<![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 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:36:45 -0400 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:36:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Departing Nats, Zimmermann Sends Heartfelt Message]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:35:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151005+Jordan+Zimmermann.jpg

Jordan Zimmermann, the Washington Nationals' All-Star pitcher who is entering free agency, says he won't be back to the Nats -- but he had a heartfelt message to fans as he left.

"It's difficult putting into words the feelings of appreciation I have for the love and support I've felt over the past seven years," Zimmermann said in a message tweeted by his agent, Mark Pieper.

"The same level of commitment and passion that you fans showed me every game I took the ball is what I placed in every pitch I tossed wearing a Nationals uniform," he said. "My only regret is that we were not able to bring a championship to the fans of this great city this season."

The news of Zimmermann's departure was expected, but bittersweet to fans who had high expectations for the Nats this season. The team barely finished above .500 and failed to make the playoffs.

On Monday, the Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his staff.

Shortstop Ian Desmond also is becoming a free agent and is expected to leave the team. Sunday, Desmond grew emotional as he told reporters, “I’m extremely proud to say that I was a Washington National," according to the Washington Post.

Pitcher Doug Fister and center fielder Denard Span also are entering free agency -- making for an interesting off-season for a team, once picked to win the World Series, with nothing to do but personnel moves in October. 

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<![CDATA[Redskins' D Looking for More Pressure, Turnovers]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:38:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Giants+092415+GettyImages-489881684.jpg

The Redskins' defense has struggled to force pressure or turnovers, something that needs to change when the Eagles visit on Sunday.

“We're stopping the run fairly well,” head coach Jay Gruden said Monday. “We've just got to figure out ways to get the ball out, get them into some third-and-long and then bring some pressure.”

Washington's 832 yards allowed is fourth best in the NFL. However, its one takeaway is tied for last with Jacksonville, and its minus-5 turnover margin is second worst to Indianapolis.

The Redskins' four sacks are better than only four other defenses. In Thursday's 32-21 loss at the Giants, Washington failed to sack Eli Manning and hit him only twice.

“We've got to force the issue a little bit more,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who has a half-sack in three games after leading the team with 13 1/2 last season.

The Redskins (1-2) have outgained all three opponents. Against the Eagles (1-2), they'll face an offense that has had its own struggles with new quarterback Sam Bradford.

Philadelphia defeated the Jets 24-17 on Sunday despite gaining only 231 yards, with Bradford passing for 108 and completing 14 of 28 passes. Still, a high-tempo, unorthodox offensive style provides an extra wrinkle for a Washington defense feeling pressure to make a play.

“The zone reads and different things that they do, you have to keep your eyes on your keys and play technique, sound ball,” said cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

Breeland felt he missed two opportunities to make interceptions against the Giants, including in the fourth quarter when Rueben Randle leaped over him to snag a 41-yard touchdown pass. Thursday was Breeland's second game after he missed the opener while serving a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

That was just one of multiple secondary absences this season for Washington, which is expected to lose DeAngelo Hall for at least three or four weeks with a sprained toe suffered Thursday.

“It's hard to get that going when you've got guys coming in and out,” Breeland said of forcing turnovers. “But at the same time, it's like next man up. You've got to make those plays.”

NOTES: Backup QB Colt McCoy missed Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury. Gruden said he would not provide updates for McCoy or other players until Wednesday … Gruden said Hall had seen a foot specialist as scheduled but did not elaborate … Either Spencer Long or Arie Kouandjio could replace LG Shawn Lauvao if Lauvao does not recover from a sprained left ankle in time for Sunday's game, Gruden said.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Suspend Papelbon After Scuffle With Harper]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

The Washington Nationals suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with outfielder Bryce Harper during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Papelbon also accepted a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for appearing to intentionally throw at the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado Wednesday.

"The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. "That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way."

Harper will not be in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, manager Matt Williams said.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the eighth inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

Williams said he did not see the extent of the fight until after the game. Had he known what had happened, Williams said he would not have sent Papelbon back out to pitch the ninth.

Papelbon was ejected from Wednesday's game after hitting Machado's arm. He initially appealed that suspension.

The suspensions from the league and the team mean Papelbon will not be available to pitch in the seven remaining games of the season. He will not join the team on the road trip starting Tuesday, Williams said.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[Harper, Papelbon Scuffle in Nationals Dugout]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon fought in the dugout during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the 8th inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the 9th, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[Nats Game Could Hit Prime Pope Traffic]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:56:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150922+Nationals.jpg

The Nats took a rain check -- and that could mean major gridlock for fans.

Rain showers on Monday night resulted in the postponement of the series opener between the Nationals and the Orioles. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 4:05 p.m.; the game is the last in this three-game set and has playoff implications for both fading teams.

