<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 29 Mar 2017 15:39:27 -0400Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:39:27 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Baseball's Back! Your Guide to the Nats' Home Opener]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:35:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Washington+Nats+Sign+Autographs.jpg

Batter up! The Washington Nationals are back for #OnePursuit, and the opening day game is just around the corner. The Nats will face off against the Miami Marlins on Monday; first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. 

If you're headed to Nats Park, here's what you need to know about weather, food, booze and more.

What's New at Nats Park This Year?

There's an app for that: Nats fans will now be able to buy and manage tickets, skip the line when ordering concessions and more via the Ballpark app, available on the App Store and Google Play.

Improved wi-fi: During the offseason, the Nats nearly doubled the number of wi-fi access points throughout the park, according to a release from the team Tuesday.

A swanky new club: The new MGM National Harbor Dugout Club will offer guests luxury seats, a dedicated entrance, a private restroom, a stocked refrigerator and more. Note that seats will not be open to the public and will not up for sale; access will be given via MGM National Harbor.

New food and drink options: Among them are the Devils Backbone Brewing Company Left Field Lodge; a Rum Runners mojito cart; See. You. Tater, a chicken wings and tater tots stand; Old Hickory BBQ at the Norfolk Southern Club, and an On Rye Babka ice cream sandwich cart.

More merch at the Main Team Store & the Home Plate Store: The Main Team Store now includes new sections for kids, '47Brand and New Era, as well as an expanded customization program, with new customizable jerseys. The Home Plate store now carries maternity wear and has expanded its selection of plus size and big and tall merchandise.

Will you need to lug an umbrella to opening day?

No -- phew! But you might need a light jacket; temperatures Monday are expected to be in the mid 60s. There's only a 10 percent chance of rain in the forecast, said Storm Team 4.

When should you get there?

The Center Field Gate will open two and a half hours before the game and the other gates will open an hour and a half hour before. That means you can enter as early as 10:30 a.m.

Who's the starting pitcher?

Stephen Strasburg will be the starting pitcher for the fourth time in his career. He's opened from 2012 to 2014, striking out 18 in 20 innings, according to the Nationals' website.

Strasburg has led the Nats to three victories in his past opening starts, so let's hope he brings home another win Monday!

Will there be giveaways?

Yes! The first 20,000 fans to enter will each get a Magic 8 Ball.

Other freebies this season will include Daniel Murphy bobbleheads (April 14), Trea Turner bobbleheads (May 12) and Max Scherzer snow globes (May 24). Check out the Nats' promotional days for the rest of the season online here.

What's there to eat nearby?

If you don't want to eat inside the park, you're still in luck. There are tons of great restaurants around Nats Park where you can enjoy anything from a quick, casual bite to a slower-paced, more luxurious meal.

A new restaurant that serves locally sourced, organic food has hit Half Street, just 0.3 mile from Nats Park. Chix serves Latin food such as Peruvian and Colombian chicken, black beans and rice. They also serve soups and salads; plus there's a kids' menu.

If you just want a burger but don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it, there's also a Five Guys nearby (1100 New Jersey Ave. SE), less than a half-mile away.

If you're in need of wings, take note that there's a Buffalo Wild Wings about 0.3 mile away from Nats Park.

If Korean-inspired food is more up your alley, check out Takorean (1212 4th St. SE) or Bonchon (1015 Half St. SE). Takorean, which got its start in the food truck world, is a fast-casual service restaurant known for its unique Korean tacos. Bonchon is known for its Korean fried chicken (oh, and there's a bar). Both spots are less than a half-mile away.

How about some Italian or Mexican food with outdoor seating that offers a gorgeous view of the waterfront? Hit up Osteria Morini or Agua 301 (both at 301 Water Street SE).

What else is there to eat in the stadium?

Let's see... there's Ben's Chili Bowl, Chesapeake Crab Cake Company, Enzo's Pizza, Georgetown Grill, Shake Shack and many more along the main concourse.

