<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 06:31:32 -0400Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:31:32 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The SquareTable: Buying Into Redskins After 4 Straight Wins?]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:14:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016493435_1200x675_791219779624.jpg News4’s Carol Maloney and The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg get together for another episode of the The SquareTable. After four straight wins, are they buying into the Redskins? How do they think the locker room is handling national criticism? Carol and Dan break it all down.]]> <![CDATA[Alex Ovechkin's Friendship With Young Player Inspires Book]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:38:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016492792_1200x675_791162947663.jpg Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin and Ann Schaab’s friendship has been well-chronicled over the last two years. Skating together with the American Special Hockey Association, a sushi date and now, their relationship has inspired a new character in a children’s book.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Will Win Election According to 'Redskins Rule']]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ap-robert-kelley-redskins-eagles.jpg

The Washington Redskins' victory over the Philadelphia Eagles is good news for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

If tradition holds true, the win means Clinton will be the next president of the United States. 

According to the "Redskins Rule," if the team wins the final home game before a presidential election, the incumbent party will keep the White House. If they lose, the opposing party will be victorious. 

On Sunday, the Redskins beat one of the NFL's top defenses in a 27-20 victory. After starting the season 0-2, Washington now has its fourth consecutive win and its best record through six games since 2008. 

If you don't count the time the Redskins played as the Braves in 1932, the "Redskins Rule" has only failed once in over 80 years. In 2012, the Redskins came up short against the Carolina Panthers, but President Barack Obama still secured a win against his challenger Mitt Romney. 

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<![CDATA[Redskins Beat Up Eagles' Defense on Way to 27-20 Victory]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:01:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Eagles1.jpg

Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins ran roughshod over one of the NFL's top defenses in a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The three-headed running attack of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 231 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins (4-2) won their fourth consecutive game. After starting the season 0-3, Washington has its best record through six games since 2008.

The Redskins put up 493 offensive yards against the Eagles (3-2), who came in allowing an average of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league's second-best defense. Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Cousins and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, but Philadelphia struggled to stop Washington for most of the day.

Cousins, who was 18 of 34 and not at his best, connected with Jamison Crowder on a 16-yard touchdown and with Vernon Davis on a 13-yard touchdown. Davis started at tight end in place of Jordan Reed, who was out with a concussion.

Jones ran for a 1-yard touchdown and sealed the victory with a 57-yard run on third down with 1:27 left as part of his 135-yard day.

The Redskins defense made things difficult for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, sacking him five times. Wentz was 11 of 22 for 179 yards, a big chunk of that coming on a 54-yard completion to Jordan Matthews early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles finished with 239 yards.

Philadelphia got its points on an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown by Wendell Smallwood, Jenkins' interception return touchdown and two field goals by Caleb Sturgis. The Eagles have lost two in a row.


After his touchdown, Davis mimicked a jump shot and treated the football like a basketball. He was flagged for excessive celebration, setting Washington back 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

That had a major impact as Smallwood caught the ball at the 14 and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown to get the Eagles on the board.


The Eagles ran four offensive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter, and one of them was Wentz kneeling to run out the clock with 6 seconds left. Because of Smallwood's kickoff return touchdown and Jenkins' pick-six, they scored 14 points in the quarter.

Philadelphia went into halftime with just 41 yards _ 29 rushing and 12 passing _ and three first downs.


With Lane Johnson beginning a 10-game performance-enhancing drugs suspension , Halapoulivaati Vaitai started at right tackle and had an afternoon to forget. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan beat Vaitai and sacked Wentz three times in the first half.


The Eagles committed 13 penalties for 114 yards, a week after they were called for 14 penalties for 111 yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions.

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<![CDATA[#OnePursuit: Nats Fans (and Pets!) Show Their Pride]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:33:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nats-pets.jpg Let's go, Nats! The Washington Nationals are playing Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night -- and fans are showing their spirit.]]> <![CDATA[Capitals Mascot, New Host Visit Ahead of Season Opener]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:25:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016414451_1200x675_786084931839.jpg The Washington Capitals' season starts Thursday. New in-game host Adam Kelsey, the mascot Slapshot and two members of the Caps Red Rockers spirit squad spoke with News4's Barbara Harrison.]]> <![CDATA[Fingers Crossed! Nats Release NLCS Game Schedule]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613201390-%281%29.jpg

Are the Nats headed to the NLCS? We won't know until Thursday night's game ends, but they've already released the game schedule for the NLCS. 

