<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:10:32 -0500 Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:10:32 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Watch Jim Vance, Carol Maloney Do 'The Dab']]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:13:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020216+jim+vance+dab.jpg You've seen NFL stars do the dab dance, but have you seen News4's Jim Vance and Carol Maloney? Voila.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-Skins GM Casserly on Cousins, RGIII, '91 Skins]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:37:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013537577_1200x675_613736003798.jpg Jason Pugh sits down with former Redskins General Manager Charley Casserly to discuss Kirk Cousins' contract, Robert Griffin III’s future and the 1991 Skins Super Bowl team.]]> <![CDATA[Backstrom Honored to Play in His First All-Star Game]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:35:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013483494_1200x675_610041923841.jpg News4's Jason Pugh catches up with Caps center Nicklas Backstrom as he gets ready to head to his first All-Star Game.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Fan's Dedication Scores Him Tickets to Playoff Game]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:16:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013243394_1200x675_598832195759.jpg One die-hard Redskins fan was willing to do just about anything to score tickets to Sunday’s big game. As News4’s Darcy Spencer shows us from FedEx Field, the team noticed his dedication.]]> <![CDATA[Knighton Beating Cluster Headaches to Stay on the Field]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013228720_1200x675_597917763728.jpg After 14 years, cluster headaches finally caused Washington Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton to miss a game, but he heads into the playoffs healthy. Carol Maloney reports.]]> <![CDATA[Powerball or Super Bowl? Hard Choice for Some Fans]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013215766_1200x675_597158467521.jpg A $500 million prize or a Redskins playoff run that ends with a Super Bowl trophy? Some fans are conflicted about which they'd prefer.]]> <![CDATA[Nationals Player Sues Al Jazeera Over Doping Claims]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:54:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/010516+ryan+zimmerman+nationals.jpg

Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera America on Tuesday arguing the television network defamed him by falsely claiming in a recently aired documentary that he used a performance-enhancing drug.

Attorneys for Zimmerman say in the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, that an Al Jazeera America program about doping in sports included false statements about the athlete.

"Mr. Zimmerman has never taken Delta 2, human growth hormone, or any other steroid or other performance-enhancing substance banned by [Major League Baseball]," the suit says.

"[Al Jazeera America] publicly smeared Mr. Zimmerman with false and unsubstantiated allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, based on uncorroborated accusations by a third party that had been unequivocally recanted prior to Defendants’ publication," the suit says.

Philadelphia Phillies player Ryan Howard filed a similar lawsuit Tuesday, which, like Zimmerman's suit, includes one count of libel and another count of invasion of privacy.

The allegations against the athletes were made in a program that aired Dec. 27 called "The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Dopers." Al Jazeera America declined to comment on the suits Tuesday.

In the program, Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover for the program and spoke with Charlie Sly, who said he worked at an anti-aging clinic in Indiana in 2011. The program said Sly named multiple high-profile athletes as having received performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic.

NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was another of the atheletes identified by the Al Jazeera report, which he quickly and vigorously denied, calling the allegation "complete garbage."

Sly backtracked in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent.

"The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect," Sly said. "To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired."

Al Jazeera reporter Deborah Davies has stood by her report.

In a statement provided after the program aired, a spokesman for Zimmerman and Howard called Al Jazeera "irresponsible" for providing a platform to broadcast "outright lies" about his clients.

“The extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source who has already recanted his claims," William Burck said.

Neither Zimmerman's nor Howard's lawsuit specifies an amount of money sought.



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<![CDATA[Playoff Game Pits Brother vs. Brother]]> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:15:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pat+Collins+Redskins+H+Street.jpg News4's Pat Collins went to D.C.'s H Street corridor where he found a group of Redskins fans who are looking forward to Sunday's showdown with the Green Bay Packers.

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<![CDATA[Sniffing Out the 'Cheeseheads' in Washington]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 22:27:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013186915_1200x675_595708995747.jpg There's a lot of excitement ahead of the Redskins showdown with the Packers this Sunday, but as News4's Pat Collins reports, it won't just be burgundy and gold at FedEx Field.]]> <![CDATA[Record-Breaking Day as Redskins Down Cowboys]]> Sun, 03 Jan 2016 23:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/503284470.jpg

Redskins quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy combined for four touchdowns, and the defense caused four turnovers as Washington won their fourth in a row in their final tune-up before the playoffs.

