<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:29:49 -0400 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:29:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Galette Out for Season With Achilles Tear]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Junior-Galette-New-Orleans-Saints.jpg

Outside linebacker Junior Galette will miss the entire season after tearing his left Achilles tendon, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

Gruden discussed Galette's status Thursday, a day after the pass rusher was injured toward the end of practice.

Galette is scheduled to have surgery Friday, Gruden said.

Galette missed Washington's first two exhibition games as he worked his way back from an injury to a chest muscle.

He is the fifth Redskins player lost to a season-ending injury in the preseason, including tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen.

Washington signed Galette at the start of training camp after he was released by New Orleans because of off-field issues. He had 22 sacks for the Saints the past two seasons.



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<![CDATA[RGIII Returns to Practice Following Concussion]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:57:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Robert+Griffin+III+GettyImages-484656342.jpg

Robert Griffin III returned to practice Sunday, three days after the Washington quarterback left the Redskins' exhibition game against the Detroit Lions because of a concussion.

Griffin fully participated in individual, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills during the approximately 2-hour session at Redskins Park.

“He was cleared for non-contact activity today,” coach Jay Gruden said. “He'll be checked by a neurosurgeon later this week to determine whether he'll be cleared for (Saturday's game against the Ravens), but so far so good.

“He didn't have any headaches or anything of that nature. He did a good job of executing the offense today.”

Griffin, who speaks to the media once a week and after games, wasn't made available Sunday.

He was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while the quarterback tried to recover his own fumble early in the second quarter of the Redskins' 21-17 home victory Thursday night.

Griffin, who repeatedly wound up on the FedEx Field turf, was sacked three times and fumbled twice in four possessions. He went 2 for 5 for 8 yards as Washington improved to 2-0 in the preseason.

Gruden was asked how Griffin progressed quickly through the NFL's concussion protocols.

“I have no idea,” Gruden said. “You know, he just went through the necessary steps with the doctors and the concussion tests that is all implemented by our training staff. And so far he has taken the necessary steps.”

Griffin did not appear to engage in any contact on Sunday.

In addition to his work on Thursday, he played the first quarter in the preseason opener at Cleveland, going 4 for 8 for 36 yards, plus one run for 3 yards. A potential long completion was dropped by receiver Pierre Garcon.

Washington's second- and third-team offensive units -- led by quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy -- have enjoyed more success than the first team in the preseason.

Gruden said nothing else will impede the number of snaps Griffin and the starters get if he's cleared to play against the Ravens.

“No, I would have gone more the other day to be honest with you,” he said. “I think we need the work. We absolutely need to work, whether he takes one shot or ten shots. We've got to get our offense going.

“We were a 4-12 football team last year, and for me to rest our starters after one series in the preseason game is, to me, not right. We need the practice, so we're going to try and get as much as we can - being that he's cleared if he's cleared - against Baltimore, no question about it.”

Asked if that meant Griffin would have stayed in the game against Detroit if not for his injury, Gruden said: “Probably, yeah.”



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<![CDATA[Redskins President Bruce Allen on RGIII, Chris Cooley]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011605881_1200x675_509670467983.jpg Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen shared his thoughts on the team, Robert Griffin III and Chris Cooley.]]> <![CDATA[Former Redskins GM Would Be Concerned About Signing Chris Cooley]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:43:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011605854_1200x675_509666883893.jpg Former Washington Redskins General Manager Charley Casserly said he would have some concerns about signing former tight end Chris Cooley, who retired after the 2012 season.]]> <![CDATA[RGIII's Name 'Keeps Getting Used for Headlines']]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:29:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/192*120/usa-robert-griffin-3-washington-redskins-nfl.jpg

Frustrated that a quote about striving to be the NFL's best quarterback was taken out of context, Robert Griffin III said Tuesday that his name “keeps getting used for headlines.”

The Washington Redskins quarterback drew heavy scrutiny for his comment given his struggles with injuries and on-field performance the past two seasons.

