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    August 14, 2018 10:59 PM PDT

    This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. Jerseys NFL Authentic China . 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Washington NationalsOverall: 34 Title track: 56 Ownership: 26 Coaching: 23 Players: 32 Fan relations: 31 Affordability: 51 Stadium experience: 39 Bang for the buck: 66 Change from last year: +7The No. 34 is huge in D.C. Besides being on Bryce Harpers back, its also the Nationals overall ranking in this years Ultimate Standings. Thats tied for the highest mark D.C. die-hards have ever given their team. In case youre wondering, the first 34 came back in 2012, when No. 34 was a rookie. Hooray for election years.Whats goodNationalists give props to the power combo that is the Lerner family and GM Mike Rizzo (ownership is 26 and fourth in baseball), and why not? A year after raining $210 million on free agent Max Scherzer, they coughed up another $175 million to keep fellow hurler Stephen Strasburg in the District. They engineered shrewd deals that netted MVP candidate Daniel Murphy and rookie phenom Trea Turner. Combine all those studs with Harper, who for all his struggles in 2016 still has an off-the-charts Q rating, and its easy to see why Nats fans dig their dudes (a 32nd-place ranking in roster).Whats badFor the price of one seat at a Redskins game ($102 on average), you could buy two Nationals tickets and still afford two beers and two hot dogs in the park. Still, when it comes to affordability (51) and bang-itude (66), Washington gets ho-hum marks. Maybe its the $5 16-ounce sodas (tied for MLBs priciest per ounce). Maybe its the franks that fetch $5.25, among the costliest in the league. Or maybe were just nit-picking (er, Nat-picking). Hey, somebodys gotta do the dirty work.Whats newDusty Bakers not new. In fact, hes old. Really old, by baseball standards. Sixty-seven, to be exact, the most ancient skipper in all the land. But hes new to D.C., and Nats fans love him to the tune of a 23rd-place ranking in coaching, up 37 spots from a year ago. Why not? The exceedingly human bench boss guided the Nats to 95 wins (12 more than predecessor Matt Williams) and within a Clayton Kershaw save of their first postseason series win. If that werent enough, he dances during batting practice, has more stories than the Library of Congress and is constantly giving off warm-and-fuzzy grandpa vibes. Hooray for grandpa vibes.Next: Pittsburgh Pirates?| Full rankings Jerseys NFL Wholesale . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Jerseys China Sale .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. ;. But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since receiving a concussion in the fourth quarter of a loss Oct. 2 at Atlanta.Running back Jonathan Stewart also was back after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.Newton had a helmet and cleats and took first-team snaps during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Before taking the first snap, the NFL MVP hand-slapped everyone in the huddle and let out a loud yell.Coach Ron Rivera said Newton brought a lot of energy to the practice.You get a guy back that is a big part of what youre doing, you can see guys gravitating [towards him] and really getting excited, he said. He brings energy to what you do.Now hes trying to keep himself in check, obviously, because of the whole protocol. But you can see him enjoying it. He even took some of the scout team reps and played scout team quarterback as well. You could see him wanting to do more.Newton was listed as limited in practice, but took the first-team reps scheduled for him and also took scout team reps while Derek Anderson took first-team reps. The Panthers felt they needed to get Anderson some reps in case Newton has a setback before gaining full clearance.Rivera said it was good to have Newton back on the field.This is the part where hes got to go out and work and see how he is, he said. But he looked good. Threw the ball pretty doggone well. He was involved with the pplays we had scripted for him. Jerseys NFL Cheap. He handled those really well.Well see. Were all waiting with bated breath to find out how he is tomorrow. Thats all part of the protocol.Newton didnt address the media Wednesday, but could on Thursday if he is not experiencing symptoms and is given the final clearance to play Sunday at New Orleans.He took his regular No. 1 offense reps, Rivera said. DA took some as well. We wanted to make sure just in case. Tomorrow is a big day as far as that is concerned. Until hes completely released [from the protocol] well continue to monitor what he does.Newton missed his third career start on Monday night when the Panthers lost 17-14 to Tampa Bay and dropped to 1-4. He did go through noncontact drills -- throwing and running -- before the game.The Panthers are trying to bounce back from their worst start since the 2012 season, when they opened 1-6 record before finishing 7-9.Saints coach Sean Payton said his team began preparing on Monday as though Newton will play.Thats clearly the only way to approach it, he said. 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