WHAT’S BREWING FOR GRAHAM, DYKSTRA?

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Former VCU shortstop Vimael Machin is playing for South Bend, the Chicago Cubs' 'A' affiliate in the Midwest League.

Former VCU shortstop Vimael Machin is playing for South Bend, the Chicago Cubs’ ‘A’ affiliate in the Midwest League.

VCU Athletics’ Mike Voyack had an opportunity to catch up with Treveon Graham recently, which isn’t easy, considering how well Graham moves for a man of his size. No matter, Voyack, camera in tow, wrangled Graham for an interview to update us on his pro prospects. Graham, you’ll remember, is coming off a solid performance with the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league teams in Utah and Las Vegas. Graham averaged 7.8 points and shot 46 percent for the Spurs in 10 games overall. From the sound of it, Graham will have options, and you shouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in an NBA training camp this fall.

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Meanwhile, it’s been somewhat of a breakout year for former VCU Soccer star and all-around good guy Andrew Dykstra. After years of bouncing around the MLS in Chicago and feeder leagues like the USL, Dykstra appears to have found comfort for D.C. United. Injuries have thrust him into a regular starting role and he’s been making the best of it. To wit, Dykstra was recently nominated for MLS “Save of the Week” for the third time (vote here).

D.C. United (12-7-5) currently sits in first place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference. The United are 3-3-1 with Dykstra in goal.

When he’s not busy making great saves, Dykstra is making great brews. Last year, D.C. Brau invited Dykstra to tour its brewery, and recently, D.C. United shared this video of Dykstra’s home brew operation.

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In baseball news, it appears that Vimael Machin, one of the stars of VCU’s recent NCAA Super Regional run, is settling in at the pro level. A 10th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs organization, Machin is currently playing for South Bend, the Cubs’ A-ball affiliate. Although Machin is still waiting for his signature swing to come around at the plate, he’s still flashing the glove.

Machin has already played third, short and second in his 21-game pro stint. He is hitting .186 in 80 at-bats.

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DYKSTRA: NHL PLAYOFFS, EURO CUP ON MY MIND

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Nicklas Lidstrom led the Detroit Red Wings to a 21st consecutive playoff appearance this season.

By Andrew Dykstra

It is that rough time of year for watching sports… for me anyway. I’m not an NBA fan and have never been a baseball fan, and that is all that dominates ESPN these days. ESPN is what is on constantly in the D.C. United locker room. Fortunately, there are a few things that will have my attention and keep me occupied till next football season:

1. The NHL playoffs. The regular season can be tough to watch at times. My team is the Detroit Red Wings. Unless they are playing Chicago, St Louis, Vancouver or maybe a big-time eastern division team, the games can be uninteresting at times. They play so many games during the year, that you can’t expect every game to be live or die. But now we are in the playoffs and I’m thankful. I’m watching the Red Wings series with the Nashville Predators right now.

2. Like the World Cup, during the summer, every four years, the Euro Cup is played between the top European national teams. This year, I believe it will be on ESPN. It’s being played in Poland, unless I’m mistaken. Holland and Germany are my teams to watch. Both are talented teams, with the Germans being one of the best tournament teams in the history of soccer. It’s always interesting to see what England does and Spain is only two years off their World Cup championship.

This is where my attention will be from now through the summer. Then, we can finally return to football. Word is Michigan football opens with Alabama… big test, can’t wait.

Let’s Go Wings!

Andrew Dykstra plays for D.C. United of Major League Soccer. He was a four-year starter in goal for the VCU Men’s Soccer Team from 2005-08 and spent two seasons with the Chicago Fire of the MLS before playing the 2011 season with the Charleston Battery of the USL. For Dykstra’s other blog posts, check here.

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