But Griffin insisted the full context of his words was ignored by most who wrote about it.

“I know what I meant. I think everyone in this circle knows what I meant,” Griffin told a small group of reporters after practice at Redskins Park. “And it's unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines for people to click on stories. But I know what I want to be, I know what I strive to be and I'm not going to make any apologies for that.”

Despite a dislocated ankle that kept him off the field for six games and a late-season benching in 2014, Griffin was named the starter for the upcoming season in February. The Redskins also picked up his fifth-year option for 2016 and hired a quarterbacks coach, Matt Cavanaugh, to work with him.

“I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,'' Griffin told WJLA in an interview. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they're not a top competitor, they're not trying to be the best that they can be.''

The part of Griffin's quotation that drew less attention: “There's guys in this league that have done way more than me, but I still view myself as the best because that's what I work toward every single day.”

Several Redskins teammates backed Griffin and said they want their quarterback to play with that level of confidence.

“You have to think you're the best,” receiver Pierre Garcon said. “You have to continue to work hard as the best. You have to go out there and play hard and prove it every day. Nobody has to agree with you. You just have to believe in yourself and work hard at it.”

Griffin originally was scheduled to speak to reporters Tuesday for the first time since last Thursday's exhibition game against Cleveland. Then the Redskins canceled Griffin's appearance after the firestorm over his comments in the TV interview, before team officials relented after the QB had a discussion with PR staff. Griffin made a statement, though he did not take questions about the interview.

Asked about Griffin's comments using the phrase “best quarterback in the league,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “Whether he is or not, that's the way he feels, and Robert has high goals for himself. And I don't fault anybody having high goals for themselves. We don't want anybody to strive to be average. But the key thing that he said is he's got to go out and prove it. We've all got to go out and prove it.”

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<![CDATA[What Joe Theismann's Looking for This Preseason]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:32:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011526797_1200x675_504411715747.jpg Jason Pugh goes one-on-one with Redskins great and preseason color commentator Joe Theismann. He shares his thoughts on this 2015 team and what he's looking forward to this preseason.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins vs. Browns: 4 Things to Watch]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011512970_1200x675_503403076001.jpg Dave Johnson tells four things to watch for when the Redskins take on the Browns in their preseason opener.]]> <![CDATA[RGIII Prepares for Heavier Preseason Workload]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:40:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/460112736.jpg

Unlike last summer, when Robert Griffin III played sparingly in three preseason contests and attempted only 20 passes, the Washington Redskins quarterback is expected to face a heavier workload this time around.

He was named the starter in February, and the Redskins have not wavered from that stance. It helps that Griffin is healthy heading into Thursday's preseason opener Thursday at the Cleveland Browns.

“You tell them `one series' and it's three-and-out -- that's not enough for us,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday,

Griffin expressed no preference about playing time in exhibition games.

But a disappointing 2014 season, truncated by a dislocated left ankle and a late-season benching, has left his long-term future with the organization tenuous, at best.

“I'm not worried about how many passes we throw,” Griffin said. “I just want to make sure that we're all on the same page.”

Griffin spoke one day after fans and reporters saw him working through a post-practice passing drill with his father, Robert Griffin Jr.

In the past, Griffin Jr. expressed public criticism of the way former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan used his son -- and drew attention by showing up in the Redskins' postgame locker room at FedEx Field.

“I know he shies away from a lot of stuff because of what's been said in the past. We can't worry about that,” the younger Griffin said. “I want him to be out here. I want him to enjoy that, as long as the coaches and the organization don't have a problem with him being around me. He is my dad. There's nothing that we're doing that is stepping on anybody's toes.”

Against the Browns, meanwhile, Colt McCoy will be the third-string quarterback.

Kirk Cousins will serve as the primary backup and says he will likely play the second and third quarters. That scenario will flip in Washington's second preseason game, when McCoy -- who appeared in five games last season and started four -- gets to play the middle of the game with the second-teamers.

