<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 00:28:48 -0500Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:28:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bryce Harper Knows What Went Wrong in 2016]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:48:03 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017826696_1200x675_881266243546.jpg

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

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<![CDATA[Dusty Baker Springs Into Action]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:23:13 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017813391_1200x675_880992835767.jpg

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

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<![CDATA[Redskins Offensive Lineman Kory Lichtensteiger Retires]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:48:07 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kory+Lichtensteiger+GettyImages-457184258.jpg

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger announced his retirement Friday.

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

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

The Redskins signed him in January 2010.

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



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<![CDATA[Naval Academy to Host Nats-Red Sox Exhibition]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:47:57 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Racing+President+Teddy+and+Bill+the+Goat.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Female Hockey Player From UAE Impresses Capitals]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:02:37 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fatima+Al+Ali.jpg

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



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<![CDATA[One-on-One With John Wall]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:37:20 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017663927_1200x675_871183427691.jpg

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

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<![CDATA[Swagy's Sprint]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:30:35 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nick+Young+Running+From+Camera.jpg No time to reminisce with the D.C. media! Former Wizards star/goofball Nick Young, aka "Swagy P," literally ran away from News4 Sports' camera during the Lakers' morning shootaround.

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<![CDATA[The Mark Turgeon Challenge]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:38:20 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/85504106.jpg Maryland Terrapins Head Coach Mark Turgeon shows NBC4 Sports' Carol Maloney the trick shots that keep his 19-2 squad loose.

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<![CDATA[Teaching on the Court and in the Classroom]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:33:32 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seneca+Valley+Basketball+Coach+Brian+Humphrey.jpg Fourth grade teacher by day, high school basketball coach by night. It’s something you don’t see very often, and Brian Humphrey is doing both very well. His Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles are ranked in the Washington Post Top 10, while his fourth-graders at Gibbs Elementary School are succeeding in the classroom. News4’s Sherree Burruss has the story.

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<![CDATA[Howard Hires Football Coach Mike London]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:09:16 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017338984_1200x675_850847299560.jpg

Howard University introduced its new head football coach Monday.

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

Prior to that, London coached Virginia for five years.

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

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

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<![CDATA[Redskins Let Go of Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:01:01 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2017-01-06_1259.png

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[The Curious Case of Kirk Cousins]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:59:25 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017276126_1200x675_846889539902.jpg What will the Redskins do with quarterback Kirk Cousins this off season? Everyone in town has their own opinion and it kept the News4 at 6 crew on the desk almost until News4 at 11.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Fans Heartbroken by Playoffs Loss to Giants]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:18:21 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/010117+redskins+game.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Redskins Look to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive Against Bears]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:00:50 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/121116+Redskins+Eagles.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Alex Ovechkin Spreads Holiday Cheer]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:53:47 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alex+Capitals.jpg Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hosted kids from the Fort Dupont Cannons hockey program at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. It was an early holiday treat for the kids and Ovechkin, who was asked some tough questions.]]> <![CDATA[A Clutch Cooley Cooldown]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:36:09 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017045443_1200x675_831375939840.jpg After the Redskins last-second win against the Eagles, former tight end Chris Cooley talks about the return of Trent Williams and who this team should re-sign: Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson. Carol Maloney joins him for this week's Cooley Cooldown.]]> <![CDATA[One-on-One With Dusty Baker at the Winter Meetings]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:51:30 -0500 //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 //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 //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 //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 //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 //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 //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 //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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