For dessert lovers (so, everyone), there's Breyer's Ice Cream, Dippin' Dots, Dolci Gelati, Peet's Coffee and Tea and more. 

If booze is what you're looking for, check out Base Line Brews, Beltway Bar, Budweiser Brew House, Captain's Cove, District Drafts and Jack Daniels Crush Bar. There are plenty more bars to choose from -- we just don't want to overwhelm you.

What should you know about security? What should you leave at home?

Everyone attending the game must go through metal detectors or get checked with a handheld metal detector. Either way, make sure you give yourself enough time to get through the line.

Security agents will check your bags, so try to pack light or bring a smaller bag. Bags can't be any larger than 16"x16"x8," which is about the size of a tote bag.

Leave behind metal, plastic and glass containers because they are not allowed. You can bring in one water bottle. Also, if you decide to bring an umbrella, make sure it can collapse. Otherwise, it will not be allowed in the game. 

What's the best way to get there?

You've got a lot of options, actually:

Take Metro: Riding the Green line to the Navy Yard station is usually an easy bet (if somewhat crowded on game days). The station is just half a block from Nats Park, but you might want to use alternate stations such as Waterfront or Capitol South to avoid crowds.

The Waterfront station is on the Green Line, and it's less than a mile from Nats Park. The Capitol South station on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, located exactly one mile from the park.

Take a bus: Several Metrobus routes serve the ballpark: the 74, P6, V1, V4, A9 and W9 lines, according to WMATA's website. You can use WMATA's trip planner here.

Take a fancier bus: If Metrobus is not your top pick, consider the D.C. Circulator, which is often less crowded than the Metro. The Union Station-Navy Yard route runs every 10 minutes to and from Union Station (Metro's Red Line). It also stops at the Eastern Market station (Blue, Orange and Silver lines) on the way to Nats Park; see a map of the complete route here.

Extended Circulator service will run during all Nationals home games. Metro riders can transfer to the Circulator for just 50 cents.

Ride a bike: If you're an avid cyclist -- or you've always wanted to be -- ride your bike. You can use the free bike valet service in Garage C at the corner of N & 1st streets SE. The valet is on N Street just left of the entrance. You'll also find 250 bike racks around the exterior of the park.

You can also rent a bike. There are quite a few Capital Bikeshare stations near the ballpark, including:

  • 1st and N streets SE
  • 1st and K streets SE
  • M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • 3rd and Tingey streets SE

Take a taxi, Uber or Lyft: Taking a taxi, Uber or Lyft are other options. After the game, you can find the taxicab pickup area on the north side of M Street SE, between S. Capitol and Half street SE.

We just hope you're not in a hurry because it may be a little congested with traffic after the game. 

Add some spice to your life and take a water taxi: The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxi service from Old Town Alexandria to the Diamond Teague Park Pier. The pier is across from Nationals Park. You can book the "baseball taxi" here

Last but not least, you can drive: If you feel like paying more than $30 for parking, possibly getting stuck in traffic and competing with other cars for a good parking spot... feel free to drive. There are parking lots around the stadium



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<![CDATA[Hair-Raising Highlights From the Washington Capitals Team Picture]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:39:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Washington+Capitals+Picture+Day+Hair.jpg

Big hair was the big star at Washington Capitals picture day Monday. Sherree Burruss reports.



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<![CDATA[Why the Capitals and Wizards Are Run Differently Than the Redskins]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:08:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018235785_1200x675_907737667886.jpg

Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talked with News4's Carol Maloney about how his teams are run differently than the Redskins. With both teams heading back to the playoffs, Leonsis addressed how he deals with emotions of fans during the ups and downs of a season.

