<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:19:34 -0500 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:19:34 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Durant's New Sneaker Is Taboo to Some in Prince George's]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/KD8+PG+County.jpg

With his latest Nike sneaker, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attempted to pay homage to the Maryland county where his journey to NBA all-star and MVP began, but some find it offensive.

The $180 sneaker, which goes on sale Wednesday, is called the KD8 ‘P.G. County,’ and that abbreviation of “Prince George’s” upsets some in the county. For years, using “PG” has been considered taboo.

“We would certainly prefer that it was ‘Prince George’s County,’” said Barry Hudson, the county executive’s spokesman.

The county reached out to Nike when it learned of the name.

“Actually sent a letter to Nike kind of giving them some idea of the nature of the term ‘Prince George’s County’ versus ‘PG County’ just to let them know that it is, to many in the county, a pejorative,” Hudson said.

Melvin McCray, who once coached Durant at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, said the name of the shoe makes perfect sense. Durant has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the facility where a room is named in his honor.

“Whether it’s ‘PG County,’ whether it’s ‘Prince George’s County,’ I just think we all should just enjoy the moment and just embrace it,” McCray said.

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<![CDATA[GW Basketball Coach's Kids Help With Post-Game Interviews]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:22:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GW+Coach+Lonergan+Interviewed+by+Son.jpg About 2,500 local students attended George Washington's 94-65 win over Gardner-Webb on DMV Kids Day Tuesday, and coach Mike Lonergan had two special ballboys at the game: His sons Moe and Michael, who helped News4 Sports with some post-game interviews.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Crush Saints 47-14]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:01:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/497290990.jpg

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw four touchdown passes, two to Jordan Reed, and 324 yards and the offense bullied their way for more than 200 yards rushing on their way to a 47-14 beat down of the New Orleans Saints.

CB Dashon Goldson returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown and kicker Dustin Hopkins made four field goals to round out the scoring.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw two touchdowns, but also two picks. The Saints also failed on three fourth down conversion attempts, including one deep in their own territory.

The Redskins improved to 4-5 and will face the Panthers next week in Carolina.


*** game log below will be updated throughout the game *** 

After a scrambling opening kickoff and a penalty, the Redskins started their opening drive inside the 5 yard line. However, a long pass from Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson of 42 yards was the key play to give them some breathing room.

A few plays later, Cousins found TE Jordan Reed, who sped toward the end zone, stretching out for the final yards to give the Redskins an early 7-0 lead.

The Saints would not be deterred, sparked by a 70 yard run by Mark Ingram, after what appeared to be a blown tackle by the Redskins defense. A few more plays and Brees threw a short 4 yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to tie the game at 7-7.

The next Redskins drive featured a couple big plays from RB Matt Jones. First, he ripped off a 20 yard run to get the offense in Saints territory before catching a screen pass and getting into the red zone.

Cousins then found Jamison Crowder for the rookie’s first NFL touchdown and extended the lead to 14-7, still in the first quarter.

The Saints were ready to respond, but the Redskins defense had a different idea. The D held the Saints offense to a three and out and the first punt of the game to open up the second quarter.

However, the Saints D also woke up, and after a couple incomplete passes by Cousins and the Redskins needed to punt the ball away.

The big plays continued as Brees dodges a strong run and found Cooks for their second touchdown hook up of the day, this one for 60 yards. With just under 11 minutes to go in the half, the game was all knotted up at 14 each.

Anything you can do, the Redskins offense said they can do better. Cousins found Jones again for another screen pass, and the rookie picked his way through the defense for 78 yards and another touchdown for Washington.

The Saints offense couldn't get going, with Brees getting sacked for a big loss. They went three and out again before punting the ball away.

Cousins and the offense appeared to be moving, going 66 yards before stalling out Dustin Hopkins booted a 35-yard field goal to extend the Redskins lead, 24-14, with just a little more than 3 minutes to go in the half.

The Saints tried once again to get their offense restarted, but three quick plays and the Redskins got the ball back with less than two minutes to go in the half.

Using the hurry-up offense, Cousins was able to complete a quick pass to Crowder before taking a sack on the second play. Another pass play was incomplete, but a penaty by the Saints defense kept the drive alive.

Cousins then found Chris Thompson for 23 yards before Cousins took another sack. However, a wide receiver screen to Crowder and great blocking downfield put the team back in scoring range.

A penalty, a quick run gave Hopkins a shot from 23 yards, which was good and gave the team a 13 point lead at the half

Using the short pass, the Saints took the second half kickoff and drove down to just short of the Redskins 30 yards. After getting stuffed on a third down run, they tried going for it on fourth down -- only to get stuffed again, and getting no points after a 10 play, six minute drive.

RB Alfred Morris, who was injured earlier in the game, definitely was fresh, running for 28 yards on the opening play of the drive to get the Redskins in Saints territory. However, a couple short runs and incomplete passes opened the door for a 40 yard field goal attempt by Hopkins.

He drilled it for his third of the day, and the Redskins led 30-14 in the third quarter.

Brees attempted a long pass that was nearly intercepted, a penalty pushed them back, and another Brees pass was nearly picked off again. Three and out and the Saints were forced to punt for the fourth time in the game.

A short field after a short punt and the Redskins had good field position. They made good use of it, driving down into a position where Cousins could find Reed on an inside route for their second touchdown of the day. The Redskins have scored the last 23 points.

The Redskins defense decided to get into the scoring. A Brees pass was picked off by Dashon Goldson and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Up to this point, the Saints offense has only managed 252 yards.

