<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:21:36 -0500 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:21:36 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Reports: Jordan Zimmermann Signs with Detroit]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*126/490744384.jpg


According to multiple reports, former Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a contract with the Detroit Tigers.


According to Fox Sports and CBS Sports, Zimmermann is expected to receive $110 million over five years with the Tigers.

Zimmermann has been an All-Star for two of the past three seasons with the Nationals. He spent his first seven seasons in Washington.

The Tigers were trying to fill a gap after their pitcher, Max Scherzer, signed a seven year deal with the Nationals.

Zimmermann had Tommy John surgery in 2009 but has consistently started more than 30 games per season for the last four years. He finished 13-10 last year with a 3.66 ERA and 164 strikeouts.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Hold On to Beat Giants, 20-14]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:21:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/499191408.jpg

For all of their deficiencies and inconsistency, Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins are right there at the top of the NFC East.

Kirk Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown pass and scored on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, Washington intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins held on to beat the New York Giants 20-14 Sunday, pulling into a tie for first place.

New York trailed 20-0 before making things interesting as Manning threw fourth-quarter TD passes of 40 yards to Rueben Randle and 21 yards to Odell Beckham Jr., who made a fantastic diving catch, corralling the ball with his left hand while parallel to the ground.

The Giants came into the day with a chance to create some space in the standings. Instead, they're 5-6, just like the Redskins, with five games remaining. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) and Dallas Cowboys (3-8), both routed on Thanksgiving Day, are the other members of the mediocre division.

Setting the tone on a chilly, dreary day, New York's first two possessions ended when passes by Manning went in and out of receivers' hands and were picked off _ first by linebacker Perry Riley Jr., then by cornerback Will Blackmon.

On the Giants' first drive of the second half, Manning's throw on third-and-goal at the 4 was intercepted in the end zone by rookie Quinton Dunbar, who switched from receiver to cornerback in training camp.

It was the 20th three-interception game of two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning's career. He wound up 26 for 51 for 321 yards with the pair of late scores. Beckham had nine catches for 141 yards.

Cousins was 20 for 29 for 302 yards, including the long TD to Jackson _ who taunted the Giants by strutting along the goal line before actually crossing it _ and zero interceptions. When the fourth-year QB avoids getting picked off this season, Washington is 5-0; when he throws at least one interception, the team is 0-6.

The Redskins have been about as up-and-down as can be in Gruden's second year. They are 5-1 at home, including five consecutive wins, and 0-5 on the road. They have not won two consecutive games. Entering Sunday, their previous two results were a 33-point victory, followed by a 28-point loss.

The Giants were coming off their bye and looked rusty, particularly on offense.

Manning had miscommunication issues with Beckham in the first quarter, and with Dwayne Harris in the second, resulting in throws that did not match the receivers' routes.

It didn't help matters that the Giants began the game without two injured starters along the offensive line, then lost a third in the first half when guard Geoff Schwartz left with a fractured lower leg.

New York's first 10 drives culminated in three turnovers and seven punts. On the team's 11th possession, Manning finally put some points on the board, hitting Randle. Then came Beckham's highlight-reel grab.

But it was too little, too late.

Washington led 17-0 at halftime, thanks in part to Cousins' 1-yard TD sneak with under 2 minutes to go that generated a full-throated chorus of ``Hail to the Redskins!'' As the teams headed to the locker rooms soon thereafter, fans gave a standing ovation, a rare salute to a club that has finished last in the NFC East in six of the past seven seasons.



The Redskins won the toss and deferred to the second half. The opening kickoff went into the end zone and the Giants started their opening drive on their own 20.

Despite converting on two third-down plays, Manning’s third attempt at a conversion was batted into the air and picked off by Perry Riley Jr. He was able to return it past the 50 and give the Redskins a short field for their first drive.

However, a short run and two incomplete passes forced the Redskins to punt it away. Way was able to deaden the ball inside the Giants 10 yard line, pinning them back.

Faced with another third down deep in their own territory, Manning threw to Harris, but a strong hit jarred the ball loose and it was picked off by Will Blackmon. He brought it down to the Giants 26 yard line.

But Cousins and the offense couldn't get first down. Hopkins came out for a 51 yard field goal, but it was blocked. The Redskins were unable to score after two Giants turnovers.

Manning and his offense was able to pick up a first down, getting into Redskins territory. A holding penalty pushed them back and a screen pass wasn’t able to get another first down.

A Giants punt appeared to be stopped on the 1 yard line. A challenge by the Redskins showed the punt defender actually had a foot on the goal line, bringing the ball out to the 20.

Alfred Morris was featured heavily in the ensuing Redskins drive, rushing and catching passes. While a Cousins pass to the end zone fell incomplete, a swing pass to Thompson put the team in good position again as the first quarter ended.