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<![CDATA[Capitals and Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis Talks About Critics, Fans and the Playoffs]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:23:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018230496_1200x675_907392067908.jpg

Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis opens up to Carol Maloney about critics, fans and the excitement of having two teams make the playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Terps Hit the Practice Court in Orlando]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:09:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mark+Turgeon+031417.jpg

News4 Sports marching into the madness Tuesday! Our team was on hand for the Terps' private practice in Orlando. Head Coach Mark Turgeon and freshman guard Kevin Huerter discussed getting down to Florida a day early (thanks snow!), how they plan to rebound after a disppointing performance in the Big Ten Tournament, a scouting report on Xavier and playing some Jackson 5 at practice.



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<![CDATA[Redskins GM Scot McCloughan Fired, Team President Says]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scot+McCloughan+Training+Camp+080216.jpg

The Washington Redskins have fired General Manager Scot McCloughan, the team confirmed to News4.

"The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft," said Redskins President Bruce Allen.

Rumors of a replacement for McCloughan were swirling at the Senior Bowl.

One source, who spends a lot of time at Redskins Park, insisted it wasn't about drinking, but he "wasn't surprised by the rumors based on his past."

"(Team President) Bruce (Allen) needs a yes man," he said.

Before taking the job, McCloughan opened up to ESPN about his alcohol abuse in December 2014.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Tyler Cavanaugh Leads GW Into A10 Tournament]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:12:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyler+Cavanaugh+GettyImages-625171624.jpg

Tyler Cavanaugh leads George Washington into the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, where they need to do really well to have a chance at the NCAA Tournament. Carol Maloney reports.



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<![CDATA[Sources: 'Bruce Needs a Yes Man,' McCloughan on the Way Out]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:06:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scot+McCloughan+Training+Camp+080216.jpg

Rumors are flying that the Washington Redskins are mulling replacements for General Manager Scot McCloughan.

At this time, McCloughan is still a team employee, which is why he's stayed silent, but multiple sources said he knows he's on his way out. In fact, he's seen this coming for months.

Rumors of a replacement were swirling at the Senior Bowl.

One source, who spends a lot of time at Redskins Park, insists this isn't about drinking, but he "wasn't surprised by the rumors based on his past."

"(Team President) Bruce (Allen) needs a yes man," he said.

Before taking the job, McCloughan opened up to ESPN about his alcohol abuse in December 2014.



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<![CDATA[Pitcher Joe Nathan Fabulous at 42]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:50:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joe+Nathan+Washington+Nationals+Spring+Training.jpg

Some players use spring training to get loose and ready for the season. Others are just trying to make the roster. For the Nationals, that includes 42-year-old relief pitcher and six-time All-Star Joe Nathan, who is battling guys half his age! Carol Maloney reports.



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<![CDATA[Redskins Place Franchise Tag on Cousins]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kirk+Cousins.jpg

The Washington Redskins placed a franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins for a second-straight year, meaning he can't negotiate with other teams.

"Tag! I'm it!" he tweeted.

The second franchise tag comes with a 20 percent raise, meaning the 28-year-old quarterback would earn about $24 million playing for Washington under the franchise tag next season.

The Redskins could still trade Cousins.

Cousins earned about $20 million under the franchise tag in 2016 after he couldn't reach a long-term deal with the team.

He set single-season team records for attempts, completions and passing yards (4,917) and tied his team record with seven 300-yard passing games for the season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, finishing with a 97.2 passer rating, seventh-best in the league.

The Redskins drafted Cousins out of Michigan State in the fourth round in 2012. Over five seasons he played in 46 games, starting 41.



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<![CDATA[Trea Turner Is Often Mistaken for the Bat Boy]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:06:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/177*120/613972588.jpg

News4's Carol Maloney sits down with Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. What the Rookie of the Year finalist says about his position change this season and why he's often mistaken for the bat boy.



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<![CDATA[Terps Honor 2001 Final Four and 2002 Championship Teams]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:15:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2001+2002+Maryland+Terps+Honored.jpg

The University of Maryland honored its 2001 Final Four and 2002 National Champion teams at halftime of the Terps game against Iowa. Also, the coaches and the players on those teams shared memories and some stories we're just learning about 15 years later in a special "Chat with Legends." News4's Carol Maloney reports.



