WEDNESDAY SPORTS: Braves drop two to Nationals; Clemson baseball begins Fall practice; Tigers head to Raleigh

*Washington Nationals baseball returned Tuesday, one day after the team’s game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed because of the nearby Washington Navy Yard shooting. The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff greeted players in the Nationals clubhouse before the game, and handed out Navy caps that manager Davey Johnson and his players held over their hearts during a pregame moment of silence. The teams played an afternoon game, rescheduled from the day before, as well as the previously-scheduled evening game for a day-night doubleheader, with the Nats winning both games, 6-5 and 4-0.

*The Clemson baseball team will start its fall practice season on Friday with an afternoon practice at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers, who will also practice at home on Saturday, will then travel to Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on Sunday. Practice on Sunday will begin at 12:30 PM, then the team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at approximately 2:00 PM at Fluor Field. Clemson will travel several times to Fluor Field as well as J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex in Easley, SC to hold practices in the fall due to the ongoing renovations at Doug Kingsmore Stadium,

*The 3rd-ranked Clemson football team takes its flight to Raleigh, North Carolina Wednesday where they will face the NC State Wolfpack Thursday night on ESPN. Adam Humphries will step into the Charone Peake’s starting wide receiver slot. Peake is out for the season with injury.

*In the NFL, injuries continue to mount for the Falcons following their win Sunday over St. Louis. Atlanta has now lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for at least eight weeks and running back Steven Jackson will miss the Falcons’ next game – and maybe more.