If the Nats make it, here's what the schedule will look like:


  • Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:08 p.m. -- away
  • Game 2: Sunday, Oct. 16, 8:08 p.m. -- away
  • Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 20, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 6 (if necessary): Saturday, Oct. 22, time TBD -- away
  • Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, Oct. 23, time TBD -- away
Find postseason ticket information on the Nats' site here.

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<![CDATA[10 Ways to Get Home From Nats Park After NLDS Game 5]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:27:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/03222016_nationalsballpark.jpg

The Nationals will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a must-win game five of the National League Division Series Thursday. But with the game scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m., it likely won't be over before Metro service ends -- and there are no plans to keep trains running later.

The last train to Greenbelt will leave the Navy Yard station at 11:39 p.m., according to the Navy Yard station page. If you need to transfer to other lines, you will be able to make the connection, a Metro spokesperson said. The last train toward Branch Avenue will run at 12:17 a.m. Friday. 

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First, Here's What Won't Work:

According to the Nationals' postseason ticketing website, there are no parking passes still available for Thursday's game. ParkingPanda.com also shows that lots near the ballpark are sold out for the night. Passes are available for purchase on StubHub, but as of 2 p.m. on Thursday, the cheapest one will cost you $199.

Watertaxi rides from the ballpark to Alexandria, Virginia, and Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland are also booked, according to the Potomac Riverboat Company website.

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Here Are Your Best Options:

So if you'll be cheering on the Nats Thursday night, you'll have to plan ahead. Read on for ways you can get home with the Metro closed and parking impossible to get.


The D.C. Circulator's Union Station-Navy Yard line is extending service to run until 1 a.m. Friday after Game 5. Fans can catch the bus at the Navy Yard Metro station, and the route provides for transfer to several Metrobus lines (although check when your last Metrobus line of the night runs -- this may not be an option for you Thursday night). Buses will run every 10 minutes, and rides only cost $1.

If you take the Circulator, you can park at Union Station's 24-hour garage. Parking for two to 12 hours costs $20, and a valet service is also available. 

The line runs along H Street NE and past Eastern Market before arriving at Union Station; see the route map here.

2. BIKE:

There are more than 250 bike racks available around Nationals Park, so if you're a cyclist, riding to the game might be a better option than driving (assuming you don't live too far out). The park also offers a free bike valet in Garage C the corner of N and 1st streets SE. The valet opens two hours before gametime and closes one hour after the last out. There are also four Capital Bikeshare docks located within a 10 minute walk of the ballpark.


The CarpoolNow app allows riders in the D.C. area to coordinate carpools for free. The app, launched by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments last month, connects users offering a ride with those seeking a ride in real time, and also displays routes, estimates pickup times and confirms locations. Search "CarpoolNow" in the Apple or Google app stores to download. Nats fans have also taken to Twitter, using the hashtag #NatsRide to find others with whom to ride.


Fans using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can catch a ride at designated pickup locations near the stadium. Uber pickup spots are located at the intersection of N Street and New Jersey Avenue or the intersection of Half and L streets, while fans can catch a Lyft on L Street between Cushing Place and Half Street. (Fans should not be dropped off or picked up on South Capitol Street, as it is a busy highway and stopping on this road is dangerous.)

Uber and Lyft also offer the option to schedule a ride in advance. But be prepared: Both charge increased surge prices when demand is high.


Fans can catch a cab at a taxicab stand location on the north side of M Street SE between South Capitol Street and Half Street. The stand will remain open until 30 minutes after the game ends. But with the game sold out, fans might face long wait times to catch a ride.

A (possibly) better option, if you're planning to use a taxi, would be to ride the Circulator to Union Station and catch a cab from there, where the crowds won't be as intense.

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You Might Need to Get Creative:


Just hear us out. If you're a suburb dweller stressing about getting out of the city after the game... do you absolutely have to head home that night? Consider packing a bag and crashing on a friend's couch (with advance notice, of course).


With parking passes going for at least $200, you might be better off booking a room for the night. You can search online for open rooms in the Navy Yard or Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods. 

8. WALK: 

If you live anywhere near the ballpark, you might consider just walking home. Or check which Metrobus lines run late night routes, and walk to the nearest stop. Walking would save you the cab fare and traffic nightmares you might otherwise face heading home. For reference, it's about a 40-minute walk from Nats Park to Union Station. But if you're going to trek across the District, stick to well-lit streets and travel in a group. 