Two consecutive penalties, one for holding and one for pass interference, pushed the Redskins back close to the 50 yard line. They could only get it back to the 24 yard line.

Hopkins came out again, this time for a 41 yard field goal attempt. He was able to drill this try, giving the Redskins the early lead. It was a 12 play, 56 yard scoring drive.

Redskins 3, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Redskins defense rose to the occasion, batting away a long Manning pass and Ryan Kerrigan getting a sack to force a punt. The kick was downed at the Washington 37.

It took one play – a 63 yard, play action pass – to put the Redskins in the end zone for the first time today. Cousins threw a perfect strike to DeSean Jackson, who got behind the defense for the touchdown.

Redskins 10, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Giants offense was still searching for a spark, but not finding one. After a 5 play drive, they punted again, pinning the Redskins inside the 20 yard line.

The Redskins tried to take another deep shot down the field, but it was just overthrown by a few yards. Three plays and out forced the punt.

Two Manning passes failed to hit the mark after completing one. For the fourth time in the game, the Giants had to punt and giving the ball to the Redskins on their own 20.

Instead of going deep, Cousins hit Matt Jones with a short screen pass. Jones ran for 45 yards, taking the offense into Giants territory once again.

After two completions and a couple of run, the Redskins got into the Red Zone for the first time with a Jordan Reed catch, taking the ball down to the 5.

A pressured pass fell incomplete and the 2 minute warning arrived.

A Morris rush took it down to the 4. Cousins found Jason Crowder on a pivot route for an apparent touchdown, but a review showed Crowder’s knee was down short of the goal line.

Cousins called his own from about 2 inches out on fourth down, just getting the ball across the goal line.

Redskins 17, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Giants took over after the ensuing kickoff with about 1:45 to go in the half. Manning was a bit off target on a couple of passes, and the Giants had to punt again – this time, pinning the Redskins on the 1 with less than 40 second to go.

The Redskins were content to let the clock run out.

Redskins 17, Giants 0 - Half

Getting the ball to start the second half, the offensive line has been doing a great job of giving Cousins time to throw. With Morris power running between the tackles and Cousins finding open receivers, they moved the ball downfield quickly.

However, the drive stalled, but they weren’t close enough for another field goal try. On fourth down, Cousins attempted to hand off the ball as it squirted free, giving the Giants the ball on downs.

Manning seemed to find his rhythm, hitting a couple key receptions, including a 31 yard completion to Beckham, to move the offense inside the 10. A tipped pass was nearly intercepted, and a short pass to Jennings took the ball inside the 5.

Manning tried to throw a dart, but it was picked off in the end zone by Quinton Dunbar, keeping the shutout in order.

The Redskins took over at the 20 yard line. After only managing 4 plays, the Redskins punted the ball away. In a game of field position, the Giants were pinned back on their 8 yard line.

A face mask penalty got the Giants away from the shadow of the goal post.

Three consecutive passes. Three consecutive knock downs by the Redskins defense put the Giants back into a punt formationfor the sixth time in the game.

The Giants defense stepped up, forcing a three and out and getting the ball back to their offense. The Redskins defensive line continues to put heavy pressure on Manning, forcing two quick throws and a sack. The Giants had to punt out of their end zone to Crowder, who brought it back to mid-field.

Morris continued his strong running and Reed just put his head down to move the offense down the field as the third quarter ended. A couple of short runs and a penalty ended the drive short of the goal line. Hopkins came on for a 33 yard field goal and extended the lead.

Redskins 20, Giants 0 - 4th quarter

The Giants started working a no huddle offense. Manning found Beckham for 31 yards, which was added onto by a horsecollar tackle penalty. But a couple of incomplete passes and another sack brought up fourth down.

Manning found Randall on 4th and 16 for 40 yards and a touchdown. The Giants quarterback had plenty of time to find the crossing wide receiver for the score.

Redskins 20, Giants 7 - 4th quarter

After getting the ball on the 9 yard line after the kickoff, a roughing the quarterback penalty helped the Redskins offense get away from their own end zone. However, a couple of short passes was unable to sustain the drive.

Continuing to hurry up the offense, Manning was able to find a couple of soft spots in the defense. They were able to convert on another fourth down for a 28 yard pass.

In a move that is starting to become commonplace, Beckham snagged a Manning with one hand, secured it with the other and fell into the end zone. The Giants moved 9 plays for 77 yards in less than 2 ½ minutes.

Redskins 20, Giants 14 - 4th quarter

With the lead dwindling, the Redskins offense needed to keep the ball and chew up the clock. A key completion on third down to Reed kept the drive alive. A couple of strong runs by Morris forced the Giants to burn the rest of their timeouts.

The Giants defense stuffed Morris on the next two tries, forcing a punt with less than 30 seconds to go.

After another Redskins penalty on the punt, the Giants started the last drive on the 16 yard line with 19 seconds to go. A couple of passes to the sidelines gave them one last shot.