The defense came up large again, stuffing the Saints offense deep in Saints territory. After what appeared would be another three and out, Brees waved off the Saints punt team and tried to go for it on fourth down, but threw an incomplete pass. 

The Redskins took over on down on the Saints 22 yard line. Rush after rush, the offense pushed closer to the end zone while wearing down a worn Saints defense. Another Hopkins field goal, his fourth, pushed the lead to 33 with just under 10 minutes to go in the game.

The Saints offense appeared to get some movement against a defense that was preventing the big play. However, when Brees attempted to go deep, his pass was intercepted by LB Perry Riley, who made a fantastic play on the ball, stopping the Saints offense.

Colt McCoy entered the game as quarterback for the Redskins. Cousins finished the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 (and if you can figure out the formula, you are probably a mathematician).

The offense kept grinding the ball, eating up time, and the Redskins punted for only the second time in the game.

The Saints were content with just running the clock out as well and the Redskins finished with a 47-14 win.

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<![CDATA[Caps Celebrate "Movember"]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Karl+Alzner+Movember.jpg This month you may notice a little more facial hair on the ice for the Washington Capitals. Defenseman Karl Alzner is spearheading the "Movember" Movement, helping raise awareness for men's health. Carol Maloney has the story. Click here to donate.]]> <![CDATA[Dusty Baker Named Manager of Washington Nationals]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:17:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dusty+Baker.jpg

Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, the team announced Tuesday. 

Baker, 66, signed a multi-year contract with the team. He is the sixth field manager in the team's history. 

Baker is the 17th-winningest manager in baseball history and brings with him nearly 50 years of professional baseball history, according to the team. 

He has also managed teams in San Francisco, Chicago and Cincinnati. 

“We were looking for a manager to help us achieve our ultimate goal of competing for a World Series championship,” said Theodore N. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Nationals.

Last month, Manager Matt Williams was fired by the Washington Nationals after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs.

The Nationals also fired seven members of Williams' staff: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, third base coach Bobby Henley, first base coach Tony Tarasco, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, and defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier.

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<![CDATA[Kuznetsov Scores 3; Caps Top Oilers, 7-4]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:45:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/185*120/4938204481.jpg


Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Washington Capitals had a lot of fun at the Edmonton Oilers' expense.

Kuznetsov had three goals for his first NHL hat trick and added two assists to help the Capitals beat the Oilers 7-4 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

Kuznetsov opened the scoring on a backhander at 3:05 of the first period, gave Washington a 4-3 lead with another backhander at 6:17 of the second, and capped the scoring with a snap shot on a power play with 3:01 left in the third period.

``It feels unbelievable,'' Kuznetsov. ``It's thanks to my linemates. But the team game is more important to me. I'm just happy with how we are doing right now.''

The 23-year-old Russian had no goals and six assists in his first six games of the season.

``It's awesome. He's playing with a lot of confidence,'' Nicklas Backstrom. ``He's grown so much from last year. Everyone is happy to see that.''

Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, and Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves in his first start of the season. Playing their third game in four nights, the Capitals improved to 6-1-0.

``We knew it was a big road trip for us. It was our first road trip,'' Washington captain Alex Ovechkin said. ``We're obviously happy to take these points.''

Rookie star Connor McDavid scored his fifth goal of the season for Edmonton. Benoit Pouliot, Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored.

The Oilers dropped to 3-5-1 after winning their previous three games.

``They're a very talented team and they took advantage of a team that was sloppy in a lot of areas,'' Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. ``Tonight, I'm much more disappointed in individuals. Certain players who didn't bring it, who were not alert, weren't sharp, weren't performing well.

``We can't afford to have four or five guys just not with us.''

NOTES: The Capitals beat Vancouver 3-2 on Thursday night. They also have beaten Chicago, Carolina and Calgary on the winning streak. The Capitals are off until Wednesday night when they face Pittsburgh at home. ... The Oilers are home Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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<![CDATA[Media Barred From Talking to RGIII]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012360317_1200x675_549789251751.jpg

Since Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was benched before the season, he hasn't been talking.

Despite being demoted to third string, fans still want to know what RGIII is thinking. But he's been allowed to address the media only once in the regular season, and that was for less than a minute before it was cut off by Redskins PR after the loss to the Jets Sunday. 

Redskins PR has since denied requests for an individual interview or a group media session with Griffin.

According to policy, the media is allowed to interview any member of the 53-man roster during the open locker room session. The organization is denying that access to Griffin.

<![CDATA[Where's RGIII? Media Barred From Talking to QB]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:07:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012360317_1200x675_549789251751.jpg Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has barely been heard from since being injured, and then benched in the preseason. News4's Jason Pugh explains why.]]> <![CDATA[One-on-One With Caps' Tom Wilson]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/168742210.jpg News4's Carol Maloney goes one-on-one with Capitals forward Tom Wilson. They talk nicknames, alarm-gate, managing expectations on the season and the evolution of his "enforcer" role.

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<![CDATA[Departing Nats, Zimmermann Sends Heartfelt Message]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:35:55 -0500 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 17:38:31 -0500 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 13:27:13 -0500 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 19:46:57 -0500 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 12:56:50 -0500 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 20:08:10 -0500 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 16:00:13 -0500 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 05:08:01 -0500 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 12:40:39 -0500 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 10:26:28 -0500 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 13:55:20 -0500 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 13:57:55 -0500 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 15:46:09 -0500 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 15:43:31 -0500 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 20:29:40 -0500 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 19:32:00 -0500 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 22:19:29 -0500 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 17:40:12 -0500 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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