If you've got a friend with a car and nothing to do Thursday night, ask them to pick you up. Offer to pay for their gas, and throw them some cash or get them a gift in exchange for dealing with the crowds and traffic. You'll definitely owe them a favor, but it might be worth it with your other options limited. 


The Nationals' official website states that "guests are encouraged to utilize various modes of transportation to travel to Nationals Park."

"Inline skating to Nationals Park can be a convenient, healthy alternative," the website reads. Fans must remove their skates before entering the ballpark, but can store them under their seats until it's time to head home. 

But don't opt for a hoverboard: They're prohibited from the stadium. 

<![CDATA[Bowser: "#KeepMetroOpen" for Nats Playoff Game]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:52:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is taking a stand on Metro's operating hours as Washington Nationals fans brace for a difficult trip home after Thursday night's playoff game.

The game likely will not end by the time Metro is scheduled to end service at midnight -- and there's no plan for trains to keep running later. 

Thursday morning, Bowser tweeted a plea to keep the trains running: "#KeepMetroOpen: "I believe strongly that the Metro Board and the General Manager need a process by which special events can be exempted," she wrote.

Bowser's statement Thursday is a marked difference from what she said Wednesday about the request to extend Metro hours: "Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know they're going to plan ahead."

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld told News4 Wednesday that he knows it's difficult, but he will not keep Metro open late Thursday night. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

"It's a tough one, but think of the tens of thousands of people that have been impacted over the last few months," he said Wednesday. 

Metro has refused to extend service for the Marine Corps Marathon and other "worthy" events, a representative said. 

Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe were asked at an event Wednesday morning how thousands of Nats fans could get home after the sold-out game. They could not point to any specific plan.

The team has advised fans to think ahead about how they will get home. 

"As fans know, Metro SafeTrack is in effect. Fans are strongly encouraged to consider alternate ways to get to and from the ballpark tomorrow night, particularly after the game -- which may end after Metro has closed," a news release issued Wednesday said. 

The Nationals are advising fans to use ride-hailing services, the D.C. Circulator bus, the boat from Old Town Alexandria, or to bike. 

The Circulator bus that runs between Navy Yard and Union station will stay open until 1 a.m. Friday after the game, administrators announced Wednesday afternoon.

For details on the Circulator bus route, see the website for the system.

The Nationals approached the transit agency about staying open late, but Metro refused to budge, WAMU reported.

As for whether Metro would stay open late if the Nationals made it to the World Series, Wiedefeld said maybe. He'll "cross that bridge" if the team and Metro come to it, he said.

For details on how to get to and from the game, see Metro's website or the Nationals' website. The Nationals' site has details on the designated pickup locations for Lyft and Uber cars.

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<![CDATA[Metro Won't Stay Open Late for Nationals Playoff Game]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:18:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

The Washington Nationals' playoff game Thursday night likely will not end by the time Metro is scheduled to end service at midnight -- and there's no plan for trains to keep running later. 

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld told News4 Wednesday morning that he knows it's difficult, but he will not keep Metro open late Thursday night. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

"It's a tough one, but think of the tens of thousands of people that have been impacted over the last few months," he said. 

Metro has refused to extend service for the Marine Corps Marathon and other "worthy" events, a representative said. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe were asked at an event Wednesday morning how thousands of Nats fans could get home after the sold-out game. They could not point to any specific plan.

"Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know they're going to plan ahead," Bowser said.


The team advised fans to think ahead about how they will get home. 

"As fans know, Metro SafeTrack is in effect. Fans are strongly encouraged to consider alternate ways to get to and from the ballpark tomorrow night, particularly after the game – which may end after Metro has closed," a news release issued Wednesday said. 

The Nationals are advising fans to use ride-hailing services, the DC Circulator bus, the boat from Old Town Alexandria, or to bike. 

The Nationals approached the transit agency about staying open late, but Metro refused to budge, WAMU reported.

As for whether Metro would stay open late if the Nationals made it to the World Series, Wiedefeld said maybe. He'll "cross that bridge" if the team and Metro come to it, he said.