“Robert is the starter,” McCoy said. “It's been that way since OTAs. (I'm) just coming out here and taking advantage of the reps I do get. I'm very comfortable, being second year in the same system.”

Some key Redskins veterans will not play against the Browns at all.

Receiver DeSean Jackson (sprained right shoulder) and cornerbacks David Amerson (sprained left shoulder) and Bashaud Breeland (sprained right knee ligament) are injured. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had offseason surgery on his left knee, will not play, either.



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<![CDATA[U.S. Olympic Committee Asks DC to Reconsider 2024 Games]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/olympics+rings.jpg

D.C. could still be in the running to host the Olympics. 

U.S. Olympic Committee officials have formally asked Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles to reconsider their bids to host the 2024 Summer Games, officials say. 

The committee said there is enough time for the cities to re-enter the race because all three cities previously prepared bids and none will have to start from scratch. The U.S. bid -- which requires only a name at this point -- is due to the International Olympic Committee on Sept. 15.

D.C. was part of the short list for U.S. city bids until the committee chose Boston. But Boston’s bid lacked political support and faced fierce opposition. The USOC couldn’t get a majority from the city, so it severed ties with Boston July 27.

The Boston problem follows other recent flops, including an embarrassing fourth-place finish for New York's and Chicago's bids for the 2012 and 2016 Games. The Committee didn’t submit a bid for the 2020 games in order to focus instead on a solid bid for 2024.

Some local leaders hope to see Boston’s loss as our city’s gain, even with the staunch opposition from D.C. residents concerned about how the games could hurt the District. 

Committee chairman Larry Probst said further information will likely be released later in August. The USOC said it has contacted bid officials in each of the cities.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office wasn’t able to immediately answer whether the committee has reached out to her. 

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<![CDATA[RGIII Makes $7,500 Gift to TAPS]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:42:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011316618_1200x675_492281411604.jpg Robert Griffin III's foundation, Family of Three, gave $7,500 to TAPS, a non-profit that helps military members and their families.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. Ready to Be Reconsidered for 2024 Olympics]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:41:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011316493_1200x675_492261443901.jpg It looks like D.C. is not giving up on the chance to host the 2024 Summer Games. Jackie Bensen reports.]]> <![CDATA[Dan Snyder Voted "Most Hated Owner" by Sports Illustrated]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:05:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453310774.jpg

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been voted the "most hated owner" in the NFL by Sports Illustrated.

The news comes as Snyder continues to face opposition for supporting the team's controversial name, which some say is a racial slur. Snyder is adamantly opposed to changing the name, telling USA Today, "We'll never change the name... NEVER" in 2013.

The Redskins have also been unsuccessful since Snyder purchased the team in 1999, said Sports Illustrated's rundown of "The Most Hated People, Places and Things in the NFL." 

"What has caused such strife between Snyder and Washington's fans?" the Sports Illustrated piece asks. "It starts with little things like Snyder charging them money to attend training camp -- a practice that's no longer occurring because of the backlash -- to the simpler explanation: He's been unable to produce a winner."

News4 contacted Dan Snyder's press liaison, who declined to comment.

Sports Illustrated said Snyder's closest competition for the "most hated" title would have been Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

"Unfortunately for Snyder, the disdain for him has grown to such a level that it transcends merely the NFL. He may now be the most hated owner in sports, period," Sports Illustrated writes.

The article even points to a discussion board on the Redskins' official online forums titled "Why is Dan Snyder the most hated person in franchise history?"

Snyder is also facing a battle against the federal U.S. District Court, which earlier this month ruled in favor of five Native Americans who wanted the team's trademark protection cancelled.

In June 2014, a ruling by the United States Patent and Trademark Office had cancelled six of the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations. The recent ruling upheld the cancellation.

Other Sports Illustrated titles were "most hated team," which went to New England Patriots, and the "most hated fan base," which went to the Philadelphia Eagles.