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<![CDATA[After Pro Baseball & Football, Tom Brown Took Sports to Kids]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:25:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brown.jpg

Tom Brown's name is associated with many “firsts” and at least one “only” when it comes to his sports accomplishments.

He’s the first man to play major league baseball and play in a Super Bowl.

He played on the first winning Super Bowl team. As well as the second.

And he’s the only person to play for the Washington Senators and the Washington Redskins.

And he’s probably the only athlete to have his career launched by the combined actions of a dictator and a president.

“I’ve been lucky,” Brown will tell you with a smile.

From his kitchen table at his home in Salisbury, Maryland, with his three NFL championship rings in front of him, Brown looked back on a career that’s right out of a Hollywood movie.

Brown grew up in Silver Spring, where he played baseball, football and basketball at Blair High School. Then it was on to College Park, where he was a .449 hitter for the baseball team while at the University of Maryland where he had a football scholarship.

In 1962 after his junior year at Maryland, Brown was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the NFL draft. At the time the Packers were being coached by Vince Lombardi.

Lombardi, hoping to convince the two-sport star to play in Green Bay, invited Brown to see the Packers play the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium in the NFL Championship game. It was probably one of the few times a Lombardi game plan backfired.

“It was a miserable day," Brown recalled. “A cold miserable day, and these guys were much bigger than I had been used to playing with, so I said, 'Hmm, I think I’m going to go play baseball.”

“I did love baseball better,” he added.

Brown came home from the trip to New York and reached out to his friend and mentor, Joe Branzell. Branzell was legendary in the D.C. sports scene working as a scout for the Senators for 30 years while also running the Washington Boys Club. Branzell is famous for his scouting report of pitching ace Nolan Ryan, in which he wrote, “He won’t get past AA.” But Branzell did sign several notable players, including Dick Bosman. It was Branzell who signed Brown to the Senators.

Brown went to the Senators' minor league training camp where he had a few good spring games. Then Brown got some help from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It was just after the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Senators had traded first baseman Harry Bright for Cuban Rogelio Alvarez. Alvarez was in Cuba and Castro wouldn’t let him or other Cubans return to the States.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, after being invited to throw out the first pitch at the Senators' home opener, President John Kennedy told the Senators' general manager he’d attend the game “if you start that boy from Maryland.”

On April 8, 1963, Tom Brown took the field at D.C. Stadium, later renamed RFK Stadium, fulfilling his dream of being a major league ball player for his hometown team.

He didn’t have a great day. Neither did his team. The Senators lost 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. The rest of the season didn’t fare much better for Brown or the Senators.

“I made $6,000 that year,” Brown said.

After that first unimpressive season with the Senators, hitting just one home run, Brown was sent back to the minors. That’s when the phone rang. It was Lombardi. The Hall of Fame coach was giving him a second chance to play in the NFL.

“He called me back and he said, 'Yeah, if you don’t play this year, we’re not gonna be interested in you,'” Brown said.

For the second time, Brown told Lombardi, no.

Brown said he knew his career in baseball wasn’t going anywhere.

“I could have been a fringe player in baseball,” he said.

But Brown needed the money the Senators were offering and he knew if he joined the Packers he wouldn’t get paid until the summer.

“I said, 'Hmm, football doesn’t start ‘til July, baseball starts in April. I could get paid from baseball and then make up my mind July 1 if I want to go play football.'”

After a few weeks playing in Pennsylvania with the York White Rose, Brown knew he was ready to call Lombardi back.

“York didn’t have a really good baseball field," he said. "They turned it from a high school field into a professional field, but it wasn’t very good. Sometimes our pitchers weren’t very good, either, and I got bored and played centerfield and I would count how many lights were out in the ball park. And there were plenty of lights out in the York field."

So in July of 1964, Brown traded in his glove for a helmet and headed to Wisconsin.

“It was really a great decision,” Brown said with a smile.