For details on how to get to and from the game, see Metro's website or the Nationals' website. The Nationals' site has details on the designated pickup locations for Lyft and Uber cars.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Capitals Ready to Take Next Step This Season]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:54:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-10-11_2059.png After a disappointing end to a historic season, the Washington Capitals are using their frustration as fuel just days from the Opener. News4's Carol Maloney has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Nationals Fans Confess Importance of Win]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016344299_1200x675_781616707548.jpg News4's Chris Lawrence talks with fans at the Nationals' first playoff game of this postseason.]]> <![CDATA[Nats Fans Bring Good Luck Charms Ahead of Game]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:19:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016340031_1200x675_781313603566.jpg It's time to wear red and get ready to cheer because the Washington Nationals play at home Friday night. The first pitch is at 5:38 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early and bring their passion. NBC4's Eun Yang talks with representative Valerie Camillo about how fans have been rooting for the team as they head into the postseason.]]> <![CDATA[Nats Postseason: Your Ultimate Game-Going Guide]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:01:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

One team, one pursuit! As postseason begins, it's time to see the Nats in action against the Los Angels Dodgers.

Whether you've been cheering all season long or are looking to visit the ballpark for the first time, here are some tips for planning your trip to one of the upcoming National League Division Series (NLDS) games.

Buying Tickets:

In order to get access to postseason tickets, fans must either sign up for email updates or make a $200 deposit for a season membership and tickets for the 2017 season.

The deposit comes with other perks, such as guaranteed access to tickets for next season's opening day. Find more information on getting tickets here.

Kids younger than two do not need a ticket if they are sitting on the lap of a parent.

What's the NLDS schedule?

  • Friday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. -- Nats Park
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. -- Nats Park
  • Monday, Oct. 10, time TBD -- at Dodgers
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, time TBD -- at Dodgers
  • Thursday, Oct. 13, time TBD -- Nats Park
See the Nats' online calendar here.

Before you leave:

Bring your best cheering voice but leave noisemakers at home. They will not be allowed in the park.

Pack a water bottle. You can fill it up at one of the many water fountains at the park.

Fans may bring smalls cooler with food, but keep everything in plastic bags. Containers are not allowed in the stadium.

Getting to the Game:

Transportation may be tricky, since Metro will not be extending their hours for postseason games.

If you want to catch the full game, you may have to plan ahead. You can personalize your trip with Nationals Park's interactive transportation map.

  • Metro: Riders can catch the last train to Greenbelt with transfers to the Red Line at 11:17 p.m or without transfers at 11:40 p.m. If you're heading toward Branch Avenue, you have until 12:17 a.m. to get a train.
  • Bus: The Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator bus will run until midnight. Fans can get dropped off at the M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE entrance to the Navy Yard Metro Station. The bus costs $1 and arrives every 10 minutes.
  • Bike: If you're rolling in on bike, take advantage of the stadium's free bicycle valet service. There are also four Capital Bikeshare stations nearby.
  • Car: Before driving to the park, check the parking map and prices online here.
  • Carpool: Why not try carpooling? The CarpoolNow App allows riders to coordinate free rides in the D.C. area. You can find more information here.
  • Taxi: Uber or Lyft are always options, but a large crowd will probably mean hefty surge prices. A taxicab stand is located on the north side of M Street SE between South Capitol and Half streets SE. Taxis will be available for 30 minutes after the end of the game.
  • Watertaxi: If you'are coming from Alexandria, you can take the Potomac Riverboat Company's baseball boat to and from the stadium. Book your tickets in advance online here.

Notable Food and Drink:

Order ahead, and you can get a burger and a beer or soft drink with your ticket. You can order the Bud and Burger Pack online here.

Families can order a meal combo that includes a hot dog, bag of chips and a soft drink with each ticket. Preorder a Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack online here.

The Nats Dogs Value Pack will get you a hot dog, chips and a drink for $8.

Other locally based favorites at the stadium include Ben s Chili Bowl, Chesapeake Crab Cake Company, District Drafts and the Georgetown Grill.

At the game

If you arrive early, watch batting practice from the center field stands, get a beer at The Bullpen just outside the stadium, or try to snap a picture with one (or all!) of the Racing Presidents.

Visitors with small children may request child I.D. bracelets with seat locations at guest services.

After the Game

Win or lose, keep the night going by checking out a nearby bar or restaurant such as:

  • Aqua 301
  • The Bullpen at the Fairgrounds
  • The Big Stick Brats and Brew
  • Bluejacket
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
  • Osteria Morini
  • Willie's Brew and Que

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<![CDATA[The SquareTable: Steinberg's Not Worried After Redskins' 0-2 Start]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:16:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607554884.jpg News4's Carol Maloney and Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post get together for our second episode of "The SquareTable." Steinberg, the resident realist, talks Maloney off the ledge after an 0-2 start for the Redskins.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Head to Giants 0-2 With Plenty of Problems]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:20:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607562494.jpg

Despite losing twice at home, and facing all sorts of problem areas, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden wants everyone to “stay positive” and “understand we still have 14 games left” and believe that “all our goals are still reachable.”

