<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 19:34:43 -0500Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:34:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[One-on-One With Dusty Baker at the Winter Meetings]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016995722_1200x675_827422275859.jpg News4's Carol Maloney went one-on-one in a TV exclusive with Nationals Manager Dusty Baker from the MLB Winter Meetings. Baker describes the heartbreak and recovery after falling short in the playoffs, and offers some insight into what the Winter Meetings are really like.]]> <![CDATA['Masher' Maloney Meets Pro Wrestlers at Winter Meetings]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:02:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016982893_1200x675_826366531813.jpg You never know who you'll meet at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings! In the midst of reporting at National Harbor, News4's Carol Maloney ran into legendary wrestlers the Nasty Boys and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, "Hoooooooo!"]]> <![CDATA[Nats Fail to Land Pitcher Chris Sale at Winter Meetings]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:52:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016982884_1200x675_826374723981.jpg News4 Sports catches up with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings. Among several topics, Rizzo talked about the Nats failing to land pitcher Chris Sale, who signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox.]]> <![CDATA[NFL: Skins' Williams Violated Substance Abuse Policy]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:03:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trent+Williams+GettyImages-504399750.jpg

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is suspended for the next four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Washington Post reported Williams missed a drug test.

The suspension began immediately and continues through the team's Dec. 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals. 

Williams also will miss games against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

“Today, Trent Williams was suspended by the NFL under the terms of the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse for the next four games," the team said in a statement. "We met with Trent today to discuss this unfortunate news. Per the terms of the Policy, Trent will be permitted to participate in team meetings and workout at the Redskins’ facilities throughout this time. The Redskins are counting on Trent to help our team when he returns from suspension.”

Williams previously received a four-game suspension after testing positive multiple times for marijuana during the 2011 season, the Associated Press reported. He has only missed three games since 2012.

The suspension will cost Williams more than $1.6 million.

Williams, a four-time Pro Bowler, is a team captain.



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<![CDATA[The New Man in Charge at GW]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:29:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016602617_1200x675_798551107969.jpg News4 Sports goes one-on-one with George Washington men's basketball interim head coach Maurice Joseph. Joseph, who spent the past five seasons on the Colonials staff, takes over for Mike Lonergan, who was fired this offseason amid reported allegations of verbal abuse of players.]]> <![CDATA[Williams Playing Through Injuries Doesn't Surprise Redskins]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:36:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TrentWilliams.jpg

Trent Williams limping around the Washington Redskins' locker room is a common sight. The four-time Pro Bowl left tackle limping off the sideline and onto the field on game day is an even more common sight.

He fought through a knee injury to be in the lineup Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals in London, fully understanding he'd have a rough morning after of pain.

Williams playing through injuries has become a way of life for the Redskins.

“He's done a phenomenal job now for several years of playing through injuries and he's been consistently able to go,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “He's continued to just work and make it a priority to be healthy and to do all he can, and every year he seems to take another step in his development in terms of finding ways to take care of his body and be on top of it.”

Williams' most recent issue was an injury to his left knee that coach Jay Gruden described as “structurally OK.” The 28-year-old had a sore right knee in training camp and a glute injury going into Week 2, and over the previous three seasons he dealt with wrist, foot, knee, shin, shoulder and kneecap injuries and a concussion.

His ability to answer the call no matter what raises the question of what exactly would it take for Williams to miss a game.

“Something has to be torn or broken,” he said. “Other than that, a sprain I can get through that. Bruises I can get through that. As long as the doctor tells me it's nothing structurally wrong with what I've got going, then I'm going to do everything I've got to do to get on the field.”

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon shakes his head because nothing about Williams playing through pain surprises him anymore. Williams has missed only three games dating to the 2012 season, and when he plays there's never a drop-off in quality or consistency.

“He plays very well,” Garcon said. “You never know that he's injured or not because he takes care of his body. He's been doing it for a long time, and he heals fast. He doesn't complain. He just keeps playing well.”

Williams joked last week that trainers could “put a little bubble gum and tape” on his knee and he'll be good to go. The 2010 fourth overall pick out of Oklahoma doesn't like to sit out and makes sure everyone knows it.

Just how Williams does it is somewhat baffling even to Gruden, who said some players can be more fortunate with injuries than others.

“He's a very flexible guy and he's a very good athlete, but he is a big guy,” Gruden said. “I don't know. He's been very fortunate so can't really put your hand on it.”

It helps that the bye week gives Williams some time to rest his sore knees, but rest assured he'll be itching to play Nov. 13 when the Redskins (4-3-1) face the Minnesota Vikings (5-2).