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<![CDATA[Catching Up With World Cup Star Ali Krieger]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011279862_1200x675_490349635698.jpg Ali Krieger of the Washington Spirit also suited up for Team USA at the World Cup. News4's Carol Maloney caught up with her to find out what's next.]]> <![CDATA[Catching Up With World Cup Star Ashlyn Harris]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011279756_1200x675_490345539681.jpg News4's Carol Maloney caught up with the Washington Spirit's Ashlyn Harris, who also suited up for Team USA at the World Cup.]]> <![CDATA[Washington Kastles Kick Off Home Schedule]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:57:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479654510+%281%29.jpg

Tennis superstar Venus Williams will join the defending champion Washington Kastles as they kick off their 2015 home season with a matchup against the Austin Aces Tuesday.

The action will take place at Kastles Stadium in the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom (22nd Street NW between F and G streets NW).

Tickets are available here. The action starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 5:15 p.m.

The Kastles are 1-0 after a 20-17 victory over the Boston Lobsters Sunday.

The Kastles are seeking a fifth-straight World TeamTennis championship King Trophy. They’re led by WTT Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen.

The all-star lineup includes Venus Williams and sister Serena, as well as Martina Hingis, Denis Kudla, Leander Paes, Sam Querrey, Anastasia Rodionova and Madison Brengle.

Prior to the match, the Kastles held a tennis clinic for local children from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[TJ Oshie On Becoming A Cap]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:40:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011132773_1200x675_483188291604.jpg New forward T.J. Oshie talks about becoming a Washington Capital.]]> <![CDATA[Sen. Reid Denounces Redskins' Name -- and Owner]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:05:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477335892.png

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid took to the U.S. Senate floor Thursday to denounce the Redskins' name -- as well as its owner, Dan Snyder.

Reid, (D-Nev.) spoke after a U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday to sustain a decision to take away federal trademark protection for the team name.

“The Washington football team name is disparaging. It's racist and morally objectionable,” Reid said.

Reid, who represents a state with 27 Native American tribes, also likened those who support the team’s name to those who defend the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

“The federal government should not protect a team or company that has pride in hearing every time their name is mentioned a racial slur,” he added, “Fairness, no racism, no bigotry, no intolerance, that's the game. ... There is no place for that kind of tradition in the National Football League and no place for it in our great country."



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<![CDATA[A Day in the Life at Caps Camp]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:03:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011119586_1200x675_481375811619.jpg Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber takes part in a camp, hoping to boost his chances of making the team.]]> <![CDATA[Dez Wells Trying to Get on Wizards Roster]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:33:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011104495_1200x675_480501315590.jpg Carol Maloney goes one-on-one with former Terps star Dez Wells, as he takes his shot at grabbing the final roster spot for the Wizards. Wells is currently on the Summer League team. That squad begins play in Las Vegas on Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Young Nats Fan Wants to Trade Sister for a Bat]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:40:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/will+trade+sister+for+bat.jpg Trading your sister in for a baseball bat? That’s what Brayden Wells was hoping for at tonight’s Nats game. Carol Maloney caught up to him and his sister.

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<![CDATA[Gronkowskis Play Ball With Military Kids at Andrews]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gronkowski+at+joint+base+andrews.jpg Members of the football-playing Gronkowskis played with military children at a camp at Joint Base Andrews.

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<![CDATA[Washington Spirits Star Bounces Back From World Cup Cut]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:58:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011007558_1200x675_473788995510.jpg Washington Spirits star Crystal Dunn was one of the last players cut from the. U.S. World Cup team, and she tells News4's Carol Maloney being left off that team hurt.]]> <![CDATA[Racing Presidents Welcome Calvin]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:05:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-01_1402.jpg

When President William Howard Taft was added to an exclusive, Mount Rushmore-only lineup of Racing Presidents more than two years ago, it was big news. There was hype. There was anticipation.

Leave it to a president nicknamed "Silent Cal" to just kind of show up.

The Washington Nationals revealed with little fanfare on Twitter that Calvin Coolidge will be the latest to join their team of presidential mascots Wednesday, making the announcement with a photo showing the 30th president (in mascot form, that is) kicking back in a seat at Nats Park.