Cousins only played a little more than a quarter, but it was enough to throw three touchdowns and set a team record for most yards passing in a season. Tight end Jordan Reed also set a team record for most catches by a tight end after catching four passes.

Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross, Pierre Garcon and Ryan Grant all caught touchdown passes. Running back Alfred Morris also rushed for 100 yards.

Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore threw for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions, including a key pick at the goal line.

The Redskins will have to wait to see who their first round opponent will be out of the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings or Green Bay Packers.

(( game log below ))

After an opening kickoff through the end zone, the Cowboys started the game with the ball on the 20. Two short runs and an incomplete pass sent the offense off the field quickly.

A familiar connection started the Redskins offense as Cousins found Jordan Reed for a first down. With that reception, Reed set a team record for the most receptions in a season.

But the offense stalled and were unable to get another first down. The punt, however, pinned the Cowboys back on their own 6 yard line.

The Cowboys offense still having problems, going three and out again. Trading field position, the Redskins punt team was able to get the ball into Cowboys territory for the offense.

While punt returner Jamison Crowder couldn’t show his speed on the punt, he did it on the first offensive play – taking a screen pass 44 yards, down to the 3 yard line. On the next play, a play-action short pass to Ryan Grant let the Redskins put the first points of the game on the board.

Redskins 7, Cowboys 0

The Cowboys offense showed some life after 19 yard pass catch by Williams where he ran from one sideline to the other, trying to find a gap. A sack pushed back Moore, and two plays later, he attempted a deep pass that was picked off by Witten for his first interception of the year.

The Redskins offense looked like they were ready to get the running game started, giving the ball to Morris twice, setting up a 3rd and 6. Cousins dropped back to pass, was pressured, but managed to toss a 39 yard pass to Garcon, who made a sensational catch and scored on the play.

Redskins 14, Cowboys 0

The Cowboys were looking for a spark and got it when McFadden found a gap and ran for 14 yards. However, the quarterback/center exchanged on the next play resulted in a fumble, which was recovered by the Redskins defense for their second turnover of the day.

The offense was ready to make the Cowboys pay for the turnover. There was a heavy dose of Morris’ power running, moving the team down to the 3 yard line.
After two incomplete passes, Cousins found Crowder for an easy pass and catch for their third score in the first quarter.

Redskins 21, Cowboys 0

The Cowboys continue to stop themselves on their drives. On a 3 yard run by Turbin, a Cowboys tight end picked up a personal foul in a scrum, pushing the offense in the wrong direction and brining up 3rd and 19. A short pass was unable to get a first down, and they punted again.

Cousins continued to show off his excellent touch, completing passes to Crowder and Reed to set a new team record for most yards passing in a season. The drive stalled out short of the end zone, but Hopkins was able to knock a 27 yard field goal through, extending the Redskins lead.

After the score, Washington Post reporter Mike Jones said Cousins was getting hugs and putting on a ball cap, likely signifying his day was done. Cousins was 12 for 15, for 176 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than an quarter’s worth of work.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 0

Once again, the Cowboys appeared to have one good play followed by two not so good plays. They couldn’t convert on a fourth down and appeared ready to punt.

From the “why not?” playbook, they faked the punt and were able to grind for the first down, extending the drive. Moore was able to get some time in the pocket, finding Williams for 36 yards and putting them in the red zone.

After a hard run by McFadden, defensive back Dashawn Phillips went down with an injury. Medical personnel were called to the field, and he was taken off on a backboard and cart. Jones reported he was alert, but was carted off with his head and neck stabilized by a brace.

Moore hit Whitten with a short pass and the tight end was able to get the football across the goal line before going out of bounds.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 7

Colt McCoy came into the game as quarterback for the Redskins, and the offense continued to move the ball well. A mix of Morris runs and McCoy passes kept the team flowing.