The new game time coincides directly with Pope Francis' plans to depart from Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County. Fans should be wary of several road detours and closures as well as crowded Metro trains as they make their way to Nationals Park.

Driving is expected to be tough, with backups stretching beyond the District’s borders. If driving, plan on leaving early, and continue to check in with News4 to determine where and when roads will be closed.

For those planning on taking the Metro on Thursday, expect big crowds and potential waits at fare machines. Try to avoid the east side of the Red Line, and if possible, avoid transferring. (Read more pro tips for commuters here.)

The Green Line will be accessible in order to reach Navy Yard-Ballpark, and more cars have been added to trains both Wednesday and Thursday. Still, expect jam-packed cars.

Check in with News4 to learn the latest traffic updates and transit delays.

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<![CDATA[Frenetic First Day of Training Camp for Capitals]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:08:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011959228_1200x675_528358467659.jpg The Washington Capitals want to deliver the next championship to the D.C. area. Carol Maloney reports.]]> <![CDATA[RGIII Medically Cleared, Can Play Against Dolphins]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:00:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/485188312.jpg

Redskins President Bruce Allen told WTOP that quarterback Robert Griffin III has been medically cleared and will be on the sideline for the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Griffin was injured during a pre-season game and was listed third on the depth chart. It is not clear yet if the medical clearance will boost him to second string, backing up starter Kirk Cousins.

“Robert has been cleared to play from the concussion,” Allen said on WTOP on Friday morning. “We got the documentation (Thursday) night.”

"We have until Sunday afternoon to turn in our 46-man roster, and we're going to do that with everybody," head coach Jay Gruden said Friday. 

Griffin last played in a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens but has been working out and practicing with the team. At the time, Gruden said Griffin did not lose his starting position because of the injury, but he lost it due to Cousins’ performance.

"Robert's on our football team. We believe in Robert. It's a good problem to have to have three quarterbacks competing," Gruden said when he named Cousins as the starter for the regular season.

The Redskins will open the 2015 season at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Councilmember Gives Out Free Nats Tickets]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:08:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/topSports-nats-468949524.jpg

A D.C. councilmember is offering residents in his Ward free tickets to a Washington Nationals game. 

Jack Evans is giving residents in Ward 2 tickets to Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves. 

The tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Only two tickets will be given to each resident. 

If you're interested in attending the game, call Evans' office at 202-724-8058 or email Amorde Brabham at abrabham@dccouncil.us.

Tickets must be picked up at Evans' office by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Kirk Cousins to Start for 2015 Season]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:40:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/457128102.jpg

Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins for the entire 2015 season.

Head Coach Jay Gruden made the announcement Monday afternoon, CSN reported

Backup quarterback Colt McCoy will play the entire game this Thursday night against Jacksonville.

The move comes after the team played without quarterback Robert Griffin III for Saturday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Griffin was pulled from the game late Friday after an independent neurologist said Griffin hadn't sufficiently recovered from concussion-like symptoms.

Griffin sustained an apparent concussion in the Redskins' second preseason game.

But Gruden says Griffin did not lose his starting position because of his injury, adding that he lost it due to Cousins' performance. 

"Robert's on our football team...We believe in Robert. It's a good problem to have to have three quarterbacks competing," Gruden said. 

Cousins filled in capably for Griffin on Saturday night, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown. He went 20 for 27 with one interception to help the Redskins take a 14-13 halftime lead.

The Washington Redskins went on to beat the Ravens 31 to 13.  

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<![CDATA[D.C. Lingerie Football Team to Kick Off in 2016]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:26:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Baltimore+Charm+10272015.jpg

The NFL season opener is just days away, but D.C. football fans may have something else to get excited about -- they'll just have to wait a little longer.

An all-female football team is coming to D.C. next season, in what has been called the world's fastest growing sports franchise, although their first season won't begin until April 2016.

The Washington Warriorettes will be part of the Legends Football League (LFL), formerly known as the Lingerie Football League. But the game hasn't changed -- you can still expect to see women playing tackle football in bikini-like outfits with helmets and football pads.

The Warriorettes decided against the name "Redskinettes" out of respect for Native Americans, said team chairman Mitchell Mortaza.

"We chose an empowering name like the Washington Warriorettes as to not offend such an important faction of people that were the origination of this great country," Mortaza said in a release on the LFL's website.

The Washington Warriorettes will play within the LFL's Eastern Conference to include already-established franchises Toledo Crush, Jacksonville Breeze, Omaha Heart and Atlanta Steam.

Former Redskins legend Gary Wright will coach the Warriorettes, Yard Barker reported. The first season is set to begin in April 2016, but the host stadium has yet to be announced.

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<![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.”

<![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. 

<![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.]]>