"Ladies & gents, please meet the newest #Nats Racing President: Calvin Coolidge!" read the accompanying text. "Welcome to The Show, Calvin."

The team of Racing Presidents was just four players strong when it debuted in 2006, comprised of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson ("Tom"), Abraham Lincoln ("Abe") and Theodore Roosevelt ("Teddy"), all four of whom are depicted on Mount Rushmore.

Taft, otherwise known as "Bill," was added to the lineup in the 2013-2014 season. The real (non-mascot) President Taft was the first president to throw out a pitch on Opening Day.

But why Calvin Coolidge?

According to the White House Historical Association, Coolidge was also a big supporter of baseball, calling it "our national game." He attended 10 games as president, including four World Series games -- still the most of any sitting president, says the historic association.

Coolidge threw out six first pitches for the Washington Senators, including pitches at the 1924 and 1925 World Series. And on Oct. 1, 1924, he addressed the Washington Senators on the White House lawn after they won their first American League pennant.

Some of "Calvin's" fellow teammates welcomed him via Twitter on Wednesday.

"Did you hear the news?! Calvin Coolidge has himself a pair of running shoes," Teddy tweeted. "See you on the track, Calvin!" 

"Hey, hey! No longer the new kid. Our newest competition, Calvin. Think he can keep up with us, @Teddy26Nats??" wrote Bill.



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<![CDATA[Prince George's Co. High School Celebrates First-Ever NBA Draft Pick]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:22:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062915+Marcus+Thornton.jpg Bishop McNamara High School in Prince George's County is celebrating after graduate Marcus Thornton was drafted 45th overall by the Boston Celtics. "Overnight success didn't come in one night," Thornton told News4's Carol Maloney. "It's a lot of long summers, long days putting the work in."

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<![CDATA[David Aldridge Talks NBA Draft Free Agency With Carol Maloney]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:12:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010997469_1200x675_473238083546.jpg TNT NBA analyst David Aldridge spoke with News4's Carol Maloney about free agency and his predictions for the Washington Wizards.]]> <![CDATA[NBA Dream Comes True for U.Va.'s Justin Anderson]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:18:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/draftpick21.jpg Former Virginia Cavalier and Montrose Christian star Justin Anderson is heading to the NBA. News4’s Carol Maloney was with the Anderson family as Anderson was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, with the 21st pick in the NBA Draft. "I'm just ecstatic right now. So many tears of joy," he said.

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<![CDATA[Scherzer Pitches No-Hitter, So Close to Perfect Game]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150620+Scherzer.jpg

Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.

Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A letdown? Yeah, a little.

"I mean there is, just because you're so close, one strike away from a perfect game,'' he said. "But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there's nothing better."

Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was all that stood between Scherzer and pitching's ultimate achievement. Tabata fouled off three 2-2 deliveries, then seemed to slightly drop his left elbow and got nicked.

Scherzer immediately grimaced as the ball ricocheted to the ground. The crowd at Nationals Park seemed stunned, too, and surely many wondered whether Tabata leaned into the 86 mph pitch with his elbow protector to get hit.

"He tried to throw me a slider inside,'' Tabata said. "The slider, no breaking. I stayed right there and it got me."

"That's my job. I got to get on base whatever the situation,'' he said.

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had a different view.

"His elbow was a little bit in the strike zone. That's what I saw in the videos. But it's happened,'' he said.

Scherzer came within one strike of throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900.

If anything, Scherzer's teammates seemed to take the near-miss harder than he did.

"I got down into a squat and just, I don't know, I wanted to cry,'' right fielder Bryce Harper said. "To be able to see a perfect game, be a part of that, would've been awesome.''

Said Nationals manager Matt Williams: "He hit him with the baseball. It's difficult when that happens.''

As to whether he thought about discussing the play with plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, Williams said, "I think that's irrelevant at this point. The last thing I'm going to do is walk onto the field and mess up Maxie's rhythm. That would be a crying shame. I ain't doing that.''