They tried a catch and lateral play, but one of the tosses ended up going out of bounds as time expired.

Redskins 20, Giants 14 - FINAL

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<![CDATA['Dear Basketball': Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Madison-Square-Garden.jpg

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season.

The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

There's no more wondering now.

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is officially winding down.

"This season is all I have left to give," Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled "Dear Basketball."

Bryant said in an interview on Sirius XM Radio just last week that "if something changes," he would come back and play next season. Only a few days later, that's apparently no longer an option.

"My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye," Bryant wrote in the post. "And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savor every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have."

Bryant ranks third on the NBA's career scoring list, and only 13 players in league history played on more championship teams. Bryant helped the Lakers to titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

This season has been a struggle for the five-time champion, whose young and rebuilding Lakers are mired at the bottom of the Western Conference standings while he's shooting a career-worst 32 percent. Injuries have dogged him in recent years as well, limiting him to 41 of a possible 164 games in the previous two seasons. And even this season, back issues have kept him from playing as much as he would like.

"It's tough to see one of the absolute greatest competitors go through this," Miami guard Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press on Sunday, prior to Bryant making his announcement. "You can put a team around a guy to help a guy, especially late in his career. They're just not in position right now to do that. He's won five championships, so no one feels bad for him from that standpoint. But from a standpoint of seeing one of this era's greatest players go out in a rebuilding process, it's tough."

The Lakers have 66 games remaining after Sunday and it will likely turn into a adoration tour of sorts for Bryant, who has already gotten long ovations from normally hostile fans on road trips this season, particularly in places like New York and Miami where crowds sensed that they might be seeing him as an opponent for the final time.

The Lakers' next road game is, perhaps not coincidentally given the timing of Bryant's announcement, on Tuesday in Philadelphia -- his hometown.

"Philly is where I grew up," Bryant told AP in an interview in Miami earlier this month. "It's always a different emotion there than anywhere else."

Bryant came into the NBA straight out of high school, won the dunk contest at All-Star weekend as a rookie, played in the All-Star game for the first time the following year and a star was fast born. The 81 points he scored against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, are second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in NBA history, and he's the only player to spend 20 consecutive seasons with the same team.

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<![CDATA[Caps Power Play Energized in 4-2 Win over Lightning]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:43:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/498964100.jpg

If Jason Chimera's reinvention as a power-play threat continues, he may have Evgeny Kuznetsov to thank.

Chimera notched a power-play goal off Kuznetsov's exceptional pass, and also had an assist during another man advantage to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Friday.

Chimera now has three goals and two assists on the power play in the eight games since coach Barry Trotz added him to a second line that includes Kuznetsov. In 15 previous seasons, he had only 10 goals and 14 assists on the power play.

``He makes things a little easy,'' he said of Kuznetsov, whose team-leading 18 assists include two to Chimera on the man advantage. ``It's just one of those things where, he's a special kid, special player. He's making me look good, that's for sure.''

Kuznetsov and Chimera also linked up on Alex Ovechkin's opening goal. T.J. Oshie scored for the third time in four chances against Tampa Bay's penalty kill unit, which hadn't allowed a goal in four previous games. The Lightning had killed 44 of 49 penalties (89.8 percent) over the previous 18 games.

``They do a couple things that other teams don't do,'' said Trotz. ``I think we identified it and took advantage of that.''

Marcus Johansson added an even-strength goal in the Capitals' fourth straight victory, and Braden Holtby made 32 saves in his sixth straight win.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman scored late for Tampa Bay, which rested No. 1 goaltender Ben Bishop in the first of back-to-back games and trailed 4-0 early in the third.

``You've got to be sharp and for whatever reason we didn't start the way we wanted to,'' Boyle said. ``I don't know if we were too respectful of some of their skill or what, but it wasn't our game for the first 50, 45 minutes.''

It could've been worse after Washington registered 18 shots before the first intermission, its most in a period this season. But it was only 1-0 after Ovechkin's 12th goal, a wrister into the top right corner of the net off Chimera's pass from behind the goal line.

``We drew penalties because of our pressure on them,'' Trotz said. ``We weren't able to capitalize a lot 5 on 5, but I think it paid dividends because of the penalties they had to take. ``

Chimera scored late in the second. Kuznetsov got the puck in the right circle and rose his stick as if to shoot. Instead, he guided a hard pass toward Chimera at the back post, who had position on Anton Stralman and redirected the effort easily past a stranded Vasilevskiy.

``You work on stuff in practice, you work on stuff in games, it's just one of those things that you do (with) repetition,'' Chimera said. ``You just kind of go to the back door and he's going to slide it there. So it was a nice play.''

It was 3-0 just over a minute later when John Carlson's feed re-directed off Johansson's skate, with officials ruling Johansson did not make a kicking motion. Oshie added his sixth goal to make it 4-0 in the fourth on a ferocious one-timer from Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice feed.