He doubled his income, earning a whopping $12,000 his first year in Green Bay.

In 1965, Brown’s second year with the Packers, the team won the NFL championship game, beating the Cleveland Browns.

The following year Brown made the game winning interception sending Green bay to Super Bowl I.

Brown said if he hadn’t caught that interception from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith, it would have been the end of his career.

The Packers were leading the Cowboys by 7 with less than 2 minutes to play when Brown was flagged for holding tight end Frank Clarke, giving Dallas first-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Brown credits his teammate Dave Robinson for pushing Dallas and Meredith back. The game came down to fourth-and-goal. As Brown recalls, Meredith dropped back to pass as Robinson rushed in, forcing Meredith to throw up the ball.

“You could have caught that ball,” Brown said with a big laugh. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Brown and the Packers went on to win Super Bowl I, making Brown the first person to play in a major league baseball game and a Super Bowl.

“I was obviously lucky,” Brown said. “I obviously made the right decision in playing football and learning under Coach Lombardi.”

The following season Brown, Lombardi and the Packers would face the Cowboys again in the NFC Championship game which went down in history as the “Ice Bowl.”

“It was cold,” Brown said. “Windy and cold, and the field was frozen, but you had to play. That was the great thing about Lombardi: He had us ready to play no matter what the climate was, no matter what happens during the game, you play the game and you don’t get upset about it.”

Again, the Packers would beat Dallas and go on to win the Super Bowl, giving Brown his third consecutive NFL Championship ring.

When Lombardi left Green Bay for Washington, Brown followed close behind.

“I went to Coach and I said, 'Coach, I’d really like to play for the Redskins,’" Brown explained. “'I know what you’re gonna do here and I’d like that opportunity because I live here, I’ve lived all my life, my sports life, here in Washington.' Lombardi says, 'OK, I’ll see what I can do.' Two weeks later he calls me back and he says, 'We traded for you and everything’s fine.'”

In 1969, Brown returned home to Washington to once again play for his hometown team, but this time it was football, making Brown the only person to play for the Washington Redskins and the Washington Senators.

“I’m just lucky," Brown said. "I was lucky, you know, right place at the right time.”

Brown would play just one game with the Redskins, dislocating his shoulder in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I dislocated my shoulder and I went in and being a football player, I said, 'Put it back in place and I’ll play,” Brown said. “I wanna play because the secret of playing in the National Football League is don’t get hurt.”

Lombardi told Brown to spend the rest of the season healing his shoulder and getting ready for next season. But the next season never came for either man.

Lombardi passed away and assistant coach Bill Austin took over. One of his first decisions was to cut Brown.

Brown is far from bitter about how his career ended or how short it turned out to be.

“My career was a great career," he said. "I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a lot of fun, great teammates.”

While that’s where Tom Brown’s professional sports career ended, it’s where what he considers his most important work began.

After leaving the Redskins, Brown took a job as director of Parks and Recreation in Ocean City where he tried to start a youth overnight sports camp.

His first attempt didn’t work out after his main investor backed out, so Brown returned home to Montgomery County, where he started a youth league. In the early 1980s he and his wife relocated to Salisbury, Maryland, to be close to the shore. That’s where the two launched the Tom Brown Rookie League, a nonprofit. For more than 40 years Brown passed on the skills he learned from his mentors like Joe Branzell and Vince Lombardi to boys and girls across the state of Maryland. Last year, Brown stepped down from his coaching duties passing the whistle to his daughter, Jessie.

“I liked working with the kids," he said. "Everybody has a niche, and my niche was being able to communicate with young children about sports,” Brown said. “I did baseball, flag football and basketball all year round.

“I wanted these kids to have fun," he said. "Sometimes the coaches holler at these 8-year-old kids. Sometimes they make fun of them and things like that, so I said, 'We’re just gonna have fun,' and that’s what we did.”

And that’s just what Tom Brown has been doing since he first started playing baseball on the playgrounds of Silver Spring. Having fun playing the games he loves.