Scherzer (8-5) retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left for the final out and was swallowed up by jubilant Nationals near the mound.

"Pretty easy to do,'' Scherzer said of keeping his cool. "Probably took two seconds. I realized I lost the perfect game. You just move on. Finish this thing out.''

The 30-year-old righty struck out 10 in his second straight dominant performance, and was cheered by a crowd of 41,104.

Scherzer got help from his infield in the late innings.

In the eighth, shifted second baseman Danny Espinosa barely threw out Pedro Alvarez from shallow right field to end the inning.

"I got to that ball and just knew I had to get rid of it quick,'' Espinosa said. "I was able to get him.''

Leading off the ninth, third baseman Anthony Rendon ran hard to catch a foul pop by Gregory Polanco, and wound up bent over the dugout railing.

In his previous start, Scherzer took a perfect game into the seventh at Milwaukee and finished with a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts. The lone hit was a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez just beyond reach of Rendon, who was playing second base.

Scherzer turned in perhaps the most magnificent consecutive starts in the majors since Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938.

Scherzer threw his third career shutout. He had one in 219 lifetime starts before these two in a row.

"My last few starts, this is some of the best baseball I've thrown,'' he said.

Signed to a $210 million, seven-year contract in the offseason after leaving Detroit, the 2013 AL Cy Young winner pitched the second no-hitter in Nationals' history. Jordan Zimmermann threw one against the Marlins last year to end the regular season.

"He's just an unbelievable pitcher, unbelievable clubhouse guy, and he's worth every penny he gets,'' Harper said.

It was the fourth no-hitter in the city's baseball history. Walter Johnson and Bob Burke threw them for the old Washington Senators.

This was the second no-hitter of the season. San Francisco rookie Chris Heston did it June 9 against the Mets.

Scherzer's gem marked the second major feat in the big leagues in two days. On Friday night, Alex Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit for the Yankees.

Scherzer threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes. He was throwing fastballs in the upper 90s and used a wicked slider in lowering his ERA to 1.76.

The Pirates twice hit balls to the warning track in his first time through the order.

Harper hit his 23rd homer and drove in two runs. He had missed two games after straining his hamstring.

Francisco Liriano (4-6) took the loss.



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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Nats & Orioles Summer Guide]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:30:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_82623397-%281%29.jpg

We're in the peak of baseball season -- so it's time to check out all the freebies, specials and promotions offered at Nationals Park and Camden Yards this summer.

There are plenty of opportunities to catch a game; the teams play at home about two weeks of each month this summer. Read on for info on home games and highlights up to Labor Day:

THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Nats Park, 1500 S Capitol St. SE

Every Sunday home game, you can get autographs from two pre-selected players. You must have a free voucher, which are distributed on a first come, first serve basis at Sections 109 and 140 when the gates open on game day. Also, kids ages 4-12 can go down to the field and run the bases after the game.

 

JULY:

Home Games: 

  • San Francisco Giants, July 3-5
  • Cincinnati Reds, July 6-8
  • Los Angeles Dodgers, July 17-19
  • New York Mets, July 20-22

Promotions: 

  • Freedom Fireworks, July 3
    • Celebrate the Fourth of July a day early with fireworks after the game.  
  • Independence Day Celebration, July 4
  • Free Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead for the first 25,000 fans, July 5
  • $1 Ice Cream, July 6
  • Free 10-Year Lapel Pin for the first 10,000 fans, July 7
  • Boy and Girl Scout Day July 18
    • Scout groups from around the region are invited to Nationals Park for this special event day. Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisies, Cub Scouts, Eagle Scouts and other youth scout groups are welcome.
  • Star Wars Day, July 19
  • U.S. Marine Corps Day, July 21
    • Show your love and support for our nation's Marines with a pregame ceremony. The Nationals dedicate one game to each of the five branches of the military and strive to highlight the individuals and ideals unique to each branch.
  • Summer Camp Day, July 22
    • The annual summer camp celebration is back as participating summer camps from the DMV area are invited to spend the afternoon at Nationals Park.
  • Business Professional Day, July 25
    • The perfect opportunity to leave work while the sun is out and get a special discount on the game.