Notes: Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson played only the game's opening shift in his second game back following an upper body injury. The team did not specify a reason for his departure. ... In his 1,300th game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz picked up his 618th NHL win, passing Jacques Lemaire for 11th all time. ... Washington D John Carlson played in his 400th consecutive NHL game. ... Capitals RW Chris Brown was scratched despite re-joining the team from AHL Hershey on Thursday. ... Stralman played in his 500th NHL game.

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<![CDATA[Celtics Run Away from Wizards 111-78]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:38:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/498989534.jpg

Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Jae Crowder scored 17 and Avery Bradley had 16 points for the Celtics, who posted a runaway win against the Wizards for the second time in three weeks.

Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as both coaches left the finish to their reserves. Boston led by as many as 38.

Jared Dudley scored 19 for Washington, which has lost three in a row. Bradley Beal had 16 points, and John Wall finished with 10 points and six assists.

The Wizards committed 22 turnovers.

The game was so one-sided Boston fans entertained themselves by doing the wave midway through the fourth quarter, with Sullinger cheering them on from the bench. The big center pulled down 15 rebounds for the third time this season while leading the Celtics to a 58-46 rebounding margin.

Two days after rallying from a five-point deficit in the final few minutes for an 84-80 victory over lowly Philadelphia, Boston was in command against Washington from the opening minutes.

The Celtics put together a 12-2 run midway through the opening period, and the Wizards never recovered. Boston led by as much as 17 in the first quarter.

Beal had 11 points in the first period, and then zero in the second. Washington made just six field goals in each of the first two quarters, going 12 for 45 in the half.

Evan Turner added to Washington's woes with a 19-foot jumper right before the buzzer, lifting Boston to a 54-36 halftime lead.


Wizards: Wall was the only Washington starter other than Beal to score in the first quarter, finishing the period with all of one point.

Celtics: Sullinger had his fifth double-double of the season. ... Boston also beat Washington 118-98 on Nov. 6 in Boston. ... G Marcus Smart missed his fourth straight game with a lower left leg injury.


Wizards: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

Celtics: Visit Orlando on Sunday night.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tom Brady Dresses Up for Turkey Day Surprise]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brady+102915.jpg

Looks like the New England Patriots' star quarterback couldn't resist having a little bit of fun on Thanksgiving.

Tom Brady posted a funny video of him hiding in a pile of leaves in a turkey costume, and then popping out to surprise his young children.

We can't decide what's more precious: his children's reactions or the fact that Brady goes "gobble gobble." 

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<![CDATA[A's Pitcher Hosts Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/DSC_15321.jpg

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.

The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter from their war-torn homeland.

But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.

“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”

Her photo shows women in hijabs and a young boy wearing a Cubs baseball cap seated around a festive table, dotted with Pepsi, flowers and cranberry sauce.

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A’s spokesman Ken Pries told NBC Bay Area on Friday the power couple hosted the dinner on Wednesday and have no personal connection with the refugees. The city of Chicago and the mayor helped put them in contact with the group, he said.

“It was obviously a very nice gesture," he said.

The couple has made nice gestures before.

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The A’s kicked off LGBT Pride Night in June, which sparked some homophobic reaction, such as season ticket holders indicating they wanted to sell their tickets.

Dolan, who said she has two “super gay” moms, and Doolittle offered to buy any unwanted tickets up to $3,000, and donate the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

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<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Baseball]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

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<![CDATA[Brett Favre’s Number Retired]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-56396130+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears will head into a hostile Lambeau Field Thursday night to face the Green Bay Packers, and even though they won’t have to face Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback’s presence will still be a big part of the evening.

That’s because the Packers are retiring Favre’s jersey at halftime of the Thanksgiving showdown.

The honor has been a long time coming for Favre, who spent the vast majority of his Hall of Fame-caliber career wearing the green and gold, and it’s especially appropriate that he is receiving the distinction during a game against a Bears team that he routinely tortured in his NFL career.

In 36 career starts against the Bears, Favre racked up a 23-13 record and some incredible passing numbers. He threw for 8606 yards in those 36 games, tossing 60 touchdowns and rushing for three more against Chicago during his career. Those 60 touchdowns are the most he threw against any team, and even though he did throw 42 interceptions against the Bears (also the most he’s thrown against any team), he still represented the Bears’ ultimate nemesis during his time in Green Bay.

The list of Favre’s best games against the Bears is a long one, but there are a few that certainly stand out.

Few will forget the masterful performance he had at Soldier Field in a November 1995 game, where he threw five touchdowns and racked up 336 passing yards despite playing the game with a severely sprained ankle.