You can meet Tom Brown this weekend at the annual D.C. Baseball History Conference.

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<![CDATA[Nats' New Centerfielder Adam Eaton Not Shy About Being Short]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017842767_1200x675_882011203692.jpg

News4's Carol Maloney one-on-one with the Washington Nationals' new centerfielder Adam Eaton, who doesn't mind talking about being short.

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<![CDATA[Bryce Harper Knows What Went Wrong in 2016]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017826696_1200x675_881266243546.jpg

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper told News4's Carol Maloney he knows what caused his struggles in 2016 and he hopes to build in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Dusty Baker Springs Into Action]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:23:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017813391_1200x675_880992835767.jpg

Nationals Manager Dusty Baker talks to News4's Carol Maloney about huge expectations this season, high fives and why he's a neat freak when it comes to his bench.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Offensive Lineman Kory Lichtensteiger Retires]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:48:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kory+Lichtensteiger+GettyImages-457184258.jpg

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger announced his retirement Friday.

"My chapter is ending, but there are great things happening in the organization," he said.

One of the team's longest tenured players, Lichtensteiger, 31, spent his last seven seasons with the Redskins after being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2008 and playing his rookie season in Denver and three weeks for the Minnesota Vikings in September 2009, according to the Redskins.

The Redskins signed him in January 2010.

In 2014, Lichtensteiger played center for the first time since college at Bowling Green. He started 24 games there over three seasons.



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<![CDATA[Naval Academy to Host Nats-Red Sox Exhibition]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:47:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Racing+President+Teddy+and+Bill+the+Goat.jpg

The Washington Nationals will play the Boston Red Sox in front of a crowd of midshipmen before Opening Day this April.

The Nationals will play one exhibition at the Naval Academy each of the next three seasons, the team announced Thursday.

“One of the Nationals’ core community platforms is to support the military, which we do through a variety of initiatives, including our in-game Salute to Service, Military Branch Days, and visits by players and coaches to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,” Nationals owner Mark D. Lerner said in news release.

The Nationals take on the Red Sox at 2 p.m. April 1 on ESPN.

“We’re really excited about this partnership with the Washington Nationals to have the opportunity to showcase the Naval Academy on a national stage,” said Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., the superintendent of the academy.

The teams will give free tickets to midshipmen and some members of the U.S. Navy for the game at Max Bishop Stadium, the Navy baseball team’s home field.

The Nationals also host the Red Sox March 31 at Nationals Park. The home opener against the Florida Marlins is April 3. Tickets for that game are available here.



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<![CDATA[Female Hockey Player From UAE Impresses Capitals]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fatima+Al+Ali.jpg

As the NHL celebrates "Hockey Is for Everyone Month," the Washington Capitals celebrated one of their most talented fans. Fatima Al Ali, a female hockey player from the United Arab Emirates, joined her favorite team on the ice for practice. Impressing everyone, including her favorite player, Alex Ovechkin, while leaving head coach Barry Trotz envious of her stick skills. News4's Carol Maloney reports.



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<![CDATA[One-on-One With John Wall]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:37:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017663927_1200x675_871183427691.jpg

News4's Sherree Burruss recently sat down with Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall to learn more about him -- he doesn't use any condiments, not even cheese -- and to hear his thoughts on the season so far.

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<![CDATA[Swagy's Sprint]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:30:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nick+Young+Running+From+Camera.jpg No time to reminisce with the D.C. media! Former Wizards star/goofball Nick Young, aka "Swagy P," literally ran away from News4 Sports' camera during the Lakers' morning shootaround.

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<![CDATA[The Mark Turgeon Challenge]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:38:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/85504106.jpg Maryland Terrapins Head Coach Mark Turgeon shows NBC4 Sports' Carol Maloney the trick shots that keep his 19-2 squad loose.