AUGUST

Home Games: 

  • Arizona Diamondbacks, Aug. 3-6
  • Colorado Rockies, Aug. 7-9
  • Milwaukee Brewers, Aug. 21-23
  • San Diego Padres, Aug. 25-27
  • Miami Marlins, Aug. 28-30

Promotions

  • $1 Hot Dogs, Aug. 3
  • Free replica 2005 ticket for the first 10,000 fans, Aug. 4
  • Free Jayson Werth Chia Pet for the first 20,000 fans, Aug. 5
  • U.S. Coast Guard Day, Aug. 6
    • description above relating to U.S. Marine Corps Day
  • Business Professional Day, Aug. 6
    • The perfect opportunity to leave work while the sun is out and get a special discount on the game.
  • Freedom Fireworks, Aug. 7
  • Harris Teeter Food Drive, Aug. 8-9
    • Anyone who donates at least three non-perishable food items will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game. Donations will be accepted outside the Center Field Gate and will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. 
  • Free Miller Lite Cap to the first 15,000 fans, only for ages 21 and up, Aug. 21
  • Free Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome for the first 25,000 fans, Aug. 25
  • $1 Ice Cream, Aug. 26
  • Pet Day, Aug. 27 
    • The Nationals players are bringing their pets to the game for good luck and help to support the Washington Humane Society. Purchase tickets online for a complimentary Nationals Player Pet Calendar.
  • '80s Night, Aug. 29 
    • Nationals Park is going back in time to the '80s and is inviting you along for the trip. Buy tickets online and get a free Nationals Rubik's Cube.
  • Free Jayson Werth Bobblehead for the first 25,000 fans, Aug. 30
  • School Supply Drive, Aug. 30
    • Help D.C. area students by donating any new school supplies. Donations will be accepted outside the Center Field Gate. 

SEPTEMBER

Home Games: 

  • Atlanta Braves, Sept.3-6
  • New York Mets, Sept. 7-9

Promotions:

  • Free Nesting Doll for the first 20,000 fans, Sept. 3
  • Pups in the Park, Sept. 3
    • Your pup should be able to enjoy the game too! Buy a "ticket" for your dog and bring them along.
  • Kids Run the Show, Sept. 6

THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Orioles Park at Camden Yards, 333 W Camden St. 

Every Tuesday game day is Ollie's Bargain Night, where fans get Upper Reserve seats for just $10, when tickets are purchased in advance. Every Monday and Thursday home game features the Alumni Autograph Series, where former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

JULY

Home Games:

  • Texas Rangers, July 1-2
  • Washington Nationals, July 10-12
  • Atlanta Braves, July 27-29
  • Detroit Tigers, July 30-31

Promotions:

  • Free Orioles tote bag for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, July 1
  • Free Orioles plaid floppy hat for the first 20,000 fans, ages 21 and up, July10
  • AT&T Student Night, July 10 and 31
  • Free Orioles Hawaiian shirt for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, July 12
  • Free J.J. Hardy "glove," T-shirt for all fans, July 30
  • Postgame fireworks, July 31

AUGUST

Home Games:

  • Detroit Tigers, Aug. 1-2
  • Oakland Athletics, Aug. 14-17
  • New York Mets, Aug. 18-19
  • Minnesota Twins, Aug. 20-23
  • Tampa Bay Rays, Aug. 31

Promotions:

  • Free Oriole Bird Bobblehead for the first 25,000 fans, ages 15 and up, Aug. 1
  • Kids Run the Bases, Aug. 2
    • All kids 14 and younger get an opportunity to go down to the field and run around the bases after the game
  • Orioles Hall of Fame Pregame Ceremony and Postgame Fireworks, Aug. 14
    • Melvin Mora, John Lowenstein and Gary Roenicke will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame 
  • AT&T Student Night, Aug. 14 and 21
  • Free J.J Hardy orange replica jersey for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, Aug. 15
  • Free Chris Tillman growth poster for the first 7,500 fans, ages 14 and younger, Aug. 16
  • Free Orioles T-shirt for all fans, Aug. 19
  • Free Orioles high socks for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, Aug. 21
  • Free Orioles trucker hat for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, Aug. 22
  • Free Orioles pet leash for the first 20,000 fans, ages 15 and up, Aug. 23

SEPTEMBER

Home Games:

  • Tampa Bay Rays, Sept. 1-2



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<![CDATA[Redskins Announce Training Camp Schedule]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:41:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453831984.jpg

The Washington Redskins have announced their schedule for this summer's training camp in Richmond.

Training camp begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 16. 

All sessions are free and open to the public. Of the 13 practices, three will include the Houston Texans, who will join the Redskins from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8. Fans will need tickets to attend the joint practice sessions. The team will announce their ticketing procedures at a later date. 

Thursday, July 30
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Friday, July 31
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 1
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 2
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Monday, Aug. 3
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 4
No Practice. Camp Closed.

Wednesday, Aug. 5
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Thursday, Aug. 6
8:35 a.m. Practice
4:10 p.m. Walkthrough

Friday, Aug. 7
8:35 a.m. Practice
4:10 p.m. Walkthrough

Saturday, Aug. 8
10:35 a.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 9
No Practice. Camp Closed.

Monday, Aug. 10
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 11
1:35 p.m. Practice
Gates open at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12
No Practice. Camp Closed

Thursday, Aug. 13
No Practice. Gameday.
Preseason Game at Browns at FirstEnergy, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 14
No Practice. Camp Closed.

Saturday, Aug. 15
Fan Appreciation Day
1:35 p.m. Practice 
Gates open at 10 a.m. 

Sunday, Aug. 16
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice
 



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<![CDATA[UMD Approves Beer Sales at Sports Events]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:13:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg

The University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

The plan calls for university dining services to begin beer and wine sales at athletic venues, including 54,000-seat Byrd Stadium and the 17,950-seat Xfinity Center.

The proposal is controversial and is opposed by some ono campus as well as prominent public health advocates.

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<![CDATA[Nats' Rendon Meets 78-Year-Old Fan]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:02:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rendon+fan.jpg

Bryce Harper wasn't the only Washington Nationals player to make a fan's day this week. Another player took the extra step to meet with a fan who was wowed to meet her favorite Nationals member.

Harper took a selfie on the field with a fan's cellphone before Tuesday night's game. Before Saturday's game, it was Barbara Lynch's turn get close and personal with a Nationals player.

Lynch, 78, has been an Anthony Rendon fan since his 2013 rookie season.

"I fell in love with him when he was first here. I've called him my kid for years," said Lynch.

But she had to be content with watching her favorite player on television. Her husband, Jim Lynch, was in poor health and unable to attend games.

The couple viewed nearly every Nats game together at their Rockville home. When Jim Lynch passed away 2 1/2 months ago, Barbara's children decided it was time to get her to the ballpark.

They also hoped she could meet Rendon. Son Steve Lynch and daughter Betsy Lynch Lanning arrived at the ballpark Saturday with their mom and began to tell their story about Barbara's dream of meeting Rendon.

They somehow made their way into the first row of seats next to the Nats dugout. An usher and a season ticket holder stepped in and helped get Rendon's attention.

Shortly after the player introductions, Rendon walked straight to the stands where Barbara Lynch was waiting. She told him she'd watched him every game.

"He said, ‘Thank you very much.’ It was very sweet of him to come over," she said.

She got her baseball signed and had a chance to wish Rendon a happy birthday. The Nationals infielder turned 25 on Saturday.

The Nationals didn't get the win against the Chicago Cubs for Barbara, but her son said that didn't darken the day.

"Once she met Anthony and got that ball signed, she didn't even care about the game," said Steve Lynch.

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