If those phrases make him sound as if he's living in denial, there is no denying this: A loss Sunday at the New York Giants (2-0) would leave Washington in a big hole in the NFC East, three games out of first place just three games into the season.

“To be 0-2 at home -- losing to the Cowboys, losing to the Steelers -- is kind of a shock to everybody,” Gruden said Monday. “We expected great things this year. We still do.”

A year after winning their division behind a career season from Kirk Cousins, the Redskins have reason to wonder what is going on with the QB. He has one touchdown pass and three interceptions, including an end-zone pick on third-and-goal from the 6 in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

“He's not going to be perfect every week, that's for sure. And no quarterbacks are. It's just a matter of handling his business, going into work the next day and continuing to get better,” Gruden said. “Keep his head up and stay confident, stay poised.”

Gruden continued: “Sometimes he puts a lot on himself. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. He wants to be great, there's no question about it. And sometimes, if he feels like he's not playing to the standards that we all have set for him, he feels like he's letting everybody down.”

There have been problems in the red zone. And on third downs. Cousins' passer rating of 78.5 ranks 27th in the league.

He has not been very accurate: Against Dallas, Cousins overthrew wide-open receivers DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder on plays that very easily could have been TDs.

“It wasn't good enough, obviously,” Cousins acknowledged. “I need to play better.”

No quarterback has thrown more often than Cousins' 89 attempts through two games (Jacksonville's Blake Bortles has the same number), and Washington has run the ball a grand total of 29 times, a division of labor that might not serve the Redskins well against the Giants' revamped defense.

“We're not happy with the run-pass balance. Based on the numbers, we're obviously not a `run-first' team. I'd be standing up here looking like a fool if I said we're a `pound the rock'-type team right now,'” Gruden said. “First two games, the proof is in the pudding, the numbers.”

In addition to sounding an optimistic tone Monday, Gruden did say there is plenty his players and coaching staff needed to improve -- on offense and defense.

“We've just got to do a better job communicating on defense, making sure we're in the right spot, getting the calls out to the defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line. Offensively, making sure we know exactly where to go with the ball, when to go to it, and just do a better job of letting the players know what we're trying to accomplish with each play call, both (on) offense and defense,” the coach said. “The players have got to understand what we're doing and do it to the best of their ability.”

NOTES: NT Kedric Golston went on IR after injuring his right hamstring on the first play from scrimmage against Dallas. In other moves, Washington brought up rookie DL Matt Ioannidis from the practice squad and added three players to the practice squad: LBs Jason Fanaika and Amarlo Herrera, and DL Bobby Richardson.

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<![CDATA[The Cooley Cooldown: Where Was Josh Norman?]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:58:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016088343_1200x675_764393539934.jpg News4's Carol Maloney sits down with former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, who breaks down all the Redskins breakdowns against the Steelers, including the number one question from fans: Why wasn't top cornerback Josh Norman covering Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown?]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Lineman Arie Kouandjio Becomes U.S. Citizen]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:06:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Arie+Kouandjio+Naturalization.jpg Protests about social injustice in the US continue to make headlines, especially at NFL games. The National Anthem can have a different meaning for lots of people, and for one member of the Redskins, it means a whole lot more after Tuesday. News4's Carol Maloney has the story of Arie Kouandjio, a new U.S. citizen.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Superfans Ready for Season Opener]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/091216+redskins+superfan.jpg Thousands of Washington Redskins fans will head to FedExField for the big game Monday. News4's Kristin Wright spoke with superfans who left Richmond at 3 a.m. to make it to the tailgate party. "I can't even put it into words," fan Troy Bishop said about the camaraderie.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Cut LB Riley, DL Paea]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:22:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Giants-Redksins-1229005.jpg

The Washington Redskins released four-year starting linebacker Perry Riley and defensive lineman Stephen Paea as they continued to cut down to their 53-man roster.