“If it (isn't) broke -- if I'm dealing with a pain threshold type of deal -- me and my manhood, my pride, it's going to propel me to get on the field,” Williams said. “That's how I approach it every time I get injured.”



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<![CDATA[Bill and Ed's Excellent Baseball Adventure]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:37:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ed+Baruch+Bill+Turner.jpg

Decades after the original Washington Senators moved west to become the Minnesota Twins, two old friends return to the site of Griffith Stadium, where they worked as a teenagers.

Walking into a conference room on the first floor of Howard University Hospital, two life-long friends stopped in their tracks.

"Wow! There you are, Ed," retired Judge Bill Turner said, pointing to a large picture of a freckle-faced lad peering out of a slot in the Griffith Stadium scoreboard.

"There you go, guys," Ed Baruch said with a laugh. "That's me, that's me. I'm the boy in the scoreboard."

The picture on the wall is one of two pictures that tell the stories of two boys, their love of baseball, their dreams and their disappointments.

One picture almost cost an aspiring baseball talent his career; the other led to a rollercoaster of emotions spanning 60 years.

Their stories began in 1956, when Bill and Ed were in high school -- Baruch at Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Turner across the county at Montgomery Blair.

They grew up in the suburbs of the nation's capital, and their paths first crossed when the two teenagers worked at Griffith Stadium for the Washington Senators.

"I was the batboy for the Senators from 1956 to 1959," Turner said outside Howard University Hospital, the site of Griffith.

"I was the boy in the scoreboard," said Baruch, now a television executive.

The two men, both with cherished memories and a lifetime of great stories from Griffith, hadn't been back to this neighborhood in more than 50 years.

"I haven't been here since '56," Baruch said.

For Turner, his last time there was 1959 after working his last game as the bat boy for his heroes.

"When they were tearing down the building, I said I don't want to see that, so I didn't come down. But I'm sure glad I came down today," Turner said.

The two men returned to Georgia Avenue on a recent morning to share their stories of the two pictures.

For Ed Baruch his picture was a chance at his 15 minutes of fame. Life Magazine was calling.

"I have no idea how Life Magazine picked BC-C," Baruch said, "but these forms came around to the junior class asking what does a kid do between his junior and senior year of high school."

Baruch had a good answer for Life.

"Running the scoreboard at Griffith Stadium for the Washington Senators," he replied.

Life sent White House photographer Hank Walker, who would later be remembered for his iconic silhouette of JFK and RFK. Walker photographed Baruch with the players, team managers and at work in the scoreboard.

"So I was a star for a day," Baruch said standing beneath his picture on the wall at Howard, which hangs just steps from where home plate was. The spot is designated with a batters box in the hallway floor. Walker had Baruch set up the scoreboard and poke his face out for the picture.

Baruch, his family and the team waited patiently for the pictures to appear. "We were so excited," Baruch said, looking at the floor, "and then the letter came."

A two paragraph letter on Life Magazine letterhead from staff correspondent Clay Blair Jr., who would later become editor of the Saturday Evening Post. The letter began, "Dear Ed, We regret ..."

Baruch didn't have to read on, the feature wasn't going to run. Nobody was going to see the boy in the scoreboard. Blair sent Baruch the pictures, thanked him and asked him to send him future story ideas.

Baruch lost the pictures but still has the letter.

"Very disappointing," he said, clutching the letter. "The pictures with me and the players, it would have been a great story. In fact, let’s do the story."

Baruch said there's another story behind the picture. The score and the moment are not from a real game.

"It's staged," he said. "The photographer had me set it up, so of course I have Washington up 5 in the first."

In fact, Washington didn't play Boston that day as the picture depicts.

Before walking into the hospital conference room, Baruch had no idea anyone else even knew or cared about the boy in the scoreboard photo.

"When I walked in the room, shock," Baruch said. "I had no idea there was anything like that, there I am, the boy in the scoreboard."

For Bill Turner, walking into the hospital conference room was a wave of emotions. The wall of the room is peppered with archival photos that tell the story of Griffith Stadium.

The batters box is on the tile of the first floor hallway between the orthopedic surgery and nuclear medicine offices.

"It brings back a whole lot of memories," Turner said, extending his right hand over home plate like he had so many years ago. "I feel like standing here with my hand out with Sievers, Killebrew or Allison or Lemmon having just hit a home run."

As batboy for all those great sluggers and more, Turner was often at home plate to greet the triumphant home run kings. And he has a scrapbook full of pictures to prove it. Newspaper clippings, home run after home run chronicled by the local press, and in every picture there's young Billy Turner at the plate to shake their hands.