The two minute warning apparently took the steam out of offense with an overthrown pass and a near fumble by McCoy. The Redskins were forced to punt, pinning the Cowboys deep in their own territory again.

Moore was able to find a rhythm, connecting on three straight passes, moving them into Redskins territory. Another completion moved the Cowboys down to the 22 yard line with less than a minute to go in the half.

Two more completions put them on the 5 yard line. Moore completed one more to Beasley and a touchdown.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

McCoy took a knee to run out the clock at the half.

With many starters on the sidelines, the Redskins couldn’t get moving after the opening kickoff of the second half, going three and out. Another punt and penalty, the Cowboys were pinned deep once again in their own territory.

With many starters on the sidelines, the Redskins couldn’t get moving after the opening kickoff of the second half, going three and out. Another punt and penalty, the Cowboys were pinned deep once again in their own territory.

A 30 yard run by McFadden moved the Cowboys out of the shadow of their own goal posts quickly. An incomplete pass, a short run and a sack once again forced Dallas to punt.

Morris, Chris Thompson kept the ball on the ground, picking up a couple first downs. But a holding penalty pushed back the Redskins and brought up a long 3rd down.

When in doubt, get it to a speedster. McCoy dumped the ball off to Crowder, who used his quickness to get a first down. The offense continued to feed Morris and Thompson, who got the team inside the 20 after 10 plays.

Two short runs brought up another 3rd down. A pass to the end zone was incomplete. Hopkins came on for a short field goal to extend the lead.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 14

The Redskins defense came up strong, sacking Moore and batting down a pass before holding the Cowboys short of a first down. The punt went out of bounds at the 28 yard line.

A holding penalty appeared to stall the offense as the third quarter ended. On the first play of the fourth quarter, McCoy found a wide open Rashad Ross for 71 yards and the wide receiver’s first touchdown of his career.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 14

After a kickoff through the end zone again, the Cowboys went to a modified hurry up offense, moving 67 yards in four plays to get them inside the 20 yard line.

However, Will Blackmon decided he wasn’t going to let them in the end zone, jumping a route at the goal line and intercepting Moore’s pass and bringing out to the 1 yard line.

The Cowboys defense decided they would do the scoring, pinning Morris inside the end zone and giving Dallas two points.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 16

The safety and ensuing kick gave the Cowboys good field position and they brought out the hurry up offense. After getting down to the 23 yard line, Moore took a couple shots in the end zone with no success.

McFadden took a pitch to the left and appeared to have clear sailing for the touchdown. But a heads-up play by Blackmon stopped the score as he knocked the football out of the running back’s hands. The ball bounced out of bounds for a touchback.

After getting the ball on the 20, Morris bulled his way for 23 yards, shedding would-be tacklers along the way. He followed that with an 8 yard carry and hit the 100 yard mark on the game.

Two short passes couldn’t get the Redskins the first down. Tress Way put another punt inside the 20 yards line, his third such kick of the day.

For the Cowboys, dumping the ball off the McFadden and letting him run or getting the ball to Whitten seemed to be their best plays. The Redskins defense appeared to be in a prevent defense, concentrating on not allowing a big play.

By taking advantage of the short routes, the Cowboys used 12 plays to move 89 yards for a Moore to Beasley touchdown connection. The lead was trimmed to 11 with just over 4 minutes to go in the game.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 23

The Redskins were content to keep the ball on the ground, running out the clock. McCoy did throw the ball once - on a fourth down conversion.

Game over.

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<![CDATA[Redskins to Face Green Bay in NFC Wild Card Game]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:59:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160103+Cousins.jpg

The Washington Redskins clinched their playoff berth prior to this week by winning the NFC East division.

And now they know; they will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card game next weekend.

The game will be held Sunday at 4:40 p.m. at FedEx Field. 

The matchup was set late Sunday, when the Minnesota Vikings beat the Packers, 20-13.

Earlier Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks won authoritatively over the Arizona Cardinals, 36-6. 



