-team deal that also involved the Oakland Athletics. The deal also sent catcher John Jaso from Seattle to Oakland and a few other pieces to the Nationals.
- A.J. Cole, who returns to D.C. after being traded to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez deal thirteen months ago.
- Minor league pitcher Blake Treinen.
- A player to be named later.
As much as Nats fan will miss harmonizing to A-Ha’s “Take On Me” for every Morse at-bat, the slugger found himself on the outside looking in when a Denard Span trade and Adam LaRoche re-signing ensured he would no longer be an everyday player in Washington. Being traded to the Mariners allows Morse the opportunity to likely play out the rest of the $6.75 million on his contract as a regular in Seattle’s lineup, putting him in the best position to play for a better deal in 2014.
Now enjoy it one last time then say goodbye.
Georgetown Loses Whittington Until Further Notice
Before handling Providence 74-65 Wednesday night, the Hoyas learned they would be without sophomore forward Greg Whittington until further notice, after he was declared academically ineligible.
“Greg will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility issue,” Coach John Thompson III said.
Georgetown won their Big East battle nonetheless, to improve to 2-2 in the conference.
Fans Storm The Court When Terps Defeat N.C. State
When No. 14 N.C. State took the floor at Comcast Center Wedensday night, they did so as the team that unhinged an undefeated, No. 1 ranked Duke the week before. That said, when Maryland upset the Wolfpack 51-50, emotions boiled over when Terps fans stormed the court after beating their first ranked opponent since Greivis Vasquez was in College Park.
Wizards Lose First in Four Games
The Washington Wizards missed out on a golden opportunity to win four straight in their 95-94 loss to the Kings in Sacramento Wednesday night. The loss was made more painful for fans after Bradley Beal missed a running jumper in the fading seconds of the 4th quarter, and John Wall missed a prayer after recovering the errant rebound.