A 2002 tilt against the Bears in Champaign was another Favre classic as he threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in an emphatic 34-21 victory.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Favre’s replacement in Green Bay hasn’t been an easier opponent, as Aaron Rodgers holds a 12-3 record and throws for an average of 242.5 yards per game against the Bears in his career. Oh, and he’s thrown 34 touchdowns and just eight interceptions too.

<![CDATA[Redskins CB Chris Culliver Injures Right Knee in Practice]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:01:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151126+Chris+Culliver.jpg

Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver has injured his right knee in practice and will undergo an MRI.

Culliver left the locker room on crutches and with a full brace on his right leg Thursday. Coach Jay Gruden says Culliver "tweaked'' his knee after jumping for a ball and landing on it.

Culliver missed three games earlier this season after injuring his left knee in practice. He missed the entire 2013 season in San Francisco after tearing his left ACL in training camp.

Tackle Trent Williams (knee) was limited in practice after sitting out Wednesday. Gruden is "optimistic'' that Williams will be available Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Beat Lakers, Set Record]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/178*120/Lakers-lose-to-Warriors-record-nba.jpg

The Golden State Warriors made history against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The Warriors went to 16-0 with the 111- 77 win is an old-fashioned game of blowout basketball, which marked the best ever start to an NBA season. Previously, the 1993-94 Houston Rockets held the record at 15-0.

Surprisingly, the Warriors came out shooting cold against the visiting Lakers. Not so surprisingly, the Warriors still managed to take a massive lead on a Lakers team that has the habit of falling flat on its face. For the 12th time in 14 games, the Lakers lost. This time, though, the purple and gold trailed by 19 points before the first quarter was up.

Kobe Bryant had had an awful night. He shot up air balls, he shot up bricks and he even shot up one thud-worthy attempt that stuck in between the backboard and the rim. The 37-year-old shot 1-14 from the field and looked worse than he has all season, and Bryant has not looked good this season.

No Laker scored over 10 points, so Bryant can hardly take all the credit in the loss. Jordan Clarkson went 2-11, Nick Young shot 3-10 and Roy Hibbert went 0-4. This was a game where the Lakers' best punch would possibly give them a chance against the world champs, but the Lakers seemingly slipped and fell as the opening bell rang out.

"They're a better team than we are," Lakers coach Byron Scott said on TWC SportsNet after the game. "It's pretty much that simple."

The Warriors only needed one quarter to decide the outcome, so the game never looked in doubt. However, the Lakers did show positive signs in the second period. Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell and almost-rookie Julius Randle combined to help cut the 22-point lead down to only 16 points by halftime. Russell hit shots, while Randle bruised his way to buckets. Both players shot 50 percent from the field for the night.

Along with the other starters, Russell and Randle did not play in the fourth quarter because the Warriors led by 34 points after three quarters. Stephen Curry had already received his sendoff ovation at that stage, and the game called for emptying the bench for guys like Tarik Black and Larry Nance Jr. to get extra minutes.

Curry finished with 24 points and nine assists on 10-21 shooting. By his standards, he had a bad night in that the league's Most Valuable Player only hit four of his 12 attempts from beyond the three-point line. However, Curry sat the whole fourth quarter because the game was simply not competitive. The Warriors' largest lead on the night was 41 points.

Draymond Green also had a positive night in more ways than one. Green had a +/- of 36, which tied Curry for the best net-positive players on the team. Green finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 active minutes on the court.

"It's just another loss for us, another win for them," Scott said. "That's how I kind of look at it and just go back to the drawing board."

Next, the Warriors look to extend their record to 17 games in Phoenix on Friday night. The Lakers look to snap a four-game losing streak in Portland on Saturday.

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<![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['Skins Player: Team Name Influenced Referees]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:13:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012712322_1200x675_572255811678.jpg News4's Carol Maloney talked to Redskins' defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, who said the team name may be to blame for a lack of calls against the Panthers.]]> <![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 11]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:17:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_386456190580.jpg Get an up-close look at all the best NFL plays and players from Week 11.

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<![CDATA[Newton, Panthers Too Much as Redskins Lose, 44-16]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/498314628.jpg

Cam Newton threw a career-high five touchdowns passes, and the Carolina Panthers improved to 10-0 on the season with a 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five different receivers as Carolina stretched its regular-season win streak to 14 games, including eighth straight at home.

The Panthers (10-0) scored 27 points off five Washington turnovers, three of those by quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Newton became the first Carolina quarterback in franchise history to throw four TD passes in the first half as the Panthers jumped out to a 31-14 lead.

Jonathan Stewart ran for 102 yards on 21 carries and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass. Mike Tolbert, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess also caught TD passes.

Andre Roberts had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Redskins (4-6), who've lost nine straight on the road.

Here's how the game unfolded:

The Redskins won the toss and deferred to the second half, putting Newton and his Panthers offense on the field first.