Riley and Paea were the two biggest cuts so far, but coach Jay Gruden said they were a product of the organization's depth at those positions. Riley lost his starting job to Mason Foster and was hurt by the emergence of Martrell Spaight and Terence Garvin, and Paea became expendable when Washington signed veteran Cullen Jenkins on Monday.

“It's not so much about the player we release, it's about the players that we kept,” Gruden said after practice Tuesday. “I think we've got some guys at linebacker who have played extremely well and we've got some guys on the defensive line who are competing and doing a good job. Those two guys are excellent football players, I imagine they'll latch on somewhere else and do well. They have a lot of football left in their career.”

While the Redskins move on to play their fourth preseason game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was moved up because of a tropical weather system, Riley and Paea could soon latch on elsewhere in the NFL.

The 28-year-old Riley started each game he played for Washington since 2012 and has 455 tackles in his six-year career. He missed seven games last season with a broken right foot and wasn't considered a special teams contributor, which led to his release.

Paea, 28, appeared in 11 games and started one last season for the Redskins after four years with Chicago. He had 19 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks last season and was outperformed by Ziggy Hood in the preseason.

To get to 75 players by the deadline, the Redskins put rookie running back Keith Marshall on injured reserve, tight end Derek Carrier on the physically unable to perform list and waived rookie receiver Reggie Diggs with an injury settlement.

Marshall sprained his left elbow Friday in preseason action against the Buffalo Bills and was considered out for at least three weeks. Putting the seventh-round pick out of Georgia on IR allows the Redskins to either designate him to return later in the season or means his season is over with them retaining his rights.

“All I can focus on is just trying to get 100 percent healthy and see where it goes from there,” Marshall said Monday. “Timing definitely wasn't great, but that's out of my control.”

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<![CDATA[Ryan Zimmerman Excited for Battle of the Beltways]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015858046_1200x675_749390403930.jpg The Battle of the Beltways series between the Nationals and Orioles is taking over our region this week. The Nationals' first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been playing in it since 2006 and is excited to see how far it's come with fans from both sides. Zimmerman talked with News4's Jason Pugh about his new bearded look and his reaction to being cleared of performance-enhancing drug allegations.]]> <![CDATA[JTIII Leads Tour of John Thompson Jr. Athletic Center]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015798830_1200x675_745996867949.jpg News4 takes you on an tour of the new John Thompson Jr. Athletic Center on the Georgetown campus, led by Hoyas basketball coach John Thompson III. The state-of-the-art facility is almost complete and will benefit not just men's basketball, but all of the athletic programs on the Hilltop.]]> <![CDATA[One-on-One With New U.Md. Football Coach D.J. Durkin]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015786721_1200x675_745411139871.jpg After a disappointing 2015 season, the Maryland football team made a change and hired D.J. Durkin to turn around the Terrapins program . With the start of the season less than a month away, News4 goes one-on-one with the new man in charge in College Park.]]> <![CDATA[One-on-One with Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:18:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015718098_1200x675_741174851921.jpg News4's Jason Pugh sits down with Redskins Starting Quarterback Kirk Cousins before the first preseason game.]]> <![CDATA[One-on-One with Max Scherzer]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:55:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015717779_1200x675_741158979983.jpg News4's Carol Maloney with exclusive dugout access to Nats star pitcher Max Scherzer. Included in the interview... how he evolves into "Mad Max" on gamedays and a sneak peek of his newest bobblehead.]]> <![CDATA[Kastles Players Enjoy Home Opener, Look to Rio]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:54:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Washington+Kastles+Trophy.jpg The Washington Kastles enjoyed their home opener Monday, and several of their players are looking ahead to Rio. Kastles owner Mark Ein talks with News4's Angie Goff.

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<![CDATA[Redskins' Kerrigan Dishes Ice Cream, Reacts to Loss of Galette]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:09:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ryan+Kerrigan+Good+Humor+Man.jpg Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan hands out free ice cream in downtown Washington and reflects on the loss of Junior Galette to an Achilles injury.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Training Camp Preview: 4 Things to Watch]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:54:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482487314football73115.jpg Carol Maloney talks to ESPN 980's Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin about what to expect during Redskins training camp in Richmond, Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Superfan Laid to Rest Wednesday]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:54:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072016+chief+zee+2.jpg

Fans, friends and family members gathered to remember Washington Redskins superfan Zema Williams, better known as Chief Zee, on Wednesday. 

Williams' funeral was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Glenarden's Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the church confirmed. A viewing was held before the service.