It was one of those moments at home plate caught by the local papers that almost cost Turner his baseball career.

"I wanted to be a major league ball player from the minute I could remember," he said.

In 1958, Turner, a junior, was well on his way to his dream -- a starting pitcher for Montgomery Blair High School with his sights set on playing in college and then going on to the next level.

In addition to school and baseball practice, Turner worked at Griffith, first selling hot dogs, then as a bat boy earning $2.50 a game.

"The last two years I made $5 a game, and my last year in 1959 I pitched batting practice for the pitchers, and they gave me an extra $5," he said.

Turner's dream was coming true; he was getting paid by a major league team.

"Believe me," Turner said, “I would paid them to do it."

Then came Opening Day 1958. Washington Senators powerhouse hitter Roy Sievers was reigning home run champ.

Sievers, who would always give the batboys a pat on the head, was one of Turner's heroes, and Opening Day was his favorite day.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world," Turner said. "Mom knew I enjoyed it, so she wrote me a note so that I would be absent from school and practice."

Heading into the ninth inning that day in 1958, Washington was tied 3-3 with Boston. Then Sievers stepped up to the plate.

With a crack of the bat, it was Sievers' first homer of the season.

"I was at home plate to greet him," Turner said. "He came across home plate and we celebrated."

Washington went on to win.

"The next day when I came to practice at Blair, the coach said I'd like to see you," Turner said.

The coach wanted to know why his pitcher missed practice.

Turner explained his mother had given him an excuse to be absent the day before.

Pulling out a copy of the Washington Star, the coach told him he was off the team.

There on the first page of the sports section was Sievers and Turner shaking hands as the home run king crossed the plate. The moment had been captured by Randolph "Ranny" Routt, the sports photographer who would be presented with a White House Photographers Award by President John F. Kennedy two years later.

Turner was disappointed he wouldn't play with his teammates but has no regrets.

"If it was a choice between batboy or playing for the team, I would have chosen batboy," Turner said. "It was a dream come true."

The coach allowed Turner back on the team for his senior year, but only with a promise: No more choosing batboy over practice.

That's something he does regret, Turner said. Keeping that promise, Turner missed Opening Day in 1959. President Dwight D. Eisenhower threw out the first pitch. Another batboy, Turner's life-long friend Jim Ryan, caught it.

"I've always told Jim, half that ball must be mine," Turner said.

Turner went on to pitch for the University of Maryland and then two years in the semipro Shenandoah League, before hanging up his cleats and heading off to law school.

Sixty years after they shared their teen years on the historic field at Griffith Stadium, Bill and Ted remain friends, sharing memories of growing up loving baseball in D.C. As the two stood on the sidewalk trying to picture Georgia Avenue as it was, they were reminded of another part of going to games there: The smell of fresh baked bread from the Wonder Bread factory down the street.

"We'd buy a dozen day old buns for 25 cents and take them into the games," Turner said. The batboys could get free hot dogs at the ballpark, but not free rolls. "They didn't inventory the hot dogs at the concession stands, only the buns."



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<![CDATA[Redskins' Royal Road Trip Ends in Tie]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:39:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/619227452.jpg

The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals played to a 27-27 draw Sunday in London as the NFL got its second tied game in a season for the first time since 1997.

The sold-out crowd of 84,488 at Wembley Stadium left deflated and even puzzled as the regulation-time shootout between Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton turned into an overtime comedy of errors.

"It definitely feels more like a loss than a win, because we moved the ball so well and had so many opportunities to win," Cousins said.

Washington (4-3-1) appeared to have the game won with 2:13 left in overtime, but Dustin Hopkins hooked his 34-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Hopkins, whose first overtime attempt sailed smoothly through the uprights but was negated by a last-second Bengals timeout, appeared calm and unruffled in the locker room.

"It was slick out there, but that didn't have an effect on any of my kicks," said Hopkins, who also was badly short on a 55-yard attempt at the end of the first half.

The Redskins got the ball back with 1:11 remaining when Dalton fumbled at the Bengals 47 on a quarterback sneak. Cousins couldn't connect downfield and tossed his final desperate pass tamely into the sideline to preserve the draw. Cincinnati is 3-4-1.

The unlikely result came one week after the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals tied 6-6 .

"Obviously not winning the game is disappointing," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We had opportunities on both sides of the ball to win it."

Cousins finished with 38 completions for a season-high 458 yards on a team-record 56 attempts, with touchdowns to Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder. He also threw an inconsequential interception on a deep ball.