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<![CDATA['You Like That!' Redskins Fans Celebrate Playoff Run]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:10:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/122915+you+like+that.jpg Redskins fans have their own version of Kirk Cousins' famous "You like that!" Send us a photo or video of your version on Twitter or Instagram.]]> <![CDATA[Scot McCloughan on the Redskins' Playoff Run]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013113888_1200x675_592657475811.jpg The man of the hour, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan, talks with News4's Jason Pugh about the Redskins' journey from worst to first.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Defeat Eagles 38-24, Clinch NFC East Title]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:43:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151226+Redskins12.jpg

The Redskins clinched the NFC East Saturday night with a 38-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, sending the ‘Skins into the playoffs.

The Redskins dominated the Eagles on the Eagles' home turf, though the penalty-heavy game had some strange moments. They included Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins taking a knee yards from the end zone at the end of the first half, squandering a TD attempt or at least a short field goal. 

But Cousins regained his composure. He threw four touchdown passes and had a season-high 365 yards.

After the game, he told the NFL Network's Dan Hellie, "This is the happiest I have ever been as a football player."

The Redskins now get a home playoff game, an NFC Wild Card round matchup against the No. 5 seed team, now the Seattle Seahawks, according to Redskins.com. Washington's win also ended the New York Giants' playoff hopes.

Saturday's win was the Redskins' 600th, and they are only the fifth franchise in NFL history to hit that number, joining the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, the team site reported. 

And one more fascinating fact about the win: The Capitals and the Wizards also won Saturday. It's the first time in 32 years that the three teams have won on the same night.

Here's how the Redskins' game played out:

Philadelphia 7, Washington 0

Washington kicked off and watched the Eagles throw down the field quickly, capped off by a pass interference call in the end zone against Washington cornerback Will Blackmon that put the football on the one-yard line for the Eagles. 

The Eagles scored on the next play.

Philadelphia 7, Washington 6

After a slow start, the Redkins made a possession worth it late in the first quarter. Cousins connected Jordan Reed with for the 'Skins first touchdown of the game.

However, kicker Dustin Hopkins' extra point attempt was not good. There was a long delay before the kick, due to offsetting penalties as players tangled.

Washington 13, Philadelphia 7

Cousins connected with Reed again, and this time Hopkins redeemed himself with the extra point. With a minute to go in the first quarter, the Redskins were on top.

Washington 13, Philadelphia 10

After a series of flag-riddled possessions, the Eagles settle for a field goal to cut the 'Skins lead to three. 

Washington 16, Philadelphia 10

The Redskins may have caught a break, picking up the ball after the Eagles lost it on what was ruled a fumble. But they couldn’t turn that into a touchdown, settling for a field goal just before the half.

The rest of the quarter was littered with flags. Then, with just six seconds to go in the half and just yards to the goal line, Cousins took a knee -- and the half ended with a whimper instead of a touchdown or at least a field goal.

Washington 23, Philadelphia 10

Fortunately, the third quarter opened better for Washington, with Cousins hitting running back Chris Thompson for a TD early. The extra point was good.

Washington 23, Philadelphia 17

With about 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, the Eagles answered back, scoring a quick TD -- aided by a Washington penalty -- to cut into the Redskins' lead again.

Washington 30, Philadelphia 17

Then, in a move that left Lincoln Financial Field silent, DeAngelo Hall scooped up a Eagles fumble and headed to the end zone, scoring again.

Washington 38, Philadelphia 17

Pierrce Garcon caught another Cousins laser with about 9 minutes to go in the game, and this time the Redskins went for the extra points -- making a two-point conversion to bring their lead to 21 points.

Washington 38, Philadelphia 24

 

The Eagles managed another TD with just under 5 minutes to go in the game, then secured the extra point. That was it for the scoring, and Washington waltzed into the playoffs.



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<![CDATA[Players Pass Out Gifts at Redskins Santa Shoppe]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:18:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Santa+Shoppe+121415.jpg FedEx Field became the Redskins Santa Shoppe Monday, with players passing out presents to children. Jason Pugh reports.

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<![CDATA[DeSean Jackson Debate Carries Into News4 at 6]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:07:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012898055_1200x675_582451267781.jpg The debate Jason Pugh and Jim Vance started over DeSean Jackson on News4 at 5 continued into the next hour.]]> <![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.

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<![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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