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<![CDATA[Teaching on the Court and in the Classroom]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:33:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seneca+Valley+Basketball+Coach+Brian+Humphrey.jpg Fourth grade teacher by day, high school basketball coach by night. It’s something you don’t see very often, and Brian Humphrey is doing both very well. His Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles are ranked in the Washington Post Top 10, while his fourth-graders at Gibbs Elementary School are succeeding in the classroom. News4’s Sherree Burruss has the story.

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<![CDATA[Howard Hires Football Coach Mike London]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017338984_1200x675_850847299560.jpg

Howard University introduced its new head football coach Monday.

Mike London spent this past season as Maryland’s associate head coach and defensive line coach.

Prior to that, London coached Virginia for five years.

He also won an FCS national championship as head coach at Richmond in 2008.

London replaces Gary Harrell, who Howard fired in November. The Bison went 2-9 this past season.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Let Go of Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:01:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2017-01-06_1259.png

The Washington Redskins let go of defensive coordinator Joe Barry and three other assistant coaches Thursday.

In addition to Barry, the Redskins said they will not retain two other defensive assistants: defensive line coach Robb Akey and secondary coach Perry Fewell. The team also let go of head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.

In 2016, the Redskins ranked 28th in the league in total defense (377.9 yards per game). The team gave up the most first downs in the league (368), and opponents successfully converted on 46.6 percent of its third downs against the Redskins -- also last in the league.

The Redskins finished the season 8-7-1, missing the playoffs.

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The Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants 19-10 on New Year's Day, missing their shot at the playoffs. 

The Redskins would have made the playoffs with a win as long as the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions night game didn't end in a tie. Instead, Kirk Cousins was intercepted twice in the second half by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Washington (8-7-1) goes into an offseason filled with questions.

The Packers and Lions each qualified as a result of the Redskins' loss to New York (11-5), which will be the first wild card. Eli Manning played the entire game, going 17 of 27 for 180 yards despite the Giants opting for a conservative approach for much of the second half.

Cousins finished 22 of 35 for 285 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly the interceptions in the third and fourth quarters. Fittingly the game ended with another Washington turnover when tight end Jordan Reed's attempted lateral turned into a Giants touchdown.

Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. added another dramatic chapter to their always contentious and ever-eventful rivalry. The Redskins cornerback, who entered tied for the most penalties in the NFL, was flagged for two more Sunday.

Norman shoved Beckham out of bounds in the second quarter and slammed his facemask into the Giants receiver's facemask for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the third. Last season, when Norman was with Carolina, he and Beckham engaged in all sorts of nastiness during a Panthers-Giants game, leading to a one-game suspension for the player known as OBJ.

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Previous story: The Washington Redskins have their playoff hopes firmly in their own grasp. By beating the New York Giants Sunday at FedEx Field, the team all but assures their season will continue into the postseason.

With a win, the Redskins (8-6-1) would grab the second wild card slot. The only slim chance of keeping them out in that scenario is if the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, ends in a tie.

The Giants (10-5) have already clinched a wild card berth and may be looking to stay healthy for their playoff run.

Who the Redskins would face in the first round of the playoffs also depends on the results of two other games. Currently, the Dallas Cowboys (13-2) and the Atlanta Falcons (10-5) sit atop the NFC and would get the first round byes.

The Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1) are the third seed and would face the second wild card team. However, if the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers, and the Falcons lose to the New Orleans Saints, those teams would flip positions in the NFC standings.

The Redskins have faced the Seahawks three of the last four times Washington has made the playoffs (2005, 2007, 2012), going 0-3 against Seattle. The Redskins haven’t faced the Falcons in the playoffs since 1991, beating Atlanta 24-7.

There is also a chance that the Lions could rise up to the third seed with losses by both the Seahawks and Falcons. The last time the Redskins faced Detroit in the playoff was the 1999 playoffs, beating the Lions, 27-13.

While all these scenarios are in flux, none of them will matter if the Redskins lose their game against the Giants at 4:25 p.m. The team has been in the situation of deciding their own playoff fate for a few weeks, but they haven't been able to close the deal when they've had the chance.