Dalton completed 27 of 42 for 284 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Eifert, who saw his first significant game action following offseason back surgery. Eifert made nine catches for 102 yards, while A.J. Green generated 121 yards on nine catches. Dalton also tossed a costly interception early in the fourth quarter with the Bengals driving deep into Washington territory.

THE 1997 TIES: Oddly, the last time the NFL had two ties in a season also happened in back-to-back weeks. In Weeks 12 and 13 of the 1997 season, Baltimore and Philadelphia tied 10-10, followed seven days later by Washington and the New York Giants' 7-7 draw.

QUICK START: At first, it looked as if both teams might have forgotten to pack their defenses.

Washington took its opening possession 80 yards on a 15-play drive capped by Robert Kelley's juking 4-yard run. It was the first NFL rushing touchdown for Kelley, an undrafted rookie from Tulane starting in place of an injured Matt Jones.

Cincinnati immediately responded with a 66-yard kickoff return by Alex Erickson up the right sideline. Giovani Bernard took a draw 8 yards to the end zone to tie the score 7-7 with about four minutes still left in the opening quarter.

KICKING WOES: It wasn't only Hopkins ruing his errors. The Bengals' Mike Nugent had a chance to tie at 10, but his low-trajectory 51-yarder spun wide left. Nugent has often struggled from long range throughout his 12-year career. He has yet to convert a field goal beyond 47 yards this year, and fell to 0-for-3 from 50 yards or more.

Nugent then missed his first extra point of the season, wide left following the Bengals' go-ahead drive of the second half.

"We missed a PAT, we missed a field goal, and those things eventually came back to hurt us," Lewis said.

WATCH THOSE HANDS: The Redskins' star cornerback Josh Norman was called four times for illegal use of hands. It's a shame for Washington that those hands weren't as sticky to the ball.

Norman dropped two great interception opportunities while jumping routes on short sideline throws to A.J. Green. The first hit him squarely in both hands on the Bengals 39 near the end of the first half, the second was in Redskins territory during the Bengals' opening drive of the second half. A pick then would have stopped the Bengals from seizing the lead barely a minute later.

SEEING YELLOW: The game was marred by penalties, particularly by the Redskins. Washington was flagged 15 times for 106 yards, leading to eight Bengals first downs and damaging Washington's overtime drives into Bengals turf. Cincinnati had seven penalties for 85 yards.

UP NEXT: Both teams have byes.



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<![CDATA[Redskins' Royal Road Trip Ends in Tie]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 17:36:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016578126_1200x675_797024323959.jpg Redskins fans talk to News4's Pat Collins about Sunday's tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Fans Rally Hot Spot in London]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1250.jpg News4's Carol Maloney checks out Redskins fans' hot spot in London, The Barrowboy & Banker, to chat with the burgundy-and-gold faithful in London.]]> <![CDATA[The NFL in London: What the Locals Think]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-284.jpg Can the NFL put a team in London? They've had an office there for years and play up to three games a year. Could it be permanent? What do London residents think? News4's Carol Maloney reports.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Redskins Fans in London for the Big Game]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:25:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Collins+London.jpg While on the "Royal Roadtrip" to see the Redskins play in London, News4's Patt Colllins found some dedicated Redskins fans from Northern Virginia. Collins chats with them live from Piccadilly Circus, where they report the traffic still isn't as bad as D.C.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Players, Law Enforcement Meet Over Police Policies]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:40:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+fairfax+police+rodney+barnes.jpg As NFL players across the country express their concerns about shootings by police office officers, members of the Washington Redskins sat down with law enforcement leaders on Monday. News4's Julie Carey reports on some reactions after the three-hour-long session.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Help Macy's Share the Warmth for Children in Need]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:12:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016513417_1200x675_792524867976.jpg Students from several metro area elementary schools shop for winter coats at Macy's with team members from the Washington Redskins.]]> <![CDATA[The SquareTable: Buying Into Redskins After 4 Straight Wins?]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016493435_1200x675_791219779624.jpg News4’s Carol Maloney and The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg get together for another episode of the The SquareTable. After four straight wins, are they buying into the Redskins? How do they think the locker room is handling national criticism? Carol and Dan break it all down.]]> <![CDATA[Alex Ovechkin's Friendship With Young Player Inspires Book]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:38:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016492792_1200x675_791162947663.jpg Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin and Ann Schaab’s friendship has been well-chronicled over the last two years. Skating together with the American Special Hockey Association, a sushi date and now, their relationship has inspired a new character in a children’s book.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Will Win Election According to 'Redskins Rule']]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:41:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ap-robert-kelley-redskins-eagles.jpg

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Redskins Beat Up Eagles' Defense on Way to 27-20 Victory]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Eagles1.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Eagles finished with 239 yards.