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins slipped on the opening kickoff, giving the Panthers a shorter field for their starting drive. A stuffed run and two incomplete passes sent the Panthers to the sidelines for a three and out.

After a penalty on the punt, the Redskins took the field, looking to get off to a good start. RB Alfred Morris got stuffed a couple of times, but Cousins looked sharp on his first two passes.

When faced with a third and five and heavy pressure, Cousins attempted to hit Garcon in the middle of the field. But it was picked off by Panthers DB Kurt Coleman, only the second interception Cousins has thrown in the past three plus games.

The Panthers wasted little time with Newton hitting Funchess for 13 yards and Stewart running for six. A short pass to Stewart let the running back get into the end zone nearly untouched.

Panthers 7, Redskins 0

Anything you can do, I can do better. Cousins hit Garcon for 17 yards to get the offense close to midfield. After a short loss on a run attempt, Cousins went deep to DeSean Jackson for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Redskins 7, Panthers 7.

The Redskins defense knew they’d have to put pressure Newton to be effective. Ryan Kerrigan sacked him for 12 yards to start the drive, but the defense then gave up two completed passes to get a first down anyway.

Newton didn’t stop there. Missed tackles and quick passes got the Panthers inside the Redskins 20. Two penalties by the defensive line moved them inside the 10.

A 3 yard flare pass to the FB Mike Tolbert and the Panthers scored their second touchdown of the game.

Panthers 14, Redskins 7.

Andre Roberts wasn’t having any of that. He took the subsequent kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a score against the Panthers in 100 games.

It was Roberts first touchdown return for his career.

Redskins 14, Panthers 14.

The Redskins defense, who may have been a little winded after just being out on the field, didn’t show any fatigue, forcing a three and out after sacking Newton again.

The offense couldn't get any big play magic going this time, forced into their own three and out. A great punt pinned the Panthers inside their own 10 yard line.

The Redskins defense has been getting good penetration during Panthers rushes, but poor tackling after the first contact allowed Stewart to power his way to big gains.

Newton got good protection for two big passes before a very controversial play occurs. Newton completed a short pass to Olsen, who was immediately hit by Chris Culliver. The ball popped up in the air, where Culliver picked it off and returned it for a touchdown.

However, a flag on the play due to Culliver’s hit took the score away.

The Redskins nearly had another interception in the end zone, but a deflected pass fell harmlessly to the ground.

A third down pass to the end zone ended up being pass interference against the defense. A short run was stuffed before Newton found Ted Ginn Jr. for a short score.

Panthers 21, Redskins 14.

Could the Redskins respond after being disappointed by having a score taken away and dropping an interception? On the second play of the drive, Matt Jones fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Panthers defense.

It was Jones' fourth fumble of the year, leading the NFL for running backs.

The Panthers took advantage of the miscue, going 24 yards in six plays before Newton found Olsen in the end for a 5 yard touchdown pass and catch.

Panthers 28, Redskins 14.

The Redskins offense hasn’t been effective running the ball. So this drive, they put it all in the hands of Cousins. He moved the team down the field with effective passing.

He even ran the ball for 23 yards, down to the Panthers 3 yard line, but that play was brought back because of a penalty. The next play, Cousins is stripped of the football, giving the Panthers the ball with less than 2 minutes to go in the half.

The Panthers didn’t seem to be interested in moving quickly, taking up a lot of time between plays. Newton was able to scramble away on a third down play to keep the drive alive.

Once they got closer to the Redskins side of the field, they appeared to pick up the pace. Graham Gano made a 42 yard field goal as time expired in the half.

Panthers 31, Redskins 14 at the half.

Officially, the Redskins have 3 yards rushing and only five first downs. They gave away three turnovers, which the Panthers converted into 17 points. The Panthers ran 43 plays while the Redskins only ran 21.

The very first play in the second half, Cousins loses the ball on a corner blitz, giving the Panthers the ball on the 11 yard line.

A turnover and a penalty, the things the Redskins couldn’t do, were both done within a minute of the second half. Newton found Funchess for a five yard touchdown pass, his fifth of the game.

Panthers 38, Redskins 14.

A three and out put the ball back in the hands of Newton and the Panthers offense.

The Panthers offense was content to chew up clock, running down the play clock down to near zero on every play. A couple of incomplete passes and the team was forced to punt.

The Redskins offense returned to the field, but they appeared to lack any energy. Cousins was sacked for a short loss and his next pass was incomplete after his intended receiver never turned around for the ball.

A screen pass could not pick up the first down and they had to punt again.

The Panthers mixed their passing and rushes effectively to move down the field after the punt. Moving 48 yards in 10 plays, Gano booted his second field goal, this one from 48 yards, to increase the lead.

Panthers 41, Redskins 14.

After barely escaping after one fumble, the Redskins turned it over on the very next play with another fumble. It was their fifth turnover of the game.