The Redskins are 2-3 over the last five games and have needed help to hang on to their playoff hopes. They were able to beat the Giants in week 3, 29-27, in a game where Dustin Hopkins kicked five field goals, including the game winner with less than 2 minutes to play, to help propel the win.



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<![CDATA[Redskins Look to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive Against Bears]]> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/121116+Redskins+Eagles.jpg

The Washington Redskins need wins and help if they're going to make the playoffs.

The Redskins lost control of their playoff hopes and are trying to hang on in the race heading into their game against the Chicago Bears Saturday.

“I understand that we are on the outside looking in,” coach Jay Gruden said. “That's the one fact that I do understand. I understand that a couple teams have to lose and we'll go from there.”

The Redskins gained control after rival Dallas beat Tampa Bay Sunday night, only to relinquish it when they fell 26-15 to Carolina Monday -- their third loss in four games. That knocked Washington (7-6-1) out of the second wild card position and into eighth place in the NFC behind Green Bay (8-6) and Tampa Bay (8-6).

Now, the Redskins could be eliminated this week if one of several scenarios plays out on Saturday.

A loss or tie against Chicago plus a win by Green Bay over Minnesota would knock out Washington. So would a loss if Tampa Bay beats or ties New Orleans. The Redskins would also be out if they tie Chicago and the Buccaneers beat the Saints.

The Bears (3-11), of course, have no such worries. They're simply trying to finish a dismal, injury-riddled season on a strong note.

Here are some things to look for as the Redskins meet the Bears:

OFF-BALANCE: The Redskins are eager to get back to running the ball after starter Robert Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson combined for just 11 carries compared to 50 drop-backs for quarterback Kirk Cousins in their loss to the Carolina Panthers. Without the threat of the run, Washington's passing game is far less effective.

“When we're hitting on all cylinders, it's because of our running game and our play-action,” Gruden said. “When we become one-dimensional it's true drop-back, and that's not the way we're built.”

BOUNCE BACK FOR D?: Mostly a bright spot this season, the Bears' defense was a big dud in last week's 30-27 loss to Green Bay .

It wasn't just the 60-yard heave from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson in the closing seconds to set up the winning field goal. The Bears missed tackles and got plowed over by Ty Montgomery, who ran for a career-high 162 yards on 16 carries.

It added up to this: Chicago giving up a season-high 451 yards.

“Yeah, deficient is being nice,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “We had a bad tackling day. We've been a good tackling team most of the two years we've been here. That was our worst tackling game. It really hurt us.”

STARTING SLOWLY: Washington has a total of three first-quarter points in its past four games.

“The slow starts are a concern,” Gruden said. “We pride ourselves on the first 15 and putting a good plan together, and for whatever reason the last three or four games that hasn't come to fruition. So just keep working, keep strategizing and try to come up with plays that are more suitable for our players and try to get them more success early.”

DUBIOUS DISTINCTION: No matter what happens against Washington and at Minnesota next week, the Bears will finish with a worse record in Year 2 under coach John Fox than they did last season (6-10). The best they can do is match the 5-11 mark in 2014 under Marc Trestman.

Lose both games and they'll do something they haven't done in a non-strike season since the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978: Finish with fewer than four wins.

They have gone 4-12 three times since then, most recently in 2002. But the last time they finished a full season with three wins or less? Go back to 1973, when they went 3-11.

“I'm just, you know, frustrated,” linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “You feel like you come in and are putting in all the work and you lose. I can't say I'm unhappy with how we stayed in it. Just because I'm happy with how we stayed in it doesn't mean we have to go and lose it.”

STATING CASE: Matt Barkley needs no reminder about what's at stake for him. He's been making a case for a roster spot with the Bears or another team next season while starting the past four games. Last week was a mixed bag for Barkley.

He threw for a career-high 362 yards and two TDs and led the Bears back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter. But he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the game.



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