Hundreds of attendees donned Redskins jerseys and hats at the funeral, Redskins.com reported. They closed the service singing "Hail to the Redskins."

“Our fans are some of the best fans in the world, and Chief was probably one of the best of all time,” former Redskins MVP kicker Mark Moseley told Redskins.com.

Fans echoed Moseley's sentiment, admiring the superfan's love of the team, the game and the community.

"Nobody will be able to replace him. Ever," fan Tela Capri-Jones told Redskins.com.

A GoFundMe page had been set up to cover funeral expenses.

News4's Carol Maloney reports Redskins owner Dan Snyder is the anonymous donor who paid for the funeral.

Williams wore a faux Native American costume to Redskins games starting in 1978. He died last week, the team confirmed on July 19. 

Fans held a vigil to reminisce about the local celebrity.

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<![CDATA[U.Md. Women's Basketball to Tour Italy]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:37:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/University+of+Maryland+Womens+Basketball+Practice+072216.jpg The University of Maryland's women's basketball team is getting a jump on next season with a tour of Italy. Carol Maloney reports.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Redskins Fans Mourn Death of DC Icon Chief Zee]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:07:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072016+chief+zee+2.jpg

Washington Redskins fans are mourning the death of the team's most famous supporter in the past four decades.

Chief Zee, born Zema Williams, has died, the team confirmed Tuesday. Mourners gathered for a vigil Tuesday night at the team's headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia.

They lit a candle, held a moment of silence and reminisced about the man who wore a faux Native American headdress in the Redskins' colors, carried a toy tomahawk and rarely missed a game.

"We've lost a true institution here in Washington," fan Tommy Moorcones said at the vigil.

Williams enjoyed celebrity status where ever he went and loved children, often handing them balloons, fans said.

"I've never seen faces, from infants on up, light up as much as when Chief walked into a room," fan Christie Lopez said.

Williams, a retired car salesman, died in his sleep at home in Prince George's County, sources told News4. He was 75, The Washington Post reported.

He began attending games dressed in a faux Native American outfit in 1978, starting with a Monday Night Football matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. His dedication to the team was recognized in 2000 in an exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

As the team's name came under scrutiny in recent years, so did Williams' costume.

But die-hard fans remained loyal. When Williams was in danger of being evicted earlier this year, fans banded together to help him keep his home and raised more than $5,000 in five days.

No information on the cause of Williams' death was released.

Williams is gone but his love for the team will live on, fans said.

"This is devastating, but he'll be with us in spirit, that's for sure," Tamika Rector said.

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<![CDATA[News4 Sits Down With Redskins' Chris Baker]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:14:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015451637_1200x675_727131203811.jpg News4's Jason Pugh sits down with Redskins defensive end Chris Baker.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Grandma Breaks Tennis Record to Benefit Military Families]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:39:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015305226_1200x675_718228547762.jpg Reston, Virginia, resident Bonnie Vona broke the record for consecutive singles tennis matches. The 61-year-old grandmother played 38 games over the past three days, to benefit military families. News4's Carol Maloney reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Quicken Loans National: What to Know If You Go]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482842440.jpg

Headed to the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Bethesda this week? Here's what to know before you go.


Thursday, June 23
Gates open 7 a.m.
First round 7:20 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Gates open 7 a.m.
Second round 7:20 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Gates open 7 a.m.
Third round 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26
Gates open 7 a.m.
Final round 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony on 18th green 6:30 p.m.


Kids ages 12 and younger are admitted to the grounds free if with a paid adult (limit two kids per adult). Free youth grounds tickets are available for pickup at the ticket office.


Attendees may be subject to inspection before entering. The following items are forbidden:

  • Backpacks/large purses
  • Beverage containers and coolers
  • Large camera bags and cameras (except Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Chairs in bags and folding-arm chairs (higher than 18 inches or wider than 20 inches)
  • Ladders
  • Packages
  • Pets/animals
  • Periscopes
  • Picnic baskets
  • Radios and televisions
  • Signs/banners
  • Video cameras/recorders
  • Weapons and firearms

Find a detailed list of what is and isn't permitted online here.


  • Devices must be on silent at all times.
  • You can make or answer calls only in designated cell phone zones.
  • You may not use devices to capture audio/video at any time during tournament week.
  • Monday through Wednesday, still photography of all areas is permitted.
  • Thursday through Sunday, you may not take photos of players as they make golf shots within any competition area.
  • Still photography of all other areas is permitted.

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