Nine plays and 58 yards later, the Panthers put Gano in position for a 25 yard field goal. Carolina has now scored 27 points off of Redskins’ turnovers.

Panthers 44, Redskins 14.

The Redskins offense could only managing 10 yards on seven plays after Cousins was sacked hard twice. Tackle Trent Jackson was also injured during the drive and carted away from the sidelines to the locker room.

A three and out of the backup Panthers offense and the Redskins came back out to hopefully get something positive.

Another short drive by the offense and the Panthers were content to sit on the ball. On their punt attempt, punter Brad Nortman ran around the end zone before being pushed out, giving the Redskins a safety.

Panthers 44, Redskins 16.

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<![CDATA[Redskins, Panthers Take Battle To Social Media]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/redskins+panthers+twitter.jpg

The Washington Redskins will be taking on the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon, but the war of words heated up between the teams’ Twitter accounts.

Before the Panthers arrived in Carolina, that area was filled with Redskins fans. In a nod to those times, the Redskins Twitter account decided to stake their claim again.

However, the Panthers Twitter account wasn’t about to let that slide and decided to take a shot at the team name in Washington.

Let’s hope the game is as exciting as the Twitter war.

<![CDATA[NFL's Doug Flutie Loses Both Parents on Same Day]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flutie-AP_05060901526.jpg

Legendary Boston College quarterback and longtime NFL player Doug Flutie lost both his parents Wednesday morning.

Flutie said his father, Dick, died of a heart attack in the hospital following an illness. Less than an hour later, his mother, Joan, also suffered a heart attack, Flutie wrote in a social media post Wednesday.

"They say you can die from a broken heart and I believe it," Flutie said on Facebook. "The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children. They were incredible parents and grandparents and my family and I will miss them both."

Flutie's NFL career was sporadic, withhin playing 92 games and starting 66 between 1986 and 2005. During that time, he played with the Bears, Patriots, Bills and, finally, the Chargers, from 2001 through 2004. During a long NFL hiatus, he played in the Canadian Football League from 1990-97, being inducted into both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The quarterback is best known for his time at Boston College, during which he received the Heisman Trophy and other accolades. He threw for an astounding 10,759 yard sand 70 touchdowns in four years.

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<![CDATA['Big Papi' Plans to Retire]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:04:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Boston-medias-rojas-david-ortiz-red-sox-getty-images-470371776.jpg

One of Boston's most beloved athletes has announced he will be retiring after the 2016 season.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, on his 40th birthday, confirmed what many people were already talking about in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, courtesy of The Players' Tribune.

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"I thought a lot about it and, you know, for every single one of us, athletes-wise... we run out of time at some point and life is based on different chapter and I think I'm ready to experience the next one in my life," Ortiz said in the video. "I picked this day to announce that after the next season, I'm going to be done with my career."

Nicknamed "Big Papi," Ortiz will leave the game a three-time World Series champion, at least, and holder of the Red Sox single-season record for home runs. The Red Sox designated hitter is also a nine-time All-Star.

"I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family, you know?" he said. "A guy that was trying to do the best, not only on the field, but with everyone around him."

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"It is difficult to adequately convey what David Ortiz has meant to the Boston Red Sox," says Principal Owner John Henry. 

"David's first home run in a Red Sox uniform set the tone for the rest of his career," says Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. It was a go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the top of the 14th inning against the Angels. In that summer of 2003, David became the best slugger in all of baseball and carried the team on his back for the last three months of the season - a trend we would come to see time and again throughout his career. He has been in a Red Sox uniform nearly as long as we have been here, and he has been integral in all of the successes that we have all experienced."

"David Ortiz transcends numbers, home runs, and wins," says Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. He is one of the game's greatest players - and greatest champions - and he has been there for the city of Boston through thick and thin every step of the way. He has been a pillar of our team and a pillar of our city."

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<![CDATA[German Stadium Evacuated After Bomb Threat]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_554879857092.jpg

A soccer stadium in Germany packed with thousands of fans was abruptly evacuated Tuesday night because of a "potential threat to spectators," police said, NBC News reported.

Authorities, however, cautioned that no explosives were found and no arrests were made as people streamed out of a Germany vs. Netherlands match — the setting of the latest scare to grip Europe following Friday's wave of attacks in Paris.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière declined to detail the threat during a news conference, adding that police "had good reasons" in shutting down the friendly game in the northern German city of Hanover.

"It would have been irresponsible to let the game proceed," added Boris Pistorius, the interior minister of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Earlier, Germany's Lower Saxony Police Chief Volker Kluwe told the nation's public broadcaster that there was "concrete evidence" that someone planned to set off explosives at the game.

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<![CDATA[Son of Patriots Player Has Cancer]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/461911932.jpg

New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder shared the sad news Monday that his infant son is battling kidney cancer.

