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Last Update: Monday, July 28, 2014 3:01 AM EDT

Fister handcuffs slumping Reds in Nationals' win

Doug Fister took advantage of facing the slumping Cincinnati Reds to extend the best season-opening start by any Washington pitcher in a 4-0 Nationals' win Sunday.

Fister allowed just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in seven shutout innings to reach 10 wins in 14 starts, one fewer than any previous Washington pitcher. Gio Gonzalez reached 10 wins in 15 starts in 2012, and Jordan Zimmerman duplicated him last season. The Nationals moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

Adam LaRoche drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single in the ninth to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in nine games since the All-Star break. They are hitting .178 in that span.

Devin Mesoraco's two-run double in the ninth off Rafael Soriano allowed the Reds to avoid their 11th shutout loss. Soriano regrouped to get the final three outs for his 200th career save.

Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is feeling the pressure entering his second season.

The Steelers expected Wheaton to make an impact last year, but his rookie season was derailed by injuries that limited him to six catches.

Wheaton will have a chance to play a more prominent role in 2014 after the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in free agency. Wheaton says he's more relaxed during his second training camp and is confident he can produce. The former third-round pick will battle veteran Lance Moore and rookie Martavis Bryant for the starting spot alongside Pro Bowler Antonio Brown.

Wheaton and the rest of the Steelers practice in pads for the first time on Monday.

Patrick Beilein leaves W.Va. Wesleyan for Jazz

West Virginia Wesleyan says men's basketball coach Patrick Beilein has accepted a position with the NBA's Utah Jazz.

The Division II school where Beilein has coached for two seasons says Beilein will serve in the role of player development and video coordinator under new Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

Beilein coached West Virginia Wesleyan to a 22-9 record last season after going 12-15 in his first season in 2012-13.

Beilein's father, John, is the head coach at Michigan. He played under John Beilein at West Virginia from 2003 to 2006.

Former Panthers lineman Travelle Wharton to retire

Former Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Travelle Wharton is retiring after 10 NFL seasons.

There will be a retirement news conference Tuesday at Wofford College, where the Panthers are training. He is the fourth Panthers offensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.

The 33-year-old Wharton played in 115 games and started 111.

A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2004, Wharton played with the Panthers until 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Bengals. He returned to Carolina last season following a slew of injuries.

Wharton tells The Associated Press that "it's time. He adds: "I thought it might have been time last year. It's just hard to just say it."

War & games: Ex-pilot heads Redskins special teams

The Washington Redskins' new special teams coach flew more than 1,000 combat missions as a helicopter pilot during the Iraq War.

Ben Kotwica is using some of his military background to help organize and inspire the Redskins special teams units, which were the worst in the league last year.

At his first meeting with the team in the spring, Kotwica invited players to join his "special forces." Robert Griffin III said he was so inspired he was ready to join the kickoff team.

But Kotwica says the parallels between war and football are "exacerbated." He's averse to words like "battle" and "war" to describe a game.

Redskins fan turns autographs into tattoos

A fan at Washington Redskins training camp is getting players' autographs tattooed onto his arm.

Charlie White of Quinton, Virginia, is asking players to sign his arm with a Sharpie. He then heads to a tattoo parlor and has the signatures made permanent.

The 41-year-old White says his goal is to get all 22 starters.

He saved his wrist for franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III — who obliged after Sunday afternoon's practice.

Latta leads streaking Mystics past sliding Dream

Ivory Latta scored 21 points and Kara Lawson added 14 as the surging Washington Mystics moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 77-67 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

The Mystics have won four straight and six of seven games. Washington trails East-leading Atlanta by three games.

The Dream have lost a season-high four games. The last three setbacks have come without head coach Michael Cooper. Recently diagnosed with tongue cancer, Cooper remains on medical leave after undergoing surgery Thursday.

Sancho Lyttle led Atlanta with 19 points.

The Dream won the season series 3-1.

Washington took control with a 12-2 second half run and led by 11 in the fourth quarter. Latta and Lawson combined for 15 points in the final period.


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