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

JUMP SHOT CLANKS

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

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

WAIT A SECOND

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

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

`BIG V' BOWLED OVER

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

FLAG TIME

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



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<![CDATA[#OnePursuit: Nats Fans (and Pets!) Show Their Pride]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:33:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nats-pets.jpg Let's go, Nats! The Washington Nationals are playing Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night -- and fans are showing their spirit.]]> <![CDATA[Capitals Mascot, New Host Visit Ahead of Season Opener]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016414451_1200x675_786084931839.jpg The Washington Capitals' season starts Thursday. New in-game host Adam Kelsey, the mascot Slapshot and two members of the Caps Red Rockers spirit squad spoke with News4's Barbara Harrison.]]> <![CDATA[Fingers Crossed! Nats Release NLCS Game Schedule]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613201390-%281%29.jpg

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

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

 

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



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<![CDATA[10 Ways to Get Home From Nats Park After NLDS Game 5]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:27:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/03222016_nationalsballpark.jpg

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

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

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First, Here's What Won't Work:

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

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

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Here Are Your Best Options:

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

1. CIRCULATOR:

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

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

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

2. BIKE:

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

3. CARPOOL:

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

4. RIDESHARING APPS:

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

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

5. TAXIS:

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

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

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You Might Need to Get Creative:

6. SLEEPOVERS:

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

7. AIRBNB:

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

8. WALK: 

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

9. MAKE A FRIEND YOUR CHAUFFER FOR THE NIGHT:

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

10. TAKE A DIFFERENT SET OF WHEELS:

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Bowser: "#KeepMetroOpen" for Nats Playoff Game]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:52:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[Metro Won't Stay Open Late for Nationals Playoff Game]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:18:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story. 


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<![CDATA[Capitals Ready to Take Next Step This Season]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:54:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-10-11_2059.png After a disappointing end to a historic season, the Washington Capitals are using their frustration as fuel just days from the Opener. News4's Carol Maloney has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Nationals Fans Confess Importance of Win]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016344299_1200x675_781616707548.jpg News4's Chris Lawrence talks with fans at the Nationals' first playoff game of this postseason.]]> <![CDATA[Nats Fans Bring Good Luck Charms Ahead of Game]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:19:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016340031_1200x675_781313603566.jpg It's time to wear red and get ready to cheer because the Washington Nationals play at home Friday night. The first pitch is at 5:38 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early and bring their passion. NBC4's Eun Yang talks with representative Valerie Camillo about how fans have been rooting for the team as they head into the postseason.]]> <![CDATA[Nats Postseason: Your Ultimate Game-Going Guide]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:01:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nats+Stadium.jpg

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

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

Buying Tickets:

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

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

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

What's the NLDS schedule?

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

Before you leave:

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

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

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

Getting to the Game:

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

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

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

Notable Food and Drink:

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

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

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

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

At the game

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

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

After the Game

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

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



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<![CDATA[The SquareTable: Steinberg's Not Worried After Redskins' 0-2 Start]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:16:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607554884.jpg News4's Carol Maloney and Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post get together for our second episode of "The SquareTable." Steinberg, the resident realist, talks Maloney off the ledge after an 0-2 start for the Redskins.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Head to Giants 0-2 With Plenty of Problems]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:20:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607562494.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[The Cooley Cooldown: Where Was Josh Norman?]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016088343_1200x675_764393539934.jpg News4's Carol Maloney sits down with former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, who breaks down all the Redskins breakdowns against the Steelers, including the number one question from fans: Why wasn't top cornerback Josh Norman covering Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown?]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Lineman Arie Kouandjio Becomes U.S. Citizen]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:06:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Arie+Kouandjio+Naturalization.jpg Protests about social injustice in the US continue to make headlines, especially at NFL games. The National Anthem can have a different meaning for lots of people, and for one member of the Redskins, it means a whole lot more after Tuesday. News4's Carol Maloney has the story of Arie Kouandjio, a new U.S. citizen.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Superfans Ready for Season Opener]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/091216+redskins+superfan.jpg Thousands of Washington Redskins fans will head to FedExField for the big game Monday. News4's Kristin Wright spoke with superfans who left Richmond at 3 a.m. to make it to the tailgate party. "I can't even put it into words," fan Troy Bishop said about the camaraderie.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Cut LB Riley, DL Paea]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:22:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Giants-Redksins-1229005.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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