Solder, himself a cancer survivor, made the announcement Monday night while speaking at the Above & Beyond the Gratitude Gala benefitting the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, according to the Boston Herald. The foundation is named for a Patriots player who died of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2007.

Solder's son, Hudson, who was born in July, was diagnosed with a kidney tumor last month and has already begun chemotherapy, the Herald reports.

Solder thanked fans on Twitter Monday night and asked them to support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

Solder himself beat testicular cancer in 2014 and remains on injured reserve. 

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Sports Conflict Continues]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/draftkings-AP_312823411334.jpg

Fantasy sports site DraftKings has filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order preventing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from enforcing the order to shut down because he said its operations constituted illegal gambling.

The cease-and-desist letter was also sent to FanDuel, another major daily fantasy sports site.

In a statement Monday, DraftKings said it believes the temporary restraining order is necessary "and warranted to protect DraftKings' business while we pursue our legal action to prevent the New York Attorney General from denying New Yorkers the right to continue playing the daily fantasy sports games they love."

The move comes days after DraftKings and FanDuel filed court papers in state Supreme Court in Manhattan askiing a judge to rule on the legality of their businesses.

Earlier this month, Schneiderman ordered the fantasy sites to stop taking bets in New York, calling the companies illegal gambling sites.

But in court papers, both companies argue the opposite. They say daily fantasy sports are actually more skill-based than season-long fantasy sports, which are legal in New York. They also claim Schneiderman threatened their business partners and payment processors.

DraftKings' suit calls the cease-and-desist order "unconstitutional" and alleges Schneiderman is "misreading" New York's gambling laws, and attempting to "bully" DraftKings and its vendors into immediately shutting down its New York operations before it has a chance to defend itself.

The company says New York is home to more than 7 percent of its customers.

"The Attorney General's actions constitute a shocking overreach," the suit reads. "He has unleashed an irresponsible, irrational, and illegal campaign to destroy a legitimate industry, intending to deprive hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of the use and enjoyment of these services."

Schneiderman's office didn't immediately respond to an email request for comment on the temporary restraining order motion filed Monday. Previously, a spokesman said the companies are operating illegally.

Fantasy sports has been a popular U.S. pastime for years, but daily contests, where winners and losers are decided in one night, rather than over the course of a season, have exploded in popularity recently. DraftKings and FanDuel have advertised heavily on the Internet and TV ahead of and during the 2015 NFL season.

The sites have come under increased scrutiny since it was revealed last month that a midlevel DraftKings employee playing fantasy football beat more than 200,000 other players, winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel. The case raised questions about insider trading after game data not publicly accessible was inadvertently posted online.

NBC's parent company, Comcast Corp., and NBC Sports are among the investors in FanDuel.

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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[Aaron Rodgers Condemns 'Prejudicial' Comment During Moment of Silence]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:21:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/packers-comment-prejudice.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke out against prejudice after hearing an inappropriate comment during a moment of silence held to honor the Paris terror attack victims at Sunday's NFL game.

In an interview with ESPN after the Packers' loss to Detroit, Rodgers said he heard a fan make a prejudiced comment and "was very disappointed with whoever the fan was."

There were several social media accounts of fans in Green Bay saying things like "Death to Muslims" and "Muslims suck," but it is unclear if those were the comments Rodgers heard.

"It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world," Rodgers told ESPN.

The remarks weren't the only disruptors during Sunday's game. One group of fans attempted to start a "Go Pack Go" chant during the moment of silence, prompting another fan to yell for them to "have some respect," NBC Sports reports.

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<![CDATA[French Train Heroes Honored at Lakers Game]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:20:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/train-heroes.jpg

Lakers fans were on their feet Sunday night for three American heroes honored for foiling a terrorist attack on a train in Paris in August.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, all friends since childhood, made an appearance at Staples Center during Sunday's Laker game against the Detroit Pistons.

The crowd went wild for the three who stopped a suspected terrorist from carrying out an attack on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21. Spencer Stone was stabbed while he fought off the man who was armed with an AK-47.

"It was super obvious what he planned to do, so there wasn't a lot of thinking," Stone said. "I just got up and went, and we fought. Alek and Anthony helped me subdue him."

The celebration was preceded by a dark moment of silence before the game to honor those lost during Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

"You have to be ready at all times because you never know when something life changing, for better or worse, is going to happen," Skarlatos said.

Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris were not lost on anyone at the game, least of all the three men.

Sadler wore the same Lakers shirt that he wore the day he helped stop the attack.

"It feels very personal because of what we went through," Sadler said. "To see it happen again and the people we've connected with since, our hearts go out to France, and Paris specifically."

Fans also expressed gratitude for the bravery of the three men. 

"For them to do what they did speaks volumes to their character and they're absolutely heroes for what they've done for our country and the world," Henry Wang, Lakers fan at the game, said. 

Skarlatos is competing on "Dancing with the Stars."

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